Sheridan Road Alumni Association
The Sheridan Road Alumni Association (SRAA) Board serves our alumni to foster connection, growth and generosity between each other, the school and the Sacred Heart network.
Joan Merlo ASH'72, President
Joan Merlo attended Sacred Heart for 12 years, graduating in 1972. She then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, obtaining a bachelor's degree in Italian. She served as a congressional aide to U.S. Representative Sidney R. Yates for a number of years. Later, she worked in the motion picture business as a production coordinator. Taking time off to stay home with her two sons, Matthew and Jack Donoghue, Joan was involved in fundraising and volunteer work and was a founder of the parent teacher organization at the boys' elementary school.
For the past 21 years, Joan has worked in finance and occasionally as an actor. She continues to study theater and has enjoyed singing in numerous church choirs over the years. She say about SRAA, "The like-mindedness across the generations of Sheridan Road alumni continues to delight and inspire."
Brad Gutzler H'94, Vice President
Brad graduated from Hardey Preparatory in 1994, followed by St. Ignatius College Prep. Brad went to Loyola University Chicago and earned his degree in Psychology, then went on to receive his MBA in Financial Analysis from DePaul University – Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. He is currently a Senior Associate in Corporate Finance at Cerity Partners.