Distinguished Alumni 2017

Class of 2017 Distinguished Alumni

College of DuPage Foundation Alumni Relations is proud to announce the Distinguished Alumni Class of 2017.

Please join us in congratulating the outstanding achievements of the following individuals.

Distinguished Alumni Class of 2017

 Roy Beaumont 2017  

Roy Beaumont

Hotel & Lodging Management 1991

Roy Beaumont attributes many of his accomplishments and career success to attending the College of DuPage. In fact, COD has been a big part of the Beaumont family. Both of his brothers, Michael and Andrew graduated from the College while buying books from their mother Carolyn in the bookstore and watching their father Ron—also a hotelier—serve on the College’s hospitality advisory committee nearly 30 years.

After receiving his associate degree in science, Beaumont went on to receive an MBA at Purdue University and worked in several capacities in the hospitality industry (Oak Brook Hills Hotel and Resort, Switzerland’s Grand Hotel Resort and Munich’s Hotel Bayerischer Hof) before joining Marriott International in 1997. During his 20-year tenure, he has been promoted several times and now serves as vice president of their select brands directing strategic planning responsibilities for more than 3,000 hotels and 10 lodging brands including Courtyard, Residence Inn and Aloft.

Beaumont serves on the Marriott advisory boards for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Wounded Warriors Family Support, as well as the Strategic Advisory Council of Purdue University’s Hotel Tourism Management School. If Beaumont’s home were 650 miles closer, he’s confident that his wife SueAnne and three young boys Braydon, Beckham and Bennett would also be involved at the College in some capacity.

View Ray's acceptance speech from the celebration event. 

 Peach Carr 2017  

Peach Carr

Radiology 1980

One of Peach Carr’s favorite speaking topics is second chances—something the Chicago fashion designer and mentor knows a lot about. Best known for her appearances on the hit series Project Runway (Season 8 and All-Stars), Carr began her fashion career at age 50 with no formal training beyond the sewing skills she learned as a child in 4-H. She started her own company, Peach Carr Designs, producing clothing and handbags made in Chicago and employing women who are sole earners for their families.

Carr worked for 15 years as a radiology technician after earning her associate degree from COD. While a technician, she continued to follow her passion and made clothes in her free time. After Project Runway, Carr focused full time on designing clothes.

Carr turned her attention to charity fundraising, supporting a variety of great causes, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Chicago Women’s Fashion Show Committee and Hospice of the North Shore Women’s Board. An advisory board member for COD’s Fashion Studies Program, Carr returned to the classroom this past year to share advice, tips and encouragement with students hoping to spin their own fashion careers. She travels all over the country showing her collections.

View Peach's acceptance speech from the celebration event. 

Patrick Cullinan 2017  

Patrick C. Cullinan, D.O.

Science 1993

Patrick Cullinan lives by the creed if something is worth doing, it is worth doing to the best of your ability. For starters, Cullinan took classes at COD for a year and in that time completed two years’ worth of credits. The former Marine went on to finish two bachelor’s degrees with cum laude honors at the University of Illinois and a doctorate of osteopathy at Midwestern University, graduating fourth in his class. He specialized in not one but three medical areas and was inducted as a Fellow of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine and the American College of Internists.

Cullinan serves as medical director for Centene, a Fortune 500 company that provides services to government-sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. He is also a lecturer, researcher, clinical professor, mentor and father to three young children. Cullinan was part of a medical assistance team that helped more than 2,000 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  

View Patrick's acceptance speech from the celebration event. 

 Dilyss Gallyot  

Dilyss Gallyot

Science 1989

As a critical care nurse, Dilyss Gallyot considered it an honor to help patients navigate life’s greatest challenges. As an educator, the COD nursing professor inspires, mentors and encourages her students to learn, grow and truly embrace the art of nursing. Gallyot began her own nursing journey at COD, where she received an associate degree in applied science, earning her nursing and advanced practice nursing degrees as well as two master’s degrees in nursing and business administration from Northern Illinois University.

Gallyot joined the COD nursing faculty in 2003, helping to redesign the program curriculum, serving as nursing coordinator and developing the Medic to Licensed Practical Nursing Program for military medics transitioning to civilian careers. Twice nominated for the Adade Wheeler Woman of the Year Award, Gallyot was named COD’s 2010 Outstanding Advisor and 2014-15 Outstanding Faculty for health sciences.

She volunteers at the Boys Scouts first aid camp and tutors at-risk students preparing to take state boards for nursing. Gallyot is currently in the doctoral program at Benedictine University, which focuses on leadership and values, and spent this summer on sabbatical in Kasuba, Zambia, teaching community health workers assessment skills to promote health in their community.

View Dilyss' acceptance speech from the celebration event. 

Tom Kriglstein 2017  

Tom Krieglstein

General Studies 2001

Tom Krieglstein came to COD last fall to be a keynote speaker, business plan judge, and to compete as the world’s fastest hugger. With help from 110 students, faculty, and staff, Krieglstein attempted to break the Guinness World Record for most number of hugs by one person in one minute. The entrepreneur and internationally-known keynote speaker and facilitator feels at home at COD, where his parents were both professors and where Krieglstein was honored as a Phi Theta Kappa All-USA First Team Member, an Illinois Centennial Scholar, and an Outstanding Graduate. He was also valedictorian at Aurora University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business management.

In his first business venture as a college student, Krieglstein sold old edition textbooks and electronics online, netting $1.5 million in sales annually by the time he graduated. Through his current company Swift Kick, Krieglstein trains college and corporate leaders on how to build a Culture of Connection within their organization and team.

He is the co-author of the Amazon.com award-winning book First Year Student to First Year Success. He also created the Student Affairs Collective website and podcast which he sold to NASPA (National Association of Student Affairs Professionals) in 2017. 

View Tom's acceptance speech from the celebration event. 

 Christopher Kriz 2017  

Christopher Kriz

Theater and Music 1992

Award-winning composer and theatrical sound designer Christopher Kriz hasn’t missed designing a COD production of A Christmas Carol since he first designed the show as a student. He returns to the College as often as possible—to design for Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and College Theater productions, to compose for the Chamber Singers or lecture to students—because he wants to give back. Working with student artists is a passion for Kriz, who designs student productions at Chicago area universities, including University of Chicago, Northwestern, Loyola, Roosevelt and many others, whenever his busy schedule allows.

Winner of three Joseph Jefferson Awards for sound design and music with a total of 13 nominations, Kriz has been designing professionally for 25 years with nearly 400 productions to his credit for companies including Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, Victory Gardens, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and dozens of others.

Kriz attributes his success to the education and experience he received at COD, working with and learning from the many extraordinary professional ensembles and directors in residence at the McAninch Arts Center.  

View Christopher's acceptance speech from the celebration event. 


Outstanding Recent Alumna

Marsela Jorgolli 2017  

Marsela Jorgolli

General Studies 2005

Amgen scientist Marsela Jorgolli uses her vast skills to develop new therapies to help people with serious illnesses. Jorgolli earned her doctorate in physics from Harvard University in 2015, one of many academic achievements for the Albanian native. Ten years earlier, while completing her associate degree at COD and preparing to transfer to the University of Chicago to pursue a bachelor’s degree, Jorgolli became the first and only COD student to receive the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship and only the second COD student to be chosen for the USA Today All-USA Academic First Team.

She holds six U.S. patents and has authored many publications, including seven in selective peer-reviewed journals. Jorgolli participated in the 2014 GapSummit in Cambridge, England, the flagship event of the Global Biotech Revolution, a not-for-profit that connects biotech think tanks, industrial leaders and research pioneers with young bio-leaders of tomorrow.

Jorgolli returned to COD earlier this year to participate in COD’s Women in STEM event, inspiring high school girls to aim high and make their own marks in science, technology, engineering and math.

View Marsela's acceptance speech from the celebration event. 

College of DuPage Foundation Celebrates 2017 Distinguished Alumni



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