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Vocational/Career-Oriented Directors

Each vocational director shall have majored in a course of study or shall have pursued a vocation or profession that involves the course of study within one of the seven different departments of the college. The vocational directors serve as ex-officio members of the department's advisory committees and provide updates on his/her respective department during ACES Alumni Association Board of Directors meetings.

Chad Yagow

Chad Yagow

Agricultural & Biological Engineering 
Mansfield, IL

B.S. 2001 Agricultural Engineering
Current profession: 
John Deere Technology Innovation

Randy DeSutter

Randy DeSutter

Agricultural & Consumer Economics 
Woodhull, IL

B.S. 1979 Agricultural and Consumer Economics 
Current profession: 
Production Farmer

Lee Denzer

Lee Denzer

Animal Sciences 
Kewanee, IL

B.S. 1982 Animal Science
M.S. 1985 Animal Science
Current profession: 
Professor, Black Hawk College

Molly Cline

Molly Cline

Crop Sciences
Saint Louis, MO

M.S. 1978 Plant Pathology
Ph.D. 1980 Plant Pathology
Current profession: 
Retired Senior Director of Global Industry Affairs, Monsanto

David Wengerhoff

David Wengerhoff

Food Science & Human Nutrition
Buffalo Grove, IL

B.S. 1976 Food Industry
Current profession: 
Food Partners Consulting LLC

Alison Leipsiger

Alison Leipsiger

Human Development & Family Studies
Chicago, IL 

B.S. '07 Human Development & Family Studies
MSW '10 - Washington University in St. Louis
Licensed Social Worker, May 2015

Profession:  Director of Policy and Advocacy, Forefront

 

Jennifer Walling

Jennifer Walling

Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences 
Chicago, IL

B.S. '03 Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences 
M.S. '06 Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences 
J.D. '06 College of Law
Current profession: 
Executive Director, Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund

Tim McDermott

Tim McDermott

Agricultural Education Vocational Director
Waterloo, IL

B.S. '04 Ag Education
M.S. '09 Educational Leadership, Mckendree University

Current Profession:
Agricultural Instructor, Waterloo High School

Lyle Orwig

Lyle Orwig

Ag Communications Vocational Director
Wales, Wisconsin

B.S. '74 Ag Communications

Current Profession:
Charleston|Orwig - Chairman & Partner