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  • Murillo Soranso

    Murillo Soranso is the Director of First Year Experience and works with LAS 101, LAS 102, the LAS Interns, who facilitate the orientation courses, and LAS Liftoff. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Ithaca College and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University. He joined LAS in May 2016 after an 8-year stint in University Housing at Illinois, first as the Resident Director for PAR and then Area Coordinator for Urbana South (PAR and FAR). He enjoys traveling with his husband, exploring trails with his dog, Luke, gardening, and streaming movies/tv shows.

  • Brian Neighbors

    Brian Neighbors is the Director of Career Development for the College of LAS.  He holds a BA in History from Blackburn College, one of only six “work” colleges in the country.  He also has a MS in College Student Affairs from EIU, and is currently pursuing a PhD here at Illinois.  When not at work or in class Brian and his wife spend time at a ball court/field watching one of their three children in sports, or at home playing with their dog, Rupp.

  • Kate Krueger

    Kate Krueger is a Minnesotan who received her PhD from the University of Iowa. She spent over a decade working as an English professor before becoming the Director of Honors for LAS. She spends most of her free time playing with her partner and her son Theo, and the rest of it curled up with a good book.

  • Maureen Burch

    Although Maureen Burch is new to the Life+Career Design Lab, she has spent all of her adult life in the Champaign area.  She received her bachelor’s in Music Education and taught Dance and Drama as part of an Elementary Fine Arts Team in the Urbana School District. Maureen has spent her career working with students from birth to age 99 in academia, public schools, and in various non-profit settings. In her free time, she has designed and created sets and props for numerous local theater performances. Her last design challenge was making a life-size 3D cow that was lightweight enough to carry and could flat pack in the back of her trunk.  Her name was “Nellie” (of course!) and she is currently out to pasture.

  • Tabbey Cochran

    Tabbey Cochran is an office support specialist who works directly with the AROs and Dean Steltman. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, she earned her B.A. in Russian Studies, International Studies, and Political Science at Macalester College and spent the next five years working with churches in Ann Arbor, Chicagoland, and Odessa, Ukraine, before coming to settle here in Champaign. Her interests include creativity (music, art, food, literature…you name it), cats (of which she has two), and connecting with family and friends.

  • Steven Cox

    Steven Cox joined the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in September 2017 as an academic advisor, specifically working with the secondary education minor. Before moving to LAS, he worked in college athletics as academic counselor at Illinois, previously at the University of Wyoming and University of Mississippi. Originally from rural Kentucky and/or Mississippi, he earned his BA in History and MA in Higher Education from the University of Mississippi (Harvard of the South), and is currently pursuing his doctorate in higher education on our campus. Hobbies include being a parent, a student, and any physical or social activity. He resides in Urbana with his wife, two sons, and two dogs.

  • Ashley Poppy

    Ashley Poppy is a transfer advisor in the College of LAS. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Western Illinois University. Ashley has worked in an academic advising setting for the past 10 years. She commutes from Bloomington/Normal where she lives with her husband, two kids, and a dog named Ted.

  • Brian Schumacher

    Brian Schumacher is an Admissions and Records Representative in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He majored in History and Philosophy at Elmhurst College before moving to the Champaign-Urbana area. He enjoys using that degree to analyze the philosophy of films and television series.

  • Doreen Turner

    Doreen Turner is an academic advisor for the Access and Achievement Program in the College of LAS. She completed both her bachelor’s degree in animal sciences and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree here at Illinois. Although she loves helping animals, she also has a passion for working with students. Before joining the College of LAS, she was a program director for a veterinary technician program in southern Illinois, where she worked extensively with veterinary nursing students. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting amusement parks, being active in professional veterinary organizations, and spending time with her dog, Stefani, and her cat, Princess Lady Marmalade.

  • Tenaya Reifsteck

    Tenaya Reifsteck is the academic advisor for dual degrees and Individual Plans of Study for the College of LAS. She completed her bachelor's degree (human development and family studies) and two master’s degrees (elementary education and higher education) here at Illinois. She has a passion for education and enjoys working with people of all ages. She grew up in a small town not too far from campus, and is proud to be an Illini! She currently lives in the same small town where she grew up, along with her husband, daughter, and dog. She loves spending time with her family, attending her daughter's sporting events, reading, watching movies, and shopping.