Our Team

Overseen by the Director, the Illinois Leadership Center’s (ILC) team is led by a team of full-time employees and graduate student employees. Each professional staff member either coordinates independently or supervises a work team/employee responsible for the development and implementation of one or more ILC’s initiatives.  

Professional Staff

Gayle Spencer, Ph.D.



Learn more about Dr. Spencer here!

Alice Needham

Office Administrator


Learn more about Alice here!


Evan Lorenz

Assistant Director


Learn more about Evan here!



Joy Das

Assistant Director


Learn more about Joy here!



Nick Bonanno

Assistant Director


Learn more about Nick here!


Hannah Driscoll

Assistant Director


Learn more about Hannah here!


Elise Heyde

Assistant Director


Learn more about Elise here!


Work Teams

Each year, the ILC employs about 20 undergraduate students. Student employees work in peer-led teams to provide support for the ILC’s programs and services.

  • Assessment and Research: Analyze and report on data from ILC programs & services​, as well as research focus areas for new curriculum
  • Branding, Advertising, Marketing, & Outreach (BAMO): Innovate and execute the ILC's branding, advertising, communications, marketing & outreach efforts
  • Leadership Certificate Program: Coordinate activities & events, facilitate workshops, as well as mentor students enrolled in the Leadership Certificate Program
  • Education: Coordinate the development and implementation of the ILC's i-Program Series, as well as design & facilitate leadership training to classes, RSOs & other student groups

Student employees on the Education team are employed through the John A. Graf Internship Program, and are called Graf Interns.