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Brit Quinn '10

Brit Quinn is director of media outreach for Maria Kaupas Center in Chicago, a faith-based organization that focuses on spirituality, education, leadership and community building. Quinn may be contacted at

Jeremy Ceja '08

Jeremy Ceja is a psychology teacher at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, IL.

Kai Ruggeri '06

Kai Ruggeri is leading the Global Health Access Policy project, which was developed in response to reports on the rising cost of health care globally by the 2010 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Observer. Kristen Soforic ’14 was a 2013 summer intern for the project and assisted with research leadership, helping coordinate more than 50 people who collaborated on global health research. She was also involved in the development of the 2014 phase of the project and the 2013 activities, which included a mix of research, lectures and a conference.

Maureen Szweda Mann '02

Maureen Szweda Mann started her own business with Rodan and Fields, a direct sales company that specializes in skincare and anti-aging products. To learn more visit

Joy Prepejchal '02

Joy Prepejchal joined Centegra Physician Care’s medical staff as a licensed clinical psychologist. Prepejchal will see patients at Centegra’s offices in Fox Valley, Crystal Lake and Woodstock, IL. She received her doctorate in psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and completed her addictions counseling certificate at the College of DuPage.

Charles Lee '57

Charles Lee is the author of “The Threat from Within.” The thriller tells how an Eastern European research institute, intent on eliminating America as a world superpower, developed the means to attack and destroy the mental capacity of American teenagers via cell phone radiation. He is also the author of the book “The Adventures of Ickle, Packy, Pickle and Gooch.” After graduating from North Central, Lee earned his master’s degree in mass communications from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He then served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Marlena Martinez ’15 is chosen for student affairs program

Marlena Martinez ’15, psychology major
North Central College junior Marlena Martinez is selected to the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

North Central College’s Marlena Martinez, a junior psychology major from Plainfield, has been selected for a prestigious program that offers networking, mentoring and other opportunities for students who want to pursue careers as higher education administrators.

Martinez has been accepted into the 2013-2014 class of the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, formerly known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Update: Collection drive for supplies is over; donations and gift cards still welcome

Donated supplies are  loaded into cars, transported to central Illinois
Some North Central College students and their families were affected by the Nov. 17 storms. Thank you to all who gave donations.

11/22 update: Many donated items have been collected for those in central Illinois affected by the tornadoes. Thank you! No new items will be accepted at this time. However, donations of cash, checks or gift cards are still being accepted. Gifts cards to Walgreens, Target, Walmart, Ace Hardware, McDonalds and Meijer are requested. Donations of money and gift cards may be sent via campus to Patricia Schacht (CM 455) or contact her at 630-637-5331 or

Mueller publishes article in Teaching of Psychology journal

Jonathan Mueller, professor of psychology
Jonathan Mueller, North Central College professor of psychology, coauthored article on scientific thinking of first-year students in introductory psychology.

Jonathan Mueller, North Central College professor of psychology, coauthored an article, titled “Undergraduates’ ability to recognize correlational and causal language before and after explicit instruction,” that was published in the October 2013 journal Teaching of Psychology. The journal offers research-tested strategies to enhance student learning. His coauthor is Heather Coon, former North Central College professor of psychology.

Webster investigates, publishes findings about belief in evil, in good

Russell Webster ’03, visiting assistant professor of psychology
Russell Webster ’03, North Central College visiting assistant professor of psychology, published comprehensive study about pure evil and good in journal.

Russell Webster ’03, North Central College visiting assistant professor of psychology, has copublished a study, titled “Angels and Demons Are Among Us: Assessing Individual Differences in Belief in Pure Evil and Belief in Pure Good,” in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. His coauthor is Donald Saucier, a faculty member in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kansas State University.

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