February is the month of love, but here at LER, we're calling it LERve. Not only is LER the leading institute of educating future human resource professionals, we've also had our hand in starting several happy families. We thought we'd share a few of these LERve stories with you all on our Alumni Blog. Enjoy!
Scott Gordon and Andi Litz
When were you at LER? Scott Graduated in December 2006 and Andi graduated in May 2007.
How you met/started dating? We first met through the LER mock interview program - it doesn’t get any more HR than that! The following summer, we would often meet up with LER classmates that were also interning in the general area. We started dating after road tripping to St Louis for one of those meet-ups.
When were you married? May 7, 2011, We were married on Derby Day and we paid homage to the sporting event with big hats, bourbon, & other fun games! We actually moved to Louisville, KY shortly after the wedding where we both working for GE. Becky Barker and Nell Madigan were both in attendance at the wedding, for the record. ;)
What you’re up to today? We live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Andi works as Director of HR for Sledgehammer Games— an Activision Studio (Creators of Call of Duty: MW3, AW, WWII— for you gamer geeks) and Scott is the Director of HR for Workday. Scott will be joining the LER Alumni Board in July!
Ricky and Erica (Svenheim) Chapman
When were you at ILIR/LER? Ricky and I were in two different classes -- Erica graduated in December 2000 and Ricky in December 1999
How did you meet/start dating? We actually first met when Erica tagged along during a lunch that Ricky was going to with another LER grad, Lisa Holte.
When were you married? We got married in Rochester, NY on May 25, 2003. Fun Fact: fellow LER classmate Samantha (Curran) Dwinell was in our wedding!
What are the Chapman’s up to today? Today we are very busy both with our HR careers, based out of Dallas. Ricky is a Compensation Director at JCPenney and Erica is the HRVP for Frito-Lay North America’s Supply Chain. Our first job actually keeps us busier and that’s parenting two amazing little girls: Kate (11) and Avery (8). You can usually find us at various sporting events, traveling, or up to no good up on Lake Texoma. #lakelife
Leslie Rogal & Dave Briney
When were you at LER? We were both December 2007 graduates, and we were also both Speech Communication graduates in May 2006.
How did you meet/start dating? We actually met when we were in a couple of Speech Communication classes together during our senior year, and I stopped Leslie one day after a class to talk to her since she mentioned to the professor about going to ILIR/LER. We were close friends during grad school and after but didn’t start dating until mid-2012 long distance (Phoenix-Houston). Eventually, we got to the same city/state when we moved to San Francisco together in January 2016.
When were you married? We got married in July 2017 at a beautiful house in Barcelona, Spain that was designed and built by Gaudi. It was an amazing experience with some close family and friends who were able to attend!
What are the Briney's up to today? We decided to relocate to Scottsdale, AZ near family at the beginning of 2018, and we welcomed our first child, London, to the world. She makes us smile every day while also wearing us out! We have been getting her used to travel with a trip to China last October and her first cruise coming up in a few weeks.
We have turned London into an Illini fan already!