North Park University Welcomes Five Inductees to Vikings Hall of Fame
North Park University welcomed five new inductees into the Vikings Hall of Fame Oct. 14. They are, from left, Dan O'Keefe C'95; Dana (Gooris) Wells C'99; Dr. Darlene (Duncan) Nelson C'01; LaCretia Carroll C'03; and Greger Svensson C'02.
Ceremony held at 2011 Homecoming festivities
CHICAGO (October 25, 2011) – Five North Park University athletes were inducted into the Vikings Hall of Fame at a ceremony held here Oct. 14 during the University's annual Homecoming festivities.
The inductees include:
- Lacretia Carroll, track and field and volleyball
- Darlene (Duncan) Nelson, track and field and cross country
- Dan O'Keefe, football
- Greger Svensson, soccer
- Dana (Gooris) Wells, softball and basketball
Presenting the inductees was Dr. Jack Surridge, North Park University athletic director.
Lacretia Carroll C'03
Carroll earned a bachelor of science from the University in international business. She earned four letters in track and field, winning College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) championships in 400-meter competition and the triple jump. Carroll was 2002 and 2003 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-American in the triple jump. She holds several North Park University records in track and field, including 200- and 400-meter events (indoor and outdoor), the triple jump and 4 x100 meter relay. Carroll also holds three letters in volleyball. She lives in Powder Springs, Ga., where she is employed as a manager by the Walgreen Corporation. Carroll mentors a group of store managers by providing professional development, identifying employee training programs and leading corporate initiatives. She has served as the Cobb and Douglas County Team captain for Relay for Life and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Carroll volunteers at Turner Chapel Church, Marietta, Ga., and the Boys and Girls Club and The Pantry, both of Douglas County. She will receive a master of business administration in February.
Dr. Darlene (Duncan) Nelson C'01
Nelson graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in biology from North Park University. She holds four letters in cross country, and track and field. She was team captain in 2000 and 2001. In 2000, Nelson was CCIW All-Conference in cross country and All-Midwest Regional in cross country. She was an NCAA qualifier in cross country and 1,500 meters. Nelson holds North Park records for track events in 1,500 meters, distance medley relay and the 4 x 800 meter relay, and is in the top five all-time in cross country and 5,000 meter events. She was named Lincoln Laureate Award winner in 2000, and in 2001, she was Outstanding Senior and Senior Female Athlete of the Year. Nelson is an instructor of medicine at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education and serves as Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. At Mayo, she has served as a teacher, administrator, published researcher and chief resident. Her hobbies include competitive distance running, rock climbing kayaking and skiing. She plays classical guitar and serves as a worship leader at Autumn Ridge Church, Rochester. Nelson and her husband, Caleb, are expecting their first child. Nelson was also honored with the "Up and Coming" alumni award in 2011.
Dan O'Keefe C'95
O'Keefe earned a bachelor's degree in communication arts from the University and a master of arts in educational administration from Dominican University, River Forest, Ill. He was a four-year letter winner in football and team captain of the Vikings in 1994. He was three times named to the first- or second-team CCIW. Twice O'Keefe was named CCIW "Player of the Week." He led the conference in tackles twice, was most valuable player in 1994 and was Honorable Mention All-American. O'Keefe is head football coach at De La Salle High School, Chicago. His teams have been to state quarterfinals in 2007, 2008 and 2009. O'Keefe is secretary of the Chicago Catholic League Coaches Association and is a three-time Chicago Catholic League Coach of the Year. He and his wife, Meghan, are parents of daughters Shannon and Una.
Greger Svensson C'02
Svensson earned a bachelor of science in finance from the University and graduated magna cum laude. He earned three letters in soccer, was most valuable player three years and was a two-time team captain. He was first- or second-team CCIW All-Conference in 2000, 2001 and 2002, and was twice named All-Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Svensson graduated in three years, earning a combined grade point average of 3.88, was on the dean's list every semester and was Academic All-CCIW. He was the 2003 North Park University Senior Athlete of the Year. Svensson and his wife, Krissy, also a North Park University graduate, are parents of two children, Ebba and Knoa. They are active members at Church of the Open Door, Maple Grove, Minn.
Dana (Gooris) Wells C'99
Wells earned a bachelor of arts in sociology from the University. She earned four letters in softball, and was captain of the University team in 1999. Wells was 1997 CCIW batting champion, and was twice named CCIW All-Conference. She is ranked top five all-time in six batting categories, including hits, runs batted in, home runs in a season and doubles, and is ranked first with seven triples in one season and 15 career triples. Wells holds three letters in basketball and was North Park's 1999 Female Senior Athlete of the Year. She was an admissions counselor and assistant softball coach at North Park from 2000-2003. Dana and her husband, Ryan, are parents of three children, Brady, Casey and Avery. The family resides in Glenview, Ill., where Dana is a self-proclaimed soccer mom. She works as a stylist at Hot Mama, a Minneapolis-based clothing boutique chain founded by a North Park University alumnus. Wells is an active member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Skokie, Ill.
Wells and her father, Dan Gooris, are the first father/daughter inductees in the Vikings Hall of Fame, Surridge said. Gooris was inducted previously for achievements in baseball and football.
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