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Alumni Career Day 2022

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13 Graduates Return to Campus to Give Students a Taste of Career Opportunities

Alumni Career Day 2022

The Alumni Association was excited to sponsor the Fall Alumni Career Day for all seniors and a select number of junior students on Thursday, October 13, 2022, in partnership with the Advancement Office and School.

Career Day is an official school day meant to provide an equitable opportunity for all students to connect with De La Salle Institute alumni to explore career choices and receive guidance from those who once sat where they are now. It’s a great way for alumni to give back to De La Salle and have an immediate impact on current students—our future alumni.

Thirteen (13) alumni speakers were on campus to share information about their careers ranging from law enforcement to computer programming, real estate to physical therapy, and mechanical engineering to transportation.

“As a student at De La Salle, I often took for granted the high quality faith, academic and athletic preparation that I was afforded,” said Teara Kemp ‘11, director of secondary partnerships at OneGoal. “It is amazing to be back as a graduate and giving advice to the next generation of Meteors who are benefitting from a great Lasallian education at my alma mater.”

Alumni Career Day addressed the ever-changing demands of the professional landscape that students will likely encounter after graduation. Great futures begin here at De La Salle Institute.

2002 Alumni Career Day
Speaker Bios
Nadia Barrera '12

Nadia Barrera ‘12

Job Title: Physical Therapist

Industry: Healthcare

Company: Athletico (

Colleges Attended/Degrees Earned: Western Illinois University B.S. Exercise Science & Governors State University D.P.T.

Job description: Movement expert who improves people’s quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education.

Charlie Johnson '92

Charlie Johnson ‘92

Job Title: President

Industry: Entrepreneur

Company: Flo Transportation, B+C Logistics, & BWS (

Colleges Attended: Loyola University B.S. Math & Computer Science

Job Description: Oversees multiple executive teams, within specialized logistics and supply chain matters. High level of travel for sales, marketing, and industry conferences.

Lawrence Mestan '96

Lawrence Mestan ‘96

Job Title: Associate V.P./Engineer

Industry: Civil Engineering

Company: TYLin (

Colleges Attended: Iowa State University B.S. Civil Engineering

Job Description: Civil engineer and construction management within design and construction of infrastructure projects.

Christopher Razo '13

Christopher Razo ‘13

Job Title: Associate Attorney

Industry: Law

Company: Polsinelli (

Colleges Attended: Furman University B.A. Political Science & Washington University J.D. Business & Corporate Law

Job Description: Business attorney that combines legal skills and business acumen to provide a full range of services to corporate clients.

Caroline Wood ‘19

Caroline Wood ‘19

Job Title: Author

Industry: Fiction Writing & Publishing

Company: Magician Publishing House (

Colleges Attended:Loyola University Chicago B.A. English

Job Description: Drafting and editing of creative works. Pitching formed work to literary agencies and connecting with publishing companies.

Carmen Carrillo '17

Carmen Carrillo ‘17

Job Title: Tax Associate

Industry: Public Accounting

Company: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) (

Colleges Attended: DePaul University B.S.B. Accountancy

Job Description: Auditing client’s taxable income and reporting quarterly/yearly changes within the Consumer Industrial Product Services sector.

Teara Kemp '11

Teara Kemp ‘11

Job Title: Director of Secondary Partnerships

Industry: Non-profit/Public Sector

Company: OneGoal (

Colleges Attended: Pomona College B.S. Science & Dominican University M.A. Early Childhood Education

Job Description: Recruitment of new schools and post-secondary support. Caseload management of current partners.

Olivia Nunez 17

Olivia Nunez ‘17

Job Title: Programmatic Analyst

Industry: Marketing

Company: PHD Media (

Colleges Attended: DePaul University B.A. Communication Media

Job Description: Responsible for managing client relationships, monitoring campaign performance, and delivering insights.

Breandan Rook ‘12

Breandan Rook ‘12

Job Title: Executive Producer

Industry: Broadcasting

Company: WGN Radio (

Colleges Attended: Lewis University B.A. TV/Radio Broadcasting

Job Description: In charge of guest bookings, scheduling, running audio, videography, and co-hosting . Also responsible for post-show audio cutting, online streaming platform operations, and podcast write-ups.

Will Colletti '07

Will Colletti ‘07

Job Title: Sr. Structural Engineer

Industry: Civil/Structural Engineering

Company: TranSystems (

Colleges Attended: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign B.S. & M.S. Structural Engineering

Job Description: Team leader for Bridge Group division. Lead design and plan preparation for bridges, retaining walls, culverts, and any other transportation related structures.

Tony Kustwan '97

Tony Kustwan ‘97

Job Title: Dir. IT Services

Industry: IT Security

Company: Concanon LLC (

Colleges Attended: DeVry University Computer Engineering Technology

Job Description: Technical leadership in global information technology environments. Helps solve technical challenges by inspiring powerful minds to create bold solutions.

Michael Passarelli '90

Michael Passarelli ‘90

Job Title: Executive V.P. & CFO

Industry: Real Estate

Company: NWI Development Group (

Colleges Attended: University of Illinois Chicago B.S. Accounting

Job Description: Responsible for the company’s financial infrastructure and acts as a team leadership member.

Mark Sedevic ‘96

Mark Sedevic ‘96

Job Title: Special Agent

Industry: Law Enforcement

Company: CN Railway Police Service (

Colleges Attended: St. Mary’s University of Minnesota B.A. Criminal Justice, Lewis University M.S. Criminal Justice, & Olivet Nazarene University Ed.D. Leadership

Job Description: Educates police personnel and engages with the public on rail investigations and safety concerns. Responsible for traffic and trespass enforcement.

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