Richard G. Gamble, a former publishing executive, has been named senior vice president of operations by the Chicago Zoological Society, which operates the Brookfield Zoo.

Gamble, who most recently served as publisher and general manager of Chicago Magazine, was hired following a national search to fill the post, which is responsible for internal business and park operations, the Chicago Zoological Society announced on June 26.

Gamble spent 16 years in leadership positions at the Chicago Tribune, taking the helm of Chicago Magazine, which is owned by Tribune Co., in 2009. He previously was publisher of Exito!, a Spanish-language newspaper operated by the Tribune.

Before landing with the Tribune in 1997, he worked at various logistical and operations positions for the Taco Bell Corporation and MacMaster-Carr Supply Company.

He holds a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University, with concentrations in marketing, management strategy and planning and organizational behavior.

Gamble also serves on the boards of the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Chicago Loop Alliance, Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and SOS Children’s Villages of Illinois.

Eyes on finance 

Riverside residents David Bonnette and Jean Sussman, who are both board members for the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA), along with Riverside Finance Director Jessica Frances and Riverside Management Intern Ed Teelucksingh, attended the 2014 Fiscal Symposium presented by the CBTA in June at the Standard Club in Chicago.

Topics discussed included individual and corporate taxation, educational equity, pensions, healthcare, human services and more.

Bonnette is former superintendent of Riverside Elementary School District 96 and former interim superintendent of Riverside-Brookfield High School. Sussman is a Riverside village trustee.

Walking with a purpose

On June 8, Father Krzysztof Swierczunski along with parishioners, families and friends of St. Mary Parish in Riverside joined the more than 2,000 people at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for the Health, Hope and heroes 5K and Children’s Hustle, which raised $193,559 to support clinical care and research for the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital at Loyola.

The St. Mary team had 60 walkers, runners and volunteers on site. Top 10 runners in their respective age categories included Owen Bottorf (5th), Jonathan Briars (1st), Michelle Cronin (7th), Paula Franco (2nd), Vanessa Franco (5th), Christopher Lombardo (3rd), Maria Lombardo (10th), Michael Lombardo (7th), Christina Manika (4th), Katie Manika (10th) and Phil Radtke (7th).

In addition, Isabella Brunke was recognized as top fundraiser. 

RBTV students win awards

The National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (Chicago Midwest Chapter/NATAS) awarded RBTV students with two scholarships, a Crystal Pillar Award and an honorable mention — at the CTEC (Chicagoland Television Educators Council) High School Video Festival held earlier this year in Naperville.  

The Crystal Pillar Award is the highest honor a high school student can achieve in television production.  The winners were honored at the 2014 Silver Circle Dinner held at the Knickerbocker Hotel in May.

Riverside-Brookfield High School senior Mike Frushour won two scholarships totaling $3,500. He was involved with RBTV for four years and will be attending Columbia College in the fall.

The Crystal Pillar was awarded to sophomore Colin Hughes for video editing, while the honorable mention was also given to Hughes for television writing.

 The CTEC High School Video Festival awarded a first place trophy to freshman Lisandro Resto for his commercial on reusable water bottles. Two second place plaques were awarded to Jason Goo for his sci-fi movie trailer and to Robert Ripoli and Frushour for RBTV News. 

Two third place awards went to Frushour and Hughes for Live Event Sports Coverage (“RBTV Boys Basket Ball Live”) and Live Event Performing Arts Coverage (“Orchesis”).

Big winners

Brookfield residents Emma Garesche, 9, and Greg Boswell, 12, were the lucky winners of new bicycles donated by the Hodgkins Walmart at the Brookfield Police Department’s Bike Rodeo in May.

The event drew more than 150 kids, who learned about bike safety and tried out their riding skills on a course laid out in the parking lot of the Brookfield Village Hall.

Chief named to NIPAS board 

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel has been elected to the executive board of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) and will serve as its secretary. NIPAS comprises 93 police agencies and responds to SWAT-type operations and large mobile field force incidents for crowd control.

Brookfield Kiwanis award college scholarships

Outstanding eighth-graders also recognized

The Brookfield Kiwanis Club in May held its annual banquet to award college scholarships to graduating high school seniors and to recognize outstanding eighth-grade students.

Four $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Lyons Township High School students Jakub Dziza and Maggie Paloucek and Riverside-Brookfield High School students Katherine Alaks and Lauren Kreiss.

Outstanding eighth-graders recognized at the event were Eric Gradilla from Park Junior High, Anna Souders from S.E. Gross Middle School, Suzana Jukic from St. Louise de Marillac School and Hector Carrazco from George Washington Middle School.

The recipient of the Brought Up Grades (BUG) Award was Griffin Noah of S.E. Gross Middle School. Several other Brookfield students were given certificates as BUG nominees.

On campus

Brookfield residents Dana Balek and Erik Brown and Riverside residents Matthew Meindl and Kristina Scalfano received bachelor’s degrees at North Central College’s commencement ceremony on June 14 in Naperville.

Connor Halline, of Riverside, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University in Atlanta at the school’s commencement ceremony in May.

Brookfield residents Jennifer Frieberg, a student in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Kevin Grund, a student in the School of Business, were named to the honor roll for the 2014 spring semester at the University of Kansas. The honor roll recognizes the top 10 percent of students enrolled. 

Marco Garcia, of Riverside, has graduated from the diesel and industrial programs at Universal Technical Institute in Lisle. The institute provides instruction in automotive, diesel, collision, motorcycle and marine repair.

Wolfgang “Max” Recht, formerly of Brookfield, was named to the dean’s list for the 2014 spring semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee after attaining a grade-point average of 4.0. He was named a Riverside Golf Club Evans Scholar in 2011.

Riverside residents Haley Croney, Emily Hejna, Alanna Maloney and Benjamin Mitchell along with Brookfield resident Kathryn Skinner were named to the dean’s list at the University of Iowa for the 2014 spring semester.

Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, has announced that North Riverside resident Emily Wozniak was named to the 2014 spring semester dean’s list after attaining a GPA of at least 3.5.

Riverside resident Alexandra VandeMerkt was named to the 2014 spring semester dean’s list at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, by attaining a GPA of at least 3.5. VandeMerkt, a junior business administration major, is the daughter of Jayne VandeMerkt.

David Buksa, a student at Riverside-Brookfield High School, placed third in Algebra 2 at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics state math competition at the University of Illinois. The showing is believed to be the highest an RBHS student has placed in an individual competition at the state level.

Will Wiora, a Lyons Township High School junior from Brookfield, was one of seven student filmmakers to receive awards at the school’s annual Media Arts Night of Entertainment (MANE) festival in May. Wiora joined Matt Grider of LaGrange Highlands and Nader Hamdan of LaGrange Park in winning the Comedy category with their film “Rise of the Ant Racing Club.” 

The following local students were named to the second semester honor rolls at Fenwick High School in Oak Park:

First Honors: Brookfield residents Gregory Lazzara and Amanda Lopez and Riverside residents Kimberly Burda, Elizabeth Carlson, Benjamin Chmura, John Doherty, Claire Durkin, William Flaherty, Salvatore Flight, Dylan Gresik, Sean Herbert, Garrett Javors, Sarah Javors, Amy Kucera, Jonathan Kulhanek, Mitchell Legan, Jack Lulich, Jack Mahoney, Rachel McCarthy, Anna Milleker, Riley Mullen, Theresa Mullen, Dennis O’Bryan, Alec Polston, Michael Saganich, Amelia Reggi, John Showel, Grace Tucek and Ryan Zia.

Second Honors: North Riverside resident Ethan Gerstner and Riverside residents Katherine Androwich, Mark Birmingham, Conor Cawley, Michael Faul, Thomas Hennelly, Brendan Jones, Leila Leone, Luis Murphy, Kathleen Suess, Theresa Wagner and John Walsh.

The following Riverside-Brookfield High School students won medals at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) state competition in Springfield this past spring: Natalie Gutierrez (silver medal, frosted cakes- conventional); Isabele Pena (gold medal, fashion apparel display); and Christine Gruber and Mimi Pena (silver medal, international experience).