Every year CAST recognizes some of its most successful alumni. Induction into the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) Hall of Fame is an honor bestowed on current, past, or honorary members of the CAST community. Nominations can be based on outstanding performance in one's profession; demonstrated leadership in one's profession or the community; outstanding service to the institution; and statewide, national, or international recognition. This year's Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center with a reception at 4:00 pm followed by the induction ceremony at 5:00 pm. Both are open to the public.
Department of Agriculture
Arthur Goetsch grew up on a small farm near Farmersville with his mother and two brothers. At Illinois State University, from 1976– 1979, he was mentored by Joe A. Sagebiel, who provided unique opportunities for growth, such as a small research project and being a teaching assistant. Goetsch received a master’s degree in animal husbandry from the University of Missouri in 1980 and a Ph.D. in animal nutrition from New Mexico State University in 1982.
From 1982–1984, Goetsch was a postdoctoral research associate at Oklahoma State University. He began his tenure at the University of Arkansas in 1984, advancing to associate professor in 1990 and professor in 1994. From 1995–1997, he was a research animal scientist with the United State Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service’s (USDA-ARS) Small Farms Research Center in Arkansas.
Since 1998 Goetsch has been research leader at the American Institute for Goat Research of Langston University. His publications include over 260 peer-reviewed papers and numerous book chapters, proceedings, abstracts, and a book addressing on-farm research on smallholder farms in developing countries. He has been invited to speak and provide training around the world. Goetsch served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Animal Science and Small Ruminant Research. He received the American Feed Ingredient Association Award for Ruminant Research in 2011 and was certified as a diplomate of the American College of Animal Sciences in 2017.
Goetsch and his wife of 30 years, Brenda, have one son.
Department of Criminal Justice Sciences
Carla Barnes with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice sciences. Passionate about furthering her education, she enrolled in the John Marshall Law School and graduated in 1998.
Barnes completed her law school internship with Chicago politician Edward Vrdolyak. After graduation, she was immediately hired at the Vrdolyak Law Firm. Upon leaving the firm, she was employed as a Cook County assistant state’s attorney. After several years, she returned to her adopted hometown in McLean County. She became a member of the McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Although she enjoyed her time as a prosecutor, she felt that she could affect more change as a public defender. She was hired as an assistant public defender in 2001, and has worked in the McLean County Public Defender’s Office since that time.
In 2014, Barnes was appointed as the chief McLean County public defender, making her the first African-American to hold that position, as well as the first African-American administrator for McLean County. Barnes works to ensure that all citizens are given zealous representation from the attorneys in her office.
Barnes is a board member of the Juvenile Justice Council; serves as treasurer for the Illinois Council of Chief Defenders; and is a member of the McLean County Truancy Committee, the McLean County Veterans Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, and the McLean County Drug Court. She serves as board member of the Great Plains Life Foundation. Additionally, Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed her to the Illinois Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.
Department of Family of Consumer Sciences
Lois R. Jett earned her bachelor’s degree in home economics education from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1955 and master’s degree in home economics from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1959. After teaching high school for six years, she came to Illinois State Normal University in 1962 and worked in the Department of Home Economics (now known as the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences) until retiring as assistant professor in 1989.
In 1962 Jett began collecting items for a historic costume collection to be used as a teaching tool by the department. The Lois Jett Historic Costume Collection (LJHCC) started with only three items of clothing. Over the next 27 years Jett connected with local community members, state and regional history museums, and other professionals nationwide in her quest to grow the collection of items of dress for students to view in classes much broader than just fashion history. She showed construction techniques in her sewing courses, fabrics in her textiles courses, and design techniques in her apparel design courses.
Jett increased storage over the years and implemented cataloging systems for organizations. She started an endowment fund to help support the collection. Today the collection has over 2,000 items of dress worn by men, women, and children from the 1840s to today. The majority of the holdings were collected during her tenure as director.
As a professor, Jett was a member of the Costume Society of America, the American Home Economics Association, and the Association of College Professors of Textiles and Clothing. She continues to be an active member of the Family and Consumer Science Professionals of McLean County.
Department of Health Sciences
Bob Miller graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental health. He began his professional experience as a health inspector with the Peoria City/County Health Department. He next served as the director of support services and infection control at Cole Hospital, followed by experience as the quality assurance manager at The Southland Corp.
Miller’s passion for health care led him back to this field at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Over the course of the next 24 years, he served in numerous leadership capacities while also earning his MBA with an emphasis in health services management from Webster University. Leadership roles at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s included supply chain and sterile processing supervisor, administrative director of human resources, and chief operating officer. Miller continued his work in the healthcare field by spending seven years at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center as the vice president of operations.
In August, he assumed his current position as president of Aurora Memorial Hospital Burlington and Aurora Lakeland Medical Center. Miller is a fellow with The Health Management Academy and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Miller has served in a variety of volunteer and leadership capacities within the communities he has lived. These include serving as president of the Rotary Club of Belleville, co-chair of the McLean County Heart/Stroke Walk, chair of the McLean County Compact Workforce Development Board, and chair of the board for the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.
Miller has been married to his wife, Jane, for over 29 years and they have four children.
School of Information Technology
Craig Westerhold grew up on a small family farm near Edwardsville and came to Illinois State University in fall 1975. Initially a math major, Westerhold experienced the growth in the Department of Applied Computer Science (now the School of Information Technology), and the industry at large, during the late 1970s. He graduated with a double major in applied computer science and mathematics.
After graduation, Westerhold joined IBM in St. Louis as a systems engineer, giving technical advice to clients. Over 23 years with IBM in St. Louis, New Jersey, and Chicago, Westerhold worked in sales and sales management, systems integration, consulting, and outsourcing. Leaving IBM in 2002, he worked for several Midwestern systems integration firms, and his employer Truven Health Analytics was acquired by the Watson Health business unit of IBM in 2016. Westerhold remained with Watson Health for almost two years on this second tour with IBM, leaving earlier in 2018 to pursue his current initiative.
He is now vice president of network development at Collective Medical, a Salt Lake City startup that connects hospital emergency departments across the country to enable real time identification and highlighting of complex, high-use emergency department patients across health systems.
Since leaving Illinois State in 1979, Westerhold has completed executive development programs at Northwestern University and Harvard Business School, and a master’s in health informatics at Saint Louis University. He also served on the School of Information Technology’s Business and Industry Advisory Council from 1991–2003.
Westerhold lives in St. Louis with his wife, Sarah Kirschner ’78, also an Illinois State graduate, and they have three children.
School of Kinesiology and Recreation
Heeding the advice of Sandy Little Groves, her Park District of Park Ridge supervisor and mentor, Diane Dahlmann stepped away from a full-time professional position to pursue a graduate degree and a career in collegiate recreation.
Dahlmann is now the CEO of CompanyDahlmann following four decades in collegiate recreation. In those years, she has mentored over two dozen recreation directors and student affairs leaders, raised over $1 million for development, and distributed $500,000 in scholarships to students. Her first appointment was at The State University of New York: Brockport, where she began her lifelong relationship with Special Olympics when helping host the international games. Dahlmann has served as the recreation director at St. Cloud State University, Illinois State University, and the University of Missouri.
In Minnesota she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective academic honor society. Dahlmann has served on boards for Athletic Business Magazine, School Construction News, Maine Township Youth Commission, and SpecialOlympics, and is currently a member on the National Swimming Pool Foundation board of directors, in addition to a variety of service roles with the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association. Dahlmann enjoys a national profile as a thought-leader, visionary, advisor, sought-after speaker, and presenter.
Department of Military Science
Stacy M. Seaworth graduated with a degree in English education and her ROTC commission as an Army second lieutenant.
During her 23 years of active duty, she was trained as both an aviation and intelligence officer. She flew VIP transport and intelligence aviation missions supporting operations in the Balkans, Europe, Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea—deploying three times in support of the Global War on Terrorism. She also had a number of stateside assignments including an opportunity to serve as the Military Science (ROTC) commander at Illinois State University.
In 2005 Seaworth completed her master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Iowa. At the pinnacle of her military career, she was selected as the 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion (aerial exploitation) commander at Camp Humphreys in South Korea. She was charged with the oversight of 300 soldiers conducting reconnaissance operations along the demilitarized zone (DMZ).
Seaworth retired in August 2017 at the rank of lieutenant colonel and returned to Illinois and her first love—teaching. She is pursuing her doctorate in curriculum and instruction at Northern Illinois University. It is her desire to use her military experience and civilian education to build training programs for industry.
Department of Technology
William F. Burfeind IV is a dynamic construction executive with 24 years of experience in professional services, cost estimating, preconstruction consulting, and project management for commercial interiors, education, and mixed-use development projects.
Graduating from Illinois State with a B.S. in construction management, Burfeind has held various industry positions including project engineer, project manager, estimator, chief estimator, and business development director for a $100 million revenue business. His career path and accomplishments are highlighted by management and leadership tenures with Turner Construction Co. and J.C. Anderson.
Integral to J.C. Anderson’s executive team, Burfeind oversees marketing and business development, including account management and project delivery, and plays a crucial role in revenue generation, corporate initiatives, strategic planning, team management, and cultivating and maintaining client relationships throughout Chicago’s commercial real estate and interiors construction market.
Burfeind applies expertise in organizational sales and business development and leads the strategy for more profitable revenue over the long term. Working closely with the team, J.C. Anderson’s gross sales have increased 60 percent over the past five years. As principal in charge, Burfeind helped J.C. Anderson execute programs and added prolific clientele including Yelp, Verizon, Paylocity, the Chicago Bears, and United Airlines.
An active member of The Economic Club of Chicago, Burfeind also serves on the board of directors for Chicago Loop Alliance and the Dean’s Advisory Board of Illinois State University College of Applied Science and Technology. In 2013 he received the Department of Technology’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding achievement.
Married 17 years to Kara (Montello) ’96 with two children, Elizabeth and William V, Burfeind and his family are actively involved in the community, school district, and multiple charities.