|On May 25, 2023, Maj Melissa Harden ’06 graduated from Air Command and Staff College with a Master of Military Operational Art and Science and is a certified Joint Air Planner. After receiving her degree and certification, Maj Harden will join Air Mobility Command at Scott AFB, Illinois. Congratulations!|
Joan (Teitelman) Cinquegrani ’06 has been accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program–a 12-week intensive business growth course funded by Goldman Sachs. She will join the 35th Cohort of Scholars out of the Chicago site. She has successfully run her business, Five Grain Events, since 2010. Five Grain focuses on planning and executing both social and corporate events as well as non-profit fundraisers throughout the Chicagoland area. Joan lives in Chicago with her husband Patrick (’06) and four children. Congratulations Joan!
Torri “T.J.” Newman ’06 has a new book that is set to be released on May 30. Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421 is a thriller about a plane that crashes and sinks into the ocean with passengers enclosed in the cabin and the rescue mission that ensues. She also recently secured a film deal for this new book with Warner Bros. “It’s been a huge honor and a huge learning experience. In a novel, you have 10 pages to write a scene. In a screenplay, you have one page. Executing that kind of compression well is extremely difficult and I’ve loved the challenge of it,” she said. You can read more about the new book/movie here. Congratulations Torri!
Landis Wiedner ’06 was interviewed on CBS Chicago on March 23rd for the podcast she created called What the EF. It’s an epilepsy awareness podcast where they share, cry, and laugh at all of their epilepsy WTF moments. It’s a space that discusses, points out, and chuckles at the ridiculous, poignant, heartbreaking, and sometimes funny stuff that happens with epilepsy. It’s available on all major podcast streaming services, such as Apple and Spotify. For more information, here’s the website: https://www.whattheefpodcast.com/. To watch the interview, click here.
In January 2023, Kelly (Goodpaster) Fuller ’06 joined Type A Events as Senior Manager, Incentives & Conferences where she supports clients in selecting, planning and operating incentive trips, sales meetings, and other corporate programming worldwide. She also continues to be involved in the event planning industry as a member of SITE (Society of Incentive Travel Excellence) and has attained her CIS (Certified Incentive Specialist) and CITP (Certified Incentive Travel Professional) certifications.
Kelly (Goodpaster) Fuller ’06 and Doug Fuller welcomed their daughter to the world on Thursday, September 8th, 2022. She joins Mom, Dad, and big brother Christopher as a family of four. Congratulations!
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.
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Dr. Lindsay Sicks ’06, IWU alumna of the Class of 2006 and Associate Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry, was the recipient of the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Award by the American Academy of Optometry. Congratulations, Lindsay!
Sara (Lockman) Miller ’06 was recently featured in a newspaper article talking about her tutoring center she created in the early days of the pandemic lockdown. Great job to Sara for her ingenuity and passion!
Ashley Keith-Phillips was invited to present at the American Health Lawyers Association’s (AHLA) Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute with her topic titled “Providing Culturally Competent Legal Advice to Healthcare Systems.” After the well-received presentation, she was featured in the Member Spotlight for AHLA’s May edition of its magazine, Health Law Connections. Ashley serves as in-house corporate counsel at University Hospitals Health System, the second largest private sector company in Ohio with more than 30,000 employees. She is currently serving her second term as a member of the Board of Directors for Pregnant With Possibilities Resource Center, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating racial disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.