North Central College - Naperville, IL

Robert Ropars '92

Robert Ropars self-published “The Pleasure of Fiends: Five Tales of the Vampire” via Amazon's eBook and paperback services. It features five stand-alone vampire stories for fans of more classic horror.

Marty Rossman M ’12

Marty Rossman M ’12 is now dean of financial aid at North Central. He will provide leadership and further develop structures and programs for the Office of Financial Aid. Rossman will also collaborate on the development of financial aid policy decisions, student aid expenditures and the strategic use of all aid sources.

Bill Wylie-Kellermann '71

Bill Wylie-Kellermann, pastor of St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Detroit, has edited “William Stringfellow: Essential Writings,” which references the first hearing of Stringfellow in the chapel at North Central in 1968. He also contributed a chapter of “Bury the Dead: Stories of Death and Dying, Discipleship and Resistance.”  

Tracy Dvorchak M ’08

Tracy Dvorchak was appointed principal of Prairie Elementary School in Naperville. Dvorchak was the assistant principal at both Kingsley and Meadow Glens, both in Naperville. She was also a second grade teacher for eight years.

Russell Webster '03

Russell Webster is a visiting assistant professor of psychology at North Central. He has co-published a study titled “Angels and Demons Are Among Us: Assessing Individual Differences in Belief in Pure Evil and Belief in Pure Good” in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Webster received his master of psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, IN, and his Ph.D. from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.

Kristy Dallas '96

Kristy Dallas, soprano, gave her junior recital in Cisel Recital Hall, Montana State University Billings. While in Chicago, Dallas was a regular guest soloist for Robert Frazen’s One on One Television Show. She made her professional opera debut with Rimrock Opera (RO) in 2010, as Sylvaine in The Merry Widow and also had principal roles in RO's tours of American Opera Idol and The Night Harry Stopped Smoking, while serving as Education Coordinator for RO. Other roles include Lula in Venture Theatre’s Violet and as an actor in the 2010 Wet Ink Festival at Venture Theatre.

Tom Nelson '83

Tom Nelson was selected as the Small College Sports Information Director of the Year for 2013-2014 by the National Wrestling Media Association. This includes all NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and NJCAA wrestling programs throughout the United States. Nelson has worked at St. Cloud State University since 1996 and has been one of the top media relations professionals for the Husky wrestling program.

Keith Matune M ’10

Keith Matune M ’10 was a Republican primary candidate for Illinois House District 81. Matune also has a master’s degree in education from Purdue University. He is currently a social studies teacher at Waubonsee Valley High School in Aurora, IL.

Eric Stuedemann M ’07

Eric Stuedemann M ’07 is the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Aurora University. He also has some Division I coaching experience with stints at the University of Tennessee Martin and Mississippi State University. As a student-athlete at North Central, Stuedemann was an All-American wide receiver, a two-time offensive MVP, a two-time team MVP, a team captain, a two-time all-conference selection, a two-time All-North Region selection and a Don Hansen Football Gazette All-American.

Mark Kolkman M ’02

Mark Kolkman M ’02 was named principal of Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, IL, for the 2014-2015 school year. He previously served as assistant principal at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville.