Bartlett woman to lead state financial aid administrators group

  • Michelle Stipp

    Michelle Stipp Courtesy of Roosevelt University

  • Joshua Stewart

    Joshua Stewart Courtesy of Oakton Community College

  • Jennifer Maltas

    Jennifer Maltas Courtesy of Village of Buffalo Grove

  • Capt. Mark Melson, commanding officer of the USS Makin Island and Lt. Russell Paloian, officer of the deck.

    Capt. Mark Melson, commanding officer of the USS Makin Island and Lt. Russell Paloian, officer of the deck. Courtesy of U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Clark Lane

Posted5/4/2017 12:25 PM

Bartlett resident Michelle Stipp, director of financial aid at Roosevelt University, was elected president of the Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Advocating for the ethical administration of student aid, training and advocacy, the association represents financial aid administrators from public and private higher education institutions, community colleges, for-profit institutions, private loan lenders, guarantee agencies and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Stipp, a 20-year financial aid professional, also serves on the board of the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, representing professionals in Illinois for the nine-state regional association.

• Jennifer Maltas, Buffalo Grove's deputy village manager, wrote an article that was featured in the April 2017 edition of PM Magazine, a monthly publication from the International City/County Management Association. In the article, Maltas writes about the founding of the shared IT services model, Government Information Technology Consortium (GovITC). Founding members include Buffalo Grove, Glenview, Lincolnshire, Kenilworth and Lake Bluff. These communities, along with new members Oswego and Yorkville, receive IT services through joint outsourcing with a managed service provider under one agreement. The agreement provides standardized IT services across each municipality, which creates cost savings through a shared purchasing model. Maltas was deeply involved in the creation of GovITC, which is now an entity under Illinois state law. She also currently serves as the consortium's president.


• Rosemont native Lt. Russell Paloian received his Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer qualification from USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Melson. The OOD (officer of the deck) stands watch in the pilot house and is the captain's direct representative for carrying out the ship's mission, including the safe navigation, control and execution of the ship's daily tasking. Makin Island, the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is returning from a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.

• Congratulations to Joshua Stewart of Park Ridge, a student at Oakton Community College, who took home first place honors in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference poster contest hosted by Elgin Community College April 21. His poster, "pH and the Effects on Biofilm Formation with Pseudomonas aeruginosa," was tops in the Biological Sciences category.

• Alexis Beaudry Jakubowski of Mount Prospect was awarded the 2017 Susan C. Murray Memorial Women's Scholarship, presented April 25, at the American Short Line and Regional Railroads Association conference, in Grapevine, Texas. The award was accepted by her father, Eric Jakubowski, chief commercial officer for Anacostia Rail Holdings Company. Jakubowski, a sophomore at Middlebury College, Vermont, was chosen for academic achievements and for her leadership. She was captain and MVP of her high-school track and cross-country teams and volunteers for special needs organizations including Special Olympics.

• Edward Mavromatis was awarded a $5,000 educational scholarship by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association. A Fremd High School graduate, Mavromatis is currently enrolled at Northwood University, Glen Ellyn, where he is pursuing a degree in automotive marketing and management. He aspires to work in the automotive retail sector. The scholarship is part of an ongoing initiative by the CATA to help provide training and education for its members. Over the past two summers, Mavromatis has worked as a porter at Napleton Jeep Dodge Chrysler Ram and as a detailer at Zeigler Maserati. This coming summer, he was selected to be an intern at Motor Werks of Barrington.

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