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

Stacey Krueger Barton, MSW, LCSW is a graduate of the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. She double majored in English and Psychology with teacher's certification while at EIU and graduated from the Honors Program. She has extensive background in the continuum of health care social work with a focus on end-of-life care and genetics. Since 2006, 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 conducts all aspects of the Center including clinical care, research, genetic testing, information and referral, health education, support groups and counseling. She serves as Medical Advisor to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America St. Louis Chapter. She is past-president of the Society for Social Work Leadership of Greater St. Louis and currently serves as news letter editor. She is a member of the Huntington Study Group and serves on the Credialing Committee. 

She is a field instructor for social work interns and is an adjunct assistant professor at St. Louis University School of Social Service. She was recognized by Social Work Today Magazine as a 2012 Dedicated and Deserving Social Worker and by the Huntington’s Disease Society of America for the 2012 Patient and Family Service Award.

This is her 8th year participating in the Career Boot Camp.   

Hilary Cagle - Financial Services Professional, Westpoint Financial Group, LLC

Graduated in 2012 from EIU with a Bachelors Degree in Arts and Humanities.   History Major, with a sales background.   Worked part-time in college as a Home Depot Sales Representative and Assistant Manager at Hibbett Sports in Mattoon, IL.   

After graduation worked as Compliance Assistant at State Farm Corporate in the Enterprise Compliance and Ethics Department. Hired by WestPoint Financial Group in July of 2013 as a Financial Services Professional. Day to day activities include: driving to see clients, meetings and seminars; client file organization and case preparation; one-on-one client meetings to establish a need and to assist my clients in what ever way I can to help secure a financial future.   

Currently reside in Bloomington, IL.   Outside Activities include Intramural Sand Volleyball Leagues, volunteering, Running, Boating, Traveling, Friends and Family.   

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

Bill Elliott serves as the Assistant Dean of Graduate and International Admissions at Eastern Illinois University. During his 16 year career, he has worked to admit and advise international and graduate students at two U.S. institutions of higher education. In addition, Bill is responsible for keeping EIU in compliance with the Department of Homeland Security’s regulations pertaining to non-immigrant international students.

Bill has served as the NAFSA Region V Lead Coach for NAFSA Academy, and served twice as Chairperson of the Study Illinois international student recruitment consortium. Presenting nationally and internationally on such topics as crisis management in an international office, international student recruitment, and use of state consortia for recruitment, has taken Bill to 26 countries, and helped to increase enrollments at institutions where he has been employed.  Currently, Bill serves as the Vice President of the Midwest Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (MAGAP) and International Education Leadership Representative to Region V NAFSA.   

Bob Glover - Vice President, Cardinal Health 

Bob Glover graduated from EIU with a BA in political science in 1982, having served two terms as student body president. He also received the Outstanding Senior Award.   During Bob’s tenure, creation of the Student Legal Service, Athletic fee policy, new student services for the Union and the grade repeat policy were a few of his key accomplishments.   

Bob joined Procter & Gamble’s management program upon graduation.  In 1988, he joined Cardinal Health in sales and marketing.  In 1997, he was named Director of Health Systems and in 2003, Vice President.    Bob’s key responsibilities are to negotiate contracts and manage the relationships for national hospital groups with over $3 billion in annual revenue.  He travels over 100,000 air miles to visit with hospital customers each year, and serves as Treasurer of the Healthcare Industry Supply Chain Institute (HISCI).  

Bob serves on the EIU Campaign Steering Committee, EIU Alumni Association Board of Directors, and has endowed two scholarships, including Eastern’s first diversity award.  He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2005.   

Dan Halverson - Vice President\Application Developer Lead, JP Mogan Chase & Company 

I attended EIU in the late '90s when dorm rooms still had dial-up, Napster was the rage and no one had a cell phone! Can you imagine how far technology has come since then? As a lifelong computer enthusiast, I've seen a good chunk of the computer revolution and it's been amazing to date. I work developing banking systems using current technolgies and emerging technologies. I've managed small teams of developers on focused projects and I've coded them myself as well. I look forward to meeting with the technologists at EIU in this forum!   

Pam Lacey - District 205 RTI Coordinator, 
Thornton Township District 205 

Pam currently serves as the District RTI Coordinator for Thornton Township High School District 205.  

Mrs. Lacey earned her B.S from Eastern Illinois University in 1993. Since then, she has earned a MS in special education (1999) and a MS in school administration from Chicago State University (2007). She has worked in Chicago Public Schools, as well as, suburban schools; traditional and alternative; grades K-adult. Her responsibilities have included Director of Education, Community Liason, Curriculum Coordinator and class sponsors.

She currently lives in Flossmoor, Illinois with her two children and husband.

Jamel Magee - Sr. Manager Human Resources, Howard Brown Health Center 

Though not an EIU Alum, Jamel is excited about sharing her expertise with EIU students.   Jamel received her Bachelors in Education, Training and Development from Southern Illinois University and her Masters in Human Resources Development from Northeastern Illinois University.    She has served as College Relations Chair for the Society of Human Resource Professionals where she helped to guide, inspire and mentor college students.   Her current roles include serving as Trainer/Facilitator for Workforce Education- St. Augustine College and as Senior Manager of Human Resources at Howard Brown Health Center.         


Melissa McFall - Site Manager/Consultant Manager, TEKsystems

Melissa (Mel) McFall is an Eastern Illinois University graduate with a Bachelors degree in Speech Communications and a Masters of Arts in Communication Studies. She has spent over 9 years in the IT staffing and services industry working for the industry leader, TEKsystems. Focusing on delivery, sales, analysis, and management/coaching has given her a tremendous amount of diverse experience that has allowed her to create her own path within the organization. 

Mel's experience working with delivery teams and senior level Consultants to create and sell their individual brands has made her extremely interested in passing along some of the invaluable knowledge that she's gained. In addition to in-person coaching, Mel blogs for the TEKsystems company site athttp://www.teksystems.com/resources/teksavvy-blog and for her own blog focusing on women in business atwww.probizwomen.com

Mel currently resides in Central Illinois with her husband and incredibly cute dog. 


Seth Miller - Assistant Superintendent, Westville School District #2  

Seth Miller is an Assistant Superintendent at Westville School District in east central Illinois. As human resource director 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 Bootcamp are geared specifically for students with career ambitions in K-12 education.   

Sparkle Sanders - Marketing Communications Specialist, Carle Foundation Hospital 

Sparkle Sanders graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2005 with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and obtained an MBA in General Management from EIU in 2007.  Sparkle currently holds the position of Marketing Specialist for Carle Foundation Hospital and the Carle Physician Group.  She has been employed with Carle since 2007.  Sparkle is responsible for the marketing, advertising, communications and project management of 12 regional locations, Bariatrics, Women's Health, Pediatrics, Primary Care and general Physician Marketing.  Additional responsibilities include: training, mentoring and guidance for interns, junior marketing staff and new marketing staff.  Also, Sparkle serves as the liaison and handles the training for the department-wide online project management software system.  She is also the liaison for the customer relationship management software used for market research and data analysis.  

In addition to her work as a marketing specialist, Sanders has recently started her own consulting and coaching business - AddSpark Consulting. She provides business consulting and strategic planning/marketing to struggling and aspiring business owners. She also offers coaching services to upcoming and recent college grads – helping them prepare and transition to the working world.   Need a little inspiration in your life? Sparkle is also founder/speaker of Beautiful Truth and provides blogs, seminars and social media posts.

Sparkle is also an Adjunct Faculty/Instructor at Parkland Community College.  She will start this fall teaching a Marketing 101 course.       

Bonita Tillman - Manager, Corporate Communications, Nestle Purina PetCare Company
I spent 15 years as an editor and reporter with the Suburban Journals newspaper chain in the St. Louis region before parlaying those same skills into a public relations career with Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, the top U.S. pet food manufacturer.

As part of the Employee Communications team within Corporate Public Relations, I spent three years managing all communications to Nestlé Purina associates for a massive SAP implementation.

I now coordinate the CEO's quarterly meeting, oversee the Chief Marketing Officer's monthly meeting, organize our annual Black History Month program, manage our community service day project, contribute stories and photos to the companywide newsletter and assist with any other communications projects that target our associates.

My specialties include:
• Public relations strategic planning;
• Writing, editing news and features;
• Event coordination;
• Photoshop creations;
• Graphic design;
• Photography; and
• PowerPoint.

Ryan Tracy- Managing Partner, 360 Financial Group LLC

Ryan was raised in Batavia, Illinois and is a graduate from Eastern Illinois University where he studied finance with a minor in accounting.

While attending EIU, Ryan was named the Outstanding Finance Member of the Lumpkin School of Business from 2009-2011 and served on many of the university executive boards: the Executives in Residency Board, the EIU Accreditation Review Board, the School of Business Student Leaders Board, and the EIU Foundation Review Committee. Ryan also participated in the University of Dayton’s Financial R.I.S.E. (Redefining Investment Strategy Education) and was awarded 1st place for “Core Investment Strategy.”

In addition to all of these achievements, Ryan had the privilege of serving as the Student Investment Society President where he achieved award-winning success with his portfolio style and investment approach by appropriately allocating university foundation dollars into the financial markets with his team.

The history of Ryan’s academic achievement and forward thinking has inspired 360 Financial Group to invite Ryan to be part of their team. His professionalism and educational success is certain to meet the needs of the clients. 

As Managing Partner of 360 Financial Group, Ryan is the lead retirement income strategy and plan designer for the team. He monitors client's account daily and executes all trades for the office.  

Aaron Wiessing - Systems Intern Program Coordinator, State Farm 

Aaron Wiessing graduated from EIU with a bachelors degree in Management Information Systems with a Programming Emphasis. While on campus, Aaron was really involved in various groups including Student Government, Greek Life, the University Honors College, Housing & New Student Programs. While in his Senior year, Aaron completed an internship as a Systems Analyst for State Farm, and continued to work there through his last semester at Eastern. 

After graduating in December of 2012, Aaron joined State Farm full time as a Technical Analyst. For the next year, he served in an assistant lead role directing a team of 30 on-site and virtual associates. In December 2013, Aaron was hired into a leadership role which he currently serves in. Within this role, he coordinates the Systems internship programs for State Farm. Aaron manages more than 100 interns in this role, coordinates campus recruiting teams for more than 25 campus' across the U.S., maintains all Systems philanthropy efforts and implements the Systems internship program across four major location. 

Within State Farm, apart from his job duties, Aaron has been a part of the Enterprise Development Program, where he was one of six 'talent prospects' chosen to go through a year-long executive development program. Along with that program, he has been involved in a lot of groups at State Farm including the Young Business Professionals and various mentoring groups. 

Outside of State Farm, Aaron serves on the EIU Alumni Association Board of Directors, advises a fraternity at Illinois State University, coaches girls club volleyball and is working towards completion of the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation. Outside of these commitments, you can often find Aaron spending time with his niece, running or playing volleyball. 

Heather Zike - Academic Advisor, University of Illinois

I grew up in the small central Illinois town of Shelbyville. My Mom was a single Mom raising two kids. I didn't know if I had much of a chance at college. I started at Lake Land College and completed my Associates in Science. I then transferred to EIU. I had to work a lot to pay for school that I wasn't always getting the grades I should have. I had to stop school and work full-time. I got the opportunity to complete my Bachelors in Arts in what is now called General Studies. I was then recruited to work at the a shelter for domestic violence. I realized in the position I was always drawn to talking to women about continue their education. I then started my Master's in College Student Affairs. It was the best decision I made. I loved my time at EIU, and I get to do what I love everyday because of the opportunities EIU gave me. I am now an academic advisor for the College of Media at the University of Illinois. I get to work with students every day facing many of the same things I had to go through as a students. I teach a freshman orientation class and introduction the media majors course. This past spring I organized and led our first honors trip to Belgium and a day in Paris. I never would have thought this small town girl would be looking up under the Eiffel Tower and touring the amazing country of Belgium with 10 amazing students. These are just a few of the great things I get to do in my job. 

Joe Zoubek - Sr. Recruiter, Delta Technical Solutions  

Joe graduated in 2008 with a bachelor's in Corporate Communications with Minor in Business Administration.   Joe works for a technical staffing firm that specializes in placing engineers, IT professionals and other high-end roles in manufacturing environments.  His job entails cultivating relationships with clients all over Chicago Land.  When there is a job opening, he searches for candidates primarily through referrals.  He also retrieves applicants from job boards.  He revises resumes, preps candidates for interviews and then negotiates their salary offers.