Riverside attorney wins public service award

Riverside resident Denice Wolf Markham received the Thomas H. Morsch Public Service Award from the Chicago Bar Foundation at the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation 16th Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Awards Luncheon on July 15.

The award is considered the premier public recognition for longtime legal aid and public interest law attorneys in the area. It includes a cash prize and was established to recognize lawyers who choose public service work as a career.

Markham has been a fierce advocate for domestic violence victims for her entire legal career, which spans more than 30 years.

As a single parent with a young son, Markham put herself through college and then earned her J.D. for Loyola University School of Law in Chicago.

She is the executive director of Life Span, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that combines counseling, criminal court advocacy and legal representation to offer clients a comprehensive solution to the violence in their lives.

While maintaining a full caseload, she mentors and trains dozens of lawyers, court advocates and law students, and provides technical assistance to other domestic violence organizations.

The Morsch Award is named after Thomas H. Morsch, a former partner at Sidley and Austin and a leader in the Chicago community, who has championed the cause of public interest law for more than 40 years.

He was the first director of the Small Business Opportunity center at Northwestern University School of Law, now known as the Entrepreneurship Law Center. He is the center’s emeritus director.



Riverside resident Maria Castro recently was appointed to the board of the Illinois Conservation Foundation by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

Castro, who lives in Riverside with her husband, Martin, and two grandchildren, Savannah and Martin, said the appointment will enable her to “reach out to youth groups in the greater Chicago region to make them aware of all the natural resources available at the Torstenson Youth Conservation Center” a 750-acre facility along the Pecatonica River in Winnebago County.


Youth volunteer honored

Brookfield resident Jasmine Richter was named a 2014 Legacy Award winner at the 4th Annual Legacy Awards Celebration at the LeaderShop in LaGrange. The award recognizes those who make the LeaderShop’s impact in local communities possible, with their dedication, generosity and passion.

Richter began volunteering in 2009 and has dedicated 802.5 hours to her community and beyond.

The LeaderShop offers programs for elementary and high school age students that range from mentoring and leadership to performance groups, outreach/volunteer service and special community-based events. 


On campus

Two Riverside residents were among the 5,000 students at the University of Iowa receiving degrees at the school’s spring commencement ceremonies. David Maslowski earned his B.S. in computer science, while Thomas Meade earned his B.A. in economics.

Jonathan Ramirez, of Riverside, graduated summa cum laude from Lake Forest College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and economics with a minor in international relations.

Ramirez is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Sigma Iota. His senior thesis, “the Push to Immigrate: How the Mexican and U.S. Economies Affect Immigration,” was awarded distinction.

He is a graduate of Fenwick High School in Oak Park. 

Riverside resident Bridget Ann Hannon graduated from the University of Rochester (New York) on May 18 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and psychology. She is the daughter of Edward Hannon and a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.

Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) awarded degrees to the following local students during the school’s commencement exercises on May 17: Brookfield resident Rebecca O’Neal and Riverside resident Alexander Brown.

In addition, the school recognized Riverside residents Ashley Rayfield and Tyler May as students who ranked in the top 20 percent of undergraduates within each division for the second semester of the 2013-14 school year.

Illinois Wesleyan University has named Elena Duve, of Riverside, to the dean’s list for the 2014 spring semester, which she spent studying in Barcelona, Spain. Duve will be a junior in the fall, majoring in math and Spanish.

Tara Kaplan, of Riverside, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin for maintaining a 3.5 GPA.

Riverside resident Molly Ely has been named to the dean’s list for the winter/spring terms at Centre College (Danville, Kentucky). The honor is reserved for students who maintain a GPA of at least 3.6. She is the daughter of Michael Ely and Annette Palumbo of Riverside and a graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School.

North Central College in Naperville has named Brookfield residents Erik Brown and Jonathon Kingzette and Riverside resident Abigail Escatel to the 2014 spring semester dean’s list for maintaining a grade-point average of at least 3.6 on a 4-point scale.

Adrienne Witek, a graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School, was named to the 2014 Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin) dean’s list for maintaining a GPA of at least 3.4 for the full 2013-14 academic year. She is the daughter of David Witek and Christine Morgan-Witek, of Brookfield.

Brookfield resident Peter Lyson, a pre-med student at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, took part in the school’s summer enrichment program, which is designed for students who have a desire to serve the underserved and gives students a glimpse of what it’s like to be a first-year medical student.

The experience included clinical and academic encounters such as anatomy, small-group patient-centered care and hands-on experience in Loyola clinics. The program also helps students understand health disparities and the importance of promoting equality in health care. 

Riverside resident and 2014 Fenwick High School graduate Rachel Heuel was chosen to receive the Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Auxiliary/Medical Staff Scholarship Award, given annually to one student from each of 10 local high schools who have excelled academically and intend to pursue a medical or health-related career in college. The winners are chosen by each school’s faculty advisors.

Heuel will be a freshman in the honors program at the University of Iowa this fall, pursuing studies in pre-med.


Riverside Explorers attend conference

Four Explorers from the Riverside Police Explorer Post #390 attended the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference in July on the campus of Indiana University.

Pictured above from left, Explorers Tim Geroulis (Brookfield), Kyle Longino (New Lenox), Khris Walker (Oak Park) and Brandon D’Altorio (Brookfield) represented Riverside at the bi-annual conference, which features team and individual competitions, seminars and shows for Explorers to learn about law enforcement and show off their skills.

The Riverside post is open to all youths age 14 to 20 who have an interest in law enforcement. Anyone interested in joining the post should contact Officer Brian Greenenwald at