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Northern Huskies on the Move

June 5th, 2014
Casey Hogan

Casey Hogan

Hogan to head Special Olympics

SCC/Special Olympics Chicago has chosen Casey Hogan as president of its board of directors.

Hogan has served on the board since 2005 as secretary and most recently became vice president. In the new volunteer position, Hogan will be responsible for overseeing all fundraising efforts and securing corporate sponsorships to support Special Olympics Chicago programs and events.

Hogan, who earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in 1992 from NIU, is the owner and operator of Advanced Eye Care Professionals, an optometric practice in Oak Lawn.

Julie Yurko

Julie Yurko

Yurko, president and chief executive officer, Northern Illinois Food Bank

Julie Yurko is the new CEO and president of Northern Illinois Food Bank.

She is currently the organization’s vice president of philanthropy and communications. Before joining the Geneva-based food bank in 2009, Yurko served as director of major gifts at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from NIU.

William Andreozzi

William Andreozzi

CohnReznick appoints Andreozzi as partner

William Andreozzi has joined CohnReznick LLP as a partner in the firm’s Woodland Hills, Calif., office.

With more than 20 years of experience in federal, state and international tax areas, he specializes in serving the multidisciplinary tax needs of global and multistate middle-market companies across a variety of industries, including manufacturing and wholesale distribution, technology and private equity.

“Bill is a great addition to our team. Our current and expanding client base will benefit from Bill’s experience with tax issues specific to their industries,” said Scott Sachs, managing partner of CohnReznick’s Southern California office.

Prior to joining the firm, Andreozzi served as a tax partner and managing tax partner at top tier accounting firms. Earlier in his career, he served as a tax associate at a Big Four firm. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Northern Illinois University, a master’s degree in taxation from DePaul University and a Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Illinois CPA Society and Illinois Bar Association.

Greg Buseman

Greg Buseman

Buseman heads business development at West Monroe Partners

Greg Buseman has joined business and technology consultancy West Monroe Partners as director of business development.

Buseman will be responsible for the firm’s business development strategy and will oversee its team of business developers, promoting cross-organizational collaboration and sales activities. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from NIU.

Previously, he was a vice president of NTT DATA Americas, an information technology services company.

Kevin Duda

Kevin Duda

Kevin Duda joins Tatum as client services partner

Kevin Duda has joined the Chicago office of professional services firm Tatum as the client services partner.

In the role, he will sell Tatum’s interim, project and search services in accounting, finance and information technology. Prior to joining Tatum, Duda sold accounting and finance services for seven years at Accretive Solutions and MorganFranklin. He has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Northern Illinois University.

Deborah Shoemaker

Deborah Shoemaker

Shoemaker named Trust Co. services director

Trust Co. of Illinois, an independent wealth management firm and corporate fiduciary, recently announced the addition of Deborah Shoemaker as planning and fiduciary services director.

In her new role, Shoemaker directs the financial planning and fiduciary services team. She is a certified financial planner and certified trust and financial adviser with more than 20 years of experience in financial services. Previously, she served as senior vice president of business development for ING National Trust, where she delivered financial, estate and planning strategies for clients.

Shoemaker earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from NIU before earning a master’s degree in business administration at another institution. She is the president of an equestrian not-for-profit group and resides in Grayslake.

Amber Hejduk

Amber Hejduk

Hejduk named Eagle Ridge sales manager

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa has hired alumna Amber Hejduk as sales manager of the renowned resort in Galena, Ill.

Hejduk, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from NIU, is responsible for all aspects of sales for the resort, which includes four award-winning golf courses, inn rooms, restaurants and a spa.

With more than 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Hejduk has a successful track record in sales management throughout the Midwest. Prior to joining Eagle Ridge, she was the Chicago-based senior sales manager for The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis. She has also worked in sales positions for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, and Hyatt.

Hennessey heads corporate communications for FCB Chicago

Veteran public relations pro Christine Hennessey has joined FCB Chicago as corporate communications director.

“I look forward to helping FCB Chicago glean more recognition nationwide and globally,” Hennessey said.

Her career includes successful communications posts at the Tribune Co. and Chicago Tribune, Allstate Insurance Co. and PNC Financial Services Group.

Christine Hennessey

Christine Hennessey

During the course of her career, Hennessey served the Tribune organization in a variety of senior posts, including senior manager of communications, public relations and multimedia for the Chicago Tribune; group media relations manager of the corporate office for the Tribune Co.; corporate communications/public relations manager for Hoy, the Tribune Co.’s Spanish daily newspaper; and communications manager of the Tribune’s interactive division.

Whether promoting business development and philanthropic efforts at the Chicago Tribune or producing dynamic and engaging internal communications for Allstate Insurance Co. claims employees, Hennessey is known for being spot-on with message, timing and audience.

As president and founder of her own consulting company, Hennessey provided a full range of corporate communications and public relations services, including content, website creation and newsletters for clients.

She is a native of Moline, Ill. and has called Chicago home for most of the past 24 years.

Robertson named new publisher

Jeff Robertson will take over as publisher of the Laramie Boomerang in Wyoming.

For the past 15 years, he has been publisher of the Torrington Telegram and a group newspaper manager for News Media Corp.

Jeff Robertson

Jeff Robertson

His responsibilities have included managing 12 community newspapers, two free shoppers and 13 newspaper websites and niche publications in Wyoming, Nebraska and Arizona. His duties include leading and training publishers and general managers at division newspapers.

Robertson also served as director of the company’s new media division from 2005 to 2011, with responsibility for directing and implementing online and digital products and strategies.

He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from NIU, with an emphasis on public relations and minors in math and physics. He has won numerous awards for writing in Illinois and Wyoming and is a past president of the Wyoming Press Association, which represents the state’s daily and weekly newspapers. In his spare time, he volunteers for Rotary International and coaches youth sports.

Brian Harris

Brian Harris

Harris becomes superintendent of Barrington school district

Brian Harris has been selected as superintendent of Barrington Community Unit School District 220.

Harris previously was superintendent of the Wheaton-Warrenville school district for four years and held leadership positions during an 11-year career with the St. Charles Community Unit School District 303. From 1993 to 1998, he was assistant principalof Barrington Middle School – Station Campus.

He began his career in education as a classroom teacher, coach and assistant principal for schools in Yorkville and Waterman.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Illinois and his master’s and doctorate in educational leadership from NIU.

Christine Lazaris

Christine Lazaris

Lazaris passionate about directing library

Christine Lazaris is the new director of the Geneva Public Library and plans to use her passion for education to better the library.

Lazaris refers to a library as a “people’s university,” where people can transform their lives.

A St. Charles resident, Lazaris has been manager of access services at the Skokie Public Library and was head librarian at the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg before that.

She has degrees in art history from NIU and in library science from Dominican University.