Alumni Career Day set for this Thursday

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The Alumni Association of Joliet Catholic Academy is gearing up for the 2nd Annual Alumni Career Day on Thursday, April 14 from 7:45 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. JCA’s Career Day is a great opportunity for the school’s alumni to provide service to current students. It is also an opportunity for the students to connect with alumni representing a wide spectrum of careers.

Participating alumni will give two or more 20-minute presentations, telling their unique stories of how they got from high school to where they are today.

The objectives for the day are to make students more goal-oriented, to assist students in determining their next steps toward a career path, to encourage alumni to become involved in the mission of the school, and to foster direct participation of the alumni community in the lives of current students.

The following alumni are currently scheduled to speak:

Salutation First Name Last Name Profession Company
Mrs. Colleen Abbott Stay-at-home mom/former attorney The Abbott Family
Mr. Dan Allen Associate Vice President DePaul University
Ms. Kate Ambrosia Licensed Clinical Social Worker US Dept. of Veteran Affairs
The Honorable Matthew Bertani Judge County of Will
Mr. Robert Bodach Attorney Law office of Jeff Tomczak
Mr. Patrick Cardwell Lieutenant City of Joliet Police
Mr. Ryan Connelly Financial Advisor Waddell & Reed
Dr. Jennifer DeGeus Pediatrician Lake Forest Pediatrics
Mr. Frank DiBartolomeo President Services of Will, Grundy & Kankakee Counties
Ms. Moira Dunn Criminal Prosecutor Assistant Will County States Attorney
Mr. Joe Frescura Agent FBI
Mr. James Glasgow Will County States Attorney County of Will
Mrs. Eileen Gutierrez Marketing & Communications Cathedral of St. Raymond
Mrs. Jennifer Howard Owner TCBY -Frozen Yogurt
Dr. Cary Jenkins Dermatologist Morris Dermatology
Mr. Jim Kubalewski Social Worker Clinical Social Worker
Mr. John Lausch Attorney Kirkland & Ellis
Mr. James Massa Pharmaceutical Sales Adorn Pharmaceuticals
Mr. Brien McHugh Assistant Professor/Communication & Media Arts Education University of St. Francis
Mr. Ray McSteen Attorney McNamara, Phelan & McSteen LLC
Mr. Dan Mihelich Vice President-Commercial Loans First Midwest Bank
Ms. Micki Naal Financial Advisor Mack Financial
Mrs. Joan Papes Physical Therapist Athletico
Mr. Matt Peksa Battalion Chief Firefighter/Paramedic Lemont Fire
Mr. Dan Petrosko Information Technology College of Lake County (retired)
Mrs. Sue Runde HR/Recruiting Accenture
Mr. Matthew Schimanski Financial Advisor Edward Jones
D.M.D. David S. Streitz Dentist Streitz Dental Arts
Mrs. Kaitlyn Trizna Attorney
Mr. James Whitmer Attorney & Retired FBI Agent City Colleges of Chicago (Wright College)
Dr. Lawrence Wiers Director of School Partnerships & Asst. Professor Lewis University

Alumni interested in participating in a future Career Day are asked to visit the school’s website,, for detailed information or contact Sue Bebar, Director of Alumni Relations, at or 815.741.0500, ext. 269.

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