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Leta SummersLeta Summers

SAC President
Clerical/Secretarial classes
(EEO 5)

Leta currently serves as Administrative Aide for the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative (IHSI). Leta supports the Deputy Director, Associate Director, and Assistant Director. As the uniting initiative for health sciences and technology on the Illinois campus, the IHSI supports faculty-driven research by organizing around health challenges, team-building, coordinating projects, and managing grant efforts. IHSI nurtures, builds, and maintains research communities in areas including cancer, precision medicine, and neuroscience. IHSI takes that a step further by fostering connections in these areas between academic researchers and clinical partners, providing outreach support, and creating educational opportunities. IHSI makes a point to fuse technological advances with health science research and fosters medical breakthroughs to help people help themselves.

Leta is a representative on the Campus Advisory Board for the Campus Charitable Fund Drive, Staff Advisory Council serving as representative for the Clerical/Secretarial Group and Co-Chairs the All Employee Expo. Leta is currently a member of Secretariat where Leta was awarded the Office Professional of the Year in 2015 and has served on their Branding Committee and the Events Committee. Also, Leta is a representative for the Faculty Staff Emergency Fund and was previously a member of the Illini Union Advisory Board.

Leta has an A.S. in Equine Science from Black Hawk College East Campus and B.S. in Agricultural Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mark CatronMark Catron

SAC Vice President
Skilled Crafts/Trades classes
(EEO 6)

Mark started at the University in 1997 as a second-year carpenter apprentice and graduated in 1999 as a journeyman. Mark worked as a carpenter with Facilities and Services (F&S) for 9 years, after which Mark moved to the Housing Division. During his time at F&S, Mark wanted to become more involved in the labor aspect of our employment and served as a union steward until Mark joined the Housing Division.

Mark currently sits on 3 boards representing different groups: Trustee Board at his church which oversees church operations; Chairman of the Finance Committee for his hometown; and current member of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC).

In his time as an active SAC member, Mark has been instrumental in seeing a bulletin board installed in the hallway of the F&S Physical Plant and Mark updates it with current news posting. Mark has advocated for groups of employees in discussion regarding several campus policies. Mark has helped extensively publicize the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Awards by posting information and visiting every zone and craft shop. Mark answers emails from constituents and talks to employees about question and concerns relating to University issues.

Mark has assisted with the All Employee Staff Expo and continues to attend monthly SAC meeting where policy, civil service rules, benefits, retirement information, state legislations, and other important issues are discussed with members of the campus and University Administration.

Kimberly Dalluge

Kimberly Dalluge

SAC Secretary
Technical and Paraprofessional classes
(EEO 4)

Kim is currently a Medical Insurance Manager for the Department of OBFS-University Payroll & Benefits. Student Health Insurance where Kim previously worked as a Medical Insurance Assistant Manager. Kim has been managing the office as department manager since January 2010. Kim has been working for the University for the past 22 years. Kim currently serves on the McKinley Student Advisory Board, the McKinley Special Populations committee (in an advisory capacity), the Student Insurance Advisory Board and the newly formed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) committee.  Kim is a member of the American College Health Association (ACHA) and Mid-America College Health Association (MACHA) as well as a lifetime member of Alpha Sigma Lambda (National Honor Society for Adult Learners in Continuing Higher Education). Kim graduated from both Parkland College and Eastern Illinois University.

Penny Nigh

Executive/Administrative/Managerial classes (EEO 1&3)

Penny started at the University as Extra Help in 2005, working as the receptionist in the College of Applied Health Science’s (AHS) Dean’s Office. Penny was hired as a Secretary III in AHS a month later and is now an Administrative Aide who supports the Associate Dean for Administration, the Associate Dean for Research & Director for the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability, and the Director of the AHS Shared Business Service Center.

Penny came to the University after Penny and her husband sold their business, Midwest Smokehouse, Inc., of which Penny was the President and CEO. Prior to that Penny was the Activity Director for Ford County Nursing Home and served as the Regional Representative for the Illinois Activity Professionals Association (IAPA) as well as, the Program Chair for the Corn Belt Activity Directors Association (CBADA). Penny has also volunteered on PTO committees, advisory committees, and as a Girl Scout Leader.

Penny has been a member of The Secretariat for nearly five years and is currently serving as President. In previous years, Penny has served on and/or chaired committees including; Office Professional of the Year, Nominations and Elections, and Boss of the Year. Penny enjoys being involved and sharing her ideas with others.

Susan ConradSusan Conrad

Clerical/Secretarial classes (EEO 5)

Susan’s present assignment is with the College of Media. Susan serves as Office Manager for the Department Head of Journalism and provides support to the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the College. Susan began her career in 1998 at the University of Illinois in the College of ACES Advancement Office as an Office Support Specialist.

Susan was very honored to serve as President of The Secretariat in 2008 and became aware of the many service opportunities of the Staff Advisory Council. Susan loves hosting the All Staff Expo each year, as Susan calls upon her years of experience from the College of ACES as an advisor to the ExplorACES Student Committee and support of the Directors of Alumni Relations and Specials Events in the college.

Susan also appreciates any speaking opportunity on the Council, having served on a speaking panel in March of 2009 and July 2010 for the Pro-Advantage Seminar Series for Office Support Professionals, plus providing suggestions while serving on focus groups for the Biennial Conference for Women of 2010. Susan remains an earnest and devoted supporter of students, faculty, donors, administration and alumni of the University of Illinois.

Emily ShaferClint D. Harper

Service/Maintenance classes (EEO 7)

Clint began his career at the University with Facilities & Services (F&S) as a Building Service Worker (BSW) in 2012. Clint currently works for the Facilities Department at Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) as their Research Facility Attendant. In this position, Clint is responsible for setting up and coordinating special events and room rentals at ECE. Additionally, Clint works with the building’s research labs and professors to monitor safety compliance.

Clint is a certified Employee Protection Process (EPP) trainer, a Parkland graduate, and a former member of the University of Illinois Army R.O.T.C. “Illini Battalion.” When not at work, Clint enjoys coaching youth sports and assisting with Monticello Cub Scout (Pack 122) events. As a representative for EE07, Clint is looking forward to meeting and interacting with the service employees and serving on their behalf.

Mark A. Kuehl

Service/Maintenance classes (EEO 7)

Mark has been a Building Service Worker for both Facilities and Services (F&S) and Housing Division for a total of 7years. Mark has also been a Building Service Foreman in the Housing Division for approximately 6 years. In addition, Mark has served on various committees such as the Charitable Fund Drive.

Kristi Webster

Clerical/Secretarial classes (EEO 5)

Kristi is currently an Account Technician III in OBFS University Payables and has been with the University since 2011. During this time, Kristi has the opportunity to interact with staff on all three campuses, the extension offices and the medical centers. Prior to joining the University, Kristi acquired a diverse background from the private sector. Kristi worked with AT&T under the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Union and held a position as a Union Representative where Kristi handled many disputes for her fellow co-workers. Kristi worked with Kellogg where Kristi participated in organizing events for employees and at RR Donnelley & Sons (RRD) in the financial division. At RRD Kristi participated on the Diversity Council and the Ergonomics team to improve the overall work environment for all employees with concentration on the production workers. Throughout her career Kristi has successfully operated as a liaison between staff and management by translating laws, policy and understanding how they affect the staff as well as the campus community. Kristi draws upon her cross industry experience to infuse new ideas and perspective to daily tasks while improving the total work climate.



Staff Advisory Council Liaisons



Jill Odom

Illinois representative to the State Universities Civil Service Employee Advisory Committee (EAC)

Jill started at the University of Illinois in 2002 in the Office of Governmental Relations assisting the Director of State Relations. Then in 2004, moved to the Office of the Vice President for Administration which has evolved into the Office of the VP, CFO & Comptroller. The VP/CFO’s ofc has a staff of two, Jill & Walt (the CFO), but the umbrella spreads wide and her duties range from policy development and implementation, business practices, ethics policies, budgeting, travel, employee management, and more. As the Administrative Assistant to the VP/CFO, Jill works side-by-side with Civil Service Employees and Academic Professionals giving her a unique perspective on the issues facing our employees and our university. Jill’s term with the Employee Advisory Council began January 2016.

Jill has lived in the Champaign-Urbana area almost her entire life which gives her strong ties to both the community and the university. Jill is also a member of the Secretariat, serves as a Leader on the Campus Charitable Fund Drive, is finishing up her B.S. from Eastern Illinois University, a very proud grandmother of two, and excited to call herself a beginner jogger.

Angela Wisehart


Angie joined the University as Extra Help in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) in 1997. OVCR hired me as a Secretary III in February 1998. Since that time, Angie has worked in the Office of the Chancellor and Office of Sponsored Programs. Angie has worked her way up through the clerical line one position at a time. Angie is currently a Business/Administrative Associate in the Prairie Research Institute where Angie supports the administrators in the Office of the Executive Director. The Prairie Research Institute provides objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois.

Angie is currently serving as President-Elect of The Secretariat, where Angie has been a member since 2000. Angie was just recently The Secretariat Auditor, and served on the Career Connections Committee. Angie was the Treasurer from 2009-2012. Angie served on and Chaired the Scholarship Committee and the Nomination/Elections Committee. And, finally, Angie was a committee member and mentor on the Mentoring Committee.

Angie is a Campus Charitable Fund Drive Unit Leader. Angie was the only Civil Service Employee that served on the Stewarding Excellence Campus Advisory Committee from 2010-2012, and most recently, Angie just completed a 3-year term serving on the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Awards Selection Committee.

Angie is currently in the process of earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational and Professional Development through Eastern Illinois University Angie is also an avid runner and enjoys running 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons. Angie will run her first full marathon in 2017.

Heidi Johnson, Director

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access (ODEA)

Heidi Johnson is the Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access (ODEA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Heidi has served in this role since 2013.  Heidi has been with the University of Illinois for the last 15 years and has worked in many positions including: Coordinator of Management Information in the College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences and Sr. Management Methods Analyst, Assistant Director, and Sr. Associate Director in ODEA. Heidi earned her Masters degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois in 2004. Heidi also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University.

William Ramm Jr.

Illinois representative to the State Universities Civil Service Employee Advisory Committee (EAC)

Bill started at the University of Illinois in 2010 as a Grounds Equipment Mechanic with Facilities in Services. In 2014, he started working for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. He has a lot of experience in the fields of Fleet Mechanic, Diesel Maintenance, and Operator Engineering. He received an Associates in Applied Science from Danville Junior College. He has a host of licenses and certificates. Bill’s term with the Employee Advisory Council began in 2015. Bill has lived in Danville area most of his life. He has 2 children, 1 grandson, 2 grandsons.

Christopher J. Allen

Illinois representative to the State Universities Civil Service Employee Advisory Committee (EAC)

Chris started at the University of Illinois in 2013, working as a pipefitter out of the Facilities and Services Department (F&S). He has worked as a pipefitter since 2003. He served his apprenticeship out of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 65 in Decatur, Illinois, serving as an officer of the Local for 3 years. Throughout his career, he has worked on various construction projects, including powerhouses, refineries, factories, and schools. He is a graduate from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in business management.  He is certified in med gas, welding, and is a licensed plumber. Chris’ term with the Employee Advisory Council began in 2016.


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