J. Michael Durnil ’83, M.S. ’84, earned his bachelor’s in biological sciences and master’s in educational administration and foundations from Illinois State in 1983 and 1984, respectively. He is a proven leader of both higher education and nonprofit organizations. Durnil currently serves as president and CEO of the Simon Youth Foundation, making high school education accessible for students unable to succeed in traditional classroom settings.
Ardith Kleindienst ’73 earned her bachelor’s in education from Illinois State in 1973. She devoted her career to enhancing supports for students with emotional, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities, developing landmark special education programming for each of the districts she served. Her former roles include: special education teacher, training coordinator, program developer, and school and district-level administrator in Illinois, Indiana, and California.
Pamela Rosa ’86, M.S. ’92, earned her bachelor’s in elementary education and master’s in educational administration from Illinois State in 1986 and 1992, respectively. Over the past 31 years, she has served as a teacher, coach, school and district-level administrator, and consultant. In 2012, she established Rosa Educational Consulting, Inc., which delivers high-energy, engaging workshops to P-12 educators across the U.S.