Every year CAST recognizes some of its most successful alumni.
BS 1968, Department of Agriculture
Roger Boerma '68 was born and raised on a grain and livestock farm near Emden in Logan County. He received his B.S. in agricultural education from Illinois State University. His under
graduate mentor was Professor Fred Fuess. Through Fuess' encouragement and assistance he was accepted into graduate school at the University of Illinois where in 1973 he completed a Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics. After graduation he worked as an assistant professor of agronomy at the University of Georgia, where he spent the next 39 years. Before his retirement from the University of Georgia in 2011, he served as a Distinguished Research Professor and director of the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies. His professional accomplishments include releasing 26 high-yielding, multiple pest resistant soybean varieties for Southeastern producers and publishing 175 scientific journal papers along with numerous book chapters and conference proceedings.
He was awarded six U.S. patents and a number of U.S. plant variety protection certificates. He was instrumental in the development of the University of Georgia's Center for Applied Genetic Technologies and was a founder of the Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics. In July 2011 he was named executive director of Georgia Seed Development, in Athens, where he is responsible for the providing direction and vision to the organization and administering the policies developed by the board of directors.
BS 1981, Department of Criminal Justice Sciences
Peter Lynch '81 graduated from Illinois State University and was commissioned a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He attended law school at Southern Illinois University where he obtained his J.D. He passed the Illinois Bar exam in 1984. He entered active duty as a judge advocate and was promoted to captain. In 1988 he joined Cozen O'Connor, a national law firm, while remaining a member of the Marine Corps Reserve. In 1991 he was recalled to active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm and was involved in the court-martials of Marines.
In 2000 while employed by Cozen O'Connor, he represented Judy Booher, pro bono, whose son was tragically killed as a firefighter. As a result the Brett Alan Laws Act was enacted to protect emergency personnel. For that Lynch was given a prestigious Pro Bono (clay) award by the State Bar of California. In 2000 he retired from the Marine Reserves as a lieutenant colonel. In 2007 he was recalled to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was sent to Fallujah, Iraq. He was involved in restarting the Iraqi criminal justice system by having Baghdad judges flown to Fallujah to conduct criminal hearings on two separate occasions and later persuading Fallujah judges to go back to work. For that work he was awarded a Bronze Star.
In 2009 he was recalled to active duty in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He trained Afghan criminal investigators and made jail inspections throughout Afghanistan. He received a Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
MS 1984, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Lisa Christman Shanley, M.S. '84, earned a B.S. at Eastern Illinois University in fashion merchandising in 1982, an M.S. at Illinois State University in clothing and textile science, and a Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University in apparel design and textile science in 1987.
For the next 19 years, Shanley was an associate professor at Auburn University. She was head of the fashion design program and taught apparel pattern-making, grading, garment construction, and apparel production processes. She presented her work at more than 30 conferences and published 24 technical papers. She received the TC Squared and U.S. Navy Research Fellowship. During her university career, she won more than a million dollars in competitive contracts and research grants. As a consultant, Shanley developed prototype garments for the U.S. Navy and Dow Chemical Co. In 1991, she participated in Aviation Physiology and Flight Survival Training conducted by the Naval Air Station Miramar (Top Gun) in San Diego.
In 1992, through the NASA spaceflights Experiments Program, she flew experimental materials on board the space shuttle Atlantis-STS 46. She married Paul Shanley in 1991 in Auburn, Alabama, and together they started Wild Ginger Software Inc. Shanley is currently the owner of and sole programmer for Wild Ginger Software, which has grown to become one of the world's largest fashion design software publishers. In 2009, she published her first textbook, Digital Flat Pattern, on computerized apparel pattern-making. It is used in numerous colleges and universities worldwide.
BS 2001, Department of Health Sciences
Rose Stadel '01 graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in health education. After graduation, she continued in her position as administrator of Heritage Health in Normal. She currently serves as vice president of operations for Heritage Enterprises and oversees several Heritage facilities in Central Illinois. As a licensed nursing home administrator and a licensed practical nurse since 1973, Stadel has pursued her passions of caring for the elderly and supporting their families.
She continues to facilitate the Children of Aging Parents Support Group that she started six years ago. The group provides help and resources to caregivers. Also, Stadel serves on the Strategic Planning Council for the Mennonite College of Nursing. For the past two years Stadel has taught the Health Aspects of Aging class at Illinois State University. Stadel has no doubt that the education and guidance she received from the faculty in the Health Sciences Department has contributed to her success. In particular she credits former department Chair Marilyn Morrow, who encouraged and supported her every step of the way.
Stadel received the ywca Women of Distinction Award in 2007, the Illinois State Alumni Achievement Award in 2011, and the mcn Service Award in 2012.
BS 1983, School of Information Technology
Jeff Ricketts '83 graduated from Illinois State with a bachelor's degree in applied computer science. He is vice president of service delivery with Authentify Inc., a leading provider of automated authentication services for global financial institutions and e-commerce companies. He started his career as a programmer at COUNTRY Financial in Bloomington-Normal. From there he transitioned to management consulting with Price Waterhouse in North Carolina. He returned to the insurance industry with Providian Corp. in Louisville, Kentucky, and eventually made his way back to Illinois with Ameritech.
Ricketts' career advanced further with the move to Authentify in Chicago. The majority of his professional career has been spent leading information technology (it) organizations of 10 to 500 professionals, focused on developing strong IT leaders and managers. Ricketts currently serves on the Illinois State University School of IT Business and Industry Advisory Council. An Eagle Scout, he has actively served in various leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America for more than 10 years, mentoring a number of young men on building leadership skills and helping them toward the Eagle Scout award. He is active in several other community service efforts.
BS 1989, School of Kinesiology and Recreation
Barry Reilly '89, M.S.E. '95, Ed.D. '07, earned three degrees from Illinois State University: a bachelor's degree in physical education, a master's degree in education administration, and a doctorate in education administration. Reilly spent 13 years at Bloomington High School, serving five years as a health/physical education teacher, four years as an assistant principal, and four years as principal.
He then served as the Bloomington Public Schools District 87 assistant superintendent of human resources for seven years. Reilly was hired in 2010 to serve as the superintendent of District 87. He has served on the boards for the Heartland Coalition for Youth and Families, the McLean County Urban League, and the Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators.
Reilly currently serves on the boards of the United Way of McLean County, the McLean County Compact, and the Large Unit District Association. He is also a member of the Bloomington Sunrise Rotary.
BS 1989, Military Sciences
Col. Allen D. Shreffler '89 graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor's degree in history and was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Illinois State Army rotc as a military intelligence officer. He has a master's degree in computer information systems management from the University of Phoenix. Shreffler most recently served as the chief of intelligence operations at 8th Army Headquarters in Seoul, South Korea.
He previously served as the commander of the 304th Military Intelligence Battalion U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence in Fort Huachuca, Arizona; professor of military science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; and J2 chief of counter-terrorism, United States Southern Command. Operational deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom, nato Operation Joint Guardian, and Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Shreffler is a graduate of the National Defense University's Joint and Combined Warfighting School, U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College, and 82d Airborne Division Jumpmaster School.
He has received the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Military Intelligence Knowlton Award. He is currently serving as a U.S. Army War College Fellow at the National Security Agency.
BS 1982, Department of Technology
Robert Shaw '82 graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial technology from Illinois State University. After working as staff engineer for Illinois Power Company for two years, Shaw began working as a photographer professionally in 1986. He worked with publishers of books, magazines, and calendars for 10 years. In 1997, he started his own publishing company, Wild Perceptions, and later an imprint, Firelight Publishing.
Shaw takes photographs for his company's books and calendars, which focus on natural history and American history subjects. Since 1997 Shaw's publishing company has produced more than a million copies of books and calendars. His calendars are produced for national and regional companies, and recently the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. In 2005 Shaw produced a calendar for the College of Applied Science and Technology. His books are sold at museums, university bookstores, retail stores, national and state historic sites, and Barnes & Noble.
Over the last 27 years, Robert Shaw's photography from across the United States has been displayed at many locations and has been used in numerous publications. Shaw's books include A Day Long To Be Remembered—Lincoln in Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way—The America Lincoln Knew, Windy City Wild—Chicago's Natural Wonders, and Illinois—Seasons of Light. Shaw's photography has been published in books by National Geographic Books, Abrams Books, Chicago Review Press, and Cache River Press.
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