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.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stacey-barton-29606ab
Jill Douglas - President, SJB Promotions, Inc.
Grad Year: 1989
After I graduated, I did spend time teaching. However, after only a few years, I realized I wasn't happy.
Shortly before the adoption of my children, I was introduced to the 19 billion dollar industry of promotional products. As an independent sales rep, I was able to make my own hours and make as much money as I wanted. It was a perfect match for me and my family.
After 9 years as a sales representative for SJB, my husband and I purchased the company.
My company now resides in Mason City, IL. I manage 2 outside representatives and two other employees. Our line includes apparel decorated with rhinestones, glitter, simulated metal and thousands of imprinted products.
My company is part of ASI and PPAI trade associations. I am a member of Bloomington/Normal Women in Communication and an active Rotarian where I have served as president and secretary.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jillldouglas
Bill Elliott - Assistant Dean, Graduate School, Eastern Illinois University
Major: BS- Consumer Affairs, MS.Ed. - Counseling/Student Development
Grad Year: 1986/2004
Bill Elliott serves as the Assistant Dean of Graduate and International Admissions at Eastern Illinois University. During his 17 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.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-elliott-b771668
Justin Gensler - Vice President, Illinois National Bank
Major: Corporate Communications
Grad Year: 2009
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-gensler-b77b0233
Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker - Family Life Educator, University of Illinois Extension
Major: BS- Therapeutic Recreation, MA- Gerontology
Grad Year: 1999, 2004
Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker is the Family Life Educator for University of Illinois Extension, serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties. Her specialty is in aging issues with a focus on brain health and Alzheimer's/dementia. Chelsey provides community-based training and education on life issues affecting families, adults and individuals as they age. She works closely with community groups and organizations serving families, adults and seniors.
Chelsey was first hired as an Adult Life and Aging Educator for Kankakee County (2007-2011) and then served as a Family Life Educator for Grundy, Kankakee and Will Counties (2011-2012). As an integral part of the Family Life Team, she develops and teaches innovative programs on brain health, caregiving, grandparents raising grandkids, managing stress, maintaining balance in life and lifestory writing.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and a Master's Degree in Gerontology from Eastern Illinois University.
Prior to her service with Extension, Chelsey worked as a Professional Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association, St. Louis Chapter. In that role, she was responsible for curriculum development and education for healthcare workers, emergency responders, and family members about various aspects of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. She was actively involved in the planning of and presenting at regional and state conferences. Before getting her Master's Degree, Byers Gerstenecker was an Activity Therapist on the Alzheimer's/Dementia Unit at the Illinois Veteran's Home in Manteno, IL.
National Extension Association Family & Consumer Sciences, American Society on Aging, Sigma Phi Omega, Epsilon Sigma Phi
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chelsey-byers-gerstenecker-a5b9758
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.
Dana Greene - Corporate Technical Recruiter, Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.
Grad Year: 1992
Well-respected professional who blends strong recruitment experience with a background in sales. Proven ability to source, select and win top-level candidates for various concurrent positions. Exceptional outgoing personality to build relationships with hiring managers.
Professional Strengths Include:
Applicant Tracking System
Remote Location Hiring
Hiring Manager Relationships
Performance Based Hiring
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dana-mcneely-greene-5a045215
Kelly Hardy - Executive Director, Mid Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters
Major: BS & MS in Family & Consumer Sciences
Grad Year: 2006, 2012
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-hardy-02676049
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.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debrakutska
Jordan Landeck - Communication & Event Director, Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce
Major: Communication Studies
Grad Year: 2016
I graduated from EIU in the spring of 2016. I majored in Communication Studies with a focus in Public Relations and a minor in Health Communication. During my time on campus, I was a Student Ambassador for the Office of Admissions. I also had an internship which later turned into an assistantship at Innovative Staff Solutions in Mattoon. I was hired at the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce as the Communication & Event Director in May of 2016, before I even graduated!
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jmlandeck
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 Concil (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.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoriamarkley
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.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/seth-miller-ph-d-141aa675
Cynthia Monreal - Convention & Sales Coordinator, St. Charles, MO Convention & Visitors Bureau
Major: Hospitality Management
Grad Year: 2010
Cynthia is a 2010 graduate of EIU with a degree in Hospitality Management and Business Administration. She landed her first internship with Entertainment Cruises in Chicago through one of the career jobs fairs at EIU. She went on to work with the company for five years where she held various positions in event planning, sales and marketing, talent recruitment, and food & beverage administration. She is currently in the destination marketing sector working for the Greater Saint Charles, MO Convention and Visitors Bureau as the Convention and Sales Coordinator. Cynthia is also a member of the Professional Convention Management Association and enjoys volunteering for organizations like the Crisis Center of South Suburbia.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cynthia-monreal
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.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-pender-3a126992
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.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madconsulting
William Pollard - Assistant Vice President Procurement, Grange Mutual Casualty Company
Grad Year: 1989
William currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Procurement for Grange Mutual Casualty Company in Columbus Ohio. William has been with Grange for 5 years and is tasked with leading and maturing a relatively new Procurement function having begun the journey approximately 6 years ago.
This is William’s 22nd year in Sourcing and prior to joining Grange William held progressively responsible Procurement positions with several Fortune 500 companies spanning various industries including, Credit Services, Marketing Research, Investment Banking, Specialty Retail and Insurance.
William has served as a past President of ISM Central Ohio. William has been a presenter at a number of conferences having presented “Landline Voice and Data Sourcing the 3rd Party Advantage” at the Sourcing Interest Group Annual Conference in 2007, “Negotiations, Overcoming Ploys and Tactics and Effective Cost Modeling the Honda and Nationwide Way” at NAPM Columbus events in 2005 and 2004 respectively. William has published multiple articles in Inside Supply Management Magazine including “Applying Critical Metrics of Strategic Suppliers to a Relationship Scorecard”, “Applying Project Management Principles to Supplier Management”, and “Ending a Supplier Relationship”.
William has achieved the Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager designation and holds the Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity designation from the Institute for Supply Management. William completed a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Eastern Illinois University, A Masters Degree in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago and a Certificate in Purchasing from DePaul University of Chicago.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-m-pollard-mba-cpsd-c-p-m-67b334b
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.
View my LinkedIn profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreyrothmba
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.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathie-scott-4737022
Kelly Simmonds - HR Generalist, Pinnacle Foods LLC/ Lender's Bagel Bakery
Major: BA-English, MS- Technology
Grad Year: 2004, 2016
Kelly Simmonds works as an HR Generalist, providing on-site HR and Labor Relations functions for the Lender's Bagel Bakery manufacturing plant in Mattoon, Illinois (part of Pinnacle Foods LLC). Kelly graduated in 2004 with a bachelor's in English and a secondary education certificate to teach. In 2016, Kelly graduated from EIU again with a MS Technology and a Training and Development certificate.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-simmonds-90503143
Nichlaus Thacker - Senior V.P., Business Development, Vestmark
Grad Year: 2002
As Senior Vice President, Business Development of Vestmark, Nichlaus Thacker plays critical role building relationships with senior leaders of financial institutions and accelerating growth as a premier provider of wealth management technology and services to financial advisors and their companies. He leads day-to-day business development of Vestmark across the United States, with a current client base of over 50 financial institutions, $750 billion in assets under management and 1.6 million retail customer accounts.
Nichlaus began his career in the Chemicals industry as an Institutional Relationship Manager with Ecolab in 2003. He joined RBC Dain Rauscher (a predecessor company of RBC Wealth Management-U.S.) in financial services in 2004 and quickly moved up the ranks to become a leader in the organization, first as a trading manager, then Overlay Portfolio Manager and Product Analyst and eventually an Associate Vice President of Business Development.
Nichlaus graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Eastern Illinois University. He lives in Blaine, MN with his wife and 2 children and is an active supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Feed My Starving Children, National MS Society and National Breast Cancer Foundation.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nichlausthacker
Erin Walters - Executive Director, Sexual Assault Counseling & Information Service (SACIS)
Major: BS-Psychology, MS- Counseling
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erin-walters-ms-lpc-315b7713