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Bradley Has Their Hearts

Last year, Jamie Condon ’13 nominated her parents, Jim Condon ’84 and Geri Orler Condon ’84, for the Bradley Parents of the Year award. “It was very humbling to hear Jamie’s story about how she felt about us and how she connected us with her amazing Bradley Experience,” Geri reflected. “She wanted to attribute her success to us, but Jamie took every opportunity and made success happen for herself. We are so glad Jamie now lives in Peoria because we still feel that Bradley has our hearts.” 

Jamie Condon ’13 is with her parents, Jim Condon ’84 and Geri Orler Condon ’84, and her cousin Jon Freund ’12 (second from left) who graduated with a degree in interactive media. Earlier, Geri’s brother Todd Orler ’90 and his wife, Amy Harry Orler ’91, added to the family legacy. “It was nice being able to share Bradley experiences with my parents and other family members,” Jamie said, noting she, Geri and Amy also constitute a Chi Omega legacy.

Photo courtesy Geri Orler Condon '84.

When Jim and Geri were asked what it felt like to watch Jamie receive her Bradley degree at the 2013 spring Commencement ceremony, they looked at the moment from a legacy viewpoint. 

“I was very happy for Jamie,” Jim said with a laugh. “I knew she’d enjoy Bradley, and it was an absolutely positive experience for her.”

Geri added, “I lived and breathed Bradley. My heart was broken when Jamie told us she was not going to Bradley because we had and she wanted to be her own person. I think her experience from a weeklong interactive media program at Bradley the summer between her junior and senior year tipped the scales for Jamie, and she loved Bradley.”

The Condons were proud of how well-prepared Jamie was for her career as she worked toward her goal “to see the world.” She participated in the Disney College program in Florida and also interned with Marriott. Now, Jamie travels North America as an event coordinator for Maui Jim, a manufacturer of sunglasses headquartered in Peoria, Illinois. A member of the first class to complete a degree in Hospitality Leadership, she minored in interactive media and marketing. 

A native of McHenry, Illinois, Jim remembered choosing Bradley due to its solid engineering reputation and its distance from home. Recalling the late Dr. John McNabb, professor emeritus of civil engineering, and the late Dr. James Seckler, also a professor of civil engineering, as “definitely great professors,” he said his Bradley education prepared him well, brought out the best in him and enabled him to find his first job working for Sargent and Lundy in Chicago. In 1996, Jim earned his MBA from The Keller Graduate School. As president/owner of J. Condon and Associates in his hometown, he acknowledged he’s a risk taker and could “tolerate risk when I eventually started my own company.”

Geri majored in political science and credits the Office of Admissions’ marketing materials for enticing her to visit campus. “Dr. Bill Hall [professor emeritus of political science] is the reason I chose Bradley,” the New Lenox native said. “I was so impressed with him, and he ended up being my adviser. My initial plan was to earn a political science degree and attend law school.” Instead, she first served on the Illinois House Republican staff and then the Senate Republican staff in Springfield.

Earning her master’s degree in family and child studies at Northern Illinois University, Geri is a licensed professional clinical counselor with her own practice in Ringwood, Illinois. Additionally, she has continued to utilize her political science degree and leadership skills honed at Bradley as an alderman on the McHenry City Council for the past 12 years, where she is up for re-election next May.

Although the couple knew each other as freshmen in Heitz Hall, they never dated until finals week their senior year. New careers then sent them on their separate ways. Two years later at Homecoming, however, they reconnected and eventually married in 1988 and are now the parents of three children.