Sgt. Jeffrey Miller

Brookfield Police Lt. Edward Petrak has become the third member of the department’s command staff to graduate from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Petrak completed the 10-week program in June and was one of 218 police executives from across the nation and internationally to attend the programs 260th class.

The FBI National Academy combines college-level coursework with intense physical training and seeks to provide command staff additional leadership and management knowledge as well as a unique opportunity to network with law enforcement officials from all types of departments — from small towns to world-class cities.

“The biggest value was the networking and connections you have with other officers throughout the country,” Petrak said. “It’s great to have someone to reach out to and to know they’ll get back to you and put their best effort into helping you.”

Petrak, 48, lived at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, rooming with a captain from the Philadelphia Police Department.

“What you find out is that we all have similar problem and issues,” Petrak said.

Petrak completed five courses, including classes in leadership and labor law, and challenged himself physically, completing the “Yellow Brick Road Challenge,” which is a series of training runs that culminates in a 6.1-mile run, which includes a 2.8-mile run through a Marine stamina course.

“It feels going back to the police academy,” Petrak said. “It starts you off fresh again.”

Petrak, who is a 25-year veteran of the Brookfield Police Department, follows in the footsteps of Chief Steven Stelter and Lt. James Episcopo, who graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2010 and 2014, respectively. 

I’d be honored

Margaret A. Connolly of the financial services firm Edward Jones in North Riverside recently won the firm’s Ted Jones Entrepreneurial Award for her exceptional achievement in building client relationships. 

Riverside cop completes program

Sgt. Jeffrey Miller of the Riverside Police Department recently graduated from the Northwestern University Center for Public safety’s School of Police Staff and Command. The 10-week program is designed to help prepare mid-level law enforcement managers and supervisors for senior agency positions.

The program covers four broad areas of study: management and its environment, organizational theory and behavior, human resource administration and skills for planning and analysis.

On campus

Molly Ely, of Riverside, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education during the commencement ceremony at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, in May. She is a graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School and the daughter of Michael Ely and Annette Palumbo of Riverside.

Among those awarded bachelor’s degrees at Augustana Collage’s commencement ceremony in May were several local students, including: Kaitlynn Markowski (cum laude, psychology and social welfare); Riverside resident Keegan Buttimer (computer science); Brookfield resident Alexander Dziagwa (psychology); Brookfield resident Paul Landahl (cum laude, mathematics and history); Riverside resident Astin Moravek (elementary education); Riverside resident John Schraidt (accounting and finance); Brookfield resident Emma Segura Fernandez (biology and psychology) and Brookfield resident Nicholas Stone (marketing).

North Central College in Naperville awarded bachelor’s degrees in May to Brookfield residents Emily Arp and Jonathan Kingzette, North Riverside resident Jacqueline Sprague and Riverside resident Abigail Escatel.

Graduating in May from Marquette University in Milwaukee was Riverside resident Thomas Maloney, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering/environmental engineering.

Brookfield residents Jessica Kalinsky, Willa Skeehan and Nancy Hernandez all received undergraduate degrees at the spring 2015 commencement ceremony at Dominican University in River Forest.

Three Brookfield residents received degrees from Bradley University in Peoria during commencement ceremonies in May. Among those awarded diplomas were Terrance M. Crowley, Master of Science in Civil Engineering; Kristin N. DiMaggio, cum laude, Bachelor of Science; and Amela Kremic, Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Alexandra VandeMerkt, a senior majoring in finance, earned her Master of Business Administration degree at commencement ceremonies held in May at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. VandeMerkt also was named to the 2015 spring semester dean’s for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5.

Isabella Cain, of Riverside, was named to the dean’s list for the 2015 spring semester at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.) for maintaining a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale. Cain is an undeclared engineering major.

Brookfield resident Jennifer Freiberg was among the roughly 5,000 students earning honor roll distinction for the 2015 spring semester at the University of Kansas. Freiberg is enrolled in the university’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The University of Dayton has announced that Brookfield resident Christopher Crisanti was named to the dean’s list for the 2015 spring semester for achieving a minimum GPA of 3.5 for the semester.

Brookfield resident Mia Benker was named to the 2015 spring semester dean’s list at Indiana Wesleyan University for obtaining a GPA of at least 3.5. She is a 2013 graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School.

Joseph Lendabarker, of Brookfield, was named to the dean’s list for the spring quarter at DePaul University in Chicago.

Among those named to the dean’s list for the 2015 spring semester at Augustana College in Rock Island were Brookfield resident Colleen Brown, North Riverside residents Monica Fiala and Kristen Santoro and Riverside residents Anne Mitchell and Astin Moravek.

Elliot J. Louthen, of Riverside, was named to the dean’s list for the 2015 spring semester at Washington University in St. Louis for attaining a GPA of at least 3.6 for the semester. Louthen is a student in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

North Riverside resident Bryan Reyes was named to the 2015 spring semester dean’s list at University of Wisconsin-Platteville for obtaining a GPA of at least 3.75. He is an engineering physics major.

Riverside resident Kristin Tomecek was named to the 2015 spring semester dean’s list at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts for attaining a GPA of at least 3.4.

Among those named to the dean’s list for the 2015 spring semester at Benedictine University in Lisle for attaining GPAs of at least 3.5 were Brookfield residents Jennifer A. Herrington, Hannah Langosch and Nicholas W. Mazil; North Riverside resident Maciej L. Chojecki; and Riverside resident Dolores Ferenac.

Named to the dean’s list for the 2015 spring semester at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, were Riverside residents Brian Brown (mathematics, economics) and Kathleen Maxwell (German, environmental studies).

Among those named to the dean’s list for ranking in the top 20 percent of undergraduate students within each division at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) were Riverside residents Ashley Rayfield and Sean DeMuro

In addition, both DeMuro (swimming) and Richard Schoen (football) earned spots on the school’s varsity athletic teams.

Trinity High School in River Forest has named its Fourth Block honor rolls students for the 2014-15 school year. 

Achieving First Honors (3.75+ GPA) were Riverside residents Jane Alm, Nikole Crane, Grace Lattner, Paulina Marquez, Emma Mosbrook, Carrie Reilly, Carolyn Judy, Olivia Maher, Emma Alm, Molly Gates, Liucija Siliunas, Sara LaMantia and Daniela Pope.

Achieving Second Honors was Riverside resident Sarah Austin