More Alumni Profiles
So many Chicagoans are SU grads!
If you enjoyed reading about Kathleen Bannan ’91, Suzanne Butler ’01, Autumn Figueroa ’04, G’06, Christopher Horvay ’73, Ryan Jean ’09, and Mark Verone ’95 and Rachelle Hardy ’95, then see what these other successful Chicago alums are doing! Click on the names below to meet Kevin Bell ’74, Wally Bobkiewicz G’89, Renée Crown ’50, H’84, and Josephine Gomez ’90.
In 1976, at the age of 23, Kevin J. Bell ’74 came to Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo as curator of birds—the youngest curator ever hired at the zoo. In 1993, he was named assistant director and that same year, director. In 1995, upon the privatizing of the previously Chicago Park District-operated zoo, Bell also became president and CEO of The Lincoln Park Zoological Society.
Wally Bobkiewicz G’89 is the city manager of Evanston, Illinois, a community of 75,000 residents located just north of Chicago. In addition to his professional activities, Bobkiewicz is past president of the Syracuse University Alumni Association and a former member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees.
Renée Schine Crown ’50, H’84 is one of Syracuse University’s most esteemed alumnae. A civic leader and philanthropist, she serves on the College of Arts and Sciences board of visitors and as a member emerita of SU’s Board of Trustees. Shortly after graduating with a degree in fine arts, Crown moved to Chicago with her husband, Lester Crown (pictured with her), where they lead lives of exemplary public service.
Josephine Gomez ’90 has over 16 years of experience serving urban schools in both instructional and administrative capacities. Working in public, private, and charter school systems, she has taught all levels of junior and senior high school science courses, including college preparatory, and she integrates writing and reading into curricula to increase student achievement.