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Susan ConradSusan Conrad

SAC President
Clerical/Secretarial classes (EEO 5)

Susan’s present assignment is with the College of Media. She 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.

She 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 she 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.

She 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. She remains an earnest and devoted supporter of students, faculty, donors, administration and alumni of the University of Illinois.

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. 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.

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 Administrative Aide for the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative (IHSI). She 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. She is currently a member of Secretariat where she was awarded the Office Professional of the Year in 2015 and has served on their Branding Committee and the Events Committee. Also, she is a representative for the Faculty Staff Emergency Fund and was previously a member of the Illini Union Advisory Board.

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.

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. He 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, he 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. 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



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.

Penny Nigh


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. She was hired as a Secretary III in AHS a month later and is now an Administrative Aide who supports the Assistant Dean for Administration, the 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 she and her husband sold their business, Midwest Smokehouse, Inc., of which she was the President and CEO. Prior to that she 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). She 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-Elect. In previous years, she 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.

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. She 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.

William Ramm Jr.

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

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. She 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. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University.

William A. Buesing

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


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