Alumni

Council for Women Directory

Read each member's biography.

Deb Adams

Deborah Adams '79
Mission, KS

Gianina Baker

Gianina Baker '04
Savoy, IL

Deb Adams

Kimberly Bankston '96
Normal, IL

Kelly Benante

Kelly Benante '08
Chicago, IL

Emilee Bocker

Emilee J. Bocker, M.D. '07
Sublette, IL

Jessica Bondalapati

Jessica Bondalapati '11
Detroit, MI

Zoe Bouras

Zoe Bouras '18
Arcola, IL

Amy Boyles

Amy (Sipovic) Boyles '08
Streator, IL

Claudia Brogan

Claudia W. Brogan '77
Decatur, GA

Jackie Bull

Jackie Bull '07
Indianapolis, IN

Debra Burt-Frazier

Debra Burt-Frazier, PhD '75
Dayton, OH

Paige Buschman

Paige Buschman '17
Washburn, IL

Allecia Correll

Allecia Correll '00
Normal, IL

Amy DeBoer

Amy DeBoer '15
Manhattan, IL

Kristina Dehlin

Kristina Dehlin '16
Chicago, IL

Jordan Biehl Mann

Jordan Diehl Mann '12
Chicago, IL

Laurie Biekhoff

Laurie Diekhoff
Bloomington, IL

Kimberly Diller

Kimberly (Wenger) Diller '15
Chatsworth, IL

Kim Earl

Kim (Turner) Earl '95
Brooklyn, NY

Elizabeth Eberspacher

Elizabeth Eberspacher Nohren '98
Shelbyville, IL

Laura Ehrhart

Laura Ehrhart '84
Quincy, IL

Kasey Evans

Kasey Evans '12
Bloomington, IL

Jessica Freiburg

Jessica Freiburg '04
Oak Park, IL

Kelly Fuller

Kelly Fuller '06
Palatine, IL

Marilynn Graves

Marilynn Graves '79
Palatine, IL

Darcy Greder

Darcy Greder
Bloomington, IL

Marsha Guenzler

Marsha Guenzler-Stevens '78
Stevenson, MD

Jennifer Hart

Jennifer Hart '18
Urbana-Champaign, IL

Mary Bennett

Mary Bennett Henrichs '89
Bloomington, IL

Jenigrt Hoffenkamp

Jennifer (Carden) Hoffenkamp '08
Chicago, IL

Erin Howes

Erin Howes '12
Chicago, IL

Elly Jones

Pamela Jacklin '66
Portland, OR

Elly Jones

Elly Jones '91
Tempe, AZ

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones '94
Boca Raton, FL

Laura Jordan

Laura Jordan '96
St. Louis, MO

Loreene Jukovich

Loreene Jukovich '93
Northbrook, IL

Stacy Kaeding

Stacy Kaeding '08
Santa Monica, CA

Abigail Kauerauf

Abigail Kauerauf '19
Springfield, IL

Jennifer Knobloch

Jennifer Knobloch '95
Chicago, IL

Julie Lee

Julie (Croxton) Lee '07
Chicago, IL

Carole Liske

Carole Liske '77
Lexington Park, MD

Jessica Lothman

Jessica Lothman '06
Milwaukee, WI

DesaRae Ludolohe

DesaRae Ludolph '05
Morton, IL

Tracy Lytwyn

Tracy Lytwyn '12
Chicago, IL

Vanessa Macias

Vanessa (Rodriguez) Macias '14
McHenry, IL

Kalin McDowell

Karin McDowell '00
Bloomington, IL

Molly Mclay

Molly McLay '06
St. Louis, MO & 
Champaign, IL

Leah Merrifield

Leah Merrifield '78
St. Louis, MO

Alissa Miller

Alissa (Sherman) Miller '08
Chicago, IL

Barbara Nathan

Barbara Nathan '80
Bloomington, IL

Marilyn Neis

Marilyn Neis '71
Crystal Lake, IL

Crystal Ocampo

Crystal Ocampo-Fernandez '18
Denver, CO

Ade Olayinka

Dr. Adebola (Ade) Olayinka '11
Washington, DC

Jess Olsen

Jess Olsen '08
Chicago, IL

Shannon O'Rouke

Shannon O'Rourke Kasali '07
Urbana, IL

Cindi Perrine

Cindi Perrine '88
Wheaton, IL

Stephie Predmore

Stephie Predmore '11
Bloomington, IL

Laura Randolph

Laura Randolph '92
Bloomington, IL

Cheryl Reinking

Cheryl Reinking '87
Los Altos, CA

Kayle Roan

Kayla (Kindred) Roan, '08
Chicago, IL

Justine Robinson

Justine Robinson '06
St. Louis, MO

Lauren Rock

Lauren Rock '13
Atlanta, GA

Mary Jane Rogers

Mary Jane Rogers '86
Denver, CO

Molly Rollings

Molly Rollings '99
Champaign, IL

April Schultz

April Schultz, Ph.D.

Sue Seibring

Sue Seibring '82
Normal, IL

Halley Shanley

Halley Shanley '18

Jennifer Shaughnessy

Jennifer Shaughnessy '98
Alpharetta, GA

Jessica Shull

Jessica Shull '03
Bloomington, IL

Lindsay Sicks

Lindsay A. Sicks '06
Orland Park, IL

Rachel Slough

Rachel Slough-Johnson '07
La Crosse, WI

Linda Stone

Linda Stone '85
Atlanta, GA

Abigail Sullivan

Abigail Sullivan '08
Naperville, IL

Cate Tinker

Cate Tinker '11
Sheboygan, WI

Laine Twanow

Laine Twanow '04
Bloomington, IL

Melissa Van Dyke

Melissa Van Dyke '99

Brianna Welch

Brianna Welch McKelvey '07
Raleigh, NC

Taylor Williams

Taylor Williams '18
Murphysboro, IL

Lisa Powell Willams

Lisa Powell Williams '88
Moline, IL

Pat Wilson

Pat Wilson
Bloomington, IL &
Scottsdale, AZ

Marianne Wolf

Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas '76
Orland Park, IL

Jill York

Jill York '85
Chicago, IL

 Rachel Paturi

Rachel Paturi '13

 

Council for Women Member Biographies

Deborah Adams '97

Current Location: Mission, KS

Major: Sociology

Deborah Adams is a faculty member at the University of Kansas (KU) School of Social Welfare. She teaches graduate classes in Social Policy and Research. Her research focuses on income and asset poverty, as well as asset-building policies and programs for low-income women and children. She has presented her research at recent conferences in Amsterdam and Istanbul, helping fulfill a personal goal to do more international travel.She believes her liberal arts degree from IWU (BA, Sociology, 1979) set the stage for success in graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis (MSW 1982; PhD 1995) where she was a Dean’s Fellow and an Olin Fellow. Between her graduate degrees, she directed a domestic violence shelter for women and their children and chaired a state coalition of domestic violence programs. She is married to Daniel Donica ’79 and, between the two of them, they have four adult children and are currently completely smitten by their first grand-child. They live in the Kansas City area, and travel often to see family members in Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles when they are not traveling to some international destination for a research meeting or conference.

Gianina Baker '04

Current Location: Savoy, IL

Major: Psychology

IWU Activities: IWU Track & Field and Cross-Country teams; President of the Black Student Union; Co-President of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee; Resident Advisor; and assisted/lead/hosted a variety of initiatives on the IWU campus.

Favorite professor: Professor Paul Bushnell

Gianina is the Assistant Director at the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, a resource-research institute founded to discover, document, and disseminate effective assessment of student learning practices at colleges and universities. After leaving IWU, Gianina went on to graduate school to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. After earning her degree, she had stints at a local community college as Counselor, Director of Institutional Research, and Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Planning. While in these positions, Gianina also worked toward earning her doctorate. Currently, Gianina is a Champaign Unit 4 Board Member and participates in the Greater Champaign Urbana chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and the United Way's Women United Steering Committee. Gianina and her partner, Ron, have been married for over 13 years and have been blessed with three active boys: Ronald III (12), Talin (10), and Braden (7). On the weekends, you can find her at a park, gym, or baseball field…sometimes all three!

Kimberly Bankston '96

Current Location: Normal, IL

Major: Nursing

IWU Activities: Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, Cheerleading, Theta Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International

Favorite Professor: Dr. Carolyn Jarvis, Dr. Donna Hartweg, Charla Renner

Kim has been working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in central Illinois since 2000 and is currently practicing at Bloomington Primary Care, a well-respected independent Family Medicine office in Bloomington, IL. She completed both Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. She continued to be actively involved with the IWU School of Nursing since graduating and was honored to teach a section of an IWU Health Assessment Lab with Dr. Carolyn Jarvis in 2005. Dr. Jarvis has written and published several additions of a widely renowned health assessment textbook used at several institutions which have featured photos of Kim as well as her husband and one of her daughters.

She also precepts both nurse practitioner students and physician assistant students from several different programs (whom often say “I think you are in my textbook!”). She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Kim spends as much of her free time as possible with her husband Tony (’91) and their four daughters (Anna, Olivia, Brooke, and Eva), but she also devotes time volunteering at St. Patrick Catholic Church of Merna.
Kim is the current President of the Council for Women and enjoys supporting current IWU students, faculty, and alumni.

Kelly Benante '08

Current Location: Chicago, IL

Major: Biology

After graduation, Kelly served as an Education Volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Malawi, a country in Southeast Africa from 2008 until 2011. A Biology Major and Teaching Assistant at IWU, Kelly served as a Peace Corps Education Volunteer teaching science, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS prevention to secondary school students in rural Malawi. Kelly received her Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. She is currently a Project Coordinator at The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, coordinating clinical research in treatment and prevention efforts for people living with cancer and HIV. As an avid supporter of community health programs for women and families, Kelly also serves as an Associate Board Member at HealthConnect One. At IWU, Kelly was an active member of Student Senate and elected President in her junior year. She was also involved with Ambassador Club, Hall Council, Alternative Spring Break, and Titan Orientation Leaders. As a Council for IWU Women member, Kelly hopes to serve as a resource and support person for IWU students and recent graduates.

Kenzie Berggren '19

Current Location: Chicago, IL

Major: Psychology

Minor: Sociology

Favorite professors: Dr. Burke, Dr. Nevel-Schwalm, Dr. Kunce, and Dr. Williams

IWU Activities: Kappa Delta (Panhellenic Delegate, VP of Operations), Sigma Alpha Iota, Feminism: Equality Matters (Vice President), IWU Titan Band, Autism Social Group, The Body Project IWU (Co-Founder and Co-President), NAMI (Vice President), Action Research Center

After graduation from IWU, Kenzie immediately began working on a Master's of Social Work (MSW) at the Erikson Institute. Kenzie also worked as a preschool teacher assistant in Lincoln Park, completed an internship as executive assistant and began her first field placement as a school based mental health intern. She is also completing a year of service through AmeriCorps where she provides after school programming, tutoring, and homework help in homeless shelters across Chicago.

Emilee J. Bocker, M.D. '07

Current Location: Sublette, IL

Major: Biology

IWU Activities: Office of Residential Life; Student Senate; Habitat for Humanity; DRL; Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship Emilee is currently practicing family medicine through the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She is part of the Rural Training Track. Emilee will be practicing Family Medicine out of the KSB Hospital Health System after completing her Family Medicine residency. She is interested in Obstetrics, and also plans on having that be a part of her practice. Emilee was active throughout medical school, holding the office of President of the Family Medicine Interest Group, volunteering at the Bridge Clinic for uninsured people in Rockford and the surrounding area, conducting clinical research on mental health in rural Illinois, for which she obtained a scholarship, and traveling to Thailand to experience international medicine.

 Jessica Bondalapati '11  

Current Location: Detroit, MI

Major: International Studies and Political Science Minor

IWU Activities: Amnesty International, Renegades for Peace, IWU Peace Garden, Peace Fellows, WESN

After years of working with Detroit small businesses on product protyping, microloan funding, and business plan development, Jessica Bondalapati launched her consultancy, Lady Bondo, to fill in the “growth gaps” needed to take Detroit businesses and organizations to the next level. Her services include consultation, coaching, facilitation, and staffing support in her areas of expertise: administration, internal systems, team development, communications, and strategy development. 

She is also the owner of Bondo Booth, an engaging photo booth company specializing in nonprofit, community, and public events.  Jessica tutored and mentored 9th graders in an extremely under-resourced neighborhood on Detroit's west side through an AmeriCorps program. In 2014, she joined D:hive, the welcome center of Detroit, as the Build program manager while being a student in a Build class for her own business idea. 

Jessica took the role of Director of Programming when Build transitioned out of D:hive in January 2015 and became Build Institute, a small business and entrepreneurship training and support program. In 2015, she was named a Next City Network Urban Innovator and an American Express and Ashoka Changemakers Emerging Innovator for her work with Build Institute, an entrepreneurship training and support program. She also served as the Kiva Zip micro-loan fellow for Detroit.

At the beginning of 2016 she transitioned into a new director position for Human Scale Studio, a strategic consultancy firm that helps business, philanthropy, and civic institutions shape the future of the urban world using human-centered design. She’s written for Model D Media and Forward Cities on topics including local investment, ethical redevelopment, placemaking, and affordable housing, and a front cover spread for Conscious Company Magazine highlighting six innovators redesigning Detroit.

 Zoe Bouras '18  

Current Location: Arcola, IL

Major: Political Science and International Studies - Development

IWU Activities: Rock Climbing Club- President; Model United Nations- President; Student Senate; College Democrats; Kappa Delta Sorority; JWP Research Conference; Res publica co-editor.

Zoe graduated in 2018 with a bachelor of Arts, having double majored in political science and international studies (development Concentration). Zoe is currently a Master of Science student at the Latin American Center of Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Her research focuses on political trust at the individual level across South America. Her interests lie in American politics, rural poverty, and poverty alleviation strategy. In her free time, Zoe enjoys international travel, reading, and rock climbing. At Oxford, she is on the executive committee for the university mountaineering club.

 Amy (Sipovic) Boyles '08  

Current Location: Streator, IL

Major: History

IWU Activities: Titan Band; IWU Flute Choir; Sigma Tau Iota; Phi Alpha Theta

Favorite professors: Professor Michael Young; Professor Robert Schultz;  Professor Pennie Gray 

Amy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a concentration in secondary education. She currently teaches world history, civics, and economics at Streator Township High School. Amy is involved in her community as Trustee at Illinois Valley Community College and with the LaSalle County Democratic Central Committee. She earned a Master's Degree in educational leadership, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Northern Illinois University. Amy and her husband, Tom, have a one-year-old daughter.

  Claudia W. Brogan '77    

Current Location: Decatur, GA

Majors: Theater and English; Secondary Education certification

IWU Activities: Residential Life Staff (RA) Ferguson Hall; EGAS Honor Society; Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship; Theater productions crew and cast

Claudia continues to make great use of each of the primary areas she studied at IWU: theater, English and education. She has worked at several Midwestern universities as a supervisor in residence life and a classroom instructor. Working at UW Madison, Indiana University and UNC Charlotte have been rewarding -- and she continues to have a special place in her heart for the great life lessons she learned at Illinois Wesleyan. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Education and with a continued fascination with adult learning, Claudia works as a Training Manager in the field of public health. Her workplace is the Public Health Informatics Institute in Decatur, Georgia.

 Jackie Bull '07  

Current Location: Indianapolis, IN

Major: Physics

IWU activities: Alpha Gamma Delta; Society of Physics Students; Cheerleading. Jacqueline Bull is a Technical Customer Support Specialist in a Global Key Account Team at Cummins, Inc where she is responsible for supporting one of the engine business’ key customers with complex engineering issues on their power generation equipment, powered by Cummins engines. Jackie has been working at Cummins for ten years having held a variety of technical positions throughout new engine development, service engineering, and customer support. She obtained her Dual Degree Bachelors of Arts in Physics from Illinois Wesleyan University and Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis through the 3-2 program offered by IWU. In her free time, Jackie enjoys traveling, mentoring young engineers, dancing and racing motorcycles.

 Debra Burt-Frazier, PhD, '75 Current Location: Dayton, OH
Major: English
IWU Activities: Residential Life Staff (RA); Argus Editor; WESN
After graduating from IWU, Debra earned her Master's degree from Chicago State University in 1983. She then worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative, trainer, and manager for Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Ventiv Healthcare Sales and Wyeth Healthcare Sales. She currently teaches English Literature at Central State University and Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, OH. Debra has also stayed active in the IWU community in leadership roles of the Minority Alumni Network and is currently the Chair of the Class Newsletter Program. In 2001 she won the IWU "Loyalty Award." She has three children, Candace, Nicholas, and Max. In 2013, she achieved a PhD in Educational Administration.
 Paige Buschman '17  

Current Location: Washburn, Illinois

Major: Sociology

Minor: English

Favorite professors: Meghan Burke, Narendra Jaggi, Kathleen O'Gorman, and Mike Theune

IWU Activities: Pride Alliance (President)

After graduating from IWU, Paige enrolled at Illinois State University and earned an M.S. - Educational Administration and Foundations; College Student Personnel Administration. While at ISU, she was a Sorority House Director at Sigma Sigma Sigma, completed practicums in Title IX and Diversity & Inclusion, and served in AmeriCorps as a Graduate Assistant coordinating community service projects at the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. She currently works as a Career Counselor at Illinois Central College in Peoria, IL. She serves as the Co-President of the Pride Alumni Community in addition to her membership in the Council for IWU Women. 

Allecia Correll '00  

Current Location: Normal, Illinois

Major: Communications

Allecia is the Student Loan Coordinator in the Financial Aid Office at IWU.  Past positions are Underwriter and Learning and Development Training at State Farm Insurance; Director of Global Outreach Kidsview Program, Small Group Leader and Mission Trip Team Leader at Eastview Christian Church; Owner of In-Home Daycare; etc.  Her favorite title is that of Wife and Mom. Married to Zac Correll '96 since 2001, they have three boys: Cody, Kyle and Caden. Family time is spent attending baseball and wrestling events. Allecia looks forward to mentoring women students of IWU as well as engage in the network of women involved in the Council.  She believes the Council allows for an opportunity to encourage one another through personal and professional relationships.  

Amy DeBoer '15  

Current Location: Manhattan, Illinois

Major: Elementary Education

IWU Activities: Student Event Programmer for the Office of Student Activities; Student Senate

University Events Commissioner; Class Vice President

Amy is a third generation Titan, and takes great pride in this. After graduation, she landed her dream job teaching third grade at Kerkstra Elementary in Oak Forest, Illinois. She is greeted daily by 23 sweet and smiling faces, which energizes her and reminds her of why she does what she does. Currently, she is pursuing a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Olivet Nazarene University. Some fun facts about Amy: She lives in Manhattan, Illinois and loves coffee, photography, reading, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and cheering for the Chicago Bears. She is beyond excited and honored to join the Council for IWU Women, an amazing organization that inspired, empowered, and encouraged her as a student. She hopes to do the same for current IWU students and looks forward to connecting with all of them.

Kristina Dehlin '16  

Current Location: Chicago, IL

Major: English-Writing and Philosophy 

Favorite Professor: Professor Robert Kearney

IWU Activities: Kappa Delta Sorority, Tributaries, and co-founder of the Happy Club. 

After graduating in 2016, I began an editorial internship at Agate Publishing in Evanston, IL. I have continued to work at Agate post-internship and am now in the role of Associate Manager of Content Development, in which I work on a number of educational publishing projects. I use a lot of the reading and writing skills I learned at IWU in my current position. My job varies a lot from day to day and includes project management, writing, and editing. I work on anything from textbooks to online classes on a myriad of subjects from accounting to biology, so I feel like I am constantly learning. I try to volunteer with Chicago Fair Trade as much as possible, I serve as a chapter advisor for the Loyola chapter of Kappa Delta, I'm in a book club with a group of IWU friends, and I run a lot with my family.

Jordan Diehl Mann '12   

Current Location: Chicago, IL

Major: Business Administration, Minor: Psychology

Favorite Professor: Professor Robert Kearney

IWU Activities: Alpha Gamma Delta (President), IWU dance team, Titan Ambassador

Jordan serves as Associate Marketing Manager at Spencer Stuart, an executive search and leadership advisory firm.  Since graduating from Illinois Wesleyan, Jordan has managed marketing communications, branding and events for Red Frog Events and Campbell Marketing and Communications.  While at Campbell, she was the global project manager for Ford's action motorsports programs, managing marketing communications and digital strategy for the company. In 2018, Jordan began Kellogg School of Management's Evening & Weekend MBA program with the goal of learning how to expand female leadership in corporate America. She is the president of the Kellogg Evening & Weekend Women's Business Association and volunteers with Step Up Women's Network.  Married to Titan, Jake Mann ’12, Jordan also stays connected to IWU through the Chicago Area Young Alumni Committee, Council for IWU Women and as a Titan Alumni Ambassador.  

 

Laurie Diekhoff

Current Location: Bloomington, IL

Summit Planning Committee

Laurie served as the Associate Director for Career Engagement and Internship Coordinator for the IWU Hart Career Center. In the role she retired from, she helped students to research and uncover potential internship opportunities and assisted students with preparations for the internship or job search. Laurie served as the campus liaison with businesses and organizations that hire IWU students. Laurie has a Master's Degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Ball State University and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Prior to IWU, Laurie served as Program Manager for the Community Education program at Heartland Community College. Additionally, she owned a children's book and gift basket business, served as director of the United Way Volunteer Center and worked professionally in residential life at the University of Illinois and Illinois State University. She has a passion for children's literacy and served for many years on the Board of First Book-McLean County, an organization that works to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Currently she serves on the Foundation Board for her alma mater, UW-LaCrosse.

 

Kimberly (Wenger) Diller '15

Current Location: Chatsworth, IL

Majors: Math and Risk Management

Favorite professors: Dr. Dan Roberts, Steven Eggleston, Dr. Melvyn Jeter

IWU Activities: Wind Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet/Studio, Actuarial Society, Pi Mu Epsilon (math society)

Currently a data informatics analyst at COUNTRY Financial, Kimberly is working toward becoming a data scientist when she finishes an MS in Statistics in May 2020 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She enjoys mentoring IWU students interested in data science and she works with Dr. Roberts in the math department to organize data science related events. She helped put together a data science panel at the IWU Career Center, and just recently worked with her peers at COUNTRY Financial to host IWU students interested in how mathematical modelling is used in industry. In her free time, she sings with her church choir and volunteers for the COUNTRY Volunteer Network. Kimberly and her husband enjoy DIY projects and spending time with their 2 cats.

 

Kim (Turner) Earl '95

Current Location: Brooklyn, NY

Major: Accounting

IWU Activities: Alpha Gamma Delta

Kim is an accomplished internal audit executive with a Big 4 professional services background. Her current position is corporate controller at RTW Retailwinds. Over the last 25 years, she has gained experience in retail, media and entertainment and financial services industries both domestically and internationally with positions at Clifton Gunderson, PWC, Vivendi Universal and New York & Co. 

 

Elizabeth Eberspacher Nohren '98

Current Location: Shelbyville, IL

Major: Political Science

IWU Activities: Kappa Kappa Gamma: Track and Cross Country: Career Center Career Peer; Panhellenic Committee; Study Abroad - Englan. After graduating from IWU, Elizabeth attended Law School at Southern Illinois University. Upon graduation she became an associate in Chicago at Field & Golan and served on the Chicago Council of Lawyer's Board of Managers. After five years, she joined her father's law practice in Shelbyville. She is currently an active member of the Shelbyville Greater Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Boarman Roxy Theater. She also taught as an adjunct professor of business law and paralegalism at Eastern Illinois University. She currently is an attorney with Dove and Dove. Most importantly, Elizabeth is a proud mother and wife.

 

Laura Ehrhart '84

Current Location: Quincy, IL

Major: Political Science

Favorite IWU Professors: Lew Detweiler, Ray Wilson

IWU Activities: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Society of Physics Students
Laura graduated from IWU with a B.A. in Physics and went on to receive a B.S. in

Civil Engineering from U of I in 1986. Laura's career has included; Registered Engineering Intern in the State of Illinois, Senior Cost & Schedule Engineer - Peterson & Co. litigation support consulting firm - construction litigation - Chicago, Project Coordinator - Metra commuter railroad, designing & building parking lots - Chicago, and Michelmann Steel Construction Company - Quincy, IL, where she was named President in 2006. Laura currently volunteers with several organizations in Quincy. She is the President of Good Samaritan Home, President of the Michelmann Foundation, Vice President of the Quincy Community Theatre and the Chair of the Nominating/Grant Committee for the Blessing Foundation Board of Trustees. She is active in Friends in Council (the oldest women's literary study group in the country) and is the Coordinator for her Book Group. She is also a member of the Leadership Illinois Class of 2012. She now sits on the IWU Parent Board as well as the IWU Council for Women. Laura and her husband, Richard, have three children, Clara, Gates, and Trey, all Titans!

 Kasey Evans '12  

Current Location: Bloomington, IL

Major: English-writing

IWU Activities: Kappa Delta (President, VP-Membership); Residence Hall Association (PR Chair); May Term Abroad-Italy; Senior Class Committee; Student Writer-Office of Communications.

Following graduation from IWU, Kasey went on to earn her master's degree in College Student Affairs from Eastern Illinois University in 2015. While in graduate school, Kasey worked as a GA for the Health Education Resource Center. Kasey served as the Harm Prevention Coordinator for Alpha Gamma Delta International Women's Fraternity in Indianapolis after obtaining her master's. She has also worked as the Assistant Director of the Illinois Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention. Kasey currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Admissions at Illinois Wesleyan. Outside of the Council for IWU Women, she is an active volunteer for the Omicron Chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority as a member of the Chapter Advisory Board and she serves as the Vice Seminar Chair for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership-Illinois Central South Seminar, a summer program that teaches high school sophomores leadership via service to their communities.

 

 Jessica Freiburg '04  

Current Location: Oak Park, IL

Major: Accounting

Favorite Professors: Professor Kearney, Professor Olson

Jessica is a Partner at Sassetti LLC, and brings over 14 years of experience to the firm. She provides tax, audit, advisory, and accounting services to a diversified client base including publicly-traded and privately-held businesses, non-profit organizations, employee benefit plans sponsored by those entities, and family offices. In each client relationship, Jessica takes the time to understand every client’s goal and designs uniquely tailored strategies to ensure their organization thrives. She is a former winner of the Chicago Sky #RedefinePossible Women’s Leadership Award and the 2017 Influential Women in Business Award from The Daily Herald. Jessica is a trustee and Vice Chair of Financial Performance for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter, the Chicago Foundation for Women’s LBTQ Giving Council, the Women’s Committee for the Technology and Manufacturing Association and the AICPA. Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, playing outside, going on adventures and watching movies together.

  Kelly Fuller '06    

Current Location: Palatine, IL

Major: International Business, French

IWU Activities: Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity - Omega Epsilon Chapter (VP of Membership, Treasurer, Chapter President); Office of Residential Life – FYRA, Summer RA, Summer Conference Staff; Admissions Office Titan Ambassador; International Office Staff and Study Abroad Alum – Dijon, France; Pi Delta Phi – French National Honor Society; 2005 Homecoming Court

Kelly is an Account Manager at Creative Group, which is a performance improvement company specializing in engagement, individual and group incentives, meetings and events. She serves as a global event designer and logistics guru. Having had her start as a FYRA, Kelly realized after college that planning, organizing and executing events and meetings had truly become her passion. Currently she operates various events and programs around the world for audiences of 50-3,500 attendees. In 2015 Kelly earned her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) credential, and in July 2018 she also earned her CIS (Certified Incentive Specialist) certification. Professionally, she is a member of SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) Chicago chapter and serves on the Young Leaders Committee within the chapter. Outside of her career, Kelly continues to regularly serve and support Alpha Phi Omega as an alumni volunteer. She lives with her husband, Doug and son, Christopher.

 Marilynn Graves '79  

Current Location: Palatine, IL

Major: History

IWU Activities: Yearbook Editor; Phis Gamma Nu Business Fraternity; Folk Dance Troupe; President- Council for Women; Alumni Association Board of Directors

Following graduation, Marilynn earned her MBA at DePaul Graduate School of Business and built a career in banking. She has over 35 years of experience in banking; areas of focus include finance, commercial lending, commercial learning and development, and organizational leadership development. Following her banking career, Marilynn created a consulting group, MJG Insights. This group focuses on helping people and organizations be their best through organizational development, emerging leader development and employee performance improvement. 

Darcy Greder

Current Location: Bloomington, IL

Darcy is an enthusiastic member of the IWU community and feels fortunate to have made her life’s work at Illinois Wesleyan and in the community. Still feeling like that 22-year old kid grateful to connect with IWU as she began her career—it is most certainly the quality of our students coupled with the values of the institution that kept her committed and passionate about her work. After working in housing on the front end of her career, Darcy shifted into the Dean of Students Office where she supported students, connected with families and led Judicial Affairs. Finding congruence in her work and personal life, Darcy enjoys talking about the life of the mind, living with intention and the challenge of squaring actions and values. Supporting students who are also grappling with these concepts helped her to bring meaning to her work and life. In the Summer of 2019, Darcy retired from her position as Associate Dean of Student Affairs after 42 years at IWU.

Marsha Guenzler-Stevens '78

Current Location: Stevenson, MD

Major: Biology

IWU Activities: Alpha Omicron Pi; Student Senate; EGAS 

Favorite professors: Professor Dorothea Franzen; Professor Wendell Hess and many more.

A passionate educator, Marsha has worked in higher education from admissions to resident life, greek life, student union, leadership and service learning and student affairs management. Marsha continued her education at Miami University receiving her MA in Counseling & Student Personnel and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Higher Education - Policy and Planning and Finance. She has been at the University of Maryland since 1982 and has mentored exceptional students and their children.  She has visited a former student working at the White House during the Obama administration and another at the U.S. Embassy in China.  Marsha also has a faculty appointment and teaches each semester in undergraduate and graduate classes. She is also very engaged in professional associations in higher education.  In her rare spare time, Marsha mentors high school girls, and volunteers at the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Washington D.C., the National Cathedral, and with an alumnae group at UMD. 

Jennifer Hart '18

Current Location: Urbana-Champaign, IL

Major: Business Administration

IWU Activities: Yearbook Editor; Phis Gamma Nu Business Fraternity; Folk Dance Troupe

Jenn, a recent graduate of IWU, is now pursuing an MBA from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. While attending IWU, Jenn was active in Panhellenic Greek life and Student Senate, holding various leadership and volunteer positions. Just before her last semester as a student on campus, Jenn co-founded the IWU Collegiate Women's Network, with fellow Council for Women member, Halley Shanley.

Mary Bennett Henrichs '89  

Current Location: Bloomington, IL

Major: Business Administration

IWU Activities: Kappa Kappa Gamma; Argus

Mary is President & CEO of Integrity Technology Solutions. Since joining Integrity in 1996, Mary has had the opportunity to wear many hats and understands the important role technology has in helping business owners achieve their goals. Mary serves on the OSF Community Advisory board, board of directors for the McLean County Chamber of Commerce and is past Chair of the Economic Development Council board of directors. She also serves as president of the Community Cancer Center Foundation. Passionate about developing our future leaders, she also spends time mentoring students at Illinois Wesleyan and ISU. A sports enthusiast, Mary loves cheering on the ISU Redbirds, IWU Titans, Chicago Blackhawks, and her hometown St. Louis Cardinals. She spends her free time on the golf course, traveling, pursuing photography and enjoying time with her husband, children and granddaughter. She is a graduate of Leadership McLean County and Leadership Illinois.

Jennifer (Carden) Hoffenkamp '08

Current Location: Chicago, IL

Major: Accounting

IWU Activities: Student Senate

Jen Hoffenkamp is a Vice President and the Product Manager for Northern Trust Asset Management's Cash Management products. 

Erin Howes '12  

Current Location: Chicago, IL

Majors: Hispanic Studies, Interdisciplinary Educational Studies

Favorite Professors: Tina Isabelli, César Valverde, James Sikora, Meghan  Burke

IWU Activities: Titan Ambassador Club; VP of Harriet Hall; Research Assistant in Hispanic Studies Department; Tutor in the Hispanic Studies Department; Cross Country and Track Employee; SALSA; John Wesley Powell Research Conference; Study Abroad: Madrid

Master of Public Health (MPH) from University of IL at Chicago, 2018. After graduation, Erin accepted a position with Literacy AmeriCorps of Palm Beach County, Florida teaching English to adults and literacy skills to their children. She found that the most fulfilling English lessons were rooted in health promotion and health literacy. Erin was drawn towards the healthcare field, seeking ways to blend her background in education with a newfound passion in healthcare. Through the National Health Corps in Chicago. Erin was placed at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Chicago as a diabetes educator and data analyst, which grew into a full time position. She has been working in FQHCs in Quality Improvement ever since. She stays connected to IWU by presenting on panels, meeting with current students and sharing her experiences on service positions, working in healthcare, and study abroad, to name a few. She most recently participated in the 2019 Hart Career Center’s annual Career Immersion Excursion to Chicago. Erin lives with her husband and fellow Titan, Kevin Seske ’12 and their pitbull, Harley.

Pamela Jacklin '66

Current Location: Portland, OR

Major: Political Science

IWU Activities:Student Senate; Debate Team; Committee of Eleven

Pamela was able to focus on her interest in international affairs at IWU and later attend the United Nations Semester at Drew University and study in France and Quebec during consecutive summers, and also write her thesis on a French existentialist philosopher's impact on Christian Democracy in Chile. Her experience as an officer in many clubs helped her develop skills that have been useful to her throughout her life. Pamela is certain that the ability to tailor her academic experience and interests in extracurricular activities was key in her admission to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she found a new "home" in the international community. She is very passionate about education, and having education be an agent for change, and wants to eliminate barriers to equal opportunity in public education. To aid this cause, Pamela, her husband, and and friends started the "I Have a Dream Foundation--Oregon" to promote equal rights for women.

Elly Jones '91

Current Location: Tempe, AZ

Major: Psychology

Past President

Elly resides in Tempe, AZ. As a Division Manager for State Farm, she oversees Homeowners and Commercial Litigation for the U.S. with responsibility for 400+ leaders and employees. With over 21 years in leadership, Elly is passionate about strategy, as well as leading and developing others. Elly was invited as a guest speaker at the CPCU Society Insurance Day for Arizona. Her talk focused on “The Influence Effect.” Elly remains active with the Tempe St Vincent de Paul Society to feed the hungry. Previously, she served on the TN State Board of Education –Council for IWU Women, Business and Finance Advisory Council, as well as a Commissioner for the Governor’s West TN Seismic Commission. Elly obtained her Masters of Science in Management degree in 2015. Elly is an active alum and committed to IWU. Previously, she was the co-chair of the Council for IWU Women, the President of the Alumni Association, as well as the Alumni Representative for the IWU Board of Trustees. Not only has she had the chance to meet great students, but she has also met many inspiring IWU alumni.

Jennifer Jones '94

Current Location: Boca Raton, FL

Major: Business Administration

IWU Activities: Alpha Gamma Delta; Titan Ambassador

Jennifer Jones is a Director of Global Sales at Rosewood Hotel Group managing the company’s top meeting and incentive accounts in Eastern Canada, New England, Washington DC and Florida and also corporate travel clients in the Eastern US, averaging $10 million in sales annually.  Jennifer joined Rosewood in 2018 after a 15+ career with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and also spent time as an independent contractor in the cruise industry. Jennifer has been an active volunteer since 1999 with Illinois Wesleyan University including President of the NYC Area Alumnae Chapter and the IWU Council for Women. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with her son in their home in South Florida. And, she is always up for visitors and a glass of wine with friends!

Laura Jordan '96

Current Location: St. Louis, MO

Major: Political Science

Laura Jordan, ’96 Political Science. Laura also holds a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University in 1999. Laura is a Partner in the law firm of Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis, Missouri. Laura’s practice focuses on representation of employers in all aspects of employment law. Laura's practice includes representation of clients in state and federal courts and agencies throughout the United States on a wide variety of employment matters including: wage and hour litigation, discrimination and retaliation administrative charges and litigation, noncompetition and trade secret disputes, and business immigration. While at Illinois Wesleyan, Laura served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the school through the Career Center. In addition to her law practice, Laura volunteers as a puppy raiser through CHAMP Assistance Dogs.

Loreene Jukovich '93

Current Location: Northbrook, IL

Major: Business Administration

Minor: Spanish

IWU Activities: Sigma Kappa; Phis Gamma Nu Business Fraternity; Participant of IWU's first student-managed portfolio class, Spring 1993; American University Semester Program, Washington, D.C.; Short Term Study Abroad - Europe

After graduating from IWU, Loreene began a career in healthcare at a law firm interviewing patients for public aid at local hospitals throughout the Chicago area. During the next 15 years, she has worked in many facets of healthcare administration including physician and hospital contracting, national account management, HR outsourcing and operations. After balancing for many years being a part-time and contract worker, while raising her family, Loreene remained active in the IWU Community as a Council member. That service inspired her to find her current passion working in higher education at Northwestern University. She is the Assistant to the Executive Director of Northwestern's Alumni Association. Loreene and her husband, Dean, an IWU alumnus, have three beautiful children and a greyhound rescue, Stevie Wonder.

 

Stacy Kaeding '08

Current Location: Santa Monica, California

Major: Psychology

Minor: Health

IWU Activities: Alpha Gamma Delta; Ames Library Student Worker; Minority Alumni Network

After graduating from IWU, Stacy went on to University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and received a Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations degree. For the last decade, she has held Human Resources (HR) roles across many industries from consumer packaged goods, oil & gas, and aerospace & defense. Stacy is also a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. In her current role as Senior HR Business Partner at Amgen, a biotech company, she is able to lead and influence talent strategies for Amgen’s US Oncology business. Through this work, she is able to merge her passion for HR with her passion for serving cancer patients. In her spare time, Stacy volunteers with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and is dedicated to serving transitioning service members and veterans. She resides with her boyfriend, Justin (an Army veteran), in Santa Monica where the two of them enjoy all things southern California has to offer: a vibrant food scene, sunshine, surf, and the great outdoors.

Abigail Kauerauf '19

Current Location: Springfield, IL

Majors: English - Literature and German

IWU Activities: IWU feminist club (Feminism: Equality Matters); lead editor of Tributaries; Sigma Tau Delta

Abigail is a first year law student at the University of Illinois College of Law, where she serves on the board of the Public Interest Law Foundation. 

Jennifer Knobloch'95  

Current Location: Chicago, IL

Major: Business Administration

IWU Activities: Student Senate; Alpha Gamma Delta

Jennifer is Vice President of Legal and Risk Management at Health and Home Management, Inc.. She earned her law degree from DePaul University in 2001. Since then she has held positions in litigation from both the Plaintiff and Defendant’s side. Her work is concentrated in the medical negligence arena but she currently works with long term skilled nursing facilities in litigation and risk management. Jennifer volunteers at a local homeless shelter,  her children's preschool and is an avid planner of family and friend activities.

Julie (Croxton) Lee '07  

Current Location: Chicago, IL

Major: Accounting

Summit Planning Committee

A 'hip' accountant, Julie Croxton enjoys combining her analytical mind, attention to detail and outgoing personality in her work as an auditor. At IWU she was active in the Accounting Society, a member of the Women's Club Volleyball team and a 4-year student assistant at the Business Office. Now Julie is a Financial Statement Analyst with State Farm Insurance. In her spare time Julie enjoys playing piano, scrapbooking, keeping up with her Doberman-Weimaraner and being active in all levels of the United Methodist Church. She will always be a major farm girl at heart! Julie hopes to use her talents along with the ideals instilled in her by the many strong women who have touched her to empower the young women of IWU.

 

Carole Liske '77  

Current Location: Lexington Park, MD

Major: Nursing

Carole has been a professional nurse for 35 years, serving in unique roles in both the community, clinical, and academic settings. While raising her family she achieved her Graduate Degree in Administration and Medical Cardiology and supervised clinical nursing and patient care systems at a Pulmonary Medical Practice. In 2014, she earned a Ph.D. in Nursing Leadership and Education from Phoenix University. Carole has served in faculty and administrative leadership positions in clinical settings and nursing higher education for ADN, BSN, and Graduate Nursing Programs. Currently she is a Graduate Manager at Western Governors’ University where she oversees a 16-member faculty team supporting approximately 3000 students. An active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Carole has served in elected and appointed positions at the international, regional, and local levels. She is an active member of 5 chapters, including Theta Pi at Illinois Wesleyan. As the current President of Psi Upsilon, Carole mentors a large chapter leadership team that ensures almost 1500 members in all 50 states benefit from membership. Carole’s demonstrated expertise in global community building led to an appointment to several Sigma International Task Forces providing advisement to the Sigma International Board of Directors. Most recently, at the 2019 Biennial Convention, she was elected to serve on the Sigma International Board of Directors as chair of the Regional Chapter Coordinating Committee. This committee of 21 international Regional Coordinators, support the leaders of 541 global Sigma chapters with over 140,000 members world-wide. A long-time civic and community advocate, Carole has served on many governmental and non-profit organization boards. Most notably, she served as President of the Kendall County 708 Funding Board, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Kendall County Board of Health, Chair of the Kendall County Mental Health Advisory Board, Chair of the Gateway-Aurora Board of Directors, and Executive Board Member for the Fox Valley Family YMCA. Carole has been a member of the IWU Council for Women for nearly 10 years. Efforts to support the University also include contributions to the University Capital Campaign for the Minor Meyer Welcome Center, IWU Annual Fund, Council for IWU Women Scholarship Fund, and the Sigma Kappa Foundation.

Jessica Lothman '06  

Current Location: Milwaukee, WI

Major: Sociology

IWU Activities: Student Senate (Executive Board); Study Abroad (Semester: Dublin, Ireland; May Term: China); Student Alumni Council; ORL RA & CA; IWU Softball (NCAA 3rd place team); John Wesley Powell Research Conference; Alpha Kappa Delta; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Beta Delta; Psi Chi; Tri-lota; EGAS (Mortar Boards)

Favorite professors: Dr. Linda Kunce, Dr. Zahia Drici, and Dr. Linda French

After studying sociology and psychology at IWU, Jessica earned a Masters in Education and Juris Doctor from Marquette University. In between degrees she worked in Development at Discovery World (an interactive science museum), interned at the University of the Western Cape and worked for Stanford University in Cape Town, South Africa, taught English in Spain through the Auxiliaries program, and worked as a Study Abroad Coordinator at Marquette University. After obtaining a Juris Doctor she practiced Real Estate Law and is now practicing Public Finance Law at Quarles & Brady. In addition to being an attorney, Jessica owns a consulting business, Development Outcomes, which provides assessment and professional development trainings focused on intercultural competence and conflict resolution and she is adjunct faculty at Marquette University teaching the Law of Higher Education and a Pre-departure Study Abroad Course. Jessica also does pro bono service through the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic. She and her husband, Chris, are both photographers and have contributed to a book project, "Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods," as well as family and wedding photos. They are also engaged with the Great Lakes Maritime community through Chris' work. She edits his self-published book projects and they travel throughout the region promoting his work through gallery shows and lectures. They are the proud parents of a one-year old daughter.

  DesaRae Ludolph '05    

Current Location: Morton, IL

Major: Business

IWU Activities: Softball; Sigma Kappa; Student worker for Sports Information Dept

DesaRae grew up in a family of 9 children, and says that alone is a life experience that taught her so many valuable lessons. DesaRae is a mortgage loan officer at First State Mortgage Services in Bloomington, IL. She is passionate about financial literacy for women, especially younger women, and she specializes in teaching about a person's credit report and how much impact that can have as we move through lifelong financial decisions.

Tracy Lytwyn '12  

Current Location: Chicago, IL

Major: Political Science

IWU Activities: Jazz Lab; Titan Band; WESN; Res Publica; The Argus; Alpha Kappa Psi; Alternative Spring Break

Tracy currently works as a senior media advocacy specialist with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. She manages public relations for five state teams as they pursue legislation to reduce cancer incidence and help those facing a cancer diagnosis. Prior to that, Tracy served as a press secretary and social media manager for the Indiana State Senate while simultaneously freelance writing for L2T Media. Tracy credits IWU's robust political science curriculum and attentive, encouraging faculty for giving her the necessary skills and confidence to secure work in her field. In her free time, Tracy loves to play music and was grateful to IWU for allowing her to continue that passion without majoring in music. She also enjoys rock climbing, reading, writing, cycling and exploring her city. Tracy recently became part of Chicago's storytelling community and has performed stories through Second City and Story Lab. She is also a women's health advocate and has shared her experience with endometriosis in a variety of publications, including The Atlantic, WBUR Boston, Prevention Magazine, xoJane and others. Tracy lives in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood with her dog, Juno.

Vanessa (Rodriguez) Macias '14  

Current Location: McHenry, IL

Major: Computer Science

Minors: Informatics, Hispanic Studies

Favorite professors: Mark Liffiton, Carolyn Broadbent, all of the Hispanic studies professors

IWU Activities: President and treasurer of the Spanish and Latino Student Association, Ambassador, Titan Leadership Program and First Year Mentor, MALANA Orientation Leader, ACM club

Vanessa is a Platform Solutions Consultant at Acorio serving as a lead architect/senior developer, maintaining relationships with clients while managing a team of developers. Prior to her work at Acorio, she was a technical consultant at Fruition Partners; Sr. Technical Consultant at Fruition Partners DXC Technology; and Senior Systems Engineer at Stericycle.  Vanessa started and has stayed within the IT Service Management realm of cloud SaaS/PaaS software called ServiceNow. It is a leading software used to support functions that include Business Process Management, Case Management, Enterprise Service Management, and IT Operations and Support for large companies in various industries. Vanessa and her husband (a Marine Corps Veteran) have 2 wonderful daughters, Emiliana who is 2 years old and Caliana who is 6 months old. They also have a Siberian husky named Ares and a chihuahua named Bella.

Karin McDowell '00  

Current Location: Bloomington, IL

Major: English-Writing

Scholarship/Fund-Raising/Giving Circle Committee

Karin is a Senior Prospect Analyst for The George Washington University. When she's not pouring over data and information, she's shuttling her two boys – Ian, 15, and Reid, 11 - to All The Activities or practicing her yogic breathing in the passenger seat while Ian logs his permit hours. When she has a minute to herself, Karin's working on her grad school classes, dreaming of being on her bike, or has her nose in a book. Karin graduated from IWU with a degree in English (writing concentration) in 2000, and her love of all things Titan keeps her close to campus.

 

Molly McLay '06  

Current Location: St. Louis, MO and Champaign, IL

Major: English-Writing and Women's Studies

IWU Activities: Alpha Phi Omega; Tributaries; WESN; Provost/Dean of Faculty Search Committee; IWU London Program (Study Abroad); Sigma Tau Delta; Tri-Iota; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; EGAS (now known as Mortar Board); Alpha Lambda Delta; Phi Eta Sigma

Molly McLay is currently a social work PhD Student at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is conducting research on the use of creative writing in gender-based violence prevention and therapeutic interventions. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in addition to a Bachelor of Arts in English writing and women's studies from IWU. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) under Illinois law. Since 2013, she served as Assistant Director of the Women's Resources Center (WRC) at UIUC. Her duties included teaching courses on sexual assault awareness and prevention, coordinating the First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education (FYCARE) program, and collaborating with campus and community leaders on prevention initiatives, including Sexual Assault Awareness Month every April. In her role at UIUC, Molly launched two new programs, ICARE and GUARD; served on various campus- and universitywide task forces; and received several accolades, including the Outstanding New Staff Award from the Division of Student Affairs in 2015. Prior to her position at UIUC, she worked as a home visiting pregnancy and parenting educator in the Danville, IL area; as a counseling intern and advocate at the rape crisis center in Springfield, IL; and as the Sexual Health Graduate Assistant for UIUC's McKinley Health Center. Before that, she worked in the educational publishing industry. Molly has been selected to speak about sexual violence, social work, and expressive arts in various settings, and she also volunteers at Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services (RACES), the community rape crisis center in Urbana. Molly stays connected to IWU through the Council for IWU Women, as the former chair of the Champaign Alumni Regional Chapter, as a member of the St. Louis Alumni Regional Chapter and as a guest lecturer on campus for topics relating to gender issues, social work, and turning your English major into a helping professions career.

Leah Merrifield ’78  

Current Location: St. Louis, MO

Major: Insurance

IWU Activities: Delta Sigma Theta

Leah Merrifield, assistant vice chancellor for community engagement at Washington University in St. Louis, has worked at Olin Business School, in the Office of the Chancellor and in the Office of Government and Community Relations – twice. Her titles have been different, but in her 20 years at the university, her overarching goal has remained the same: to help Washington University be a more diverse and inclusive place. A founding board member of College Bound, Merrifield leads the team that created the university’s successful College Prep Program, which prepares high-achieving students with limited financial resources for college. In her role, Merrifield oversees efforts to assist local middle and high schools, community-based organizations and community colleges prepare low-income, first-generation students for college. She also works with Undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Services and the Office of Vice Chancellor for Students to attract more Pell-eligible students from the region.

Alissa (Sherman) Miller '08  

Current Location: Chicago, IL

Major: Nursing

Minor: Hispanic Studies

IWU Activities: Sigma Kappa (VP of Alumnae Relations); Hillel (President); Titan Band; Sierra Student Coalition; Student Nurse's Association; Spanish Club; Alternative Spring Break; John Wesley Powell Research Conference

After graduating from IWU, Alissa worked at the Mayo Clinic as a nurse and member of the Evidence Based Practice Council. Moving back to Chicago gave her the opportunity to work as a staff and agency nurse in several intensive care units. In 2013, Alissa graduated with her MSN as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner from Rush University. In 2017, Alissa graduated with her DNP in Population Health from Rush University. She works as a nurse practitioner at the University of Chicago Medicine in the Anesthesia Perioperative Medicine Clinic, where she precepts new employees and students. Outside of work, Alissa loves training and walking her dog.

Barbara Nathan '80  

Current Location: Bloomington, IL

Major: Nursing

Membership Criteria and Nominating Committee

Barb is currently the Executive Director of Westminster Village, Inc. She chaired the IWU’s Distinguished Nursing Alumni Committee, as well as the School of Nursing 50th Anniversary Reunion. Barb previously was Executive Director of the Community Cancer Center and Foundation in Bloomington/Normal. Barb combined her passion for nursing and service to the community into a thriving career. Her development activity for the Community Cancer Center resulted in more than $8 million in charitable contributions. She currently serves as the President of the American College of Oncology Administrators and has been recognized with the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Medical Administrators. Beyond work, Barb is active in civic groups throughout McLean County and the state of Illinois.

Marilyn Neis '71  

Current Location: Crystal Lake, IL

Major: Elementary Education

IWU Activities: Alpha Omicron Pi

A creative and artistic family woman, Marilyn Neis enjoys the beautiful things around her —art, music, literature. Now Owner/Vice President of Neis Insurance Company, Marilyn wants to use her talents to help IWU's female students who are looking to find a balance between their personal and professional lives. "Young women today have some difficult decisions to make regarding their commitment to their professional careers while building and maintaining healthy and happy personal lives and families. They don't feel empowered to put career goals aside for those of dedicated parenting without lots of guilt and conflicting emotion," she says.

Crystal Ocampo-Fernandez '18  

Current Location: Denver, Colorado

Major: International Studies

Minor: Russian Studies

Crystal is a first-generation college graduate who majored in International Studies and minored in Russian Studies, while also obtaining a Peace Corps Prep Certification in Youth in Development. During her time at Illinois Wesleyan, Crystal was the Civic Engagement Commissioner in Student Senate, President of the Spanish and Latino Student Association, a Residential Community Advisor, served on various student-faculty committees, and worked closely with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and theInternational Office. Some of her proudest projects include serving the community through volunteerism, helping plan the 1st Annual Unity Gala, giving a presentation during the 2018 PechaKucha, and being one of the first presenters of IWU's inaugural TedX event in February 2018. Crystal currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is working at one of the top academic medical health campuses in the United States. She is extremely excited and honored to be a part of the Council for IWU Women and looks forward to helping current and future Titans in any way she can.

Dr. Adebola (Ade) Olayinka '11  

Current Location: Washington, DC

Major: Economics and International Studies, Concentration in Developmental Studies

Ade was born and raised in Minnesota, and she attended Illinois Wesleyan from 2007-2011, graduating with a double major in Economics and International Studies. She proceeded to get her master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago in 2012, and completed her Ph.D. at Duke University in January 2019 by defending her dissertation on donor coordination in foreign aid for HIV/AIDS.  Ade’s research interests include work related to public/global health, governance, energy, education, and other development related work both in the USA and internationally. Currently, Ade works as a government consultant at Deloitte in Washington D.C. where she works on training development, change communication, technology implementation management, and organizational transformation for government clients. Ade has several interests and hobbies outside of work and research – she has a podcast about cheesy Christmas movies, and she loves the Olympic Games (both Summer and Winter), learning about skincare and makeup, and has played ice hockey for over 20 years.

Jess Olsen '08  

Current Location: Chicago, IL

Major: English-Literature/Secondary Education

IWU Activities: Alpha Phi Omega; German Club; National Residence Hall Honorary; IWU/BJHS Coaching Program

Jess graduated from IWU with a major in English-Literature, a concentration in Secondary Education, and a minor in German. After graduation, she spent a year on a Fulbright grant, teaching English to first through fourth graders in Hamburg, Germany. She then taught high school English and coached basketball and track in Rockford, and, in 2013, she earned her Master's of Arts in Teaching Degree in Instructional Strategies from Rockford University. Jess moved to Chicago in 2015, and she now works at Chicago Bulls College Prep, a charter school near the United Center. She teaches two levels of 11th grade English and is the subject facilitator for the 11th grade English team. She is the head coach of the track team, and she helps lead network-level professional development.

Shannon O'Rourke Kasali '07  

Current Location: Urbana, IL

Major: Political Science

IWU Activities:Class Vice President; Student Senate Executive Board; Residential Life Staff (I-House RA); DRL; Ambassador Club; Alpha Phi Omega; John Wesley Powell Research Conference; Study Abroad - Switzerland

Shannon is passionate about ensuring people have the information and skills they need to succeed. She is Founder and Executive Director of Books for Congo, a non-profit organization that establishes libraries in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Shannon has worked for a range of international organizations as well as for the United Nations, with work in Senegal, Mali, Zambia and the DRC. She was a 2016 Rotary Peace Fellow and received the Naohiro Tsuchiya Endowed World Peace  Scholarship to study Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Shannon has a Masters degree in International Development from The George Washington University and a Bachelors double major degree in Political Science and International Studies (Concentration: Diplomatic Studies) from IWU. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. 

Rachel Paturi ’13

Current Location: Bloomington, IL

Major: Business Administration-Finance

IWU Activities: SASA (South Asian Student Association), Titan TV, and Student Senate. 


Rachel grew up in Bloomington, IL and graduated from Illinois Wesleyan in 2013. Directly after graduating early in 2012, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. After several years, she decided to make a career change and is now a mobile app developer. Now as an alumna, Rachel serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and is a member of the Council for IWU Women.

 Cindi Perrine '88  

Current Location: Wheaton, IL

Major: Psychology

IWU Activities: Speech Team, Psychology Club

Cindi has worked for Accenture for her entire career. She earned an M.S. in Psychology from University of Illinois. Her expertise is in learning, innovation, communication, and creative design. She applies this expertise everyday leading a team that works with clients to explore new ideas and uncover ways they can transform their businesses to be future-ready. Cindi gave a talk at TEDxIWU in 2019 titled “How Stories Can Make Us Human” about the power of story-telling. Cindi and her husband, Peter (Class of 1986) have enjoyed raising three children.

Stephie Predmore '11  

Current Location: Bloomington, IL

Major: Hispanic Studies and International Studies

IWU Activities: Office of Residential Life (RA); Madrigals; Action Research Center; Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi

Stephie graduated in 2011 with a double major in Hispanic Studies and International Studies. Following graduation, life led her down a few career roads, ultimately to public relations and marketing. She is currently the Director of Influencer Marketing at Mediavine. Outside of work, she spends much of her time in the kitchen, whether for fun or as part of her food blog, StephieCooks.com. She is also passionate about animal rescue and can often be found with her nose in a book.

Laura Randolph '92  

Current Location: Bloomington, IL

Major: Biology

IWU Activities: Kappa Kappa Gamma; TA for Dr. Criley

Laura is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at a private practice here in Bloomington.

After graduating from IWU with a degree in Biology she went on to graduate from medical school and complete two surgical residencies at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. She earned her board certification in General Surgery as well as Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She entered into private practice in 2004 and finds daily challenges balancing career and family. She is happily married to an orthopedic surgeon and has three beautiful children. She is a proud member of the Council for IWU Women, the Illinois State Medical Society, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Cheryl Reinking '87  

Current Location: Los Altos, CA

Major: Nursing

Reinking is currently the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, Calif., where she oversees all nursing departments as well as other clinical areas. As a member of El Camino Hospital’s Magnet Committee, Reinking has helped the hospital achieve Magnet status in 2005, 2010 and 2015, a distinct recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for excellence in nursing. After graduating from IWU, Reinking earned a master’s degree in nursing from San Jose State University. She began working at El Camino Hospital over 30 years ago as a direct care nurse, and held various management and director positions before assuming her current role as CNO. She has published articles on improving patient’s transition from acute care to post acute care and is the recipient of multiple awards, including the El Camino Hospital Leadership in Action Award in 2005, a Silicon Valley Woman of Influence Award in 2013 and the IWU Distinguished Nursing Award in 2017. Cheryl lives in Los Altos with her husband, Chris, and their two sons. 

 Kayla (Kindred) Roan, '08  

Current Location: Chicago, IL

Major: Business Administration

IWU Activities: Softball, 4 year letter winner; American Marketing Association; Sports Administration Office Student Worker

Kayla is a member of the Chicago Blackhawks front office staff, serving as Senior Coordinator, Client Services. She began her career as an intern with the Blackhawks shortly after graduating from Illinois Wesleyan in 2008 and became a full-time staff member in the spring of 2009. Kayla has been involved in many aspects of the organization and received championship rings from the Blackhawks' 2010, 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup titles. It was perhaps inevitable that she would work in sports. A native of Bloomington-Normal, Kayla played basketball and softball at Normal Community High School and was a four-year letterwinner in softball at Illinois Wesleyan.

As the daughter of a sportswriter, she was exposed to athletics at an early age. Kayla worked in the sports information office during her time at IWU and graduated with honors in Business Administration.

Justine Robinson '06

Current Location: St. Louis, MO

Major: Business Administration

IWU Activities: Alpha Gamma Delta; Panhellenic Council; American Marketing Association

Justine Robinson is the senior specialty leasing manager at Mid Rivers Mall. She started in the shopping center industry in 2008, managing, leasing and marketing malls for CBL Properties and has also spent time in the public sector where she started the Economic Development department for the City of Bloomington, Illinois. Justine has been a featured speaker for the Alliance for Innovation and Illinois Municipal League, where she advised developers and communities on successful strategies for recruitment and revenue generation. An ICSC Maxi Award Winner, Streetscape Magazine Beyond the Best Award Winner, and former two-time McLean County Chamber of Commerce NEXT Professional of the Year, Justine thrives on the challenge of helping businesses succeed in the 21st century retail climate. Justine studied business administration, marketing and French at Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in leadership from Lindenwood University. Justine lives in St. Charles, Missouri with her husband (Jon ‘05) and their two children.

Lauren Rock '13

Current Location: Atlanta, GA

Lauren Rock is a Midwest native that moved to build a legacy in Atlanta as a life-long learner, philanthropic leader, and advocate for racial and social justice. Lauren is the Director, Young Professional Engagement at United Way of Greater Atlanta, a role primarily responsible for the engagement of individual donors, and supports two donor networks targeted at deepening the commitment of young professionals to the United Way mission. Lauren has dedicated her professional life to building community in education and nonprofit development after becoming interested in community change during her internships while a student at Illinois Wesleyan University. Beyond her nonprofit career, Lauren is an active community volunteer. She is involved as a volunteer with the National Urban League, YWCA, Inc., and local programs that focus on the empowerment of women and African American communities. When she is not volunteering, Lauren golfs and practices yoga, provides marketing and digital development support to start-ups, and is a member of several young professionals networks. Lauren’s personal and professional life is strengthened by her connection to the community, driving her interest to steward opportunities for others. While motivating others to follow their dreams, she has elevated her impact through building the self-confidence of her peers, enhancing the value of philanthropy, and advancing positive change in the areas of equity and inclusion across the country.

 

Mary Jane Rogers ’86

Current Location: Denver, CO

Major: History

IWU Activities: Kappa Kappa Gamma

Rogers has spent 30 years in communications, marketing and public affairs for JPMorgan Chase, a leading financial services company that serves more than half of all U.S. households and 4 million small businesses and entrepreneurs. Mary Jane serves on the board of advisors for the CU Denver Business School. Previously she served on the board of directors for Wish of a Lifetime, a national non-profit whose goal is to foster respect and appreciation for seniors, and the Advisory Board for Kappa Kappa Gamma's chapter at the University of Colorado - Boulder. She also served a three-year term on the board of directors for Urban Peak, serving youth experiencing homelessness. Prior to living in Denver, Mary Jane resided in Phoenix and served on several boards of directors and organizations, including Maricopa County Sports Commission, board chairman; HomeBase Youth Services, board vice chairman; Fiesta Bowl Committee, on-field game pageantry manager, Life Member; and Arizona Baseball and Softball Commission member, (under Gov. Janet Napolitano)

 

Molly Rollings '99

Current Location: Champaign, IL

Major: Risk Management

IWU Activities: Basketball; Track; Risk Management Group 

Molly graduated with a BS in Risk Management and Insurance. Molly is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather. Molly served as the Small Commercial Producer /Manager of Small Business Division of Hub International of Illinois, Ltd., Chicago, IL and the Commercial Underwriter, Technical Field Specialist for Selective Insurance Company, Columbus, OH. Molly is a member of the Champaign Chamber of Commerce including Young Professionals Network, President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, IIAI Young Agents, and Member of Agency Councils for Hartford, Travelers, and Selective and Cincinnati insurance companies.

April Schultz, Ph.D.

IWU professor of history, Dr. Schultz teaches U.S. cultural and social history, including courses on the history of American women, immigration and ethnicity, and family and childhood. Outside of history, she teaches American Studies, Women's Studies, and the Gateway Colloquium.  She also periodically teaches a May Term travel course to Ireland, emphasizing the famine and migration history.Dr. Schultz has served as Director of General Education, Chair of History, Director of American Studies, and, currently, Director of Women's Studies. In 1995 her book Ethnicity on Parade: Inventing Norwegian-American Identity through Celebration appeared.  Her research interests include a study of women at the 1893 Columbian Exposition and an analysis of Irish-American and African-American domestic servants from the 1840s to the 1920s in relation to ethnicity and race in American culture. She is currently working on a fictional history for children on the families who lived at Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior from 1910-1940.

Sue Seibring ’82

Major: Business Administration

IWU business administration grad, has held positions at State Farm (Corporate and Ohio), USAA (Florida), and the last twenty years at Advocate BroMenn.  As the Manager of Volunteer and Auxiliary Services, Sue manages over 800 volunteers annually, including adults, teens, the summer Junior Volunteer program, and college students. She works with the Service Auxiliary Board to promote fund and friend-raising events; including Physician Engagement, Associate Engagement, and Community events. Sue helped create and manages the biennial Chase for Champion community event to honor McLean County and El Paso public safety responders. Besides managing volunteers, Sue’s passion is to volunteer and make a difference.  She has served on the Community Health Care Clinic Board, American Red Cross, American Heart and Stroke Association, Festival of Trees for the Baby Fold, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Association of Women in Communications, PEO, Illinois Hospital Association, and numerous church committees. Since graduating from Leadership of McLean County (’17), Sue has become more active with the Chamber of Commerce with the LMC Alumni Committee, Community Compact and Co-Chairs the McLean County Becoming BN Task Force. She also enjoys the church choir and serving in a variety of ways through the Sunrise Rotary Club, including the Nominating Committee. Sue truly bleeds green with husband, Steve (’81) working at IWU, two of their three children going to IWU, and extended family who attended IWU.  Sue’s #1 passion is her family. She has been happily married to Steve since 1986 and they both are head over heels in love with their four grandchildren.

Halley Shanley '18

Major: Business Administration (Concentration in Management)

Minors: Political Science and Theatre Dance

Halley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a concentration in management and minors in political science and theatre dance. At IWU, Halley served as the Senior Class Vice President, was a Student Senator, Titan Orientation Leader, Captain of the Dance Team, Social Media Coordinator for the Campus Activities Board, and held various roles on Panhellenic Council and within Kappa Delta. Halley also co-founded the IWU Collegiate Women’s Network. Halley is currently in her first year of law school at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN and coaches compulsory level gymnastics at Flips Gymnastics. At UST, Halley is involved in the Women’s Law Student Association and volunteers through the Minnesota Justice Foundation.

Jennifer Shaughnessy '98

Current Location: Alpharetta, GA

Major:English and Public Relations

Jennifer is an Atlanta based recruiter for Mizzou.

 

Jessica Shull '03

Current Location: Bloomington, Illinois

Major: Business/Marketing

IWU Activities: American Marketing Association; Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity; Wesleyana Yearbook Editor; May Term Abroad – Thailand, China, South Korea

Jessica started her career through a May Term internship at State Farm that turned into a full time position post-graduation. Since then she’s woven her way through various opportunities related to product marketing, local marketing, project management, social media marketing and innovation. She is currently a Technology Manager at State Farm leading a team responsible for Agent Digital tools and platforms, that support local agent website and social media in the highly regulated industry of insurance and financial services. Outside of work, she spends her time at Eastview Christian Church, blogging at jessicalynnshull.com, conducting genealogy research on her Polish, Danish and German heritage, drinking way too much coffee, traveling to baseball stadiums (and anything near an ocean), plus experimenting in the kitchen with new finds from the local farmer’s market. Though originally from the Chicago suburbs, Bloomington is home.

Lindsay A. Sicks '06

Current Location: Orland Park, IL

Major: Biology

Minors: Chemistry and Sociology

IWU Activities: Tri-Beta; Alpha Phi Omega; Phi Beta Kappa; Alpha Kappa Delta Alpha; Lambda Delta

Lindsay earned her Doctorate of Optometry (O.D.) degree from Illinois College of Optometry in 2010 and went on to complete a clinical residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. She teaches medical contact lenses and ophthalmic lasers while also seeing clinical patients in the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Sicks is involved in several collaborative research projects and serves as a consultant and speaker for the contact lens industry. She obtained her Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry in 2012. Her passions include mentoring optometry students and residents and educating practicing optometrists about the latest innovations in contact lenses. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two young children.  

Rachel Slough-Johnson ’07  

Current Location: La Crosse, Wisconsin 

Major: Hispanic studies and English

Minor: music 

Favorite professors: Dr. Ferradans, Dr. Nadeau, Lynda Duke, who mentored me in libraries 

IWU Activities: Argus, Spanish club. Orchestra.  Methodist students 

After graduating from IWU, Rachel completed a Fulbright Teaching Grant in Chile (2008), and a masters of library science from Indiana University (2010). She worked as Teaching & Learning Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for 3 years, then returned to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for Marriage and Family Therapy (MS) with a graduate certificate in sex therapy. Rachel is currently employed at Gundersen Health System as a therapist with the Sexual Abuse Counseling & Support program. She specializes in gender,  sex, relationships, trauma. and body based treatments and teaches an evidence based form of yoga for trauma survivors and a class on healthy sex after sexual abuse. She also teaches local therapy graduate students. She enjoys woodworking with her partner, is affiliated with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration as a lay member, and plays electric violin with a few local bands and as a substitute for the symphony.

Linda Stone '85

Current Location: Atlanta, GA

Major: Business Administration

IWU Activities: Cheerleading; Alpha Gamma Delta

Linda has a broad background in insurance and financial services through her experience at two of the largest insurers in the U.S., Allstate and MetLife. Her work has included roles in finance, marketing, communications, brand management, and learning & development. She has led product marketing teams for MetLife’s life insurance and employee benefits businesses. For five years Linda led MetLife’s U.S. brand management activities, including the licensing agreement with PEANUTS®//Snoopy. She recently managed brand integration to help launch the MetLife brand in over 60 countries following a business acquisition. Linda recently began a leadership role in MetLife’s Global Sales Capability Center and is responsible for translating business, marketing & sales strategies into training and development programs for the auto and home business and call center operations. She received an M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University in 1993. Linda is involved with Special Olympics Georgia and enjoys distance running and other sporting activities.

Abigail Sullivan '08

Current Location: Naperville, IL

Major: Accounting

Other Education: MBA, University of Illinois

IWU Activities: Student Senate Executive Board; Titan Talkers; Titan Ambassadors; APO

Abby currently works as the Senior Manager of Investor Relations for Grainger in Lake Forest, IL where she manages the relationships with the shareholders of Grainger. Her work involves a bit of finance, a bit of strategy, a bit of communication and a whole lot of people skills! Since graduating from IWU in 2008, Abby has held various roles in audit, finance and investor relations at PricewaterhouseCoopers, FCA Group (Chrysler) and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock. In addition to her work on the CFW, she is also the board president for Cluster Tutoring. 

 

Cate Tinker '11

Current Location: Sheboygan, WI

Major(s): Anthropology + Educational Studies

IWU Activities: Collegiate Choir; IWU London Study Abroad Program; Study Abroad Program, Technos International College of Tokyo; Anthropology Club; John Wesley Powell Research Conference

After graduation from Illinois Wesleyan, Cate (Bayles) Tinker earned a M.A. in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program through the State University of New York at Oneonta in 2013. For the past 10+ years, Cate has dedicated her career to non-profit education with a focus on inquiry-based learning in nature. She currently works as Director of Education and Community Programming at Bookworm Gardens, a botanic garden inspired by children's literature located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where she oversees the planning, implementation, and evaluation of over twenty programs for learners of all ages. In 2016, she accepted a nomination to IWU's Council for Women, where she serves as a member of the Marketing Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors at the Riveredge Nature Center (Saukville, WI) and at First Congregational Church, UCC (Sheboygan, WI). An avid artist and collector, Cate also owns a small online business (Fifth + Bell) where she sells vintage, pre-loved, and handmade goods. Cate lives on the shore of Lake Michigan with her husband, Patrick, and their cat, Tessa. They enjoy camping throughout Wisconsin, traveling near and far, and brewing beer.

 

Laine Twanow '04

Current Location: Bloomington, IL

Major: Psychology

IWU Activities: Research Methods Teaching Assistant for the Psychology Department; Assistant Costume Technician for the Music Theatre Department; Cross Country and Track Team member; May-Term travel courses to Europe.

Laine Twanow is a Projects Manager for the research and training division of Chestnut Health Systems, a non-profit organization in Normal, IL. She manages the coordination of training, implementation and program evaluation services for behavioral health systems implementing an evidence-based assessment. She is glad to have been able to attend IWU with two of her siblings, and her now-husband (Van Miller ‘O4), and for the many great people she has met during her IWU experience as a student and in the alumni community since. Laine enjoys local live music, pilates, road races, spending time with her family and attending and supporting IWU and community events.

Melissa Van Dyke '99

Major: Economics

For almost a decade, Melissa has been President of the Incentive Research Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to research and education on the topic of rewards and motivation in the workplace. During her time she has helped triple the organization's research and education footprint, with the IRF now annually releasing over a dozen projects on topics ranging from incentives and recognition to behavioral economics and neuromarketing. She has responsibility for all day-to-day operational, financial and marketing aspects of the foundation and is a sought-after speaker on 'all things recognition and engagement'. She is also an active member of the International Standard Organization (ISO) committee on Human Capital. She came to IRF from her position as a Managing Consultant of the Employee Engagement Practice and has also held leadership positions in Solution Management, Product Development, Business-Technology Solution Management and as a Senior Business Process and Technology Consultant for Ernst & Young LLP. Van Dyke has been named one of the "Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry", a "Perennial Leader in Incentives", selected as Incentive magazine’s “Most Influential People in the Incentive Industry” and selected as a BizBash 500 Most Influential People in Events. She has authored numerous articles on rewards, recognition, meetings, and events, including the chapter on “Using Non-Monetary Awards to Support Business Behaviors that Drive Results” in the sixth edition of the Compensation Handbook. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, an international Rotary Scholar and the proud mom of two amazing kids.

Brianna Welch McKelvey '07  

Current Location: Raleigh, NC

Major: Hispanic Studies, Pre-Med

IWU Activities: Spanish Club; Alpha Phi Omega; Student Senate

A passionate and determined individual, Brianna enjoys working to serve others. Previously, Brianna worked as a Patient Care Associate and Translator at a clinic for the uninsured of McLean County. Brianna currently is a Public Health Associate for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She hopes to use her talents to promote humanitarian efforts within the community through compassionate acts, no matter how small.

Taylor Williams '18  

Current location: Murphysboro, IL

Major: Political Science

Minor: Greek and Roman Studies

Taylor graduated Cum Laude from Illinois Wesleyan University in just three years. During her three years, Taylor was President of IWU Circle K (service organization affiliated with Kiwanis), Co-President of Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honor society), VP of Community Service and VP of Communications for Alpha Phi Omega (national co-ed service fraternity), Public Relations Coordinator for NAMI on Campus, and a Titan Orientation Leader. As part of Circle K and APO's volunteer initiatives, Taylor organized 8 Red Cross blood drives on campus. Taylor was on the Senior Committee in the Class Gift Subcommittee and personally came up with the idea for the Class of 2018 Class Gift. Taylor's work study job was Stage Crew for the School of Music, where she served as the Assistant Manager. In addition, Taylor worked closely with the Action Research Center to advocate for public/campus safety, recycling, and tenant rights. During high school and college (7 years), Taylor served over 2,000 volunteer hours. For her efforts and contributions to her community, Taylor was awarded the Class of 2018 Student Leadership Distinguished Service Award for Student Service to the Community. Taylor was selected as one of twenty students to participate in the IWU Career Immersion Excursion to Washington, D.C. in March of 2017. Taylor also studied abroad in England, Scotland, and Wales during May Term of 2017. Taylor is currently a law student at Southern Illinois University School of Law. When she completes her degree and passes the bar, Taylor hopes to come back to Bloomington, IL to practice family law.

Lisa Powell Williams '88  

Current Location: Moline, IL

Major: Political Science

Lisa Powell Williams is the Adult and Young Adult Services Coordinator at the Moline Public Library. Additionally, she serves as the Pastor for Union Congregational Church (UCC), Moline, IL. A 1988 graduate, Lisa was an RA in Pfeiffer Hall, was a research assistant for the Political Science department chair, a member of AOII, and served as Secretary for Circle K. Lisa holds a BA in Political Science, Cum Laude from IWU, a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, and has completed Level One Pathways Theological Education for a Changing World from the SE Conference of the UCC.

 Pat Wilson  

Current Location: Bloomington, IL and Scottsdale, AZ

Pat Wilson received a B.S. in English Education from Bucknell University in 1968, an M.A. in Library Science from West Virginia University in 1973, and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois in 1993. She spent 31 years in the public schools in various roles that ranged from high school English teacher, School Media. Specialist, Curriculum Coordinator, and Assistant Middle School Principal to 10 years as a Principal and Coordinator of a program serving 360 at-risk/special needs pre-kindergarten children and their families. In 2004 she was named Executive Director of the Council on Teacher Education at the University of Illinois, a position she left to join her husband, President Richard Wilson, at Illinois Wesleyan. A creative organizer, Pat enjoys working with people to reach consensus and achieve compromise in order to move forward. She currently serves on the board of the Westminster Village retirement community, and on the Programming Committee at the Baby Fold. While First Lady at IWU, she chaired the YWCA Circle of Women fundraising effort, and, along with her husband, the American Red Cross Evening of Stars fundraiser. From 2004-2015, she spent much of her time working with her husband on behalf of IWU, which included planning and participating in 40-50 annual events at the President's house, as well as traveling to alumni events and meeting with alumni. Pat and her husband now split their time between Bloomington, Scottsdale and visiting their two children and six grandchildren.

Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas '76

Current location: Orland Park, IL

Major: Art

IWU Activities: Kappa Kappa Gamma

Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas currently serves as the Immediate Past-President of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) and the Director of the NFPW Education Fund. She served as the President of the National Federation of Press Women from 2017-2019 and in a variety of roles since 2009. Marianne received NFPW’s highest honor in 2013 when she was selected as the National Federation of Press Women Communicator of Achievement in 2013. The Illinois Woman’s Press Association honored her with its state Communicator of Achievement award in both 2013 and 2008 for her commitment to the organizations, her community, and her professional career. She previously served in leadership roles at the Illinois Woman’s Press Association (IWPA) for 14 years. She currently serves IWPA as Historian and High School Contest Chair. Her work, some of which can be found on Wolf Tracks History on mariannewolf.com, and on IWPA.org under So We All May Be Heard, has led to award-winning success as an author, short-story writer, and community volunteer. She is the author of “Joliet,” Images of America Series with Arcadia Publishing, of “The Joliet Rivals Club – a centennial celebration,” and “Leadership 1937-2013, The First Forty Presidents of the National Federation of Press Women,” and she was the co-editor of the 2014 IWPA anniversary anthology. Marianne has also been a dedicated volunteer for Illinois Wesleyan, serving as the Chair of the Chicago Regional Chapter for 12 years and on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for 11 years.

Jill York '85

Current location: Chicago, IL

Major: Accounting

Jill York is President - Head of Equipment Finance and Leasing Solutions for Fifth Third Bank. Previously she was Chief Financial Officer and Vice President and of MB Financial, Inc., and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of MB Financial Bank since joining the company in 2000. Ms. York previously served as a partner with the public accounting firm of McGladrey LLP. She was in public accounting for 15 years and is a member of the Illinois CPA Society. In addition to her degree from Illinois Wesleyan, she earned an MBA from the University of Chicago with a concentration in Finance.