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Evan Anderson, ’20 will be working as an assurance associate at RSM starting in the fall.
Andrew Duffin, ’20 is going to graduate school to study Urban and Regional Planning.
Amber Gauthier, ’20 will be working as a research analyst in executive compensation at Equilar, Inc.
Jeremy Glickman, ’20 is planning to develop a small business with a group of other college students and
also going into teaching.
William Gustafson, ’20 is pursuing a Masters in Applied Economics at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Robert Hanrahan, ’20 is pursuing a MBA at Elmhurst University in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Will Laidlaw, ’20 is presently looking for employment in the real estate sector.
Ruoqing Li, ’20 is applying to business schools for master’s program.
Chrystian Maciorowski, ’20 will be working for an Asset Management Firm for a year and then plans to own a Wealth
Management firm or open up a hedge fund with a few close friends.
Colin Orchard, ’20 will be working for a year at Allstate Insurance.
Christopher Sawicki, ’20 will be working in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Chicago as a
Collateral Services Specialist.
Tera Wilson, ’20 plans to work for the Peace Corps in the immediate term and then in the future pursue
a master’s degree that combines economics and environmental policy.
Colin Bonnett, '19, is working as a Financial Advisor at IHT Wealth Management.
Brandon Chang, '19, is working in data science.
Mark Falatico, '19, is working as a commercial banking analyst at BMO Harris Bank.
Rowland Filbert, '19, is attending medical school at Southern Illinois University.
Robert (Bob) Ladd, '19, is working for Alight as a client specialist.
Xiou (Ada) Liu, '19, is pursuing a master of science in accounting at Nanyang Business School in Singapore.
Trang (Heidi) Luu, '19, is working as an Assurance Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers US LLP.
Drew Pershing, '19, is working as an Assistant Golf Professional in Glen Echo Country Club in St. Louis,
Ling Zheng, '19, is working as a Risk Advisory Associate Consultant at RSM US LLP.
Raymond Bolton, '18, is working as an Assistant Bank Examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Lily Chang, '18, is working as a management consultant at Compass Lexecon in Chicago, Il.
Chris Collins, '18, is attending graduate school in Information Strategy, Systems, and Technology at
Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio.
Brandon Fricke, '18, is working as a secondary mortgage market pricing coordinator for Wintrust Mortgage in Rosemont, Il.
Olivia Heffernan, '18, is working as a Wealth Management Analyst with JP Morgan in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ryan Kaplan, '18, is attending law school at Loyola University-Chicago.
JJ Lindquist, '18, is working as a finance analyst at State Farm in Bloomington, Il.
Kurt Meyer, '18, is working as an associate bank examiner for the Farm Credit Administration in Bloomington,
Caroline Monsen, '18, is working as a Digital Advertising Analyst for the marketing team of Rugged Outdoors/Champaign Surplus.
Helena Rosse, '18, is working in the financial operations department at State Farm in Bloomington,
Katelyn Schwiderski, '18, is attending law school at University of Illinois-Chicago.
Cody Sennett, ’18 is presently searching for a job in Finance or Data Analytics in the state of Colorado
Nathan Atkins, '17, is working as a Procurement Analyst at Nike in Beaverton, Oregon.
Marissa Cozi, ’17 is presently working as a Senior Financial Analyst at Wintrust Financial Corporation.
Cassidy Elgerness, ’17 is presently working as a Credit Administrator at ENGS Commercial Finance Co.
Thomas Floyd, '17, is working as an Assurance Associate at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP in Chicago, Illinois.
Sean Grady, ’17 is presently working as a Financial Analyst at ALP Lighting Components.
Alexander Horwitz, '17, is working as a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones in Chicago, Illinois.
Brigitta Jakob, '17, is working as a Research Analyst at A.T. Kearney in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Yizi Liu, ‘17 is presently pursuing a Master’s program in Economics.
Duc Nguyen, ’17 is presently pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at University of Toronto.
Donald Nordstrom, '17, is working as a Financial Advisor at AXA Advisors in Deerfield, Illinois.
Hang (Jade) Phung, '17, is working as a Data Analyst at Viettel Telecom in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Martijn Van Dooren, '17, is pursuing his Masters in Financial Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam,
Thanh Vu, ’17 is presently seeking employment.
Cody Williamson, ‘17 is presently working as a product support specialist and Data Analyst at Medline
Carl Anderson, '16, is working as an Auditor at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Chicago, Illinois.
Joseph Bakke, '16, is working as a Private Equity Research Analyst at PitchBook Data in Seattle, Washington.
Anh Dao, ’16, presently works as a Senior Analyst at Compass Lexecon in Washington, D.C.
Mike Hennel, '16, is working as an Investment Management Analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York City,
Eric Hyla, '16, is attending Law School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Haotian Jiang, ’16, received a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and
currently works as an ASLP Associate for Apple in Qingdao City, Shandong, China.
Max Leonard, '16, is working as an Analyst at Cornerstone Research in Washington D.C.
Lu Liao, '16, is pursuing her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.
Hanlun Lu, '16, is enrolled in the Master of Science in Business Analytics program at Arizona State
Landon Hoffman, '16,
is working as an Assistant Bank Examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Stephanie McAtee, '16, is working as a Financial Analyst at Kimberly-Clark.
Brendan McCann, '16, is working as a National Account Director at eTeam Sponsor.
Brian Nelms, ’16, presently works as a Service Manager at Fitness Team, Inc. in the greater Chicago
Linh Nguyen, ’16, pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Exeter in the UK.
Ngoc Giao Nguyen, '16, is working as a Tax Associate at Pricewaterhouse Cooper in Chicago, Illinois.
Michelle Riechers, '16, is enrolled in the Master of Music in Trumpet Performance program at the University
Karen Silverman, ’16, presently works as a tutor at The Grade Learning Center in the Austin, TX area.
Tyler Stacey, '16, is working as a Production Management Intern at the McCarter Theatre Company in
Princeton, New Jersey.
Michael Tumlos, ’16, presently works as a Senior Teacher at EF English First in China.
Bram Warshawsky, ’16, presently works as an Account Manager for investments at Northern Trust Wealth management
in Chicago, IL.
Jonas Wightman, ’16, presently serves in the Peace Corps in Mozambique.
Arica Williams, '16, is working as a Financial Analyst at Kimberly-Clark in Neenah, Wisconsin.
Tony Angelos, '15, is taking the CFA level 1 exam and plans to pursue a career in financial valuation.
Randy Azuogu, '15, is working as an Equity Trader at Charles Schwab in Phoenix, Arizona.
Craig Berberich, '15, is currently working as an Auditor at McGladrey.
Dominique Castle, ’15, is presently working as a Demand Generation Manager at Impact Networking, LLC in
the greater Los Angeles area.
Tyler Hatcher, '15 is presently seeking employment.
Ene Ikpebe, '15, is enrolled in the Master of Public Policy program at American University in Washington,
Haotian Jiang, '15, is enrolled in the Master of Arts in Economics program at the University of Texas
Tung Nguyen, '15, is pursuing his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
'15, is presently an enrollment advisor at All Campus after earning a Master of Public
Policy from the University of Chicago.
Natalie Witter, '15, is presently an associate in Alston & Bird’s Finance Group in New York City after
earning her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Benjamin Aberlie, ’14, received a JD from DePaul University and most recently worked as a law clerk for
the Office of the Public Guardian in Cook County, IL.
Jonathan Bates, ’14, received a Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California
and most recently worked as a research intern for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in
Los Angeles, CA.
Alexandra Bechtel, '14, is currently an Analyst at DigitasLBi, a mainly digital advertising agency in Chicago.
Works on the MillerCoors account to analyze the effectiveness of different advertising
campaigns. Role includes researching and analyzing multiple social media outlets for
Miller Lite, Miller High Life, and Miller Fortune. Specifically, provides weekly
and monthly insights to MillerCoors about how various campaigns are performing and
where the budget should be allocated to be most effective.
Erik Bergstrom, ’14, is presently working as the SEO Team Lead at Top Floor in New Berlin, WI.
Mathew Bishop, ’14, is presently working as a Sales Analyst at Mutual of Omaha in the greater Chicago
Mark Giannis, ’14, is presently working as a Data Science Analyst at IRI in the greater Chicago area.
Jaret Kanarek, ’14, received a J.D. from the University of Texas and currently works as an attorney
at Gjerset & Lorenz LLP in Austin, TX.
Andrea Kerwin, ’14, is presently working as a Healthcare Application Analyst at UI Health in the greater
Keanan Koppenhaver, '14, is currently working with doejo, a creative agency in the Lakeview neighborhood
of Chicago as a web developer.
Jason Kotecki, ’14, is presently working as a marketing strategy and analytics at Access 2 Insight.
Kent Larson, '14, works in the underwriting department of CNA financial. CNA Financial is a corporate insurance company headquartered in Chicago but has offices
Derek Lindgren, ’14, is presently working as a Tax Senior at accounting firm EY in Chicago, IL.
Elizabeth Liubicich, ’14, is presently working as an Asset Manager at Ventas, Inc. in Chicago, IL.
Timothy Mackey, ’14, is presently working as a Closing Coordinator at Guaranteed Rate in the greater
Michael Mayberger, ’14, is presently working as an Investment Professional at State Farm in Bloomington-Normal,
Claudia Petcu, '14, is working as a paralegal for the Legal Team of UCI-FRAM Group.
Shane Rische, '14, graduated in 2014 and is currently working as a Market Risk Management Analyst at
CME Group (Chicago Mercantile Exchange). Day to day activities includes monitoring
the trading activity for eight of the company's clearing members and overseeing $67
billion in assets between the eight firms.
Barbara Skrobacz, ’14, is presently working in customer service as a receptionist at Redline Auto.
Zongda Tu, ’14, received a Master's degree in Economics from New York University and most recently
worked in Senior Associate Advisory - Salesforce at PwC in New York City, NY.
Onyinye Udenze, ’14, Received a Master's degree in Business Administration and Management at Duke University
and works as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Benjamin White, ’14, received a Master's degree in Economics from Tufts University and currently works
as a Business Analyst at Amazon.
Graham Boden, '13, is currently in Japan on the Japan Exchange & Teaching Program.
Tara Gracer, '13, is enrolled in a Master of Science program in Geography and Environmental Resources
at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
Will Lawrence, '13, is currently a second year law student at the University of Virginia.
Devin Long, '12, after graduation, moved to Greenville, SC to work for a company called ScanSource.
Spent two years in the finance department, where main responsibilities included underwriting
and designing customized alternative financing solutions to meet customers' needs.
In July, moved into ScanSource's purchasing department, responsible for analyzing
usage trends to ensure an appropriate inventory levels.
Tung Hoang, '12, worked for an educational start up company in NYC for 6 months. After which, moved
back to Chicago and worked for the University of Chicago as a Financial Analyst, and
most recently, as a Market Data analyst.
Jake Mann, '12, is currently the Assistant Editor of Insider Monkey, LLC.
Usman Siddiqui, '12, started out working as an IT developer at a software engineering firm and is currently
works at JP Morgan in their I banking division as a financial analyst and Rapid Application
Cory Sloan, '12, is currently working for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the
Financial Instituions Specialist training program.
Paige Maynard, '11, is currently working for Accenture in their management consulting practice doing
cross sectional analysis.
Jake Nord, '11, currently trades commodity futures with a focus in the precious metals.
Deming Payne, '11, after graduation took a job as a stock broker with Charles Schawb and is currently
working for a subsidiary of the company called optionsXpress doing options and futures
trading. Now works as a financial consultant in the north suburbs of Chicago. Currently has
Accredited Asset Management Specialist designation as well.
Kyle Portnoy, '11, after IWU started working at Compass Lexecon in Chicago focusing on economic consulting.
After a year with Compass Lexecon, he attended the University of Chicago Booth School
of Business. After 2 years in the program, took a position at Dimensional Fund Advisors in Austin,
Suman Gautam, '10, is currently working on his PhD degree at Penn State University in Energy Management
Kelsey Hample, '10, is currently a PhD candidate in economics at North Carolina State University.
Kristen Slamar, '10, after graduation, completed a post-baccalaurate program in Mathematics at University
of Pennsylvania, then earned my Masters' in Mathematics Education at Teachers College,
Columbia University. I'm now a teaching fellow with The New Teacher Project. I teach
8th grade Mathematics at a Title 1 school in Phoenix, AZ.
Lindsey Haines, '10 graduated with a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois
at Chicago in 2012 and has since been working as a Project Manager for Full Circle
Communities, a non-profit affordable housing developer based out of Chicago, IL.
Teodora Petrova, '10 started working as a Commercial Credit Analyst for a Commercial bank and then moved
into Asset Management/ Investment management as an Associate Portfolio Manager and
is working on obtaining the CFA designation by studying for the CFA Level II exam.
Anna Konradi '09 graduated from U of I's College of Law this past year, and has started as a litigation
associate at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis.
Katie Stankiewicz '09 is currently working as the Marketing Assistant for Northwestern University Athletics.
Quentin Brummet '08, is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Economics at Michigan State University.
Lane Coonrod '08, is working at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., in Hartford CT, as Director
of Research and Predictive Analytics.
Bryan Duling '08, worked within the Transfer Pricing group of Ernst & Young at Chicago, IL for two
years. In 2010 he returned to IWU as an Admissions Counselor.
Jesse Furmanek '08, is currently working at Northern Trust as an Associate Product Manager for exchanged-traded
funds while pursuing his law degree at DePaul College of Law.
Dan Haeger '08, is currently attending graduate school in Material Science at UC Santa Barbara.
Jim Kjelland '08, works as a Financial Analyst for Allstate Insurance in Northbrook, IL.
Charles Montgomery '08, works for the Cutler Group trading firm in San Francisco, CA. Charles specializes
in equity options.
Daniel Obie '08, has a rotational position at American Chartered Bank.
Stephanie Panozzo '08, worked for a year after graduation as a Marketing Assistant for the First National
Bank and Trust of Beloit, WI. In September 2009 she took a position as a Commodity
Trader at Abengoa Bioenergy in Chesterfield, MO.
Matthew Sheehan '08, enrolled in law school at Notre Dame University.
Scott Swisher '08, is enrolled in the economics PhD program at UW-Madison battling through the first
year. He is a TA for Macroeconomics.
Elizabeth Taylor '08, earned her JD in 2011 from the University of Illinois College of Law at Urbana-Champaign.
She is now employed as an Assistant State's Attorney in Champaign County.
Nick Galasso '07, attended the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL and was a Juris Doctor Candidate
for May 2010.
Brandin Heidbreder '07, is currently underwriting for Country Companies and working towards a Masters Degree
to work in financial services.
Brian Jbara '07, enrolled in a masters of education program and served two years in Teach for America
in Las Vegas, NE.
Todd Kumler '07, received his Ph.D. in Economics at Columbia University and is now working for Conerstone
Research, an economics consulting firm in New York City.
Biniv Maskay '07, worked for a year as a Junior Trader at Icarus Investments in Chicago after which
he enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Economics at the University of Kentucky. He is
currently an Assistant Professor in Economics at Loras College in Dubuque Iowa and
his research interests include economic growth and development and open-economy monetary
Chris Davis '07, joined Van Kampen Investments (who were later acquired by Invesco) as an internal
investment wholesaler. After five years on their team, was promoted to a Regional
Vice President position with Federated Securities Corp, representing their line of
mutual funds to financial advisors in MN, WI, ND, and SD.
Katie Frawley '06, is currently employed as an Economist with the Producer Price Index Program at the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC. Katie is also attending school
part time at George Mason University for a masters in International Commerce and Policy.
She lives in Alexandria, VA and coaches softball at the local high school, TC Williams.
Adam Gray '06, is a Senior Systems Analyst at State Farm, Bloomington, IL. He also obtained his
MS in Technology-Project Management from Illinois State University (ISU).
John Haugen '06, worked for several years in database marketing in Chicago. As of August 2011, he
moved to New York to enroll full time in the MS program in Sustainability Management
at Columbia University.
Justin Hendrix '06, is currently attending the University of Chicago pursuing a MS in Computer Science.
James Malic '06, is working for Hewitt Associates and is attending DePaul University's part-time MBA
Xun Bian, '05, enrolled in the Masters program in Agricultural Economics at Pennsylvania State
Samantha Dietz, '05, planned to work for a year and then attend law school.
Grant Dodds, '05, planned to enter the Peace Corp and then attend law school.
Adrien Gatesman, 05, worked for an event planning start-up in Chicago for a short time after graduation.
She later started her career with Hewitt Associates in Pension Consulting, and also
worked for Xerox doing similar work. AJ is entering Northwestern University Law School
in the fall of 2012.
J.R. Glenn '05, received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and is currently
an Associate and member of the Labor and Employment group at Vedder Price P.C.
Tim Hackmeister '05, has taken a position with Kimberly-Clark.
Adam Houser '05, has taken a position with a small company that trades at the Chicago Board of Options
Exchange in the S&P 500 pit. Adam reports that he has mastered the hand signals and
hopes to be trading soon.
Stephen Mohrman '05, has entered the Masters program in Accounting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Elizabeth Planas '05, attended Middlebury's intensive summer language program in Spanish after graduation.
She then continued her studies in Spain in the fall.
John Pritchard '05, has taken a job with Hewitt Associates in Chicago.
Ana Maria Romero '05, entered the Masters program in Accounting at Notre Dame, after graduation, and took
an auditing position with Ernst and Young in Chicago. After about a year, she switched
to the Transfer Pricing group, also in Chicago. In Fall 2009, she relocated to New
York, joining the Transfer Pricing group focusing on Life Sciences clients.
Andrew Tarman '05, has taken a position with the Prudential Capital Group, as an Investment Analyst
in their Corporate Finance Division.
Mandy Thorson '05, has taken a position with Thoma and Associates in Bloomington.
Ranmali Abeyasinghe, '04, returned to Sri Lanka after graduation. She reports that she is working as an investment
advisor and sitting for her Chartered Management Accountancy exams (CIMA) as well
as her Chartered Financial Analyst exams (CFA).
Iftekhar Ahmed, '04, is working as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Peoria.
George Coontz, '04, has completed his MBA at Loyola University of Chicago, and now works as an economist
at State Farm here in Bloomington.
Robbie Gallagher, '04, entered law school at Chicago Kent in Fall 2004.
Mahi Garg, '04, was a Residential Education Director at Washington State University in Pullman for
a year after graduation. She is now back in India.
Will Irwin, '04, entered law school at Washington University-St. Louis in Fall 2004.
Satish Lohani, '04, entered the Ph.D. program in Economics at Washington University-St. Louis in Fall
Alexis Manning, '04, entered the Peace Corp after graduation and was stationed in Nicaragua. She is now
back in the U.S.
Svetlin Valov, '04, entered the Masters program in economics at ISU in Fall 2004.
Nimish Adhia, '03, returned to India after graduation. Over the summer, Nimish interned at an economic
policy think tank in New Delhi called The Center for Civil Society. In addition, he received his Ph.D. in Economics at University of Illinois, Chicago and is now an
Assistant Professor of Economics at Manhattanville College in Purchase NY.
Kory Blumer, '03, is working in Transaction Advisory Services for Ernst & Young in Chicago.
Jamie Davenport, '03, worked as a loan specialist with the Rural Utilities Service at the United States
Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. She currently works as an analyst for
the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund at the U.S. Treasury Department.
Juliana Giraldo O'Connell, '03, worked, after graduation, for Liberty Mutual in Schaumburg, Illinois. She has now
moved to Miami Florida where she works for American Express, in their International
Dessie Hristova, '03, entered the Ph.D. program in Mathematics at Boston University in Fall 2003.
Matt Melick, '03, worked as a substitute teacher after graduation. He planned to travel to Costa Rica
for a month in February and to Europe for another two months beginning in June. Matt
is in his third year of law school at Indiana University, set to graduate in May 2007.
Awo Osei-Anto, '03, worked after graduation in Human Resource Outsourcing in the Health and Group Benefits
department of Hewitt Associates in Chicago. Awo has been accepted into the Masters
in Public Policy program at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago.
Her interest is in health care. She planned to begin in Fall 2005.
Andy Rowland, '03, is a Business Analyst in the Defined Benefits area for Hewitt Associates.
Pat Spangler, '03, graduated with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law in May 2005. He is currently
a senior associate at Vedder Price P.C.
in Chicago, where he practices labor, employment, and benefits law.
Rajen Subba, '03, entered the Ph.D. program in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago
in Fall, 2003.
Melinda Wick, '03, is enrolled in a Prerequisites for Medical School Postbaccalaureate Program. She
graduates May 2006. Currently, Lindy works as a Physical Therapy Aide for the company
Sameer Zaman, '03, is a tax consultant with Deloitte & Touche in Chicago.
Greg Adamo, '02,
attended law school at Chicago Kent, where he reported that his economics background
was of great value in his course work. He is now an attorney at Clingen, Callow &
McLean LLC. He is also working towards his MBA at the University of Chicago.
Timofey Chekoyev, '02, entered the accounting program at ISU after graduation, after which he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers
in Peoria. He has since joined KPMG Risk Advisory Services, first in San Francisco,
and currently in Seattle.
Amy Cline, '02, attended law school at Florida State University where she earned a J.D. and a Certificate
in Environmental Law. Amy has worked as a law clerk at an environmental non-profit
firm called LEAF, and at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She reports
that her economics background came in handy in almost every class she took.
Marty Gardner, '02, is working in Chicago for MB Financial Bank.
Andrew Giordano, '02, is working for Chubb Insurance as a Property, Machine, and Marine Underwriter.
Katie Hampson Morris, '02, worked for about a year for Household International in Prospect Heights, IL as a
Credit Risk Analyst. In 2003, she took a position with Waddell and Reed in Naperville,
IL as a financial advisor.
Katia Hristova, '02, is a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at SUNY Stony Brook.
David Janashvili, '02, worked with Hewitt Associates for about 3 years and then went to business school.
He received an MBA from the University of Chicago in June of 2007 with concentrations
in Accounting, Finance and Entrepreneurship. He spent his summer as a Summer Associate
in Investment Baking with Bear, Stearns & Co. in New York, where he returned full
time as an Associate starting in July of 2007.
Mihir Khilnani, '02, is working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Assurance and Business Advisory Services
Sam Kwainoe, '02, worked in the Chicago area for Siemens Building Technology as a financial analyst.
He is now a Financial Advisor for MetLife.
Justin Leverton, '02, graduated from Indiana University School of Law summa cum laude in May 2005 and is now a lawyer in Indianapolis with the law firm Bose, McKinney
& Evans LLP. Justin's main practice areas are business services and commercial lending.
He is also the Chief Financial Officer of his investment company, RJR Capital Management
Anisha Madan, '02, worked for Hewitt Associates in Chicago for two years. In 2004, she took a position
as a financial analyst at GE Healthcare Clinical Systems. Anisha will start her part-time
MBA at Kellogg School, Northwestern University this fall.
Mindy Mannlein, '02, attended law school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Kathy-Ann Moe, '02, is a Staff Accountant for The Bankers Bank, in Georgia.
Alison Oliver, '02, attended law school at DePaul, in Chicago.
Jeremy Sandford, '02, entered the Ph.D. Program in Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison
and received his Ph.D. in 2007. Jeremy is now an Assistant Professor of Economics
at the University of Kentucky.
Debbie Slezak, '02, is a manager at one of SBC/Ameritech's Chicago locations. She has recently won a
President's Award for achievement.
James Yonker, '02, is a financial advisor for Waddell and Reed in Oak Brook, IL. James has his Accredited
Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) certificate and is working towards his Certified
Financial Planner (CFP) certificate. He and his wife Lindsay have two sons, Jakob
Sabeen Ali, '01 is the Assistant Director for Career Services at NYU Wagner. In this role, she advises
students and alumni on effective career development and job search strategies.
Prior to joining Wagner, Sabeen worked for the Sustainable Energy and Water group
at the IFC-World Bank. Before that, she worked in Public Finance at the UBS Investment
Bank, where she helped state and local governments issue tax-exempt debt. She also
has experience working in economic consulting at Ernst & Young and at non-profits
such as the Council on Foreign Relations.
Sabeen earned her MPA from the Kennedy School at Harvard University with a focus on
Ketan Amin, '01, attended medical school at Southern Illinois University.
Pritam Banerjee, '01, earned a Masters in economics and diplomacy at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New
Delhi in May 2003. He accepted a fellowship with the Confederation of Indian Industry,
WTO Research and Consultancy wing, with Dr. T.K. Bhaumik. He began work towards a
Ph.D. at George Mason University in Fall 2004. He spent Summer 2005 interning at the
World Bank in Washington D.C. He has also co-edited a book on the WTO: Beyond the
Transition Phase of WTO: An Indian Perspective on Emerging Issues.
Lisa Birr, '01, worked as a pricing analyst for Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois. In 2006 she started
work for the Global Mining Division as a Commercial Consultant
where she administers the company's largest rebate program directed towards the world's
largest mining companies.
She and her husband, Andy Rader expected their first child in November, 2006.
Julie Dusek, '01, began work in 2001 in International Tax at Andersen in Chicago. In 2002 she joined
Deloitte and Touche and switched to the Private Client Advisors tax area.
Alicia Lange Bajt, '01, teaches middle school science, reading, and language arts in Oak Forest, IL. She
is also working towards the completion of her Masters of Arts in Education from Saint
Esteban Lizano, '01, is working for Merrill Lynch/ Howard Johnson doing pension plan management and consulting.
Amber Munday, '01, has worked as an Office Manager at Microsoft Corporation since graduation. She is
currently attending law school at the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.
Adam Palmer, '01, worked at a brokerage firm, Advance Trading, Inc., after graduation. He also signed
a contract to play professional baseball in 2002.
Ken Perry, '01, attended law school at the University of Notre Dame.
David Rasho, '01, works as an analyst at Analytic Innovations in Chicago. He has visited campus to
speak to the Applied Econometrics class about his company's work.
Nicole Skalski, '01, works in the Internal Audit Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Michelle (Stone) Hall, '01, studied law at the University of Georgia Law School. After law school she joined
the law firm of Hanson, Peters, Nye, where she practiced corporate insurance coverage.
In 2010, Michelle transitioned from private practice to in-house counsel at Travelers.
She works in the Financial, Professional, and Insurance division as Claims Counsel
for the Bond & Financial Products department. She handles matters arising under directors
& officers, employment practice liability, professional liability, fiduciary, and
crime policies. Her work on those matters allows her ro use her economics background
daily. She lives in Geneva, Illinois with her husband, Steve, and her son, Matthew,
who was born in August 2009.
Steven Strnad, 01, began work at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a consultant. He now works for the McMaster-Carr
Supply Company and attends the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Wen Wan, 01, works in Chicago at Towers Perrin as a Executive Compensation & Rewards Consultant. She
develops optimal employee reward packages for clients by combining employee preferences
and organizational costs/business strategies and also analyzes pay competitiveness.
Amanda Watson, '01, attended law school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently
works for Ganan & Shapiro in Peoria.
Otis Carter, '00, graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a dual JD/MBA and is currently
an associate in the Private Equity and Leveraged Transactions practice groups at Kirkland
& Ellis, LLP in Chicago. He was formerly associate general counsel to Quantum Value
Management, LLC, a private equity and venture capital fund located in Bloomfield Hills,
Dieter Haager, '00, took a position as an auditor with Arthur Andersen after graduation. With the fall
of Anderson, he took a "temporary" position with TGI Friday, and ended up managing
a $3.5 million restaurant for several years. In 2005, Dieter decided to go back to
graduate school after taking some time to travel. In 2005 he traveled through 12 countries
and 27 states. He is now applying to MBA programs.
Sunil Jagwani, '00, took a position as an investment banking analyst with Prudential Securities after
graduation. Since then, he has worked for CSFB Equity Research, and in spring 2003,
he left that position for a prominent hedge fund.
Kris Kaneta, '00, completed his MBA at Duke University in May 2007. Following graduation, he joined
General Electric's Experienced Commercial Leadership Program to lead growth initiatives
across the organization. After spending a year in business development and strategic
marketing at GE Money and GE Corporate, respectively, Kris is now with GE Healthcare's
Diagnostic Imaging business, evaluating strategic growth opportunities in outpatient
Peter Karlis, '00, studied law at Loyola University in Chicago. He also interned for a federal district
Tom Kirkwood, '00, was a Lead Business Analyst with Hewitt Associates in Lincolnshire, IL, after graduation. He
has since returned to Bloomington and is working for Accenture.
Alex Kons, '00, went through training to become a commercial pilot.
Elizabeth Kowalski, '00, recently completed her MBA at DePaul University along with a CPA. She is currently
working as a litigation accountant consulting on projects ranging from large corporate
fraud to auditor's malpractice to damage modeling. She works for a small accounting
firm in Chicago, Russell Novak & Co.
Jason Lewis, '00, studied at the University of Southern California for graduate work in accounting,
after which he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is now Senior International Financial
Auditor for Abbott Laboratories.
Robin Meers, '00, worked for a year as an underwriter for Modern Woodmen of America--a fraternal life
insurance company in Moline. She then enrolled in the MBA program at the University
of Illinois at Chicago.
Nate Taulbee, '00, joined State Farm as a Business Analyst. His current work includes coordinating
projects and research efforts for State Farm Bank. He is also working toward an MBA
and Illinois State University.
Alva Winfrey, '00, received her Masters in Urban Planning and Policy in 2002 from the University of
Illinois at Chicago. She works for LaSalle Bank as a Project Specialist, researching,
coordinating, and facilitating financial programs for low income populations and coordinating
fundraising campaigns for major non-profit organizations.
Melissa Arms Van Dyke, '99, is a Product Manager for Maritz Incentives. She manages the scoping, building, deploying,
and marketing of new software products.
Andrew Beath, '99, is pursing a PhD. in Government at Harvard University. He is currently based in
Kabul, Afghanistan and is focusing his dissertation research on a randomized evaluation
of Government of Afghanistan's National Solidarity Program, which establishes democratically-elected
development councils in villages across Afghanistan.
Jaynanne Calaway, '99, graduated from the Masters program at the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and went to work as a human resource management
consultant at Towers Perrin in St. Louis. She then joined Tucker Consultants, a start-up
human resource consulting firm in St. Louis. Jaynanne currently works at Panera Bread
Company in their human resources department.
Justin Etnyre, '99, works for Discover Financial Services as a Project Manager for the Recovery Department
of Cardmember Assistance. He has been with Discover since March 2004 doing analytics
and modeling. Justin completed his MBA from Roosevelt University with a concentration
in MIS in the Summer of 2003. Prior to Discover, Justin held positions at Household
International (now HSBC) and Krumm and Associates (now Analytic Innovations).
Patrick Holly, Jr., '99, is working at Hewitt Associates, a health and and pension benefits consulting firm,
as a Quality Assurance Manager. He is married to Theresa Trost '99.
Jaclyn Hood, '99, is currently pursuing her MBA at Cornell University with plans to work in the renewable
energy/smart grid space upon graduation. This summer she is interning with EnerNOC,
a demand response and energy efficiency company, in Boston, MA. Prior to returning
to school, she was a project manager in financial service operations for Fidelity
Investments and Hewitt Associates.
William Schaub, '99, is a manager for Best Buy.
Jennifer Van Dyke, '99, was a Business Consultant with Arthur Andersen for three years after graduation. In
July 2002, she became a Senior Consultant with KPMG Consulting, which became Bearing
Point. She later took the position of a manager at the company, specializing in healthcare
revenue management consulting. In 2005 Jennifer obtained her Masters in Economics
from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In August 2007 she took a position with
Northwestern Memorial Hospital as a Process Improvement Leader.
Chris Dunlop, '98, is a Divisional Marketing Director with AIG SunAmerica. He is a wholesaler of variable
annuities to independent financial advisors for AIG SunAmerica.
Chris Giglio, '98, is a business analyst with Hewitt Associates, a health and and pension benefits
Katie Hundman, '98, works at State Farm as an analyst in real estate investment accounting.
Ashwin Kapur, '98, worked at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he was promoted to Vice President. He
is currently a Managing Director at Greenwich Capital and is running all Equity Automated
Nathan Knuffman, '98, completed a Masters in Public Policy program at the University of Maryland, specializing
in Environmental Policy. He now works for the Office of Management and Budget, Office
of Information and Regulatory Affairs, in Washington DC.
Steve Krull, '98, works for Stein, Roe, & Farnham Institutional Asset Management. He is the Leveraged
Loan Trader in the Leveraged Loan Group of the Fixed Income Department.
Bryan McCannon, '98, finished his Ph.D. in Economics at Pennsylvania State University where he has specialized
in industrial organization and game theory. In Fall 2003 he became an Assistant Professor
of Economics at Elmira College. He does research on product quality, trade embargoes,
voting theory, and plant physiology. In 2006 he was voted Faculty Member of the Year
by students at the college. In 2008, Bryan returned to IWU to give the ODE address.
That fall, he took a position at Wake Forest University, where he taught until 2011.
In 2011, he became Associate Professor of Economics at Saint Bonaventure University.
Anjali Shah, '98, is a financial analyst with the U.S. Department of Education. She plans to sit for
the CPA exam and to earn an MBA in the future.
David Antolik, '97, is living in London where he works for Phoenix Equity Partners.
Y. Serhan Arcan, '97, worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Corporate Finance and Recovery Services
group as an Assistant Manager specializing in valuation advisory and M&A deals. He
has completed his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification. Serhan is currently
continuing his work at PwC as an Associate Director in Corporate Finance in Dublin,
Leslie Ayers, '97, works at State Farm.
Mike Cornstubble, '97, works for Darden Restaurants. He is attending Georgetwon University full-time in
pursuit of his MBA, concentrating in International Business.
Dimitrius Dadakas, '97, finished his MA in Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of Tennessee
at Knoxville before returning to Greece. He has now earned his Ph.D. in welfare and
trade economics from the University of Macedonias in Thessaloniki (UOM). He is working
this year (2008-09) at City College in Thessaloniki (affiliated with the University
of Sheffield) teaching mathematics and courses in econometrics at both undergraduate
and graduate levels. He is also the proud new father of a little girl.
Michael Thomas Gentile, '97, entered a master's program in economics at the University of California at Santa
Jennifer Heskett, '97, is currently a Programmer/Analyst for a retail jewelry company in the Chicago Loop.
Matt Mikulcik, '97, worked for Hewitt as a business analyst for two years. He then went to work as a
statistician at Experian; he also went back to school on a part-time basis, earning
an MS in Applied Statistics at DePaul. Matt worked in the marketing department of
Discover Financial Services as the manager for all acquisition models. Currently,
he is the Vice President of Customer and Marketing Initiatives and Analysis at Harris
Bank in Bolingbrook, IL. He leads a team that is responsible for the analytics and
modeling for Harris' consumer, business and health lines. Matt and his wife Sandy
have two daughters, Claire and Maia Caroline.
Lee Poehlman, '97, is currently working at his company, Centraspect Inc., which provides consulting
services to corporations seeking to improve their marketing automation technologies
(Closed-Loop Marketing). Prior to forming his own company, Lee worked for Verizon
in Dallas, Texas. At Verizon, Lee worked in the Database Marketing Group where he
was responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of each Verizon marketing campaign.
Lee has also worked toward his MS in Applied Economics at the University of North
Texas, which he expected to complete in 2004.
Brett Roush, '97, is an Actuary at Trustmark Life Insurance Company and lives in Arizona. His responsibilities
include summary financial reporting, RBC and ROC calculations, benefits plan design
and pricing for 1300 employees, investment income, and cash flow forecasting.
Guerric Russell, '97, graduated from law school at Hofstra University and passed the New York Bar. He
has since been admitted in the New Jersey Bar and the Federal Bars of the Southern
District of New York and the New Jersey District Court. He is now practicing admiralty
and maritime law at Nicoletti Hornig Campise & Sweeney, a mid-sized firm located in
Ashish K. Vohra, '97, is currently an Assistant Director in the Structured Credit and CDO group of the
French investment bank Calyon in London. Ashish completed an MBA from Yale 2004 and
before relocating to England interned for the TV show The Apprentice in New York City.
Jay Ahrendt, '96,
was previously a Financial Consultant and Accredited Asset Management Specialist for
A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. He is now working for H&R Block Financial Advisors as Vice-President
of Investments and Senior Financial Advisor. Jay lives in Palos Heights, IL with
his wife Carrie (Teigeler '06) and their daughters Avery and Audrey.
Junaid Ahmed, '96, moved back to Bangladesh after graduation, where he spent 3 years working for a
development agency raising funds for microcredit, education projects, and natural
disasters. Currently, he is a radio journalist, producing programs in current affairs.
He just completed a part-time Masters in International Relations. Junaid and his wife
have a son, born in 2003.
Gwendolyn Alexander Tedeschi, '96, earned her Ph.D. in International Economics from the University of Maryland in 2001
and is now an Assistant Professor at Fordham University in New York City. She teaches
principles of microeconomics and development economics at the undergraduate level
and mathematical economics and development at the graduate level. She also conducts
research and does academic and dissertation advising. Gwendolyn returned to IWU to
give the 2006 ODE presentation on game theory.
Jesse Boyle, '96, is the CEO and founder of hospitality company with multiple units in the Chicago
Susan Brown Lanter, '96, worked for Philip Environmental, Inc. after graduation, and earned an MBA from Southern
Illinois University--Edwardsville. She is now a senior analyst with Ameren Services.
She leads web development projects, oversees work of junior developers, and designs,
codes, and tests web-based applications. She and her husband, Matt, have two daughters,
Abby, born in May 2002 and Molly, born in July 2006.
Faizal Chaudhury, '96,
manages the Internal Audit Department at Stepan Company, a global specialty chemicals
maker based in Northfield, Illinois.
He is also responsible for leading the Company’s ongoing Sarbanes-Oxley compliance
efforts. Previously, he had worked almost five years as as an auditor with Ernst and
Young. Faizal and his wife have a son, born in September 2005.
Diana Imaka, '96, worked with the Latvian Privatization Agency, a company that worked with private
investors interested in purchasing state-owned enterprises. Then, after an MBA at
the City University Business School in London, she became a business consultant with
Deloitte & Touche in Latvia. She is still in Latvia, working now as a business consultant
in a company in which she is a partner.
Greg Jansen, '96, received his JD from the University of Minnesota Law School in May 1999. He is now
an associate at Katten Muchin & Zavis in Chicago.
Kimberly Ann Nelson Lawson, '96, is a senior project manager at Hewitt Associates. She and her husband have two daughters,
Miranda Rose and Noelle Elyse.
Laurel Martin Nicholson, '96, is an Associate at EnnisKrupp + Associates. She manages consulting assignments for
a select number of the firm's retainer and project clients. She joined the firm in
Anne Peterson, '96, earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis in
2002. She is now an Assistant Professor of Policy Studies at the University of Washington,
C. David Rudd, '96, earned his MS in foreign service from Georgetown University. He is now an Inside
Sales Representative for Technology Builders.
Dan Scholz, '96, was a double major in Economics and Physics in the 3-2 engineering program. After
three years here at IWU, he went to Washington University in St. Louis to finish his
engineering degree and earn an MBA. He now works for NISA Investment Advisors, a St.
Louis based asset management firm. Dan works on the trading desk, helping with portfolio
management and analysis.
Angela Smith, '96, is now teaching English at a private language school in Osaka, Japan.
William Takahashi, '96, studied law at Boston University.
Ming Sun Wan, '96, is a Director in the Hong Kong office of UBS Warburg.
Ashley Wickrema, '96, is working as an IT consultant in Alexandria, VA. He is also pursuing a part time
Yiping Zhu, '96, works for KPMG Peat Marwick as an Information Technology consultant in Mt. View,
Mehmet Besceli, '95, is a trader in the equity division of ABN Amro Banks N.V., in Instanbul, Turkey.
Alpna Bhatia, '95, entered the Ph.D. program in Economics at the University of Colorado.
Brad Comincioli, '95, worked in the investments department at State Farm until April of 2003. During that
time, he also earned both an MBA from the University of Illinois' weekend Executive
program and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. In April 2003 he moved
to Mason Street Advisors in Milwaukee, WI. They are an investments subadvisor working
exclusively for the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.
Brandy Erdman Wargo, '95, is an assistant underwriter for Intercargo Insurance Co.
Niveditha Hasthak, '95, went on for an MA in economics at Tufts University after graduation from IWU. She
then worked in management consulting for a couple of years before returning to India
and working for Infosys Technologies Limited in Bangalore. She is now taking an extended
Matt Jontry, '95, studied law at the University of Arizona College of Law in Tucson. He was one of
only 15 first-year students selected as writers for the Arizona Law Review. He is
now an associate in litigation with Snell & Wilmer, a large, regional law firm based
in Phoenix. He passed the Arizona state bar examination and was sworn in in November
Kara Rocheleau Lazarus, '95, worked for General Mills before earning her MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business
at Dartmouth College in 1999. She became the Global Marketing and Communications Manager
for American Medical Systems, Inc. Then in July 2005 she started an idea generation
firm called Think Pink Idea Consulting LLC. She focuses on leading ideations, moderating
groups, developing branding & positioning, and writing marketing plans.
Virginia Shull, '95, completed her law degree at the University of Illinois.
David Taylor, '95, works for State Farm Insurance Companies as a commercial account underwriter. He
lives in Bloomington.
Joshua Yount, '95, is currently an associate at the law firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. He graduated
with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1998 and then served as a
staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th circuit and as a law clerk
for Circuit Judge Ann Williams.
Ann Chalstrom, '94, graduated Order of the Coif and magna cum laude from the University of Illinois
College of Law in May 1997. She passed the Illinois Bar Exam in October 1997 and was
in a two-year judicial clerkship for the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District.
Paul Dolan, '94, received his MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business in May 2002.
He has also received his Series 7 and Series 63 professional designations. Paul currently
works for Irwin Mortgage Corporation as a Financial Analyst performing analysis of
residential mortgage pricing and some corporate finance work.
Paul Halley, '94, worked for two years after graduation as a corporate account manager for Enterprise
Rent-a-Car. He then went on for an MBA at the Owen Graduate School of Management at
Vanderbilt University, graduating in 1998 with a dual concentration in Finance and
Telecommunications/Electronic Commerce. He is now Vice President of SAP Consulting
for BIS America. He is married to Diana Johnson Halley, '94.
Risa Kumazawa, '94, earned her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Texas at Austin after completing
a Masters degree in Economics at Illinois State University. She taught at IWU for
two years, helping out with both Introduction to Economics and Statistics.
Heidi Munson Merchant, '94, worked as an analyst for CILCO Enterprises in Peoria after completing her Masters
degree in Economics at Illinois State University. She is now a Retail Business Analyst
for BlueStar Energy Services.
Max Proano, '94, is the Senior Treasury Manager for the HBO Latin America Group. He received his
Masters of Science and Information Assurance from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996.
Ossi Saarinen, '94, served a one-year stint in the Finnish army after graduation, and then went on for
an MBA at Purdue. He graduated in May '97 and is now employed at United Technologies--Carrier
Gnanika Suriarachchi Wijayaratne, '94, completed two Masters degrees, in Human Resource Management and Educational Human
Resource Development, at Texas A&M University. She and her husband Ravi have bought
their first home in San Jose, CA. They have two sons, Niviru, 4 years old, and Chehan,
1 year old. Gnanika left a position at ChevronTexaco, completed her Senior Professional
in Human Resources Management Exam, and is now a stay-at-home mom. She planned to
be back in the workforce when Chehan begins preschool.
Stacie-Ann Wiggan, '94, enrolled in the Masters in International Affairs program at Clark Atlanta University
after graduation, earning an MIA with a concentration in International Trade and Development.
She then returned home to Jamaica. Currently she works for the Jamaican Government
as the Executive Assistant to the Minister of Health.
B.J. Armstrong, '93, owns his own home-building company and builds homes in Bloomington.
Chris Bisaillon, '93, is regional vice president of Van Kampen Investments in Lincoln Park, Illinois. He
also is part owner of 3 different businesses: Thorne Concrete LLC, High Point Estates
and Golf Club, and Bisaillon Excavating.
Jeff Blend, '93, earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Michigan State University,
specializing in environmental economics. Jeff works for the Montana Department of
Environmental Quality as an economist in the Air, Energy, and Pollution Prevention
Bureau. His responsibilities include economic analysis on environmental issues in
Montana including mining, energy, transmission lines, renewable energy, and other
Brian Edge, '93, is currently employed as Division Manager at GE Commercial Finance, in the Chicago
Eric Kirchner, '93, has taught economics courses at ISU, at Heartland Community College, and here at
IWU since graduation. He was a Visiting Instructor of Economics here at IWU from 1997
to 2002, teaching sections of both Introduction to Economics and Statistics.
David Marquardt, '93, is a product analyst for GMAC RFC in Minneapolis.
Yuet Wei Wan, '93, worked for Goldman Sachs for a number of years. She then took a position as a Vice
President at Oaktree Capital Management in New York. Her position involved the emerging
markets hedge, and she was responsible for the metals and mining, paper and steel
sectors. Yuet Wei is currently a Portfolio Manager with Caxton Associates. She manages
a global, emerging markets focused, long short equities portfolio.
Sharique Ahmed, '92, enrolled in the Masters program at ISU after graduation, and then worked for 6 years
as an Economist for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He then returned
to ISU for an MS in Computer Science. After earning his degree, Sharique worked for
MBNA in Ottawa, Canada, for 2 years, and then relocated to Dallas, Texas, joining
Deloitte Consulting as a management consultant in their CIO services area.
Paul Davies, '
92,works at the Social Security Administration in Washington, DC. He is the Director of
the Division of Policy Evaluation in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics.
His division is responsible for conducting research and policy evaluation on the Social
Security and Supplemental Security Income programs. Much of the research focuses
on program eligibility, program participation, economic well-being, and the distributional effects
of Social Security programs and policies. Paul earned his Ph.D. in Economics from
the University of Colorado in 1996.
Colin Fitzgerald, '92, is now Managing Director for Robeco Investment Management, responsible for RIM's
U.S. business in Europe.
Rahim Quazi, '92, pursued graduate studies in Economics at Southern Illinois University until 1993,
when he transferred to the Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He also spent one year as a visiting lecturer for North South University in Bangladesh
during the course of his graduate work. He completed his Ph.D. in 1999. Rahim was
a Visiting Assistant Professor at Knox College (1999-2000) and the University of Georgia
(2000-2002). He has been Assistant Professor of Economics at Prairie View A&M University
of Texas since 2002. In 2006 he received tenure at PVAMUT where he also serves as
the Director for the Center of International Business Education.
Thomas Smith, '92, finished his Ph.D. in Economics and Public Policy Analysis at the University of
Illinois at Chicago, specializing in cultural economics. He was then an Assistant
Professor of Economics at National-Louis University, before returning to the University
of Illinois at Chicago as Assistant Director of the Center for Economic Education
and Assistant Professor of Economics.
Brenda Weil Bruno, '92, is a Bank Examiner with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. She has been
with the FDIC since graduation from IWU. Brenda assesses the finanical condition of
individual banks and analyzes management's abilities. She and her husband Kevin enjoy
traveling all over the world.
Ron Zimmer, '92, received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in December 1997. In August 1999
he began work as a Research Policy Analyst for RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA,
and is now in Pittsburgh, PA. His primary research focus there is on educational policy. Ron
and his wife Barb have a daughter named Julia.
Larry Andretich, '91, reports that he is currently employed at Harris Bank as the Vice President and Business
Deposit Product Manager. He also received his MBA from the University of Notre Dame
in May of 2007.
Mark Israel, '91, received a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin before working
in the research department at State Farm for several years. Mark then returned to
graduate school at Stanford University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Economics.
After earning his degree, Mark took a position as an Assistant Professor of management
and strategy at Northwestern's Kellogg School; he came back to IWU in Spring 2003
to give our Omicron Delta Epsilon address. Since then, Mark has moved into full-time
consulting, with the economic consulting firm Compass Lexecon. Much of his work involves
mergers. Last summer he moved to Washington DC as part of a promotion to Senior Vice
John L. Snyder, '91, received his J.D. from the University of Kansas Law School in 1994. John works for
the national firm Sonnenschein, Nath, & Rosenthal. He manages the real estate department
in their Kansas City office.
Jane Chadesh Hedrich, '90, graduated from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in 1997. She
works for NTT Communications as the Director of Strategic Marketing.
Daniel Perry, '90, worked as a national accounts manager for Cintas Corporation. He is now Vice President--Western
Region Sales for Aramark Uniform Services.
Eric Hardman, '89, is Vice President of Primera Mortgage in Berwyn.
Richard Koenig, '89, earned a Master of Urban Planning in 1991 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He is currently working on a PhD in Community Economic Development at Southern New
Hampshire University and is Executive Director of Housing Opportunity Development
Corporation, a non-profit organization promoting affordable housing in Chicago's northern
Alex Daniels, '88, was a double major in Economics and Philosophy at IWU. After holding a position
as Manager of Finance for a GE engineering services business on the west coast, he
returned to school in Philosophy. Alex earned an MA from San Francisco State and a
Ph.D. at Loyola University in Chicago. Since July 1998, he has been a foreign service
officer/diplomat for the U.S. State Department.
Lisa Ploessl Kennedy, '88, is a database administrator for non-traditional funds at Evaluation Associates Capital
Markets, Inc., in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Raymond Coleman, Jr., '86, is a teacher at the St. Francis de Sales School in Lake Zurich, Illinois.
Steve Honegger, '84, received his MA in Economics from the University of Illinois, and worked, for a
number of years, first for the state of Illinois in Springfield, and then for the
state of Minnesota in St. Paul. His work focuses on education policy.
Mark Westbrook, '84, of Evanston, IL., has been a senior programmer/analyst at Neward Electronics in
Chicago since 1997.
Peter Berg, '83, earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Notre Dame, and is currently an Associate Professor
in the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State University.
Eric Calhoun, '82 obtained an MBA and JD from the University of Illinois in 1987. He was an associate
attorney at the New York office of Sherman & Sterling, and clerked for two federal
judges. Eric has been practicing law in Dallas since 1991 and recently formed the
law firm Travis & Calhoun. He specializes in business litigation and consumer class
actions in various jurisdictions.
Chuck Shelquist, '80, is currently a pastor at Onarga United Methodist Church. He earned his Masters of
Divinity degree from the University of Dubuque Seminary in 1990. Prior to seminary,
he worked for several years for Citizens Equity Federal Credit Union in Peoria.
Larry Stimpert, '80, earned his Ph.D. in Business Strategy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
and then taught for several years at Michigan State. However, deciding that he wanted
to get back into a liberal arts environment, he moved to Colorado College in 1996.
There, he teaches courses in business organization and strategy in the Department
of Economics and Business.
James Fleming, '79, has worked as a plant manager for Jacony Corporation since September 1999.
Scott Hubbard, '78, was appointed chair of the surface/groundwater committee of the Environmental Law
Section of the State Bar of Michigan in fall 1997. The committee provides information
and educational opportunities to members of the Environmental Law Section on a variety
of legal issues concerning surface-water groundwater protection, including discharge
permitting and environmental protection standards. Scott currently lives in Kentwood,
Nils Lindskoog, '78, has published a second edition of his nonfiction book about Wall Street and investment
banking in the 1980's. Long-Term Greedy: The Triumph of Goldman Sachs tells how one
of Wall Street's top investment firms survived the junk-bond/takeover crazes of the
tumultuous 1980's. He is a corporate-mergers-and-acquisitions professional.
Jan Parsons Comerford, '77, was appointed pastor of the United Methodist Church in McHenry Illinois in July
2001. She and her husband Rob have one daughter.
Andrew Jaske, '77, earned his Ph.D. in Business Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He
now lives in Colorado, where he is president of US Analytics, an independent consulting
firm. Much of Andy's work concerns managing credit risk; Freddie Mac is an important
Keith Ihlanfeldt, '72 earned his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1978. Keith has published
widely on urban and regional issues, and he has served on the editorial boards of
several economic and public policy journals. After many years on the faculty at Georgia
State, he moved in 2000 to Florida State, where he is the DeVoe Moore Professor of
Economics. Keith came back to IWU in spring 2000 to give our Omicron Delta Epsilon
address.He is currently DeVoe Moore Eminent Scholar and Director of the DeVoe Moore
Center at Florida State University.
Dennis Stark, '59, has been named vice president for business and finance at the University of Rhode
Island. After earning his MBA from the Harvard Business School and holding a Sanzay
Fellowship in Economic Analysis and International Economics at Princeton University,
he worked as a senior financial executive and banker for over 30 years.
C. Howard Wampler, '55, has retired after having worked as state's attorney of Bureau County, IL, from 1964
to 1968, as associate judge from 1971 to 1974, and as circuit judge from 1974 to 1993.