Benedictine University honors 14 alumni for leadership, innovation, philanthropy

April 15, 2016

Who's WhoLisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University honored 14 alumni for their contributions to their communities through their leadership and philanthropy.

The alumni were named to the University’s Who’s Who Among Benedictine University Alumni and recognized at a dinner and awards presentation April 9 at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort.

Four alumni were presented Visionary awards, which recognize alumni who have reached the pinnacle of their careers and have made a significant impact on the world around them through leadership and philanthropy. The Rising Star award was presented to 10 alumni who graduated less than 25 years ago, have made considerable strides in their careers and have shown dedication to philanthropic endeavors.

Those honored were:

Christos M. Linardakis, J.D., LL.M., of Hinsdale, a 1988 graduate of Benedictine University with a bachelor’s degree in International Business and Economics, was among those honored as a Visionary.

Suzet M. McKinney, Dr.P.H., of Chicago, a 2001 graduate of Benedictine University with a master’s degree in Public Health, was among those honored as a Visionary.

Donald B. Pope-Davis, Ph.D., of Las Cruces, N.M., a 1976 graduate of Benedictine University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, was among those honored as a Visionary.

Richard R. Vondrak, Ph.D., of Glen Dale, M.d., who attended Benedictine University from 1961-63 as a Physics student, was among those honored as a Visionary.

Sanem (Tezcan) D’Angelo, of Elmwood Park, a 2001 graduate of Benedictine University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts, was among those honored as a Rising Star.

MaryAnhthu T. Do, D.O., of Oak Brook, a 1994 graduate of Benedictine University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, was among those honored as a Rising Star.

Lisa Eaton Wright, of Lemont, a 2010 and 2008 graduate of Benedictine University with a master’s degree in Nutrition and Wellness and a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, was among those honored as a Rising Star.

James J. Fedinec, M.D., of Darien, a 1992 graduate of Benedictine University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, was among those honored as a Rising Star.

Khizar Jafri, of Wheaton, a 2010 graduate of Benedictine University with a bachelor’s degree in International Business and Economics, was among those honored as a Rising Star.

Alex Johnson, of Chicago, a 2001 graduate of Benedictine University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, was among those honored as a Rising Star.

Carrie A. Johnson, of Washington, D.C., a 1994 graduate of Benedictine University with a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Communication, was among those honored as a Rising Star.

Erik L. Johnson, M.D., of Wheaton, a 1991 graduate of Benedictine University with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, was among those honored as a Rising Star.

Nick LoGalbo, of Chicago, a 2005 graduate of Benedictine University with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature, was among those honored as a Rising Star.

Gregory J. Wolcott, of Oswego, a 1993 graduate of Benedictine University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, was among those honored as a Rising Star.

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Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the fifth consecutive year in 2015. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2015.

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