Illinois Business Council


Our Leadership Team consists of 6 Executive Board Members, 24 Committee Chairs, 16 Coordinators during the Fall, and 18 Coordinators during the Spring. The Leadership Team dedicates itself to improving the Membership experience for all active members and engaging the Council internally and externally through our three pillars. Active Members also have opportunity to serve as leaders as Committee Members. Committee Members help with event ideation, creation, planning, and execution. 

Executive Board

Drew Danko


Aidan Boehm

Vice President of

Anastasia Vlassov

Vice Pesident of
Internal Affairs

Jenna Thanopoulos

Vice President of
External Affairs

Shannon Hoople

Vice President of

Zachary Quarton

Vice President of Communications

Committee Chairs

Chairity Fundraising

Charity Fundraising focuses on raising donations throughout the course of the semester for the Council’s charity of choice. Each semester, a new charity is voted on, often one holding a special meaning to a member of Business Council. Each charity event aims to raise money, awareness and create excitement among the Council.

Shah Salomav

Tiffany Kim

College Relations

College Relations helps to maintain and develop the strong relationship between Business Council and the Gies College of Business. Some of our staple events include Dinner with the Deans, Ice Cream Socials, and volunteering at Career Fair as well as managing Corporate Greetings for Business Career Services. These events allow our members to network with Gies faculty members and get to know them on a more personal level.

Julia Cox

Katie Draus

Corporate Partnership

Corporate Partnership connects Business Council’s Corporate Partners with our members and helps them to pursue their career goals. Members can network with our Corporate Partners through casual events like trivia nights, interactive presentations, and sporting events. Corporate Partnership helps select external speakers to speak to the Council about their professional experiences. 

Sabrina Dahlen

Erin Palubin

External Affairs

External Affairs helps engage the Council with different organizations across University of Illinois’ campus. Events like Cubs Games, sports competitions, and volunteering at the Illinois Marathon Hydration Station allows Council members to build connections with students outside of Business Council and help widen our presence within the Gies and Illinois community.

Kevin Frank

Annie Kossman

Internal Engagement

Internal Engagement allows Council members to build personal relationships in a more casual setting.  Visits to Jarling’s Custard Cup, Curtis Apple Orchard, and Super Bowl watch parties are a few of the different events that help build the family atmosphere of Business Council.

Markos Christoforou

Brendan Ross

New Member

New Member oversees the newest class of members in Business Council and helps them acclimate to the Council during their New Member semester. This chair position leads weekly meetings, bonding events, and fosters relationships within the class and Council as a whole.

Krish Patel

Danny Von Albade


Philanthropy provides service opportunities for members to help on campus and the greater Champaign-Urbana community. Business Council members help those in need through organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Clarke-Lindsey Retirement Village, and Hope Center Food Pantry.

Michelle Dihn

Andy Alber

Professional Development

Professional Development develops professional skills and growth for every member of the Council, no matter what their age. Through events such as mock interviews, resume critiques, and professional panels, Professional Development aims to develop organic relationships between Council members and set members up for success in their future careers.

Melissa Byrd

Saher Afridi


Publications upholds Business Council’s brand image by posting on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram and designing the Council’s apparel. Additionally, Publications promotes the Council by designing advertising materials for Recruitment.

Reese Born

Jason Peruba


Recruitment oversees the recruitment process from Info Night to New Member Day to help recruit the best and brightest from the University of Illinois campus. Recruitment gathers footage to create Info Night videos, plans logistics for recruitment events, and assists candidates during the recruitment process.

Kate Danko

Maura Smith


Social creates a fun and inviting atmosphere that helps Council members build strong friendships and relationships. Social plans Barn Dances and Semi Formals as well as other social gatherings to get closer with their Business Council family.

Elizabeth Koritz

Greg Crowley


Technology keeps the Council updated on the latest technology trends and how they are reshaping the business world. Through events like Tech Corners, Tableau Workshops, and visits to virtual reality workshops on campus, Council members gain exposure to the rapid changes in the Technology field.

Adam Okrzesik

Marissa Meadows


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