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.
ACED Fellow, 2017 Anthropology
Cecilia Montesdeoca graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor's in cultural anthropology and community health education. Her professional practice was with the Dakota Resource Council. "The practicum was a very beneficial experience," Cecilia said.
Her professional practice focused on community organization in relation to the extraction of oil and gas.
"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.
After her professional practice, Cecilia stayed on at the Dakota Resource Council as a training and member engagement coordinator.
ACED Fellow, 2004 Sociology
Jen Sheehey lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and works at Dougherty Family College, where she is a founding faculty member. She teaches sociology and mentors students. Dougherty Family College offers associate degrees at the University of St. Thomas. When it opened in 2016, the private two-year college was just the second of its kind in the country.
Before coming to Illinois State, Jen served as an AmeriCorps member with the Edmundite Missions Corps in Selma, Alabama. In her time at the Stevenson Center, Jen established a foundation to work within underrepresented communities and through her internship with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education learned more about the lack of supports and transitions between K-12 and higher education. This awareness led her to pursue a doctorate in higher education policy and administration.
"I met determined, inspired colleagues, who helped me shape the direction of my life. I learned how to talk to faculty, become a better scholar, and ultimately set my direction for my future career," Jen said of her time at Stevenson. "Additionally I met three of my lifelong friends at ISU."
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, 2006 Political Science
Pat serves as the Executive Director at the Center for Hope Outreach Programs, an organization within the Center for Hope International Ministries. Pat has oversight of the Food Pantry Network which includes two locations in Bloomington. In addition, Pat supervises a community-based clothing distribution center, manages educational empowerment workshops, and partners with local entities to provide care to senior citizens and other at-risk populations.
Pat’s professional practice was with the Center for Hope as an AmeriCorps member. Her capstone project there focused on evaluation practices.
“I am pleased to report that the Center for Hope Outreach Programs is reaching as many as 10,000 residents annually in McLean County,” Pat commented. “Many claim that the impact our program has had on themselves and their families has been life changing.”
Both the Center for Hope program and Pat herself have received various recognitions for their work including multiple nominations for Women of Distinction and the Illinois Municipal Human Relations Award.
“I felt the course offerings which included a much needed grant writing course would be especially helpful. What I hadn’t anticipated was how helpful the Stevenson Center staff would be as well,” Pat remarked. “People like Frank Beck, Beverly Beyer, and the late Martha Boudeman went out of their way to make the educational experience the best it could be. They always set aside time to talk, answer questions and provide materials that would enrich the entire process.”