A trustee since 2003, Beal is Chair and CEO of National Van Lines in Broadview, Ill., the 11th largest woman-owned company in Chicago. In 1981, she opened a sales office for National Van Lines in California, and then returned to Chicago in 1982 when she was appointed Vice President of the International Division and Treasurer of the company. Beal remained in those positions until her father died in 1993 when she became Chair and CEO. She is Director of the Executive Breakfast Club of Oakbrook and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Moving and Storage Association and the Humanitarian Project in Carol Stream, which provides holiday food for the elderly and presents for underprivileged families and children. She is a former Chair of the American Cancer Society of DuPage County, and former Chair of the Board of Aspire, an organization that works with mentally handicapped children and adults. Beal is Co-Chair of President’s Advisory Council for Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital and a Director of the Girls Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.
A trustee since 2014, Chris graduated from Illinois Benedictine College in 1988, (predecessor to Benedictine University) and received his M.B.A. from DePaul University in 1993. He has been a Managing General Partner of Oak Street Investments L.P., since 1999, and Chairman of Arrowsight, Inc., a remote video auditing company, since 2001. Birck is Immediate Past Chairman of the Naperville Heritage Society, (chair from 2008-2012), and a member of the Board of Directors of the Tellabs Foundation.
An innovative higher education professional, Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., became the 11th president of Benedictine University in August 2015. Brophy began his career in higher education as an associate dean of admission at The College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., where he completed his undergraduate and graduate studies. He also worked in enrollment management at The Sage Colleges in Troy and Albany, N.Y., Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and the State University of New York in Canton, N.Y. He left the State University of New York system to become film instructor, first-year seminar instructor and associate provost at Long Island University in Southampton, N.Y. He was later named campus executive officer, dean and associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin’s Baraboo campus, where he led academic programming and facilities development that helped increase enrollment by 10 percent. In 2006, Brophy was named president of Marymount California University, a Catholic, liberal arts college with 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students in Southern California. There, he led the transformation of a private two-year college to a multisite university with undergraduate and graduate degree offerings, doubling enrollment since 2009. He also spearheaded a facilities improvement project that updated aging facilities and built new living and learning environments and campuses in Southern and Northern California. Brophy was named the “Educator of the Year” by the Harbor City/Harbor Gateway Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and “Citizen of the Year” by the Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Sunset in 2012. He has presented on fundraising and higher education leadership, was appointed a columnist for the Huffington Post, and was featured on the cover of the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Claudia J. Colalillo
Vice President, Executive Coaching and Search Consultant at Robinson Resource Group
Appointed a trustee in May 2008, Colalillo is Vice President, Executive Coaching and Search Consultant at Robinson Resource Group. She is a member of the Human Resource Management Association of Chicago and is past President and Board member. She is also a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and the Executives Club of Chicago. Colalillo has served on Benedictine’s President Society. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and earned a Senior Professional Human Resources designation. She also earned a Human Resource Master Certificate at Northern Illinois University and completed the Executive Development Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School of Management.
A trustee since 2003, Donofrio retired as Senior Vice President of Integrys Business Support LLC at the end of September 2008 after working in various positions at Peoples Energy for 25 years. Donofrio earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of St. Francis and an M.B.A. at the University of Chicago. Her husband, John, is a 1985 Benedictine University alumnus who earned a degree in Finance.
After graduating from Illinois Benedictine College with a degree in history in 1974, Fr. James entered St. Procopius Abbey. Professing vows as a Benedictine monk in 1975, he taught history and religion at Benet Academy. He spent 1978-1981 at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant’ Anselmo, the Benedictine school in Rome, obtaining a S.T.B. (bachelor’s in sacred theology). He was ordained to the priesthood in 1983. In 1985, he was sent to The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., earning a master’s degree in Modern European History in 1987 and a doctorate in 1990. As well as teaching occasionally at Benedictine University, he has served as subprior of the Abbey from 1990-1998, as novice master from 1991-2001, and as director of grants at the University from 2005-2011. He is now vocation director, treasurer, and archivist at the Abbey, and serves on the board of directors of Benet Academy and the President’s Council of the American Cassinese Congregation. His book, Great Britain and the Holy See: The Diplomatic Relations Question, 1846-1852, was published by The Catholic University of America Press in 2003.
A trustee since 1991, Goodwin is the CEO of The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies Inc., a multi-billion dollar real estate and financial organization in Oak Brook. He started as a teacher in Chicago public schools, and went on to form real estate and financial companies which grew to make The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies one of the largest and most successful real estate and financial organizations in the country. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a master’s degree in Education and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Illinois State Universities. He has served on the Board of Governors of Illinois State Colleges and Universities and has served as a Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northeastern University. Goodwin is also chairman of four other private companies; including the Inland Bank Corp., a billion-dollar bank holding company, and the American Bancorp of Illinois, another bank holding company. He has served on the boards of more than one dozen nonprofit charities and has received 65 awards for his civic charitable work, including the National Association of Realtors Hall of Fame. Dan Goodwin was instrumental in the design and financing of the Birck Science Building, the Kindlon Hall of Learning, Goodwin Hall of Business, and the Founders Woods Student Residences. He was the lead Trustee in settling vendor disputes and financial issues, and played a major role in the expansion of Benedictine University outside of Lisle, Illinois. Mr. Goodwin oversaw the University’s endowment investment program, consistently producing above-average market returns for the University. Presidents of the University consider Dan an invaluable resource with regard to strategic planning and problem solving throughout his 25 years of service.
A trustee since 1995, Sister Judith Ann has served as Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart from 1993-2011. For the past nine years she has been the Moderator of the Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum, an international conference of some 14,000 Benedictine Women. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Villa St. Benedict, The St. Benedict Education Foundation and A.I.M. International.
A trustee since April 2014, Hrozencik graduated from Benedictine University (then Illinois Benedictine College) in 1982 with a degree in Biochemistry. She attended Rush Medical College, earned an M.D. in1986 and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1990. She has served on the President’s Advisory Council (PAC). Hrozencik is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a member of the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Sports Medicine. She is a certified Fitness Instructor and a personal trainer. A member of the staff of Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital since 1990, Hrozencik has served on multiple committees and actively teaches and mentors students and residents. She serves on the Community Advisory Council of the St. Louis Center (Chelsea, Mich.), a residential home for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A trustee since December 2015, Konopka is the lead software engineer for The Walt Disney Company where he develops software solutions for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. He is also the president and founder of Raize Software, a computer software company providing high-quality, innovative developer tools and consulting services since 1995. He is the creator of several award-winning products used by companies and independent developers all over the world. A professional developer for more than 25 years, he has authored two books on software development, co-authored several others, and is a frequent speaker at software development conferences.
Nelson Koopman, former president of Engineering Systems Inc., was selected as a member of the Benedictine University Board of Trustees in 2017. He served in technical and managerial positions at Argonne National Laboratory, Bell Laboratories and the McDonald’s Corporation before retiring. Koopman was also a public servant and had been a director of a number of nonprofit organizations throughout the Chicago area. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Washington University and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota.
A trustee since 1986, Lehman has been a recognized leader in developing high quality custom single-family residential communities in the Naperville area. Having joined The Macom Corporation in 1974, he became the owner of the real estate development company in 1993. Lehman was a member of the President’s Advisory Council (PAC) and earned a master’s degree as a member of Benedictine’s first M.B.A. graduating class. He served for 10 years on both the Board of Trustees for the DuPage Community Foundation and the Board of Trustees for Edward Hospital, and also served on the boards of the Edward Hospital Foundation, Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Joliet (DuPage Region) and Naperville Ecumenical Adult Care. He is a past president of both the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Naperville, where he has been a member since 1975. Lehman served as a member of the Board of Directors of Northern Illinois Home Builders Association and West Suburban Bank. He is also a past member of the boards of the Naperville Development Partnership, the Plainfield Economic Partnership and the Oswego Economic Development Corporation. Lehman received a Business Award from the Naperville Jaycees for the success of The Macom Corporation.
A trustee since 2014, Meggesin, now retired, was employed by AGL Resources now Southern Company Gas (acquired by Nicor Gas in 2011) as its Vice President Talent Management and Labor Relations. Overall, she worked at Nicor and Southern Company Gas for a combined 34 years in all facets of the business – accounting, operations, sales, customer service and Human Resources. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Career Center in Naperville and the Board of Directors of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago-West Suburban Region. Becky is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Northern Illinois University College of Business BELIEF program (ethics). She is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration and is a Certified Senior HR Professional (SPHR).
Appointed a trustee in May 2008, Melsa is Dean Emeritus of the College of Engineering at Iowa State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electric Engineering at Iowa State University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electric Engineering at the University of Arizona. Melsa belongs to the Rotary Club of Naperville and the Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence. He was President of the American Society for Engineering Education and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Apartment Owners of the Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, the Board of Trustees of All Saints Catholic Academy in Naperville, the Board of Directors at the Hoover Library Foundation, the Iowa State University Foundation Board of Governors, and the Industrial Advisory Council of the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona.
Abbot Austin G. Murphy
Abbot, St. Procopius Abbey, and Chancellor, Benedictine University and Benet Academy
After graduating from the University of Chicago in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Abbot Austin made a week retreat at St. Procopius Abbey to determine what he would do next. By Thursday of that week, he decided to apply for entrance into the Abbey. He professed Solemn Vows as a monk of St. Procopius Abbey in August 2000. In 2003, he earned a Masters of Arts in Theology from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and in 2004 he earned a Masters of Divinity from the same institution. He was ordained a priest at the Abbey by Archbishop Daniel Kucera, O.S.B., in July 2004. After ordination, he taught at Benet Academy and served as the Campus Minister. On June 24, 2010, the monks of St. Procopius Abbey elected Abbot Austin as the tenth Abbot of the Abbey. With his office, he is automatically the Chancellor of Benedictine University and Benet Academy. In 2016, Abbot Austin earned a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.
A trustee since May 2008, Osmani is Vice President of Asset Management Technology at Northern Trust Company in Chicago. She has worked in the financial services industry for more than 25 years, holding positions at Harris Bank, ABN AMRO Bank and Bank of America. Osmani has been the Treasurer and a member of the executive committee of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) since 2003. Osmani earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. at DePaul University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
A trustee since 2006, Piazza is President of the Naperville Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Associates. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at Benedictine University in 1978, where he later served on the President’s Advisory Council (PAC). Piazza earned a medical degree at the Chicago Medical School and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the International College of Surgery. Piazza is Chairman of the Board at the Center for Surgery in Naperville and also the Medical Director.
A trustee since 2006, Ramirez founded Tidy LLC., a commercial on-going maintenance company that also provided post-construction cleanup for major projects and prepares space for immediate occupancy and Tidy LLC us currently a member of The Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council. Roberto is currently a Commissioner at the Illinois Latino Family Commission, a Pan American Bank Director and he was a board member of the Hispanic American Construction Industry of Illinois, Hispanics in Philanthropy and the Naperville Chamber of Commerce, and is a past board member of the Naperville Sister City Commission, a member of the advisory board at UNAM Chicago (Autonomous University of Mexica) the Institute for Mexicans Abroad and the Governor’s Commission on Capital Punishment. He is Founder and Director of the Jesus Guadalupe Foundation, which is named after his father who was assassinated in Mexico, and his mother, who resides in Aurora. The foundation gives four-year college scholarships to Hispanic students. Part of the student’s responsibility for that scholarship is to determine a way to improve the future of Hispanics. In 2010, he founded the Spanish Public Media Foundation that provides structure and funding for the Spanish Public Radio in Chicago.
A trustee since 2001, Rigby was President and Founder of Human Resource Management Systems LLC, a human resource and employee benefit consulting which he sold to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. He is President of Fox Title Company, Mold Doctors, LLC and Dryit Restoration, LLC. Rigby founded multiple companies and currently oversees three of them. He served on the Illinois Chamber Board, Corporate Board of Merchants Bank, the Business Executive Exchange and the Advisory Board of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois.
Appointed a trustee in December 2007, Siurek is the president of ROC, Inc., a real estate investment company. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Western Illinois University and an M.B.A. at Benedictine University. Mr. Siurek served as member of the Lisle Economic Development Commission and is a support member of Youth Guidance of Chicago.
Rosemary Macko Wisnosky
Broker, RE/MAX Professionals Select, Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic in Chicago
Wisnosky has served as a trustee since 1993. Wisnosky is a practicing real estate broker with RE/MAX Professionals Select in Naperville and former co-broker owner of RE/MAX Affiliates in Naperville. In 2012, she was installed as the Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic in Chicago with jurisdiction for the State of Illinois at ceremonies held at Benedictine University. Additional community service includes past president of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, founding board member of the SciTech Hands On Museum in Aurora, the Slovak American Culture Society of the Midwest, the Naperville Sister Cities Commission Omnia Performing Arts Center and a member of the Rotary Club of Naperville and the Naperville YMCA Advisory Board. Wisnosky earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.
A trustee since December 2015, Greg Ziols serves as a Chairman for CEO advisory boards with Vistage International in Chicago, Illinois. He has extensive experience as an executive coach and leader of executive peer advisory boards. Greg has more than 35 years of experience with both corporate and entrepreneurial businesses. For thirteen years he was CEO and founder of Strategic Matrix Consulting, LLC. Prior roles have been as President of Bloomfield Industries, Director and Board member of Specialty Equipment Companies, Inc. and held executive level positions at Kewaunee Scientific and British General Electric. He has served as a member of the Secretary of Labor’s Commission on Workplace Literacy, Washington, DC, and past Board member for the AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence). He holds a BA in Communications from the University of Illinois.