Linda Brubaker, M.D., M.S.
Linda Brubaker, M.D., M.S., currently is the Dean of the Loyola University Chicago Stritch
School of Medicine. Dr. Brubaker is a life-long Oak Parker who grew up as the second of five
children, all OPRF grads. She completed her medical training at Rush University, where she
established the first division of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery in the
Midwest. For nearly two decades, she directed this division, well known for high-quality clinical care, NIH-funded research productivity, educational contributions, and administrative expertise. A well-known reconstructive pelvic surgeon who has been on the cover of Chicago magazine, Dr. Brubaker has served in many prestigious professional roles, including president of the American Urogynecological Society and the Society of Gynecology Surgeons. Dr. Brubaker enjoys the variety of her work, which includes patient care, research, education, and administration.
Jeff Mauro was a ham from the beginning. Raised in a large family with four children, he
competed for attention not by making his sisters cry but by making his family laugh. Jeff’s flair
for the stage was discovered early, in the Roosevelt Junior High third-grade production of “Let
George Do It!” From that point on, he immersed himself in the performing arts, especially at
OPRF, where his talents were nurtured and blossomed. After graduating from Bradley University, he opened a deli with his cousin and instantly fell in love with cooking. At night, he satisfied his performing bug playing the role of Tony in the Chicago production of “Tony n’ Tina's Wedding.” After moving to Los Angeles in an attempt to meld his love of cooking and comedy, he married his first love, Sarah, a Chicago native, in 2005. After a few years of trying to make it in Hollywood, he enrolled in culinary school, graduated, and returned to Chicago. After three attempts, he finally landed himself on Season 7 of “Food Network Star,” which he successfully won. Jeff is now the host of Food Network's Emmy-nominated “Sandwich King” and the primetime hit “$24 in 24.”
Diana Elizabeth Jordan
Diana Elizabeth Jordan began her acting career in Chicago after graduating with a
bachelors’ degree in theater and media arts from the University of Kansas. In 2001 she
became the first actress with a disability receive an MFA from California State University,
Long Beach. Diana has appeared in more than 30 plays, two episodes of the WB’s “7th Heaven,” a web-based series, and several short and feature films. She advocates for disability to be included in dialogues about multicultural diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry. Diana serves on SAG-AFTRA’s Performers with Disabilities National Committee, and was one of the 2011 co-chairs for Inclusion in the Arts and Media for People with Disabilities Campaign. Diana is a motivational speaker at schools, colleges, and social service organizations. She also has been a volunteer mentor for National Disability Mentoring Day. Diana developed and ran performing arts summer camps for youth with disabilities for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; her students have appeared in more than 850 roles in film and television.
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