Academics
Administration

Keiko Price // Associate Athletics Director, Academic Services
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Hometown: Mililani, Hawaii

Joined University of Illinois staff: 2013

Team Assignments/Responsibilities: Direct the Irwin Academic Services Office.

Education: UCLA, B.A. African-American studies, 2001; Cal-Berkeley M.A. education in language, literacy and culture, 2004

Athletic/Professional Experience: 22-time All-American swimmer at UCLA, captain of the Bruin swim team in the 1999-2000 season, U.S. National Team member - swimming, three-time Olympic Trials qualifier. Comes to Illinois following three years as Director of Football Student-Athlete Development at California, where she coordinated academic support services for the Golden Bear football program. Served Stanford as an assistant academic director for student-athletes from 2007-2010 and was the academic advising coordinator for black student programs at St. Mary's College in 2007. Her post-competitive career began at UCLA as an academic coordinator from 2000-2002 before moving to Cal-Berkeley for the first time as an academic advisor for student-athletes from 2002-07.

Best part of my job: Helping students transition from high school to college, and from college to life. Providing academic support services that enhance the intellectual development, persistence, and career success of student athletes.

Favorite Quote: "Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming." - John Wooden

Currently resides in: Champaign, Illinois

Jan Glosser // Office Administrator & Administrative Aide
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Hometown: Greenfield, IL

Joined University of Illinois staff: 1994

Responsibilities: Works in cooperation with other departments on campus with the Application, admissions, and housing process for all varsity sports, organizes National Letter of Intent and Initial Tenders, maintains student-athlete files, and other regular office duties.

Education:Eastern Illinois University, B.S. Business Management, 2010.

Professional Experience:Prior to moving to Academics, worked for ten years as the Administrative Secretary for the men's and women's tennis programs at Illinois.

Best part of my job: Seeing the student-athletes every day.

Favorite Quotes: "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go". - Oscar Wilde

Currently resides in: Philo, IL

Family: Husband, Steve; Children Kristi, Scott; Grandchildren, Colton, Rory, & Peyton.

Interest: Spending time with my grandchildren, traveling, and gardening.

Academic Counselors / Learning Specialists

Katelyn Christensen // Academic Counselor
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Hometown: Lakeview, MI

Joined University of Illinois staff: 2013

Team Assignments/Responsibilities: Football, GradesFirst liaison

Education: Central Michigan University, B.A.A. Sports Studies & Psychology, 2010; Central Michigan University, M.A. Sport Administration, 2012.

Athletic/Professional Experience: Member of Track & Field at Central Michigan University, 2006-2011; Intern in Student-Athlete Services at CMU, 2010-2012; Assistant Academic Coordinator at University of Wyoming, 2012-2013.

Best part of my job: Building relationships with student-athletes, seeing them work for success on and off the field; navigating through the day-to-day happenings of life with them.

Favorite Quote: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

Currently resides in: Champaign, IL

Shari Clapp // Academic Counselor
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Joined University of Illinois staff: 2002

Team Assignments/Responsibilities: Baseball, Men's Golf, Soccer, and Women's Tennis, as well as athletics liaison to campus/new student registration.

Education: Oklahoma State University, B.S. Geography, 1992; Oklahoma State University, M.S. Geography, 1998.

Professional Experience: Prior to arriving in Champaign, worked in both educational administration and as assistant director of the academic advising and career counseling unit for student-athletes at Ohio University. Also served in academic support at University of Pittsburgh, Rider University, and Oklahoma State.

Jessica Goerke // Academic Counselor
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Hometown: North Aurora, IL

Joined University of Illinois staff: October 2013

Team Assignments/Responsibilities: Men's Basketball and Women's Track and Field

Education: North Central College, B.A. History/Social Science (Secondary Education), 2010; The University of Akron, M.A. Higher Education Administration, 2012

Professional Experience: Comes to Illinois after 16 months as Academic Coordinator for Georgia Tech Football. While there, she monitored the academic progress of her designated cohort as well as coordinated nightly study hall operations. Prior to Georgia Tech, she was a graduate assistant in Academic Support Services at The University of Akron where she worked with Football and Men/Women's Track.

Best part of my job: Seeing my students succeed and grow confidence off the field. In particular, when I'm working with a student and they have that breakthrough "ah-ha" moment where he or she realizes that their hardwork and persistence pays off. It's in that moment that they own their academic success and realize what it means to truly be a student-athlete.

Favorite Quotes: "You have power over you mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." - Marcus Aurelius

Currently resides in: Champaign, IL

Hope Howell // Academic Counselor
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Hometown: Lithonia, GA

Joined University of Illinois staff: 2013

Team Assignments/Responsibilities: Men's Cross Country, Men's Tennis, Men's Track & Field, Wrestling, Cheerleaders.

Education: University of Illinois, B.S. with High Honors News-Editorial Journalism, 2010; Lipscomb University, M.A. Civic Leadership, 2012.

Athletic/Professional Experience:Member and Co-Captian of University of Illinois Softball team, 2006-10; Student-Athlete Learning Mentor at University of Georgia, 2011; Learning Specialist at Ohio University, 2012-13. Founder and Program Director of Athena Leadership, LLC.

Best part of my job: Watching student-athletes apply the same dedication and discipline that they use in their sport to their education.

Favorite Quote: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Emerson

Currently resides in: Champaign, IL

Interests: Movies, music, traveling with former Illini teammates.

Kathy Kaler // Academic Counselor
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Hometown: Rantoul, IL

Joined University of Illinois staff: 2001

Team Assignments/Responsibilities:Volleyball & Women's Golf; Coordinator of the Douglas C. Roberts Illini CHAMPS / Life Skills Program.

Education: Eastern Illinois University, B.S. Physical Education, 1979; Western Illinois University, M.S. Athletic Administration, 1986.

Athletic/Professional Experience:Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball at Eastern Illinois University. Teacher / Coach / Girls Athletic Director at Gardner-South Wilmington HS; Head Coach Women's Basketball / Fitness Center Director / Physical Education Instructor at Danville Area Community College.

Best part of my job: I love working with student-athletes and being able to watch them grow over their careers and achieve success both in the classroom and in their sport. I also really enjoy being able to witness the impact our student-athletes make within our community through the Hometown Heroes program.

Favorite Quotes: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

Currently resides in: St. Joseph, IL

Interest: Following the success of all of our current and former Illini; biking, walking, jogging, and woodworking.

Melinda McCormick // Academic Counselor
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Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI

Joined University of Illinois staff: 2011

Team Assignments/Responsibilities: Softball, Swimming & Diving, and Women's Gymnastics; Tutor Coordinator.

Education:Miami University, B.A. English/Journalism and Film Studies, 2004; Purdue University, M.Ed. Educational Studies, 2011.

Athletic/Professional Experience:Volleyball at Miami University. Championship Staff Assistant at NCAA; Graduate Assistant for Student-Athlete Academic Services at Purdue University.

Best part of my job: Building different relationships with every student-athlete and being there for them for both the successes and failures.

Favorite Quotes: "Turns out not where, but who you're with, that really matters." - DMB

"Everything happens for a reason." - My mom, every time I couldn't see the big picture.

Currently resides in: Champaign, IL

Family: Husband, Dustin; Child, Marin.  

Interest: Concerts, movies, traveling and spending time with friends.

Annie White // Academic Counselor
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Hometown: Tolono, IL

Joined University of Illinois staff: 2007

Team Assignments/Responsibilities: Head Football Counselor.

Education: University of Illinois, B.S. Kinesiology, 2001; University of Illinois, M.S. Sport Management, 2004.

Athletic/Professional Experience: Pitcher on inaugural softball team, 1999-2000; Served as a G.A. and then as an intern at Irwin Academic Center, 2002-05; Academic counselor at University of Cincinnati, 2005-07, and worked with Baseball, Men's & Women's Soccer, Men's Golf, Women's Basketball, and Football during those years.

Best part of my job: Working with student-athletes on a daily basis & watching them mature and develop into well-rounded adults.

Favorite Quote: "Do, or do not. There is no try." - Yoda

Currently resides in: Urbana, IL

Family: Husband, Kelly; Children, Henry and William.

Interest: Disney and ice cream.

Casey Fonnesbeck // Learning Specialist
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Hometown: Franklin, ID

Joined University of Illinois staff: 2013

Team Assignments/Responsibilities: Football

Education: University of Illinois, B.S. Sports Management 2010; Arizona State University, M.A. Higher & Post-Secondary Education, 2011.

Athletic/Professional Experience: Member of Track & Field at The University of Illinois, 2006-2010; Member of Track & Field at The Arizona State University, 2010-2011; Athletic Learning Specialist at Utah State University, 2011-2013.

Best part of my job: Building relationships with the student-athletes.

Favorite Quotes: "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" - Jay Livingston

Currently resides in: Champaign, IL

Carla Suber // Learning Specialist
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Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Joined University of Illinois staff: 2006

Team Assignments/Responsibilities: Football

Education: Florida A&M University, B.A. English, 1992; University of Pennsylvania, M.S. Ed Secondary Education, 1995; Temple University, M.Ed. Counseling Psychology, 2000.

Athletic Experience: Swim team at Florida A&M, 1988-1992.

Best part of my job: Students! They are hilarious!

Favorite Quote: "Never, never, never give up." - Winston Churchill

Debby Willard // Learning Specialist
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Hometown: Springfield, IL

Joined University of Illinois staff: 2007

Team Assignments/Responsibilities:Work with all varsity sports, with exception of football.

Education: DePauw University, B.S. Microbiology, 1984; Eastern Illinois University, M.A. Administrative Education, 2005.

Professional Experience: Microbiology Research Lab and secondary education.

Best part of my job: Working with students on a one to one basis.

Currently resides in: Monticello, IL

Family: Husband, Troy; Children, Sara and Jeff.

Sports Nutritionist

Chelsea Z. Burkart // Sports Nutritionist
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Hometown:Moscow, ID

Joined University of Illinois staff:2012

Team Assignments/Responsibilities: Coordinate nutrition education, cooking classes, and performance nutrition for teams.

Education: North Idaho College, A.A., 2004; Mesa State College, B.A. Exercise Science, 2006; University of Wyoming, B.S. Dietetics, 2009; University of Houston Dietetic Internship, 2010; University of Florida, M.S. Clinical Exercise Physiology, 2012; Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, 2012.

Athletic/Professional Experience: Soccer at North Idaho College and Mesa State College, 2002-2006; Worked as sport nutrition intern at the University of Florida for 7 months prior to being hired full time as Gators' Coordinator of Sports Nutrition, 2010-2012.

Best part of my job: Teaching athletes to maximize their performance ability through sound fueling and recovery nutrition.

Favorite Quote: "Nutrition will not make an average athlete elite but it can make an elite athlete average."

Currently resides in: Champaign, IL

Interest: Traveling, time with family, running, and lifting.

Family: Husband, Aaron. 

Graduate Assistants

Dan Bolsen // Graduate Assistant
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Hometown: Lovington, IL

Joined University of Illinois staff: May 2013

Education: Bachelor of Science in Sport Management & Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Athletic/Professional Experience: 2013 graduate of the Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program at Eureka College. Former intern at the University of Illinois, at Olson Public Relations in San Francisco, CA, and at Big Ten Men's Basketball Conference Tournament. One-year player on the Eureka College basketball team; three-year player on the Eureka College football team.

Best part of my job: Working for a premier Big Ten athletic program and, of course, putting on the orange & blue each day for work.

Favorite Quote: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau

Currently resides in: Savoy, IL

Mike Maziarz // Graduate Assistant
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Hometown: Pana, IL

Joined University of Illinois staff:2012

Education: Lincoln Land Community College, A.A., Journalism, 2009; Millikin University, B.S., Management, 2011; University of Illinois, M.S., Sport Management, 2014 (Currently in Progress)

Athletic/Professional Experience: 4-year college baseball player at Lincoln Land Community College and Millikin University (2008-2011); earned Prestigious Academic All American honors and was a member of NJCAA Region XXIV Rawlings Gold Glove Team in 2009; interned in Sports Information Department at Millikin in Fall 2011.

Best part of my job: Working with the Irwin staff, assisting student-athletes in their academic endeavors, and being a part of the Illini family and culture.

Favorite Quote: "There's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day." - Walt Disney

Currently resides in: Champaign, IL