Every year CAST recognizes some of its most successful alumni. This year's Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Friday, October 24 at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center with a cocktail hour at 4:00 pm followed by the induction ceremony at 5:00 pm. Both are open to the public.
BS 1970, MS 1974, Department of Agriculture
David E. Baker '70, M.S. '74, earned two degrees from Illinois State University: a B.S. in agricultural education, followed by a master's in industrial technology with an emphasis in occupational safety and health.
Baker started his career with Extension Service in Illinois, serving as a county agent in Logan and McLean counties. In 1975 he became a certified safety professional and moved to the University of Missouri to accept a tenure-track appointment as state agricultural engineering specialist in rural safety. Over the course of 20 years, Baker developed one of the leading agricultural safety programs in the U.S. and authored articles, book chapters, conference papers, and more than 30 technical reports and safety guides. Baker is currently the assistant dean and program director for the Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension, one of the largest such programs in the U.S. His strategic investment in an innovative, pasture-based dairy program and a model heifer replacement program resulted in a $75-$121 million economic impact for the state and more than 1,000 new jobs.
At the national level, Baker served as chair of the North Central Agricultural and Natural Resources Program Leaders, as president and executive director of the National Institute for Farm Safety, and as chair of the agricultural division of the National Safety Council. Baker co-founded the national Extension Disaster Education Network and served on its homeland security committee.
Baker received the Outstanding Service to Agriculture award from the Missouri Farm Bureau; the Fredrick Blackmar Mumford Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Missouri's agriculture college; and the Award for Superior Service from the U.S. secretary of agriculture.
BS 1980, Department of Criminal Justice Sciences
Tami Haukedahl '80 graduated with a B.S. in criminal justice sciences from Illinois State University. In 1981 Haukedahl became an Illinois State Police trooper and the 43rd woman hired by the Illinois State Police. She worked the Tri-State Tollway for the first seven years of her career and worked a protective detail for then-Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.
In 2003 she became the first female district commander for the tollway system. In addition to her commander duties, she taught critical incident response to over 1,200 local, county, and state police officers throughout Northern Illinois. She was an incident commander during TOPOFF2, a three-day, full-scale exercise run by the departments of Justice and Homeland Security in 2002. She also served in the Illinois State Police Honor Guard and Color Guard. In 2007 Haukedahl received the Illinois State University Department of Criminal Justice Sciences alumni of the year award.
In 2008 Haukedahl retired from the Illinois State Police and was hired by the Elgin Community College (ECC) Police Department as a deputy chief of police. She earned her professional development series certificate from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). She recently wrote a grant proposal on behalf of ECC regarding building safety and security upgrades at ecc, and the college received $186,000 from IEMA.
BS 1988, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Pam Womack '88 graduated from Illinois State with a B.S. in family and consumer sciences. Since 1991 she has been using her passion for early child care and education as the executive director of the Child Care Resource and Referral Network (CCRRN) in McLean County. CCRRN maintains a database of all early childhood care and education vacancies, consults with businesses and organizations to improve work-family benefits and programs for employees, and provides high-quality training for child care professionals.
Womack also works with Illinois Action for Children to advocate on behalf of children and families for access to affordable child care. She also helped coordinate the Military Personnel Reintegration Support Sessions in McLean County. These sessions were designed to help military personnel as they readjusted to family and community life after deployment. Womack served as chair of the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and as a board member of the McLean County Children's Health Care Council. She has also been involved with the Safe Kids Coalition of McLean County, Quality Counts Vans, Children's Hospital of Illinois, and numerous statewide early childhood committees.
Womack has written grants to provide parent education opportunities to families and open resource centers for early childhood professionals in McLean, Ford, DeWitt, and Livingston counties. She has been an active volunteer with the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, National Association of Education and Young Children, and Society of Human Resource Management.
BS 1978, Department of Health Sciences
Kimberly A. Bucek '78 went to work as the site safety officer at the University of Illinois at Chicago after graduation. Then she became a senior safety inspector at Michigan State University where she developed its laboratory safety program.
In 1981 she went to work as a contractor to the U.S. Department of Transportation, conducting auto accident research and reconstruction. In 1986 she joined the Art Institute of Chicago as its assistant director for fire and safety where she managed its asbestos abatement projects and supervised life safety systems and staff.
She joined Amoco (now BP) in 1990 in its downtown Chicago facility as its environmental and safety coordinator. Since then she has held a variety of environmental, health, and safety roles of increasing responsibility. In May 2010 she was asked to provide temporary, emergency, rotational safety support to the BP Deepwater Horizon Spill Unified Area Command in New Orleans. In this role she served as the senior safety officer for the spill and was the key liaison with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) during duty time. Presently, she is the director of BP's global product stewardship where she oversees product regulatory and toxicology teams and the creation of material safety data sheets for all of BP and Castrol products globally. She is a certified safety professional (CSP), a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and a strong advocate and mentor for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in BP.
BS 1979, School of Information Technology
Kathryn J. Hayley '79 graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in applied computer science. Hayley is an executive vice president at UnitedHealthcare. Prior to that role, she was executive vice president of strategic relationships for UnitedHealthcare's $45 billion Medicare and retirement business.
Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Hayley was CEO of the Americas consulting division of Aon Hewitt, overseeing consulting operations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico, and South America. She was a member of the executive team that integrated Aon Consulting and Hewitt Associates into the $4.3 billion Aon Hewitt organization, the world's largest human capital consulting and outsourcing firm with over 300 offices in 90 countries. She is the former CEO of Aon Consulting Worldwide.
Hayley was a partner at Deloitte Consulting, where she led some of the firm's more complex engagements and held various leadership positions. Hayley was manager, financial systems, for Northwestern University while earning her M.B.A. Immediately upon graduating from Illinois State, she was a systems consultant with American Management Systems.
Kathryn serves on the board of directors for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and serves on the boards of three early stage companies. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, The Chicago Network, and The Committee of 200.
BS 1975, School of Kinesiology and Recreation
Carolyn Mallaney Nagle '75 graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in recreation and park administration with a therapeutic recreation emphasis. Her first job was with the Shamel Manor Intermediate Care Facility in Normal as the director of social services and activities, followed by two years with the Galesburg State Research Hospital as an activity therapist. She returned to Bloomington to serve as director of the SOAR program and as area coordinator for Special Olympics Illinois. Later she became the superintendent of the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association in Highland Park. In 1984 she was promoted to executive director.
Nagle married her husband, Brien, in 1986 and relocated to Naperville. She completed her Master of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1992 she was named the executive director of the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA) where she continues to work today.
Nagle has served on the board of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, as director of the Illinois Therapeutic Recreation Section, as a two-term board member of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society, and as chair of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) National Certification Board. She served as an adjunct faculty member for both Illinois State and the University of St. Francis and has provided education sessions at several universities. She served on an Illinois State University advisory board
She is a member of the Aurora Kiwanis Club and serves as the club's liaison to the FVRSA/Kiwanis Aktion Club for Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Nagle and her husband have two sons, Brennan and Kaelan, a daughter, Mollee, and a dog, Monte.
BS 1985, Military Sciences
Michael Haerr '85 attended Illinois State University as a history major and ROTC cadet. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant and received his bachelor's degree in history in 1985.
Upon graduation, Haerr entered active duty as a member of the storied 101st Airborne Division. Afterward, Haerr returned to Eureka to work for Central Illinois Trucks. He joined the Illinois Army National Guard's 1st Battalion in Bloomington.
In 1992 Haerr was hired as the project officer for Lincoln's Challenge Program in Rantoul. Haerr helped develop plans to launch the largest Challenge Program in the National Guard.
In 1993 Haerr began as the Department of Defense civilian, providing administrative support in Bloomington. He held numerous positions within the Illinois Guard, ranging from battalion and brigade training technician to heavy mobile equipment repair supervisor. Haerr is currently the deputy chief of staff-logistics, supervising and coordinating 450 full-time logisticians and 2,500 traditional guardsmen and guardswomen.
Haerr deployed twice to Afghanistan, in 2007 and 2011. He received the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Polish Armed Forces Gold Medal, and a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.
Haerr received a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College in 2006. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Guard Association of Illinois, the National Infantry Association, and the Old 8th Infantry Association in Chicago.
Haerr married Amy Steffen '85. They are the proud parents of Emily Britton '11 and Katherine, a master's student at the University of Illinois.
BS 1978, Department of Technology
Rick Schildgen '78 graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in education with an emphasis in industrial technology, specifically graphic arts. Schildgen began teaching at Addison Trail High School after graduation. In addition, he began teaching as an adjunct instructor of graphic arts at Triton College in 1980.
In 1981 Schildgen left teaching to join CL Graphics, a printing business that opened its new shop with only two full-time employees. After five years of steady growth, Schildgen purchased the business from his partner and enhanced the operations with new equipment and technology.His primary role was in sales and marketing. CL Graphics now has 16 employees.
As a small-business owner, Schildgen became involved in many other industry and business endeavors. He joined the local chamber of commerce and was elected to the board of directors. He eventually became the board president in 1993 at age 37. He also served as president of the chamber ambassadors club in 1999. Healso was a member of the National Association for Printing Leadership's (NAPL) board of directors, president of the local Chicago area Printers Guild, and a member in the Walter E. Soderstrom Society. Schildgen has received multiple Management Plus Awards and was named the National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP)/NAPL Printer of the Year in 2012.
Schildgen has stayed connected to Illinois State University as a member of the Graphic Communications Advisory Committee from 1989–1991 and again beginning in 2011. He received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 1992. He is married to JulieSchildgen, a graphic arts instructor, and has a daughter, Jennifer.
CAST is always looking for its next Hall of Fame honorees. If you know of anyone, or would like to nominate yourself for this distinguished honor, please fill out the CAST Hall of Fame Application.