Being a Trinity student helped me become the person I am today. I have always felt so supported by the people I met throughout my Blazer journey. Being a business owner isn't easy, but the strength and sense of empowerment I feel is thanks to God, my family, and the Trinity community
I would not have been afforded such a wonderful opportunity without my past experiences - experiences that have made me who I am today. Trinity is one of those experiences. Trinity prepared me academically for both my undergraduate and postgraduate studies. And more importantly, Trinity taught me to be fearless, to pursue my passions, and to be my best self. Empowered by these teachings, I moved to a foreign country alone, work in a male-dominated field, and continue to pursue my ambitions in the field of Classics.
My parents believed in education and encouraged their children to achieve it. Their encouragement included trips to bookstores, libraries, plays, concerts, and other cultural activities. Serendipity played a role in my life in the form of “Julia,” a television show. I was mesmerized by the nurse character Diahann Carroll played and imagined myself as her. This television program inspired me deeply, and as a child, I dreamed of becoming a nurse.
In the nearly 20 years since graduating from Trinity, I’ve dedicated my life to the study and practice of marketing, working in the Food industry, and advancing women in the workplace. I earned a BS (’09) and MBA (’18) from DePaul University in Chicago, and have worked for and with some incredible Food companies over the years– Kellogg’s, Hershey’s, Campbell’s, and most recently with Barilla. I currently lead Foodservice Marketing for Barilla within the US market, and oversee everything from branding, innovation, PR/advertising, events/sponsorships, and digital marketing. It is most certainly a dream job - working in the pasta category with chefs to create and market dishes that you see in restaurants, hotels, and college campuses around the country!
Kim Coleman a fourth-year science teacher and varsity basketball coach at Trinity was recently spotlighted in the Country Financial Teacher Spotlight. The IHSA & COUNTRY Financial are teamed up to recognize the efforts of educators and coaches/advisors who go beyond the call of duty to positively impact the lives of Illinois high school students inside and outside of the classroom. Click here to read the article about Coach Kim's impact on the students at Trinity.
While I began as Trinity’s Director of Development in 2020, Trinity has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My grandmother, Margaret “Honey” McGuire Powers ‘45, felt so strongly about the mission of Trinity that even long after her own daughters had graduated, she continued to dedicate years to Trinity as a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors. As a child, while my mother, Kathleen Powers McMahon ‘71, was at work, I was often Honey’s sidekick. Be it volunteering, planning, or just visiting with Mrs. Cronin in the Advancement Office, we spent hours at Trinity. It was during these times with my grandmother that I first saw Trinity’s mission in action.
"What's your ideal job? A seemingly simple question one hears growing up, often followed by the cliche response, 'If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.' But how often does one find a job that does not feel like work to him or her?"
Michela Williams '14, a travel nurse taking 3+ month assignments at hospitals across the U.S. with immediate nursing needs within her specialty, talks about her journey from Trinity to finding what seems to be "as ideal of a job as she could possibly get (at least for now)."
Meet the Honorable Laura Ayala-Gonzalez ‘93, one of the newest members of Trinity High School’s Board of Directors. After graduating from Trinity in 1993, Laura went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bradley University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the John Marshall School of Law. Laura has devoted her legal career to public service and In 2020, she was sworn in as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge.
After graduating from Trinity, Marifred Broucek Cilella ‘61 set out on her carefully laid career path into teaching. But when a once-in-a-lifetime position in the White House was offered to her during her first year teaching, she knew she had to try her hand in the world of politics. Three years later, when Marifred left politics and Washington, D.C. to begin her family, she kept a return to her career in education in her sights. Read about how Marifred’s career path evolved over the years, leading to her current position as Head of The Howard School in Atlanta.
Trinity Alumna, Dr. Bi Ade Awosika ‘98 has been chosen as one of the 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health for 2021 by the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF). Annually, since 2016, NMQF has selected 40 minority health leaders under the age of 40 who have been leading the charge to better patient outcomes and build sustainable healthy communities.
I am a rising third-year student at Connecticut College majoring in Government with a minor in Philosophy. With a nomination to the Posse Foundation from Trinity High School, I received a full-tuition leadership scholarship to study at Connecticut College for my Bachelor of Arts. My passion for activism and work in the realm of diversity, equity, and inclusion began at Trinity where I was an officer of Students Aligned for Equity and Empowerment. At Connecticut College, I have continued my work to make my College a more equitable and inclusive place through my participation in campus life.
Jerica Tan ’15 is currently a graduate student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where she is working to earn a combined MD-PhD degree. She is spending her spring studying for her second-year medical school exams and volunteering in the COVID vaccination effort. This summer she will begin the Ph.D. portion of her education when she researches the effect of mitochondrial dysfunction in the brain. Her combined MD-Ph.D. degree will allow her to accelerate the translation of medical research to the creation of treatments that benefit patients.
Samantha Sanchez, class of 2010, is a proud entrepreneur and restaurant owner of La Luna, a Mexican restaurant located in Chicago’s vibrant and historically significant Pilsen neighborhood. “After working nearly every role from busser to bartender to Marketing Manager in the restaurant industry since I was 15 years old, I knew that I wanted to take on the challenge of opening up my own restaurant and bringing my ideas and concepts to life,” says Sanchez.
Araceli Rincon ‘00 and her husband Junior Pinal manage Aracely’s Bakery in LaGrange, one of four locations of the Rincon family-owned business. Since March, Araceli and Junior have been donating and delivering meals from their bakery to area frontline workers.
Dr. Laura Williams ‘07 graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology with Honors. After initially pursuing a career in biological anthropology, Laura’s desire to serve led her to medical school.
Maria Spearmon ‘18 is currently a senior at Clark Atlanta University double majoring in Mass Media and Pre Law. Maria shared an update regarding the amazing experiences she has been afforded since graduating from Trinity. This empowered Blazer is setting the world on fire...