We are sad to say that Tanner Springer passed away in Downs, Illinois, July 14, 2021 at the age of 37. Tanner studied computer science and played baseball at Illinois Wesleyan. He worked as a software developer at State Farm for 13 years before transitioning to a job as a software engineer for Enterprise Holdings. He shared his love of sports with his family — especially his sons — cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bears and Chicago Blackhawks. Tanner also shared his love of sports with the many athletes he mentored as a youth sports coach. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and time with his loyal dogs. But most of all, he enjoyed being a father and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, three sons, two siblings, grandfather and many extended family members and friends. You can read more in his obituary here.
James Mulholland ’06 recently celebrated a promotion to Sr Principal, Product Design Architect at Workday, an enterprise software platform that supports large companies in HR, finance and planning processes. In the field of Interaction and “UX” design, he strives to better understand how people use software and how it fits into their professional lives in order to better design how it works. He previously focused on data and analytics capabilities but new responsibilities will drive him to create impact more broadly across the company.
Rachael Liesman ’06 is the Director of Microbiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Her work in establishing testing sites and processes for COVID has been remarkable and she has since become a frequently quoted expert in the news, including the New York Times. In 2020 she was recognized as a Healthcare Hero by Kansas City’s Ingram’s. She was selected by the Chiefs to attend the Super Bowl as a vaccinated healthcare worker to represent Kansas City.
Torri “T.J.” Newman ’06 signed a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster’s Avid Reader Press in February 2021, and her debut novel Falling will be released July 2021. A former flight attendant, T.J. came up with the idea for Falling on a cross country red-eye flight. The thriller takes place on a crowded flight from Los Angeles to New York, during which the pilot learns his family has been kidnapped and he must crash the plane to save them, all while the flight’s passengers remain unaware of the drama unfolding in the cockpit.
A week after the announcement of her book deal, Universal Pictures won a bidding war for the screen rights for Falling. T.J., who has since left her job as a flight attendant, has already begun work on her second novel. Falling is widely available.
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has promoted Jenise Klein ’06 to the role of North America regional head of property. See the full article here. Congrats, Jenise!
Lynsey Sloan, LCSW, has accepted a position as Associate Vice President of Statewide Foster Care at Children’s Home + Aid (CH+A). She will oversee all services provided by CH+A to youth and families involved in the child welfare system and act as a liaison between CH+A and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Congratulations to Heather (Geeser) Huftalin ’06 and her husband, Andy Muftain! Their newest Tiny Titan, Lena Rose Huftalin was born February, 2, 2021. We wish them all the best with the newest addition to their family.
Congratulations to Erin (Fleck) Lett ’06 and Brian Lett ’05 on the birth of their newest Tiny Titan, Hailey Rose, born on January 26! What a great way to bring in the new year. We wish them all the best!
Kyle Brigham ’06 married Logan (Deane) Brigham on Sept. 7, 2020. Congratulations to Kyle and Logan!
Monday, February 8 is Thank-A-Giver Day at Illinois Wesleyan and we’re eager to celebrate generous Titans!
Thank-A-Giver (TAG) Day is the symbolic point during the academic year — about 70% of the way through — when tuition dollars are exhausted and Illinois Wesleyan relies on donor generosity to continue providing a world-class education and rewarding collegiate experiences.
Each and every year, every gift matters. Contributions benefit students and faculty, enhance academic excellence, and strengthen the IWU community.
Thank you to all who give back to move IWU forward.