Kathryn (Rosensteele) Flores ’03 of Chicago died July 21, 2021. She was 40. Katie earned a bachelor’s degree at Illinois Wesleyan and a master’s degree from National Louis University. She dedicated her career to education. She first demonstrated her ability to touch the lives of students, faculty and administrators during eight years of teaching kindergarten in Chicago Public Schools. As part of her work experience, she traveled to Ghana for a cultural exchange program. Katie later moved on to the University of Chicago’s STEM education team, where she served as school support manager and curriculum developer. Most recently, she helped develop mathematics textbooks and provided long-term coaching support for elementary math teachers. Katie played an instrumental role in the team’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and served on its “Fabulous Fun” Committee. She was active in many community organizations, including the McKinley Park (Ill.) advisory and development councils, and McKinley Community Play Garden. But the roles she cherished most were loving wife and adoring mother. She is survived by her husband James Flores ’02, two children, her parents and a brother.
Jessica Shull ’03 has left her position in State Farm to work alongside her husband, Joshua Shull ’02, in their self-owned marketing agency JoshuaOneNine, as Director of Operations.
Matthew ’03 and Gena (Rawlins) Melick ’05 welcomed Landon Kai Melick into the world on June 19, 2020. Congrats on your new Tiny Titan!
Sev1Tech announced on August 16 that Emily Miller ’03 has joined the organization as the Vice President of Mission Solutions for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) business unit.
In 2020 Mike Wilson ’03 took a new job as Assistant Vice President Office of Capital Programs & Utility Services at University of Illinois System. Congratulations!
Allison (Tackitt) Thune ’03 of Zionsville, Indiana, died Jan. 26, 2021. She was 40.
Allison earned a bachelor’s degree in music education at Illinois Wesleyan and a master’s degree in choral conducting from Butler University. She taught at Roncali High School in Indianapolis and Romeoville (Ill.) High School, as well as two elementary schools. Her passions were choral music and motherhood. She is survived by her husband, two children, parents and sister.
You can read the full obituary here.
John Camardella ’03 is stepping down at Prospect after 14 years as head coach. He will also be taking a one-year sabbatical from his teaching duties at Prospect.
Camardella has accepted an opportunity to receive his Master of Religion and Public Life at Harvard’s Divinity School. It is the first new Masters program created at Harvard in more than 50 years.
Monday, February 8 is Thank-A-Giver Day at Illinois Wesleyan and we’re eager to celebrate generous Titans!
Thank-A-Giver (TAG) Day is the symbolic point during the academic year — about 70% of the way through — when tuition dollars are exhausted and Illinois Wesleyan relies on donor generosity to continue providing a world-class education and rewarding collegiate experiences.
Each and every year, every gift matters. Contributions benefit students and faculty, enhance academic excellence, and strengthen the IWU community.
Thank you to all who give back to move IWU forward.
The family of Sarah (Evans) Mayo ‘03 and
Mike Mayo ‘02 will be featured in an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters International this spring after the family moved to Wales in 2019. The move allowed Sarah to study at Bangor University, where she is puruing a second master’s degree in music research/musicology, while Michael works remotely as a marketing consultant.
Wow! How exciting for the Mayo family!
Herb Zerth ‘03 was featured in an article written by The Hinsdalean about how well the Hinsdale ER is handling their patient load during the COVID-19 pandemic.