Our Team

Below you will find a list of staff organized by office. If you are looking for someone and you can’t find them, please try searching the Illinois campus directory.

ADVANCEMENT LEADERSHIP

The Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement works in partnership with the University of Illinois Foundation to manage all aspects of the fundraising operations on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

Barry Benson
Vice Chancellor for Advancement
Senior Vice President for Development, UIF
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 300-5671
bensonb@illinois.edu
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Susan Lee
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
Associate Vice President, UIF
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 300-3486
leese@illinois.edu
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Leanne Rodgers Barnhart
Senior Director of Development
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-6880
leanne1@illinois.edu
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Alex Schmidt
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Campaigns and Strategic Engagement
1817 S. Neil St., Suite 102
Champaign IL 61820
(217) 265-5711
kaschmid@illinois.edu
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Jennifer Neubauer
Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations
President, UI Alumni Association
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
jln5@uillinois.edu
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Elizabeth McGreal Cook
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Talent Management and Administration
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 265-5423
emcook@illinois.edu
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Melissa Engel
Director of Internal Operations for Institutional Advancement
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-6647
engelm@uillinois.edu
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LEADERSHIP SUPPORT

Katie Wax
Administrative Aide
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 300-3486
kwax@illinois.edu
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Caroline Jandeska
Office Administrator
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 300-3489
cjandesk@illinois.edu
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Kari Wallace
Office Manager
3005 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-4087
kjwallac@illinois.edu
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Jennifer Kresin
Budget Analyst I
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 300-3487
jkresin@illinois.edu
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Elizabeth Erwin
Office Support Associate
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-4752
eerwin@illinois.edu

 

 

 


ANNUAL GIVING

The Annual Giving Office oversees the solicitation and stewardship of thousands of alumni and friends who support Illinois with their generous recurring gifts. This group is part of the Strategic Engagement team headed by Alex Schmidt, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Campaigns and Strategic Engagement.

Christy Moss
Senior Director of Strategic Engagement
1817 S. Neil St., Suite 102
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-6358
chrmoss@illinois.edu
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Kristin Burnette
Associate Director of Annual Giving Stewardship
1817 S. Neil St., Suite 102
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 300-4454
klang2@illinois.edu

 

 

 

Lisa O’Banion
Associate Director of Annual Giving Programs
1817 S. Neil St., Suite 102
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-9174
lobanion@illinois.edu

 

 

 

Kelly McCleary
Office Manager
1817 S. Neil St., Suite 102
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-9174
mcclery2@illinois.edu
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Justin Brauer
Office Support Associate
1817 S. Neil St., Suite 102
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 300-3698
brauer4@illinois.edu
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FOUNDATION RELATIONS

The Office of Foundation Relations is dedicated to securing support from private foundations for the institution’s academic and public engagement programs. Read more.

Janelle K. Weatherford
Director of Foundation Relations
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-6566
jwthford@illinois.edu
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Barlow LeVold
Associate Director of Foundation Relations
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-8146
jbl@illinois.edu
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Rajeev Malik
Director of Foundation Relations
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-8085
rmalik@illinois.edu
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Julie Elzanati
Director of Foundation Relations
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-1206
elzanati@illinois.edu
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MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Marketing & Communications focuses on engaging our passionate alumni and friends to ensure Illinois is a top philanthropic priority. This group is part of the Strategic Engagement team headed by Alex Schmidt, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Campaigns and Strategic Engagement.

Kim Schmidt
Director of Storytelling
1817 S. Neil St., Suite 102
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 265-6391
kimsch@illinois.edu
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Joseph Brumleve
Art Director
1817 S. Neil St., Suite 102
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 244-0847
jtbrumle@illinois.edu
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Matt Wszolek
Senior Executive of Marketing & Media
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Office of Public Affairs
(312) 575-7842
mwszolek@illinois.edu
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REGIONAL OFFICES

The Regional Development Directors serve as a point of contact for alumni, donors and friends throughout the United States. They are assigned different regions and build relationships through personal visits and events.

REGIONAL DIRECTORS

Deanne Johnson
Director of Development
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
Territories: Arizona, Illinois (East Central; plus the Quad Cities), Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming
(217) 333-0752
jhns@illinois.edu
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Erin Marker
Assistant Director of Advancement
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(415) 227-4040
emarker@illinois.edu
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Byron Clark
Director of Development
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
Region: Mid-Atlantic
(217) 333-4087
byronc@illinois.edu
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Chris Kirby
Director of Development
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
Region: Midwest
(217) 333-4087
cgkirby@illinois.edu
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Vlad Petkovich
Director of Development
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
Region: Northeast
(217) 300-0302
vp9@illinois.edu
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ILLINI CENTER CHICAGO

 

Jill Korblick
Assistant Director of Advancement
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
200 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 575-7828
jjkorb@illinois.edu
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Jon Salvani
Director of Advancement – Team Lead
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
200 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 575-7925
jsalvani@illinois.edu
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Eva Schmidt
Assistant Director of Advancement
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
200 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 575-7895
schmid15@illinois.edu
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Michelle Kundrat
Administrative Aide
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
200 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 575-7926
mkong5@illinois.edu

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

Patty Lam
Sr. Director of International Advancement
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
(217) 244-1206
pattylam@illinois.edu
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Brooke Eisenmenger
Director of International Advancement
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
(217) 300-3160
beisen1@illinois.edu
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REGIONAL SUPPORT STAFF

Penny White
Office Support Associate
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 300-0285
pfwhite@illinois.edu
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STEWARDSHIP

The Stewardship Office seeks to build and maintain practices across campus that ensure responsible, ethical administration of gifts and celebration of our donors through meaningful engagement and impactful communication. This group is part of the Strategic Engagement team headed by Alex Schmidt, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement, Campaigns and Strategic Engagement.

Jamie McFarling
Director of Scholarship Stewardship and Donor Relations
1817 S. Neil St., Suite 102
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 244-3755
jmp@illinois.edu
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TALENT MANAGEMENT

The Talent Management Office partners with colleges and units on campus to attract, retain and engage top-level employees in Advancement at Illinois. This group reports to Elizabeth McGreal Cook, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Talent Management and Administration.

Theo Long
Director of Talent Management
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 300-5289
tflong@illinois.edu
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Katie Walker
Assistant Director of Talent Management
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 300-7178
kweisen3@illinois.edu

 

 

 

Brenda Morris
Human Resource Associate
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 300-2704
bcmorris@illinois.edu

 

 

 

Sherry Clayborn
Office Support Assistant
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 300-2441
sclaybor@illinois.edu

 

 

 


ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATES

Vanessa Faurie
Director of Advancement for Research Initiatives
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-1477
v-faurie@illinois.edu
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Julie Jackson
Director of Development, Principal & Major Gifts
3003 Alice Campbell Alumni Center, MC 079
601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 300-1736
filip@illinois.edu
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Susan Fitzgerald
Development Associate
1817 S. Neil St., Suite 102
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 300-3912
sfitzge@illinois.edu
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