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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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Thursday, February, 11, 2016

The Four Stars of the Chicago Flag

Here's how Chicago's four big events stack up, with a closer look at the Chicago Auto Show.

Wednesday, February, 10, 2016

Visit from Buick Avista

The Buick Avista will be making its Chicago debut starting this weekend. Come Saturday, the public will be able to ...

Wednesday, February, 10, 2016

Lexus LC 500 Redefines Luxury

One vehicle you don't want to miss is the Lexus LC 500, making its Chicago debut this weekend; the sleek, and ...

Wednesday, February, 10, 2016

It's Not Just the Auto Show Anymore

As I was dropped at McCormick Place this afternoon I thought to myself, this is not an unfamiliar location. I ...

Tuesday, February, 09, 2016

Expectations Exceeded Again at CAS

A year ago, a friend of mine left school for a week to go on a trip to Chicago.

Tuesday, February, 09, 2016

Round Two for CAS Intern-expert

With the show doors just days away from opening, I am more than excited to be back for the 2016 Chicago Auto ...

Tuesday, February, 09, 2016

What's the Buzz about all these Cars?

Most people are shocked when I say one of my favorite internships has been with the Chicago Auto Show. 

Tuesday, February, 09, 2016

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Tuesday, February, 09, 2016

Small Town Girl Meets Big Time Media

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Tuesday, February, 09, 2016

Journey to CAS Media Center

When I first heard about the internship with the Chicago Automobile Trade Association through Bradley University I ...

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2/12/2016 7:08:54 AM

Will there be demo rides outside the convention center again this year? Which manufacturers will offer cars that I can drive? Will that info be posted somewhere on your website

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Happy Friday Friends! Any fun plans for the weekend?

2/11/2016 9:56:57 PM

We're heading to The Chicago Auto Show tomorrow and will be live-streaming the latest and greatest in car technology! What tech are you most excited about seeing this year

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2/11/2016 7:08:02 PM

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Media Sprinted to the debut of Mercedes-Benz #Sprinter Working Van and the Sprinter Extreme Concept! #CAS16

2/11/2016 4:07:03 PM

Hey #CAS16 fans, don't miss a chance to win Chicago Auto Show themed prizes! Stay tuned on social media and when you see #ispyatCHI, find the mystery location to win! http://bit.ly/1W7WGy5

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Toyota USA unveiled #TRDPro! Read about it here

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a few shots from today at The Chicago Auto Show #CAS16 #Honda

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2/12/2016 7:58:23 AM

RT @JohnHowellWLS: If you're at @ChiAutoShow this weekend, your mission is to change all car radios to @wlsam890 take a pic & tweet us http…

2/12/2016 7:58:19 AM

Did you already see the @kiazokaei Optima Plug-in Hybrid at @chiautoshow #cas16 #kia @kia_motorshttps://t.co/CBtVq89j4U

2/12/2016 7:52:16 AM

RT @JohnHowellWLS: The @ChiAutoShow takes over McCormick Place this weekend. @ThePaulBrian joins @BigJohnHowell with a preview at 7:37

2/12/2016 7:49:51 AM

@EllyDeutch @ChiAutoShow is today the first day??? I wanna go!

2/12/2016 7:49:18 AM

RT @ShultsAuto: Do you know what's coming next from @Buick? #CAS16 @ChiAutoShow https://t.co/YgQlh21isl

2/12/2016 7:47:35 AM

RT @ShultsAuto: Do you know what's coming next from @Buick? #CAS16 @ChiAutoShow https://t.co/YgQlh21isl

2/12/2016 7:47:14 AM

Good morning! On our way to the #Chicago Auto Show. Watch for our tweets and IG from the show! #CAS16 @ChiAutoShow https://t.co/wn0DAppY1U

2/12/2016 7:47:05 AM

RT @RamTrucks: We’re live from the @ChiAutoShow! Watch our big announcement live at 10am CST here: https://t.co/fat8xUOqT8 #CAS16 https://t

2/12/2016 7:46:26 AM

RT @EllyDeutch: Kicking off the @ChiAutoShow with @WOMMA for Social Media Preview Day! #CAS16 (at @McCormick_Place in Chicago, IL) https://

2/12/2016 7:46:23 AM

RT @JohnHowellWLS: The @ChiAutoShow takes over McCormick Place this weekend. @ThePaulBrian joins @BigJohnHowell with a preview at 7:37