Bob Bodach was appointed to the Troy Community School Board in Joliet, Illinois. Check out the link below to read more about Bob’s appointment and his career since IWU. Congrats Bob.
Mark Denzler ’93 was named the Not For Profit Business Director of the Year by The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Check out his post on Linkd In for more details. Congratulations Mark!
Bruce Bennett ’93 recently joined Benson Hill’s Executive Leadership Team as President of its Ingredients business segment. Benson Hill, based in St. Louis, MO, is a food tech company unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants with its cutting-edge food innovation engine. In this newly created role, Bennett will oversee global operations and adoption of Benson Hill’s ingredients portfolio for the growing plant-based protein market to enable more nutrient-dense, better-tasting, and sustainable food.
Bob Bodach was recently elected President of the Will County Bar Association. You can read more about Bob, his career, and new appointment at the following link: New president to lead Will County Bar Association – Shaw Local
Welcome to the newest Tiny Titan, Antonia Priess, born May 22, 2021 to David Priess ‘93 and Renée Priess.
Mark Gibson ’93 of Madison, Wisconsin, died June 4, 2021. He was 49. Mark majored in chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan and later attended graduate school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He worked as a software engineer for Forte Research Systems (now Advarra, Inc.) for more than 15 years. His hobbies included playing the piano and classical guitar, learning and speaking foreign languages, ballroom dancing, and participating in charity runs. A devoted husband and father, his family was his priority. He is survived by his wife, two children and a sister. More information can be found here.
Niki Burkey ’93 graduated from Aurora University on May 1, 2021 with her doctorate of Leadership in Educational Administration. Niki is the principal of Lincoln Prairie Elementary School in Community Unit School District 300, Algonquin IL.
Jason Chambers was sworn in as a Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, covering Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean and Woodford Counties. He was elected circuit-wide on November 3, 2020 in the circuit covering a portion of Central Illinois. He is currently presiding over cases in McLean County. Before being elected to a full term, he had been appointed to fill a vacancy on the bench by a unanimous order of the Illinois Supreme Court beginning in August of 2018. Prior to that, he was twice elected to the position of State’s Attorney for McLean County.
Remembering classmate Tony Kelley who passed away last summer.
Anthony Kelley ’93 of Ames Iowa, died July 11, 2020. He was 49. Tony studied risk management and financial services at Illinois Wesleyan. He went on to a career in banking and finance, most recently serving as the vice president in charge of compliance for Varo Money. Tony enjoyed going to the gym, running, and golfing. He was an avid sports fan and loved the Iowa Hawkeyes. He is survived by his two children, his parents, two siblings, grandmother, and several nieces and nephews.