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Alumni Feature - Alex Poole '16

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Alexandria Poole (’16) has never been the type of girl who chases after fame and money. Instead, she is dedicating her life to putting the spotlight on others. After all, they say it’s not what you know, but who you know that can make all the difference. It was true for Alex’s journey in the communications field and now she hopes to make it true for others too.

As a mass communications major with a focus in radio and TV broadcasting, Alex’s journey to the big leagues started with her own late-night show with WLRA, the Lewis student radio station. While the station originally featured country music, Alex took a chance and played her own pop music, gaining quite the following while doing so.

In addition to being involved in the communications world, Alex was also a part of the Lewis Women’s Basketball team. Her junior year the Women’s basketball team made it all the way to the Elite 8. Playing in the Elite 8 tournament with her closest friends was by far the highlight of her career at …

Alumni Feature - Theresa O'Carroll ('96, '00)

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Theresa O’Carroll named Moraine Valley vice president of Financial and Business Services
As Moraine Valley Community College’s new vice president of Financial and Business Services and college treasurer, Theresa O’Carroll is eager to face this change in her career while continuing to help the college remain fiscally strong. When she first arrived on campus in 2000, O’Carroll was the assistant controller. Two years later she became the controller and remained in the position until her recent promotion. O’Carroll earned her undergraduate degree in Accounting and graduate degree in Business Administration from Lewis University before working at Rush University Medical Center in various accounting positions for 21 years.
            As the controller, O’Carroll did mostly detailed work in the background. In her new role, she is more involved in the planning process and working at a more strategic level.
            “I’ll be more involved in conversations about where the college wants to go. I…

Alumni Feature - Greg Petty '15

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Many had their doubts about how volleyball would take him anywhere, but with the support of his coaches, professors and friends Greg proved just how vital a role the sport would play in his life.

“It’s been an absolute dream come true,” says Greg. “Dan Friend definitely impacted my life in a big way. He helped me grow as a person and a player. Even though we ran through a rough patch in my younger years at school we are still friends to this day. Now, I am basically getting paid to travel the world and you definitely can’t beat that.”

Following older brother Jay’s footsteps, Greg came to Lewis with two goals in mind: play volleyball and get a degree. Little did he know he would end up doing much more.

Greg Petty grew up in Downers Grove, IL. In 2015 he graduated from Lewis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics and a minor in math. As a kid he was a huge sports enthusiast, trying out every sport he could, finally he found his calling with volleyball. Volleyball turned into his ticket…

Alumni Feature - Mary Wurster ('13)

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The Valley View School District 365U Board of Education has approved the selection of Ms. Mary Wurster to the position of Executive Director for Student Services.She had previously been VVSD’s Director of Special Education.
Ms. Wurster began serving in VVSD in 2006 as a school psychologist.She began her professional career in 2001 as a mental health professional with Adapt of Illinois. Ms. Wurster collected a wide variety of experiences before coming to VVSD, including serving as a rape crisis counselor, assisting the counseling department at St. Ignatius College Prep, and teaching as a Graduate Assistant at Illinois State University.
Ms. Wurster earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Illinois State University in 2001.She continued her education by earning a Master of Education in School Counseling from Loyola University Chicago in 2003, followed by a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Lewis University in 2013. - Taken from Valley View Public Schools…

Alumni Feature - Joseph Shega ('92)

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26-T "Fulfill your ministry with all the affection of your heart.”  -John Baptist de La Salle (MTR 9.1 [Med 201.1])
When it comes to compassion for the sick, there are men and women across the globe who help provide the highest quality of care and uphold the dignity of the patient. Lewis is proud to share that one of these men, Joseph Shega, MD, Senior Vice President and National Medical Director, has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care. 

Dr. Shega is responsible for overseeing and leading the medical direction for all VITAS locations in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Board Certified in Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, he brings 20 years of relevant clinical experience. Dr. Shega joined VITAS in 2013 as a Regional Medical Director and was promoted to Senior Vice President and National Medical Director in 2016. Prior to joining VITAS, Dr. Shega was an As…

Alumni Feature - Deborah Brown '95

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A leader in the Chicago broadcasting industry, Deborah Brown credits her family for instilling the importance of loyalty to family, community, faith and country. This quality is evident in her community service and the thrust of her career. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio/TV Broadcasting from Lewis University in 1995 and was recognized as an active and dynamic student. Deborah was involved with several campus organizations including Delta Sigma Theta, Student Government, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Pan-Hellenic Council and the Black Student Union. At Commencement, the Alumni Association presented her with the Father Aquinas Award which recognizes students who have demonstrated personal and intellectual growth, commitment to faith, and dedication to the Lasallian values of justice and association. After graduation, Deborah began her highly successful career in broadcasting as an intern for WGN-TV on the assignment desk for television news. As her talent was recognized, D…

Alumni Feature - Tony Pena '98

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“As a teacher I’m impacting more people than just myself. It’s a great responsibility.” Tony Pena, ’98 (pictured at left with his father), a math teacher at Stagg High School, works hard for his students. And he realizes that his work matters. His commitment has earned him a Golden Apple Award nomination and several wins during senior class polls. He has coached both baseball and track during his 17 years with the school.  His father taught him this mindset of working hard for others. “My dad came to the U.S. from Mexico at the age of 17 on a work visa. He was the oldest of nine kids and came here to help support his family back home. He spoke no English and had no money to his name. He often worked two jobs and sometimes three in order to give my two sisters and me a better life than he had. He wanted nothing more than for us to go to college and have an easier life.” Tony made his father proud and became the first in his family to graduate college.  “I was recruited to Lewis by for…