uerin College Preparatory High School President, Steve Baldwin and the Board of Directors invite you and your business to join us as a co-sponsor of the President’s Scholarship Dinner on Friday, April 7, 2017, at Oak Park Country Club.
SUE SLINGERLAND DINDIA
Mother Guerin Class of 1966
Sue Slingerland Dindia was a proud member of the inaugural class of 1966 at Mother Theodore Guerin High School. She fondly remembers walking into the north wing of Holy Cross, where she and her classmates would spend their freshman year as the Guerin building was under construction, to begin her experience as a Guerinite.
at Guerin, Sue took the traditional college prep courses, participated in Glee
Club and Drama Club, and was on the staff of the newspaper, Portals. As a member of the inaugural
class, Sue recalls that it was great fun being a “senior” for all four years - establishing
clubs, starting traditions, and being a leader in these endeavors.Visits to St. Mary of the Woods for Glee Club
concerts with Sr. Mary Sheila were always exciting.Learning diction, as well as posture, from
Therese Marie Cuny in Drama provided life-long skills.At the time, little did she know that the
exciting changes taking place at Vatican II, which Sr. Ruth Eileen covered in
Theology, would shape the Catholic Church for generations.It was an exciting time to be a student at
Mother Guerin, and the classes and activities that Sue participated in provided
a solid educational and personal foundation for which she is extremely
After graduating from Mother Guerin, Sue earned a
Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University and an MBA from Northern
Illinois University.Sue served on the
Alumni Council of Mother Guerin from 1996 to 1997, and became a member of the
Board of Directors in 1997, serving for nine years, including two as Board
chairperson.Sue continues to serve
Guerin Prep as a member of the Board’s Finance Committee.
Sue has done significant volunteer work with the ARCS Foundation, Inc. (Achievement
Rewards for College Scientists), a women's organization which raises money for
and awards grants to U.S. students primarily at the graduate level in the STEM
and medical fields. The organization has sixteen chapters across the
country, and since its inception nearly sixty years ago, has awarded over $100
million to almost ten thousand scholars, making ARCS one of the largest
non-governmental, private funders of science in the country.
Sue is retired from a thirty-year career as an IT
professional in the financial services industry. She and her husband Gary have
lived in the Northwest suburbs for over forty years and raised their two
daughters there. Their daughter Megan Christine now lives in Santa Cruz, California
with her husband, son and three stepchildren; their daughter Beth lives in the
Southwest suburbs with her husband and two children.
CARMEN P. FORTE
Holy Cross Class of 1971
Carmen P. Forte graduated from Holy Cross in 1971, and he still wakes up at night in a cold sweat thinking about running to his locker and forgetting his combination. To this day, almost fifty years later, he remains very close with his high school friends from both Holy Cross and Mother Guerin, having remained a resident of Elmwood Park for all those years. He met the most important person from his days at Holy Cross, his wife Nancy, at a basketball game at Elmwood Park High School.
The high school sweethearts have been together for
over forty years, and have been blessed with two amazing children, twins
Dominique and Carmen Jr. The twins also live in Elmwood Park and are married:
Dominique to Bill and Carmen Jr. to Ashley. Carmen and Nancy are grandparents
to Carmen Jack, and he is the apple of his great-grandmother Angie’s eye.
After high school, Carmen worked with his father in
the plumbing trade, starting as an apprentice and attending Washburne Trade School.
He worked with his late father Carmen and his brother Robert, operating as
Forte Plumbing Company. Angie worked as the chief accountant, financial
officer, secretary, cook and bottle washer, and the business meetings were
around the dinner table. Their first truck was the family’s station wagon. Over
fifty years and nineteen trucks later, the business is still going strong. Along
with their sister Kathy, they miss their dad every day and credit him for establishing
the foundation that they have built upon. They are so very fortunate that the
people of Elmwood Park, River Grove and the surrounding neighborhoods have
allowed them to serve their plumbing needs, and they truly appreciate the trust
that the community has placed in Forte Plumbing Company.
Carmen has been committed to service in the local
community. He remembers being approached
by Peter Silvestri, then president of the Village of Elmwood Park, in
the fall of 1990 to consider running for elective office. He recalls telling
Pete, “"What the heck would I know about being a Village Trustee? I'm just
a plumber."”But as the co-owner of
a well-established family business in community, and life-long
resident of Elmwood Park, it turns out that he had much to offer the
During his time on the Village Board Carmen served on many
committees, including Public Works, License (Commerce), Personal and Finance,
and was Senior Citizen Liaison. He
eventually became Chairman of Public Works, and later a member of the Police
and Fire Pension Committee.
As a member of the Silvestri administration, he is proud to have brought
so much to the village. He especially
noted the many new businesses, redeveloped old vacant properties, and new park
space, along with improved streetscapes and lighting. He was also a part of development of the
new-state-of-the-art police and fire facilities and new library and cultural
center. In addition to partnering with
local schools to build first-class athletic fields, he noted that one of the
most beneficial projects he was a part of was the Flood Mitigation Project,
which diverts flood rain water to the Des Plaines River.
Carmen served as a Village Trustee from 1991 to2013. He states, “I am grateful to the people of Elmwood Park, and to have served
them for twenty-two years.”
MARY KAY PHILIPPE KLUGE
Mother Guerin Class of 1966
Mary Kay Philippe Kluge graduated from Mother Theodore Guerin High School in 1966. She celebrated her 50th class reunion with over one hundred Guerin women in October 2016. After graduating from Guerin, she went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Dayton and her master’s degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg School. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner. She has worked in the financial services industry since 1972 and has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 1987. She focuses on comprehensive wealth management through investment, retirement and estate planning services for individuals as well as business owners.
is a member of IMCA, the Investment Management Consultants Association.
Mary Kay was certified by IMCA as a Certified Investment Management Analyst
(CIMA) after completing a program at the Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania. She has earned the Morgan Stanley Wealth Management designations
of Wealth Advisor and Family Wealth Advisor.
Kay has been awarded the designation of Estate Planning Consultant from
the American College. She is a member of Morgan Stanley’s President’s
Club which rewards outstanding achievement, and has achieved the designation of
Senior Portfolio Management Director. She is a frequent speaker on investing
and has appeared on radio and in numerous educational seminars.
Since 1995, she has been the chair of
the Naperville Newcomers and Neighbors Club Investment Discussion Group, whose
goal is to educate women about what they need to know about money to become
financially independent. For seven years she served on the Board of Directors
of the Naperville United Way and is a past president of United Way. She
has been elected to the DuPage Foundation Board of Trustees. Chicago magazine
has recognized her as a Five Star Wealth Manager for 2013, 2014, and 2015. She
has been a Naperville resident since 1976.
In 2000, Mary Kay began lending her talents to the
Board of Directors at Mother Guerin, and then continued on the Board at Guerin
College Prep. She served for nine years on the Board of Directors and has spent
the last eight years continuing her work as an active member of the Finance
Committee. Guerin has always been able to count on her sponsorship and
leadership, and most importantly has relied on her financial knowledge and advice
to guide decisions.