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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.

Jeff Behme

Agricultural & Biological Engineering 
Carlinville, IL 

B.S. 1995 Technical Systems Management
Current profession: 
Director of Global Sales, Agriculture, DICKEY-john 



Currently Vacant

Agricultural & Consumer Economics 

Kevin Fromme

Animal Sciences 
Bloomington, 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 and Human Nutrition
Champaign, IL 

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

Michael Strauss

Human Development & Family Studies
Libertyville, IL

B.S. '99 Human Development & Family Studies
University of Illinois College of Law J.D. '04
Current profession: 
Partner, Schlesinger & Strauss, LLC


Lyndsey Ramsey

Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences 
Bloomington, IL

M.S. '13 Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences 
Current profession: 
Director of Strategic Engagement, Illinois Farm Bureau

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

Amanda Taylor

Extension Director
Monticello, IL

B.S. 2004 Agricultural Communications
M.S. 2007 Agricultural Communications
Current profession: 
Assistant Director, Extension Field Operations