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Stacey Barton - Clinical Social Worker, Washington University School of Medicine

Major/Degree: English, Psychology (plus an MSW from Washington University in 1996)

Grad Year: 1993

Stacey Barton, MSW, LCSW is a 1993 graduate of EIU with degrees in English and Psychology. She went on to graduate of the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in 1996. For more than a decade, she has been the coordinator of the Huntington's Disease Society of America Center of Excellence at Washington University School of Medicine. In that capacity, she manages all aspects of the Center including clinical care, research, genetic testing, information and referral, health education, support groups, counseling and more. She serves as Medical Advisor to the HDSA St. Louis Chapter. She is active in many professional organizations, holding leadership roles. Stacey previously served as an adjunct instructor at St. Louis University School of Social Work and frequently serves as a practicum site for social work graduate students from schools throughout the region. She was recognized by Social Work Today Magazine as a 2012 Dedicated and Deserving Social Worker and by the HDSA with the 2012 Patient and Family Service Award. Stacey has participated in EIU's Career Boot Camp since its inception.

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Janet Derrick - CEO, Derrick Walker International, Ltd. 

Major/Degree: BS- Consumer Affairs 
Grad Year: 1985

I have over 30 years experience as a securities industry professional and pioneer among women in the investment business.  Making a positive difference in the financial lives of my clients is my passion.  

Wealth care and health care are the cornerstone of my philosophy. I got in this business to help professional athletes and entertainers not end up broke. I remain committed to this cause. From participating in the NBA Rookie Transition Program and writing articles for "Legends of Basketball" Newsletter, Billboard Magazine and others to serving as a National Football League Players Association Registered Player Financial Advisor, the challenges are being addressed. I also address financial issues as a Financial Contributor to NBC 5 News in Chicago and as a former co-host of, "Tides:The Inspirational Money Show on WVON in Chicago, my commitment to financial literacy grows with the need for it.

linkedinLinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janet-derrick-20439a41

Bill Elliott - Assistant Dean, Graduate School,
Eastern Illinois University

Major: College Student Affairs
Grad Year: 2005

I have worked in higher education for approximately 20 years, and have served as a business instructor as well as an administrator focused on international education.   Currently I am the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School at EIU, and am serving as Interim Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars.  


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Justin Gensler - Vice President, Illinois National Bank

Major: Corporate Communications
Grad Year: 2009

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Diane Gillaspie - Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Marshall MO Public Schools, Executive Director of Missouri Teaching Jobs

Major: Early Childhood Education (EIU), Masters in Curriculum & Instruction (MBU)
Grad Year: 1997

Diane Gillaspie has been in education for almost 20 years. She has spent most of her career in the St. Louis Missouri area. She has taught preschool, kindergarten and first grade. She has served as an instructional coach, a Regional Director for a Charter School System as well as Public Relations Officer for a Charter School System in St. Louis. During those years she began presenting to teachers and realized her goal was to help teachers become better teachers. She has presented to teachers all over the United States on many different topics. She now owns her own professional development consulting firm, is the Executive Director for the most used teacher job search website in Missouri. She also serves a part time Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Marshall Missouri. A school district with 2500 students and 250 certified staff members. Diane is passionate about student growth through teacher development of outstanding teaching strategies.

Perry Hill, IV - Director of Field Services, IL Association of School Boards

Major: Social Science w/Teacher Cert./B.A. & Educational Administration/M.S.Ed.
Grad Year: Bachelor- 1999 & Master's- 2001 

Perry Hill, IV has served in a host of career fields linked to advancing the cause and distinction of public education. His current assignment as Director of Field Services for the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) has enabled him to draw from previous positions as a high school Social Science teacher, a high school assistant principal, an elementary school principal, a middle school principal, a publications editor for a state association, and a lobbyist.


As IASB Director of Field Services, Perry has presented at national conferences and (more regionally) oversees professional development training for school boards within the three most populous IASB Divisions—the South Cook Division (encompassing southern Cook County), the Three Rivers Division (encompassing Grundy, Kankakee, Kane, and Will Counties) and the West Cook Division (encompassing western Cook County). It is the goal of Perry to assist each governance team—inclusive of school board members and the superintendent—in achieving higher heights of efficiency by reinforcing best practice and ensuring accessibility to tools for governance success. 



Debra Kutska- Sustainability Specialist, Oakton Community College

Major: BS- Biological Sciences
Grad Year: 2003

Deb Kutska began at Oakton in July 2014 as its first Sustainability Specialist. Together with the Green Committee, she works to guide the college in making choices that allow us to reduce our impact, conserve resources, and protect natural areas, while educating our students and community in the process. Prior to Oakton, Deb worked in conservation education and career training for several years managing the high school volunteer and college internship programs at Brookfield Zoo. During that time, she was also actively engaged in their International Youth Conservation Leadership programs and had the privilege to work with students abroad. She has experience in zookeeping, visitor research, and data analysis. Deb holds an M.A. in Conservation Biology from Columbia University in the City of New York, a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Eastern Illinois University, an Advanced Certificate in Campus Sustainable Innovation from the University of Vermont, and is a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation.

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Victoria Markley - Director of Strategy & Operations, Gorilla Group

Major: BS Math & Computer Science
Grad Year: 1999

While at Eastern I was active in Student Government, serving as a senator and the Vice President of Student Affairs, and was also very active in Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority (served as Vice President) and the Panhellenic Council (Third Vice President for Judicial Affairs).

After graduating from EIU in 1999 with a degree in Math and Computer Science, I began my professional career as a SAS mainframe programmer. I quickly became engaged with clients, and soon began being leveraged across technology and business teams. After 12 years working in the professional landscape, I took a 10 month sabbatical to travel the world where I experienced 52 countries and all seven continents. Since graduation I severed 9 years on the Alumni Board of Directors, including one as President; and was also the December 2012 Commencement Guest Speaker.

Currently as the Strategy and Operations Director, I work directly with Gorilla's clients to define comprehensive strategic approaches that help them realize their visions for long-term digital transformation. I am also responsible for evolving Gorilla’s methodology and operational processes to foster more productive and efficient client relationships. Over 10 years of ecommerce experience, including roles in development, program management and solutions architecture, has provided me with broad expertise across the complex delivery lifecycle. Having worked with dozens of Enterprise B2B and direct-to-consumer brands on successful digital implementations, I am uniquely able to build strategic roadmaps that bridge present to future state, aligning the digital solution with critical business needs.

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Seth Miller - Superintendent, Westville School District #2

Seth Miller is Superintendent at Westville School District in east central Illinois. Dr. Miller has experience in reviewing job applications, resumes, the interview process, and teacher candidate selection at the elementary through high school level.

His presentations for the EIU Career Boot Camp are geared specifically for students with career ambitions in K-12 education.

Seth received his Master in Educational Leadership and Administration and Superintendents Certification and Endorsement at EIU.

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Rachel Pender - Account Services Coordinator, Brand Connections

Major: Communications: Public Relations
Grad Year: 2015

I graduated from EIU in May 2015. I was able to land my dream internship at Brand Connections that June and was offered a job there following the internship. I know attending EIU was what molded me to be a hireable candidate, and I would love to share my learnings as someone not too far from the current student's life stages.

Brand Connections is an independent media and marketing agency that specializes in Making Marketing Easier for Marketers-TM. We reach consumers when they pursue their lifestyle passions, motivating them to engage and share brand experiences. We provide tailored solutions that link critical marketing disciplines to help marketers connect the dots to deliver a better business outcome. Brand Connections is majority-owned by Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS), a leading media and communications privet equity firm and is headquartered in New York, with offices in New Jersey, Boston, Chicago, Denver, and Orlando.

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Sally Petersen - Consultant, MAD Consulting

Major: MA- Communications
Grad Year: 1988

o Enthusiastic human capital consultant with more than 20 years of hands-on experience and an uncanny ability to assess business requirements and create innovative solutions to improve organizational performance.

o Extensive experience in the finance arena, particularly mortgage lending, but through consulting have expanded to various industries and most admired Fortune 500 organizations, including PwC, Abbott, Walgreens, IBM, Discover, McDonalds, Barnes and Noble, OfficeMax, Grainger, Allstate, Wolters Kluwer, Donnelly, Baxter, etc.

o Ability to enter into any organization and immediately recognize and embrace culture, leadership influence, and brand to lead teams and build customized business, process or training solutions that elevate return on program investment through expert project management.

o Successfully interact with personnel at all levels within an organization, especially executive leadership, obtaining buy-in, facilitating cooperation, garnering support of key stakeholders and promoting a positive, productive workplace culture based on core values.

o Engaged in social media and continually researching and experimenting how various portals (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook) could be aligned to support organizational goals, especially in regard to brand marketing, talent acquisition and customer satisfaction.

linkedinLinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madconsulting

Jeffrey Roth - Director of Recruitment and Training, Midwestern Securities Trading Company

Major: Management and Marketing
Grad Year: 2008

Jeff Roth graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Business Management and Marketing in 2008. Jeff's career started in retail management where he directed coaching and training to implement new inventory management processes for Kroger. Jeff continued his education at Illinois State University by receiving his MBA. He has since worked in the financial field with Midwestern Securities Trading Company. He lead initiatives to improve operational efficiency through implementation of technologies. As the Director of Recruitment and Training, Jeff seeks out talented individuals to join his firm's financial advising team.

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Kathie Scott - Employee Relations Director, CTF Illinois

Major: MS Ed., Guidance & Counseling
Grad Year: 1993

Kathie Scott is the Human Resources Director for CTF ILLINOIS, a privately held not-for-profit organization that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities. CTF has more than 500 employees in 30-plus locations throughout the state of Illinois. Prior to joining CTF in 2002, she served as a regional Employee Relations Manager with Consolidated Communications/ McLeodUSA, Inc. Kathie has also served as an Adjunct Instructor with EIU’s School of Business, teaching Human Resources Management.

Kathie received both her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Science in Education from EIU. She earned her PHR certification in 1998 and her SPHR in 2006. She has served as an instructor for others taking PHR/SPHR certification preparation courses.

Kathie is a member of the Human Resource Association of East Central Illinois, where she serves as the 2016 Chapter President. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She is involved in her local church as a keyboard player and as director of the children’s and missions departments. Kathie has been active in foreign missions to Central America and Africa.

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Erin Walters - Executive Director, Sexual Assault Counseling & Information Service (SACIS)

Major: BS-Psychology, MS- Counseling

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