Meet the ACE Ambassadors

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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 that 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.

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 and can't wait to meet everyone!
Reed Groesch
  • Reed Groesch
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Springfield, IL
  • Concentration: Finance in Agribusiness
  • Ambassador Bio:Reed Groesch enjoys cycling, swimming, running, and golfing. He enjoys studying in the College of ACES because of the camaraderie between the students.
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.
Chase Clausen
  • Chase Clausen
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Genoa, IL
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio: Chase Clausen enjoys cheering for Illini athletics and is involved with many organizations on campus, including FarmHouse Fraternity, Student Advancement Committee, and is president of Collegiate Farm Bureau.
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 fueled by a passion for finding a solution to address food insecurity. She is a third-year student with a minor in International ACES, and she serves as the Treasurer for MANRRS.
Shannon Maher
  • Shannon Maher
  • Graduation Year: 2022
  • Hometown: Elmhurst, IL
  • Concentration: Consumer Economics & Finance
  • Ambassador Bio: Shannon Maher is involved on campus as a member in both Kappa Kappa Gamma and Kappa Alpha Pi. Her favorite part of ACE is how genuine the teachers and advisors are in caring about their students.
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!
Arianna Pannarale
  • Arianna Pannarale
  • Graduation Year: 2023
  • Hometown: Mokena, IL
  • Concentration: Financial Planning
  • Ambassador Bio:Arianna Pannarale is the Membership Chair for the Financial Planning Club, the Director of Special Events for the Illini Union, and a Peer Educator for the Financial Wellness for College Students program.
Bailee Fanning
  • Bailee Fanning
  • Graduation Year: 2024
  • Hometown: Milford, IL
  • Concentration: Public Policy and Law
  • Ambassador Bio: Bailee Fanning has a passion for agriculture and loves being a part of the ACES family. Bailee is involved in Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority, Illini Fighting Hunger, and CHAARG on campus.
  • 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.
Megan Finfrock
  • Megan Finfrock
  • Graduation Year: 2022
  • Hometown: Clinton, IL
  • Concentration: Farm Management
  • Ambassador Bio: Megan Finfrock grew up on her family's corn and soybean farm in central Illinois where she developed her love for agriculture. This love is what led her to ACE at the University of Illinois!
Amysha Langley
  • Amysha Langley
  • Graduation Year: 2022
  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA
  • Concentration: Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Ambassador Bio:Amysha Langley has enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the Midwest! After graduation, she plans to either attend graduate school or obtain a job working with a large corporation.
Matt Albrecht
  • Matt Albrecht
  • Graduation Year: 2023
  • Hometown: Belvidere, IL
  • Concentration: Consumer Economics & Finance
  • Ambassador Bio: Matt Albrecht is a sophomore in ACE. In addition to being an ACE Ambassador, he is involved in Illinois Sports Business Conference as well as IlliniThon.
Alexa Losurdo
  • Alexa Losurdo
  • Graduation Year: 2022
  • Hometown: Naperville, IL
  • Concentration: Finance in Agribusiness
  • Ambassador Bio: Alexa Losurdo is a junior studying Finance in Agribusiness with a Business Minor. She is involved in her social sorority Kappa Alpha Theta as well as Society of Women in Business and the Women's Business Network.
  • 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.
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. This summer, she will intern with Nutrien.
Samantha Ryzner
  • Samantha Ryzner
  • Graduation Year: 2023
  • Hometown: Mount Prospect, IL
  • Concentration: Financial Planning
  • Ambassador Bio:Samantha Ryzner is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma social sorority and Financial Planning Club. She is so excited to be a part of the close-knit ACE family on campus.
Ainsley Peterson
  • Ainsley Peterson
  • Graduation Year: 2023
  • Hometown: Mayo, FL
  • Concentration: Policy, International Trade, & Development
  • Ambassador Bio: Ainsley Peterson has been able to participate in a host of opportunities during her time on campus, including study abroad, judging teams, ACES Council, and Student Advancement Committee.
Keziah Buabeng
  • Keziah Buabeng
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Bolingbrook, IL
  • Concentration: Policy, International Trade, & Development
  • Ambassador Bio: Keziah Buabeng is a Ghanaian-American and is involved in Alive campus ministry, Minorities Association of Future Attorneys, and African Cultural Association. 
Brett Buhrow
  • Brett Buhrow
  • Graduation Year: 2023
  • Hometown: Ashton, IL
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio: Brett Buhrow has enjoyed working with faculty and has enjoyed being involved on campus in the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Hoof and Horn, and Collegiate Farm Bureau.