North Central College - Naperville, IL

H. Robert Holmes

Class Year: 
1966

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2006

H. Robert (Bob) Holmes ’66, a political science major, began his professional career as a stock broker with Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, and later progressed rapidly through a series of promotions with the firm Blyth, Eastman, Dillon & Company.

In 1979, Holmes founded Gilford Securities along with other senior officers of the former Blyth Eastman Dillon & Company. Gilford Securities is one of Wall Street’s few remaining private investment banking firms, with ownership shared by its founders and many of the firm’s more than 150 employees. Today, Gilford Securities is a full-service, national investment firm and maintains offices in Irvine, Calif.; New York City; and in White Plains, Melville and Westhampton, N.Y.

Holmes was elected to North Central’s Board of Trustees in 1979 and was a member of the Board’s Public Affairs and Development Committee. He has also served the College as a class representative, Phonathon caller and has been a contributor to the Linda Gross Holmes Memorial Scholarship in memory of his first wife, Linda Gross ’67 Holmes.

In 1982, he received the College’s first Alumni Recognition Award and in 1989 became a life member of the Presidents Club. Most recently, Holmes honored his late grandparents, Ben ’12 and Bess Turner ’12 Kiekhofer, with a naming gift toward the renovation of Kiekhofer Hall and Koten Chapel. This gift is a celebration of the strong ties between his grandparents and North Central College.

Holmes resides in La Quinta, Calif., with his wife, Debbie, and five-year-old daughter, Megan.


Debra Falduto Novack

Class Year: 
1981

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1994

Debra Novack received her B.A. from North Central College in 1981 and her J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law in 1984, where she was editor of the law review. After checking for the Hon. Joel M. Flaum of the seventh circuit, she joined Baker & McKenzie in Chicago, where she was in the international tax department. Novack wrote an article titled “English – Only Rules in the Workplace – the Need to Prove Disparate Impact,” which palced second in the 1995 ISBA Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest. The article was also published in the September 1995 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal.


William H. Naumann, Jr.

Class Year: 
1974

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1989

William Naumann is currently a partner in his own law firm—Naumann & Levine, LLP, specializing in real estate and construction defects. From 1991 to 1999, Naumann was a tort editor for Trial Bar News, which published monthly articles summarizing and analyzing legal developments. His service to the community includes chairman of Interfaith Shelter Network, a shelter for homeless and battered women; board of directors for Habitat for Humanity; and five years as a softball coach for daughter Brittany’s team. Naumann’s “Regulation of California Real Estate Securities in California” was published by the San Diego Law Review and republished by the Colorado State University Law Review.  He also received a special recognition award from Consumer Attorneys of California for dedication to the rights of consumers.


Ronald Lueptow

Class Year: 
1981

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1990

Ron Lueptow is currently the group controller with the thermal fluid controls group for Circor International Inc., a position he has held since April 2004. He has been a Trustee for North Central College since 2001, and is serving as vice chair of the Enrollment and Student Affairs Committee as well as the Audit, Investment and Liaison committees. Lueptow is a former president of the Illinois Spina Bifida Association. At that time, he established a residential summer camp for youngsters with spina bifida and raised $200,000 to fund the first year of camp. Under his leadership, membership in the local chapter doubled and funding tripled from 1985-1990, gaining national recognition. Lueptow currently lives in Tampa, Florida. His son, Josh, is a 2004 graduate of North Central College. Josh is the fourth generation of Lueptows to graduate from the College.


Susan Lloyd

Class Year: 
1978

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1988

Susan Lloyd is a director in the Program on Human and Community Development at John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Her focus includes work to improve low-income neighborhoods and assist with the transformation of public housing. Professionally, she has concentrated on the not-for-profit sector serving as advertising director for Youth Communication/Chicago and as associate director of Metro-Help, Inc., prior to establishing a counseling and technical assistance practice for neighborhood-based not-for-profit organizations in 1983 under Lloyd Consulting, Inc. In 1997, Lloyd received a Ron Sable Activism Award at the Crossroads Fund’s Annual Benefit, recognizing her volunteer effort, generous support and commitment to social and economic justice.


Karl Kuppler

Class Year: 
1978

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1989

Karl Kuppler received a J.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 1981. Today, he continues in private practice and frequently speaks and writes about tax and estate planning topics. He is currently president of the Rotary Club of Peoria and the Community Foundation of Central Illinois Depository. He has received numerous professional awards and is the author of a chapter on state taxation in the 1988 Annual Survey of Illinois Law, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.


Cheryl Long Kuppler

Class Year: 
1980

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1989

Cheryl Long Kuppler received a J.D. degree from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1983 and is a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee for the Peoria County Bar Association. She continues her tax practice as Kuppler & Associates and has four other accountants in the firm during tax season. Most recently, she served as chair of Peoria’s Police & Fire Commission for three years and is on several community boards, including the Red Cross and ICC Foundation.


Steven E. Johnson

Class Year: 
1981

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1992

Steven Johnson currently works at Altschuler, Melvoin, and Glasser in Chicago and is a member of the College’s Board of Trustee Associates. He received his CPA certificate in May 1983.  Johnson is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, immediate past president and a member of the board of directors of Naperville Community Outreach, a member of the Naperville Exchange Club and a graduate of the Leadership Program sponsored by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and North Central College. 


Holly Humphrey

Class Year: 
1979

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1987

Holly Humphrey is the dean for medical education at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where she oversees the education of 400 medical students and all graduate programs. Certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Humphrey has served on the board of directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine since 2001 and presently serves as chair. Named dean for medical education in 2003, Humphrey continues to teach at Pritzker, where she has been honored 12 times by the medical students as their favorite faculty member since her first appointment in 1987.  She has published many articles in working with challenging personalities.  In 1993, Humphrey also published a book, APDIM Chief Resident’s Manual. Most recently, Humphrey was elected to North Central’s Board of Trustees.


Robert Holmes

Class Year: 
1966

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1982

Bob Holmes received a degree in political science from North Central College in 1965.  His professional career began as a stockbroker with Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, and then progressed rapidly through a series of promotions with the firm Blyth, Eastman, Dillon & Company.  He then became president of his own firm, Gilford Securities, Inc., which has offices nationwide. He currently serves on the board of trustees for the Crested Butte Academy in Crested Butte, Colo., and Marywood Country Day School in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Holmes served on the College’s Board of Trustees from 1979-93, and was a member of the Board’s Public Affairs and Development Committee.


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