Class Notes


Georgia Super Lawyer has selected Jeff Bogart for its 2020 list. He has received this honor since its inception in 2004. The publication only selects 5% of the state’s practicing attorneys.


James McFaul retired as a civil engineer and construction manager from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, having worked in the U.S. and abroad. He and his wife, Linda, visited 38 countries during that time. James earned a master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after working as a barber to support his family and get his undergraduate degree.


The American Public Works Association named Howard Killian one of its National Top Ten Public Works Leaders for 2020. He serves as director of public works for the city of Elmhurst, Ill.


Tenneco, Inc. has promoted Chris Brathwaite to senior vice president and chief communications officer. He previously spent 15 years at Sears Holdings Corporation where he championed the use of new media leveraging digital channels and internal social media platforms, SHC Speaks, videos and podcasts. He also spent three years at United Airlines as a chief spokesman at a time when the airline worked to overcome the impact of the 9/11 attacks and bankruptcy. In addition to a variety of public relations and government affairs positions at State Farm Insurance, Chris spent four years as an award-winning news reporter.


Jeff Hill is regional president for Herzing University’s Madison, Wis., campus, directing all operations for Herzing’s Madison and Kenosha campuses. Jeff earned a doctorate in education from Benedictine University and an MBA from Westwood College.


Leslie Darling is executive vice president and general counsel for the Art Institute of Chicago, handling legal affairs for the institute’s school and museum. Previously, she worked for the Chicago Infrastructure Trust and the city of Chicago. She earned her juris doctor at DePaul University.


Mitch Hoffman co-founded the software company Eradani Inc., and handles its worldwide sales. He and Carla Potter Hoffman ’96 have been married for 23 years and have three sons.


Apra has awarded Amy Turbes its 2020 Margaret Fuhry award for her commitment to the prospect development profession. She serves as senior director of principal gifts at Creighton University.


Matthew Dawson M.S. ’10 marked 10 years with Hanson Professional Services Inc., where he is a transportation practice lead in the Peoria office.

Mat Fletcher M.S. is a senior vice president and railway market principal at Hanson Professional Services Inc.’s Peoria office.

John McDole is a vice president and commercial banking portfolio manager at Busey Bank in Edwardsville, Ill. He is on two city committees and is a member of the Edwardsville school board.


Communication’s firm WPP has promoted Quan Phung Martin to vice president, group director for its Global Team Blue (GTB). She has managed Ford Motor Company’s branded content/entertainment and experiential marketing programs since 2001. Quan’s experience includes directing initiatives like gaming, film/tv integrations and promotions, custom content story-telling, cause marketing campaigns, grass roots test drives efforts and brand sponsorships. She is also the recipient of GTB’s Winning Women of the Year award in 2019. Quan and her husband, Shane, have two children, Meila and Matai, and live in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.


Joe Fiore serves as managing director, business development and finance for Sigma Chi Fraternity’s Constantine Housing Initiative.


The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals chose Jonathan Dell as the LGBTQ+ Engineer of the Year for 2020. As an engineering manager for new business and technology development at Collins Aerospace, he leads research into engineering electrical generators for aerospace applications. Jonathan has received five U.S. patents for his contributions to engineering innovations.


Melanie Pagán serves as assistant dean of student affairs at Columbia University in New York. She earned a master’s degree at Baruch College and is studying for her doctorate at George Washington University.


Feras Altwal M.S. studied biology with Craig Cady. During his time at Bradley, he performed stem cell research and successfully completed a two-year project. Feras earned a doctorate in neuroscience from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in May 2020. His work involved the successful identification of novel drugs to improve the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Currently, he serves as a post-doctoral fellow researcher at Rosalind Franklin University, where he is conducting an NIH funded study to investigate the use of stem cells to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

Bells and Rattles

Brynlee Danielle Paul Photo

Brynlee Danielle Paul, Braves fan and daughter of Chris and Jordan Ticaric Paul ’08 M.A. ’10, born June 14, 2019.

Cook Wedding Photo

Kaylind Cook ’15 married Jacob Mason ’15 Feb. 28.

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