CJ (Warnken) Jonasen Blackwell ’83

CJ (Warnken) Jonasen Blackwell ’83 married her second husband in August of 2019. She soon after retired in June of 2020 after 30 years of teaching. She now plans to enjoy her retirement by moving onto a 44-foot yacht to live abroad full-time. She’ll spend her time living in Chesapeake Bay for 2023-24. Congratulations CJ!

Meg McDonald ’82

Meg McDonald ’82 retired in 2018 after 34 years at Northwestern University to join her Australian husband and family in relocating to Sydney. While at Northwestern, she served as AVP for Research and finally, Senior Director of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies. Since moving to Australia, she has been a very active volunteer with Sydney Wildlife Rescue and the Animal Rescue Cooperative, both of which rescue and rehabilitate native animals.

Marcia (Keown) Padden ’83

Marcia (Keown) Padden ’83 recently retired after twenty years of being a Labor Relations Program Manager for Metropolitan Council/Metro Transit! Marcia is looking forward to all the “normal” retiree activities – like no alarm clock! Congratulations Marcia!

Warren Kistner ’83

Warren Kistner ’83 was presented the Max L. Starkey Award by President S. Georgia Nugent on August 22, 2022. Warren has provided guidance and encouragement for Titans as they explore internships, career opportunities and pathways to graduate school. Read the full article here.

Kevin Cellini ’84

Kevin Cellini ’84 recently completed a 32,000 piece jigsaw puzzle that measures 17’10″x6’4″. Kevin, a math major at IWU, has loved puzzles his whole life.

Completed Puzzle
The Completed 32,000 Piece Puzzle
The Puzzle as a Work in Progress

Tim Brophy ’84

Congratulations to Tim Brophy ’84, who was recently elected to a second term as Will County Treasurer. In his remarks following his oath of office on December 1st, Brophy said: “It is an honor and a privilege to serve my fellow citizens as Will County Treasurer.”

Tim Black ’84

Tim Black ’84 recently retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections where he was the Educational Facility Administrator at the East Moline Correctional Center. Before working for the state, Tim taught English, social studies and special education at schools in both Illinois and New Hampshire. In addition to his teaching, he was a reporter for the Galesburg Register Mail and Kewanee Star Courier where he won back-to-back Illinois Associated Press Awards for public service writing. Tim is a trustee emeritus at Black Hawk College, where he also worked as an adjunct instructor. He and his wife, Linda, live in Galva, Illinois. Congratulations, Tim!

Andy Kreiss ’86

The Pantagraph Holiday Spectacular brought another year of cheer to Bloomington-Normal during performances on Dec. 3-4. The production was written by Nancy Steele Brokaw ’71, directed by former faculty member Lori Adams, and featured performances by Marketing Director Andy Kreiss ’86 and Assistant Professor of Music Bob Mangialardi. Read the full Pantagraph article here.