While Bonaventura has spent her career protecting children,
in 1996, her mission became personal when an 11-year-old
boy walked into her courtroom as a runaway and needed
someone. His name, Sunny, matched his personality
perfectly, and it was love at first sight.
In the years to come, Sunny drastically changed
Bonaventura’s life. Having worked very long hours and
served on several boards outside of her work as a judge,
Sunny slowed down her life in the best way. She stopped
working every evening and spent her nights with her
husband, Keith Medved, and their adopted son, eating
dinner, working on homework, being a family.
When she speaks of him, you instantly understand what an
amazing young man he was and the incredible bond they
shared. Tragically, on November 16, 2012, at the age of 28,
Sunny passed away from complications of typhoid fever. But
his spirit lives on in Bonaventura and the important job she
does: working to ensure all children thrive in safe, caring,
supportive families and communities.
“When all is said and done, it’s about helping people,” said
Bonaventura. In fact, she’s made a career of it.
Bonaventura’s connection to Marian University remains
strong. Not only does she serve as a trustee, but this May,
she delivered the commencement address at the 77th
annual Commencement ceremony, where she received an
honorary doctor of arts and humane letters degree.