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.

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...
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!
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...
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.
Mary Marshall
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. 
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. 
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...
  • 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. She also currently is an intern with Nutrien Ag Solutions.
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!
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...
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.
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....
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.
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...
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...
  • Seth Mitchell
  • Graduation Year: 2022
  • Hometown: Olney, IL
  • Concentration: Public Policy and Law
  • Ambassador Bio: Seth Mitchell 
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!
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!
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.
  • Bri Ulmer
  • Graduation Year: 2023
  • Hometown: Greenville, IL
  • Concentration: Agricultural Accounting
  • Ambassador Bio: Bri Ulmer