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District 88 alumni, parents and friends are making a positive difference in the fight against COVID-19

As we continue to deal with the impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, we would like to highlight individuals with a connection to District 88 who are on the front line, fighting to win the battle against COVID-19.

These Addison Trail and Willowbrook alumni, parents and friends are true heroes – putting the safety, health and well-being of others before their own.

Christine Brzoska: Willowbrook alumna, class of 2013

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Brzoska is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), working in one of Rush University Medical Center's COVID-19 intensive care units (ICU).

BJ Macias: Willowbrook alumnus, class of 2001

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Macias has been helping children celebrate their birthdays during the COVID-19 pandemic by creating birthday signs, dressing up as a clown on stilts, juggling, creating balloon creatures and making personal visits to kids’ homes – all for free. He has been bringing many smiles to children’s faces during this difficult time.

Gianna Giometti: Addison Trail alumna, class of 2015

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After graduating from Addison Trail, Giometti enrolled in nursing school. After college, she became a registered nurse at AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange. Giometti is working on the medical-surgical floor that has transformed into a COVID-19 floor, and she is on the frontline, taking care of patients who have COVID-19.

Kathryn Mijares (class of 2008), Casey D’Ambrose (class of 2010) and Erik Fossen (class of 2006): Addison Trail alumni

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Mijares (left) and D’Ambrose (center) are registered nurses in the emergency department at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. D’Ambrose is holding flowers, dinner and dessert sent to the entire emergency department from the Scorza family of Addison. Fossen (right) is an emergency room doctor at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

James Campbell: Addison Trail alumnus, class of 2006

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Campbell is a supervisor at 3M. According to Wikipedia, 3M operates in the fields of industry, worker safety, U.S. health care and consumer goods and produces more than 60,000 products under several brands. Campbell is an essential worker, sending supplies to aid in the COVID-19 relief effort.

Laura (Barrett) Larkin: Addison Trail alumna, class of 1984

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Larkin is an Advanced Practice Nurse with Edward-Elmhurst Health. She is working hard to create new protocol and procedures to keep employees and patients safe from COVID-19.

Zoe Ericson-Staton: Willowbrook alumna, class of 2019

 

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Ericson-Staton continues to work at AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also is pursuing her nursing degree.

Saifullah Siddiqui: Husband of Addison Trail alumna Safira Siddiqui

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Siddiqui is a respiratory therapist at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, working to battle COVID-19 cases experienced by veterans. He is fighting to save the lives of those who have fought for the U.S.

Anthony Coglianese (class of 2015) and Kailey Kirk (class of 2013): Addison Trail alumni

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Coglianese is an ER Technician at Elmhurst Hospital. Kirk is a nurse at Elmhurst Hospital.

Patricia Hill: Mother of Willowbrook junior Lekendra Hill

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Hill is a Front Entrance Screener at Elmhurst Hospital.

Willowbrook senior Logan Rattana and his father, Paul Rattana

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Logan (pictured above, left) works at Walgreens as a Pharmacy Technician. Paul (pictured above, right) is leading four Walgreens COVID-19 mobile testing sites in the Chicago area.

Sharon Busse DiBenardo: Addison Trail alumna, class of 1989, and mother of three Addison Trail students

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Busse DiBenardo is a Respiratory Therapist at AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center.

Julissa Murillo: Addison Trail alumna, class of 2014

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Murillo is a Receptionist at ACCESS Martin T. Russo Family Health Center. In April, she tested positive for COVID-19. A month later, she was volunteering to work at a clinic that became a testing site.

Crystal Marinelli: Addison Trail alumna, class of 2014

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Marinelli is a Registered Nurse at AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange.

Luis Solano: Addison Trail alumnus, class of 2007

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Solano is the Pharmacy Manager at Walgreens in Vernon Hills. He was a part of the first group of pharmacists in the country and company to perform COVID-19 testing for patients.

Angela DelGiudice: Willowbrook alumna, class of 2002

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DelGiudice is an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nurse at Rush Oak Park Hospital, working with patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

Collette Williams Kalal: Willowbrook alumna, class of 2008

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Williams Kalal is completing her final year of residency at Loyola University Medical Center (she will graduate in June), where she is training in the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics combined program. Along with her residency rotations, Williams Kalal served as a physician supervisor for the medical students running the COVID-19 triage hotline and was part of a resident committee that helped coordinate hospital policies for COVID-19. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Williams Kalal has worked with the Infectious Disease consult team, outpatient clinics and Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Loyola, as well as the General Medicine floors at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital.

William Menzer: Willowbrook alumnus, class of 2014

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Menzer is a PhD student with the International Max Planck Research School at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Menzer is working with Eisbach Bio to find small molecules that might be able to stop SARS-CoV-2 from replicating, which is akin to a targeted antibiotic to help fight COVID-19. He also is working on a novel class of anticancer drugs.

Brittany Klco: Addison Trail alumna, class of 2005

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Klco is a Charge Nurse in the endoscopy unit at Elmhurst Hospital. She helps make sure staff members have the personal protective equipment necessary to safely perform procedures.

Christina Capuani: Addison Trail alumna, class of 2014

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Capuani is an Emergency Room Nurse at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center Elk Grove Village.

Kevin Luu: Addison Trail alumnus, class of 2014

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Luu works as a pricing analyst for Medline Industries, Inc.

Andy Bouse: Willowbrook alumnus, class of 2006, and Mary (Abbinanti) Bouse: Addison Trail alumna, class of 2005

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Andy and Mary are nurses, working directly with COVID-19 patients. Andy works at Fox Valley Dialysis, and Mary works at Rush University Medical Center.

Mike Hay: Willowbrook alumnus, class of 2020

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Hay has worked at Dominick's Pizza and Pasta in Villa Park for about two and a half years, and he has continued to work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as an essential employee. He also has volunteered nearly every week to help with District 88's food distribution program (which provides meals for community members) since the program began in March, and he plans to continue to help during the summer. For more information, go to www.dupage88.net/coronavirus.

Matt “Westy” Westerhoff: Willowbrook alumnus, class of 2002

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Westerhoff is an Operating Room Registered Nurse at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. He has been a nurse for 12 years and has worked with cancer patients, in hospice and in an Orthopedic Trauma Unit. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he also has helped in the Intensive Care Unit, as well as other units.

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