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I grew up in the Peoria area and I have been a lifelong fan of the Braves.  I use to watch the Bradley Braves play basketball on T.V. with my father.  In fact, my favorite two players were our current coach, Coach Jim Les and retired NBA player, Hersey Hawkins.  I truly never dreamed that I would attend Bradley--it wasn't in the realm of possibilities.  When I met my husband, Norm--a BU grad from from a family of many BU grads--I began to seek out that dream.  After completing my Associates degree at the local community college, I was accepted to Bradley--a dream come true.  Soon after I started my first year there, in 1997, we unexpectedly started our family.

I put off finishing my degree so that I could stay home and raise our children.  We had four boys in five years, adding to our existing family of the two of us and his son from a previous marriage.  When our youngest son started kindergarten in 2007, I went back to Bradley to finish what I had started.  I am finding great success at Bradley due, in part, to the support and guidance of my Bradley Family--the faculty, staff and administrators.  Many of the opportunities I have been granted have been based on the reputation and relationships I have cultivated with these extended family members. 

Being a wife, mother, employee and student can be challenging, but the rewards far outweigh the struggles.  In addition to my courses at Bradley, I work part-time for the Assistant Vice President of Communications at Bradley University, Shelley Epstein as a communications specialist.  At this point, outside interests have ceased to exist, but I hope to one day resume my love for travel (outside of amusement parks).

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Friday, May, 27, 2016

Racing's Greatest Weekend

Memorial Day, time to sit back, enjoy the smell of new-mown grass, remember those who fought so hard to protect our ...

Thursday, May, 19, 2016

Nissan Leaf Charged Up for 2016

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Friday, May, 13, 2016

Ford GT a Sellout!

Ford received 6,506 fully completed applications from people around the world in the one-month window to apply to ...

Wednesday, April, 20, 2016

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Honda is encouraging safer driving habits with a social media campaign titled #PhoneDownEyesUp. The campaign ...

Wednesday, April, 13, 2016

Ford Now Accepting Applications for GT Supercar

For the first time, 2015 Chicago Auto Show goers were able to see the Ford GT supercar in person at the show and ...

Wednesday, March, 30, 2016

Cars are the Star of the Big Apple

Automakers lit up the Big Apple last week with an assortment of flashy vehicles that debuted during the New York ...

Monday, March, 14, 2016

Buick Presents Cascada to Midwest Automotive Media Association

Buick Vice President of Marketing Tony DiSalle spotlighted the all-new Buick Cascada during the Midwest Automotive ...

Monday, February, 29, 2016

Chevy Inspires Kindness in #DayItForward

Today is a unique day in history, one that does not come around often but has inspired goodness throughout ...

Friday, February, 19, 2016

Test Tracks Are A Gear Shifter

Of everything to see and do at the Chicago Auto Show, some of the most popular attractions are the test tracks, ...

Wednesday, February, 17, 2016

Women's Day Revs Up Excellence

Women's Day at the Chicago Auto Show is a revolutionary way to bring a diverse group of women with a common ...

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5/27/2016 3:04:41 PM

#FlashbackFriday to when Ronald Reagan served as Grand Marshall of the 1954 show

5/27/2016 12:50:17 PM

Memorial Day...time to sit back, enjoy the smell of new-mown grass, remember those who fought so hard to protect our freedoms, throw some encased meat onto the grill and prepare for the greatest racing weekend of the year

5/27/2016 11:01:49 AM

How cool is this photo by @jasonmpeterson? Feel free to save down as your desktop or phone screensaver! #Volvo #Chicago

5/26/2016 10:28:21 AM

We're out at the Midwest Automotive Media Association Spring Rally! From track time, to off-roading and testing out Family Vehicle of the Year contenders, there's much to see and do at Road America. Highlights will be posted soon to the blog - stay tuned

5/20/2016 9:15:27 AM

Chicago Auto Show producers, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, shares the facts & myths on how frequent you really need your oil changed

5/19/2016 4:37:49 PM

The Chevrolet Volt and Bolt aren't the only talk of the EV town

5/17/2016 10:36:48 PM

Mark your calendars for July 16! Help support the USO of Illinois & local troops. #BBQ4Troops

5/16/2016 1:23:49 PM

We worked on this project for Nissan in January and are happy to share it now! We wrapped three Nissan crossovers with custom red #chrome wraps and chrome, black, and white #vinyl accents. They were showcased at The Chicago Auto Show after a snowy photo shoot in Wisconsin. Let us know what you think! #CAS16 #averychrome #chromewraps #Nissan

5/16/2016 10:23:50 AM

Were you one of the 6,506 people who submitted an application for the Ford GT? Well, in just one month, the supercar has sold out

5/13/2016 12:01:00 PM

There used to be a "South Side Day" at the 1951 Chicago Auto Show! #FlashbackFriday

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5/29/2016 2:11:21 PM

Thanks for the recent follow @ChiAutoShow @chaoslord1069 Happy to connect :) have a great Sunday. (Want this ??? >> https://t.co/hqx33zcZVG)

5/27/2016 3:21:02 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: #FlashbackFriday to when Ronald Reagan served as Grand Marshall of the '54 Chicago Auto Show! https://t.co/ewH0rqM2rp

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#FlashbackFriday to when Ronald Reagan served as Grand Marshall of the '54 Chicago Auto Show! https://t.co/ewH0rqM2rp

5/27/2016 1:22:07 PM

Thanks for following @ChiAutoShow @FairwayFordSC @brandywineap Have a great #MemorialDayWeekend ! -- https://t.co/j6SsQTR7O2

5/27/2016 1:07:44 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: #MemorialDayWeekend is a time to honor the fallen & prepare for the best racing wknd of the year: https://t.co/KXrp5FVjkV

5/27/2016 12:54:38 PM

#MemorialDayWeekend is a time to honor the fallen & prepare for the best racing wknd of the year: https://t.co/KXrp5FVjkV

5/27/2016 12:12:44 PM

RT @rbourgoise: @Toyota 's Mike Kroll receives the @ChiAutoShow "Best of Show" award for @Lexus LC 500 during #MAMA16SR https://t.co/8GnRN6

5/27/2016 12:12:36 PM

RT @slowcb7: Look @fligouri cleaning up the awards for @chevrolet from @ChiAutoShow for #BestInShow https://t.co/Rl1JfvterL

5/27/2016 11:52:15 AM

RT @ChiAutoShow: Feel free to use as your screensaver! Photo cred: @Jasonmpeterson. #Volvo #Chicago #ChicagoSkyline #LakeShore https://t.co

5/27/2016 11:28:18 AM

RT @rbourgoise: @Toyota 's Mike Kroll receives the @ChiAutoShow "Best of Show" award for @Lexus LC 500 during #MAMA16SR https://t.co/8GnRN6