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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

David Brown

Agricultural & Consumer Economics 
Naperville, IL

B.S. 1988 Agricultural Economics

Kevin Fromme

Animal Sciences 
Crystal Lake, IL

B.S. 1999 Animal Sciences
Current profession: 
Senior Sales Specialist, Tyson Fresh Meats

Karen Corrigan

Crop Sciences
Goodfield, IL

B.S. 1997 Agronomy
M.S. 1999 Wisconsin-Madison
Current profession: 
Agronomist, McGillicuddy Corrigan Agronomics

Annie Murray-Easterday

Food Science & Human Nutrition

B.S. 2007 Food, Science and Human Nutrition
Current profession: 
Owner, LA Gourmet Catering and Pear Tree Estate

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