Prospective students, these alumni are happy to share their experiences with you! Please reach out to one person at a time, and also feel free to get in touch with staff at StevensonCenter@IllinoisState.edu or (309) 438-7090.
Lloyd Owen Banwart is an Economist at TANGO international with 11 years' experience in international development and research. He received his BA in economics and business from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his MS in appliedeconomics from Illinois State University. Lloyd has led evaluation and research activities across resource-scarce settings in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Africa. Prior to his work with TANGO, Lloyd was a Stevenson Center Fellow at Land O'Lakes International Development (IDD). While at Land O'Lakes IDD Lloyd provided technical assistance and thought leadership to the Cooperative Development Program, a five-year, USAID-funded project implemented in Kenya and Uganda aimed to explore, assess and disseminate the critical success factors of vertically and horizontally integrated dairy cooperatives. A portion of Lloyd's research on cooperatives was published in the Journal of Poverty & Public Policy. Lloyd also spent three years working with livelihood cooperatives in the Republic of the Philippines, focusing on integrating cooperatives into existing value chains. In conjunction to his international development work Lloyd has worked as a research analyst studying the perceptions of businesses in traditional and online media.
I am currently the Academic Resource Center Director, Title IX Coordinator, and ADA Coordinator for Newman University in Wichita, KS. Mostly recently I was also a Community Liaison (community engagement, project management, and public relations) for the City Manager's Office of the City of Wichita. My local volunteer experience has been as a board member of the 'Leadership and Athletic Development Foundation', a leadership team member for 'LOVE Wichita', and other local community activities. My career includes non-profits, private sector, and the public sector positions. Along with my degree from ISU, I also hold BA's in Sociology, History, and Psychology.
Alyssa came to the Stevenson Center holding two bachelor's degrees in economics and mathematics. She spent time as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis, and as a graduate assistant for the Stevenson Center with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for McLean County. After her year on campus, she completed her professional practice at the Fremont Area Community Foundation in Fremont, MI, where she focused her research on local poverty. She secured a position there as a Program Officer following her fellowship. Alyssa stated, "Without my experience at the Stevenson Center and my unique placement with the Community Foundation, I would not have discovered some of my true professional interests, gained more confidence as a valuable contributor in any workplace, nor would I have been able to secure a great position with a great organization." Alyssa has been on staff with the Community Foundation for several years, and has been afforded the opportunity to grow in many ways. She has been built upon her research as a fellow through the Stevenson Center to implement a strategic framework for their Poverty to Prosperity focus area. She also reviews grant applications, with an average annual portfolio of $2 million, among other projects and efforts. Alyssa is willing to speak to prospective Stevenson Center students interested in the program to share her perspective, and provide a taste of what life is like as an ACED fellow.
I am currently an International Student Advising Specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In my free time, I like to teach English as a Second Language, exercise, and explore nature. I did the Master's International program in Political Science at ISU, and completed my Peace Corps service in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
Julia directs the employment program at Mountain Home Montana, a nonprofit that provides housing and supportive services to young mothers and their children. Her primarily responsibilities include program management, budgeting, grant compliance, and community resource coordination. Julia holds a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis from Pomona College and an M.S. in Political Science- Applied Community and Economic Development from Illinois State University. Prior to graduate school, Julia completed two terms of AmeriCorps service in Illinois.
Julie was a Peace Corps fellow and served in Macedonia as a youth development volunteer before attending ISU. She completed her practicum at United Way of McLean County which later turned into a staff position as the Community Impact Manager. She currently works at the Frost Research Center at Hope College in Holland, MI where she is involved in all facets of the social science research process.
Currently, I am a Data Steward at IEWC. I was at the Stevenson Center from Fall 2013-Summer 2015. I worked under Dr. Beck both years. I also served in City Year Boston 2012-2013. Working with the Stevenson Center, I volunteered, worked on data management projects, was a business information specialist, and gained a lot of experience working with the local community.