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Meet the Team

UIS Office of Development

The UIS Development team encourages and administers private gifts to support the campus. Our core values include quality, professionalism, service, integrity, caring, and unity. We are here to serve you, our donors, colleagues, and alumni.

NEW 72 Jeff Lorber for websiteJeff Lorber
Vice Chancellor for Development, UIS
Senior Vice President, University of Illinois Foundation
217.206.6058; jlorber@uis.edu

Dr. Lorber came to UIS in 2012 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he was Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement  and Executive Director of Development at the SIU Foundation. He was at SIU Carbondale from 2005 to 2012 and served as the Campaign Director for SIU’s first comprehensive campaign, a successful $106 million effort. Jeff also held development positions at Indiana University Northwest, the University of Tennessee, Northern Illinois University, Butler University, the University of Northern Iowa, and Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his doctorate in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has a master’s degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in communications/public relations from the University of Northern Iowa.


Chuck SchrageChuck Schrage
Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations
217.206.7390; cschr1@uis.edu

Chuck Schrage joined the Office of Development in April 2015. He has worked at the University for over 20 years, most recently serving over 16 years as UI Alumni Association Vice President for Alumni Relations at UIS, managing the Association’s operations in Springfield. Chuck earned a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University, and competed his Bachelor of Arts degree from MacMurray College. Having a passionate belief in the transformative power of higher education, Chuck specializes in alumni engagement strategy, volunteer management, program management, and university relations. During his personal time, Chuck loves to exercise and experience world travel – passions which he hopes to pass along to his daughter. Both he and his wife are involved in volunteer activities supporting youth and those in need.


Development Staff

Holly Fowler for Meet the TeamHolly Fowler
Alumni Relations Officer
217.206.7395; hfowl01s@uis.edu

Holly earned a B.A. in Political Studies and will graduate with a Master’s in Public Administration in 2015, both from UIS. Having previously worked for the UI Alumni Association, Holly joined the Office of Development in 2015, where she plans and executes alumni engagement activities and helps with communication and marketing for alumni and campus relations. She serves on the Young Springfield Professionals Network Board of Directors as the Marketing and Communication Chair. Prior to joining the University, Holly worked at The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.


72forwebsiteSarah Jennings
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Major gift officer for the Center for State Policy and Leadership and College of Public Affairs and Administration
217.206.6058, jennings.sarah@uis.edu

Sarah Jennings has worked for 14 years with nonprofit organizations, specializing in management and resource development. Sarah received a bachelor’s degree from Culver-Stockton College, a master’s degree and graduate certificate from UIS, and is currently a UIS doctoral student in public administration. She has served as an officer on the AFP Capital Area Chapter Board of Directors and on the Springfield Ballet Company Board of Directors. Since 2007, she has held a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential, the global standard for the fundraising profession. In 2008, she received the AFP Outstanding Fundraising Professional award.


Marilyn KokMarilyn Kok
Assoc. Director of Grants, Marketing, and Communications
217.206.6058, kok.marilyn@uis.edu

Marilyn writes grants to private foundations and corporations, oversees the Development websites, writes stories about students and donors, and contributes to other marketing and communications. She has a degree from Wheaton College and a master’s from Texas A&M in Composition and Rhetoric.


Matthew RobertsMatthew Roberts
Data Specialist
217.206.6058, mrobe4@uis.edu

Matthew helps to manage the Office of Development data needs. He runs financial reports, creates mailing lists, and helps to identify donor prospects and maintain the data base of people with ties to UIS. He graduated from UIS with a degree in computer science in 2007.


Teresa SzaboTeresa Szabo
Assoc. Director of Business and Stewardship
217.206.6058, tszab1@uis.edu

Teresa oversees the business operations of the office, stewardship of gifts and coordination of the private donor scholarships award process, and the annual scholarship luncheon. Before starting at UIS in 2000, she was the Director of Research and Records for Alumni and Development at Millikin University in Decatur. She holds a bachelor’s from SIU Carbondale and a master’s from UIS in Health Services Administration.


Lisa for websiteLisa Whelpley
Director of Annual Giving/Major Gift Development
Major Gift Officer for Brookens Library and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Phone: 217.206.6058, whelpley.lisa@uis.edu

Lisa earned an M.S. degree in Leisure Studies from the University of Illinois and her B.S. and B.A. degrees from Miami University in Ohio. Before starting at UIS in 2001, she served as Development Director for the Central Illinois Foodbank for 4-1/2 years. She oversees all requests for the UIS Fund, manages annual fundraising for the campus and its units, and oversees UIS’ very successful Faculty and Staff Campaign each year.


Ron WojcickiRon Wojcicki
Director of Development
Major Gift Officer for the College of Business and Management, College of Education and Human Services, Sangamon Auditorium, and Student Affairs
Phone: 217.206.7075, wojcicki.ron@uis.edu

Ron works with donors for two colleges, Sangamon Auditorium, and Student Affairs. He has a bachelor’s in Music Education and Piano Performance from MacMurray College and a Master of Music Education from the University of Illinois. Before joining UIS, Ron was Director of Development at Sacred Heart-Griffin for nine years, and also worked in the IT industry and music education.


Office Staff

Cathy SnopkoCathy Snopko
Office Administrator
217.206.6058, csnop1@uis.edu

Cathy serves as assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Development/Senior Vice President of the University of Illinois Foundation. She also coordinates the office operations and supervises support staff and student workers.  Other duties include gift processing, records management, office accounts, and fiscal transactions. She has been with the Office of Development since 1999.


Pat RuestmanPat Ruestman
Office Support Specialist
217.206.6058, prues2@uis.edu

Pat provides valuable support to Office of Development staff, helping with business functions, the office’s many events, and publications. She has a psychology degree.



Mike for WebsiteMike Krcil
Office Support Specialist
217.206.6058, mkrci2@uis.edu

Mike assists the staff with events and other important department functions.  He has a degree in Mass Communications and has won multiple awards as a radio news anchor in the Pittsburgh, PA, area.


Prairie Stars Athletics

Kabbes_Paul for websitePaul Kabbes
Associate Athletic Director for External Operations
217.206.8547, pkabb2@uis.edu

Paul joined UIS Athletics in July of 2014 and oversees all external units within the athletics department.  He manages the entire advancement efforts of the athletic department as well.  Paul has an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Illinois Wesleyan while competing on the baseball team and a master’s degree in Sport Management from Illinois State.

Sangamon Auditorium

Brandy StablerBrandy Stabler
Development Assistant for Sangamon Auditorium
217.206.6150, bstab1@uis.edu

Brandy manages the fundraising efforts for Sangamon Auditorium, making sure that individuals and businesses in the Springfield community are informed of their opportunities to support the performing arts through the Auditorium.



Randy EcclesRandy Eccles
General Manager, WUIS
Phone: 217.206.6516, reccl2@uis.edu

Randy grew up in the South Suburbs of Chicago and graduated from North Central College in Naperville with a degree in Speech Communication/Theatre. He has worked at several radio stations, including long stints at WGN in Chicago and KTAR in Phoenix. He is thrilled to be a part of WUIS’ efforts to enhance the Central Illinois community.


Rachel for websiteRachel Lattimore
Associate Director of Marketing, Membership & Circulation
WUIS/Illinois Issues magazine
217-206-6094, rhase01s@uis.edu

Rachel’s professional experience includes marketing, advertising, and management in healthcare, media, and the nonprofit industry.   She has a bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication from UIS. Her professional affiliations include Toastmasters, Association for Women in Communication (AWC) and Il Society of Association Executives (ISAE). She currently serves in a leadership capacity for these organizations and on the board of the Springfield Classical Guitar Society and the Sangamon Watercolor Society. Rachel was selected as the Public Citizen of the year in 2000 for her work with the homeless community.