Susan has had many great employees over the past several years - it is always sad to lose a valuable team member but we like to think that MAW plays a pivotal role in developing the confidence and skills in our staff to better prepare them to follow their dreams.
We also think it takes a village with helping our kids grow. Our MAW family, our patrons and friends are mentors too and have taught, inspired and helped our “kids” in so many ways. Here are a few of those special MAW alumni:
Lauren recently graduated from the University of Illinois. Her dream is to work as a curator in a museum. She currently works at the Galesburg Civic Art Center and substitute teaches. Occasionally you'll see her on both sides of the bar at MAW. Her dad is a cop. Be nice to Lauren.
Caiti is a recent Monmouth College graduate who is now an elementary school teacher! She also was the first baton twirler at Monmouth College allowed to twirl flaming batons. She also said said she never wants to work in the customer service industry again but don't tell her this ... she was kind of good at it.
Yes, that is his name. No, he was alive before the movie came out. Yes, he has heard that one before. He did manage to pass French and graduate from Monmouth College. Forrest recently relocated to the Windy City in search of champagne wishes and caviar dreams.
Tom loves beer. Tom reads everything about beer. Tom drinks a lot of beer. Ask Tom about beer and Tom will talk about beer. A lot. Someday, Tom hopes to make beer his living. Tom still fills in at MAW every now and then and helps Susan curate our great beer list.
Alex played soccer at Monmouth College, and then she tried out for the Survivor TV show. She had an internship in Italy that went FUBAR, but that's another story.
Kelsey knows PR. Kelsey also introduced Tom to his girlfriend. Now she works at the Jumer's Casino, helping gamblers feel good about spending their money.
Jess loves writing. And comedy - her "spirit humans" are Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Jess is studying comedy writing at Second City and working as the manager of Aquitane in Lincoln Park. She's quite funny. Really. Jess is awesome.
Dan started the trend at MAW of fabulous guy-hair. He's also an artist - and he welds things, artsy things. He created the large vulture hanging over the MAW bathrooms. And he runs. Why? Ask him!
Jessica is a painter and mixed-media artist who married her college sweetheart. She recently received MFA from Bradley University and is now teaching at the college level. And she turned her garage into an art gallery. No, really. Jessica is awesome.
Connor is a conundrum, wrapped in an enigma and spiced with organic tea. He sings, he's an artist, he gardens, he loves tea and spent some serious time in a Buddhist monastery after graduating. He also is the #2 reason we had to replace our furniture .... Not. Kidding.