New Riverside Lions Club member Paul Porter(center) is welcomed by his sponser Robert Lifka (right) and club President Joe Dvorak.

Two physicians who work at the Loyola Center for Health, 1950 Harlem Ave. in North Riverside, were among the 51 Loyola University Health System doctors named to Chicago magazine’s 2014 Top Doctors list.

Among the top docs were Dr. Hannah Chow-Johnson for excellence in pediatrics and Dr. Mary Jo Liszek for excellence in internal medicine.

Chicago magazine’s biennial list of outstanding Chicago-area doctors is published in the January 2014 issue.

Scheck taps Riverside attorney

Scheck Industries in Countryside announced on Jan. 7 that Riverside resident Karen Layng has been hired as the company’s general counsel and vice president corporate development officer, in which capacity she will remain as an advisor to the company’s board of directors.

An attorney, Layng was at the law firm Vedder Price P.C., where she was a shareholder, chair of the construction law group and compensation committee, immediate past chair of the litigation practice area and a longtime member of the firm’s board of directors.

“Karen is an exceptional addition to our executive team,” said Richard Scheck, chairman of Scheck Industries and former longtime mayor of North Riverside. She brings a wealth of experience and strategic thinking to help drive our continued success and to execute our growth initiatives.”

Layng was the first woman president of the 7th Circuit Bar Association and serves as the president and board chair of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

I’d be honored

Yvonne Agnello-Adams, who served as president of the Brookfield Jaycees in 2008, was honored with Junior Chamber International Senatorship #72530 at the last Illinois Jaycees Convention.

A Jaycees Senatorship is an honor recognizing contributions and service to JCI and its member organizations and is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a current or past member.

The honor was provided on behalf of the Lombard Jaycees, the chapter Agnello-Adams now calls home; the Brookfield chapter folded in 2013. 

Riverside police officers Sgt. Frank Pontrelli, Sgt. Leo Kotor, Officer Dan Marrello, Officer John Cairo, Officer Fabian Navarro and Communications Officer Sheryl Palermo were selected by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to receive the Cook County Sheriff’s Award of Valor, recognizing acts of heroism and bravery.

Each officer received the award for their performance on Jan. 14, 2012 when they responded to the call of a suicidal girl who had gone missing. She was wearing just light clothing and it was 10 degrees with heavy snow outside. She was found after an extensive ground search and rescued.

In addition, Officer Mike Panek received an Award of Merit “for his exceptional attitude, attendance, work ethic and professionalism towards the residents of Riverside.”

The officers were honored at a ceremony in December at Moraine Valley Community College.

Finally, Sgt. Kotor was recently elected to the board of officers for the Illinois Tactical Officers Association after a state training conference in Oak Brook. He will serve a four-year term and will assist in the development of a training curriculum and policies for tactical responses throughout the state.

Adventist Midwest Health in late 2013 honored more than 50 leaders, directors and managers for their success in developing an engaged workplace. Among those honored was Brookfield resident Myra Carter, who works at Adventist Health Partners.


At the 2013 Illinois Emergency Management Association annual conference in Springfield in December, Riverside residents Stephen and Ann Kubiczky received certificates from IEMA Director Jonathon E. Monken in recognition of completing the professional development series in emergency management. Ann Kubiczky is a Riverside Township trustee. Stephen Kubiczky is a former township collector.

Welcome aboard

In November 2013 the Riverside Township Lions Club welcomed new member Paul Porter, who was sponsored by longtime club member Robert J. Lifka.

On campus

Anna Jurik, of Brookfield, received certification in massage therapy from the College of Allied Health Sciences at National University of Health Sciences during a commencement ceremony held Dec. 12, 2013. She also worked as an intern in the university’s on-campus integrative medical clinic.

Several area students were named to the dean’s list for the 2013 fall term at Augustana College in Rock Island for attaining a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale, including Brookfield residents Paul Landahl (math and history), Kaitlynn Markowski (psychology and sociology), Nathan Smith (physics) and Natalie Viscariello (physics and math); Riverside residents Isaac Lauritsen (English and philosophy) and Anne Mitchell (undecided); and North Riverside resident Kristen Santoro (communication sciences).

Markowski, a junior, also served as one of the college’s 116 student admissions ambassadors, who help recruit new students.

Brookfield residents Emily Arp and Jonathan Kingzette were named to the dean’s list for the 2013 fall term at North Central College in Naperville for attaining a GPA of at least 3.6 for the term.

Amy Delbecq, a senior at Beloit (Wis.) College, has been named to the dean’s list for the 2013 fall semester for attaining a GPA of at least 3.4.

Kathleen Maxwell, of Riverside performed in the annual St. Olaf College Christmas Festival in Northfield, Minn., as a member of the Manitou Singers in December. She is the daughter of Thomas and Deborah Maxwell and a graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School.

Brookfield resident Stephanie Raga held launch a new student-run and faculty-advised literary journal —the Jet Fuel Review — at Lewis University in Romeoville, the school announced in December. Raga is a staff member of the journal, which includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, art and e-books.

North Riverside residents Christine Manika and Katie Manika in late 2013 were inducted into the mathematics honors society Mu Alpha Theta at Queen of Peace High School in Burbank.