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.

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  • Ethan Plote
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Leland, Illinois
  • Concentration: Farm Management
  • Ambassador Bio: Ethan Plote came to ACE from a farm and chose to double major in ACE and Technical Systems Management. In addition to being an ACE Ambassador, he is involved in Alpha Zeta, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and CRU, and he...
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  • Ailie Elmore
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Waggoner, Illinois
  • Concentration: Finance in Agribusiness
  • Ambassador Bio: Ailie Elmore transferred to Illinois from Lincoln Land Community College and has loved getting involved on campus, serving as Executive Vice President of Finance of her sorority, taking advantage of internship...
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  • Abigail Mongan
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Oregon, Illinois
  • Concentration: Public Policy and Law
  • Ambassador Bio: Abigail Mongan is involved with the ACE Ambassadors, Sigma Alpha Agricultural Sorority, Collegiate Farm Bureau, National Agri-Marketing Association, and the James Scholars Media team. She has had the privilege of...
  • Madeline Brown
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Springfield, Illinois
  • Concentration: Financial Planning
  • Ambassador Bio:Madeline Brown did not start in the Department of ACE, but transferring in has made her passionate about her college journey. In addition to being involved as an ACE Ambassador, Madeline is the Treasurer of Illini...
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  • Kristen Kurtz
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Ogden, Illinois
  • Concentration: Public Policy and Law
  • Ambassador Bio: Kristen Kurtz loves the College of ACES, particularly the Department of ACE, because it feels like a family. On campus, Kristen is involved with Collegiate Farm Bureau, Dairy Club, and Alive. During her time at...
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  • Melissa Stitt
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colorado
  • Concentration: Financial Planning
  • Ambassador Bio:Melissa Stitt followed in her family's footsteps in choosing Illinois and couldn't be happier with her decision. On campus, she is a member of the Financial Planning Club and Alpha Xi Delta sorority. Coming from...
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  • Chase Clausen
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Genoa, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio: Chase Clausen is a transfer from Kishwaukee Community College and had incredible experiences with FFA while serving as a State Officer last year. On campus he is involved with Collegiate Farm Bureau and the...
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  • Mitch Clodfelter
  • Graduation Year: 2022
  • Hometown: Sterling, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio:Mitch Clodfelter has come to enjoy the faculty and coursework in his concentration. On campus, Mitch is involved in Illini Hoof and Horn, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and Illini Trap and Skeet. He is also the Vice...
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  • Colbey Gilford
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Country Club Hills, Illinois
  • Concentration: Financial Planning
  • Ambassador Bio: Colbey Gilford started his journey at Illinois in the Division of General Studies. After joining the department, Colbey discovered that he enjoyed working with the helpful faculty and staff. He also appreciates...
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  • Oksana Batryn
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Concentration: Public Policy and Law
  • Ambassador Bio:Oksana Batryn is grateful to ACE because of the myriad opportunities she's been afforded throughout her time at Illinois. She loves being part of ACE's close-knit community. Outside of being an ACE Ambassador,...
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  • Cody Lewis
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Tuscola, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio: Cody Lewis joined the Department of ACE as a Parkland Pathways student and has taken advantage of his time at Illinois by joining National Agri-Marketing Association and Agriculture Future of America Leaders....
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  • Taylor Evonitz
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Skokie, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agricultural Accounting
  • Ambassador Bio: Taylor Evonitz is involved in Block I, Accounting Club, and Illini Pride. She is also participating in ACE's International Business Immersion Program, which travels to Brazil during Winter 2018-2019. She has...
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  • Ashley Rayan
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Grayslake, Illinois
  • Concentration: Consumer Economics & Finance
  • Ambassador Bio:Ashley Rayan has taken advantage of her broad concentration to gain a business foundation while joining a variety of clubs to build her communication, marketing, and consultation skills. She is excited to be a part...
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  • Theresa Snarski
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Libertyville, Illinois
  • Concentration: Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Ambassador Bio:Theresa Snarski is a recent transfer student and has been exploring the College of ACES and finding that she loves being part of such a supportive community. On campus, Theresa is on the Speech and Debate Team,...
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  • Emily Martin
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Mason City, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agricultural Accounting
  • Ambassador Bio: Emily Martin is a member of the University of Illinois Women's Swimming and Diving Team, the ACES Student Advancement Committee, and the Explore ACES Steering Committee, Emily keeps very busy! She is one of the...
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  • Zach Becker
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Amboy, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio: Zach Becker enjoys the small campus feel of ACES with the large campus resources of Illinois. On campus, Zach participates in FarmHouse Fraternity, Explore ACES Steering Committee, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and...
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  • Madison Mitchell
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Mahomet, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio: Madison Mitchell  has joined the 4-H Cooperative Sorority, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Dairy Club, and ACE Club. Beginning in January, Madison will be working in the Information Technology and Communication Services...
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  • Ameera Morrison
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Concentration: Public Policy and Law
  • Ambassador Bio:Ameera Morrison loves being in the Department of ACE because it covers a wide range of her interests. As a result of her connection to the department, Ameera has gotten involved in the Leadership Certificate...
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  • Ave Rivera
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Concentration: Policy, International Trade, & Development
  • Ambassador Bio:Ave Riverahas taken advantage of a myriad of opportunities on campus. Some of his activities include working at Espresso Royale, volunteering with the Wesley Foundation Student Center, playing violin in the...
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  • Katelyn Eathington
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Avon, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio: Katelyn Eathington realized there is no better place for her, as soon as she stepped on campus. She is involved in National Agri-Marketing Association, Hoof n Horn, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Orange Krush, and 4H...
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  • Nick Schilling
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Waterloo, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio: Nick Schilling was concerned about the size of the University of Illinois, thinking that he would easily get lost or overwhelmed. After attending Explore ACES where he met current students and saw more of campus...
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  • Janet Mai
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio:Janet Mai does not come from an agricultural background, but she has found that her faculty members are incredibly helpful and have taught her transferable skills and abilities. On campus, you can find Janet...
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  • Faith Sandrock
  • Graduation Year: 2022
  • Hometown: Rock Falls, Illinois
  • Concentration: Public Policy and Law
  • Ambassador Bio:Faith Sandrock lives in 4H House Cooperative Society and will serve on its executive team in the spring. She is also a member of Collegiate Farm Bureau. Faith loves ACE, saying that the advisors, students, and...
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  • Anastasia Vorobiova
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Lake Zurich, Illinois
  • Concentration: Financial Planning
  • Ambassador Bio: Anastasia Vorobiova is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, as well as the Society of Women in Business and Economics Club and the Finanial Planning Club. Anastasia loves being a part of the College of ACES...