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  • Teresha Bossinghamn

    Teresha Bossingham received her BS in Business Administration from Illinois State University.  She has worked in higher education for 14 years; 12 years at ISU and 2 years at the University of Illinois.  She is married with 3 children.  When she is not working, she spends her time watching her daughter play sports and enjoying time with her family. 

  • Gabby Elkins

    Gabby Elkins graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology.  She has over a decade of experience as a veterinary assistant/tech.  In her free time she enjoys traveling wherever her car will take her, live bluegrass/folk music, lounging with her fiancé and 5 cats, and trying new food and drink. 

  • Kari Mahannah

    Kari Mahannah has been working at UIUC for over seven years, has pre-K-2nd grade teaching experience, and holds a BS and an MS from Illinois State. She is pursuing a second MS in college student affairs through EIU. In her free time, she indulges in true crime podcasts and tv shows and working on her fixer-upper home. Note: Demo is way easier than putting things back together. She enjoys working in her yard and visiting Peruvian kiddos in our summer/their winter (pre-COVID). She has a dog named Eddie who resembles a baby fox and loves her ten nieces and nephews ages 12 and up. Si deseas hablar en español, es posible que ella te entienda de vez en cuando.

  • Lesley Butler

    Lesley Butler is an Office Support Specialist for the Access and Achievement Program in the College of LAS.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language from Eastern Illinois University. In her free time, Lesley enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, weekends at her lake house and showing her classic car at shows around Central Illinois.  

  • Sean Beal

    Sean Beal began as an ARO in January of 2020. He graduated from Millikin University where he played baseball and majored in Sports Management. Prior to working at UIUC, he worked in admissions at the University of Chicago and coached Semi-Pro baseball in the Chicago suburbs. Currently, he lives in Urbana with his wife, Angeline, who also works at UIUC.

  • Anna Chovanec

    Anna Chovanec is a Pittsburgh, PA native and made Central Illinois her home in June 2016. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Penn State University and her EdM in Education Policy & Organizational Leadership from UIUC. She joined the LAS SAAO team in April of 2017 as an Admissions and Records Officer and in October 2019, started a new role as an Academic Advisor. Anna loves all things sports and tries to attend as many events as she can. She resides in Tuscola, IL with her husband, Eric, her son, Grady, her daughter, Lumi, and her dog, Hilde.

  • Maureen Burch

    Maureen Burch works with our Life+Career Design interns and students who visit the lab. She has spent all of her adult life in the Champaign area until a recent move (and a pandemic) brought her to Mars (Pennsylvania that is).  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.

  • 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.