Meet the Team

UIS Office of Advancement

The UIS Advancement 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.

Jeff LorberJeff Lorber
Vice Chancellor for Advancement, University of Illinois Springfield
Senior Vice President, University of Illinois Foundation

Dr. Lorber came to UIS in 2012 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) where he was Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of Development for the SIU Foundation. He was at SIUC from 2005 to 2012 and served as the Campaign Director for that institution’s first comprehensive campaign, a successful $106-million effort. He has been an active volunteer and presenter for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. In 2014, Jeff was recognized as the Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Capital Area (IL) Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Jeff previously held advancement 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.

Jeff earned his doctoral degree in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Tennessee in 2001, a master’s degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University in 1990 and a bachelor’s degree in communications/public relations from the University of Northern Iowa in 1987. He was a 2013 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from Western Illinois University.

Chuck SchrageChuck Schrage
Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations

Chuck Schrage joined the Office of Advancement 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.

Terri HempsteadTerri Hempstead
Director of Development
Major gift officer for Peoria & Tazewell counties, Eastern and Northeastern States, and the College of Public Affairs and Administration

Terri has nearly 20 years’ experience in fundraising, having led the development offices of the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, Senior Services of Central Illinois, and St. Joseph’s Home. She is now pursuing a graduate certificate in management of nonprofit organizations at UIS and previously earned a B.A. in speech communication and journalism from Eastern Illinois University.

Tom LucchesiTom Lucchesi
Director of Development
Major gift officer for College of Education and Human Services and the UIS Performing Arts Center

Tom is an alumnus of UIS, having earned a B.A. in Management in 1984. He has had a strong career in non-profit administration and fundraising roles in central Illinois, including work with the Grand Lodge of Illinois A.F. & A.M., Central Illinois Community Blood Center, and the American Cancer Society.

Maggie OwenMaggie Owen
Asst. Director of Advancement Engagement

Maggie coordinates alumni and donor events in the Springfield area and across the country. She also manages the UIS Alumni web page and social media pages. She has a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Public Relations, and minors in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Business Management and Administration.

Matthew RobertsMatthew Roberts
Data Specialist

Matthew helps to manage the Office of Advancement 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
Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Advancement

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 WhelpleyLisa Whelpley
Director of Annual Giving/Major Gift Development

Lisa earned an M.S. degree 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 manages annual fundraising and marketing operations for the campus and its units, oversees all requests for the UIS Fund, and manages UIS’ very successful Faculty and Staff Campaign each year.

Katie WilliamsKatie Champion Williams
Director of Development
Major Gift Officer for the College of Business and Management, Corporate and Foundation Fundraising

Katie earned a BS in Communications Studies at Indiana State University in the early 2000s.  Prior to coming to the University of Illinois Springfield, she spent most of her career fundraising and doing education outreach with the American Cancer Society.  Katie shares her passion for higher education and UIS to cultivate philanthropic relationships with alumni and friends of the University, both locally and throughout the greater Midwest.

NPR Illinois

Randy EcclesRandy Eccles
General Manager, NPR Illinois

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 NPR Illinois’ efforts to enhance the Central Illinois community.

Nice BogdanovichNice Bogdanovich
NPR Illinois Director of Development

Nice earned her B.A in Communication from UIS. She has been creating measurable results in managing corporate communications, fundraising, advertising, external affairs, community relations, government relations, marketing and media for over 15 years. She has worked internationally with a focus on all aspects of communications and fundraising management. A significant amount of her experience has been working in stakeholder management involving governments, NGOs, and resource development companies. Nice joined the NPR Illinois team in 2015.

Prairie Stars Athletics

Roy Brown

Roy L. Brown, III
Deputy Athletics Director

Roy is responsible for leading the external affairs efforts supporting the 15 Prairie Stars intercollegiate teams. Prior to coming to UIS, Roy has held positions at Southeastern Louisiana University and Fairfield University in Connecticut. More recently, he served as Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Relations at Towson University.

Ally Vicsik
Development and Special Events Coordinator

Ally oversees and engages in projects for department events, fundraising, solicitations, and stewardship. She manages data for both current and prospective donors, and also helps coordinate marketing activities. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois Springfield in Communication with minors in Marketing and Management. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Communication.

UIS Performing Arts Center

Office Staff

Lisa StrothmannMary “Lisa” Strothmann
Office Administrator,

Lisa oversees administrative services in the Office of Advancement, manages the office staff and coordinates many other essential functions to help Advancement personnel achieve their goals.

Kristen NicklesKristen Nickles
Office Support Specialist

Kristen will provide important support for events, annual giving and alumni engagement. She will also provide general support to the Office of Advancement. Kristen graduated from UIS in 2009 with a B.A. in Communication.