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Ron Brashear '01 | Founder, Youth of Honor

Age:  50 | Degree:  B.A. Applied Behavioral Sciences
According to the Department of Justice, juveniles incarcerated in state delinquent centers face a 55 percent chance of re-arrest, and 1 in 3 juvenile offenders will end up back in incarceration.  NLU alumnus Ron Brashear is looking to reverse those statistics.  The Youth of Honor Foundation, founded by Ron in July of 2006, is focusing on ensuring troubled kids find direction, drawing on Ron's own life experiences.  His foundation is racking up success stories among at-risk youth in the Atlanta, Ga. area.
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Bob Tuohy '93 | Homeland Security Advisor

Age:  59 | Degree:  B.A. Applied Behavioral Sciences
Bob Tuohy has had a front-row seat for the evolution of the nation's domestic security efforts.  As deputy director of the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, Bob advises the Department of Homeland Security on crucial budget decisions being made in the wake of debt ceiling and fiscal cliff negotiations.  He's uniquely suited to be advising the department as one of the first private sector advisors to work with the nascent Department of Homeland Security in 2002.
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Don Akery ’98 | Vice President at Arrow Electronics

Age:  53 | Degree:  B.A. Applied Behavioral Sciences
Don Akery is a vice president with Arrow Electronics, headquartered in Englewood, Co., which provides design assistance, products and services to more than 120,000 global customers. Don leads the marketing and asset for a group including passive, electromechanical and connector electronic component products. In 2013, he will continue to spur growth of Arrow's market share in his product group while expanding it to support the growing mobility/portable power market. "We are involved with new technologies, new materials, new ideas and new electronics that will make life not only different, but better in the future," Don said.


Barbara Oilschlager ’86 | Illinois Community College Leader

Age:  64 | Degree:  B.A. Applied Behavioral Sciences
Barbara Oilschlager has been a voting member on the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) board of representatives for15 years. She has held many positions in the past with the ICCTA, including president. Barb said there are challenges facing Illinois community colleges in 2013, particularly in funding and pension reform. The ICCTA is looking to drive an increase in graduation rates, and that's the ultimate payoff for her. "When I hand students their diploma as they walk across the stage on graduation day, it brings great joy to them, their families and those of us who have played a small part in their success,” Barb said.


Geraldine Palmer ’12 | Executive Director, North Side Housing & Support

Age:  58 | Degree:  Ph.D. Community Psychology
Geraldine Palmer leads an organization dedicated to provide permanent housing and support services for the homeless. Geraldine said the 30-year-old organization is looking to expand its veterans services and launch a program to bridge the gap between homeless or formerly homeless fathers and their children. Geraldine has also been nominated for a fellowship to enroll in Harvard non-profit leadership courses at no cost. "I totally enjoy working to develop and build programs designed to empower rather than enable the participants, mentor future leaders and contribute to the overall efforts to achieve social justice," she said.


Julie Zaura ’08 | Program Manager, American Hospital Association

Age:  34 | Degree:  M.A. Psychology
Julie Zaura is working on the Partnership for Patients campaign at the American Hospital Association Health Research and Education Trust, a project chartered through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The project’s goal is to reduce inpatient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013.  Julie calls the project the largest improvement campaign in history.  “I am proud to be working in an area that aims to improve health care, not just for myself and my family but for all Americans,” Julie said. “I have learned that I feel the most satisfied when I am engaged in work that helps others.”


Michael Clatch ’00 | Founder, Courage to Connect Therapeutic Center

Age:  36 | Degree:  M.A. Psychology
Michael Clatch, Psy.D. runs a private practice in Glenview, IL providing a strength-based therapy approach for a range of mental health and developmental issues. In 2013 he'll be introducing three new therapeutic groups, including ADHD, Asperger’s, and grief and loss, and has added staff to streamline the center's billing and insurance process. Michael loves that all of his clients are so different — they range in age from 3 to 55 — and feels great satisfaction when he can help them work through the challenges they face. "Seeing clients walk out the door with smiles when they came in upset or down is the best perk I get," he said.


Susan Neustrom ’04 | Executive Director, JUST of DuPage

Age:  62 | Degree:  B.S. Management
Susan Neustrom leads an organization dedicated to providing educational, enrichment and creative opportunities for inmates at the DuPage County Jail outside of Chicago, Ill. with the goal of empowering inmates to make a positive re-entry into their community.  In 2013, JUST is developing a 60-day education track for inmates to address anger issues, substance abuse and social skills.  “Incarceration is a symptom of much larger societal problems,” Susan said. “I am convinced that change does happen and will continue to happen as we work in partnership with organizations that provide support, resources and guidance.”


Wytress Richardson ’99 | Founder and President, Girls of Grace

Age:  46 | Degree:  B.A. Applied Behavioral Sciences
Wytress Richardson, Ph.D., associate professor in CAS, believes in the power of community. At Girls of Grace, volunteers are dedicated to holistically improving the lives of at-risk girls and young women. With programs such as peer mentoring, etiquette lessons, and leadership development, Girls of Grace works to prepare youth to become tomorrow’s leaders. “I realize that my life is of service and requires me to give away all that I have. I am so encouraged when I can support individuals to think outside the box, to contribute to their growth and development, to help elevate others to be the best that they can be,” Wytress said.







    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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