Every year CAST recognizes some of its most successful alumni.
BS 1969, Department of Agriculture
Doug Reeves '69 graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in agribusiness. After graduation, Reeves spent two and a half years in the U.S. Army before going to work as a location manager for Kaiser Ag Chemicals, a farm fertilizer and chemical plant in Carlock.
A year later, Reeves became the assistant farm manager for First Trust and Savings Bank in Taylorville. There he helped to manage 25,000 acres of farmland in Central Illinois. In 1976, he returned to the Bloomington area to become a partner in the family grain farm operation. During this time, Reeves and his brother Barry '73 represented Pioneer Hi-Bred as seed dealers.In 1982, Reeves sold out of the farm business and became a field man for the Pioneer Farm Business Farm Management service. He worked with farmers in Woodford, McLean, and Livingston counties, providing record keeping and tax preparation services. In 1985, Reeves was hired by Pioneer Hi-Bred International as a district sales manager for McLean and Livingston counties. In 1997, he was appointed eastern farm manager coordinator, servicing professional farm managers east of the Mississippi River.
In 2008, Reeves accepted his current position as key account manager-biofuels. He works with more than 50 ethanol plants east of the Mississippi River.Throughout his career, Reeves has been the recipient of several awards. He received the Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award from the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. In addition, Reeves was presented with the Honorary Hobart Award, which is given to outstanding agriculture alumni from the Illinois State University Department of Agriculture. Reeves has also received the Award of Excellence from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Reeves is currently a board member for the Prairie Aviation Museum, a member of American Legion Post 59, and active with the Community Bible Fellowship Church, Salem Children's Home Horse Auction, and the St. Jude Telethon.
BS 1978, Department of Criminal Justice Sciences
James Knodell '78 graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Following graduation, he worked for the McLean County Sheriff's Department as an officer and a detective.
In 1983, Knodell left Illinois for Washington, D.C., where he joined the United States Secret Service. During his time in the Secret Service, Knodell served in the Washington and Chicago Field Offices, Inspection Division in Headquarters, and retired as deputy special agent in charge of the White House Presidential Protective Division. He also directed White House security and emergency operations. In addition, Knodell oversaw the extremely
In 2004, after retiring from the Secret Service, Knodell began work as the chief security officer for the White House. While in this position, Knodell ensured optimal protection of the president and White House staff while heading the Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness, which is composed of Personnel Security, Physical Security, and Emergency Preparedness. He was able to exhibit incisive leadership while overseeing safety and security of more than 3,500 White House and Executive Office of the President (EOP) personnel and directing a 12-person team with a $2.2 million annual budget. Knodell increased blast protection with EOP facilities which resolved major safety deficiencies, and which required skillful collaboration with senior executives and stakeholders to build consensus challenging Operations Section, which required diligent planning and execution of the president's domestic and foreign travel logistics. Knodell was also responsible for starting the Chicago Counterfeit Crimes Task Force, which made 200 arrests in its first 10 months.
Presently, as the principal assistant director in the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, Knodell has worked to significantly improve executive protection for senior leaders within the Department of Defense. Knodell established the Criminal Investigative and Protective Directorate, which grew to 40 employees and a $6 million yearly budget. Knodell's directorate has achieved successful completion of more than 100 protective missions of Department of Defense leadership with over 200 stops in 47 countries, including visits to combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
BS 1982, MS 1984, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Arlene Hosea '82, M.S. '84, has had an accomplished 28-year career in the food service management field. Her bachelor's degree with a foods and nutrition concentration and her master's degree with a dietetics concentration from Illinois State's Department of Family and Consumer Sciences have provided the foundation for her career. After graduation, Hosea began work as the dietary supervisor at the Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington.
Hosea returned to Illinois State University as the assistant manager of Linkins and Watterson dining centers in 1990. Hosea has risen to the position of director of Campus Dining Services. She oversees a $29 million annual budget, is responsible for feeding 8,300 students, and supervises three associate directors and one administrative assistant in an operation with 180 full-time civil service staff members and approximately 1,100 part-time student employees. As assistant to the vice president for student affairs, Hosea assists with the planning and implementation of diversity initiatives for the Division of Student Affairs. She was appointed to the president's Diversity Task Force and is currently a member of the Student Affairs Diversity Council and the editorial board of the University newsletter, Identity.
Hosea has been an important contributor to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences throughout her years with Campus Dining Services. She has enthusiastically provided the opportunity for students studying food, nutrition, and dietetics to use Campus Dining Services for course laboratory experiences and as a professional practice site. Campus Dining Services also serves as a food service site for Illinois State's accredited dietetic internship program. She serves on the advisory boards for the accredited undergraduate dietetics program and the master's degree dietetic internship. Hosea taught food service management courses from 2008–2010, and she continues to provide opportunities within Campus Dining Services for students to gain practical experiences in both courses.
BS 1979, Department of Health Sciences
Margaret Guidarelli '79 graduated from Illinois State University as an environmental health major with a concentration in occupational health and a minor in biology. She began her career at Mobil Oil (now Exxon Mobil Corp.) as a field industrial hygienist, based at the Joliet refinery with Midwest region responsibilities.
Guidarelli began her master's courses in environmental engineering in 1980 at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She continued to work at Mobil, gaining field and lab experience. She then moved to the Natural Gas Pipeline Company in Chicago where she worked as an industrial hygienist while gaining valuable business, technical, and regulatory experience. In the meantime, she completed her master's degree.
In 1987, Guidarelli founded the industrial hygiene and environmental engineering company Hygieneering Inc. At first, the company was run out of the basement of Guidarelli's home, and she hired Illinois Institute of Technology master's students on a part-time basis. The company moved to Burr Ridge in 1990, followed by another move in 1997 to Willowbrook. The firm expanded its market into Wisconsin and added an office in Milwaukee in 1999. Hygieneering is a full-service industrial hygiene, safety, and environmental consulting, testing, and training firm serving the environmental health and safety needs of companies throughout the United States. Clients of Hygieneering Inc. span many markets, including petrochemical, energy (power generation and distribution), utilities, telecommunications, manufacturing, food, academia, health care, insurance, construction, and commercial real estate. Many clients are Fortune 500 companies that hire Hygieneering to travel to their facilities throughout the United States to conduct environmental health and safety assessments, testing, and training.
After 25 years of business, Hygieneering is now a 40-person company with a superior reputation. Guidarelli has supported Illinois State University's internship program and continues to hire Illinois State graduates graduates to manage and add to the talented staff at Hygieneering.
BS 1991, School of Information Technology
Lance Rogers '91 graduated magna cum laude as a Robert G. Bone Scholar and Presidential Scholar from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in applied computer science and French. Immediately following his graduation, Rogers joined Andersen Consulting (Accenture) as an IT consultant based in Chicago. He traveled every week to client sites around the country.
In 1995, Rogers began his career at Caterpillar in Peoria. He started as an IT analyst and through the years took on greater leadership responsibility, becoming an IT team lead, IT supervisor, and IT manager. In addition, Rogers took on the role of IT deployment manager and was responsible for installations of inventory management systems, warehousing systems, manufacturing systems, order management systems, and financial systems. This included the installation of both proprietary solutions and off-the-shelf packages such as SAP. In 2004, Caterpillar relocated Rogers and his family to Manchester, England, where he led one of the many SAP deployments.
Currently, Rogers is an IT manager in Caterpillar's global information services division. He is the Americas transformation manager for an initiative to deploy Caterpillar's SAP ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution to more than 100 manufacturing and assembly facilities.
Rogers graduated magna cum laude with a master's in business administration from Bradley University. He also holds a certificate with honorable mention from L'Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, France, for his studies at the International Center for French Studies. In addition, Rogers is a Project Management Institute-certified project management professional and an IMA-certified management accountant.
Rogers is also the chair of the Illinois State University IT Business and Industry Advisory Council, an active Caterpillar recruiter at Illinois State, and a regular guest lecturer for IT classes.
BS 1982, MS 1988, School of Kinesiology and Recreation
Stan Shingles '82, M.S. '88, earned degrees in recreation and parks from Illinois State University. Shingles has worked in collegiate recreation for 25 years and previously worked five years in community recreation. He is currently the assistant vice president for recreation, events, and conferences at Central Michigan University. At Central Michigan University, he has also held positions as director, associate director, and assistant director of university recreation, and served as the interim assistant vice president for institutional diversity. Previously, Shingles worked in campus recreation at Northern Illinois University and Illinois State University.
Shingles is a National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA)-certified recreational sports specialist, a NIRSA Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional member, and a graduate of the NIRSA School of Recreational Sports Management and the Executive Institute.
Shingles has been an active and engaged member of the recreation industry during his career. He has been a member of the NIRSA board of directors, NIRSA Foundation board of directors, and NIRSA Services Corporation board of directors; vice president of NIRSA Region 3; member of the board of directors and faculty of the NIRSA School of Recreational Sports Management; the state director for the Michigan Intramural Recreational Sports Association (MIRSA); and president of the Mid-American Conference Recreation Directors Association.
Shingles has been the recipient of many professional association, community and university awards, including the NIRSA Region III Award of Merit; NIRSA Horace J. Moody Student Development Award; MIRSA Outstanding Member Award; NIRSA Founders Outstanding Service Award; NIRSA People of Color Distinguished Service Award; United States Tennis Association (USTA) Tennis Ace Award; the Central Michigan University Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Distinguished Service Award; Central Michigan University's Service Excellence Award; and Central Michigan University's Affirmative Action Award.
BS 1989, Military Sciences
U.S. Army Col. Craig Osborne '89 was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate and infantry officer from Illinois State University. Osborne has served over 23 years as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Osborne has served in numerous command and staff positions in the Army. He has also served at the headquarters of Allied Land Forces Southeastern Europe in Izmir, Turkey; for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs Staff in Washington, D.C.; and as the chief of staff for a combined, joint, and interagency task force in Kabul, Afghanistan. Osborne is a veteran of five combat deployments totaling over four years of ground combat experience. He has participated in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Joint Guard, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.
In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Illinois State University, Osborne has earned a master's from Kansas State University, a master's from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, a master's from the National War College, and a graduate certificate in advanced international affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
Osborne has been presented several awards and decorations, including the Defense Superior Service Medal by the secretary of defense, five Bronze Star Medals for actions in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Combat Infantryman's Badge with Second Star, the Senior Parachutist's Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, and the Ranger Tab. Osborne has also been awarded four different military awards by the German government. Additionally, he has been awarded the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award for the Army and is a recipient of the Order of St. Maurice from the National Infantry Association for lifetime achievement.
MS 1974, Department of Technology
William LaBounty, M.S. '74, was born and raised in Bloomington. Following his graduation from Bloomington High School, he graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1952. He received his master's in industrial technology from Illinois State University.
LaBounty served in the U.S. Air Force as a radar navigator, bombardier, and photo navigator from 1952–1954. He returned from the Air Force to work at the Stappenbeck family bookbinding business as vice president and treasurer in sales. He joined Illinois State University as a bindery foreman in June 1970, and then became director of printing services, responsible for all printing, copying, and duplicating on campus and for purchasing all off-campus printing.
LaBounty was a member of and held many board positions in the Central Illinois Chapter of Printing House Craftsmen and the Lincoln Land Chapter of the International Publishing Management Association. He is a member of the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation. LaBounty is a lifetime certified graphics communications manager. He also helped to establish the Printing and Duplicating Managers of Public Universities in Illinois Annual Conference, with the first one held at Illinois State University. After LaBounty's retirement in 1993, he was named historian for the Big Ten Universities Printing Managers Conference.
In 1994, LaBounty began volunteering at the McLean County Museum of History. He has published two books and has assisted in all of the publications of the museum. William was named Volunteer of the Year for the Illinois Association of Museums in 2002.
During his time at Illinois State, LaBounty forged a very strong relationship with the graphic communications program and faculty in the Department of Technology. He was named Outstanding Alum for the Technology Department in 2004. He has served on the Graphic Communications Advisory Board and is currently active with the Emeriti Legacy group. LaBounty has recently given generously to establish an endowment for students in graphic communications.
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