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Alumni Council Members


Carol Brown

Director, Alumni Programs

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


309-341-7770 (fax)


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Executive Committee

John Sauter '63

John Sauter
Reston, Virginia
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.

John Straus '73Vice Chair
John Straus '73
Evanston, Illinois
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 an master of art in teaching in history 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.

Letitia Luther Schactner '58Secretary
Letitia Luther Schactner '58
Galesburg, Illinois
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.


Carol Brown '99Ex-Officio
Carol Brown
'99, Director of Alumni Programs
Galesburg, Illinois
Carol has worked at Knox for 17 years and is currently the Director of Alumni Programs. She holds a master of arts degree in sociology from Western Illinois University. Her favorite Knox memory is seeing the pride in her parents' faces on graduation day. Carol enjoys fitness activities, especially running and yoga; vacations at the beach; reading; and spending time with family and friends.

Knox Club Representatives

Scott D. Calhoun '81Atlanta
Scott D. Calhoun '81
Smyrna, Georgia
Scott is an attorney with Hendrick, Phillips Salzman & Flatt. He earned a Juris Doctorate 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.

Karen Lutgens MacKenzie '95Central Illinois
Karen Lutgens MacKenzie '95
Dunlap, Illinois
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's 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 '76Colorado
Ann Feldman Perille '76
Englewood, Colorado
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 '73Galesburg
Chris Eik Winick '73
Galesburg, Illinois
After completing almost 34 years of service with the State of Illinois, Chris retired in July, 2010. Her positions ranged from being a community planner/organizer to social worker with DCFS and mental health, before she eventually found her way to the Department of Corrections, where she was a counselor for 20 years before moving over to human resources in April, 2009. Chris received a Masters in Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations from the University of Illinois Springfield. Additional graduate coursework was completed at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. The common thread in all her wonderful Knox memories are the people! Her professors, her closest friends, other students and all the staff - THEY WERE KNOX! 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 '86Kansas City
Valerie Blevins '86
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Valerie is an attorney at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. After Knox she went on to earn a Juris Doctorate 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 '68Milwaukee
John Heyer '68
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
John is president and owner of Kettle Moraine Coatings in Jackson, WI. 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.

Doug Hill '77

Puget Sound
Douglas J. Hill '77
Tacoma, Washington
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 Juris Doctorate 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.

Joel Christensen '06Saint Louis
Joel Christensen '06
Saint Louis, Missouri
Joel is an attorney at Armstrong Teasdale LLP. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law in 2010. His favorite Knox memories are of forming and managing Knox's grilling club, "Sunny and Char," and competing in the club water polo national championship. Joel enjoys politics, skiing, philosophy, and sabermetrics.

John Sauter '63Washington, D.C.
John Sauter '63
Reston, Virginia
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 '58FYC Representative
Letitia Luther Schactner '58
Galesburg, Illinois
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.

At Large Members

(Terms expire on December 31 of year shown)

Bill Baker '58Bill Baker '58 (2015)
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.

Amy Zoch Buscher '98Amy Zoch Buscher '98
Madison, Wisconsin
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.

Mary Myers Fasbender '71Mary Myers Fasbender '71 (2015)
Saint Charles, Illinois
Mary retired as Superintendent of School District 46 in Crystal Lake, and is now consulting for Ray and Associates, a national executive search firm, recruiting largely superintendents. After graduation from Knox, she received a master of arts degree in Educational Leadership, as well as an Ed.D. in Education Administration from Northern Illinois University. One favorite Knox memory is spending the year living in another culture with the Knox Besancon, France, study abroad program. Mary enjoy sports of all kinds, especially golf, water sports, and football, along with flower gardening.

Catherine Horan Flint '86Kate Horan Flint '86 (2015)
Saint Johns, Florida
Kate is a stay-at-home mom and volunteer for local schools, the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary, and Saint Augustine Community Chorus. Her favorite Knox memories are of meeting her husband, Chuck, in the Beta House, the Homecoming shopping cart parade, and seeing old friends at the Class of 1986 25th year reunion and then seeing her daughter, Colleen '15, with new friends. Kate enjoys singing and reading.

Marty Glickman '80Marty Glickman '80 (2013)
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.

Liz Grana '06Elizabeth V. Grana '06 (2015)
St. Louis, Missouri
Liz is an Associate Attorney at Behr, McCarter, & Potter, P.C. She received her J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law in 2009. Her favorite Knox memories include playing on the women's basketball team. Liz loved traveling with the men's and women's teams, bonding with her teammates, and playing teams from all over the Midwest. It was a very special time that she will always cherish. Liz loves to work-out, cook, read, and travel. She also loves spending time with her friends and family.

Maurice "Mo" Harris '08Maurice "Mo" Harris '08 (2015)
Columbia, Missouri
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 '65Susan Burns Hellberg '65 (2015)
Amarillo, Texas
Susan was an English major and a member of Delta Delta Delta. Before Knox, she attended Dana Hall, Wellesley, MA, and graduated from Kingswood School Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, MI. She is a Galesburg native and her grandmother, father, and brother were all Knox graduates as well. While living in Washington DC, 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, TX. 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 '08Emily Jensen '08 (2015)
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.

Dave Lambert '70Dave Lambert '70 (2014)
Palatine, Illinois
Dave is the Principal at V3 Realty Company, and is a certified public accountant. His favorite Knox memory is pretty much the whole experience - friends and one-on-one relationships with professors, spring and fall days on campus. Dave enjoys reading, golf, and biking.

Judy Waggoner Lambert '71

Judy Waggoner Lambert '71 (2014)
Palatine, Illinois
Judy is a former merchandiser and manager for Marshall Field & Company. She has two favorite Knox memories - her wonderful senior year in Post VI with the best friends (and late-night salads from Marty's), and secondly, seeing daughter Katie love being at Knox.

Delmar "Trey" Morrison '96Delmar "Trey" Morrison '96 (2014)
North Aurora, Illinois
Trey is a Principal Engineer at Exponent, Inc. where he is an expert in analysis and safety consulting regarding fires, explosions, and chemical process incidents. After Knox, Trey earned an MS in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University followed by a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. His favorite Knox memories all revolve around Beta Theta Pi, football, lacrosse, and chemistry. Trey's biggest hobby right now is being den leader for his 8-year old son's cub scout den.

Gary Moses '65Gary Moses '65 (2013)
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.

Janice Pope Mulvaney '69Janice Pope Mulvaney '69 (2014)
Rock Falls, Illinois
Most recently, Jan worked in the cash office at Wal-Mart, and before that held an HR position at a nursing home. She has a certificate in Religious Education for Adults from Loyola University in New Orleans. Seymour Library was her favorite location on campus; she loved skating on the Gizmo patio, and living in historic Whiting Hall. Jan's hobbies include sewing, knitting, quilting, and cross stitch. She enjoys reading and cross words, puttering about the gardens, offering endless advice and support to her children, and tons of TLC to her grandchildren! She loves historic locations and old houses and is busy NOT passing by things along the road-life is too short and precious to keep waiting to smell the roses!

Diane Newell '86Diane Newell '86
Springfield, Illinois
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, Illinois Women in Leadership. She enjoys spending time with family and travel.

Jacob Plummer '00Jacob Plummer '00
Chicago, Illinois
Jacob is Vice President for Global Strategy & 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 '95Paul Raya '95 (2015)
Chicago, Illinois
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 '68Richard Smith '68 (2013)
Quincy, Illinois
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 thirty years of experience in the healthcare field. In his role as VP 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.

Eric Z. Williams '85Eric Z. Williams '85
Chicago, Illinois
Eric is a College/Career Specialist in the Office of College and Career Success for Chicago Public Schools. After Knox, he went on to earn a master of political science degree from Purdue University. His favorite Knox memory is the slam dunk at Monmouth College! Eric enjoys reading and writing.

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Printed on Monday, December 22, 2014