2008 Distinguished Alumni

Thomas Roszak, Wheeling Class of '84


Mr. Thomas Roszak graduated from Wheeling High School in 1984. He received his 5-year accredited bachelor degree in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is a licensed architect in Illinois and Arizona and has over 19 years of experience in Architecture, Development, and Construction.

Mr. Roszak founded Roszak/ADC in 1996 to design, build and develop real estate that creates value for communities, homeowners, and investors, concentrating on urban-infill sites in the Chicago and Phoenix metro areas. Roszak/ADC has grown from building 6-flats in Old Town in Chicago to now constructing major high-rise developments, making them a leader in the industry in terms of design, innovation and quality.

Architectural Digest named Mr. Thomas Roszak among the World's Top Architects in May 2005. Mr. Roszak won the American Institute of Architects 2008 National Award for Interior Architecture for his own residence. He published "Glass House: A Family Home," with Edizioni Press in 2007.

Mr. Roszak is married to Justyna and has three children, Calvin, Ettiene, and Simon.


Nanciann Gatta, Wheeling Class of '90

distinguishedgattaDr. Nanciann Gatta graduated from Wheeling High School in 1990. While a student at Wheeling High School, she was a dedicated member of the Fine Arts department, acting in every musical and performing in New Dawns, the school's show choir. In addition, Dr. Gatta served her school in the student council and as Senior Class President. She was also a member of the gymnastics team and cheerleading squad for four years. She earned her bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees from Loyola University of Chicago.

Dr. Gatta began working as an English teacher at Niles West High School in 1995. She became Director of English and Fine Arts at Niles North High School in 2000 and oversaw both departments until 2004, when she was appointed Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. She also served two years as Executive Vice President of Niles Township Federation of Teachers Union, Local 1274.

Dr. Gatta was recently appointed Superintendent of Niles Township District 219 High Schools. District 219 serves the communities of Skokie, Morton Grove, Niles and Lincolnwood on three campuses, Niles North, Niles West and Niles Central.


Dr. Dean Manus, Wheeling Class of '79


Dr. Dean Manus graduated from Wheeling High School in 1979. Dr. Manus completed his four-year Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, graduating cum laude in 1983. He then attended Rush Medical College in Chicago where he received the Herrick National Research Fellowship in 1984, earning his M.D. degree in 1987. Following his internship in 1988, Dr. Manus went on to complete a five-year general surgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Manus then returned to Michigan where he completed a two-year residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Craniofacial Institute. He became Double Board Certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He also went on the become a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Manus practiced in Chicago for nearly a decade where he specialized in aesthetic surgery prior to his recruitment to Beverly Hills in 2004. He was voted by his peers as one of "Chicago's Top Doctors." He has subsequently been listed as one of "America's Top Surgeons" and "America's Top Physicians" numerous times. He is now regularly featured on numerous television programs and networks.

Dr. Manus was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 as an internationally competitive gymnast. He holds numerous honors and
distinctions, and was ranked #1 in the world on parallel bars. He also holds single and multi-engine instrument ratings as a private pilot.