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St. Norbert College Honors 2022 Alumni Awards Recipients

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From St. Norbert College, October 25, 2022
by Lily Maier,, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College honored the 2022 Alumni Award winners at a banquet on Friday, Oct. 14, on campus as part of the Homecoming Weekend celebrations. The awards honor those alumni and members of the college community who embody of the principles of communio: mutual esteem, trust, sincerity, faith and responsibility, applied in communities both local and global.

The award recipients are as follows:

Holly (Nickerson) Lynn ’15 received the Young Alumni Award. Lynn served in the Peace Corps services in Ukraine since 2017. She worked under the director for the administration of educations, youth and sports teaching a variety of techniques for English teachers and school administers. Now, Lynn has joined forces with other Returned Peace Corps volunteers to mobilize information, transportation and donations for individuals and families in Ukraine who need support in and beyond the war-torn country.

Brian Blaha ’96 received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Business. Blaha was asked in 2016 to assume the newly created role of chief growth officer at Wipfli, which he continues to hold today. Total revenue for Wipfli has grown since then from $180 million to $515 million. Blaha also believes that giving back is a major priority both professionally and in his local community. He serves on the board for the Illinois CPA Society and was a founding member of the Major Firms Growth Council.

Kristi (Konkol) Ross ’90 received the Distinguished Achievement Award. Ross focused on business, accounting and finance during her early years in public accounting, with the goal of identifying a career that would reward her skills. After being named chief financial officer of a company at the age of 25, Ross next became CFO of the second-largest stock specialist firm on the Chicago Stock Exchange floor. From there, she became CFO of an online brokerage firm specializing in derivatives. She eventually become co-CEO and co-founder of an online financial media company and brokerage firm. That company sold in 2021 for more than $1 billion.

Daniel Groves ’89 received the Alma Mater Award. Groves desire to do more for the community led him to pursue a career in law enforcement. He was accepted into the Chicago Police Academy, only to suffer an injury in training that cost him his slot on the force. Groves found his calling with the Colorado State Patrol, enthusiastically serving in a number of roles before being promoted to corporal and assigned to Weld County. In 2019, Groves passed away at the age of 52. His life exemplified the Norbertine values of service to community and caring for those in need.

For more information, call alumni relations at 800-236-3022 or contact them by email

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