Membership of the Board

The UIS Alumni Board consists of up to twenty-five voting members. This includes one current student, who is considered a full, voting member. The UIS Chancellor, Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations serve as ex officio members.

Members of the UIS Alumni Board are elected to serve two-year terms. Terms can be renewed up to three consecutive times. Dependent upon the student’s academic progress, the student member often serves a one-year term, which can be renewed for additional terms as matriculation occurs.


Alumni who have graduated or completed coursework from the University of Illinois Springfield/Sangamon State University, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran, are eligible to become members of the UIS Alumni Board. 

Though not required to nominate, part of the nominee review process will include a nominee’s previous volunteer engagement and/or support of the University. 

Current Board Members

  • Chair: Carly Hawkins ’05 CPAE
  • Vice-Chair & Secretary: John P. Lowder ’94 CPAE
  • Immediate Past Chair: Thom Serafin ’73 MA ’91 CPAE
  • Richard Berning MPA ,’75 CPAE
  • Brian Cross ’95 CPAE
  • Marianne Downey MA ’09 CPAE
  • Kylie Gilmore '17 CBM, MA '19 CLASS
  • Tina Buck Harth ’13 CLASS, MPA "CPAE
  • Karen Hasara ’72 CLASS, MA ’92 CPAE
  • Jamaal Hollins ’14 CLASS
  • Julie Kellner ’86 CBM
  • Lisbeth Leanos '13 CPAE
  • Matthew Mayer ’98 CPAE
  • Mitchell Malcolm, MBA ’21 CBM
  • Rikeesha V. Phelon ’99, MA ’05 CPAE
  • Jay Reyes '97 CPAE
  • Rashaad Robinson '13 CBM
  • Kyle Simpson ’08 CPAE
  • Debbie Thompson ’93 CBM, MA ’98 CLASS
  • John Tienken '13 CPAE
  • Gaurav Walia MS '97 CLASS
  • Erma Brooks Williams, MPA ’84, DPA ’01 CPAE
  • Randy Witter MPA ’82 CPAE
  • Student Representative: Christian Nix ’24 CLASS
  • Student Representative: Collin Moseley '22 CPAE

Ex-Officio Members

  • Janet Gooch, Ph.D.– UIS Chancellor & UI Vice President
  • Jeffrey D. Lorber, Ed.D., UIS Vice Chancellor for Advancement & Sr. Vice President, UIF
  • Charles J. Schrage MA ’05 CPAE, Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations

Current board members last updated: 8/23/2021