JCA hosts annual Alumni Career Day

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Joliet Catholic Academy welcomed 34 alumni into junior classrooms so they could hear stories of career successes, failures and life lessons. The JCA community is truly grateful to each person that took the time to attend, giving back to current students and the community at the 2019 JCA Alumni Career Day.

Throughout the day, presenters spoke for 20 minutes each about their current job, and the path it took to attain their positions. Once done speaking, JCA students were encouraged to ask questions of each presenter. Several presenters noted throughout the day their availability outside of Career Day to help inquiring young JCA students in their future career search through job shadowing, further guidance through conversation, or even potential internship programs.

JCA Director of Alumni Relations Sue Bebar added, “What I love most about Career Day is our alumni telling the students about their journey from graduation to where they are at today. Each presenter has a unique story of their path and how it has impacted them.  Students today can learn from the failures and the successes… true life lessons.”

For a complete list of JCA Alumni presenters from Career Day please see below:

First Name Last Name Class Year Profession Title Employer
Brother Ed Arambasich, OFM 1969 Franciscan Friar Brother Franciscan Order
Lois Babich 1982 Teacher Teacher St. Joseph School, Lockport
Robert Bailey 1990 College Professor Senior Professor of English South Suburban College
Robert Bannon 1977 Professional Engineer Principal Construction Support Engineer MecDermott International
James Brusatte 1970 Judge Retired Judge and Attorney State of Illinois, Will County
Kimberly Buck 2001 Business Owner/Consultant Co-Founder Rekroot LLC
Patrick Cardwell 1988 Law Enforcement Lieutenant Joliet Police Department
Ryan Connelly 1991 Financial Advisor CEO Waddell & Reed
Mike Coop 1986 Self Employed Technology Consultant Managing Partner ThinkSmartGrid
Jennifer  DeGeus, MD 1991 Medical Pediatrician Lake Forest Pediatrics
Joseph Egizio 1989 Lieutenant JNU/Tactical Unit City of Joliet
Britt Florin 2006 Assistant States Attorney Deputy Chief of the Misdeamor Division Will County States Attorney
Morgan Foreman 2008 Education Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired Naperville Community Unit School Dist. 203
Joseph Frescura 1988 Special Agent Counterterrorism Europe/Africa FBI – Chicago Division
Vincent  Johnson 1992 Photographer Photographer Othervertical
Mark Karner 1983 Financial Advisor Partner Edward Jones
Kathleen Kingman 2004 Registered Nurse Educator/New Graduate Nurse Coordinator Presence St. Joseph Medical Center
Brien McHugh 1974 Communications Professor Associate Professor University of St. Francis
Sr. Mary Jean Morris 1954 Retired Parish Coordinator, Religious Ed Director Sister Diocese of Jackson Mississippi. Diocese of Youngstown Ohio
Patrick Mudron 1967 Insurance Owner Self
Jim O’Connell 1989 Restaurant management AGM Cheesecake factory
Michael  O’Connell 2013 CPA Accountant BG Advisors CPA
Mike O’Neill 2013 Broadcast television Student U Coordinator Big Ten Network
Ragan Pattison 1999 Attorney & Business Development Director of State and Local Market Wight & Company
Robert Prock 1989 Physician Radiation Oncologist Franciscan Alliance Hospital, Munster, IN.
Tom Ragan   Manufacturing CEO Color Communications LLC
John  Schwider 1971 Connecting Foster Children to Healthy Relationships Field Representative Royal Family KIDS
Michael J. Schuster 1987 Inventor Owner Innovation Center
Mark Siefert 2006 Public Utilities Director of Water and Wastewater City of Crest Hill
Meg Tortorello 1987 Consultant President Tortorello Communications
Sr. Janet Tucci, osf 1952 Retired teacher and Minister in Mission Parish Teacher & Parish Minister Catholic Church
Sr. Juanita  Ujcik 1958 Teacher/Director Social Justice Minister Sister of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate
Lawrence  Wiers 1966 Educator Asst. Professor & Director of School Partnership Lewis University

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