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Recapping April 2015

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Shellie Schwanke ’87
Director of Alumni Relations

Keith Brown '05

Keith Brown ’05

Lauren Bruck '12

Lauren Bruck ’12

Kevin Vedell '12

Kevin Vedell ’12


Gloria McDonald McNett ’55 was re-elected to the Washington School Board. She has been on the board since 2003. This will be her fourth term. She previously served on the District 52 School Board from 1993 to 2003. Her teaching background includes 30 years as a faculty member in teacher education at Eureka College and 25 years as an adjunct faculty member in teacher education and reading/study skill courses at Illinois Central College.


Nathan Meyer ’98, principal at Fern Creek High School in Louisville, KY, was part of a 90-minute visit and roundtable discussion with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan along with the Commissioner of Education for Kentucky. His school has moved from being labeled a Persistently Low Achieving School in the bottom 10% of all schools in the state into the top 30%. Based on their school demographics, they are one of the highest achieving urban schools in the state. Their visitors are here to listen to how they managed urban reform in their school and have retained success over time. More than anything, they will be sharing their teacher’s work in educating at-risk students with over a 12% special education and ESL population.


Susan Miceli ’04 was crowned Ms. American Elegance Woman 2015 during the 16th annual National American Elegance Pageant held October 31 through November 2, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Itasca. Susan’s platform is C.A.R.E. to Serve- Putting Passion into Action. She believes that the only way to change her community is to be a part of her community. By finding ones passion, one is able to turn that into action. Working with individuals to find their passion she helps them find organizations and community groups that can use that passion to help them accomplish goals and dreams. Susan’s passion is her community. An active member of the Danville Jaycees she is the Executive Director for the Miss Springfest Pageant and part of the steering committee for Springfest. Susan also serves on various boards within the community. She has dedicated her life to volunteering and she hopes to inspire others in finding their passion and putting it into action.

Baseball Direct Connect, the company owned by Joseph Schwartz ’04, was recently featured in the USA Today by baseball writer Bob Nightengale.

Keith Brown ’05 has been named the new principal for Illini Bluffs High School.

Nicole Tegg Beaver ’06 began Pure Heart 75 to showcase her paintings. She started Gracious Paths to encourage the American way and give hope to a generation that needs a lot of help in discovering their place in history. She is determined to reach out to others and see them through. Her faith is still alive and so is she after several “close calls” but in the end she will just keep moving forward. She states “I hold my time spent learning at Eureka as one of the best times in my life.”

Meghan Lazier ’07 has recently accepted a job as a designer at the Lab@OPM in Washington, DC. Based at the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Lab works on human-centered, design-led innovation across the federal government. She will be working on redesigning large scale government programs and services, in addition to teaching human-centered design methods to federal employees. She is also finishing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts in New York in May.

Rachel Schaffer Stuckel ’07 is a software implementation consultant for Epic Systems, a privately held electronic medical record company. She is currently contracted at Novant Health in Charlotte, NC, where she recently led the pediatric oncology build project for a new affiliation with St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Rachel was also selected as a 2015 family travel blogger for Hilton Mom Voyage. She and her husband Justin, and children: Jackson (7) and Arden (3), are excited to share about their travels this year.

Lori Guth ’10 recently resigned as Senior HR Generalist at Eureka College to accept a management position as Human Resources Manager at Sherman’s in Peoria, IL.

Jen Bowers Rockey ’10 was elected to the position of Section 50 Chair in the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity at a conference held April 17-18, 2015. After working with the Eureka College chapter as their advisor, Jen will now oversee over 1,100 student members in 8 Alpha Phi Omega chapters in Section 50 which includes the chapters at Eureka College, Bradley University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Millikin University, Parkland Community College, Eastern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois-Urbana. Jen was recently elected President of the Eureka College Women’s Board at their April 25 meeting. Serving at co-VP from 2013-2015, Jen will serve in her role as President from 2015-2017.

Lauren Bruck ’12 and Ryan Thomas were married on Oct. 18, 2014, at the Dwight Country Mansion. She is a fifth-grade teacher at Tonica Grade School.

Kevin Vedell ’12 was named East Peoria’s next football head coach. Vedell joined the EP staff as a volunteer in 2010 and was a paid assistant the past four seasons. Last fall he was defensive coordinator. He graduated from Eureka High in 2008 and played two seasons at Eureka College. At age 25, he’s the youngest head coach in the eight-team Mid-Illini Conference.

SPRUCE hosted Mental Health Awareness Week April 27-30, 2015. Kirstin Meyers ’16, one of the SPRUCE Peer Educators, has been working on a program called I Am Here. The description she came up with is, Counselors are a diverse & committed group of people. Two of the guest speakers were alumnae: Dr. Elaine Flores Welch ’00 and Dr. Mikell Allen ’03.

In Memoriam

  • Warren Collier ’47 (11/17/1922–4/22/2015)
  • Gerald Olson ’59 (2/1/1937–4/12/2015)

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