Alumni Achievements

Fries Health Education Award


Dr. John Allegrante, who completed master’s and doctoral degrees in Community Health, has received the 2017 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award from the CDC Foundation. He is a professor of Health Education at Teachers College of Columbia University and is also on the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health. He was recognized for outstanding contributions to the fields of behavioral sciences and health education as a researcher, educator, ambassador, mentor, and public servant. He has focused his work on helping people to learn about the important of adhering to self-management of chronic diseases, raising awareness about threats to child and adolescent health, and preparing the public health workforce to promote health and prevent disease, disability, and premature death through education-driven voluntary behavior change activities.


Honors of the Association


John Consalvi, a graduate of the master’s program in Speech and Hearing Science, has received Honors of the Association from the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The award recognizes active participation in and significant contributions to the professions of speech-language pathology or audiology. Mr. Consalvi founded Bilingual Therapies Inc., in 1995, which he grew from a small private practice speech-language pathology agency into a nationwide staffing company. The company was ultimately acquired by a Fortune 1000 publicly traded company. He then founded Lingua Health LLC, serving as its CEO for nearly six years before merging the company with Health Pro/Heritage. In his current position as clinical vice president of pediatric-school based services for HealthPro/Heritage-Linguahealth, Mr. Consalvi creates and manages a nationwide allied health professional clinical onboarding, professional development, and mentorship program.


Sheth International Alumni Award


Her Excellency Reverend Dr. Iva Gloudon was awarded the Madhuri and Jagdish N. Sheth International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois International Programs. Dr. Gloudon completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physical Education at Illinois. She worked for more than 30 years in the field, culminating in her position as Director of Sport and Physical Education at The University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. In October 2015, she completed a four-and-a-half-year diplomatic assignment as the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s High Commissioner to Jamaica; nonresident Ambassador to the Dominican Republic and the Republic of Haiti; and Permanent Representative to the International Seabed Authority. She is the founder and director of University Placement Consultancy Limited, a nonprofit organization that facilitates the international university placement of high school students from Trinidad, Tobago, and the Caribbean.


Prettyman and Stiller Fellowship


Fadya Salem, a graduate of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences degree program and the DePaul University College of Law, was accepted into the E. Barrett Prettyman and Stuart Stiller Fellowship Program at Georgetown University Law Center. Three recent law school graduates are selected annually to represent indigent clients in Washington, DC. During the two-year program, participants obtain practical training as defense attorneys while gaining a greater understanding of the court system.


RST Honors Alumni


Kyle McDonald, the director of business development with Sports & Entertainment Travel, received the Rising Star Award from the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. Mr. McDonald’s undergraduate degree focused on Sport Management. He worked for the St. Louis Sports Commission, quickly rising from marketing and event operations assistant manager to marketing manager. He also worked as the sales and group program manager for PrimeSport.


William Kruidenier, who completed his master’s degree in RST, received the Charles K. Brightbill Distinguished Alumni Award. He is the associate director of the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, housed within the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at Illinois. He also is a senior consultant with The Aslan Group, a leadership and management consulting firm. He received achievement and merit awards from the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the Illinois Arborist Association, and the Society of Municipal Arborists.


Vince Kennedy, superintendent of recreation for the Schaumburg Park District, received the Joseph Bannon Practitioner Award. He completed his bachelor’s degree in what was then Leisure Studies, with a focus on Therapeutic Recreation. He worked for the Cunningham Children’s Home as recreation director before joining the Schaumburg Park District as the special events supervisor. He was recognized as the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association’s Facility Section Professional of the Year and was a longtime member of the RST Alumni Advisory Board.


Mark Thomas, Western District Director for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, also received the Joseph Bannon Practitioner Award this year. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Parks Administration at Illinois. He is the chief administrator of 40 state park facilities within 10 western New York counties.


Mentoring Program


Ari Pence, a graduate of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program who is a third-year student in the University of Illinois College of Medicine, has founded a mentoring program for current students who are planning to attend medical school. The THRIVE Mentoring Program pairs pre-med University of Illinois undergraduates with first-year medical student mentors. Watch our video to learn more.