Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who is also a Riverside resident, was presented with the 2014 Leadership Award by Envision Unlimited on May 19 at Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago.

Topinka received the award for her support and prioritization of the expedited payment program for community service providers. The award is bestowed annual on the “elected official who demonstrates courage, conviction, compassion and, most important, a firm commitment to empower persons with disabilities.”

Envision Unlimited is a nonprofit human services agency that supports adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In business

Lifelong Brookfield resident Dr. Mike Quintana has opened a branch of SPARC Chiropractic (Sports Performance, Acupuncture and Rehab Clinic) in Brookfield. The company, which is headquartered in Aurora and opened in September 2013, now has a location at 3504 Grand Blvd at Eight Corners.

Quintana attended Brook Park and S.E. Gross Schools before graduating from Riverside-Brookfield High School, where he played football. He eventually earned a B.S. in marketing from DePaul University before earning his doctorate of chiropractic medicine from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard.

While there he also gained licenses in acupuncture and massage therapy. He’s currently working on his master’s degree in nutrition and functional medicine.

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Top cops

Three police officers with ties to local departments were among the 40 who graduated in May from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s School of Police Staff and Command. The 10-week program is designed to prepare top and mid-level law enforcement managers and supervisors for senior agency positions.

Among those graduating from the program last month were Riverside Police Sgt. Leo Kotor, North Riverside Police Commander Christian Ehrenberg and Lyons Police Sgt. Matthew Buckley, who also serves as deputy fire chief in Riverside.

The program covers topics such as management, organizational theory and behavior, human resource administration and skills for planning and analysis.

On campus

Emily Weber, of Brookfield, received her master’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois-Springfield during the school’s May 17 commencement ceremony. Weber is a graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School.

Abagail Escatel, of Riverside, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Communication Award during the Honors Day at North central College in Naperville on May 13.

Escatel, the daughter of Rafael and Maria Escatel, is majoring in speech communication. She is a graduate of Willowbrook High School.

Among those graduating with bachelor’s degrees from Augustana College in Rock Island on May 25 were Brookfield residents Brittany Hite (sociology, psychology), Nathan Smith (physics) and Natalie Viscariello (physics, applied mathematics) and Riverside resident Isaac Lauritsen (English, philosophy).

In addition, Viscariello was granted membership into the Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor society.

Among those receiving undergraduate degrees from Northern Illinois University on May 10 and 11 were Brookfield residents Julie Layton, William Hansa, Tamara Kohout, Joseph Kral, Jessica Kus, Molly Marks and Joseph Swon.

Sean Hennessy, of Riverside, received a Bachelor of Science degree in community and international development during commencement ceremonies on May 18 at the University of Vermont.

Brookfield resident Emily Furjanic and North Riverside resident Nicole Rocconi, both seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences, received their bachelor’s degrees during Creighton University’s May 17 commencement ceremonies. Furjanic graduated cum laude and Rocconi graduated magna cum laude. 

Both were also named to the spring 2014 dean’s list at the Omaha, Nebraska, school by attaining a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale. 

Chelsea Vabro, of North Riverside, received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at Illinois College’s annual commencement on May 11 in downstate Jacksonville.

University of Wisconsin-Madison announced that Riverside residents Margaret McLaughlin (College of Letters and Sciences) has been named the dean’s list and Katherine Wade (School of Human Ecology) has been named to the dean’s high honors list for the 2014 spring semester.

Brookfield resident Kristin N. DiMaggio was named to the 2014 spring semester dean’s list at Bradley University in Peoria by attaining a GPA of at least 3.5.

Cornell College in Mt Vernon, Iowa, announced that Brookfield resident Emily Andrulis was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester. Andrulis earned Highest Honors, for attaining a GPA of 4.0.

The following local students were named to the 2014 spring semester dean’s list at Lewis University in Romeoville for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5: Brookfield residents Sabrina Hill (English), Rachel Dlask (mass communications) and Daniel Cardoso (accounting) and North Riverside resident Erica Densch (athletic training).

Liam Lesniak, a freshman at Ripon (Wisconsin) College, was named to the dean’s list for the 2014 spring semester after attaining a GPA of at least 3.4.

Among those named to the dean’s list at the University of Dayton for the 2014 spring semester were Brookfield residents Christopher Crisanti and Katelyn Reynolds and Riverside resident Maureen O’Bryan.

Riverside residents Alyssa Kmet (pharmacy) and Olivia Toriumi (marketing) were among the 731 students from Butler University in Indianapolis who made the dean’s list for the 2014 spring semester.

Bellarmine University in Louisville has named Riverside resident Kelly Ely to the dean’s list for spring 2014. Ely, a sophomore majoring in exercise science, is a Riverside-Brookfield High School graduate. She attained a GPA of at least 3.5.

Brookfield resident Katherine Sauer and North Riverside resident Joseph Zyck were named to the dean’s list for the 2014 spring semester at Hope College in Holland, Mich., for attaining GPAs of at least 3.5.

Andreja Siliunas, a senior sociology major from Riverside, was named to the dean’s list at the College of Wooster (Ohio) for the 2014 spring semester for attaining a GPA of at least 3.65.

Among those named to the dean’s lists at Aurora University  by achieving a GPA of at least 3.6 for the 2014 spring semester were Brookfield residents Kaylie Clark and Kathryn Mendoza and North Riverside resident Kristen Schaefer (high honors).

Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park has announced its honor roll students for the second semester of the 2013-14 school year. Among those recognized were the following local students:

A Honor Roll: Brookfield residents Gloria Corona, Drew Dunker, Rebecca Letcher, Brittany Schneider, Robert Schneider and Jacquie Skokna; North Riverside residents Guillermo Arroyo, Emylee Zdarsky and Danny Zontos; and Riverside resident Hana Sedivy.

B Honor Roll: Brookfield residents Gina Crisanti and Alex Zuniga; North Riverside resident Connor O’Neill; and Riverside residents Gregory Bernasek and Brendan Sedivy.

Riverside Lions install new officers

Joe Dvorak was installed for his second one-year term as president of the Riverside Township Lions Club at the club’s June 10 meeting. Jack Wiaduck, a former club president, served as installing officer.

 Other officers installed were Alex Gallegos, first vice president; JoAnne Kosey, second vice president; Robert J. Lifka, third vice president; Chuck Courtney, secretary; and Eric Sundstrom, treasurer.

Directors installed were Robin Mooney, Joe Kosey, Dave Moravecek,
Dave Vesecky, Melissa Kotrba
(one-year term), and Dr. Jay Van Cura, Adam Yurkiw, Tom Sisulak, Diane Ceragioli (two-year term).

Also installed were Jerry Kosik, Jon Jansky and Jack Wiaduck, tail twisters; Scuff Gross, Adam Yurkiw and Jon Jansky, Lion tamers; and Jack Wiaduck, chaplain. 

Past presidents Scuff Gross, Lou Heine, Jerry Kosik, Don McDowell, Walter Pierce, Dennis Sadilek, Bill Scanlon, Jon Jansky, Jack Wiaduck and Olga Sylvester are permanent directors

Riverside Golf Club caddies named Evans scholars

Four Riverside Golf Club caddies were awarded Evans Scholarships this year, including Kyle Malone (Indiana University), Brittney Saenz (Marquette University), Kenneth Sprague (University of Illinois) and Machel Tardi (University of Illinois).

The Evans Scholarship is a four-year, full tuition and housing college scholarship for golf caddies. The scholarship recipients live together in one of the 14 Evans Scholarship houses established at universities across the country.

Riverside Golf Club now has 100 Evans scholars, with 13 students attending college next fall. The program, sponsored by the Western Golf Association, was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans in 1930. Caddies compete for scholarships each year based on their caddie record, academics, financial need, character and leadership qualities.

RBHS students recognized as National Merit Scholars

Thirteen Riverside-Brookfield High School students ranked at the top of the academic ability scale in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program.

Four RBHS students were among the approximately 16,000 academically talented seniors across the nation named National Merit finalists, including Joseph Aieta, Katherine Alaks, Clare Bollnow and Connor Culloden.

In addition, Culloden was named a National Merit Novartis Scholar and was awarded one of approximately 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships from the Novartis U.S. Foundation.

Students entered the competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test. Nine RBHS students placed in the top 5 percent to receive recognition as National Merit Commended Scholars, including Gabriella Bova, Gregory Catrambone, Nichole Cleveland, Michael Gmitro, Lilly Lisle, Rachel Pavlakovic, Laura Pellizzari, Isabella Soluri and Timothy Somers