Heena Patel

Dominican University presented alumna Judy Scully, of Riverside, with the Caritas Veritas Award, the university’s most prestigious alumni honor. The award recognizes a graduate whose life reflects Dominican’s motto of love and truth in a distinguished way, both professionally and personally.

A graduate of the Class of 1966, Scully went on to earn graduate degrees from Northeastern Illinois University and National Lewis University, and her doctorate in school psychology from National Lewis University. 

Throughout her more than 30-year career as a school psychologist and educator, Scully was an advocate for students with disabilities and special needs, and in 2005, the Illinois School Psychologists Association honored her with the Ted Smith Practitioner of the Year Award, for her outstanding work with students.

The Caritas Veritas Award also recognizes Scully’s outstanding work as a volunteer, advocate and donor to the university. 

She has served multiple terms as a member of the Board of Trustees; as co-chair of the Trustee Benefit Concert and Gala, and the Fund for Dominican, with her husband, John Scully; and as a class agent, connecting with and engaging her 1966 classmates. 

In recognition of this year’s Class of 1966 50th Reunion, Scully led the effort to establish a Class of 1966 Endowed Scholarship to be awarded annually to deserving students. 

In addition, she and her husband established the Scully Family Endowed Scholarship, helping make a Dominican University education available to deserving students.


The retiring type

North Riverside Police Sgt. James V. Chiappetta retired from the North Riverside Police Department on July 10 after 30 years of distinguished service. 

Sgt. Chiappetta, or “Chops” as he is affectionately known to everyone in the community, grew up in North Riverside and has deep ties to the North Riverside. 

He has served in many capacities during his tour in North Riverside, including as a juvenile officer, truck enforcement officer, evidence technician, field training officer, rapid deployment instructor, firearms instructor and range master.

Sgt. Chiappetta was a graduate of the Northwestern University Staff and Command School in 2008 and earned a Medal of Valor and of Excellence.  

“Chops was always quick with a joke to lighten the mood, never missed a day of work in 30 years and showed a work ethic second to none,” said Cmdr. Christian Ehrenberg. “We ask that everyone wish him the best as he ventures into retirement.”



Kurtis Gildow, of Brookfield, formerly the director of programs: education and community partnerships at Chicago’s Merit School of Music, has been promoted to dean of programs.

In his new leadership role as dean of programs, Gildow will supervise an expanded team of program directors who manage each of Merit’s instrumental divisions. In sum, Gildow will oversee a wide range of instruction for thousands of area students across four major programs — including classes at Merit’s main campus, the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-Free Conservatory, off-site programs at multiple satellite locations, dozens of partnerships with Chicago Public School administrators and community leaders, and an in-school private lesson program.

Gildow, 33, earned his Master of Music Performance from Roosevelt University’s College of Performing Arts, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Miami University (Ohio). Since 2007, he has served as assistant professor of music at Concordia University Chicago, teaching classes in brass pedagogy to aspiring music educators and private lessons on tuba, euphonium and baritone. He has also served on the faculty at North Central College, and continues to teach and freelance as a performing tubist. 


Alex Gallegos was sworn in for a second term as president of the Riverside Township Lions Club at the club’s annual installation dinner June 7 in the Scottish Home in North Riverside.

Lions District 1A Governor Ralph Zarada was installing officer.

 Also continuing as officers are JoAnne Kosey, first vice president; Adam Yurkiw, second vice president; Robert J. Lifka, third vice president; Chuck Courtney, secretary; and Eric Sundstrom, treasurer.

Others installed are Joseph Dvorak IV, Jerry Kosik and Jack Wiaduck, tail twisters, and Wiaduck, chaplain.

Elected to one-year terms on the board of directors were Mary Rob Clarke, Frank Gangware and Phil Polanski. Elected to two-year terms were Dr. Jay Van Cura, Tom Sisulak, Diane Ceragioli, Robin Mooney, Joe Kosey and David Moravecek.

Permanent directors are Llewellyn Heine, Kosik, Donald McDowell, Walter Pierce, Dennis Sadilek, Bill Scanlon, Jonathan Jansky, Wiaduck, Olga Sylvester and Dvorak.


On campus

Brookfield resident Madison Powers was awarded her Bachelor of Science in Business degree during commencement ceremonies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in May. Powers majored in finance. She is the daughter of Tom and Pam Powers.

Olivia Legan, the daughter of Christopher and Christine Legan, of Riverside, earned a bachelor’s degree in music, magna cum laude, from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, during in commencement ceremony in June.

A 2012 graduate of the Illinois Math and Science Academy, Legan’s degree was for violin performance.

Ryon Krueger, of Brookfield, graduated with a degree in biology from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, in May. He is the son of Karen LoConti.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point announced that Riverside resident John M. Ivansek received his Bachelor of Arts in political science at the university’s spring commencement ceremonies in May.

Among those receiving degrees from the University of Iowa at the close of the spring semester were Brookfield resident Mary Heer (B.A., communication studies) and Riverside residents Patrick Brady (M.S., orthodontics); Haley Croney (B.A. in social work and B.A. in gender, women’s and sexuality studies); Mark Musial (B.B.A., finance); and Meghan Orgler (B.A., health and human physiology).

Michael E. Rago, of Riverside, was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree during the spring commencement ceremonies at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Brian Brown, a graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School, received a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in economics and mathematics during the spring commencement ceremonies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He is the son of Jerome Brown and Vilma Brown-Muralles.

Among those receiving bachelor’s degrees from the University of Dayton during the school’s spring commencement ceremonies were Riverside residents Maureen O’Bryan, Rachel Roberts and Megan Schoen.

Tess Galvan, of Brookfield, was one of 17 students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf to be inducted into the college’s first national honor society, Epsilon Pi Tau. It’s the first EPT chapter in the nation dedicated to deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Named to the dean’s list at Miami University of Ohio for the 2016 spring semester was Riverside resident Ashley Rayfield. Dean’s list students must attain a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale for the semester.

Brookfield resident Libby Creek was named to the dean’s list for the 2016 spring semester at Hofstra University (Hempsted, New York) for achieving a GPA of at least 3.5.

St. Mary School students Grace Vomacka and Heena Patel, both eighth-graders, were named winners of the 2016 Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s Science Fair. The two girls won for their project, “Battling Bacteria.”

Also receiving certificates for their projects were St. Mary eighth-graders Logan Maue and Gianna Moran.