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Ryan Hastings

Director of development

University of Arizona Athletics

Leslie Erganian

Artist and author

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

Kendra Smiley

Author, speaker, host

2001 Illinois Mother of the Year

Brian Cook

5th on UI scoring list (1,748 points)

2,312 points in nine NBA seasons

Cary McMillan

CEO, True Partners Consulting

2004 Chicago Illini of Year

Nancy Suchomski

Director of resource development

United Way of Champaign County

Jeff Piper

Managing director

Svoboda Capital Partners

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Mike Bass

Award-winning journalist

Former DI editor-in-chief

John Groce

95-75 as Illini coach (2012-17)

Now coaching Akron Zips

Larry Deutsch

Chief innovation officer

Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide

Bill Self

3 seasons, 3 NCAA tournaments

78-24 as Illini basketball coach (2000-03)

Julie Peoples

Assistant executive director

Hart Felt Ministries

Bob Gibson

Associate judge

DuPage County

Bhibha Das

Assistant professor, East Carolina

3-time Jeopardy! contestant

Ray Mentzer

Retired from ExxonMobil

Purdue visiting professor

George Sakas

Director of economic development/strategic planning

Chicago Executive Airport

Nicole Jorwic

Director of rights policy

The Arc of the United States

Jeff Roberts

Global product manager

GE Healthcare

Rachel Fowler

Managing editor

Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers

KarenLee Poter

Dating coach, Internet talk show host

‘The KarenLee Poter Show’

Jason Colwell

Belgium-based managing director

The Crosby Group

Matt Frisbie

Google software engineer


Lisa Blimling

Director, Global Intelligence


Chris Althoff

Associate director, branding

Big Ten Conference

Sunil Benimadhu


Stock Exchange of Mauritius