The GOLD Award recognizes an outstanding Graduate of the Last Decade who has shown leadership in a career or occupation and in volunteer service. It will be awarded Aug. 16, 2019 at the GOLD Reunion Celebration.

2019 GOLD Award Recipient: Jeanette Chavarria-Torres ’15

Jeanette Chavarria-Torres ’15 graduated from Dominican University with a major in business administration and a concentration in management. From the minute Jeanette stepped onto Dominican’s campus, she knew she envisioned herself as an entrepreneur. Jeanette incorporated her company, DCH Construction & Hauling, LLC, during the spring semester of her junior year while taking an Entrepreneurship class.

Today, DCH Construction & Hauling, LLC is a reliable source for transporting construction materials to and from construction sites. Jeanette primarily focuses on public work, which includes working for the Illinois Tollway, Metra, Illinois Department of Transportation, and the City of Chicago Department of Aviation. Some of her major projects include O’Hare’s Terminal 5 and I-94 Edens Spur highway. Jeanette was recently recognized with the following awards in 2018:

Crain’s Chicago 20 in their 20’s
- IDOT-DBE of the Year
- HACIA-Contractor of the Year
- Women’s Business Development Center- WBE Rising Star of the Year

Jeanette currently sits as a board member of HACIA, an organization that fights for diversity in the construction industry, clearing paths of opportunity for thousands of Minority-and Women-owned Business Enterprises across the Midwest. Jeanette has also returned to Dominican as a guest speaker to talk to students about what it takes to start your own business.

Previous Recipients of the GOLD Award

2018: Romney Cirillo ’08
2017: Michael E. Meranda ’07, MBA ’10
2016: Tracy Samantha Schmidt ’06
2014: Jessica Cochran ’05
2012: Abby Zupancic ’07 
2010: Xochitl Espinosa '00 
2008: Gina Marotta ’98 
2007: Steven E. Lize ’97, Brother Edmund Siderewicz, FSC, MAEA ’97 
2006: Manny Flores ’96 
2005: Evelyn Benitez ’00 
2004: Aracely Barragan Lawrence ’94 
2002: Ignacio Gamboa, Jr. ’92 
2001: Marilyn Anderson-Rhames ’96 
2000: Keith Izban, M.D., ’90 
1999: Ramiro J. Atristain ’89 
1998: Erick Baumann ’93 
1997: Laura Nozicka ’92 
1996: Joan Sedivy Sylvester ’86, MBA ’92, Kevin O’Mara ’91 
1995: Kevin Austin ’90, MBA ’92 
1993: John V. Paris II ’87 

To nominate an alumna/us for the GOLD Award, click the following Nomination form and select “GOLD Award” in the drop-down menu.

Supplemental materials that cannot be uploaded may be mailed to Office of Alumnae/i Relations, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305. You can also fax supplemental materials to (708) 366-4197.

Please email the Office of Alumnae/i Relations at alumni@dom.edu (link sends e-mail) or call (708) 524-6286 with any questions regarding award nominations.