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Kristen Davis
Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Manager

CLC Alumni Information


Welcome Alumni and Friends!

As part of the College of Lake County Foundation's vision to change students' lives through education, the Foundation directs alumni relations initiatives with the goal of maintaining a lifelong connection between students and the college while promoting the excellence of our graduates. We achieve these goals by promoting the college's many resources and programs, building relationships with individuals and creating partnerships with organizations, recognizing local employers who are hiring CLC graduates, and serving as a link between the alumni, the college, and the Lake County community at large.

The CLC Foundation often features alumni as keynote event speakers, nominees for distinguished awards, program mentors, and in marketing and promotional material for the college and Foundation.

Meet the Inaugural Class of CLC Alumni Recognition Award Honorees

Dean Dalton

"I earned my Associate's of Science at CLC and that springboarded me onto my bachelor's degree and then a master's degree. I climbed the ladder through the college and national football leagues. I invite everyone to support the springboard that CLC can be for all students."

Dean Dalton, International Director, NFL alumni and CLC alumnus


Melvin D. Flores

"Coming from a very poor, developing country where education is only a choice for those who can afford it, which is few, I thought I would never pursue higher education. As the first college graduate in my family, navigating the college process was challenging. CLC was my saving grace and if not for CLC, neither my brothers nor myself would have the bright futures ahead of us. Thank you CLC!"

Melvin D. Flores, AVP Capital Markets, American Portfolio Mortgage and CLC alumnus


Eleanor Murkey


"Your past is not your potential. For years I've shared my personal story of resiliency, triumph and success that led me from a young girl classified as EMH (educably mental handicapped) to eventually Dean of a multi-million Dollar college campus. I believe that each person is born divinely provided with limitless potential."

Eleanor Murkey, Retired Dean of CLC's Lakeshore Campus and CLC alumna


Barb Richardson



"After responding to a tiny newspaper advertisement, I became one of the seven employees involved in the founding of the College of Lake County. We literally started the College. It was a wonderful experience."

Barb Richardson, Retired Lake County Coroner, Founding Employee of CLC and CLC alumna


Ryan Stivers




"I went from high school dropout to ivy-league graduate and successful small business owner within 7 years of stepping foot on CLC's campus."

Ryan Stivers, ED TPA Lead, Johns Hopkins University School of Education and CLC alumnus


Justin Walker





"CLC will always be one of the major turning points in my life. The current pandemic we are facing has changed the way we work, live and educate. People need access to resources, tools and great leaders to help them overcome these newfound obstacles. CLC has always been that beacon and will continue to be for years to come. As we wait for the dust to settle, it's more important than ever for alumni, staff, and educators to show our support for an institution that helps so many. Thank you, CLC, for helping shape who I am today. I look forward to seeing the continued impact you will make on those that need it the most."

Justin Walker, CLC alumnus and U.S. Navy Special Operations Veteran

To nominate a Lancer for the FY21 awards, contact alumni@clcillinois.edu

Ways to Connect

  • Share your CLC success story! We want to hear about your life after CLC: education, career, awards and any other success you'd like to share. Let us know if you’re interested in speaking at a CLC Foundation event or having your story featured on our website.
  • All CLC alumni receive the free benefit of discount to local and national businesses -- contact the Alumni Relations Office to receive the registration code and start saving money today.
  • Connect the Foundation with your employer. Do you or does your employer hire CLC graduates? We’d love to recognize businesses who hire CLC educated students in the local workforce.
  • Attend or support a CLC Foundation fundraising event such as the Scholarship Gala or Golf Classic. View upcoming Foundation events. To learn about how the CLC Foundation provides opportunity and hope for CLC students, read more about our mission and impact.
  • Join the Alumni Association and connect with fellow alumni. Membership in the Alumni Association provides discounts on products, services, use of the CLC gym, and additional benefits.
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Alumni Story

Paul V. Diamond, President and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation, CLC’s 2017 ICCTA Distinguished Alumnus

“During my tenure at CLC, I was elected President of the Student Government Association, where I learned maturity, execution, leadership and a respect for academic excellence. After college, I entered the banking and mortgage field, working my way up to executive leadership positions at a fortune 500 home building company and finally as President, CEO and founder of an independent corporation. I consider College of Lake County my first step on my pathway to success. I am thankful for my time at CLC and fully support the community college system.”



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Learn about discounts to hundreds of local and national businesses. Contact the Alumni Relations office for more information.