Kelsey graduated from EIU, Summa Cum Laude with University Honors in 2003. She went on to complete her Master's in Business Administration with an Accountancy Concentration in 2005. Kelsey began her career with Gilbert Metzger & Madigan as a staff accountant while a student in 2002 and performed her graduate assistantship with the firm while obtaining her M.B.A. She currently holds the position as Partner/CPA with Gilbert Metzger & Madigan. Her experience in bookkeeping and tax preparations for individual and small businesses is considerable and extensive in audits of governmental entities and not-for-profit organizations. She is also a member of the American Institute of CPA's and Illinois CPA Society.
Jim is a 1976 graduate of EIU with a BS in Business/Accounting and a graduate of the University of Illinois Executive MBA program. Jim is the founder and president of Wall Street Management & Capital, Inc., a strategic financial advisory firm that arranges capital for clients through a broad variety of institutional funding sources. His company also facilitates revenue opportunities for clients through introductions to government agencies and Fortune 1000 firms. He previously served as the general manager and chief financial officer of Florida’s largest independently owned investor relations company where he oversaw the entity’s financing, initial public offering, and investment portfolio management functions.
His prior experience also includes serving as the co-founder and president of a Midwest-based boutique mezzanine venture fund; as treasurer and chief financial officer of Stevens Industries, Inc. (a major woodworking firm based in Central Illinois); and as group controller for Sequa Corporation (a Fortune 1000 aerospace concern). He held a variety of managerial positions with Caterpillar, Inc., during his ten years of service at the firm upon graduation from Eastern Illinois University. Jim is a past member of the EIU Alumni Association Board of Directors, and the School of Business and Accountancy advisory boards. Jim is serving his fifth year as a Volunteer on the Investment Committee. Previously he served on the Foundation Board of Directors and also as chair of the Scholarships & Grants Committee. In addition, he served on the Investment, Nominating, Finance, Oversight & Outreach (formerly the Mission & Policy) Committees, and serves as the Board’s representative to the Council of Institutional Investors.
Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting 03' and a Masters in Business Administration 04' from EIU. Currently, he holds the position of CFO for Vantage Outsourcing, Effingham Illinois. Chris is the owner of Swing Insurance Center which offers auto, home, life, and health insurance to individuals. He began his career as an Accountant Administrator for United Graphics in 2003 and from there moved up to Commercial Sales Director in 2006.
In 2008 he served as Adjunct Professor for EIU where he taught students how to successfully manage a dynamic and functioning manufacturing environment and helped students to develop continuous improvement models. He joined Pinnacle Foods Corporation in 2007 and held the positions of Senior Financial Analyst Plant Controller and finally Senior Cost Manager. During his time with Pinnacle Foods Corporation, he prioritized capital investments and continuous improvement projects, developed and directed financial teams in four plant locations and integrated newly acquired companies into the financial structure and systems of the parent company while creating sound fiscal policy. Christopher currently serves as a member of the EIU Alumni Association Board. He is serving his third year as a Volunteer on the Foundation Investment Committee.
Randy a 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois, attended graduate school at Illinois State University. He spent his career in the financial services industry, including V.P. and corporate officer at State Street Corporations State Street Bank and Trust, State Street Global Advisors (the asset management division), and as S.V.P. at the State Street/CitiGroup joint venture company, CitiStreet. Randy developed and led the firm's Institutional Retirement Plan Services business for the public sector as well as the Not-for-Profit and Taft-Hartley sectors. The public sector business included providing asset management, custody, and administration services for cities and counties including twenty-two state government pension systems. Since retirement, he has provided consulting services to ING Institutional Plan Services and Aon Hewitt in their public markets outsourcing and consulting businesses. Randy is serving his third year as a Volunteer on the Foundation's Investment Committee.
Ryan, a graduate of EIU, completed his BSB in Finance with a minor in accounting in 2011. Ryan was formerly the Managing Partner and one of the several financial advisors with 360 Financial Group. During his time with 360 Financial, he was the lead retirement income strategy and plan designer for the team which monitors clients accounts daily and executes all trades for the office. His success began while attending EIU, where he was named the Outstanding Finance Member of the Lumpkin School of Business from 2009-2011. He served on many of the university executive boards: 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."
Ryan's success and achievements continued when he served as the Student Investment Society President. Recognized for the award-winning success of his portfolio style and investment approach, he appropriately allocated university foundation dollars into the financial markets with his team. Ryan is serving his third year as a Volunteer on the Investment Committee.
Jerry graduated from EIU in 1961 with a BS in Education and 1988 and with Ed.S in Educational Administration. He has maintained his involvement with EIU since he first came to Eastern. Jerry retired as a school administrator after devoting 45 years to the field of education, served as superintendent for four school districts and as principal at two other schools. He is active in the EIU Greek community and also a member of the boards of directors for Panther Club and the College of Education and Professional Studies Philanthropy Board, volunteering his time to assist in raising funds to support EIU students.
A member of Tau Kappa Epsilon as an undergraduate, Zachary served as the fraternity’s advisor for 20 years and earlier this summer helped organize a reunion which brought many of his fraternity brothers back to campus. He is also a member of the EIU Alumni Association. Jerry’s is serving his second year serving as a Volunteer on the Foundation Scholarships & Grants Committee.