Center Staff

Katrina Chester became IGI's Senior Business Operations Manager in January 2019 and oversees all aspects of the Institute's operations. Prior to coming on board, she served as the Grants and Contracts Specialist at Illinois International. In this position, she served as the primary contact in support of proposal writing, grant administration, and required reporting for IIP Centers and Programs. Before joining IIP, Katrina served as the Outreach/Program Coordinator for the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC). She holds an M.S. in Education from Indiana University and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois.

Allyson Magno is the Grants Coordinator for IGI. She completed her Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois and then her Master’s in Speech Pathology at the University of Iowa. Before joining IGI, she worked in public schools for nearly 7 years providing speech and language therapy services to students in grades Pre-K to 12. Allyson assists with maintaining calendars and records, scheduling meetings, updating listservs and newsletters, processing transactions, and other clerical tasks.

Jill Billerman is excited to take over the Human Resources office for the Illinois Global Institute! She has been in human resources at the university for over eight years, handling all aspects of an HR office from payroll to searches to visa processing – and everything in between!  Jill has a passion for helping others and will do what she can to assist with your employment needs. Do not hesitate to contact Jill as she is thrilled to help.

Rachel Stauffer is the Visiting Project Coordinator for the Illinois Global Institute (IGI) and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC). She completed her MA and Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia. She has worked as the Outreach Coordinator in a Title VI-funded national resource center (NRC) for East Asian Studies and as a K-16 educator of Russian and Spanish. Rachel is thrilled to join IGI staff in supporting grants and programs to promote multiculturalism and multilingualism.