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 Fellowship & Scholarship 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 seven 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, and is a graduate student in the Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership program at University of Illinois. Rachel's professional experience includes four years as an Outreach Coordinator for the University of Virginia East Asia Center, nine years as conference manager for the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL), and over two decades of teaching experience as a K-16 educator of Russian and Spanish. For IGI Rachel supports the Scholars-at-Risk program, as well as other grants and programs to promote multiculturalism and multilingualism on UI's campus and beyond.