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Recapping October 2014

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Shellie Schwanke ’87
Director of Alumni Relations

George Leal '92

George Leal ’92

George Leal '92 & Willie Wind '93

George Leal ’92 & Willie Wind ’93

Shalon Woolridge '10 and EC family

Shalon Woolridge ’10 and EC family

Matt Emmons '14  &  Nicole Jesse '14

Matt Emmons ’14 & Nicole Jesse ’14


Leo Patterson ’61 and his wife, Linda, were recently honored with the Richard L. Swanson regional award from Silver Sneakers for advocating health and wellness through regular exercise. Leo was inspired by Leo “Doc” Traister who promoted fitness and well-being, whatever your age.


George Leal ’92 received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Justice at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. While in D.C., George and family visited with fellow Reagan, Willie Wind ’93.

Monica Batista ’94 accepted a new position as Educational Programming Specialist with the American College of Chest Physicians in Glenview, IL.

Jennifer Jorgenson Diener ’97 and her husband Ryan announce the birth of their daughter, Kasey Noelle, born on Sept. 11, 2014.

Cory Dirksen ’97 was named the Corporate Sales Manager for Barrett-Jackson the World Famous Collector Car Auction Company. Barrett-Jackson hosts four annual Car Auctions in Scottsdale, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; West Palm Beach, FL; and Reno, NV that are televised nationally. Cory is living in Scottsdale, AZ.

Michael Wickkiser ’98 and his wife Kerri, announce the birth of their second child, Katelyn Nicole, born on Sept. 23, 2014. She was welcomed home by mom, dad and big brother Braden.


Linda Bailey ’06 is a board certified behavior analyst for New England Center for Children – Abu Dhabi.

Rochelle Turrisi ’08 recently joined Bruning & Associates P.C. in Schaumburg, IL. Rochelle graduated from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago in 2012. At DePaul, she received the CALI Award for highest marks in Domestic Violence and the Law. She was a member of the DePaul Journal for Women, Gender and the Law. Turrisi is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Schaumburg Business Association and the Schaumburg Young Professionals.

Mark Darnall ’09 will begin his fourth season as the Director of Basketball Operations at the University of California at Davis. The second game for the Aggies will be against Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL on November 20th at 7 pm. Mark and his wife, Meagan, reside in Davis, CA (near Sacramento).

Shalon Woolridge ’10 and Patrick Hyde were married on May 17, 2014 at the Eureka Christian Church (DOC). A group picture was taken at the reception of the alumni and faculty in attendance. Seated (from left to right): Arlene Franks ’86, Shalon Woolridge Hyde ’10, Patrick Hyde, Lynne White ’83. Standing 1st row (from left to right): Nichole Mansfield Fauser ’11, Jami Hemmenway ’95, Chrystal Downs ’06, Vicky Logan Woolridge ’78, Allison Woolridge ’05, Colleen Toliver ’11, Dina Lind Emser ’76, Jessica Barr, Bill Wright (& Silas), Kathy Quinlan Sallee ’83, Pamela Logan Larrick ’83. Standing 2nd row (from left to right): Peg Toliver ’84, Mike Toliver, Kendi Onnen ’05, Scott Woolridge ’77, Will Jewsbury ’76, Marcia Baird Jewsbury ’78, Martin Sallee ’82, and Joan Herron ’74.

Matt Emmons ’14 is a History and Driver Education teacher at Bluffs Community High School. Matt and his wife, Nicole Jesse ’14 live in Jacksonville, IL.

In Memoriam

  • De Hamilton ’39 (4/14/1917–10/27/2014)
  • Walter Rosenthal ’59 (2/24/1936–10/13/2014)
  • Roger Prior ’77 (9/28/1954–10/19/2014)
  • Oliver Bade, Jr. (2/25/1942–10/19/2014)
  • Robert Klie (6/7/2014)
  • Richard Snyder (8/2/1925–10/18/2014)

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