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Trustees

Barbara A. Baird '73

Barbara A. Baird '73

General Trustee

Horace White Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University. Baird received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell and, after a Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, she  was appointed as the first woman faculty member to receive tenure in Cornell University's chemistry department. Her research laboratory employs a broad range of biophysico-chemical methods to investigate the structure and molecular mechanisms of cell surface receptors that operate in immunological and other physiological responses. She has been honored for her work with the New York Academy's Harold Lamport Award for Biophysics and Physiology, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and was is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She was awarded a Knox College Alumni Achievement Award in 1994. 

Nyerere Billups, Sr. '99

Nyerere Billups, Sr. '99

General Trustee

Director, Portfolio Program Management Operations for AbbVie, Inc., North Chicago, IL. Nyerere is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). He is responsible for driving continuous improvements in R&D governance and R&D pipeline performance reporting. He mentors students from Knox and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and is involved in the Knox College Black Alumni Network (BAN). Nyerere is engaged in the fight for racial, social, and gender equity. He follows the legacy of an alumni trustee returning as a general trustee.

Tony Etz '83

Tony Etz '83

Chair of Campus Life & Athletics (Chair of the Presidential Search Committee)

Agent, Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, California. Etz attended the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa and earned his MFA there in 1985. As an agent, Tony represents and packages both talent and television shows. He teaches media classes as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California. He is a fourth generation Knox graduate. His grandfather, Robert Murphy '31, was a former chair of the Knox Board of Trustees.

Elzelien "Ellie" Hartog '66

Elzelien "Ellie" Hartog '66

General Trustee

Retired, Director of Interagency Collaboratives for the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, Ridgefield, Connecticut. Hartog coordinated the Sexual Abuse Response Team at the center. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Chicago. During her career, she formed the Connecticut state chapter of the National Children's Alliance and served as its chair for seven years. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and has served on the board of the Connecticut chapter of American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).

John Lawler '88

John Lawler '88

General Trustee

CFO, Ford Motor Company. Lawler leads the team charged with transforming the 100-year-old automaker by bringing to market self-driving and other new mobility services globally.  In addition, he is the company’s point person for the partnerships with Silicon Valley. Lawler began his 30-year career with Ford in the company’s Finance team and has worked in North America, Europe and Asia. He has led teams responsible for key transformation and growth initiatives, from the company’s growth in China to the integration of data analytics and artificial intelligence. Specifically, he has held such pivotal roles as head of Corporate Strategy, Ford corporate controller, chairman and CEO of Ford China, as well as CFO for Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. Lawler earned a an MBA from the University of Iowa.

Patrick St. Aubyn Lyn '84

Patrick St. Aubyn Lyn '84

Chair of Finance

Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Head of Non-US Sales Support, BNY Mellon Asset Management North America, Boston, Massachusetts. A certified public accountant, Lyn earned his MBA and Master of Accounting degrees from Rice University. Prior to joining Standish, Lyn was a portfolio manager and director of fixed income investments at Davis Hamilton Jackson & Associates and a trust officer with Texas Commerce Bank. He started his career in public accounting at Ernst & Young.

Laurence Msall '84

Laurence Msall '84

General Trustee

President, Civic Federation, Chicago, Illinois. Msall received his BA in anthropology and sociology from Knox College and attended Loyola University School of Law, where he received his J.D in 1992. While an undergraduate, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and captain of the cross country team. He has served as a class agent, as well as an admissions volunteer for the College. Before joining the Civic Federation in 2002, Msall served as Senior Advisor for Economic Development and Infrastructure for Governor George H. Ryan and Vice President of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a nonprofit group of Chicago's senior business and civic leaders. He also represented Illinois Governor Jim Thompson's office on economic and business-related issues before the General Assembly.

Susan Plomin '86

Susan C. Plomin '86

General Trustee

After graduation worked as an actuarial consultant for Mercer.  Plomin then turned her attentions to charitable endeavors.  Where she served on the boards of nonprofit organizations, including Christ Child Society of Detroit, Conner Prairie Alliance, and the Benvenuto Women’s Club of Milan.  Today she volunteers her talents to the Oakland County Lighthouse, Habitat for Humanity and the AARP Tax-aide Foundation.

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Julie K. Rademaker '83

General Trustee

Partner, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP. Rademaker received her juris doctorate from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Her practice encompasses a broad range of commercial real estate matters, including development, leasing, financings, property sales and acquisitions, and joint ventures. She has substantial experience in real estate development, including build-to-suit transactions and design and construction-related contracts. Rademaker has significant experience in negotiating and documenting commercial office, industrial, and retail leases. She also has worked extensively in the area of commercial real estate financing, including secured loans, work-outs, and restructurings. Rademaker recently was named one of the Top 100 Leading Women Real Estate-Related Lawyers by Leading Lawyers Network. Rademaker and husband James G. Crowell ’84 are members of the President's Circle.

Laura Rosene '90

Laura Rosene '90

Vice Chair of the Board

Self-employed, HR Consultant, Upper Arlington, Ohio. Rosene earned an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She has led or served in human resource roles for ConAgra and various units of YUM! Brands, including A&W, Long John Silvers, and most recently as the chief people officer for Kentucky Fried Chicken. She served Knox as an alumni trustee before becoming a general trustee, and was a member of the Business Advisory Council and the Campaign Advisory Committee.

Adam Vitale

Adam Vitale

General Trustee (Trustee and Galeburg Community representative on Presidential Search Committee)

President and General Manager, G&M Distributors, Galesburg. Vitale received his MBA from Pepperdine University. He embarked on a career in hospitality and tourism consulting and then joined a distributorship in Washington, D.C., before returning to Galesburg to lead the company started by his grandfather. Vitale is currently the chairman of the board of OSF St. Mary Medical Center/Holy Family Medical Center, vice chairman of the Knox County Partnership for Economic Development, treasurer of the National Beer Wholesalers Association, and VP/treasurer of the G.L. Vitale Family Foundation, long supporters of Knox.

Charles F. Smith '84

Charles F. Smith '84

Chair of the Board (ex officio member of Presidential Search Committee)

Partner, Skadden Arps LLP, Chicago, Illinois. Smith received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He leads Skadden's litigation practice in Chicago and represents a broad array of U.S. and international companies, as well as their top executives, in complex regulatory investigations, enforcement matters, and litigation. Smith has served on the College's Alumni Council and Knox Fund Steering Committee and frequently hosts alumni meetings and events.

Faculty

Professor of Chemistry Mary Crawford

Mary Crawford '89

Philip Sidney Post Professor of Chemistry

Philip Sidney Post Professor of Chemistry, Knox College. Crawford received her PhD from Purdue University. Her research investigates chemical kinetics, experimentally and computationally as it relates to tropospheric chemistry. Dr. Crawford is also interested in increasing the number of underrepresented groups in STEM. She has served in some capacity in the ACS Professional Relations Division for the past several years. She is completing her term as its immediate past chair this year.

Associate professor in modern languages Todd Heidt

Todd Heidt

Associate Professor in Modern Languages-German

Todd Heidt is the Chair of International Studies and an Associate Professor of German at Knox College. Heidt's primary area of research is the media landscape of the Weimar Republic and he has published on literature, film and photography. Recent presentations and publications focus on language pedagogy as well as diversity and inclusivity in German Studies. His research and teaching have been supported by Fulbright and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He has served national organizations such as the German Studies Association (as Program Committee Chair for the 2016 conference) and Delta Phi Alpha (as a member of the scholarship committee).

Associate Professor of English Nick Regiacorte

Nick Regiacorte

Associate Professor of English; Director of Creative Writing

Nicholas Regiacorte was born and raised in southern Maine. Since that time, he’s lived in Florida, gone to college in Virginia, worked on roofing crews, worked in a deli, and earned his MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He’s had the good fortune to live in Italy, once on a Fulbright year in Campania, the second time as a Visiting Professor in the ACM's Florence Program. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Phoebe, 14 Hills, Copper Nickel, New American Writing, Descant, Bennington Review, Colorado Review and elsewhere. His book of poems American Massif is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. Regiacorte is an Associate Professor of English and serves as Director of the Program in Creative Writing.

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations

Katie Stewart

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations

Assistant Professor of Political Science & International Relations, Knox College. Stewart received her Ph.D. from Indiana University and B.A. from Dickinson College, both in political science. At Knox, she teaches courses in comparative politics and IR, including Russian and East European Politics, Authoritarianism, Nationalism, Research Methods, and International Organizations. In her research, Stewart examines the connection between nation building and regime legitimacy with a particular focus on competing nation-building projects of state and non-state actors. She conducted fieldwork in Estonia and Russia, and her research has been funded by a Knox Faculty Innovation Grant, the Fulbright Program and the Mellon Foundation, among others.

Staff

Anne Ehrlich

Anne Ehrlich

Vice President for Student Development

Anne Ehrlich joined Knox in 2016 after spending nine years as the dean of students at Woodbury University. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from University of California, San Diego, a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in educational leadership from University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to her work at Woodbury University, Dr. Ehrlich held positions in residential life and student life at Whittier College and the University of Michigan.

Director of Admission DeVone Eurales

DeVone Eurales

Director of Admission

DeVone Eurales is the Director of Admission at Knox. With fifteen years of admission experience, he’s active as a higher education professional and in the fight for social justice and equality. As Director of Admission at Knox College, he remains abreast of regional and national admission counseling trends and loves working with the admission staff. His roles as Director have included: staff supervision of admission counselling and campus visit teams, oversight for campus visit experience, oversight for US application review, liaison for athletics, member of campus diversity committee, and an active recruiter.

DeVone earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Students

Oluwabamise Afolabi

Bamise Afolabi '21

Senior

Bamisé is from Ile Ife, Nigeria and is on the pre-med track with a major in Biology and a minor in psychology. He is 2020-2021 Student Senate President and a Residential Assistant.

Monica Cardoza sitting in a booth in front of a print of a painting of Van Gogh's bedroom in Arles

Monica Cardoza '22

Junior

Monica Cardoza is from Chicago, Illinois and is majoring in Anthropology. She is a McNair Scholar, the current President of Lo Nuestro (a Latinx organization on campus), and one of the founders of QTPOCC (Queer/Trans People of Color Collective) at Knox.

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Printed on Saturday, October 24, 2020