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Bryan Thomas Jr.

Stanford associate director

EDGE Doctoral Fellowship Program

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


Champaign Co. Public Defender’s Office

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

Jim Lutz

Women’s swimming coach, 1993-2000

.615 win pct. tops in program history

Laura Ewan

Manager of membership services

McLean Co. Chamber of Commerce

Andy Marx

Director of provider contracting

Health Alliance

Jaclyn Vinson

Executive director

Housing Authority of Danville

John Groce

95-75 as Illini coach (2012-17)

Now coaching Akron Zips

Brad Harris

Associate prof, business management

Texas Christian U

Julie Peoples

Assistant executive director

Hart Felt Ministries

Dorothy Capers

Senior VP, general counsel

National Express LLC