Every year CAST recognizes some of its most successful alumni. This year's Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Friday, September 16 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.
This year, the college honors Archer Daniels Midland Company as the second corporate inductee into the Hall of Fame. ADM has been an important supporter and partner of the College of Applied Science and Technology.
For more than a century, the people of ADM have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, the company—with global headquarters in Chicago and North American headquarters in Decatur—is one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with more than 32,300 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries. With a global value chain that includes 428 crop procurement locations, 280 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 39 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, ADM connects the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses.
Through targeted grants to causes and organizations that help advance the social, economic, educational, environmental and agricultural interests of cities and towns across the U.S. and around the world, ADM Cares, the company’s social-investment arm, is serving vital needs in our communities, every day, in a variety of ways.
ADM’s support for Illinois State University’s mission reflects the company’s focus on education, and includes more than $1.2 million in grants to the university since 1999, including those to the College of Business and the College of Applied Science and Technology.
Department of Agriculture
Dr. Dennis Murphy graduated in 1972 with a B.S. in General Agriculture and with a M.S. in 1973 in Occupational Safety and Health. He received his PhD in 1979 in Agricultural Education from Penn State University.
Murphy is currently the Nationwide Insurance Professor of Agricultural Safety & Health and Extension Safety Specialist. He is an internationally recognized leader in agricultural safety and health and has been at the forefront of numerous educational and research endeavors that have advanced the state-of-the-art of agricultural safety and health. Dr. Murphy authored the first textbook and professional reference on agricultural safety and health with copies sold in at least 29 countries around the world. A second professional reference in 2003 has been referenced as the most analytical review of the agricultural health and safety movement since its inception in the early 1900's. Murphy is the founding editor of the Journal of Agricultural Safety & Health. He has been an invited lecturer throughout the United States and in other countries including Canada, Poland, Ukraine, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica and Italy.
In 2006-07, Murphy was a co-founder the Agricultural Safety & Health Council of America (ASHCA), a new national organization of agricultural producer organizations and agribusinesses whose mission is to proactively address ongoing and emerging occupational safety and health issues affecting U.S. agriculture. Murphy also co-developed the International Society of Agricultural Safety & Health's (ISASH) Agricultural Safety & Health Certificate Course. This is the first professional development course for agricultural safety and health professionals to develop a core level of knowledge among active agricultural safety and health professionals. The first course was taught in June 2015.
Department of Criminal Justice Sciences
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Deborah J. Davis, FASID, has been practicing Interior Design for over 26 years and is the principal and lead designer of Deborah Davis Design, Inc., a four person commercial and residential interior design firm formed in 1995. Her clients include NBC Universal, E! Entertainment, Esquire Networks, Bravo, Oxygen, Style Networks, Nickelodeon, and Ryan Seacrest Productions. Her services span full interior design services to tenant improvement, corporate rebranding services, and relocation test fit services.
She has a Bachelor of Science in interior design from Illinois State University and became qualified by the nationally recognized N.C.I.D.Q. (National Council of Interior Design Qualifications) certification exam in 2003. Davis has made extensive contributions to the field of interior design through professional organization volunteering, interior design legislation advancements, and philanthropic work. She has been an active member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) since 1986, and helps to maintain the Los Angeles chapter that provides networking and educational opportunities for the city's professional interior design industry. She was president of the ASID Los Angeles Chapter for 2007 – 2008. She is currently serving as a member of the ASID National Legislative Codes Council and is Director at Large for the Interior Design Council of California. In March of 2016 she was voted into the ASID College of Fellows which is bestowed on less than 1 percent of ASID membership.
Davis has also had extensive speaking engagements at Universities, Interior Design Firms, and all 8 ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Chapters in California and the Southern California Chapter of IIDA (International Interior Design Association). She has had the honor of speaking at UCLA, Woodbury University, FIDM College, and Westwood College to discuss her career, project management for interior design, and legislation developments affecting interior designers in California and the US. She had the rare opportunity to deliver the commencement address for the graduating class of the Los Angeles Westwood College in 2008. In 2016 she was invited to testify on behalf of all interior designers in the State of California by the "Little Hoover" Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy, an independent state oversight agency on the subject of licensing interior designers.
Department of Health Sciences
Matt Schuller is the Director of Health IT for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in Chicago, Illinois. As a key member of the BCBSA management team, he supports the national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated BCBS companies. Matt's current position and past accomplishments represent an unwavering commitment to the promotion of quality health information for the benefit of healthcare consumers, provider communities, and users of clinical data.
In other leadership roles at BCBSA, Matt has championed initiatives related to Blue Cross Blue Shield implementation of the Affordable Care Act regulations, accelerating provider performance measurement in support of greater consumer transparency, and partnering with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement on a nationwide campaign to reduce patient harm.
Prior to joining BCBSA in 2006, Matt served as Director of Quality & Safety Services for Northwestern Medicine - Central DuPage Hospital, during which time he received his master's degree in Public Administration from DePaul University. Earlier in his career, he was the Director of Quality Operations for the Midwest Business Group on Health's EPIQual program. There he led pioneering efforts to improve the rate of appropriate cesarean section procedures in the Chicago marketplace and paired local hospitals with self-insured employers in order to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Additionally, in the mid 90's, Matt worked for an innovative HIT firm that measured inpatient clinical outcomes. Upon graduating from Illinois State University with a degree in Health Information Management, he began his service to others in a quality coordinator role at Adventist - Hinsdale Hospital.
Today, Matt is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). He was Co-Chair of the Quality & Secondary Data Use Practice Council and, most recently, served six years on the AHIMA Foundation Board of Directors and Chaired the Fund Development Committee. His selflessness is demonstrated in other endeavors, including as a volunteer member of the Development Committee for the Loyola University Health System Children's Hospital and as a current mentor to aspiring students in the Health Information Management program at Illinois State University.
School of Information Technology
Matt Johanson is a Senior Vice President of Discover Global Network, a business unit of Discover Financial Services. Johanson is responsible for leading the Global Acceptance, Marketing, and Operations organizations.
Since joining Discover in 1996, Mr. Johanson has held positions of increasing responsibility within Information Technology, Operations, Risk Management and Merchant Acceptance. He has served as ex-officio member of the Electronic Transactions Association's Board of Directors and holds his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
During his time as an undergraduate at Illinois State University, Johanson majored in Applied Computer Science while participating in the Honors Program and the Golden Key International Honour Society. He was also named to the Dean's List.
Prior to joining Discover, Mr. Johanson held leadership roles in Information Technology with Caterpillar, Hewitt Associates and Eastman Kodak Company. Mr. Johanson is a charter member of the Illinois State University College of Applied Science and Technology Advisory Board, and sits on the Board of Directors of Little Friends, a local non-profit organization serving children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
BS 1972, MS 1975
School of Kinesiology and Recreation
Illinois State head softball coach Melinda Fischer began her career as a Redbird on the field as a student athlete before working her way to become the winningest coach in Illinois State Athletics history. As a student athlete, Fischer helped lead the Redbirds to the 1969 Women's College World Series, coming in as the runner-up to earn her spot in the ISU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.
Fischer began her coaching career in 1974 after a four-year stint as an ISU student athlete. She became a graduate assistant coach for ISU's softball and basketball teams while completing a master's degree in physical education.
Since 1986, during her 32 previous seasons at the helm of the Illinois State softball program, Fischer has directed the Redbirds to national prominence, most recently with their ninth NCAA Regional appearance in 2012. Fischer has led her teams to 10 regular-season Valley titles. She also has two Gateway regular-season championships to her credit, as well as four Valley Tournament titles.
Only 18 head coaches in NCAA Division I softball can claim to have won 1,000 games in their coaching career. Illinois State head coach Fischer, who completed her 31st season at the helm of the Redbird softball program this spring, can claim such an honor.
To highlight her achievements, Fischer is the all-time winningest coach in Illinois State Athletics history and the Missouri Valley Conference All-Centennial Head Softball Coach with a combined nine Missouri Valley Conference and Gateway Athletic Conference regular-season championships, leading up to her 2010 induction to the NFCA Hall of Fame.
Fischer's 1,020 career victories, spread out among 32 previous seasons as a collegiate head coach (at both Eastern Illinois [1979-80] and Illinois State [1986-present]), rank her as the 18th-winningest coach in NCAA Division I softball history and the 11th-winningest active head coach. She's continued her historical rise through the career coaching ranks with her 1,000th-career win in an 8-2 victory over Northern Iowa in the MVC Tournament on May 7, 2015.
Fischer continues to utilize her softball knowledge, not only as a coach and administrator, but also as a teacher. She contributes her skill through camps and clinics, while continuing to mold Illinois State into a national contender.
After four years in ISU's ROTC program, Mark Mallon graduated in May, 1989 with a degree in Political Science and was commissioned into the US Army Reserve as a 2nd Lieutenant in Military Intelligence. The advantage of a career in the Army Reserves is that it permits parallel career development both in the military and civilian worlds. After graduation, Mallon began his civilian career working as a runner on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. Soon after beginning at the Board of Trade, Mallon travelled to Ft. Huachuca, Arizona for seven months to complete his Officer Basic Course. He returned to the Board of Trade, working both on and off the floor with institutional trading groups for another six years.
In 1996, Mallon transitioned to COUNTRY Financial as a financial representative, where he remains today, helping people protect what they have now and plan for their goals in the future. During this time, Mallon has concurrently had a successful and robust military career, holding company and battalion command positions, and serving on brigade staff. Mallon deployed twice to Iraq, where he served, respectively, in Tikrit, and at the US Embassy in Baghdad, and deployed once to Afghanistan, where he worked closely with NATO forces in Kabul. In 2015, Mallon was promoted to the rank of full Colonel. Mallon is currently assigned to US Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida as an instructor with Joint Special Operations University, training US as well as partner- nation forces.
Mallon is also a member of The Knights Templar, a Christian charitable chivalric organization recognized worldwide. He currently lives in Elmhurst, Illinois with his wife of twenty years, Dr. Lauren Lent, and his daughters, Savannah and Sophia.
Department of Technology
Linda Rae Markert earned her Master of Science degree in Industrial Technology for Illinois State University in 1978. Markert served thirteen years as Dean of SUNY Oswego's School of Education before returning to her full professor position in the Department of Educational Administration in 2011. She currently instructs graduate candidates in the Certificate of Advanced Study program in Educational Leadership.
Under her leadership, SUNY Oswego's School of Education (SOE) received initial accreditation of its educator certification programs by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 2001, and reaccreditation in 2007. She helped to coordinate a number of multi-million dollar building construction projects which are still underway and will culminate in new and revitalized instructional and administrative facilities for the SOE. She is also responsible for bringing over $3 million in external grant funds to SUNY Oswego. One of these funded initiatives is Project BLEND (Building Leadership Excellence for Needs-based Districts), now in its seventh year, for which she is the Principal Investigator and Director. She held a professorship for fifteen years at San Jose State University, in San Jose, California.
Markert holds her doctorate in educational administration from the University of the Pacific. She received a Visiting Scholar appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and completed a leadership symposium at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received: the Gold Award of Excellence from SUNY Oswego's Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, a Distinguished Service Citation from Epsilon Pi Tau's Board of Directors, and the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from Illinois State University's Department of Technology. Dr. Markert has published many refereed articles and several book chapters; she serves on editorial boards, and is a sought after public speaker. The fifth edition of her university level textbook titled Contemporary Technology: Innovations, Issues & Perspectives, published by Goodheart-Willcox, Inc., was released in 2010.
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.