2020 - 2021 Midwest ACE Executive Board

President: Patricia Simpson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  

What was the most memorable event that you experienced in college? Traveling through Scandinavia and Russia with our concert band.

How do you like to spend a rainy day? Curled up on the couch, under a blanket, reading or watching TV with my hubby.

Share one quote or saying you love that keeps you going in life: "If your life’s work can be accomplished in your lifetime, you’re not thinking big enough!" - Wes Jackson


President-Elect: Eden HaycraftUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

What is your favorite activity to do locally and why? Remember to include city and state. Play with or watch the local Champaign-Urbana roller derby team, Twin City Derby Girls (Illinois).

Name three countries you would like to visit: Brazil, Thailand, New Zealand

What part of your current job is your favorite? Getting to know the individuals seeking to apply to our online program. Everyone has such a unique story.


Director, Finance: Maurice Traylor, University of Michigan Engineering 

What is your hidden talent? I like to play golf...not very well but it's still a good time!

What part of your current job is your favorite? When our students finally land the job they have been pursuing!

Share one quote or saying you love that keeps you going in life: "The most important time in history is now, the present. So count your blessings 'cause time can't define the essence..." - Talib Kweli


Secretary: Monica Hood, Enterprise Rent-A-Car 

How do you like to spend a rainy day? Watching movies with too many snacks with the kids. Then letting them go outside to run around in their rain boots and coats that always end-up coming off.

What part of your current job is your favorite? I love hiring candidates and seeing them succeed and achieve their professional goals. Many I recruited from campus and it’s fun to see them transition to the business and grow their confidence and professional brand.

Share one quote or saying you love that keeps you going in life: “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.” - Alice Morse Earle


 Immediate Past President: Tim Scully, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis 

What was the most memorable event that you experienced in college? Being elected Student Body President! It was such an honor to serve my classmates.

What is your favorite activity to do locally and why? Remember to include city and state. I love riding bikes with friends on the Monon in Indianapolis, IN.

Name three countries you would like to visit: Egypt, Japan, Australia.


 Director, Advancement & Communications: Kristin Nisbet-White, University of Illinois Springfield 

What was the most memorable event that you experienced in college? Studying abroad in London for a Summer.

What is your favorite activity to do locally and why? Remember to include city and state. I love attending the farmer's market in downtown Springfield, Illinois.

What part of your current job is your favorite? The students and university and employer colleagues that I have the privilege to work with and the opportunity to build new relationships - in short -the people!


 Director, College Membership: Kelsey O'Rourke, University of Dayton 

What book, movie or video have you seen/read recently would you recommend? Why? The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (Lisa See): This book was a fascinating window into the rich culture of tea farmers living in remote mountain communities of China, and the clash of the modern world with their ancient traditions and rituals.

What is your favorite activity to do locally and why? Remember to include city and state. There is a fantastic MetroPark system in Dayton, Ohio and I love exploring the hiking trails

Name three countries you would like to visit: Ireland, Croatia and Morocco


Director, Employer Membership: Barry Barbe, Illumina 

What was the most memorable event that you experienced in college? Graduating. I was the first in my family to do so.

What is your favorite activity to do locally and why? Remember to include city and state. Cincinnati, OH has a great food scene believe it or not. I really enjoy experiencing all the new and eclectic restaurants.

What part of your current job is your favorite? Connecting students their first career and seeing their success

 


 Director, Professional Development: Eilis Wasserman, University of Michigan Engineering

 How do you like to spend a rainy day? Relaxing inside with a Chai-Tea Latte watching a favorite movie.

 Name three countries you would like to visit: Austria, Switzerland, and to revisit Ireland

 Share one quote or saying you love that keeps you going in life: "There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue those." - Michael Nolan