Our Staff

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Our dedicated Conference Services office is happy to assist with all aspects of your conference, camp, meeting, or reception.  Feel free to contact any of our staff members to start planning your Illinois Wesleyan experience!




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Michelle Wu, Director

Michelle serves the Illinois Wesleyan community by providing event coordination and conference services for summer camps, conferences, weddings, receptions, and meetings on IWU's campus.  One of Michelle's primary functions is to market and represent IWU to external constituents, both locally, nationally, and internationally.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Collegiate Conference Directors, International (ACCED-I).

Originally from Canton, CT, Michelle received her B.A. in American Studies from Emory University and her M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University.  In March 2013, she received her designation as a certified Collegiate Conference and Events Professional (CCEP) from ACCED-I.  She moved to Bloomington to oversee the formation and implementation of the Conference Services office at IWU during the summer of 2015.

Michelle can be reached at mwu@iwu.edu or 309.556.3591. 


Doni York, Event Coordinator

Bio PicDoni manages event coordination on IWU's campus.  In particular, she coordinates all wedding ceremonies and receptions at the university, providing logistical assistance and event management services to alumni and community members. She also oversees the marketing and digital presence for Conference Services.

Doni received her B.A. in English from Olivet Nazarene University and her M.A. in English from Indiana State University with a concentration in creative writing. In her free-time she enjoys traveling, writing, and having coffee dates with friends.

Doni can be reached at dyork1@iwu.edu or 309.556.3035. 


Ellie Reineke, Student Coordinator

Ellie is the special events coordinator, with a concentration in weddings.  Additionally, Ellie focuses on policy projects for Conference Services, including the protection of minors procedure.

Ellie is a member of Flourish, which aids high school girls in college preparation such as assistance with college application essays.  She is also a member of the Cypher dance team.

Ellie is an English major at Illinois Wesleyan and hopes to work for a publishing company after graduation.  She has worked with Conference Services since May 2019.  Ellie can be reached at conferences@iwu.edu or 309.556.3100.

Sarah Garces Rivera, Student Coordinator

Sarah provides logistical support for events throughout the year, focusing on weddings and wedding receptions.  Additionally, Sarah works on several special projects for Conference Services, including the Wilder Guest House.

Sarah is the Social Chair of Alpha Gamma Delta and the current President of the Women of Color RSO.  She is also a member of Black Student Union.  In her free time she loves attending festivals, going to the gym, and watching videos on YouTube.  Sarah also works as a TA in the Chemistry Department.

Sarah is a current Junior Business major at Illinois Wesleyan and has worked with Conference Services since September 2017.  Sarah can be reached at conferences@iwu.edu or 309.556.3100.