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Meet the Team

Staff of the UIS Office of Development

The UIS Development team encourages and administers private gifts to support the campus. Our core values include quality, professionalism, service, integrity, caring, and unity. We are here to serve you, our donors, colleagues, and alumni.

NEW 72 Jeff Lorber for website Jeff Lorber
Vice Chancellor for Development, UIS
Senior Vice President, University of Illinois Foundation
Phone: 217.206.6058; jlorber@uis.edu

Dr. Lorber came to UIS in 2012 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he was Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement  and Executive Director of Development at the SIU Foundation. He was at SIU Carbondale from 2005 to 2012 and served as the Campaign Director for SIU’s first comprehensive campaign, a successful $106 million effort.

Jeff also held development positions at Indiana University Northwest, the University of Tennessee, Northern Illinois University, Butler University, the University of Northern Iowa, and Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his doctorate in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has a master’s degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in communications/public relations from the University of Northern Iowa.

Directors/Major Gift Officers

72forwebsite Sarah Jennings
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Major gift officer for the Center for State Policy and Leadership and College of Public Affairs and Administration
Phone: 217.206.6058, jennings.sarah@uis.edu

Sarah Jennings has fourteen years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, specializing in nonprofit management and resource development. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in fine art from Culver-Stockton College. She received a master’s degree and graduate certificate from UIS, and is currently a doctoral student in public administration at UIS. Sarah is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations, Illinois Women in Leadership and the Springfield Area Arts Council. She has served as an officer on the AFP Capital Area Chapter Board of Directors, as well as the Springfield Ballet Company Board of Directors. Sarah was awarded the AFP Outstanding Fundraising Professional award in 2008. Since 2007, she has held a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential, which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and recognized worldwide as the global standard for the fundraising profession.

Lisa Whelpley
Lisa Whelpley
Director of Annual Giving/Major Gift Development
Major Gift Officer for Brookens Library and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Phone: 217.206.6058, whelpley.lisa@uis.edu

Lisa earned an M.S. degree in Leisure Studies from the University of Illinois and her B.S. and B.A. degrees from Miami University in Ohio. Before starting at UIS in 2001, she served as Development Director for the Central Illinois Foodbank for 4-1/2 years. She oversees all requests for the UIS Fund, manages annual fundraising for the campus and its units, and oversees UIS’ very successful Faculty and Staff Campaign each year.

Ron Wojcicki
Ron Wojcicki
Director of Development
Major Gift Officer for the College of Business and Management, College of Education and Human Services, Sangamon Auditorium, and Student Affairs
Phone: 217.206.7075, wojcicki.ron@uis.edu

Ron works with donors for two colleges, Sangamon Auditorium, and Student Affairs. He has a bachelor’s in Music Education and Piano Performance from MacMurray College and a Master of Music Education from the University of Illinois. Before joining UIS, Ron was Director of Development at Sacred Heart-Griffin for nine years, and also worked in the IT industry and music education.

Additional Staff Members

Marilyn Kok
Marilyn Kok

Assoc. Director of Grants, Marketing, and Communications

Marilyn writes grants to private foundations and corporations, oversees the Development websites, writes stories about students and donors, and contributes to other marketing and communications. She has a degree from Wheaton College and a master’s from Texas A&M in Composition and Rhetoric.

Matthew Roberts
Matthew Roberts

Data Specialist

Matthew helps to manage the Office of Development data needs. He runs financial reports, creates mailing lists, and helps to identify donor prospects and maintain the data base of people with ties to UIS. He graduated from UIS with a degree in computer science in 2007.

Teresa Szabo
Teresa Szabo

Assoc. Director of Business and Stewardship
217.206.6058, tszab1@uis.edu

Teresa oversees the business operations of the office, stewardship of gifts and coordination of the private donor scholarships award process, and the annual scholarship luncheon. Before starting at UIS in 2000, she was the Director of Research and Records for Alumni and Development for seven years at Millikin University in Decatur. She holds a bachelor’s from SIU Carbondale and a master’s from UIS in Health Services Administration.

Administrative Staff

Cathy Snopko
Cathy Snopko

Office Administrator

Cathy serves as assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Development/Senior Vice President of the University of Illinois Foundation. She also coordinates the office operations and supervises support staff and student workers.  Other duties include gift processing, records management, office accounts, and fiscal transactions. She has been with the Office of Development since 1999.

Pat Ruestman
Pat Ruestman

Office Support Specialist

Pat provides valuable support to Office of Development staff, helping with business functions, the office’s many events, and publications. She has a psychology degree.

Mike for Website Mike Krcil
Office Support Specialist

Mike assists the staff with events and other important department functions.  He has a degree in Mass Communications and has won multiple awards as a radio news anchor in the Pittsburgh, PA, area.

Prairie Stars Athletics

Kabbes_Paul for website Paul Kabbes
Associate Athletic Director for External Operations217.206.8547

Paul joined UIS Athletics in July of 2014 and oversees all external units within the athletics department.  He manages the entire advancement efforts of the athletic department as well.  Paul has an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Illinois Wesleyan while competing on the baseball team and a master’s degree in Sport Management from Illinois State.

Sangamon Auditorium

Brandy Stabler
Brandy Stabler

Development Assistant for Sangamon Auditorium

Brandy manages the fundraising efforts for Sangamon Auditorium, making sure that individuals and businesses in the Springfield community are informed of their opportunities to support the performing arts through the Auditorium.


Randy Eccles
Randy Eccles

General Manager, WUIS
Phone: 217.206.6516, reccl2@uis.edu

Randy grew up in the South Suburbs of Chicago and graduated from North Central College in Naperville with a degree in Speech Communication/Theatre. He has worked at several radio stations, including long stints at WGN in Chicago and KTAR in Phoenix. He is thrilled to be a part of WUIS’ efforts to enhance the Central Illinois community.

Rachel for website Rachel Lattimore
Associate Director of Marketing, Membership & Circulation
WUIS/Illinois Issues magazine
Phone: 217-206-6094. Rhase01s@uis.edu

Rachel’s professional experience includes marketing, advertising, and management in healthcare, media, and the nonprofit industry.   Rachel received her bachelor’s degree in Communication in 2004 and recently finished her Master’s degree in Communication, both awarded from the University of Illinois Springfield. Her professional affiliations include: Toastmasters, Association for Women in Communication (AWC) and Il Society of Association Executives (ISAE). She currently serves in a leadership capacity for these organizations and personally serves on the board of the Springfield Classical Guitar Society and the Sangamon Watercolor Society. Rachel was selected as the Public Citizen of the year in 2000 for her work with the homeless community.

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