Every year CAST recognizes some of its most successful younger alumni. This year the Academy of Achievement Induction Ceremony will take place on April 4, 2014 from 9:30-10:30 am in the Hancock Stadium Club Room. There will also be a coffee hour from 8:30-9:30 am. The public is invited to attend.
1996 BS, Department of Agriculture
Dori Byard '96 majored in agricultural business and economics. She was an active member of the Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society, Alpha Zeta agricultural honors society, and Alpha Lambda Delta.
Byard has gained experience with commodity trading, sales, and management oversight at several companies including Archer Daniels Midland and Kraft Foods.
In 2008 Byard transitioned to the Wrigley Co. in Chicago where she worked as a global sourcing manager. As a global buyer, Byard managed the supply chain for Wrigley's raw materials, drove cost savings, and maintained high-quality standards.
In 201, Byard moved to responsible sourcing. As the global responsible sourcing manager for Wrigley and the responsible sourcing manager for Mars Inc. in the Western Hemisphere, Byard works with buyers to ensure the raw materials sourced are supplied by vendors who engage in ethical labor and business practices.
Byard has an assertive role in corporate America, yet remains connected to Illinois State. She speaks to students, serves on the Agriculture Alumni Board and has recruited alums. Making her family proud ranks as her greatest achievement.
2001 MS, Department of Criminal Justice Sciences
Cara Rabe-Hemp, M.S. '01, graduated from Illinois State University with a master's degree in criminal justice sciences and the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Ph.D. in criminal justice in 2005. Throughout graduate school and her professional career, she has examined how gender affects officers' opportunities and experiences in the field of policing. Specifically, she has informed the existing body of literature by examining use of force exhibited by male and female officers in their encounters with citizens, women officers' experiences in rural departments, career paths of women in police organizations, and women's survivability in traditionally male dominated organizations. She has published extensively.
Rabe-Hemp's work will no doubt shape policy for years to come, as it has gained national recognition. In 2013, she was one of six women invited to a panel to discuss, "Contemporary Issues in Policing Research," at the American Society of Criminology Meeting. Rabe-Hemp has been on the faculty of the Department of Criminal Sciences at Illinois State University since 2001. During her tenure, she has developed a synergy among her scholarship, teaching, and service activities that encompasses the intersection of diversity and criminal justice. Rabe-Hemp is dedicated to increasing the participation of women interested in careers in criminal justice services and co-sponsored the creation of Breaking Barriers, which received the University's Diversity Advocacy Award in 2010
Cara, her husband, Jason, and their children, Lorne and Lena, live in Normal.
1998 BS, 2000 MS, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Carrie Carlson '98, M.S. '00, studied family relationships and child development for her bachelor's degree. She earned her master's in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, studying human development. During her years at Illinois State, Carlson worked at the Braden Box Office in the Bone Student Center. She also worked for three years in Illinois State University's Child Care Center, where she began her career in early childhood education.
In 2000 Carlson began working at Heartland Community College's (HCC) Child Development Lab. She was employed as a child development specialist for 11 years, working with infants, toddlers and 2-year-olds. Carlson enjoyed facilitating children's development, parent education, and mentoring the many college students who complete course work and observations at the lab school. In April 2011, Carlson was promoted to the director's position of the Child Development Lab.
During her 14 years of employment, Carlson has presented at local and state level conferences, has written and received several early childhood grants, and has served as a guest speaker in college classrooms. Carlson has received two team service awards and an above and beyond award at HCC.
Carlson has been a volunteer for Special Olympics Illinois for 30 years, serving as a co-chair of the souvenir committee for the past eight years. She enjoys working with volunteers, athletes, and families at the annual Basketball Tournament and Summer Games.
2004, Department of Health Sciences
Anthony Shelton '04 earned his degree in environmental health. Shelton began his career in environmental health and safety with Kellogg Co. at their Worthington, Ohio, facility, where he held the position of safety and training coordinator from 2000–2004.
Shelton was promoted to the position of corporate safety manager and relocated to Battle Creek, Michigan. He helped to launch many new programs for Kellogg Co. specifically the implementation of a safety information management system across all manufacturing location in the U.S. and Mexico. In 2007 Shelton relocated to Zanesville, Ohio, where he would spend four years working in various operation management positions.
In 2010 Shelton left Kellogg Co. to work for The Coca-Cola Co. in Columbus, Ohio. He took on the role of safety, environmental, and sustainability manager.
In 2011, Shelton was recruited by ROLL Global LLC to become their first senior director of corporate safety. Roll Global LLC is a $3 billion international company focused on healthy brands for healthy lifestyles.
Shelton has been married to his wife, Amy '98, for almost 13 years. They met and began dating while they were both attending Illinois State. They have two children, 8-year-old Tyler and 5-year-old Ashley, and live in Bakersfield, California.
1994 BS, School of Information Technology
Eric Chandler '94 earned a bachelor's degree in applied computer science and a minor in Japanese. He has a master's degree in computer science from the Stevens Institute of Technology. He is a vice president at Goldman Sachs in the critical infrastructure engineering department, where he focuses on designing automation systems to manage the Domain Name System (DNS) and Internet Protocol (IP) address space for this large multinational firm.
Chandler's career began in the telecommunications industry at Bellcore (now Telcordia Technologies) in central New Jersey. He worked his way up from change management to developer. He eventually found his niche working both as a systems and a network architect in Telcordia's emerging Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) product labs.
Twelve years later, Chandler sought new opportunities as a systems architect at Vonage. He designed software-based high-availability solutions for various systems and developed an assortment of provisioning, customer service, and monitoring tools. His prime accomplishment was in redesigning Vonage's email delivery system to enable tracking, escrowing, automated invalid address cleanup, and demand-based load-balancing. The new system achieved deliverability rates of 99 percent and a throughput of more than a million emails daily.
An avid distance runner, Chandler has completed several marathons. He was a member of many Illinois State University bands and is still an ardent trombonist. He lives in central New Jersey with his wife and two children.
1999 BS, 2011 MS, School of Kinesiology and Recreation
Erin Kennedy '99, M.S. '11, earned her degree in physical education. She started her career at OSF Saint James Medical Center in Pontiac in 2000 as a health and wellness coordinator.
Coordinating community outreach programs and working with post-rehabilitation patients, Kennedy grew to love the field of exercise science more than she ever imagined. In 2006, Kennedy transferred to OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington in order to enhance community outreach efforts. Kennedy was promoted to the Director of the Center for Healthy Lifestyles at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and decided to continue her education in exercise physiology by getting her master's degree.
Kennedy has played an active role in this community by being president of the American Heart Association's McLean County board of directors, chair and original member of the McLean County Wellness Coalition, and a key stakeholder with the Live Healthy Central Illinois wellness initiative. Kennedy led the initiative for a $50,000 grant that OSF St. Joseph Medical Center sponsored to incorporate Project Fit America into two local elementary schools. Kennedy has worked with the Illinois State University Kinesiology and Recreation Advisory Council and has been a site coordinator for exercise science student interns.
Kennedy lives with her husband, Steve, and their daughters, 15-year-old Cheyenne and 9-year-old Reagan, in Bloomington.
2001 BS, Department of Technology
Shane Tredup '01 graduated from Illinois State with a degree in integrated manufacturing systems. He received his M.B.A. from Aurora University in 2005. While at Illinois State, he served as the student chapter president of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for two years. In 2007 Tredup received the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering Award (ATAME) Outstanding Early Achievement Award and was recognized with the Outstanding Young Alumni award from Illinois State University in 2010.
He is currently the vice president of operations at Custom Aluminum Products, a large aluminum extrusion manufacturer in South Elgin. Tredup began his career at Custom Aluminum working part time in high school. After graduating from Illinois State University, he became a sales engineer. In 2004 Tredup became vice president of engineering and held that position he was promoted to his current post in 2010.
Tredup currently serves on the industrial manufacturing technology board at Elgin Community College, the Engineering Technology Board at Illinois State University, and the River Valley Workforce Investment Board in Kane County. Tredup has been instrumental in the development of the company's education program, Custom University, in partnership with state colleges and high schools. This program has become an educational model and led to a statewide award. He has also created an internship program with the local school district giving high school students hands-on instruction at Custom Aluminum Products while they earn school credit.
Tredup lives in the northwest suburbs with his wife, Karen, and two daughters, Kaylee and Grace.
CAST is always looking for its next Academy of Achievement honorees. If you know of anyone, or would like to nominate yourself for this distinguished honor, please fill out the CAST Academy of Achievement Application.