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Nominations & Upcoming Election to the Executive Committee
State Universities Annuitants Association -- UIUC Chapter

At the annual meeting in the spring, four SUAA-UIUC chapter members are elected to the twelve-member Executive Committee for three-year terms. Executive Committee members may serve for two consecutive terms if reelected. The Nominating Committee, appointed by the Executive Committee, has proposed a slate of four members according to Article 4.2 of the chapter bylaws. The biographies of these nominees are presented below. Additional nominations shall be requested from the floor. Such nominations required the consent of the nominees. All nominees must be chapter members.

Meet your candidates (nominees appear in no particular order):

Matthew J. Wilson Matt retired January 2019, after a 26-year career in alumni relations and fundraising with the University of Illinois. He joined the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Urbana campus in 1993 as Director of Development then moved to the University of Illinois Foundation where he served as Senior Regional Director covering Chicago and other cities in the upper Midwest on behalf of all three universities. From 2013-2019, Matt served as Associate Vice President at the University of Illinois Alumni Association, where he managed alumni engagement programs including the worldwide Illinois alumni club network. He also worked on planning and fundraising for the Richmond Family Welcome Gallery at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. Prior to his career with the University, Matt served as an intern in the Governor’s office and later as a Legislative Liaison for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (now DEOC) in Springfield. He earned both his BA in Political Science and MBA from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. Matt resides in Champaign with his wife and two college-aged daughters. In postretirement, Matt works as a wealth advisor at William Blair & Company.

Marissa Brooke Brewer Marissa seeks a second term on the SUAA-UIUC board, where she sits on the Communications Committee. She leads the advocacy efforts in the Office of Governmental Relations for the University of Illinois System. In this role, she runs Illinois Connection, which is the UI’s grassroots advocacy program. Through this program, alumni, students, faculty and friends serve as advocates for the University to ensure support from the state and federal governments. She is also the Chair of the U of I System Advocacy Committee and serves as an active member of the System’s Corporate Relations Council, Council on Government & External Relation and Wellness Committee and the Data Website Committee. Additionally, she sits on the Public Higher Education Legislative Advocacy Professionals Steering Committee which is a national organization and the Illinois Coalition to Invest on Higher Education which focuses specifically on the state of Illinois. She is also a member of Washington DC Illinois State Society. Originally from Texas, Marissa began her career as a legislative aide in Washington DC for a U.S. Congressman, advising him on a variety of issues, including education policy. While in D.C., She gained extensive experience in legislative advocacy, federal lobbying, politics and elections. Marissa relocated to central Illinois from Washington, D.C. in 2009 to work for Illinois State University as the Associate Director of Development and Governmental Relations where she served as the University’s liaison to Illinois members of Congress and their staff, federal agencies and other organizations. She transitioned to the University of Illinois Alumni Association to help lead the advocacy efforts in 2013. Marissa currently holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois Springfield and a Certificate in PAC and Grassroots Management from the Public Affairs Council.

Wynne Sandra Korr is completing her first term on the SUAA-UIUC board where she serves as vice-president and on the Legislative Committee. Wynne is professor and dean emerita in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. She retired in 2017 after having served for fifteen years as dean of the School. Korr received her PhD in psychology from the University at Buffalo. She began her career as a program evaluator for the Illinois Department of Mental Health. Her 37-year career as a social work educator began with her appointment to the faculty of the Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC in 1980. In 1994 she went to the University of Pittsburgh where she directed a doctoral program. Her primary area of research has been on mental health policy and services. She is also interested in innovation in the nonprofit sector -- both as a scholar and as a mentor of young social entrepreneurs. She volunteers in the community through her service on the United Way community impact committee and on the board of the East Central Illinois Community Foundation. You can spot her strolling her neighborhood with her standard poodle and talking with the birds.

Deb Stone Deb is the Director of Academic Human Resources at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Stone joined the University in 2001 as a member of the UI-Integrate team charged with the development of the Human Resources components of Banner. The majority of her time on the project was spent as the Associate Project Lead for HR. In 2004, after the Banner go-live, she joined the Office of Academic Human Resources as an Associate Director and assumed the role of Director in 2006. Stone is proud to hold degrees from both Eastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to higher education, she has been selfemployed, worked in K12, and the utility industry, in which she had more than ten years of human resources experience. Her HR work prior to the University had a particular focus on Compensation and Benefits, including retirement plans. At the University, Stone serves on many System and campus level committees, including the Urbana Senate’s Faculty and Staff Benefits Committee, and she analyzes potential impacts of proposed legislation and/or changes in benefits and SURS for both employees and the University. She has served in a leadership position with the Illinois chapter of CUPA-HR, as well as being an active member of a consortium of HR directors from all the Illinois public universities and the Big Ten Academic Alliance HR directors. Stone is a presenter each year at the Urbana campus’ Preparing for Retirement Seminar, which is intended for those employees who are eligible to retire within 5 years or less. Deb seeks her second term on the board.

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