Lewis University presented awards to eight alumni on Saturday, September 29 as part of the Homecoming and Family Day Celebration. At a special Alumni Achievement Awards Dinner, Christopher Perry of Summit, N.J. was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award, and seven other Lewis alumni received awards for achievement within their fields. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, Lewis University President, presented the awards during an elegant dinner in the University Dining Room attended by family and friends of the honorees.
Christopher Perry ’87 – Distinguished Alumni Award
Christopher Perry MBA ’87, Summit, N.J., enrolled at Lewis University after initial experience in the banking industry, realizing that his interests and talents were better suited for finance than law. He worked full time while completing the master’s degree in the Business Administration program at Lewis, and graduated with his MBA in 1987. For the last 18 years, Perry has been employed by the world’s leading source for intelligence information for professionals and businesses, Thomson Reuters, and its predecessor organizations, and currently he serves as President of Global Sales and Account Management for that firm. Highly effective in this leadership role, he oversees 3,000 frontline professionals who manage $5 billion of Thomson Reuters Financial and Risk revenues. In addition to his outstanding dedication to his profession, he has consistently striven to give back to his community. Perry serves on the Board of Directors of The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey, as well as America SCORES, a non-profit program that uses soccer to teach literacy. Perry is also a member of the Board of Directors of BritishAmerican Business, and is the Global Executive Sponsor for the Thomson Reuters Pride at Work Diversity Program.
Alumni Achievement Awards
Karen Calloway ’90, M.A. ’99, Chicago, Ill., received a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Lewis University in 1990. She continued her studies at Lewis, earning both a master’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Educational Administration in 1999. Calloway began her career in education at Lewis University, where she served as an admissions counselor. She went on to become an adjunct professor, teaching psychology and multi-cultural studies, while simultaneously working as an adolescent mental health counselor at Edward Hospital in Naperville. In 2001, she joined the Kenwood Academy family, where she has served in a variety of roles for the past 12 years. Starting as a professional school counselor, Calloway then moved on to become dean of students, assistant principal, and is currently the Assistant Principal of Student and Community Affairs.
Ken Lomasney MBA ’82, of Homer Glen, Ill., attended Lewis University, earning an MBA in 1982. In his business career, Lomasney gained his first large contract with Citibank and soon after founded Market Knowledge, Inc., where he served as President, helping it to grow into one of the dominant providers of database marketing and analysis services to Fortune 500 corporations. Although Market Knowledge was eventually sold to Equifax Information Services in 1996, Lomasney continued to use his many talents in his work as an astute entrepreneur and businessman. Lomasney next moved on to become an executive at Grey Global Group in New York, where he developed its consulting division and served as President, Worldwide, for MDS Global Consulting. Since 2007, Lomasney has been the Chief Operating Officer of UMarketing, an integrated marketing services company with offices in Chicago, New York, and Columbus. He consistently utilizes his more than 25 years of experience in assisting major corporations in recognizing the loyalty and value of their customer relationships.
The Honorable Timothy Murphy ’76, MBA ’81, Chicago, Ill., earned both his Bachelor of the Arts in Business Administration in 1976 and his MBA from Lewis University in 1981. He then attended John Marshall Law School, earning his Juris Doctorate in 1984. After passing the bar exam in 1984, Murphy went on to be a trial attorney for 15 years at Murphy Law Offices. In 1999, Murphy established Ceiko & Murphy, P.C., where he continued to specialize in family law. In 2001, Murphy founded his own firm, where he expanded his focus into all areas of family and estate law. Murphy’s career then took a significant shift when he was elected in November of 2004 as a Circuit Court Judge in Cook County. Murphy served in the First Municipal District on the Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division of Parentage and Child Support, and was serving on the Domestic Relations Division of the Sixth Municipal District when he was retained in a 2010 countywide election. Currently, he is a trial judge in the Domestic Relations Division at the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago.
Gordon Nelson ’50, of Antioch, Ill., attended Chicago’s Senn High School where he played football and ran track. After graduating from high school in June of 1947, he went to Wright Junior College before transferring to what was then Lewis College of Science and Technology. Enamored with flight since his uncle first took him on a plane ride at the age of 11, he enrolled in Lewis’ aviation program. Nelson proudly remembers studying under Wally Reich, who had trained Navy pilots during World War II at Lewis. He graduated in 1950, and soon moved to Opa Locka, Florida. There, he used his education and professional training at Lewis to obtain a position at the Embry Riddle School of Aviation as a Mechanics Instructor in their Air Force Contract School. In 1952, during the Korean War, Nelson enlisted in the Air Force, which took him to Amarillo Air Force Base to instruct students on the maintenance of the B-47 Medium Jet Bomber. After serving four years, Nelson was honorably discharged and began pursuing his ambition to become an airline pilot and earn his pilot’s license. After much hard work and gaining the necessary professional experience, Nelson was hired by Eastern Airlines in 1956, which he said was “a dream come true.” He then moved to O’Hare International Airport, and he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1962, Check Captain in 1971, and then Chief Pilot in 1977. Nelson retired in 1989, after nearly 34 years with Eastern Airlines.
Dr. Bernard Tadda, D.N.P. ’76, of Moline, Ill., came to Lewis in 1972 from St. Rita High School and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education at Lewis in 1976. While at Lewis, Tadda served as the Assistant Manager for the Student Union, Chairman of the Student Union Advisory Board, and directed the telephone crisis counseling service. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Tadda very selflessly served for two years with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana in a group home for teens. He furthered his education after completing his volunteer service by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Creighton University in 1980. As a lifelong learner, Tadda’s goals and ambitions led him to complete his Master of Science in Public Health Nursing in 1989 and Doctor of Nurse Practice in 2011 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has very capably served in various roles with different hospitals and community organizations, including multiple emergency room stints in Chicago-area hospitals, intensive care service, and as a nursing supervisor. Tadda is currently employed by Community Health Care, Inc. in Davenport, Iowa as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and with the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing as a Clinical Instructor for the Quad Cities Regional Program. He has also provided professional care for residents at the Center for Alcohol and Drug Services and the Bethany Home; a youth group foster home. Moreover, there he developed an HIV program and was the lead team member in the first Joint Commission accreditation process, which included a leadership role in the medical review of clinic operations.
Young Alumni Awards
Sophia Cartagena ’07, Providence, R.I., was actively involved with the Latin American Student Organization and with the University Ministry program through Koinonia and various service retreats, while at Lewis, including service trips to Bolivia, Mississippi, and Mexico. Cartagena was recognized in 2007 with the esteemed De La Salle Medallion for Exemplary Volunteer Service, and went on to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal/Social Justice later that same year. Cartagena was heavily influenced by her first mission trip to Bolivia in 2005. She credits that trip with reintroducing her to her faith, which in turn became a very significant part of who she is. After completing her undergraduate degree, Cartagena followed-up on her passion for service, which was ignited by her initial mission trip, by completing two years of exemplary service in the Lasallian Volunteers Program in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Cartagena continues to be active with the Lasallian Volunteers program, serving as a mentor and co-chair of the Young Lasallians Committee at Family Tide Services. She is also highly involved with the Affinity Council for the District of Eastern North America as the Tides Family Services representative and as a member of the Rhode Island Lasallian Association Group.
Roberto Suarez ’02, MBA ’06, M.A. ’09, New Lenox, Ill., graduated from Lewis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2002. He continued his education at Lewis University by completing a Master of Business Administration degree in 2006 and a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling & Guidance in 2009. Suarez currently serves as a Guidance Counselor at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. He uses his many talents, passion, and dedication to help students succeed at their highest level and to find their niche, while also helping them to understand their true potential. Prior to this role, he served in various capacities in admissions at Lewis University and at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy as a College and Academic Counselor. Suarez has actively participated in several organizations such as College Board Advisory Board, IMSA Robotics Mentor, CB Prepárate Conference Planning Committee, Knights of Columbus, NACAC, IACAC, and Phi Kappa Theta National Fraternity. His current involvements include membership on various committees at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, including Gifted Committee, Underwater Robotics Club Mentor, and College Academy.
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