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Vocational/Career-Oriented Directors

Each Vocational Director shall have majored in or shall have pursued a vocation or profession that involves the course of study within one of the eight different departments of the college.

Vocational Directors serve as ex-officio members of their department's Advisory Committee and provide updates on his/her respective department during ACES Alumni Association Board of Directors meetings.

Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Jeff Behme 
Carlinville, IL 

B.S. 1995 Technical Systems Management

Current Profession: 
Director of Global Sales, Agriculture, DICKEY-john 



Agricultural & Consumer Economics

Carol Wallace
Bloomington, IL

B.S. 2008 Agricultural Economics- University of Zimbabwe
M.S. 2013 Agricultural and Applied Economics

Current Profession:
Senior Program Coordinator; Context Global Development

Animal Sciences

Kevin Fromme
Bloomington, IL

B.S. 1999 Animal Sciences

Current Profession: 
Senior Sales Specialist; Tyson Fresh Meats

Crop Sciences

Loren Goodrich
Saint Louis, MO

B.S. 2014 Crop Sciences
M.S. 2017 Crop Sciences

Current Profession: 
NA Application Technology Expert; Bayer

Food Science & Human Nutrition

Nick Tarleton
Westchester, IL 

B.S. 2016 Food Science & Human Nutrition

Current Profession: 
Supervisor, US Supply Chain; McDonald's Corporation

Human Development & Family Studies

Michael Strauss
Libertyville, IL

B.S. 1999 Human Development & Family Studies
University of Illinois College of Law J.D. 2004

Current Profession: 
Partner; Schlesinger & Strauss, LLC


Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences

Lyndsey Ramsey 
Bloomington, IL

M.S. 2013 Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences 

Current Profession: 
Director of Strategic Engagement; Illinois Farm Bureau

Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communications

Theresa Miller
Gridley, IL

B.S. 1996 Agricultural Communications

Current Profession:
Self-Employed; Prairie View Farms

Extension Director

Amanda Taylor
Monticello, IL

B.S. 2004 Agricultural Communications
M.S. 2007 Agricultural Communications

Current Profession: 
Assistant Director; Extension Field Operations