Janelle K. Weatherford
Senior Director, Foundation Relations
Janelle has served in the Office of Foundation Relations since the fall of 2007. She oversees foundation strategy in collaboration with her team, campus leaders, and colleagues in the colleges and units. From 2003 to 2007, Janelle was Associate Director of the European Union Center where she managed and wrote grants; coordinated the development of courses, research projects, conferences, and workshops; and, managed the Center’s staff. Prior to beginning her professional career at Illinois, Janelle worked for almost ten years as an instructional designer and project manager in the field of computer-assisted training and education. She began her academic career as an Adjunct Lecturer of Russian at California State University, Fresno. Originally from California, she earned a B.A. in Russian from California State University Fresno (1987), an M.A. in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Arizona (1990), and completed coursework towards a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1995).
Julie A. Elzanati
Director, Foundation Relations
Julie began working at the University of Illinois in February 2017 as a Director in the Office of Foundation Relations. Previously, Julie was the Dean of Continuing Education at Heartland Community College (HCC) where she oversaw administration of a broad range of credit and noncredit programs. From 2011 to 2013, Julie was the Executive Director of the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), a statewide organization formed by intergovernmental agreement which supports sustainability capacity-building initiatives at all 48 Illinois community colleges. From 2010 to 2011, she served as a Director of College Partnerships for IGEN. From 2006 to 2010, Julie was a Coordinator of the Green Institute and Program Manager of Community Education at HCC. From 2003 to 2006, Julie was an Adjunct Faculty in Biology at HCC and also the Assistant Director, Membership Chair and Energy Coordinator at the Ecology Action Center in Normal. Since 2003, Julie has had roles as a lead grant writer, grant writing team member, and/or grant administrator for a variety of grants from private foundations, state organizations, or federal agencies. Julie holds a M.S. in Conservation Biology from Illinois State University (2002) and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1992).
Director, Foundation Relations
Rajeev joined the Office of Foundation Relations (OFR) in February, 2017. He works with the OFR team on developing strategies for different foundations and with faculty, staff and campus units on specific funding opportunities in the foundation environment. Before joining OFR, Rajeev spent 14 years working in Illinois International Programs and was the Acting Associate Director from 2009-2015, finishing as a Director in 2016. In these roles, he helped to shape the international strategy of the campus and oversee ten campus units engaged in international activities. Prior to joining the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rajeev worked in International Business Development with Wolfram Research in Champaign and in Management Consulting with A.T. Kearney in Chicago. He has a B.A. in History from McGill University (1989) and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago (1992).
Associate Director, Foundation Relations
Barlow has served in the Office of Foundation Relations since January 2013. He enjoys the challenge of advancing foundation engagement in higher education, working every day with faculty researchers, administrators, foundation program officers, his team and diverse members of the wider University of Illinois community. Barlow’s career affiliations with three large universities, four top-ranked academic programs, and work with excellent researchers in fields across the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and applied sciences make him a valuable, insightful contributor to our thriving campus service. Barlow draws heavily on his 25 years of higher education experience as a student, faculty member, and executive-education program manager to help Illinois achieve its goals. Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Barlow’s undergraduate experience at the University of Alabama was Engineering, Communications, and Business focused. His master’s degree (1993) from Illinois’s top-ranked Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising program and Ph.D. degree (Communications – 2002) were both highly interdisciplinary, giving him mature insights into campus interests, the academic research process and faculty career/life challenges.