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Erik Henriksen

Made 3 Olympic teams

1999 U.S. Speedskating Hall of Famer

Lisa Kpor

Associate Attorney

Holland & Knight LLP

Jacob Ambrose

Co-founder, managing partner

Armory Capital

Lori Goldstein

Employment lawyer

Based in Northfield

Carrie Klaus

Professor of Global French Studies

DePauw University

Brodie Bain

Campus Planning Director, Principal

Perkins + Will

Brendan McGinty

Directory of Industry

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Bria Purdiman

Account supervisor, Marketing

Burrell Communications

Bryan Thomas Jr.

Associate Director, EDGE Doctoral Fellowship Program

Stanford University

Aisha Conner-Gaten

Instructional design librarian

Loyola Marymount University

Elizabeth Pittelkow Kittner

Head of Finance

International Legal Technology Association

Merrill Thompson


Created Merrill and Emma Thompson Endowment Fund

Tammie Walker

Director, School of Music

University of Iowa

Audrey (Butkus) Merlone

Planner, legislative affairs

City & county of San Francisco

Lea Potter Daigle

Assistant VP

Bank of America

Bryce Jakobs

Writer, producer


Howard Aizenstein

2019 LAS Alumni Achievement Award

Physician, scientist, Pitt professor

Zaldwaynaka Scott


Chicago State

Ramona Sullivan

Attorney, Champaign Co. Public Defender’s Office

2020 Circuit Judge candidate

Shannon Beranek

Transportation engineer

City of Urbana

Pablo Mendoza

Chief diversity officer

University of North Georgia

Kendra Smiley

Author, speaker, host

2001 Illinois Mother of the Year

James Stukel

UI’s 15th president (1995-2005)

MS, Ph.D. in mechanical engineering

Nancy Suchomski

Director of resource development

United Way of Champaign County