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2017-2018 Committee Chairs

Emma Adebayo
Lawrence Technological University
(248) 204-3160

Joel A. Johnson
University of Oregon
(312) 771-1057

Rosie Worthen
Knox College
(309) 341-7128

Executive Board Liaison

Student and Family Outreach Council Team
Brian Hodges, Council Team Director
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(217) 300-3018


CAP’s collective mission is to provide opportunities for college awareness and preparation in addition to FAFSA completion initiatives.

The mission of the College Awareness and Preparation (CAP) Committee is to provide the students and families of Illinois with practical, timely and accurate information on the college process. Its work focuses on improving student, family and community awareness of the wide range of college selection and admission processes. The committee will make service and outreach to nontraditional, under-served and underrepresented populations as a particular emphasis of its work. CAP is a cooperative effort of IACAC, the Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (ILASFAA), the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and select lending institutions.


Apr 06
Jun 22
Jul 27


Motivate Me is a one-day conference designed to inform, inspire, motivate and empower students from Chicago area high schools. Students engage with college counseling and higher education professionals whose goal is to strengthen the students’ focus toward the future – specifically successful completion of high school and pursuit and completion of higher education. More information about Motivate Me

IACAC Motivate Me Conference
IACAC Motivate Me 2017

Camp College provides rising seniors the unique opportunity to learn about the college search and application process firsthand from college admission professionals and high school counselors. Participants will learn about navigating a college fair, essay writing, identifying college fit/match, financial aid, and many more topics. In addition, students visit multiple colleges/universities and experience living, eating, and playing on a college campus. More information about Camp College

IACAC Camp College
IACAC Camp College 2017

Committee Members

Breigha Adeyemo, Illinois Institute of Technology
Will Barefield, DePaul University
Guadalupe Bautista, North Park University
Megan Bernard, Kairos College Success Consulting
Rachel Brewster, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Christian Brown, University of Tennessee
Reuben Burnley, Dominican University
Caris Daily, Illinois College
Mike Dessimoz, Illinois College Access Network
James Fisher, University of Illinois at Chicago
Brian Hodges, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chester Hood, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M. Faye Ikner, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Aimee Kackley, Ombudsman West High School
Zoe Kudla, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Diana Mantey, University of Wisconsin – Parkside
Sarah McLean, Northern Michigan University
Robert Olivieri, University of Maryland
Melissa Ramirez, Illinois Wesleyan University
Daniel Schwenk, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kenya Taylor, University of Arizona
Tony Torres, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Julio Trujillo, MacMurray College
Reshma Valiyapurayil, Northeastern Illinois University
Cerra Wilson, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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