Kudos | March 2018

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Redbird Heritage
Kudos to Naperville resident Thomas Carroll, a recent recipient of Illinois State University’s 2018 Alumni Achievement Award for his contributions to the college and other philanthropic works.

Carroll has given back to the university in multiple ways, including the creation of a scholarship in his mother’s name, the Bobbie McCambridge Endowed Nursing Scholarship, which supports students who overcome major obstacles. McCambridge was a nursing student when a car accident caused devastating injuries, but she graduated on time and had a long nursing career.

In 2017 Carroll, also designed and delivered the first Leadership Academy for senior nursing students.

He has held board positions at and contributed to many organizations, including the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, the Chicago Public Library Foundation, North Central College, Naperville Community Television, Naperville Area Humane Society and Metro Chicago YMCA.

Carroll is currently the owner of TMC Leadership Consulting; previously he served as executive vice president and chief human resource officer for R.R. Donnelley in Chicago.

Recreational Support
The Wheaton Park District generated more than $166,000 in revenue to charitable partners in 2017, according to a press release. Special events throughout the year included Wheaton Brew Fest, a spring Fun Run, Taste of Wheaton and December’s Reindeer Run. Proceeds from these events benefitted Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of DuPage County, Bridge Communities, DuPage PADS, People’s Resource Center and Clare Woods Academy.

Local Leader
Darrell Echols, principal of Metea Valley High School in Aurora, has been named African-American Leader of the Year by Aurora’s African-American Heritage Advisory Board. The longtime Indian Prairie School District 204 educator was previously a teacher and principal at Hill Middle School, dean at Waubonsie Valley high School. Metea is the newest of D204’s three high schools, offering over 200 courses to more than 2,800 students.

In a press release from the city, Aurora mayor Richard Irvin says, “Dr. Echols has helped to create an environment of excellence at Metea Valley High School. Through his … initiatives, that culture has permeated throughout Aurora. We are a better community because of his leadership.”

Glen Ellyn Cares
The west suburban Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn and its director Carol White recently elected to have $2,800 in funds raised over the holiday shopping season support residents in Glen Ellen, California. The donation was given to the city’s Kenwood Rotary Foundation last month after the West Coast town was devastated by wildfires.