Lincoln College

Alumni

Success Stories

Spanning the widest possible range of occupations, many Lincoln College alumni have pursued their dreams, achieving excellence. Inspired by lessons learned as students here, they have become their best selves and in so doing have made significant contributions to the common good.

 John Abdo

John Abdo, ’75

John is a huge success in the fitness industry and has created his own equipment and products, one of which is the Ab-Doer Twist.


 Jeff Anshel

Dr. Jeff Anshel, O.D., ’69

Jeff is an Optometrist and author of “Healthy Eyes, Better Vision”, “Visual Ergonomics in the Workplace”, “Visual Ergonomics Handbook” and “Smart Medicine for Your Eyes”.


 Mark Anshel

Mark Anshel, Ph.D., ’68

Mark is a Professor of health and human performance. Author of 16 books, 24 book chapters, and 132 research publications in scholarly journals.


 Angela Beltchenko

Angela Beltchenko, ’02

Continuing on her college dancing career, Angela spent three years (2006-2009) dancing professionally for the NBA Indiana Pacers Pacemates. Prior to her NBA dancing career, Angela got a B.S. degree in Tourism Management with a minor in Dancing, from Indiana University. After she left the Pacemates in 2009, she moved back to her hometown of Chicago and began a career in event services for WJ Wiser & Associates Inc.


 John Bishop

John Bishop, ’90

John is a Senior Project Architect with Farnswoth Group, Inc., who helped design LC’s Lincoln Center, recipient of the AIA Central Illinois Outstanding Young Architect Award, nominated for the AIA Illinois John Wellborn Root Award for Outstanding Young Architect, recipient of the 2010 Lincoln College Young Alumni Achievement Award, and won the People’s Choice Award for his performance as an amateur comedian for the Challenger Leaning Center’s “So An Astronaut Walked Into A Bar” event in 2007.


 Bruce Block

Bruce Block, ’68

Bruce is a Hollywood film producer, consultant and author. Credits include: Spanglish, As Good As It Gets, Baby Boom, The Parent Trap, Father of the Bride I & II, I Love Trouble, What Women Want, America’s Sweethearts, Something’s Gotta Give, Christmas with Kranks, The Holiday, Pretty In Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Great Outdoors, Stuart Little, Alfie, and more.


 Stephen Buntrock

Stephen Buntrock, ’88

Stephen is a Broadway Star, having performed in a variety of shows including: “Martin Guerre”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Oklahoma”, “Jane Eyre”, “Titanic”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Grease”, “Les Miserables” and “A Little Night Music.”


 Tony Crawford

Tony Crawford, ’05

Tony has been very successful in the Theatrical Arts world. For the past three summers he has worked as Associate Production Manager, and now Operations and Production Manager for Jacob’s Pillow Dance. In recent years he was the Scenic Charge Artist at the Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Assistant Scenic Artist at The Black Hills Playhouse, and Scene Designer for Seaside Repertory Theatre. Tony’s motto is: “It’s my belief that art is for the audience. It should therefore be created with quality and held to high standards with the intention of inspiring and moving the audience while cultivating new artists.” To see some of Tony’s work visit his web site at tonycrawford.daportfolio.com.


 Kaylee Dionne

Kaylee Dionne, ’05

Kaylee is a weather/reporter at WIAT-TV CBS 42 in Birmingham, AL.


 David Doolin

David Doolin, ’05

David is an entrepreneur who started his own technology business, Infinity-X, in Lincoln in 2009. David spends a great deal of time in historic preservation, especially when it comes to the history of the town of Lincoln. David was awarded the 2011 LC Young Alumni Achievement Award.


Emily Escobedo

Emily Escobedo, ’06

Emily has been touring the country on a train with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Emily has been part of a seven-person wardrobe crew for the circus.


 Hong Tatt Foo

Hong Tatt Foo, ’62

Hong is an internationally acclaimed artist and recipient of the LC 2010 Alumni Achievement Award in Art.


Jeff Griggs

Jeff Griggs, ’92

Jeff Griggs has been a guest instructor at the DSI Comedy Theater. He is a former Asst. Artistic Director of the iO Theater in Chicago, a member of the acclaimed improv team Aphasia and a long standing member of the iO Theater’s House Team Deep Schwa. In April 2005, Ivan Dee Publishing released Jeff’s first book “GURU: MY DAYS WITH DEL CLOSE”. In addition to performing with Second City (aboard whatever cruise he can join), Jeff works as the Story Producer and a Contributing Director for the television program Sports Action Team. Besides acting and directing, Griggs has also written several stage plays that have been produced in theaters around Chicago.


 Dr. Adrienne Harmon

Dr. Adrienne Harmon, ’01

Adrienne is a dentist at North Country HealthCare in Flagstaff, AZ.


 Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes, ’95

Matt is an Ultimate Fighting World Welterweight Champion. Co-author of his New York Times Bestseller autobiography, “Made in America: The Most Dominant Champion in UFC History”.


 Michael Jay

Michael Jay, ’81

Michael is the owner of Jambo Studios in L.A. where he writes and produces songs for big stars as well as for new and developing talent. Michael has had his songs recorded by artists such as Celine Dion (one of which, “Declaration of Love” was on her “Falling into You” album that won a Grammy), Mandy Moore, Kylie Minogue, New Kids on the Block, Jon Secada, Lara Fabian, Peter Allen and many others.


 Mike Loeffelholz

Mike Loeffelholz, ’91

Mike currently has a recurring role on the Fox show “Glee”. He can also be seen in numerous other TV roles including National commercials for Kmart and Chevrolet.


 Sandy MacKinnon

Sandy MacKinnon, ’60

Sandy runs a successful forklift company and has provided leadership on the boards of the Florida State Fair, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Sports Authority, the Tampa Museum of Art, and numerous other organizations and charities. He also took on the daunting task of trying to get the 2012 Olympics in Tampa. Sandy and his wife Dottie were awarded the Tampa Metro Civitan Club’s Citizen of the Year award in February 2011.


Chris McCray

Chris McCray, ’98

Creator and Artistic Director of Corpo Dance Company, a dance studio focusing on a fusion of contemporary and classical dance vocabulary with movement elements of capoeira. Chris was awarded the 2006 Katherine Dunham Award for Best Choreography from the Black Theatre Alliance and in 2009 he was awarded Best Body of Work by Dance Chicago.


 Natalie (Jeckel) McGee

Natalie (Jeckel) McGee, ’97

Has been enjoying a modeling career since 2007. She has talent agents in both Chicago, Ill., and Cincinnati, Ohio. She has appeared in a few on-camera commercials: however, her primary focus is print. Natalie is represented by Ford Model Management’s commercial print division and has appeared in national advertisements for Samsung, Relax Riesling, Ashley Furniture, and Sears. She has also done modeling for McDonald’s, Pampered Chef, SC Johnson, Hyatt, Marriott, and even had a cover shoot for Wedding Guide Chicago. Natalie’s on-camera credits include a national spot for NASCAR, Chevrolet’s Woman of the Year, OFF! Insect Repellent, Captain Morgan, and the arcade game of Deal or No Deal. Some of her most exciting on-camera experiences were appearing as a background actor in “The Dark Knight” and dancing with Regis Philbin on “Live! With Regis and Kelly.” In 2009 Natalie launched her own life and style consulting business, Your Best Beautiful.


 Jessica Mitchell

Jessica Mitchell, ’04

Jessica has had success in dancing at SIU-Carbondale and then in the professional arena as she danced for the Luvabulls, the Chicago Bulls dance team. In 2006 she was selected as a Chicago 97.9 Loop Rock Girl Sweet 16 finalist and began a career in marketing. She traveled the country on an event marketing tour in 2007 visiting nearly all 50 states. In 2008 she became Director of Business Development for a modeling agency in Kansas City and danced for the short-lived Arena Football League’s Kansas City Brigade Girls. Jessica has been modeling for the last several years while working towards dancing for another NBA or NFL team as well as volunteering in her community and working on building her own full-service talent/marketing agency.


 Robert “Bob” Rang

Robert “Bob” Rang, ’71

Art Director of The Oscars Red Carpet & Art Director of The Red Carpet Oscar Pre-Show. Set designer and consultant for television shows such as Jeopardy, Dance Fever, The Merv Griffin Show, Merv Griffin’s Crosswords and several TV specials and live telecasts such as the 1993 Presidential Inaugural and the Washington D.C. Millennium Special. Other design projects including sets for Royal Caribbean Cruises, Princess Cruises, and interior design for The Beverly Hilton, the Scottsdale Hilton and the Palm Springs Pavilion Theatre. He also designs set for the Academy Awards Nominations and has designed several years of the “Red Carpet” for the Academy Awards, the “2007 ALMA Awards” and “A Holiday Celebration at Ford’s Theatre” in Washington, D.C., all ABC Specials.


Emily Riesen

Emily Riesen, ’05

graduated from SIU-Carbondale in 2007 with a degree in Music Business. She moved to Nashville, Tenn., to begin her country music career. She has enjoyed being a singer/songwriter and for a while played a solid three gigs a week and was endorsed by Baden Guitar. Emily’s single “All Out of Smiles”, is a song about a soldier deployed to war and the family he leaves behind. The song was released in 2009 and Emily donated all proceeds from the song’s downloads to the USASOC Military Families and Lifestyle Charitable Foundation. In 2010 Emily moved to the St. Louis, MO., area to continue her education. To learn more about Emily visit her web site at www.emilyriesen.com.