ACED Fellow, 2003 Political Science
Susan Megy is a human rights and humanitarian affairs specialist with 20 years of cumulative experience overseeing policy, advocacy, research, and training programs for peacekeeping, U.S. military, nonprofit and private sector institutions. She is an experienced trainer, leading workshops on human rights, the protection of civilians, conflict early warning, crisis mapping, landmine awareness, and gender-based violence. Susan is currently working with the United Nations Political Mission in Iraq. Among various roles in both Ukraine and Iraq, Susan was acting interim Special Assistant to the Iraq Deputy Special Representative/Humanitarian Coordinator, providing policy and communications expertise to U.N. leadership.
As a Ph.D. Fellow at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Susan directed the Minority Rights summer school program and lectured on Human Rights in the Houston Film School's M.A. program. As an ACED Fellow, she worked as director of the YWCA McLean County Women and Diversity Program for her professional practice. After she graduated from the Stevenson Center, Susan joined the Peace Corps and worked as an economic development specialist in Bulgaria.
ACED Fellow, 2017 Anthropology
Cecilia Montesdeoca is a Diversity Advocacy Specialist with Illinois State University. She is responsible for planning and delivering programs and services, primarily to student populations, related to diversity and inclusion. She uses her expertise to engage in student outreach, assess programs and services, and conduct select presentations and training on issues of diversity and inclusion. Cecilia also advises and works closely with multi-cultural student organizations and coordinates regular cultural awareness events for the campus community. Cecilia has a B.A. in cultural anthropology and community health education from Illinois State. Cecilia completed her professional practice with the Dakota Resource Council, with a focus on community organization related to oil and gas extraction.
"It was an exceptional time to be organizing on those issues due to the Water is Life movement in protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline. My capstone project, a member feedback initiative, led me to identify opportunities to increase membership engagement by focusing on organizational processes," noted Cecilia.
Cecilia is also an alumna of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Summer Congressional Internship program, AmeriCorps Illinois Public Health Association, and AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Region.
ACED Fellow, 2007 Applied Economics
Craig Schlatter graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor's in economics and a minor in political science, after serving in the Marine Corps for four years. He found the Stevenson Center to be the right fit for graduate school.
"When I was looking at graduate programs, I wanted to attend a program that provided relevant job experience while emphasizing the importance of public service. The Stevenson Center fulfilled, and continues to fulfill, both criteria," noted Craig.
For his professional practice, Craig worked at the Community Development Commission of Mendocino County, California. His main project was the supervision of reconstruction of a 10-unit apartment building for low-income families. He coordinated architectural and engineering staff, approved payments to building contractors, and coordinated the public housing homeownership program.
Craig was hired by the Community Development Commission after completing his professional practice. He became the Development and Sustainability Manager. He planned and oversaw department budget and program/project activities. He directed Mendo-Lake Energy Watch, a commercial and nonprofit energy efficiency retrofit program in Mendocino and Lake Counties.
Craig is now Director of Community Development for the City of Ukiah. He has many responsibilities, including overseeing the department that addresses housing, code enforcement, and planning.
"ISU started me on the path to this career," said Craig.
ACED Fellow, 2017 Sociology
Andrew Kuka is currently employed by the Washington Service Corps as the Data and Performance Measurement Coordinator for the Reading Corps, a program with 180 AmeriCorps members that provide literacy tutoring services to early learning and K-4 students who are not meeting grade-level standards. He earned his B.A. in sociology from Rutgers University in New Jersey. After college, he served in AmeriCorps NCCC in the North Central Region, Class 19. He then served a second AmeriCorps term with the Rebuilding Together Bergen County New Jersey. While waiting to hear back from ISU on his graduate school application, he worked at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the most stressful job he’s had, in Des Moines, Iowa.
“I think the most valuable part of my professional practice with Housing Action Illinois was my work on the Housing Counselor Rental Housing training manual and seminar. I brought that product to my job interview with the WRC and I think it went over pretty well. The grant management work that I did there also gave me some experience with reaching out to people over the phone, email, and being detailed in my review of large amounts of information,” he exclaimed.
ACED Fellow, 2017 Kinesiology and Recreation
John earned a bachelor's from Ohio State University in parks and recreation management and went on to Baylor University where he earned a master's in sports pedagogy. He also served with AmeriCorps twice, as an at-risk youth mentor in Texas and in St. Louis on an emergency response team.
John's professional practice was at the East Central Illinois Area on Aging (ECIAAA), where he gained a greater understanding of services for older adults.
"I also gained great experience and knowledge in grants management that I believe will be invaluable in my future career," said John.
John has remained in the Bloomington-Normal area and is a Grants Management Program Analyst at the ECIAAA. His current position draws on his analytical skills, specifically research and problem solving.