When The Daily Journal — serving Kankakee, Will, Iroquois, Ford, Grundy and Livingston counties in Illinois — recently announced local citizens being honored for 2012, Olivet alumni received three of the four awards.
Amy LaFine ’78, 2012 Citizen of the Year
From “Red Feather Girl” for the Kankakee County Community Chest, to her current job as president and CEO of Provena St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, Amy LaFine is committed to helping others. Healthcare has been her passion since age 4, when she first knew she wanted to be a nurse. Since graduating from Olivet’s nursing program in 1978, she has worked at Provena St. Mary’s for her entire career. She began as a nurse, and today, she oversees 800 employees and a $5.3 million annual budget. As an administrator, she remains very involved in making sure that the professionals who provide care are well-prepared and well-equipped. She also continues to be an influencer for good in her hometown. Read more about her award here.
Nickolas Allen ’06, 2012 Young Citizen of the Year
Having survived homelessness as a teenager, Nick Allen is now eager to provide shelter, food and financial assistance for needy families. Since he entered Olivet as a freshman in 2003, he has worked with and served on several boards for local charitable organizations, including Harbor House, Kankakee County Community Services Inc., and Hospice of Kankakee Valley. In August 2012, he was named executive director of The United Way of Kankakee. He is dedicated to helping his peers become more connected with the work of nonprofit organizations. Read more about his award here.
Bill Bahr ’96/’02 MBA, 2012 Sports Citizen of the Year
When he took the Tiger women’s soccer team to the 2012 NAIA National Tournament in December, Bill Bahr made history — for Olivet and for his coaching career. He has been Olivet’s head soccer coach since 1999 and continues to build winning teams. He has led the Tigers to nine championship tournaments and to their first NCCAA National Tournament title in 2008. Off the field, he has a heart for missions and helped to start the very active Missions in Action program at Olivet. As a professor of exercise and sports science, he invests in the academic and spiritual lives of his students. Read more about his award here.