Meet 2012’s Courageous Women

These ladies rock!

 

 

Name: Nancy Ann Burroway

Age: 60 

City: Carpentersville

Occupation: Manager, Major Airline

Marital Status:  Married

 

 

 

 Name: Jean Floss

Age: 40  

City: Huntley

Occupation: Controller/Accountant

Marital Status:  Married

 

 

Name: Tracy Syslo

Age: 45

City: Gilberts

Occupation: Payroll Analyst

Marital Status:  Divorced

 

Name: Nina Dulabaum

Age: 51

City: Elgin

Occupation: University Professor
Marital Status:  Married

 

 

Name: Mary Beth DeVore

Age: 44

City: Elgin

Occupation: Pre K Special Education Teacher
Marital Status:  Divorced

 Name: Joann Armenta

Age: 61

City: Elgin

Occupation: Retired Police Officer
Marital Status:  

 

 

Name: Jaqueline Gibson
Age: 47       

City: Aurora
Occupation: Teacher
Marital Status: Divorced

2011 Participants

Name: Claudia Alvarez
Age: 32
City: Montgomery
Occupation: Billing Representative
Marital Status: Divorced

I’m participating in BetterU because: I currently have high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and underactive thyroid, all related to being overweight. If I could learn to eat and exercise, I could hopefully get off of medication. I also hope my kids will follow my changes and not have the same conditions I currently do.

A characteristic that describes me is: People say I’m always smiling and happy.

Children: son 13, daughters 11, 7 and 6

Hobbies: I like reading and I love to take my kids swimming or any outdoor activity so they can experience more in life.

Favorite foods, music, books, TV: I like any kind of music with a good beat.

I am most proud of: I am a single mother of 4 and have been raising them by myself for the past 16 years. I am especially proud of my son for being in honors program and following the right path even though his father hasn’t been around.

Name: Karen Condon
Age: 44
City: Minooka
Occupation: Medicaid Specialist
Marital Status: Divorced

I’m participating in BetterU because: As the wellness contact in my office, I feel like I should lead by example. I also have an obese child that I created by passing on my horrible eating habits. I would love to take this journey with her. I am hoping to stop the obsession I have with food. This love affair has lasted too long.

A characteristic that describes me is: My sense of humor

Children: ages 16, 17

Hobbies: Volleyball, attending my kids’ sporting events and youth group. I enjoy volunteering at soup kitchens and going on mission trips.

Memberships: 1st Presbyterian Church, youth advisor; Northern IL Agency on Aging Advisory Board; Provena Life Connections Development Board; Minooka Athletic Boosters

Favorite foods, music, books, TV: I love pizza! Avid Cubs & Bears fan. I love Christian music and am addicted to NCIS & The Big Bang Theory.

I am most proud of: being an independent single parent and raising 2 wonderful kids.

Name: Jennifer Hernandez
Age: 31
City: Geneva
Occupation: Procurement Specialist
Marital Status: Single

I’m participating in BetterU because: My health and future are important to me. I would like to lower my BMI and weight, and to learn to make health choices and live a healthy life.

A characteristic that describes me is: My sense of humor

Children: no.

Hobbies: Tennis, bike, walk, swim, hike, read, camp, softball, bowling.

Memberships: USTA – United States Tennis Association; MeetUp.

Favorite foods, music, books, TV: I like a variety of foods and music. Comedies and thrillers keep my interest in movies, books and TV programs.

I am most proud of: I was the first in my immediate family to obtain an MBA, completing it in 1 ½ years. I struggled through school and to accomplish this brought a tear to my eyes and my father’s. I represented my high school by participating in ISHA Tennis. I am representing Illinois in the BNP Paribas Tennis Open.

Name: Mayra Johnson
Age: 31
City: Plano
Occupation: Elementary School Assistant Principal
Marital Status: Married

I’m participating in BetterU because: Completing this challenge will help me set new goals and know that I can accomplish them. I would like to see myself eat healthier, exercise more, lose weight and share my experience with others. I also have rheumatoid arthritis. I am so excited for change!

A characteristic that describes me is: Service to others

Children: Daughter, 3 ½

Hobbies: Exercise, read, nap, play with my daughter.

Memberships: Plano Christian Church, Girls on the Run Coach.

Favorite foods, music, books, TV: I like Italian food, all types of music – mostly Christian and Country. My favorite movies are Gladiator, I Am Sam. I like to read thrillers. Favorite TV programs include CSI, Criminal Minds, House. I like the Chicago Bears, Cubs, Bulls, golf and volleyball.

I am most proud of: My family. I’m blessed to have such a loving and supportive husband and a beautiful daughter who makes me laugh everyday.

Name: Sandra Krug
Age: 61
City: Elgin
Occupation: Sales
Marital Status: Married

I’m participating in BetterU because: I think losing weight is a key element of better health. I want to loose 20-25 pounds by the end of 12 weeks.

A characteristic that describes me is: Outgoing and energetic.

Children: Daughters 28 and 25

Hobbies: Reading, golf, movies, Jazzercise, cooking, biking.

Memberships: Altrusa, U of Chicago Alumni, Women on Course.

Favorite foods, music, books, TV: I like sushi, all kinds of music, motivational books & dvds, almost all movies, sports of all kinds.

I am most proud of: Raising my 2 smart, talented, beautiful daughters who are making the world a better place. I also lived through the 60s without drinking or taking drugs, worked my way through college, got myself to Europe backpacking for 3 months, and took flying lessons to be a pilot.

Name: Andrea Lillie

Age: 54
City: Elgin
Occupation: Marketing Director
Marital Status: Married

I’m participating in BetterU because: I want the opportunity to better myself through an awesome program that offers coaching, education and accountability. I look forward to sharing the information I learn. I want to lose weight and increase my cardio workouts.

A characteristic that describes me is: Inquisitive and reflective.

Children: no

Hobbies: Strength training, journaling, crafts, hiking.

Memberships: Fox Valley Network, Elgin Senior Providers Network, Triad-Elgin, St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, Elgin Chamber of Commerce, Willow Creek Church.

Favorite foods, music, books, TV: Christian music, romantic comedy movies, love to travel all over the world.

I am most proud of: I wake everyday and try to enjoy every minute. In 2004, I lost weight and reduced 4 clothes sizes through strength training.

Name: Barbara Parks

Age: 46
City: Orland Park
Occupation: Customer Service
Marital Status: Happily Divorced

I’m participating in BetterU because: My health is important! Learning about how to make my heart healthier is something I need to know. I want to share with my youngest daughter. I want to improve my health, increase my ability to run long distances without being winded and know that my heart is healthy.

A characteristic that describes me is: I can make people laugh.

Children: 2 daughters 25 (twins); son 19, daughter 15

Hobbies: I love playing volleyball, reading, walking & running.

Favorite foods, music, books, TV: My favorite food is Thanksgiving dinner – All of it! Movies (in this order): It’s a Wonderful Life, Princess Bride, Pretty Woman. TV – The Office. Sports Team – DA Bears (even though they are not going to the Super Bowl, now I will cheer for the Steelers!)

I am most proud of: All four of my children – because they make me laugh!

Name: Jackie Petrik

Age: 60
City: Mokena
Occupation: Data Specialist
Marital Status: Married

I’m participating in BetterU because: I want to become healthy, make a permanent lifestyle change and live life to its fullest. I want to lower my risk of heart disease, so as I get older, I will be able to enjoy quality time with my family and friends. I would love to show other women that it is never too late to make a change.

A characteristic that describes me is: Kind, compassionate. And fabulous choice of clothing, shoes and handbags

Children: Daughter 27, Son 25

Hobbies: Reading, sewing, playing with my grand-dog.

Memberships: Volunteer sewing teddy bears for Hospice.

Favorite foods, music, books, TV: Foods: sweets / Chocolate; TV – “me or the dog.” Not a sports fan, but if I had to choose, it would be hockey.

I am most proud of: My children! They have turned out to be 2 loving and caring individuals that make me proud everyday.

Name: Carole Schwager, 52, Naperville

Age: 52
City: Naperville
Occupation: Part-time Reading Improvement Instructor and Full-Time Mom
Marital Status: Married

I’m participating in BetterU because: I want to make a habit of exercise and good healthy choices in order to live a long life. I also am excited about being a spokeswoman for this movement and helping others. I’d love to lose 30 pounds and keep it off.

A characteristic that describes me is: I am a loyal friend.

Children: 16-year-old triplets – 2 boys and 1 girl.

Hobbies: I love to read. Does shopping count as a hobby?!

Memberships: Community Christian Church – part of leadership for community service.

Favorite foods, music, books, TV: I adore pizza, tortilla chips with salsa and fresh guacamole. Music: 70’s-80’s and also some current jazz and rock. Movies: chick flicks and also thriller/suspense. Sport teams: Dallas Cowboys.

I am most proud of: My wonderful children! I’m also proud of my past career and current accomplishments, successful and happy marriage, and fundraising for the March of Dimes.

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5 Responses to Meet 2012’s Courageous Women

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  2. Maggie says:

    Good luck ladies!!

  3. Cathy says:

    You go girls! You are all such wonderful ladies and I know you will be a “new you” when the 12 weeks are over!

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  5. Judith Niemet says:

    Congratulations to Karen Condon and Jackie Petrik! Your choices are a great example to your co-workers and friends.

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