Director, Alumni Programs
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
(Terms expire on date shown)
John Straus '73 (6/30/2017)
Valerie Blevins '86 (6/30/2017)
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Mary Myers Fasbender '71 (6/30/2017)
Saint Charles, Illinois
Carol Brown '99, Director of Alumni Programs
Scott D. Calhoun '81
Scott is an attorney with Hendrick, Phillips Salzman & Flatt. He earned a J.D. from William and Mary in 1984. His favorite Knox memory is of jumping off the roof of the Phi Delt house into 5-7 foot snow drifts. Scott enjoys singing and golf.
Black Alumni Network (BAN)/Black Alumni Association of Knox College
Randy Strickland '90
Randy is the Assistant Project Director for City of Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy. After Knox he went on to earn a master of arts and Ph.D. in comparative politics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His favorite Knox memories include winning the Midwest Conference Track & Field Championship in 1987, and Flunk Day 1990. Randy enjoys reading, traveling, mentoring, biking, and fitness.
John Straus '73
John is manager for Business Development at Exponent, a leading international engineering and scientific consulting practice specializing at accident investigations and failure analysis, environmental and ecological studies, and matters related to human health and risk management. After Knox he went on to earn a master of arts in teaching from Smith College, and completed additional coursework at the University of Illinois-Springfield. John's favorite Knox memory is the Choir tour to New Orleans in the spring of 1970. His hobby is cooking.
Karen Lutgens MacKenzie '95
Karen has worked at Caterpillar since 2000 and is currently a supervisor with responsibility for several Human Resources IT platforms. After graduation from Knox, she went to the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and also earned a master in business administration from University of Illinois Springfield. Karen has serious addictions to baseball at all levels, hockey, and a good thriller/mystery. She and her husband, Keith, routinely attend Spring Training in Arizona and visit Keith's family in his native Nova Scotia.
Ann Feldman Perille '76
Ann is an elementary school teacher at High Plains Elementary School, Cherry Creek School District. She holds a master of elementary education degree from the University of Colorado. One of her most fond Knox memories continues to be the casual time spent sitting on the north, front steps of Seymour Union visiting with friends in the late afternoon or after dinner. Ann's hobbies include gardening/yard work, travel, cross-stitch, and planning Colorado Knox Club events.
Chris Eik Winick '73
After almost 34 years of service with the State of Illinois, Chris retired in July, 2010. Her positions ranged from a community planner/organizer to social worker with DCFS and mental health, before working for 20 years as a counselor with the Department of Corrections, and finally human resources. Chris received a master's degree in public administration and a graduate certificate in collective bargaining and labor relations from the University of Illinois Springfield. The common thread in all her Knox memories are the people -- her professors, her closest friends, other students, and all the staff. Chris enjoys cooking, gardening, travel, and politics. She has been the township supervisor for the Town of the City of Galesburg since 1989 and is currently the Democratic Chair of Knox County.
Valerie Blevins '86
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Valerie is an attorney at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. After Knox she went on to earn a J.D. from the University of Nebraska. Her favorite Knox memory is of playing for the Knox women's basketball team. Valerie enjoys running and discovering new wines.
John Heyer '68
John is president and owner of Kettle Moraine Coatings in Jackson, Wisconsin. After Knox he went on to earn a master of science degree from University of Illinois. His favorite Knox memory is of the great personalities in the Chemistry Department -- Lee Harris, Russ Sutton, Harry Neumiller, and Tom Donavan. He also enjoyed a great four-year fraternity experience as a member of Alpha Delta Epsilon. John's hobbies included photography and Boy Scouts.
Douglas J. Hill '77
Doug has been a criminal prosecutor for 28 total years with the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office and U.S. Attorneys Office in Tacoma, Washington. He earned a J.D. from Seattle University in 1981. His favorite Knox memory is of the winter of 1975 when eight men shaved their heads in Seymour III (The Ghetto). Doug enjoys competing in triathlons, restoring his Dad's Model A, and keeping up with the wife and kids.
John Sauter '63
John is the academic advisor in financial economics to the Examination Committee, Society of Actuaries. He holds a master of arts degree and Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University, and is a Chartered Life Underwriter, American College of Life Underwriters. His favorite Knox memory is of arranging and coordinating the pledges' "walkout" during "Hell Week" at the TKE house. John enjoys bicycling on the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Trail in Virginia.
Letitia Luther Schactner '58
Letitia is a retired legislative aide to State Senator Carl Hawkinson. Her favorite Knox memories are of Choir tours and conversations with professors and fellow students in the Gizmo. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, gardening, music, and crafts.
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Bill Baker '58 (2018)
Oak Park, Illinois
Bill is a retired vascular surgeon, head of peripheral vascular surgery at Loyola University Medical Center. As such, he was involved in the teaching of medical students and residents, as well as regional/national vascular and general surgery organizations. After Knox he attended the University of Chicago School of Medicine, completed a one-year residency in general surgery at the University of Iowa, a four-year residency at the University of Chicago, and a one-year fellowship at the University of San Francisco. Bill remembers George Ward, Professor of Biology at Knox, as an honest, no-nonsense wonderful role model. He enjoys spending time with grandchildren, golf, bicycling, and the luxury of retirement.
Elizabeth Presley Bazan '05 (2017)
Elizabeth is the assistant curator of education at the Illinois State Museum, and is also an independent consultant for The Pampered Chef. After Knox, she went on to earn a master's degree in learning and visitors studies in museums and galleries from the University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom. Her favorite Knox memories are of time spent in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She enjoys quilting, sewing, crocheting, and all other crafty things.
Tom Bazan '05 (2017)
Tom is the assistant deputy director for research at the Legislative Research Unit for the State of Illinois. His favorite Knox memories involve playing for the ultimate Frisbee team, especially the season that the team qualified for regionals and chartered a bus to get there! Another special memory Tom recalls is wandering the streets of Europe while studying abroad in Flensburg, Germany. In his spare time, he enjoys playing disc golf and ultimate Frisbee; reading; and volunteering at his church.
Amy Zoch Buscher '98 (2016)
Amy is a senior forensic scientist-DNA analyst at the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory in Madison. She received a Ph.D. in microbiology and microbial pathogenesis from Washington University in St. Louis. To Amy, Knox is all about the people: lifelong friends, classmates, Pi Phi sisters, faculty. Every memory she has of Knox is centered around people, conversations, and the impact they had on her then, and now. Her primary time is spent keeping up with the activities of her three kids. Amy also enjoys running, gardening, camping and hiking, reading, volunteering (PTA and church), and spending time with family and friends.
Marty Glickman '80 (2016)
Vernon Hills, Illinois
Marty is a wealth management advisor with Northwestern Mutual in Skokie. He has been with Northwestern 31 years, his first job out of Knox. Further education includes CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter), ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), and CLTC (Corporation for Long Term Care Certification). His favorite Knox memory is the mini-term trip to Russia during his junior year. Marty developed lifelong relationships being a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. His hobbies are performing stand-up comedy, screenwriting, sports, and travel.
Maurice "Mo" Harris '08 (2018)
Maurice works with the Missouri Department of Economic Development. His current position is Planner II. After Knox, he went on to earn a master of arts degree in public affairs from the University of Missouri. His favorite Knox memory is helping to bring John Ashcroft to Knox. Maurice enjoys reading, sports, politics, history, traveling, and listening to music.
Susan Burns Hellberg '65 (2018)
Susan was an English major and a member of Delta Delta Delta. She is a Galesburg native and her grandmother, father, and brother were all Knox graduates as well. While living in Washington D.C., she worked for National Presbyterian School; more recently she worked for five years at Pettipoint Junction (a needlepoint store) and Potter-Randall County Medical Society in Amarillo, Texas. She enjoys reading, needlepoint, decorating, and keeping up with her many Knox friends. Her favorite Knox memories include life at the "Tri-Pi" suite in Post Hall (a resident suite, combining half Tri Delts and half Pi Phis) and many fun parties at the Beta house. She has two children and four grandchildren. She is the widow of Jeffrey Hellberg '64.
Emily Jensen '08 (2018)
Oak Park, Illinois
Emily is the athletic event manager for the American Liver Foundation, responsible for organizing three major annual events: a Chicago Marathon team and two fundraising events. Her prior professional experience is in political campaigns, political office, and non-profits. Emily has worked as a development intern at Kohl Children's Museum, as a ski instructor at Wilmot Mountain, and at the Fund for the Public Interest. In addition, she spent a few months in 2012 educating herself traveling through Europe. Emily appreciates her time at Knox because she formed lifelong friendships with Knox staff. She enjoys running, traveling, generally staying active, spending time with family, friends, and the dog.
Eric Langston '07 (2017)
In 2015 Eric will work as a summer associate at Proskauer Rose and receive his J.D. from DePaul University. His favorite Knox memories are of walking across the campus on a sunny day on his way to class and running into friends. Even though it should have taken five minutes to walk to class, the time spent was closer to 30 minutes because of how much he talked along the way. The idyllic campus and sense of community are easy to take for granted; he often longs to be back. Eric is a member of Rotary, volunteers by helping low-income families prepare their taxes, and is planning to learn to sail this summer.
Joe Moore '80 (2017)
Joe is alderman of the 49th Ward of the City of Chicago, representing residents of Rogers Park, West Ridge, and Edgewater. After Knox he went on to earn a J.D. from DePaul University Law School. Joe won re-election in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, and most recently in 2011. His favorite memories are of hanging out with Professors Bob Seibert and Lane Sunderland, and Coach Harley Knosher at their homes, saying that was one of the great things about Knox. You got to know your professors as actual people on a first-name basis, not just professors in a classroom. Joe enjoys travel and is a Cubs season ticket holder. This year is the year!
Gary Moses '65 (2016)
Castle Rock, Colorado
After leaving Knox, Gary received a master's degree in business administration in marketing from Indiana University. He spent two years in the Peace Corps, and taught four years at the School of Business at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Gary retired after 30 years in international business making baby food, air filtration equipment, credit card printers, and luggage. His favorite Knox memories include wondering how much the College spent to clean Russ Sutton's grayish-blue suit coat (he used the sleeve as his eraser),and Saturday night in the Oak Room watching the Flash Gordon series. He enjoys tutoring his four grandsons, traveling, biking, musicals, and BBC comedy and drama.
Diane Newell '86 (2016)
Diane is vice president of employee development and sustainability at BUNN. She earned a master's degree in industrial relations from Loyola University of Chicago, and worked previously for many Fortune 100 and 500 companies, primarily in Human Resources. Diane feels her involvement in extra curricular activities at Knox gave her a breadth of experience that enriched every aspect of her Knox career - and her life today. She remembers fondly cocktail and story-telling sessions with friends. Diane is involved in several Board of Directors positions within the Springfield area, including Girl Scouts, Urban League, Hoogland Center for the Arts, and Illinois Women in Leadership. She enjoys spending time with family and traveling.
Jacob Plummer '00 (2016)
Jacob is vice president for global strategy and operations at Allscripts, LLC, a healthcare software company. His focus is on handling opportunities outside of the United States. He holds a master's degree in business administration, a master of public policy degree, and a certificate of health care policy from the University of Chicago. His favorite Knox memory is of a day when he and his friends went sledding in the Knox Bowl, and then to Landmark Cafe afterwards for food, hot chocolate, and hot cider. Jacob enjoys sailing, horseback riding, and reading books on U.S. 19th & 20th century history.
Paul Raya '95 (2018)
Paul is a patent attorney and shareholder at Cook Alex Ltd. in Chicago. After Knox, he went on to earn a J.D. manga cum laude from John Marshall Law School. His favorite Knox memory is winning the Bronze Turkey his junior year. Paul and his wife keep busy with four children under the age of 12. Paul enjoyed coaching his son's football team this past year.
Richard Smith '68 (2016)
Rick currently serves as vice president-physician resources for Blessing Health System in Quincy, Illinois. After Knox, he went on to Drake University School of Law where he completed one year of law school before enlisting in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Rick has 30 years of experience in the healthcare field. In his role as vice president at Blessing, he is responsible for recruitment, contracting, compensation, and retention of all physicians for their 451-bed, two-hospital system serving a population of 400,000. Rick's daughter, Amanda, is class of 2005.
Steve Walton '74 (2018)
Steve is retired from teaching history and coaching at Sterling High School in Sterling, Illinois. After Knox, he earned a master's degree in education from Northern Illinois University. When thinking of Knox, Harley Knosher is who stands out in his mind. Steve enjoys tennis, golf, biking,hiking,skiing,and reading.
Cynthia Wilson '82 (2018)
Cindy is a clinical professor and director of Bluhm Legal Clinic Center on Externships at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She earned a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1986. Cindy's favorite Knox memories include gathering with friends her freshman year in the big hallways of Whiting Hall, and spending time with those same friends through four years of Knox and over 30 years later. In addition to spending time with friends, she enjoys travel, gardening, and tennis.
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