We are proud of our outstanding students in the Department of ACE and are fortunate to have a group of students to represent the department and tell our story.

The ACE Ambassador Program is a group of trained students who assist prospective students in their college exploration process. Ambassadors work closely with the Department of ACE Undergraduate Programs Office as well as the College of ACES Office of Academic Programs to enhance the admissions process for prospective and incoming students. Our ambassadors also function as leaders and foster a network of peer support where students and prospective students can voice their questions and get information on many aspects of student life.

Our Ambassadors

Sarah Meghrian

Sarah Meghrian

Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Peoria, IL
Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
Ambassador Bio: Sarah Meghrian is a junior double majoring in ACE and Ag Communications. She is involved with various other clubs on campus including 4-H House Cooperative Sorority, Illini Emerging Leaders and Collegiate Farm Bureau.

Brett Buhrow

Brett Buhrow

Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Ashton, IL
Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
Ambassador Bio: Brett Buhrow has enjoyed working with faculty and being involved on campus in the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, ACES Student Advancement Committee, and Illini Pride Executive Board as the Block I Events Chair.

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Seth Mitchell

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Olney, IL
Concentration: Public Policy and Law
Ambassador Bio: Seth Mitchell

Serena Mitchell

Serena Mitchell

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Wheaton, IL
Concentration: Public Policy and Law
Ambassador Bio: Serena Mitchell takes pride in being a resource for incoming freshmen in the Department. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated., the General Education Board as a Senate Representative, and works at the Illinois Leadership Center as a Specialist. 

Timothy Fey

Timothy Fey

Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Rockford, IL
Concentration: Public Policy and Law
Ambassador Bio:Timothy Fey is also pursuing a minor in Political Science and plans to attend law school after graduation. He enjoys attending as many Illini football and basketball games!

Avery Bowen

Avery Bowen

Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Brookfield, IL
Concentration: Public Policy and Law
Ambassador Bio:Avery Bowen is a second-year student in ACE, concentrating in Public Policy and Law. Outside of her studies, she serves as the Director of Philanthropy and Service for her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, and loves to read!

Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Concentration: Public Policy and Law
Ambassador Bio: Ben Cohen loves the Department of ACE. He is a member of the Central Residential Funding Board, Undergraduate Committee on Student Misconduct, and works with the Office of the Chancellor.

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Bri Ulmer

Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Greenville, IL
Concentration: Agricultural Accounting
Ambassador Bio: Bri Ulmer

Ellie Strubhar

Ellie Strubhar

Graduation Year: 2024
Hometown: Bloomington, IL
Concentration: Agricultural Accounting
Ambassador Bio:Ellie Strubhar is the Philanthropy Chair of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She is a student employee of the ACES Human Resources Department in Mumford Hall. She is also an active member of the Accounting Club.

Jackie Moest

Jackie Moest

Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Lena, IL
Concentration: Agricultural Accounting
Ambassador Bio:Jackie Moest comes from many generations of Illini and the College of ACES. On campus, she is an active executive member for her sorority Phi Mu and works at the ACF lab.

Vanessa Cahill

Vanessa Cahill

Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Concentration: Policy, International Trade, & Development
Ambassador Bio: Vanessa Cahill is a senior in ACE fueled by a passion to address food insecurity in her career. She is pursuing a minor in International ACES, has studied abroad in Panama, worked on a virtual development project in Sierra Leone, and is involved in the MANRRS organization.

Brendon Carter

Brendon Carter

Graduation Year: 2024
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Concentration: Policy, International Trade, & Development
Ambassador Bio: Brendon Carter is a sophomore ACE student who transferred into the major his freshman year. He is passionate about economics and helping other students achieve their goals.

Zach Joseph

Zach Joseph

Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Bartlett, IL
Concentration: Agricultural Accounting
Ambassador Bio: Zach Joseph is a sophomore with a minor in Business. He transferred from the Division of General Studies after his freshman year, and he hopes to help more students with the transfer process!

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Lauren Magana

Graduation Year: 2024
Hometown: Mt. Prospect, IL
Concentration: Environmental Economics and Policy
Ambassador Bio:Lauren Magana

Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly

Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Wheaton, IL
Concentration: Consumer Economics & Finance
Ambassador Bio: Jack Kelly is a Junior studying Consumer Economics and Finance. He is an active member of Phi Gamma Nu Business Fraternity as well as Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations. Jack is looking forward to interacting with all the new ACE Students.

Angel Hernandez

Angel Hernandez

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Concentration: Financial Planning
Ambassador Bio:Angel Hernandez enjoys cooking, working out, listening to music, and playing video games. She loves animals and has a pet kitten of her own.

Molly Boyd

Molly Boyd

Graduation Year: 2024
Hometown: Hennepin, IL
Concentration: Finance in Agribusiness
Ambassador Bio:Molly Boyd has enjoyed many opportunities that being an ACE major has given her, including exploring careers in agricultural and consumer economics and learning new things every day.

Mary Marshall

Mary Marshall

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Serena, IL
Concentration: Consumer Economics & Finance
Ambassador Bio: Mary Marshall

Matt Lemaich

Matt Lemaich

Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Concentration: Consumer Economics & Finance
Ambassador Bio: Matt Lemaich is a junior studying Consumer Economics and Finance. He also plans to finish the required courses for Financial Planning and for a minor in Business. In addition to participating in the ACE Ambassador program, he is also an active member of Illinithon.

Matt Albrecht

Matt Albrecht

Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Belvidere, IL
Concentration: Consumer Economics & Finance
Ambassador Bio: Matt Albrecht is a junior in ACE. In addition to being an ACE Ambassador, he is involved in Student Alumni Ambassadors, as well as Illinois Sports Business Conference.

Aleksi Knepp

Aleksi Knepp

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Morton, IL
Concentration: Environmental Economics and Policy
Ambassador Bio:Aleksi Knepp is an ACE transfer student from biology. She is a member of Illini Pride and Cru as well as working as a TA for STAT 212. She also currently is an intern with Nutrien Ag Solutions.

Nate Lyons

Nate Lyons

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Elmhurst, IL
Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
Ambassador Bio: Nate Lyons is pursuing a Minor in Leadership Studies in addition to his major and concentration. He plays on the Men's Rugby Club and enjoys watching college sports and hanging out with friends.

Nick Pollitt

Nick Pollitt

Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Lewistown, IL
Concentration: Financial Planning
Ambassador Bio: Nick Pollitt is a Junior with a Concentration in Financial Planning.  On campus, he is involved with the Delta Chi Fraternity and the Financial Planning Club.  Nick is looking forward to being a resource for any students who need advice!

Madalyn Koster

Madalyn Koster

Graduation Year: 2024
Hometown: Carrollton, IL
Concentration: Finance in Agribusiness
Ambassador Bio:Madalyn Koster is an ACE transfer from Food Science and Human Nutrition. She is an active member of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority on campus. She is excited to interact with all the new ACE students!

Reagan Kulenkamp

Reagan Kulenkamp

Graduation Year: 2024
Hometown: Carlinville, IL
Concentration: Public Policy and Law
Ambassador Bio:Reagan Kulenkamp is a sophomore in ACE. In addition to serving as an ACE Ambassador, Reagan is on the Executive Board of Nabor House Fraternity and is a member of the College of ACES Student Advancement Committee. This past summer, he interned with GROWMARK.

Cam Meehling

Cam Meehling

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Freeburg, IL
Concentration: Financial Planning
Ambassador Bio: Cam Meehling is a senior with minors in Business and Leadership Studies. In addition to an ACE Ambassador, he is a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, having served in three previous positions.