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Stephanie Cohen

Global head of platform solutions, Goldman Sachs

2018 Distinguished Alumna Award, Gies College of Business

Emily (Klopf) Gardner

MillerCoors local media manager

2017 Homecoming Comeback Award winner

Andrew Bender

Director of operations

Chez Veterans Center

Jessica Conroy

Associate Geology Professor

2013 Arnold O. Beckman Award winner

James Blachly

Grammy-nominated conductor

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Experiential Orchestra

Toccara Castleman

Senior editor/writer, Syfy.com and USANetwork.com

NBC Universal

Elizabeth Pittelkow Kittner

Head of Finance

International Legal Technology Association

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Auditi Chakravarty

Senior VP, Learning, Evaluation and Research

The College Board

Nisha Chittal

Director of audience and engagement


Allison Semmes

Broadway performer

Starred as Diana Ross in ‘Motown the Musical’

Joan Mahon

Named in 2020 to UI Alumni Association Board


Ann McBrien

First woman to serve as VP/sales at Procter & Gamble

Started UIAA Comeback program, Illini Pride founding board member

Matt Brickman



Lyanne Alfaro

Supervising producer, social media content director


Perry Beaumont

Lecturer, Columbia U

Head of data and actuarial science, Distinguished Programs

Sonny Tai

CEO/co-founder, Actuate

Marine Corps veteran

Zenobia Ravji

NY-based writer, journalist

Spent 2 years as reporter/producer in Israel

Anna Hecht

Money reporter


Evan Glazer

Head of school

The Avenues: The World School

Laurie Hogin

Associate director

UI School of Art and Design

Meg Graham

Business reporter


Rick Lawrence


PCIX, Inc.

Jennifer Bernhard

Associate dean for research

Grainger College of Engineering

Cynthia Oliver

Professor of dance

2015 Doris Duke Impact Award nominee

Nicole Allen

UI professor of psychology

2011 Dazzling Woman Faculty Award