Every year CAST recognizes some of its most successful alumni.
1965 Department of Agriculture
Ray L. Brownfield is President of Land Pro LLC, and also a licensed Real Estate Broker with john greene Land Company in Oswego, Illinois. Ray manages approximately 5,000 acres in Illinois and Wisconsin for absentee land owners, and conducts real estate transactions, both acquisition and sales, for clients throughout Illinois. Ray holds the designation of Accredited Farm Manager, Accredited Rural Appraiser and Accredited Land Consultant.
Ray graduated in 1965 from the Illinois State University Department of Agriculture with a degree in Agricultural Education. Ray is a recipient of the Holbert Award, which is the highest award bestowed on an individual by the ISU Department of Agriculture. Since graduation, Ray has been a Vice-President of First National Bank – Peoria; Vice-President of Continental Illinois National Bank & Trust Company; Vice-President of Northern Trust Bank and President of a nationwide agricultural real estate company, now known as Capital Agricultural Property Services, Inc.
Also, Ray he has been the president of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, receiving their highest award, the Hall of Fame Award, in 2001. Ray has also been the president of the American Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. In addition, Ray is currently serving as Vice-President of the REALTORS® Land Institute. Ray has served as a member of the Agricultural Alumni Association and is very involved with fundraising for the 100th anniversary of the Illinois State University Department of Agriculture. Additionally, Ray served in the Illinois Army National Guard for 35 years, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer, CW5.
1993 Department of Criminal Justice Sciences
On April 16, 2010, Andrew Velasquez III was appointed by President Obama to serve as the regional administrator for FEMA Region V. In this position, he coordinates preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation activities for the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Mr. Velasquez brings to FEMA extensive experience in emergency management at both the state and local level.
Before his appointment in April 2010, Mr. Velasquez served as director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and homeland security advisor to the governor. In these roles, Mr. Velasquez oversaw Illinois’ disaster preparedness and response, nuclear safety and homeland security programs, as well as more than 250 employees and a budget of more than $470 million. He directed the response and recovery efforts for numerous disasters and served as the state coordinating officer and governor's authorized representative for nine presidential disaster declarations.
His disaster experience includes response to severe storms, ice storms, the tragic campus shooting event at Northern Illinois University and the record Midwest flooding in 2008. Mr. Velasquez served as chairman of the response committee for the Governor’s Campus Safety Task Force that was established in response to the shooting incident at Virginia Tech. He served on the Board of Directors for the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), a partnership of the federal government and the eight states most affected by earthquakes in the central United States. He was a member of the Regional Advisory Council for FEMA Region V, the Homeland Security Consortium for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) and Vice-Chairman of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Commission.
As an adjunct faculty member at the University of Chicago, he taught in the University’s graduate program in Threat and Response Management. Prior to serving as IEMA director, Mr. Velasquez was Executive Director of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC). Mr. Velasquez was responsible for executing the city’s public safety initiatives to serve its 2.9 million residents. This included oversight of the city’s homeland security, emergency management, 911 emergency dispatch operations and traffic management services. The OEMC comprises 1,800 employees and an annual budget in excess of $91 million.
Previous to his appointment as OEMC Executive Director, Mr. Velasquez served the Chicago Police Department in various capacities for 10 years, including the director of the Criminal Identification and Record Services Division. He was also a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for six years. A native of Chicago, Mr. Velasquez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from Illinois State University. He received a Master of Business Administration in Management from Saint Xavier University. He also completed the Executive Leadership program at the Naval Post Graduate School - Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
1961 Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Charlotte Talkington graduated with a baccalaureate degree in Home Economics from Illinois State Normal University. Her teaching career began at Roanoke-Benson High School. In 1968 she joined the Home Economics faculty at ISU as a supervisor of 76 student teachers. During her tenure she continued to supervise student teachers, taught undergraduate classes and directed curriculum projects which offered the the opportunity to work with teachers throughout the state. During this time she was president of two professional state organizations and vice-chair of a national organization. In 1985 she received the ISU Alumni Achievement Award. She retired as a full professor in 1994.
Her favorite volunteering activities as a retiree include being a Master Gardener, serving on the Heartland Community Aspiring and Active Retirees Committee, being chairperson of the curriculum committee for Money Smart Week and chairperson for the Bake Shop within the gift shop at the Festival of Trees. She is a part-time employee at Greider's Garden shop in the spring and throughout the year at the University of Illinois Extension.
Charlotte has established The Charlotte Talkington Professional Development Fund the The Charlotte E. Talkington Scholarship in Family and Consumer Sciences Education Fund. This scholarship provides financial assistance for a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher education student.
1975 Department of Health Sciences
Dr. Jenny Ting received her B.S. in Medical Technology from Illinois State University in 1975 where she received a Foreign Student Tuition Waiver Scholarship. Subsequently she received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University and post-doctoral training at the University of Southern California and Duke University. She was appointed an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984 and has remained there since. She is currently a William R. Kenan Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Immunology program leader. She is also the Director of the UNC Center for Translational Immunology and co-director of the Inflammatory Disease Institute.
Nationally, she has served on the study sections of multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) and private foundation research programs. She serves on the advisory councils of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (U.S.A) and Academia Sinica (Taiwan). She has been awarded the American Society of Microbiology Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Immunology and Immunity and is a National Multiple Sclerosis Hall of Fame Inductee. She has also been awarded the prestigious Sandler Program in Asthma Research Senior Investigator Award and is currently an NIH Merit Awardee.
She has over 200 publications, and has published extensively in the areas of molecular immunology, inflammation, infection and cancer. She has pioneered new areas of molecular immunology with her work on new gene families in the immune system. Her work combines fundamental immunology with molecular biology and, more recently, genomics and proteomics. Her observations impact disease states as widely diverse as infection, auto-immunity, inflammation, neurodegeneration and cancer.
1982 School of Information Technology
Peter Tapling (B.S. Applied Computer Science, 1982) is president and CEO at Authentify, Inc., the leading provider of OOBA (out-of-band authentication) services; a position he has held since co-founding the company in 1999. Mr. Tapling has spent over 25 years in the software industry, mostly with start-up companies bringing new technologies onto the information technology landscape. Mr. Tapling has been an active participant in information security industry standards committees dating back to the group that created the DoD Orange Book.
Notably, he participated in the American Bar Association Digital Signature Committee, which developed the Digital Signature Guidelines document, and the IETF PKIX working group. He has provided a draft review of the digital signature legislation that was eventually approved by the State of Illinois. Currently, Mr. Tapling serves on the NACHA Internet Council and participated in the development of the current he Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC) Security Working Group.
He is a frequent speaker on the topics of authentication, risk management and identity theft and is a co-author of the recently released book "Mastering the Fraud Tsunami." Mr. Tapling is chairman of the Business and Industry Advisor Council for the School of Information Technology and is on the board of advisors to the dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology at Illinois State University. Mr. Tapling serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Illinois Technology Association and is a board member for The Big Idea Forum. He is an active advisor to entrepreneurs and early stage companies.
1972 School of Kinesiology and Recreation
Darlene A. Kluka, Ph. D., D Phil, has been recognized as an international scholar and leader in the fields of sport science and women and sport by several international and national organizations. Her professional career spans 38 years, of which she has dedicated her energy and enthusiasm to the advancement of women and sport science.
In addition to earning Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Illinois State, she has earned two doctorates, one in motor learning from Texas Woman’s University, the other in sport management from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She has been presented with the ICHPERSD (International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance) Biennial Scholar Award; the International Relations Council of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance International Scholar Award; AAHPERD Southern District Scholar Award; LAHPERD Scholar Award; the International Academy of Sports Vision Research Award; and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Hong Kong Baptist University Research Center.
She has also achieved Research Fellow status in the International Academy of Sports Vision and in the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). She has been inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame for her contributions to volleyball coach education, has earned the prestigious USA Volleyball Leader in Volleyball Award from USA Volleyball, and has been inducted into the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Hall of Fame. She was named the 2008 Distinguished Alumna of Texas Woman’s University.
Kluka is presently full professor and Interim Dean of the School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She is also an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria in the Department of Biokinetics, Sport and Leisure Sciences. She is currently a charter member of USA Volleyball Sports Medicine and Performance Commission and is the editor for the International Journal of Volleyball Research. She is a former Vice President of USA Volleyball and served on its board of directors for 8 years. She has also served as a member of the United States Olympic Committee between 1996 and 2000.
Kluka has also been a leader in the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), serving as treasurer, editorial board chair, and as a member of the executive board and President’s Committee. She has also served as President and AAHPERD Board of Governors Representative for the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS). Recently, she completed a four-year presidency with the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW).
1987 Military Sciences
Colonel Mark C. Jackson is the Brigade Commander for the 65th Troop Command Brigade, Illinois Army National Guard, located in Springfield, Illinois. He graduated from Illinois State University in December 1987, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance with a minor in Military Science. In May 1987, the Illinois State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) commissioned him as an Infantry Second Lieutenant.
As a member of the Illinois Army National Guard (ILARNG) since 1984, COL Jackson has held numerous Command and Staff level positions. Among those positions he has served as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Company Commander and Battalion Commander, and has deployed three times in the service of his country.
During his first deployment, he served as the Security Forces (SECFOR) Commander for an Infantry Company in Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Spring, from 2000 to 2001. Shortly after his return from that deployment, the terrorist attacks of 9-11 led to his second deployment as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. During this deployment in 2002, COL Jackson was the Force Protection Liaison Officer (FPLNO) between his Brigade, Task Force Santa Fe, and US Army Europe (USAUER). His most recent deployment was for Operation Iraqi Freedom, from JAN 2005-MAY 2006, where he served as the Infantry Battalion and Task Force Commander of Task Force Blackhawk in Baghdad, Radwaniyah, and Al Anbar, Iraq.
COL Jackson’s awards include: Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (4th Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hour Glass, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device (2nd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon.
COL Jackson holds a Master of Business Administration from Governor’s State University, and is a 2009 Graduate of the United States Army War College, with a Master of Strategic Studies. He is a two-time recipient of the National Guard Association of Illinois’s Outstanding Guardsman Award. COL Jackson has been employed as a Trooper with the Illinois State Police since 1990, and as an Illinois State Police Motorcycle Patrol Officer and Instructor since 1994. In 1998 the Illinois State Police awarded him the Department Award for Honor. In the same year, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police presented him with the Life Saving Award.
1969 Department of Technology
Dr. J. Michael Adams became Fairleigh Dickinson University's sixth president on July 1, 1999, following 15 years as an academic dean at Drexel University in Philadelphia. At Fairleigh Dickinson, he inspired a new mission: to prepare world citizens through global education. He also led the development of major initiatives including the United Nations Pathways Program and the creation of Global Virtual Faculty™, scholars and professionals from around the world who contribute to the classroom via the Internet.
The author of nine books, Dr. Adams' publications and research cover a wide variety of topics including print, publishing, communication and career development, as well as topics specific to the field of higher education. His most recent book is Coming of Age in a Globalized World: The Next Generation, published in 2006 with co-author Angelo Carfagna.
Dr. Adams began his academic career at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego, where he moved through faculty ranks to Senior Graduate Professor and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He also served as a US Congressional Fellow, working on higher education legislation and advising US congressional leaders. Dr. Adams is active with many national and international education organizations. In 2008, he was named President-Elect of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP). He is chair of the IAUP North American Council, and is an IAUP representative to the United Nations.
He also serves on the UN/IAUP Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace and is a National Council member of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. Dr. Adams is a member of the Steering Committee of the World Bank’s Researchers Alliance for Development and the Editorial Advisory Board for International Educator, the flagship bimonthly magazine of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.Dr. Adams holds a B.S. from Illinois State University, Normal; an M.S. from University of Illinois, Urbana; and a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
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