North Central College - Naperville, IL

Alumni work and woo on "The Bachelorette"

It wasn’t the first television appearance for Jackie Mitchell ’99 Nelson (pictured far left), director of the celebrity and entertainment outreach program for the Red Cross, who appeared on “The Bachelorette” as a guide and spokesperson for the organization. She took bachelorette Desiree Hartsock and her date James Case on a helicopter tour of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy on the Atlantic coast. They concluded their date by talking to storm victims Jan and Manny, a Seaside Heights, NJ, couple who lost their home on their 38th wedding anniversary to Hurricane Sandy. They showed Hartsock and Case how the hurricane had affected them and their community. Nelson and her team were instrumental in finding the couple for the episode. “We found our very best Red Cross love story and worked with them on a story angle that would be meaningful to viewers. The audience was deeply moved and supportive when Hartsock and her date gave their ‘dream date’ to Manny and Jan.”

Nelson, who is based in Chicago, was also on screen during a recent season of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” She greeted Trace Adkins when he appeared at a site affected by Hurricane Sandy to present his earnings from the show and talk about his feelings for Red Cross. She also was involved with TNT’s “The Hero,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Nelson received her current title after her televised appearance with Adkins. She previously worked in marketing and communications as well as a serving on a team that deploys to disasters that receive national media interest. “I have the best job in the world,” Nelson says. “It is the most dynamic, fast-moving and interesting career I’ve had yet.”

Mike Tenerelli ’06 can also tell you quite a bit about being on national television and, more specifically, the most recent season of “The Bachelorette.” As a bachelor seeking the affections of Hartstock, he made it through the fifth episode, which took place in Munich, Germany. He did not receive a rose there but did return for the “Men Tell All” episode.

“The experience was once-in-a-lifetime,” says Tenerelli. “Living in the mansion in L.A. was incredible, getting to know Desiree was a blessing and befriending the other guys was a pleasant surprise. We got to travel the world and go on extravagant dates that I'd never imagined.” He made it on the show because his best friend, unbeknownst to Tenerelli, applied for him—and “the rest was history,” he says.

Tenerelli owns and operates a training center called CrossFit Alpha Dog in Lombard, IL. He previously served as the vice president of his family’s business, Caldwell Plumbing Co.