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James Blachly

Grammy-nominated conductor

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Experiential Orchestra

Norman Beamer

Administrative patent judge

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Sally Smith

Former Alaska legislator, 1977-83

Juneau mayor, 2000-03

Mark Stryker

Author, ‘Jazz from Detroit’

Award-winning arts reporter/critic

Julie Rodrigues Widholm

Director and chief curator

DePaul Art Museum

Cara Maurizi

Music, drama, dance teacher

Urbana school district

Rosie Fischl

Director of organizational capability

Marriott International

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Leslie Erganian

Artist and author

Co-author, 2019 release 'NEW WEST: Innovating at the Intersection’

Keitaro Harada

Opera and symphonic conductor

Savannah Philharmonic

Brian Courtney Wilson

Gospel & contemporary Christian singer

2015 Traditional Gospel Album Of Year

Mary Grisolano

Sr. resident general manager

Blue Man Group

Sr. Jackie Jean-Marie Gitonga

National director of Pauline Cooperators

Daughters of St. Paul USA and English-speaking Canada

Tammie Walker

Director, School of Music

University of Iowa

Gretchen Gscheidle

Former design director

Herman Miller, Inc.

Laurie Hogin

Associate director

UI School of Art and Design

John Clark


Cordogan Clark & Associates

Cynthia Oliver

Professor of dance

2015 Doris Duke Impact Award nominee

Jon Ebel

Professor, head

Department of Religion

Duane Cyrus

Director, Theatre of Movement

UNC-Greensboro professor

Michelle Boulé

Choreographer, dancer, teacher

Life coach

Todd Salen

Champaign County 2018 Realtor of Year

RE/MAX broker

Brian LaDuca

IACT executive director

University of Dayton

Christine ‘LadyBee’ Kristen

Archivist, art collection manager

Burning Man Project

Sarah Vargo

Artist, life coach, author

‘Life Is Your Party ... With A Little Pixie Dust’

Deborah Briggs

FAA Distinguished Legacy Award

VP, Betsy Hotel of South Beach