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.

  • Nayeli Cadenas
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Concentration: Public Policy and Law
  • Ambassador Bio: Although I didn’t know I was going to be an ACE major when I applied to Public Policy and Law, I am grateful for the opportunities ACE has given me.  I have been able to take courses in various fields outside of...
  • Anastasia Vorobiova
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Lake Zurich, Illinois
  • Concentration: Financial Planning
  • Ambassador Bio: I’m honored to be apart of the ACE department and the warm environment it provides to the students. ACE has given me the opportunity to become close to my peers and provide me with tools towards supporting me in...
  • Gabriela Contreras
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Concentration: Financial Planning
  • Ambassador Bio: Greetings! I love being part of the close-knit community we have here within the College of ACES and taking part of all the great things it has to offer. On campus, I am involved in ACE Ambassadors, Lambda Theta...
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  • Caroline Walsh
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Park Ridge, Illinois
  • Concentration: Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Ambassador Bio: The College of ACES makes a large campus feel small! I am constantly met with all sorts of opportunities and experiences through ACES, and am super excited to continue to take part in it all. One day, I hope to...
  • Jenna Davis
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Homer, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio: Both my parents are Illini Alums, so I was raised orange and blue! On campus, I’m involved in ACE Club, 4H House Cooperative Sorority, Orange Krush, the ACES Abroad Office and ACE Ambassadors. Ask me about my...
ACE Ambassador Immanuel Hartsfield
  • Immanuel Hartsfield
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Gilberts, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio: I love U of I - my mother is a part of the ACES alumni family, too! I am currently a Residential Advisor at Florida Avenue Residence Hall, an Institute participant, a 100 Strong group leader and the Vice...
  • Yahan Jiang
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Beijing, China
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio: Hello! I super love ACE family and enjoy being involved with every activity that ACE offers. I used to serve in dinning hall and I was a math tutor last semester. Also, I am in the ACES Applied Research and...
  • Bella Curless
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Pittsfield, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio:The College of ACES is very welcoming and offers numerous opportunities! As a freshman, the department has already influenced me to become a part of two study abroad tours and serve as an ACE Ambassador. I’m very...
  • Cody Lewis
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Tuscola, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio: I transferred to Illinois through the Pathways Program, and the Department of ACE has been like home to me. I have been involved in a handful of organizations such as NAMA, and PAS where I served as State...
  • Sadie Marks
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: West Salem, Illinois
  • Concentration: Public Policy and Law
  • Ambassador Bio:Growing up on a farm, I developed a passion for agriculture and am able to cultivate that passion through ACE! You can see me on campus in Illinois Student Government, ACE Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and 4-H...
  • Emily Martin
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Mason City, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agricultural Accounting
  • Ambassador Bio: Following my family and choosing Illinois and the College of ACES is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! On campus, I am a member of the University of Illinois Women’s Swimming and Diving Team, Ag...
  • Madison Mitchell
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Mahomet, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio: The caring and family atmosphere that the ACE Department provides is second to none! I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in ACE Club, Dairy Club, and Collegiate Farm Bureau on campus. In addition, I also...
  • Sydney Mumm
  • Graduation Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Monticello, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio:Greetings! On campus, I have been involved in 4-H House Cooperative Sorority, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and ACE Club. I have also been a LeaderShape Institute participant, studied abroad in New Zealand, and worked as...
  • Ave Rivera
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Concentration: Policy, International Trade, & Development
  • Ambassador Bio:During my time on campus, I have worked at Espresso Royale, volunteered with the Wesley Foundation Student Center, played violin in the University of Illinois Philharmonia Orchestra, and served on leadership...
  • Hayden Schaumburg
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • Hometown: Watseka, Illinois
  • Concentration: Farm Management
  • Ambassador Bio: Being a part of the ACE family here at the University of Illinois has been a dream of mine since I was very young. Having grown up on a farm, I have a passion for and commitment to agriculture. My involvement...
  • Nick Schilling
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Waterloo, Illinois
  • Concentration: Agribusiness Markets & Management
  • Ambassador Bio:Coming from a small town, I thought that the University of Illinois might be too big for me. After attending Explore ACES, I found that the College of ACES was a big family and felt really comfortable joining the...
  • Abbie Steffes
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Monticello, Illinois
  • Concentration: Policy, International Trade, & Development
  • Ambassador Bio:I love the opportunities the College of ACES and ACE has to offer, especially their study abroad experiences! On campus, I am the Membership Chair for Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority. I am also...
  • Eileen Urish
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Hometown: Kilbourne, Illinois
  • Concentration: Finance in Agribusiness
  • Ambassador Bio:The University of Illinois has a strong meaning to me and I am lucky to study in the ACE Department with a concentration in Policy International Trade and Development! Through ACE I have found a way to share my...