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SNL Alumni

The nearly 9,000 School for New Learning (SNL) graduates are an impressive group: inspirational examples of people overcoming barriers to achieve dreams.

SNL alumni are in almost every imaginable profession. Many attend graduate, business or law school. Most progress in their careers or move into new fields during their time at SNL. Others build skills for a satisfying retirement. They are part of the family of DePaul alumni whose connections are fostered through the Office of Alumni Relations.

Of the SNL undergraduate students who completed their degree last year, 90 percent were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Of those who were employed, 37 percent were in new or better jobs; 82 percent were in jobs related to their degrees; 16 percent were self-employed entrepreneurs. The overall average salary of SNL graduates is $86,661.
Alumni Spotlight:
  • Jenny McCoy (SNL'07) used her degree to jumpstart a food writing career.
  • Broadway investor and producer Cody Lassen (SNL'06) talks about giving back.
  • Broadway musical "Spring Awakening," which Cody Lassen co-produced, was nominated for three Tony Awards: best revival of a musical, best lighting design of a musical, and best direction of a musical.
  • Glenn Allison (SNL’06) was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s list of 40 Under 40. He is VP of enterprise architecture & IT solution delivery for Tractor Supply Co., the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the US.
  • Candace Anderson (SNL’12, SNLMA’15) is director of operations for Depaul USA in Chicago, a nonprofit that partners with DePaul University to help students facing homelessness.
  • Gloria M. Batey (SNL'99,MA'15) was named to the Chicago Defender list of Women of Excellence 2016. She is the practice area director of organizational change management and training for the William Everett Group, a technology consulting firm in Chicago.
  • Myisha L. Boulware (SNL'14) launched the free app Save Our Students, which allows students to anonymously report bullying.
  • Juan C. Buitron (SNL’12) is immediate consumption regional manager for the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group in Indianapolis, IN.​
  • Lori L. Danella (SNL’05) was elected a Midwest regional director of the board of the directors for the School Nutrition Association. She is the nutrition coordinator for Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in Lee’s Summit, MO.
  • Dynette A. Davis (SNL’09) is founder of Dymensions Educational Consulting LLC in Dallas, which offers support for educators, parents and students as well as growth and development opportunities.
  • Sandra A. Davis (SNL'77) was named 'Most Inspiring Woman in Comms" at Light Reading's 2016 Leading Lights awards. Davis is chief information officer and executive vice president at Zaya Group LLC.
  • Jacob B. Eisen (SNL’08) is managing director of the regional and community banking group at Maxim Group LLC, a full-service investment banking, securities and wealth management firm.
  • Laura J. Ehrke (SNLMA’01) published her debut novel, “Punk Charming, under the pen name Laura Quinn. Ehrke, an avid traveler, infuses the romance storyline with her own experiences abroad.​
  • Scott W. Falconer (SNL’11) studied the ecological, cultural and spiritual landscapes of the Western Ghats, a mountain range in Indian as part of the Earth Expedition Global Field program at Miami University  in Oxford, OH.
  • Paddy Homan (SNLMA’13) presented his one-man show “I am Ireland’ which honored the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.
  • Scott O. Johnson (SNLMA'92) is executive director of St. Ann's Residence, a senior assisted and independent living community in Duluth, MN.
  • Denise O’Brien-Peterson (SNL’03) joined Citi Retail Services as a partner manager. She previously worked at Capitol One as a senior manager. Additionally, O’Brien-Peterson published her memoir, “Journey up the Gravel Path” which chronicle her experience as a new mother diagnosed with a brain tumor.  
  • Jennifer J. Panattoni (SNL’12) was promoted to director of business development at LCI Brands in Elk Grove Village, IL.
  • Mary E. Pettinato (SNL ’93) is CEO and co-founder of Honor Flight Chicago, which brings veterans to Washington DC for a day of honor and rembrance at no cost to them.​
  • Timothy A. Phistry (SNL’07) was ordained a priest of the Old Catholic Church.
  • Richard L. Rampage (SNL’90, JD’95) was appointed administrative judge with the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.​
  • James M. Robinson (SNL’80) is a mentor with SCORE Association in Savannah GA. As a mentor, he helps guide new and established businesses. He is a partner in the Savannah office of New York Life Insurance Co.
  • David L. Rossi (SNL’14) is senior vice president of marketing and retail sales at Dollarmur Sports Surfaces, a manufacturer of sports flooring based in Fort Worth, TX.
  • David T. Stanton (SNL’97) was re-elected group director of the Community Bankers Association of Illinois. He is president, CEO and vice chairman of PeopleFirst Bank in Joliet, IL.
  • Sanja R. Stinson (SNL'03) was named to the Chicago Defender list of Women of Excellence 2016. She is founding CEO and executive director of Matthew House Chicago, a daytime emergency and supportive care center for the homeless, and founding pastor of Victory & Grace Christian Church in Chicago.
  • Angela L. Underwood (SNL'96) has published the book "Vessel of Steel: Reaching Your Highest Potential." She is founder and CEO of FinGIve, which provides financial education.
  • Shelli A. Walters (SNL'08) is deputy chief of the Clermont Police Department in Florida. She previously served 27 years as police commander for the Altamonte Springs Police Department in the operations bureau.
  • Sandra L. Weicher (SNL’12) is vice president of customer care for the western New England region of Comcast Cable.​
  • Vincent Wiggins (SNLMA’07, EDD’15) was promoted to associate dean of instruction at Harold Washington College in Chicago.​
  • Crystal Williams (SNLMA'10) was recognized as a distinguished professional in her field by Women of Distinction magazine. she is founder and CEO of Family Hugs Inc., which provides health education and counseling services for parents.