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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 9th year participating in the Career Boot Camp.   

Yvonne Brown - M&A Sr. Integration Analyst

Throughout Yvonne's my career in management, she has gained a reputation as an effective leader with key strengths in human resources and developing business partnerships.  As a Senior Integration Analyst for Stericycle, she assists the Global Acquisition Team during the due diligence process to help gather critical integration information/data and to gain a better understanding of the acquisition candidate.  She also plays a key role in integrating the newly acquired company into the existing organization by assisting with the integration process that effects multi-departments within the organization (i.e. Operations, ES&H, Customer Service, etc).  

Prior to her role at Stericycle, Yvonne worked as Senior Job Analyst in the Human Resources Compensation Department at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). As a Senior Job Analyst, Ms. Brown conducted job analysis and evaluation studies for various employee groups and job families to determine appropriate employment classifications. Additionally, she created/approved job descriptions and assisted with various aspects of the hiring process.

Yvonne also worked for University of Illinois Extension where she held several positions over a 17-year period. During her last role as Associate Director of Cook County Extension, she was responsible for personnel and facility management in the Cook County Unit. The Cook County Unit employed nearly 100 employees and had 11 offices throughout the county. Brown was also essential in budget management, program planning and evaluation as well as keeping stakeholders informed within the county.

Brown’s areas of interest include domestic violence education, leadership development and organizational effectiveness.

Brown graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in Consumer and Family Sciences degree with a major in Consumer Affairs and a minor in Business Administration. She also earned a master's degree in Home Economics with an emphasis on Family Services. In May 2011, she earned a MBA with emphasis on Organizational Leadership from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.



Garry Cooke - Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment,  University of Illinois at Chicago 

Garry received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Science in College Student Affairs from Eastern.  He started his career as an Admissions Counselor at EIU.  

Garry's background includes extensive knowledge on the inner-workings of a university system. His passion lies in working with future and current college students with the utmost hope that they will become successful graduates and alumni.  He has been successful in recruiting, advising and yielding both domestic and international students. Garry has worked with undergraduate, transfer, adult, and graduate students.  


Jonathan Dean, Sr. Consultant, Deloitte

Jonathan is senior consultant in Deloitte’s Treasury And Commodity Risk Group specializing in Finance Transformation and M&A Services. As a senior consultant, Jonathan leads projects to assist Fortune 500 companies with capital markets risk, financial system implementations, and growth strategies. 

In a recent merger between two large energy providers, Jonathan was the lead consultant, driving the implementation of a Treasury & Risk Management System. Previously, he has developed commercial banking strategies for merging Financial Institutions, and performed market assessments for hedge funds. 

While at Eastern, he received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for 2008/2009 and is the first recipient of the Ebrahim-Karbassion scholarship.    

Nate Dissi, Sr. WCM Analyst, Scottrade

Nate is an experienced analyst at Scottrade with skills in leading direct reports as well as cross-functional teams. He has proven ability with financial research and modeling, key work-flow models, and large-scale projects. Nae has experience with presenting to senior management, representing senior management, meeting with customers, training and assisting key-accounts, and coordinating the activities of key-associates directly related to lead projects.

Prior to working at Scottrade, Nate served as Web Development Team Lead at Caterpillar. Nate was lead developer on responsive design capable Adobe CQ5.6/AEM implementation to replace legacy Web Content Management, as well as a project implementation of an intellectual property form which resulted in a $1.2 million financial growth.  

Nate graduated from Eastern with a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems and a master's degree in Business Administration.     

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 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.   


Beth Gillespie - Council Director, Girls on The Run

Beth founded Girls on the Run East Central Illinois in May of 2011. However her introduction to this amazing program started years earlier! In 2007 Beth began to explore a need to find work that made a positive impact on the community, and that was also personally satisfying. As a late blooming athlete, she was drawn to find a way to reach people through the power of running. In 2009, she stumbled upon Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan. She worked for the over two years supporting the nearly 2,000 local girls in the role of 5k Event Coordinator. In late 2010, Beth relocated to Charleston, IL, a community without Girls on the Run. She embraced the opportunity to impact local girls, and after partnering with the Mattoon Area Family YMCA Girls on the Run East Central Illinois became a reality!

Prior to joining Girls on the Run East Central Illinois, Beth worked in Human Resources in multiple hospitals across southeastern Michigan. Over the course of ten years she was responsible for recruitment of new staff from entry level, to administration. She also worked in a Human Resources Generalist role and was responsible for employee relations and terminations.  Beth also served EIU as Career Services' Internship/Externship Coordinator.  She helped to build relationships with employers and assisted students with job shadow placement and finding internships.  Beth received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the Michigan State University and her Masters of Administration from Central Michigan University.

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 Morgan 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 technologies 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!   

Justin Hensley  - Technical Recruiter, Delta Technical Solutions

Justin graduated from EIU in 2014 with a B.A. in Sociology.  He earned both the Eastern Illinois University Distinguished Senior Award and the Wood Award for Outstanding Senior Sociology major.  Justin now serves as top recruiter for Delta Technical Solutions.  Delta Technical Solutions was founded by EIU alums Jeff and Eric Zilch!  A Chicagoland company, Delta Technical Solutions has exponentially grown into a nation wide, multi-million dollar recruiting and staff augmentation firm that provides decades of experience providing top tier personnel.  Justin has thorough knowledge in sourcing candidates in the areas of Engineering, Executives, Sales & Marketing, Information Technology, Human Resources, Quality and Regulatory,Plant/Factory Leadership, Supply Chain, Lean Manufacturing/Process Improvements, Engineering, and Procurement.  Justin is excited to return to EIU to share his success tips!  



Debra Kutska  - Sustainability Specialist, Oakton Community College

Debra's experience covers a wide range of areas including: Youth programming, conservation education, environmental stewardship, visitor studies, program assessment, animal care, animal behavior studies, and informal career/college advising.  

She joined Chicago Zoological Society’s Conservation, Education and Training department in 2007 after serving Brookfield Zoo as a volunteer, zookeeper intern and seasonal zookeeper. As the Conservation Leadership Program Supervisor, Debra managed the Youth Conservation & Science Leadership Program and College Experiential Learning Opportunities (CELO) program. She facilitated programs for youth in local communities as well as in the zoo and assisted with implementation of CZS’s International Youth Conservation Leadership Program. Her experience with youth has been developed by working as a teacher’s assistant in special education, developing curriculum, facilitating conservation education and science programs, and leading youth in team-building experiences. She has a strong background in other areas such as program assessment and evaluation, research design, animal handling, and animal behavior studies.

Debra's current role is as Sustainability Specialist at Oakton Community College. She works closely with interdepartmental Green Committee to identify green initiatives and execute sustainability projects on both campuses.  

Debra has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Eastern Illinois University and an M.A. in Conservation Biology from Columbia University in the City of New York.


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.    


Leah Pietraszewski - Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher, Thornridge High School   

Leah graduated from Eastern in 2008.  While at Eastern, she was an active member of the EIU community, including being the Vice President of Business Affairs for Student Government, a student senator, a teacher of the Freshman orientation class, and a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary.    

Leah has been teaching for six years now, but has actually been working in schools for nine years. She started out working as a para-professional in a special education school while in college. The students had all different types of disabilities including behavioral, emotional, physical, and mental. She also had the opportunity to work with students with the age ranges between 3 and 21. Her first year teaching then included working with the same students. 
After leaving the Special Education school, Leah moved to Bloom Trail, and taught there for two years, teaching Culinary Arts and the CTE/ART Family and Consumer Sciences freshman rotation section. 

This is Leah's third year teaching at Thornridge High School. In addition to teaching, she is the sponsor of the National Honor Society, occasionally assists FFCLA members, while also utilizing her culinary classes for catering various events for the school.