Zac Birch ’09

Zac Birch ’09 graduated from Northern Illinois University with his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration in May 2024. His dissertation research focused on the Generation Z college students’ conceptualizations of and engagement with leadership opportunities on campuses. As he completed the dissertation work, he took a job with the University of Illinois-Chicago as the Director of Residence Life. Congratulations Zac!

Alexandria Gohla ’09

For many people, finding a fulfilling career that aligns with their passion and values is a lifelong quest. But for Alexandria Gohla ’09, a school social worker at Geneva High School, it is a reality that she lives every day.

Ms. Gohla has been working as a school social worker at GHS since August of 2023, but she began her career as a social worker in 2011 and has been helping students at school districts throughout the Chicago suburbs cope with various challenges and obstacles that they face in their personal and academic lives ever since. She says that her favorite part of her job is the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of her students.

“Knowing that I can be there for them during their toughest times, whether it’s dealing with personal struggles, family issues, or academic challenges, that’s what truly motivates me to get out of bed in the morning,” she said.

You can read more here.

Alexandria Gohla ’09

For many people, finding a fulfilling career that aligns with their passion and values is a lifelong quest. But for Alexandria Gohla ’09, a school social worker at Geneva High School, it is a reality that she lives every day.

Ms. Gohla has been working as a school social worker at GHS since August of 2023, but she began her career as a social worker in 2011 and has been helping students at school districts throughout the Chicago suburbs cope with various challenges and obstacles that they face in their personal and academic lives ever since. She says that her favorite part of her job is the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of her students.

“Knowing that I can be there for them during their toughest times, whether it’s dealing with personal struggles, family issues, or academic challenges, that’s what truly motivates me to get out of bed in the morning,” she said.

You can read more here.

Zac Birch ’09

On May 19th, 2023, Zac Birch ’09 married Allyse Jerome, granddaughter of Bob ’56 and Ginny Rebmann ’59, in Carpentersville, Illinois. Many IWU alumni were present. Congratulations to you both!

Anjie (Swidergal) Sorenson ’09, Allyse, Zac, and Marcus Mitchell ’09 (pictured from left to right)

Andrew Herrington-Gilmore ’09

Andrew Herrington-Gilmore ’09 and Lauren (Giannini) Herrington-Gilmore ’08, founders of The Gilmore Family Foundation, recently had a very successful Fundraising Gala that was held in Chicago. At this Gala, there were 300 people who attended, 20+ sponsors, and nearly 70 IWU alums. They raised over $250,000, all of which will go to The Rare Disease Program at Children’s Wisconsin to “support both the infrastructure required to provide coordinated clinical care and provide opportunities for ongoing research collaboration in pediatric rare diseases.” You can read more about The Gilmore Family Foundation here.

Andrew Herrington-Gilmore ’09 and Lauren (Giannini) Herrington-Gilmore ’08 and IWU alums