University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
I have been a member of NACRO since 2015 and joined the NACRO Conference Programming Committee. My initial focus was planning the NACRO Blueprint Day and I worked with several NACRO colleagues to lead the Large-Central Affinity Group for the 2016 NACRO Conference. In 2017 I was the University Sub-Committee Co-Chair and helped drive the sessions focusing on best practices for corporate relations officers. I’m excited to help lead the Conference Programming Committee to help bring the most relevant and valuable content to the NACRO membership. As a member of the NACRO Board of Directors, I’m looking forward to working with the other committees to move forward the mission of NACRO.
I currently serve as Associate Director for the Office of Corporate Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and I manage all aspects of strategic corporate relationships across the campus from student engagement, sponsored research and technology transfer opportunities, professional development, branding and sponsorship for companies. My portfolio focuses on companies in the food and consumer packaged goods/services industry as well as the entertainment and hardware/electronics industries. Prior to joining the Office of Corporate Relations, I spent nine years in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences where I focused on international development programs and outreach. I serve on the local Urbana Parks Foundation Board and I received my B.S. in Agricultural Economics and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.