Millikin major: Psychology

  • Other degrees:
    • Master’s degree in health administration from Indiana University, 1997.

Current employment: Chief executive officer for DuPage Medical Group, a health services organization with nearly 600 doctors, more than 3000 employees and $750 million in revenue.

Why did you choose MU?
Coach Poelker recruited me to play football, and when I visited

Published in the 2015 Homecoming program.

Tanya Reed Andricks ’95 is the 2015 School of Nursing Alumnus of the Year in recognition of her exemplary career in healthcare.

Please describe some of your accomplishments after Millikin

Vice President of BMO Harris Bank as a Sales Manager. Excellence in Business Award received from Millikin’s Football Alumni Advisory Board in 2016. Now a member of the Football Alumni Advisory Board.

What aspects of your Millikin education have helped you in attaining professional/personal success?

My internships provided me with an unmatched advantage over my peers in the industry at graduation time. The

Sport(s) and position(s):

  • Football, quarterback
  • Wrestling, 158/167 lbs.
  • Track & Field

Millikin major: Education

  • Other degrees:
    • Master's degree in educational leadership, Northern Illinois University

Current employment: Assistant principal, head wrestling coach and assistant football coach, Rochelle Township High School

Sport(s) and position(s): Softball, pitcher

Millikin major: Nursing

Other degrees:
Master’s degree in nursing and administration of anesthesia from Bradley University/Decatur Memorial Hospital, 2008.

Current employment: Certified register nurse anesthetist at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Ill., and assistant junior high girls basketball coach for Mt. Pulaski Elementary School.

Spouse Name and Family Information: Kari McClain; three sons: Dallas McClain, 20; Kadyn McClain, 13; Terrance Cannon, 22.

Sport(s) and position(s):

  • Football, running back
  • Baseball, outfield

Millikin major: Communications

Current employment: I am a sales rep for Nestlé. I am also the color commentator for high school and Millikin football games on ESPN Radio 1050, “The Fan.” 

Diedra (Dede) Cowgur Stewart, MSN, RN, CNL graduated from Millikin University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and began her nursing career at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill., in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She served as a staff nurse, charge nurse and transport nurse before accepting her current position as assistant nurse manager of the NICU. 


After graduating, Kerry moved to New York City to apprentice with the music director of ABC soap operas. He then spent eleven years working for MTV, while simultaneously scoring independent films and cable documentaries. In 2006, Kerry became a full-time composer; his music can be heard on many tv shows including, Oprah, The Martha Stewart Show, 1000 Places to See Before You Die, and Kathy Griffin’s Life on the D List.


After graduating from Millikin, John moved to Los Angeles to pursue a MM at USC. After finishing his degree, he moved to Austin, TX, where he is currently Associate Professor of jazz studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He has recorded three albums for the Viewpoint label--"Meanwhile", "Pieces of String" and "If Not Now" featuring Peter Erskine, Shelly Berg and Mitch Watkins among others.