Our Board

IPLSA_220Cole Helfrich – President –  Class of 1970









Brian Basilico – Marketing Committee – Class of 1979

BB_WARM SQ_BIGI am a proud graduate of Wheaton North High School in 1979 and  an award-winning and internationally recognized author, speaker, and coach.  He’s the founder and president of B2b Interactive Marketing Inc., an award winning marketing consulting and production company in Aurora Illinois. B2b helps companies and non-profits, market their products and services through the effective use of on-line tools including; websites, blogs, eMail, social networking, Google, S.E.O., YouTube, and more. 

Brian’s career spans over 30 years. Since starting his first production company in 1979, he’s produced thousands of projects for companies ranging from solopreneurs to Fortune 100. Brian combines years of marketing experience, with technical expertise, to build on-line campaigns that produce measurable results.  As a musician, technician, programmer, producer, and consultant, he has built a reputation for creativity, innovation, and translating “geek” into english. Brian is also an adjunct professor, trainer and author of many social networking and marketing blogs. He has been featured with articles in Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines.


Byers figures 015Janis Hahn – Fundraising Committee –  Class of 1968

Janis Michelic Hahn graduated from Wheaton North in 1968. She is a founding member of the Alumni Association and chairs the Scholarship Committee. One of her favorite jobs is reading the applications for scholarships and she is profoundly moved by the quality of students graduating from WNHS. As a Political Consultant Janis oversaw the passing of many successful school bonds and in her work with school districts grew to appreciate the excellent education she received as a student in Wheaton. I used to tell my clients that “today you can’t buy the caliber of education I received for free”.

After H.S. graduation Janis moved to Los Angeles where she met her husband Brian (deceased) and she worked as an award winning radio producer. In the 90’s she switched careers to politics and in 2004 she moved to Colorado where she continued to work on various political campaigns until she put her Masters in Clinical Counseling to good use counseling homeless adolescents, which she continues to do today. Janis has one son Jason who works in the tech field in Denver, and they both love to travel the country seeing their favorite blues and rock musicians.

Head shotJohn Hartness – Vice President – Marketing Committee –  Class of  1971

John is a 1971 graduate of Wheaton North. John spent his career in the newspaper business and is currently employed by the Cantigny Foundation. John is married to Lisa and has two children, Sarah and Jacob.

Roger Heaton – Past President – Class of 1967

Roger Heaton was in WNHS’s first graduating class, 1967 (“Always First Class”).  While still attending the only high school in Wheaton his freshman year, Roger and his classmates along with the WNHS Class of 1968 (then in 8th grade at Franklin Jr HS) selected the Falcon mascot and Blue and Gold colors.

He was a member of Student Council, its President and Vice President.  Roger was an All Conference linebacker on the undefeated 1966 football team.  He was a member of the wrestling team and an All Conference baseball player.

Roger was a member of the National Thespian Society and National Honor Society.  He was the Outstanding Student — Athlete one year and President of the Letterman’s Club..

Roger graduated from Denison University in 1971 were he was captain of the baseball team.

He then returned to Wheaton where he taught at Holmes School (PE) and WNHS (Biology) where he coached football, wrestling and baseball.  Roger loved teaching, hated cold and snow so he moved to Honolulu and later to San Diego where he graduated from law school in 1981.

Roger was a civil litigation (trial) attorney until retiring in 2015.  Roger is enjoying retirement and has returned to coaching high school football.

Roger is divorced and has three adult sons.

Roger is very proud of being one of the founding members of the Wheaton North HS Alumni Association in 2008.  After a very successful reunion of the Classes of 1967 – 1970 in 2007, many of those in attendance commented upon how fortunate they were to have attended WNHS and the opportunities it afforded as well as the life-long friendship that were made.  They wanted to give something back, to “play it forward.”  And thus the WNHSAA was born.  Roger is a past President of the Alumni Association.

anneAnn Hawkins – Events – Class of 1968






Ruth Springer Kraakevik – Past Treasure –  Class of 1967






Pat (Cave) Reed – Gone But Not Forgotten – Class of 1971

20150822_161016I am a proud graduate of the class of ’71, growing up in Wheaton off of Jewell Rd and Electric Ave. I worked in the banking and computer industries before giving birth to twins in 1985.  I have lived in Colorado for the last 20 years and retired in 2013.  

My last position was as Race Director for Susan G. Komen in Denver, a position I held for nearly 10 years.  Thank you for tapping me for a board position with the Alumni Association and giving me the opportunity to reconnect and honor fond memories, especially through the Gone But Not Forgotten pages.


DBY picDebra Banzhaf York 

Debra Banzhaf York is a 1970 graduate of WNHS.  Debra holds a BA in French from DePauw University and a MS in Human Resource Management and Development from Chapman University.   As the wife of a US Marine, Debra has lived in 7 different states; however, she has always considered Wheaton “home”.   During her career, Debra has worked in a gamut of different industries.   For the last 10 years, she has served as the Talent Acquisition Manager for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC.    In August 2016, Debra plans to retire from the federal government and spend more time hanging out with her grandchildren and expanding her tiara collection.