Judson University Honors Alumni at Fall 2012 Homecoming
(Elgin, IL – September 27, 2012) Three Judson University alumni were honored at the school’s 2012 Homecoming banquet on Friday evening, September 21 in the Holiday Inn & Suites Grand Ballroom (495 Airport Road, Elgin). Kevin Noe '79 was named Alumnus of the Year, Merrie Derderian '09 was named Distinguished Alumna, and Patrick Gilliam '91 was named Distinguished Alumnus. Men's Soccer Coach Steve Burke was also honored at the banquet with the Man of Character award.
Alumnus of the Year Kevin Noe was a human relations major who served as a Resident Assistant when he was a Judson student. Noe married his Judson sweetheart, Linda Anderson ’79 and together they have two children, Ben and Jenny. They currently reside in Castle Rock, Colo.
Noe has served as Chief Marketing Officer of Tata Technologies, a leading engineering company in the Tate Group. Prior to Tata, Noe was the CEO of his own company, INCAT, for 15 years before completing the merger with Tata Technologies in 2005. Noe has been a speaker for over 20 years at national conferences and is a United States Patent holder.
In service to his alma mater, Noe has been a member of Judson’s Board of Trustees since 2007 and has been the leading advocate at Judson to build the Entrepreneurial Studies program. He also helped establish Judson’s annual World Leaders Forum and served as chair for the 2011 event, which featured President George W. Bush.
Distinguished Alumna Recipient Merrie Derderian graduated in 2009 with a degree in Management and Leadership from the adult education program, and earned with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Judson in 2011. Derderian currently serves as the vice-chairman, executive vice president of W.R. Meadows, Inc. in Hampshire, Ill. Derderian is also active in her community, serving on a number boards for local organizations. In 2010, Derderian was given the YWCA Leadership Award for Business. Derderian also served as an inaugural member of the Judson University World Leaders Forum leadership committee. Derderian has two sons, Tim and Matthew, and three grandchildren. Derderian and her husband, John, reside in St. Charles, Ill.
Distinguished Alumnus Recipient Patrick Gilliam ’91 was a physical education, secondary education major with an English minor as a Judson student. He was also a four-year member of the men’s soccer team under Coach Steve Burke, earning all-conference honors as a junior, and he played on two National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Tournament qualifiers.
For over 15 years, Gilliam has served as the Head Coach for Trinity International University’s (TIU) men’s and women’s soccer teams. Gilliam is No. 7 for the most winning soccer coach in the NAIA. Gilliam is also an avid learner, reader and writer, a popular speaker in chapel Kiwanis club, and a guest lecturer for churches and youth conferences. He is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Gilliam resides with his wife Holly and two children, Ian and Emma, in Wheeling, Ill.
Men’s Soccer Coach Steve Burke was also honored at the Alumni Banquet with a Man of Character Award for the Christian character and integrity modeled in his leadership, and for the lives he has influenced in the 28 years he has served Judson’s Athletic Department. Coach Burke has lead the men’s soccer program since 1984 and recently became the eleventh coach in men's soccer history to win 500 career games. Burke and his wife Sharon, an educator in Elgin, Ill., live in West Chicago, Ill. Together they have three children, Bryan, Corey ’12 and Lindsey.
To see photos of the alumni banquet and other Homecoming 2012 festivities go to JudsonU.edu/homecoming.