People

Jerry Dávila is Executive Director of the Illinois Global Institute. He is also the Jorge Paulo Lemann Chair in Brazilian History. Dávila’s research focuses on the influence of racial thought on public policy in Brazil, as well as the state and social movements in the twentieth century.  He is the author of Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization (Duke, 2010), Diploma of Whiteness: Race and Public Policy in Brazil (Duke, 2003), and Dictatorship in South America (Wiley, 2013). He is also co-author of A History of World Societies, 11th ed. (Bedford-St. Martin’s, 2018).

Katrina Chester became IGI's Senior Business Operations Manager in January 2019, and oversees all aspects of the Institute's operations. Prior to coming onboard, 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. She holds an M.S. in Education from Indiana University and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois.

Jaclyn Benekohal is the Human Resource Associate of the Global Institute. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Leadership Education from the College of ACES at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She began working at the University in 2017 as a Human Resource Representative and joined the Institute in April 2019. Jaclyn is the point of contact for all matters relating to HR including processes and procedures, transactions, performance management, and the like.

JoAnne Geigner is the Communications Coordinator for the Institute, and she is looking forward to working with the international area study centers and thematic programs, helping to provide connections both local and global. JoAnne is excited about the opportunities that the Illinois Global Institute is creating for students, faculty, and researchers at Illinois. Prior to joining IGI, she was on the Urbana-Champaign campus with the Parallel Programming Group in Computer Science. She has held communications and training positions with a Fortune 50 corporation, a K-12 school district, and an academic journal. She earned a B.A. in Literature/Communications from Benedictine University.

Kelli Manning is the Accounting Associate at the Institute.  She has worked at the University for almost 14 years. Kelli has experience with TEM, Banner, iBuy, statements, post-award grants, FABweb, P-card & T-card, and all things accounting. Please contact Kelli with any accounting or administrative questions you have, she is happy to help.

Angela Williams is the Office Support Associate for the Illinois Global Institute. Angela earned her Master’s degree from Ashford University in Business Administration, her Bachelor’s degree in General Studies from Eastern Illinois University, and her Associate’s degree in Computer Software as an Office Professional at Parkland College. She has worked at the University since 2018 and joined the Institute in August 2019.  Angela is the point of contact for all things related to office support procedures for the Institute as well as; WGGP, CLACS, and the Lemann Institute.