Dean Jukovich ’93 was recently named the Chief Financial Officer of First Bank Chicago. Dean holds the top financial position at First Bank Chicago and is responsible for reporting, forecasting, and communicating operational results. Dean works closely with the CEO and the Board to develop and track strategic performance. Dean has over 25 years of financial expertise and joined the First Bank team in 2018. Congratulations, Dean!
In the past two years we’ve witnessed the Titan community come together in new ways to share stories, expertise, and friendship. However, we have long awaited the chance to welcome you back to campus for a true Illinois Wesleyan Homecoming! We look forward to sharing a meal, a drink, and a story with all of you in person, September 23-25, 2022.
Click here for a full schedule of events and to register.
Julie Brown ’93 was named senior vice president for human resources of WETA, the flagship public media station in the Washington, D.C. market, in May 2022. Julie will be responsible for all human resources activities across WETA, including staffing, employee relations, benefits, performance management, compensation, labor relations, compliance and professional development. She will work closely with the WETA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council to further the organization’s commitment to ensuring a fair and equitable workplace for all. Julie previously served as vice president for human resources for PBS Distribution, and as president of JBH Consulting, a firm she founded in 2010.
Robert Donalson died Dec. 22, 2021. He was 87. Bob was a professor in Illinois Wesleyan’s School of Music for 30 years; he retired in 1994 with emeritus status. Bob felt the call to become an educator while serving in the U.S. Army in a mobile army surgical hospital during the Korean War. He obtained a master’s degree at San Jose State University and a doctorate at the University of Colorado Boulder. He began his teaching career at Pepperdine University before landing at IWU. Bob loved beauty in all its forms — nature, art and poetry among them — but music was his emotional home. He was active in religious life and often shared his gift of music in the church. Bob was always learning and educated himself on subjects ranging from theology and philosophy, to computer science and financial investing, to home repair and carpentry. He enjoyed traveling, sports, his cats and, most of all, his family. He is survived by his wife, five children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Bob’s Celebration of Life will be held on February 12 at 1 p.m. CST and will be live-streamed at christlutheranchurchffg.org.
Elizabeth Laidlaw ’93 is playing the role of Andrea in “When Harry Met Rehab,” a play which opened in Chicago on November 24. Here is a link to the show’s website.
Becca Lamon ’93 is one of three finalists to become superintendent of Bloomington District 87 schools. Fellow alum David Deets ’02 is also a finalist. Read the full article here.
Dr. Christopher Udovich ’93 was named Best Doctor in NWI The Times Southland’s Best Healthcare Series. He works at Silver Cross Hospital as vice president and chief medical officer, where he is responsible for aligning the efforts of the hospital and the medical staff and driving excellence in quality, safety and health outcomes.
After IWU, Chris attended Loyola University for Medical School and has been at Silver Crosss since 2001. Congratulations on this award.
Catherine Lawry ’93 started Oct. 4 as the Administrative Specialist II – Registrar/Academic Advising/Student Accessibility at Illinois Wesleayn.
Bob Bodach was appointed to the Troy Community School Board in Joliet, Illinois. Check out the link below to read more about Bob’s appointment and his career since IWU. Congrats Bob.