This is who we are
District 2: Kathleen Booth
Kathleen Booth is a Senior IT Specialist in the College of Engineering. She received her bachelor’s from Bradley University and her Master’s from the University of Illinois. She has spent her professional career supporting education, first in an elementary school, then University High School, and now Engineering. She’s been in Urbana since 2000 and carefully balances a career with having a young child. She enjoys reading and gardening.
District 2: Kostas Yfantis
Kostas Yfantis is Acting Manager and eLearning Professional, Teaching and Learning Services, for Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services (CITES). Kostas began his professional career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998, managing the Mallard learning management system, which at the time served over 10,000 students. He has experience working internationally and in the fast-paced Silicon Valley environment where he joined other University of Illinois alumni to work for a start-up company. Today, in his role as Acting Manager of Teaching and Learning Services and eLearning Professional, he oversees support, training and consulting services to faculty, students, and staff using the Illinois Compass Second Generation, Illinois Compass as well as a set of other CITES services. He believes in the transformative potential of information technology to help our University enact its teaching, learning, research, outreach and economic development missions. He is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Council of Academic Professionals (CAP), which is an advisory body to the Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and as a member of the University Professional Personnel Advisory Committee (UPPAC), which is an advisory body to the President of the University of Illinois. He has served on UIUC's Academic Senate Executive Committee representing Academic Professionals. He believes in investing time and ideas towards the betterment of the community, which this quote from a colleague encapsulates: “We all have the power to create change. One conversation, one connection, one meaningful moment that inspires another. Every act, however small, matters.”
District 3: Jim Witte
Jim is an instructional technology specialist for Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts & Sciences. Jim helps with the development and evaluation of online courses. Jim came to Illinois from Nebraska and has studied and worked at Illinois for more than 20 years.
District 4: Tonje Henze
Tonja attended middle school through college in the Champaign-Urbana area. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and her Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois with a major in animal science. After graduation, she joined the University of Illinois laboratory animal care staff, where she became professionally certified and advanced to management. Tonja has worked in this field at the U of I for more than twenty years now. She is active in training programs both locally and nationally. She has served on CAPE Awards committee and the CCFD committee. She volunteers for 4-H as a fair judge, is a former Girl Scout Leader, and enjoys local community theater.
District 5: Rick Atterberry
Rick Atterberry is a Communications Specialist in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences where he is a Team Leader in Information Technology and Communication Services. He also serves as chief “logo cop” for University of Illinois Extension and helps keep staff on the straight and narrow when it comes to copyright issues. He serves as secretary of the nationwide Extension Disaster Education Network and volunteers as the Public Information Officer for the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency. Rick also serves on the campus Critical Incident Communications Team. Other community activities include chairing the Champaign-Urbana Cable Television and Telecommunications Commission, hosting the Champaign Connection cable television show for the city and appearing frequently as an on-air fundraiser for WILL television. Rick came to the University 12 years ago after a 30-year career in commercial radio, mostly at full-service and news-talk stations. His wife, Gisele, is an art historian and daughter, Rachel, is an attorney. He recently co-founded a 4-H Sailing Club in hopes of introducing a new generation to his favorite sport.
District 6: Gary Letterly
Gary Letterly is an Environment and Energy Stewardship Educator III in Unit 18 - Christian, Montgomery, Macoupin and Jersey Counties as part of University of Illinois Extension, College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Gary began his professional career in agriculture and natural resources as an agronomist and agribusiness manager in 1978 while working as a state and nationally certified CCA. He has provided regional and multi-state leadership in sustainable bioenergy crop development, outreach program delivery and coordination since 1992. His programs have supported technology transfer in agronomy, emerging cover crop strategies, renewable biomass production, densification, utilization and market development, land use issues, water quality, and community leadership. Today, he works to combine his role as a co-PI on University of Illinois - Dudley Smith Initiatives, CABER and ISTC integrated research projects with his Extension program delivery responsibilities across the state. Gary serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Energy Education Council, Illinois Biomass Working Group executive committee, North Central eXtension Bioenergy Crops Development program team and the multi-state Food, Fuel and Fiber Education Network. He holds a B.S. in Agronomy and an M.A. in Agriculture and Environmental Affairs from Illinois. His wife, Lynn, is a recently retired jr. high math teacher and sons Aaron and Kevin are graduate and undergraduate students at Wisconsin and Illinois respectively. He is a die-hard ILLINI, Cardinal and Bear fan... And in that order!
District 6: Julie Mumbower
Julie is a native of Hamilton County in Southern Illinois. She earned a Master’s in Education Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Spending her career in the education field, she has worked for Regional Offices of Education and Rend Lake Community College before coming to the University of Illinois Extension in 2006. In her role as County Extension Director, Julie provides leadership for Unit 26. The newly formed Unit consists of the southern counties of Franklin,Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Williamson. Julie and her husband live in Steeleville and enjoy the theater, basketball, their pets, and the beach. They have two grown children, Morgan and Caleb.
District 7: Urias Betoel Escobar (5/2013)
Betoel Escobar is an Assistant Director & Coordinator of Student Support Services (SSS) at the Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA). The SSS is a federally funded program designed to assist students from parents who have no college degree and who are of scarce economic resources. He oversees all aspects of the implementation of this grant program. Betoel is also a pre-law adviser for OMSA and adviser of the Minority Association of Future Attorneys (MAFA). He serves on several committees in Student Affairs. Prior to joining OMSA, he was a music professor at the Inter-American University in Puerto Rico and a trombone player with the National Symphony Orchestra in Costa Rica. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music performance from North Carolina School of the Arts and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, respectively. His doctoral degree in music education is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
District 7: Veronica M. Kann
I am the Assistant Director of La Casa Cultural Latina, a unit in the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. As the assistant director, I advocate for Latina/o students and educate all who are interested in learning more about Latina/o cultures and issues. A primary focus of my position is the promotion of retention, academic excellence, and professional development among Latina/o students. I am very interested in issues of access and equity in higher education and in labor and have served as the Treasurer of the Association of Academic Professionals for several years.
District 9: Melissa Madsen
Melissa Madsen is Assistant to the Director at the School of Art and Design, a unit with approximately 500 students in 10 disciplines and approximately 45 faculty. Her varied responsibilities range from administrative to HR policy to communications. An academic year begins with her shepherding faculty through the promotion and tenure process and ends with her helping students through Art and Design's graduation ceremony. Previously she worked for the Illinois MBA program for two years as its Assistant Director of Administration, where she managed the program's business office and oversaw financial matters, HR, its website, and internal scholarship awards, and produced or managed the production of many of its communications and marketing pieces, including its electronic newsletter. Before coming to the University she worked in scientific publishing, managing the production of peer-reviewed technical journals, a magazine, scholarly monographs, and the organization's website. She has a BA in Political Science and an MBA in Public Administration from the University. In 2010, her garden was featured on the News-Gazette website.
District 10: Robbie Bauer
Robbie is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, but more recently lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, for 8 years prior to coming to work in Champaign. Robbie graduated in 1996 from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is currently a student in the Professional MBA Program (class of 2014) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Robbie works for the University as a Utility Metering Integration System Expert for the Utilities Division of Energy Services. He enjoys training for Olympic triathlons, playing tennis, and traveling.
District 10: Elizabeth Rockman
I am in my second year as a District 10 representative on the Council of Academic Professionals, and I will also serve on the Senate Committee on Public Engagement during academic year 2010-11. I returned to campus in 1999 to work for the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs on budget, strategic planning, and special projects for five years.
I have worked at the Campus Honors Program since 2004. Initially, I was the Assistant Director of CHP, running unit operations and coordinating courses for Chancellor’s Scholars, and since 2007 I have been Associate Director of the CHP, and in this role I write publications, manage cocurricular programs, and advise students. Having worked within both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, I believe in the proactive strength of community and collaboration at the University of Illinois—and CAP is an excellent mechanism to unite individuals in the effort to promote a better working environment for a larger population, and through this work, positively impact the entire campus.
District 11: Kingsley Allan
Kingsley is the GIS Manager for the Coordinated Hazard Assessment and
Mapping Program (CHAMP) at the Illinois State Water Survey located on the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois. Kingsley is a Certified
Floodplain Manager, GIS Professional, former GIS Instructor, and past
president of the Illinois GIS Association. For 20 years he has worked in
map making, modeling, 3D visualization, web services, and database building for a variety of projects. He holds a B.A. degree in geography from Utah State University, and a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.
District 11: Sue Key
I am originally from Pennsylvania, but my family made their way to northern Illinois by the time I was in junior high. My BS degree is in personnel management from EIU (1987) and HR work is my first love. I worked as an HR professional in private sector, manufacturing for approximately 14 years before coming to the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS). (Check out the INHS website to see the work that our scientists and researchers do: www.inhs.illinois.edu) I've been with the INHS for nearly 12 years and am currently the Assistant Director for Administrative Services and am primarily responsible for HR and budgeting. I finished my MBA from EIU in December 2001, completing it part-time while working full-time. My husband, Chris, and our two kids, Olivia and Elliot, live in Arcola and we love to camp, travel and all-around have fun as a family.