2017-2018 Board

Micah Berman ‘08

Micah Berman manages more than $100M each year to seed and scale charitable technical and humanitarian innovation at Google.org. After earning a BA in Psychology at Pomona College, he began his career at Google as an engineering analyst fighting web search abuse. Micah is based in San Francisco, has hiked the soles off of more than one pair of boots, and still occasionally wears his Uni High Student Council T-shirt.


Isaac Chambers ‘09

Mr. Chambers is a Business Analyst with Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice. He has also launched two ventures: a web development business and a mobile payments app. Mr. Chambers graduated summa cum laude from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems & Operations Management, and Marketing.


Bill Eisenstein '90

Dr. Eisenstein is the Executive Director of the Center for Resource Efficient Communities at UC-Berkeley, an interdisciplinary research center that focuses on the role of the built environment in efforts to mitigate climate change and to use water and energy more efficiently.  Prior to that, he was a staff consultant to the State of California's Delta Vision process, which contributed directly to State's landmark Delta Reform Act of 2010 that changed governance structures and planning strategies for California's most important water resource, the imperiled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  He has a doctorate in Environmental Planning and a master's in City Planning, both from UC-Berkeley.


William Fernandez ‘11

Mr. Fernandez is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, receiving Honors in History with a focus on American Law and Legislation. He is currently serving a two-year volunteer commission with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica as a Youth Development Coordinator and plans to continue his career in public service following his post. Previously, Mr. Fernandez has held positions with the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, the Latino Donor Collaborative, the Chicago-based consulting firm 270 Strategies, and the White House National Economic Council.


Jane Hays ‘72

Ms. Hays is a life and disability insurance agent and attorney.  She is a Managing Director of The Downey Group, Inc. in Chicago and Champaign.  Her practice focuses on retirement, benefit, succession, estate and philanthropic planning. Ms. Hays is a member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and of the Executive Committees of Delta Dental of Illinois and Illinois Humanities.  Ms. Hays graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English Literature, and a JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois.


Jeffrey Helfrich ‘99

Mr. Helfrich is a Portfolio Manager at Penn Davis McFarland, Inc.  He joined the firm from Perot Investments, the family office of the Perot family in Dallas. Mr. Helfrich began his investment career as an analyst at Janus Capital Group.  He sits on the advisory board of Hampton Preparatory, a high-performing charter school in Southwest Dallas.  Mr. Helfrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a BA in Economics and is a CFA charterholder.


Jeremy Hobson ‘99

Mr. Hobson is co-host of the nationally syndicated public radio show Here & Now on WBUR.  Before joining Here & Now, he hosted the Marketplace Morning Report, a daily business news program with an audience of more than six million.  Prior to taking the anchor chair, he served as a reporter for Marketplace Morning Report and various other public radio programs.  He also spent years as a producer for NPR’s All Things Considered, Day to Day and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!  He has a BS in Journalism from Boston University.


Jim Hurst ‘96

Mr. Hurst is a Champaign lifer who graduated summa cum laude from Illinois in 2000 with his BA in Economics.  He is currently the Director of Engineering IT Shared Services, heading up an organization of 75 IT professionals serving the diverse technology needs of one of the top Engineering schools in the world, right here at the University of Illinois.  He has practiced IT for nearly 20 years, including brief stints in social service and for-profit industry before returning to the University in 2003.  Perks of his current job include a view of Uni High directly across the street from his office in the Siebel Center for Computer Science.


Asad Husain ‘97

Mr. Husain is an Executive Director of Global Acquisitions and Corporate Development at The Interpublic Group (IPG). He executes global acquisitions, restructurings and deal integrations for media agencies across the marketing services spectrum. He is also actively involved in the company's corporate venture capital investments. Mr. Husain serves as a mentor to entrepreneurs selected into the various global R/GA Accelerator programs. Prior to IPG, Mr. Husain was vice president in investment banking at Morgan Stanley, where he executed M&A, debt and equity transactions in the global media and communications sectors. He has lived and worked in the US, India and Malaysia. Mr. Husain graduated from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.


Shagg Makino ‘83

Mr. Makino is retired and currently serves on the Board of Oxfam America and on the Advisory Board of Apptopia.  He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois with a BS in Computer Science and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.  Mr. Makino served as an equity analyst, Director of Research, and portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments in Boston, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and London.  He later served as Head of Global Equities, managing global equity portfolios for Putnam Investments in Boston.  Mr. Makino has also taught equity investment analysis at the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University as a Senior Visiting Lecturer.


Chris Payne ‘71

Ms. Payne has remained actively connected with Uni since graduation. She has organized/hosted reunions every 5 years and has stayed connected with many alums from the 50s through the 80s worldwide.  She has served on Uni's Advancement Committee for over 8 years.. As part of this participation, she chaired or co-chaired the Uni Gala twice. As part of the Advancement Committee's work, she is currently chair of the Annual Fund. She volunteers her time to benefit the Advancement Department by developing the Guidelines for Class Agents, by helping with reunion and event planning and updating the Alumni Class List.


Lis Pollock ‘99

Ms. Pollock is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Central District of Illinois, based in Urbana.  She graduated with honors from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, in 2003, and with honors from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2006.  In addition to her work as an attorney, Ms. Pollock is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the U of I and coaches the Trial Team.  She also served as Uni’s head volleyball coach from 2009 through 2014.


Irene Ang Strohbeen ‘74

Irene Strohbeen is an independent consultant in product development, helping companies with their new product pipeline, and mentoring inventors to determine how to monetize their inventions. She had previously been Director of Product and Technology Development at Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Neenah, WI. Irene graduated magna cum laude from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI with a BA in chemistry and mathematics, and received her MS in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Irene is based in the Appleton, WI area.


Adele Suslick (Retired Teacher)

Ms. Suslick taught English at Uni for 35 years.  Her senior debates were a rite of passage for many Uni graduates.  Suslick won the Ella Leppert Award for an Outstanding Teacher twice, in 1982 and 1993, as well as the alumni-bestowed Four Square Award for Innovative Teaching and the Makino Teaching Excellence Award in 2011.  She received her MA in English Literature and Pedagogy from Stanford University.  She graduated from UCLA with a BA in English Literature.  She also graduated from Pasadena City College as Valedictorian with an AA in English Literature.


Adam Tiouririne ‘09

Adam Tiouririne advises organizations on crisis management and strategic communication; coaches business leaders for high-stakes public engagements; and researches language, leadership, and the media at Logos Consulting Group. He earned a BS in Economics summa cum laude from the New York University Stern School of Business, and is based in Chicago.


Derek Wade '96

Mr. Wade has spent the past seventeen years as Database Administrator for FASS, a Champaign-based non-profit association management firm. He attended Washington University in St. Louis.