MICHELLE WEINER, '76
Michelle (Milkovic) studied commercial art at Lane, and made good use of her drafting and design skills once entering the work world. Michelle enjoyed a 34-year career in commercial interiors and construction where she created brilliant workplaces, exceptional teams, and award-winning companies. She was the primary marketing and development strategist for one of the largest commercial furniture distributorships in the country, and as Associate Principal, was part of a dynamic leadership team that has grew the firm from a single suburban facility into a regional powerhouse with more than two hundred-fifty employees and six locations. She is now focusing her energy on an encore career with Special Olympics where she is Director of Strategic Development.
Michelle has been active with community organizations in Chicago for many years and is a Board Member at Center on Halsted, the largest LGBTQ Community Center in the Midwest, and a retired Director and volunteer at Saint Luke Ministries, Chicago.
"My experience at Lane was transformative, but that of my two sons was even more meaningful. The exceptional faculty in both special education and standard academic departments helped my children cultivate their unique strengths and emphasize that Lane is the School of Champions for ALL students. I can't think of a better way to give back than to offer my services through the Alumni Association."
JIM GUERIN, '72
LTAA Vice President
A retired executive from UPS, Jim is a logistics wizard having managed all facets of Transportation Operations as well as the Industrial Engineering, Plant Engineering, Accounting and Human Resources departments. He oversaw U.S. Customs at the international UPS Air Operations Hub and managed all Air Operations at the Louisville International Air Hub. Jim also had roles as Department Manager for the UPS Airline Audit department, and was responsible for auditing the Global Aircraft Maintenance function, Flight Operations function and Global Gateway Operations function. He is a certified licensed Jet Operations Trainer and Hazardous Materials Trainer for the airline. He trained and certified all UPS European Air Operations staff and was Operations Manager for the state of Ohio.
Jim has served as a "Loaned Executive" for United Way of America. He has been a representative to the International Air Transportation Association and Chamber of Commerce Air Cargo Supply Chain Committee member. He has also volunteered on the Education to Careers Committee for Chicago Public Schools and is a regular church volunteer.
"Realizing that the educational excellence and personal development that I received during my four years at Lane set the stage for and laid the ground work for my future success, I felt a need to stay connected to assist in the preservation of this great institution."
KIM J.KIDD, '73
Kim is a National Service Operations Leader for BW Container He has enjoyed a twenty-seven year career in various management and executive positions for manufacturers of printed circuit boards and software integration, protective packaging, inspection systems, and coding systems. Throughout his career, Kim has established and led global field service and customer service teams and developed strategic business plans and initiatives. He also has extensive experience with applications, engineering, sales support, aftermarket programs, training, help desk, and technical support programs including new product initiatives. Kim studied engineering at the University of Illinois-Chicago and earned his BS in Business Administration and MBA in Strategic Management from Roosevelt University.
Kim sits on the Executive Advisory Board Member of the Society for Service Executives (SSE) and is former President and Board member of the Association for Services Management International (AFSMI). He is also Executive Treasurer / Secretary of the Norwood Life Society and Chairman of the Norwood Crossing Association. Alumni activities in addition to Lane tech include the Roosevelt University Alumni Association.
"Attending Lane Tech was one of the key decisions that I made which laid the foundation for both my personal and professional development. The teachers and the curriculum held me accountable for my on campus activities which included classroom work, sports and after school jobs. Lane Tech taught me the valuable lessons of commitment to hard work, follow through and continuous learning. Serving on the LTAA Board is my way to give back to the school that provided me with so much practical training that lead to who I am."
DEIDRE BAUMANN, '85
Deidre was the first recipient of an Alumni Association Scholarship in 1985 and has chosen to continue that legacy in service as a member of the LTAA Board of Directors. After graduating from Lane, Deidre earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Illinois. Deirre has been practicing law for twenty-three years and is the owner of Baumann & Shuldiner, a civil litigation practice. She appears in both State and Federal Courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, on a wide variety of matters, including personal injury, civil rights, and employment discrimination, and was lead counsel in the Burr Oak Cemetery litigation.
Deidre is very engaged in her professional community including service with: Decalogue Society of Lawyers, President , Suburban Bar Coalition, President; Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Access to Justice, Procedures Subcommittee (2015-present); Chicago Bar Association, Alliance for Women, Executive Board and Public Affairs and Interfaith Committees; Illinois State Bar Association, Assembly Member (2011-present), Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee; Women's Bar Association of Illinois, Board of Managers (2013-2015), Diversity Committee Co-Chair; Justice, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Chicago Alumni Chapter (2013-2014)
"My experiences at Lane Tech prepared me for my career, the challenges of life, and helped shape the person I am today. I still have more friends from Lane than from college or law school and regardless of geographic distance or the passage of time, we have a common bond of shared experience and commitment to the betterment of society. The LTAA has allowed me to contribute to the success of future students and to build additional friendships with others who are similarly committed to society, the community and the school."
STUART ENG, '85
LTAA Immediate Past President
Stuart studied Math and Science at Lane before earning a BS in Economics from Indiana University. After a ten-year career in telecommunications with AT&T and Qwest, Stuart transitioned to commercial real estate where he assists clients searching for office space, negotiates leases, and maintains real estate portfolios. As a LEED Accredited Professional he works with clients to develop and integrate sustainability goals into the workplace.
Stuart has been President of the Association for the last six years and held the title of Treasurer for the four years prior. He volunteers as the Vice President of the Lincoln Middle School PTO and serves on a fundraising board for the Swedish Covenant Hospital Annual Gala. You can follow his band, Blue Onyx as they play to enthusiastic crowds throughout the Chicago area.
"Lane Tech was a driving force in my character and skillset development. When I had the ability to donate time and resources, I made sure to be part of the LTAA. I have always been proud of being a Lane Tech alum, even more than my university. There is a certain honor and automatic kinship among Lane alums that no other high school or even a college can replicate. I always wanted to do my part to uphold our motto of 'Wherever you go, whatever you do, remember the honor of Lane.'"
MARION SYNOWIEC, '64
LTAA Past President
Marion's major at Lane was College Prep in the sixties, but engineering became his professional focus where he has enjoyed a robust career for over four decades. He holds a BS from Chicago Technical College and an MBA from Dominican University, and is a Certified Safety Professional and Registered Professional Engineer. Working on major construction projects, Marion provides audit and consulting services so that his clients will meet compliance with their company's safety programs and Federal Safety and Health Standards. He has worked on such high profile construction projects as Soldier Field, Trump Tower Lurie Children's Hospital, Lucas Oil Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Stadium, Georgetown University and Dartmouth College Hitchcock Medical Center.
In addition to his long-standing tenure with the LTAA, including serving as immediate past Treasurer, Marion is a past President of the Chicago Chapter American Society of Safety Engineers and a Past President of the Illinois Engineering Council.
"I will do whatever I can to make the Alumni Association a valuable asset to Lane."
ANGELA OLAH, '04
Angela is a living example of the connection between music and math! As a music major at Lane, she played the flute in concert band and orchestra and then went on to study Music Education at Northeastern Illinois University, where ultimately, she majored in Economics Today she is an eight-year veteran of the retail banking industry and Assistant Branch Manager of Wintrust Bank in Streeterville. Angela assists individual and business clients with tailored financial products and is responsible for training and managing bank personnel.
Angela combines her passion for community and business knowledge by teaching financial literacy classes through the Federal Reserve's Money Smart Program. She is also active with SOAR (Streeterville Organization for Active Residents), Streeterville Chamber of Commerce and the Mag Mile Business Association. Angela is an avid traveler, most recently touring Europe for three months, and supports several music organizations including the new Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra.
"I joined the LTAA because I wanted to maintain a connection to Lane and help other graduates do the same. The four years of high school are the end cap to our adolescence and crucial to our development into adulthood. I feel fortunate that I spent those four years at Lane because of the quality education I received, the diversity I was exposed to and the sense of belonging to very special community even beyond graduation. I feel inspired by it and eager to give back."
SHERLANDA BROOKS, '87
Sherlanda Brooks is the President and CEO of Diversity Sourcing Solutions where she consults with major organizations on achieving strategic and tactical diversity goals. She has dedicated her career to promoting supplier diversity with major global organizations, and establishing herself as a successful business leader and entrepreneur in the consumer products industry. Prior to forming her own company, Sherlanda focused on supplier diversity for companies like Kraft Foods, Mondelez International, and PepsiCo. Beginning in 1996, Sherlanda distributed her own line of specialty seasonings called, "As Good As Mother's" through 1500 grocery stores and food service outlets across the country including retailers like Kroger, Safeway and Albertson's. After selling that business in 2007, Sherlanda established Diversity Sourcing Solutions. She was a track team stand out while at Lane and attended the University of Kansas on a full track scholarship where she received her Bachelor's degree in Organizational Communications.
Sherlanda is the current Chairperson for Diversity and Social Responsibility for the Institute of Supply Management (Chicago), and on the advisory board for the Women's Business Development Center. She has also served as the Treasurer of the Food and Beverage Industry Group as well as the Firehouse Community Arts Center.
"Lane Tech has laid the firm foundation for so many of us. It is an honor and a joy to connect with others who have walked the same halls and shared some of the same experiences. We owe it to the existing and future students and faculty to help them in whatever capacity to be the best version of themselves."
FRED W. GLURE, '63
Retired from the Chicago Public School system, Fred began his career in education as an upper grade science teacher. He also held positions as Assistant Principal and Counselor in the elementary schools and finally the ultimate homecoming. Prior to retirement, Fred served as Administrative Assistant, Director of Guidance and Counselor at Lane Tech. He holds a BS in Education from Chicago State University and an MA in Guidance and Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University
Fred is a current Board member of the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago and Chicago Torsk Club, and former Board member of 20th Century railroad Club. He also serves on several committees at Irving Park Lutheran Church.
"I am motivated to promote a positive image of Lane Tech by creating awareness of the LTAA, encouraging membership and demonstrating support that will provide benefits for students and staff at Lane Tech. Go Lane Go!"
JOE LAWNICZAK, '69
Joe is a shining example of how a student capitalizes on the technical curriculum received while a student at Lane. After graduating with a BS in mechanical engineering from University of Illinois-Chicago in 1973 and an MBA from DePaul in 1979, Joe embarked on a thirty-five-year career in the electronics industry. Recently retired as Corporate Director of Manufacturing, Global Operations at Molex, Inc, Joe continues to provide consulting services to Molex.
Joe is an active volunteer in providing job searching skills and counseling to the unemployed and is actively involved in various church ministries at Resurrection Catholic Church in Bartlett, Illinois.
"LTAA provides a great way to give a little back to Lane for the strong foundation it provided me, which directly led to a life long technology based career. While there are so many worthy causes to devote one's time to, supporting education excellence deserves a high priority. After 26 years on the Board, I found that LTAA offers a wonderful combination of always prioritizing its focus on what's best for Lane's future and leveraging a talented and diverse Board that together have fun in advancing its mission."
AVROM LITIN, '83
Although Avrom availed himself of enough shop classes at Lane to hold a double major had that existed in the eighties. He was in fact, a science and math major and it was science that provided his career trajectory. Avrom is a research scientist and has worked for several businesses in quality control and as an applications scientist specializing in analytical chemistry. He currently holds a position at Oil-Dri Corporation of America where his primary job function is to assist in finding agricultural solutions for customers, and to find new product applications.
Avrom is an active member of the American Chemical Society including tenure as past Chairman of the Chicago section. He also serves on two national committees, frequently presents research, and spearheads outreach programs for science education. Avrom has hosted student tours of his lab and frequently serves as a judge at the Metro Science Fair held each year at the Museum of Science and Industry.
"Serving of the LTAA Board is my way to give back to the school that provided me with the practical training that lead to who I am today."
SHARON MANJACK '77
Sharon pursued her passion for the arts by taking music classes and majoring in art at Lane. Continuing her creative pursuits, she received her Bachelor's degree in Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and after graduation worked as an art director/graphic designer in Chicago. Seeking warmer weather she moved to the Los Angeles area. Wanting to help others, she went back to school to receive her Master's degree in Special Education/Educational Therapy from California State University at Northridge. Working in a variety of educational settings, she taught incarcerated youth with special needs and students living in residential therapeutic centers. To maintain her art connection, she worked as an art education docent for the Getty Center. Moving back to the Chicago area to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago, she received her PhD in Educational Psychology and currently teaches adjunct courses at the university level, mentors new and struggling teachers at CPS, teaches students with special needs, and continues to pursue her research interests in art education, inclusion, and teacher theories.
In addition to her LTAA responsibilities, Sharon is an active member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church and Chicago Architecture Foundation volunteer.
"I joined the LTAA Board because of the fond memories I had while attending Lane, my desire to reconnect with past Lane friends, meet new people, and to assist in preserving the tradition and unique history of Lane Tech."
MAUREL SAMONTE, '86
Maurel was a math and science major at Lane, and now works in the real estate industry. For more than ten years, she has worked with a range of clients from multi-million dollar portfolios to rental units. Her areas of expertise include luxury residential properties, commercial real estate, and investment properties in the Chicago area. Maurel is a broker with Betancourt Realty, a full service real estate firm in the Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods of Chicago. She is also president of her own investment property and property management firm specializing in small, multi-unit properties primarily located in south side neighborhoods of Chicago.
Maurel is a member of AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America), and sits on the Board of Step Up Women's Network.
"Lane Tech was a driving force in my character and skillset development. When I had the ability to donate time and resources, I made sure to be part of the LTAA. I have always been proud of being a Lane Tech alum, even more than my university. There is a certain honor and automatic kinship among Lane alums, though cross-generational, that no other high school or even colleges can replicate. I always wanted to do my part to uphold our motto of 'Wherever you go, whatever you do, remember the honor of Lane.'"
KEVIN SHELDON, '75
Characteristic of many well-rounded alums, Kevin was a pre-engineering major at Lane who went on to earn a BS in Journalism and Advertising with a minor in Graphic Arts from Northern Illinois University. Today Kevin is a thirty-three-year veteran of the electronic components industry and is currently Vice President of Nichicon (America) Corporation, where his primary responsibilities include sales management in North and South America and oversight of business operations. His components go on circuit boards in products ranging from PCs/tablets, to lighting applications, to automobiles, and he works with engineers on a regular basis to provide technical assistance.
The global nature of the electronic components business has given Kevin a chance to see the world while seeking out new business opportunities. Kevin is a member of Toastmasters International and is President of The Northern Star Alumni Board, an organization associated with former staff and advisors of NIU's Northern Star newspaper.
"My years at Lane helped lay the groundwork for my career and everyday life (I'm not afraid to fix things by myself!). Serving on the LTAA board gives me an opportunity to give a little something back to the school that did so much for me."
JOANNA (MACIASZKIEWICZ) PEREZ, ‘95
Director of Alumni Relations
Joanna is responsible for the operations of the LTAA office to assure that the mission of the LTAA is met. She is instrumental in the planning and implementation of projects that strategically engage alumni in strengthening programs and providing tangible benefits to alumni and students of Lane Tech.
Joanna’s experience at Lane Tech was the foundation for her desire to live a life of continual learning.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was an active member of the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology. She continued her graduate education at Loyola University Chicago where she earned a Master of Science in Human Resources and worked as a Graduate Research Assistant. Her education in Industrial and Organizational Psychology resulted in a rewarding and fulfilling Human Resources career that spanned more than fifteen years. She has specialized in talent acquisition, performance management, policy creation, implementation, company culture, employee relations and succession planning. She has also coached and mentored individual clients on interview guidance and career planning.
Joanna’s family could qualify for their own LTAA chapter! Her husband, sister, brother, brother-in-laws and niece are all former Laneites. She has coordinated her own class reunions and volunteered for numerous LTAA events prior to embarking on the myrtle and gold phase of her career path. When she is not overseeing the operations of the Alumni Office, Joanna is an active parent at St. Robert Bellarmine, where she is a volunteer for numerous events each year. You may also find her exploring the city with her family and friends, enjoying an outdoor music festival or vigorously continuing her quest for the most rewarding form of fitness.
“There is only one Lane Tech. My time as a student made me who I am today, not only because of my education but the life-long friendships I was fortunate enough to establish. I consider working for the LTAA an honor and a unique privilege. It never surprises me how often I run into alumni and the connection is immediate. There is a kinship among graduates that is simply special. My goal is to foster those connections in order to give back to Lane Tech and its students.”