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Midwest ACE is a volunteer organization made up of various committees. The committees help advance and support the association’s mission. They contribute to the success of the organization by providing major professional development opportunities; creating web-based resources and services; generating communication throughout the association; and engaging in activities aimed at maintaining and expanding membership, promoting diversity and developing leaders. It is through the activities of these committees that Midwest ACE members share their expertise and knowledge in order to enhance the overall effectiveness of our professional community. If you're interested in learning more about a committee or to join a committee, please contact the committee chair/co-chair.

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Communications and Marketing Committee

Chair: Emily Drake, National Louis University
Phone: 312-261-3322

Vice-Chair: Kristin Nisbet-White, Millikin University Career Center
Phone: 217-424-6294

Board Liaison: Patricia Simpson, Director - Advancement & Communications


  • Serve as editor to maintain quality and relevance of Midwest ACE newsletter in print and on-line.
  • Serve as editorial board for Midwest ACE publications, e.g. Online Directory, brochures, etc.
  • Act as "Gatekeeper" for the Midwest ACE Web site.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Engage members virtually through various social media platforms, provoking dialogue and relationship building
  • Promote news and events, in partnership with other committees, encouraging networking and idea exchange
  • Serve as resource for external and internal communications, both creating and editing, for messaging and materials
  • Have fun! Make an impact!

Diversity Advancement Committee

Co-Chair: Vacant

Vice-Chair: Vacant

Board Liaison: Drew Butts, Past President


  • Promote involvement of under-represented populations in Midwest ACE
  • Advocate and provide a forum for issues relating to recruitment and employment of under-represented populations
  • Implement programs to increase awareness of affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, ADA and related issues

Experiential Education Committee

Chair: Brian Collingwood, Denison University
Phone: 740-587-6402

Vice-Chair: Nancy Dugan, The Ohio State University
Phone: 614-292-3088

Board Liaison: Crystal Stockdale, Secretary


  • Develop programs and services for members who deal with experiential learning activities, e.g. cooperative education, internships, externships, student employment, service learning, volunteer programs, etc.
  • Explore outreach to other professional organizations involved in these activities

Membership Committee

Co-Chair: Jerry Donahue, Northwestern University
Phone: 847-467-1598

Co-Chair: Julie Gourley, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Phone: 703-280-4279

Vice-Chair: Vacant

Board Liaisons: Karen Cilano, Director - Employer Membership; Kelly Harris, Director - College Membership 


  • Participate in the planning of new member/welcoming programs at appropriate Midwest ACE events.
  • Collaborate with Midwest ACE Committees and partners to welcome and inform new members.
  • Engage new and current members in active involvement and networking opportunities with Midwest ACE.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Enhance College and Employer membership with new member out-reach within the first month of membership
  • Brainstorm ways to maintain current members and focus on attracting more employer members
  • Engage with new members and first time conference attendees at each conference ( Ambassador Program)
  • Continue employment referral program
  • Partnering with Marketing & Communications Committee on promotional ideas

Partnership Committee

Chair: Jessica Leach, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Phone: 217-333-3382

Vice-Chair: Mary Kate Garner, Plante Moran

Board Liaison: Patricia Simpson, Director - Advancement & Communications

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Actively seek potential partners to add additional value to organizations and increase financial resources to Midwest ACE
  • Collaborate with other committees to streamline outreach efforts and ensure a full experience for partners
  • Maintain current partnerships and help them reach full potential/ROI

Professional Development Committee

Chair: Katherine (Kathyy) A. Battee-Freeman, University of Illinois at Chicago
Phone: 312-996-2300

Vice-Chair: Vacant

Board Liaison: Ellen Bartkowiak, Director - Professional Development


  • Promote and facilitate programs and training to enhance the professional development of new and existing members.
  • Initiatives include planning the Workshop for New Professionals at the annual conference, webinars, granting HRCI (PHR) and NBCC (NACE) continuing education units and awarding the professional development annual scholarship.

Professional Exchange Committee

Chair: Jaime Page-Stadler, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Phone: 920-424-2181

Vice-Chair: Brab Koeth, John Carroll University
Phone: 216-397-4431

Board Liaison: Kelly Harris, Director - College Membership


Midwest ACE offers a Professional Exchange Committee that sponsors opportunities for companies to highlight their corporate recruiting brand and campus recruiting issues to the college members of Midwest ACE. During the site visits, employers describe their companies, talk about their recruiting process, offer tours and allow exchanges of information between new hires, interns and the college members.

  • Provide membership the opportunity to learn about organizations through site visits during the Recruiting Trends Conference, Annual Conference, and other times through the calendar year.
  • Identify key employers that membership would be interested in learning more about their recruiting strategies throughout the Midwest region.

Technology and Trends Committee

Co-Chair: Sarah Zehr, University of Illimois at Urbana-Champaign
Phone: 217-333-1960

Vice-Chair: Jeff Beavers, RECSOLU
Phone: 217-898-0660

Board Liaison: Niki Perkins, Director - Technology

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Kept abreast of current technology and trends that impact career services and recruiting
  • Develop and implement methods to disseminate technology and trend information to members (includes articles in biweekly newsletter, sessions at conferences, etc.; these are the preferred methods of dissemination based on feedback from the annual member survey)
  • Administer and assess the results of the annual membership survey to better understand member needs
  • Solicited feedback to develop a beneficial website for members
  • Implement a new strategy where we bring in outside experts on trends/technology to committee meetings to generate ideas, discussion, etc.

2014 Annual Conference
July 21 - 23

Co-Chair (College): James Mitchell, Ball State University
Phone: 765-285-2452

Co-Chair (Employer): Heather Kahl, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Phone: 317-757-7102

2014 Trends in Recruiting Conference
November 20 - 21

Co-Chair: Julie Bartimus, University of Illinois
Phone: 312-575-7838

Co-Chair: Morgan Hewitt, ArcelorMittal
Phone: 312-899-3098


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