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Susan ConradSusan Conrad

SAC President
Clerical/Secretarial classes (EEO 5)

Susan is an Office Support Specialist for the College of ACES Advancement Office. She currently supports the Director of Alumni Relations and the Assistant Director of Marketing for the College of ACES. She began her assignment with the ACES Advancement Office in 1998 as her first beginning with the University of Illinois. Susan served as the President of The Secretariat in 2008 and has remained on the Executive Board of The Secretariat. She served as an advisor for the College of ACES spring ExplorACES student committee in 2010. In March of 2009 and July of 2010 she was on the speaking panel for the Pro-Advantage Seminar Series for Office Support Professionals. Susan was also priviledged to serve on one of the focus groups for the Biennial Conference for Women in 2010. Susan remains a loyal supporter of students, faculty, staff, and administration at the College of ACES!

Emily ShaferEmily Shafer

SAC Vice President
Service/Maintenance classes
(EEO 7)

Emily has been a Groundsworker with Facilities and Services Department since 2005. Before working full-time for the Grounds department, she was a seasonal employee for two years. Emily is on the upgrade register for Subforeman and Assistant Operating Engineer. She holds a Bachelors degree in Forest Science from the College of ACES, and is a certified arborist with the Society of American Foresters. Emily enjoys being an active participant and advocate in her community and has served for two years as the union steward for Laborers' Local 703. She is also a mentor with the C-U One to One program. Emily is looking forward to serving the University community as a member of the Staff Advisory Council.

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 she previously worked as a Medical Insurance Assistant Manager. She has been managing the office as department manager since January 2010. She has been working for the University for the past 22 years. She 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.  She 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). She graduated from both Parkland College and Eastern Illinois University.

Chris MillerChris Miller

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

Chris is the facilities manager for the Institute for Genomic Biology and have worked in various positions with the University since 1991. He enjoys helping others and consider himself to be a (people) person. He serves on the Staff Advisory Council (SAC), the University of Illinois Employee Advisory Committee (UIEAC), and with the State Universities Retirement Committee (SURS)

Leta SummersLeta Summers

Clerical/Secretarial classes (EEO 5)

Leta currently serves as Adminstrative Aide for the F&S Capital Programs Dvision. She supports the Director of Capital Progams, two Associate Directors, and supervises a staff of five full-time Office Support. The Capital Programs Division directs the programming, design, and construction of large capital projects over $250,000 on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. This includes development of project scopes, budgets, and schedules and procurement of all construction related services for new buildings, additions/modifications to existing buildings, and associated backbone infrastructure in support of the mission of the University.

Over the last 12 years at the University, she has served on the Secretariat events committee as well as the Office Professional of the year Committee, and Illini Union Advisory Board. She is currently a representative on the Campus Advisory Board for the Campus Charitable Fund Drive, Faculty Staff Emergency Fund, and Staff Advisory Council co-chairing the All Employee Expo for a 2nd year. This has allowed her to gain a wide variety of experience and meet a diverse number of people all across campus. She believes this experience allows her to effectively represent the clerical/secretarial group (EEO5) on the Staff Advisory Council.

She 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

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. He worked as a carpenter with Facilities and Services (F&S) for 9 years, after which he moved to the Housing Division. During his time at F&S, he wanted to become more involved in the labor aspect of our employment and served as a union steward until he joined the Housing Division.

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

He 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.

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. He has also been a Building Service Foreman in the Housing Division for approximately 6 years. In addition, he has served on various committees such as the Charitable Fund Drive.

Shanitera Walker

Clerical/Secretarial classes (EEO 5)

Shanitera serves as a Chief Clerk for Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Human Resources. She began her career at the Krannert, shortly after earning her Bachelors in Communication from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. As an integral member of the business office team, Shanitera utilizes her educational background and her passion for interacting with people from all walks of life as she tackles a variety of human resources tasks each day. Shanitera takes great pride in her work, always looking for opportunities to hone her skills and improve her processes.



Staff Advisory Council Liaisons



Trina J. Wright-Dixon, Ph.D

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access

Trina received a BA and MA in Communication from the California State University, Fullerton. Additionally, she earned a Ph.D., in Organizational Communication from Howard University. Dr. Wright-Dixon is an organizational communication scholar and consultant dedicated to promoting a supportive and welcoming work climate for diverse members of organizations. She is a recent Certified Affirmative Action Professional (CAAP) and has focused her career on organizational communication and diversity education for over a decade. She serves as a consultant/subject matter expert to the campus on workforce diversity best practices, programs and policies. Most recently, she worked for the University of California at Los Angeles as a faculty member in the Anderson School of Management, Gender Studies, African American Studies and Communication. In addition, Prof. Wright-Dixon has worked with various NGOs and Universities to promote their diversity efforts. She taught at Penn State and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She recently rejoined the University of Illinois in July 2014 and is serving in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Access as Assistant Director.

Andrea Fain


Andrea is the current President-Elect for Secretariat. She is an Administrative Aide in the Office of the Chancellor. She has been with the university for seven years and has been a member of The Secretariat since 2009. In recent years, she has served as Recording Secretary and Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee.

Andrea earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Franklin University in Columbia, Ohio and graduated Suma Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA.

Michael AperMichael Aper

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

Mike started at the University of Illinois in 1987 at National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Mike has worked at CITES since 1992 in the Telecom division as a Communications Technician III. He is a member of IBEW Local 601 and an Instructor at the Champaign-Urbana, Streator-Pontiac JATC.

Gary FryeGary Fry

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

Gary first began working for the University of Illinois in 1990 as an Ironworker in Facilities and Services. Prior to coming to the U of I, he worked for several other construction companies. He has been a member of the United Mine Workers of America since 1975; he has also been employed as an operator of heavy equipment. He has been a member of the State Universities Civil Service Advisory Committee since 1997, and he has served on various Work Study committees established by the State Universities Civil Service System Office and on the University of Illinois Employee Advisory Committee.

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