Jennifer Dawn Czarnecki, formerly of River Forest, and Nicholas Townsend Crofts, formerly of Oak Park, were married Aug. 5 at St. Luke Church in River Forest by Rev. Thomas Unz, friend of the bride. Their wedding reception was held at Ashton-Place in Willowbrook, with a surprise appearance and song by "Bono" from the U2 Elevation Band from St. Louis.
The bride is the daughter of Bob and Cyndee Czarnecki of River Forest. She received a degree in special education from Illinois State University and a master's degree in administration from Concordia University, and is a special ed. teacher at Morton East High School in Cicero. The groom, the son of the late James Crofts and the late Lois Crofts, is the head sound engineer for the Meetinghouse Corp. in Elmhurst.
The couple met at and graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School. They honeymooned in Alaska and reside in Berwyn.
Bruce N. Janacek of Oak Park has been promoted to associate professor of history and was granted tenure at North Central College in Naperville. He received a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in early modern Europe at the University of California-Davis.
A good read
The Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County, headquartered in Oak Park, received a $40,000 adult/volunteer literacy grant for fiscal year 2006 from Secretary of State Jesse White.
Fourth generation Oak Parker
Tristan Anthony Hollis De Sanctis was welcomed into the world at West Suburban Hospital on Sept. 15. He's the fourth generation of his mother's family to reside in Oak Park. The proud parents are Jennifer Hollis and Brian De Sanctis of Oak Park. Grandparents are Bob and Debby Hollis of Oak Park and Bill and Linda De Sanctis of Melrose Park. Great grandmothers are Lucille White of Oak Park and Luella Hollis of Mount Prospect.
Vice president on the move
River Forest resident Bryn E. Reese has joined Metropolitan Family Services, a counseling and family services provider, as executive vice president, external relations. She will lead the fundraising and development initiatives and be responsible for all marketing, communications and media relations strategy. Reese previously held the position of vice president of external affairs for the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations.
Audrey Styer of Oak Park was promoted from faculty member in computer information systems to dean at Morton College in Cicero. Styer, who holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Dominican University, is completing her Ph.D. in education at Capella University. She will oversee assessment and technology at Morton.
Two for Elmhurst College
Two Oak Parkers have joined the staff as full-time faculty members at Elmhurst College. Janette Bayles is an assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Sara Blair, who has her M.S.N. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, is an assistant professor in the Deicke Center for Nursing Education.
Hail to the graduates
Alissa Ann Calabrese of Oak Park received a bachelor of science degree, with majors in journalism and history, from Northwestern University in Evanston.
Thomas Begani of Oak Park earned his associate degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America. The son of Thomas and Arlene Begani, Thomas is a 2003 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School. He will continue his education at the CIA, pursuing a bachelor's degree in culinary arts management.
Erik Timothy Jorgensen of River Forest graduated with a bachelor of arts in business administration, finance emphasis, from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash.
Laura Diane Brauneis of Oak Park received a master of science in taxation degree from Northern Illinois University.
George Douglas Smith of Oak Park received a bachelor of arts degree in political science-public administration and service from Northern Illinois University.