Meet the 2016 STL Illini volunteers

Hello all. Since January 2016, a team of local alumni has been working to reorganize the Metro St. Louis Illini Club, which had gone through a short period of hibernation. If you've been out to a happy hour or game watch or other event, you've already met us. For everyone else, we wanted to say: hello. Read below and get to know each of us. Feel free to connect with us--we’re in it to meet alumni like you.

We'd like to encourage you to join us. You'll get to meet a lot of interesting people (i.e., Illinois alumni). You'll get a chance to serve your fellow alumni. You'll get a chance to practice organizing events, communicating, and leading. It’s fun, and the more people that get involved, the better the club is. And the better the club is, the better it is to be an Illinois alumna or alumnus in the St. Louis area. The best way to get in touch is to come out to an event and say hello, or send us an email at or connect with us on Facebook.

Kirk Kittell, Captain

Hi all. I graduated from UIUC in aerospace engineering in 2003 and 2006. Now I work as a systems engineer at Boeing. I moved to St. Louis last fall from California when my wife started her MBA at Wash U. When we had committed to moving to STL, but I didn't have a job in the area yet and needed a little help networking, I tried to get in touch with the St. Louis Illini Club. However, the club was inactive. So I got in touch with UIAA, and so did a few other alumni, and then a few other alumni got in touch with us, and now the club is getting back up to speed.

My goal for the club is to increase the number of collisions between alumni. There are thousands of us Illinois alumni in the St. Louis area. We work in hospitals, high schools, banks, barns, law firms, libraries, and so on. We could be a force, but we are dispersed. That’s why I’m here. I want to help you meet and share your stories with each other. The more alumni that come together, the stronger our network; the stronger our network, the greater our chances of success.

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Jasmine Braggs, Vice President-Programs
College of Business, 2012

Hey Illini fans! My name is Jasmine and I work for CBIZ HR Consulting and Outsourcing as a Benefit Specialist. I coordinate the monthly happy hours but I do help wherever is needed! I also serve on the Exec Board for St. Louis' Alumni Chapter for Delta Sigma Pi and our brothers are CONSTANTLY reminiscing on their college years--I got involved in the Metro St. Louis Illini Club because I wanted to find a group that loved the University of Illinois just as much as I do. I'm looking forward to growing the Club and having a positive impact to the metro area. Connect on LinkedIn.

Kevin Hall, Vice President-Communications
UIUC BS 2009, MS 2012

Hi, my name is Kevin Hall. My fiancee (who is a Vet Med grad of Illinois as well) & I moved down to Edwardsville from central Illinois in late 2015. I currently work as a contractor doing marketing & social media including for New Balance.

I would say my current role is jack of all trades wherever I can help the club. Working in marketing, I do a lot with the club’s social media and overall trying to help people find out about the club. I am also the point of contact for new alums in the Metro East.

I got involved with the club for two reasons and hope to see it evolve into a third. I am a diehard Illini sports fan and wanted to connect with fellow fans and being new to the area, I want to build my network and no better place to start than with fellow Illini alums. I hope we can grow the club where it can give back to the community through volunteering & scholarships plus showing STL residents how awesome the U of I is. You can contact me at or LinkedIn.

Julie Rusciolelli-Campell, Food Truck Friday Event Coordinator

Hi. My name is Julie Rusciolelli-Campbell and I am a graduate of the BSW (1987) and MSW (1995) program. I have been a resident of St. Louis since July 2013 and am excited to meet other U of I graduates. I recently set up an alumni event at the June Tower Grove Food Truck Friday. I like meeting new people and hear their stories of how they came to be residents of St. Louis and where they are from, etc. I work as a School Based Mental Health Professional at Griffith Elementary in Ferguson and live in the Creve Coeur area. My contact email is: Welcome to the Metro St. Louis Illini Club!

Kim Barnhart, Eckert’s Farm Event Coordinator

Hi, I'm Kim Barnhart, a CBA 2000 graduate. I currently live in Ballwin, MO after relocating from Chicago 7 years ago. I work as an accountant for Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in Hazelwood. I got involved with the alumni club because I enjoyed my involvement with the Chicago club and was looking for a similar experience here. I am planning on next event in July at Eckert's in Belleville and I look forward to meeting more St. Louis area Illini. Please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn.

Sarah Richardson, Alumni Business List Project Coordinator

Hello! I'm Sarah Richardson and I live in Maryville, IL. I graduated from UIUC in 2002 with a BS in Accounting. I loved my time in Champaign-Urbana and LOVE going back any chance I get. I'm currently working on a list of alumni who own businesses in the Metro Stl area. If you know of any, pass them my way! The best way to get in touch with me is at

Khala Turner, UIS Ambassador

Hello Everyone, I am Khala Turner. I am currently in O' Fallon, IL and travel all throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area daily. Upon recently graduating from UIS in May 2015, I was interested in helping with St. Louis Illini Club to keep me connected with all three universities, meet others to connect and create friendships (professionally and personally). I also think it is a great opportunity to show my support for the U of I schools outside of 'saying I've received a degree.' If needed, I can be reached through LinkedIn or my email at (I check this frequently).

Robert L. Hormell, Adviser

I am a 1968 graduate of U of I, majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Math and Computer Science (where I wound up in terms of a career). I worked at Southwestern Bell in computer systems and research and development related positions for over 30 years from 1970 through 2000. I have monetarily supported the works of different departments of U of I (Bands, Library, Anthropology) by annual contributions to their efforts and was a participant in the previous incarnation of the St. Louis club in the 2012-2014 timeframe and really want this new effort to succeed and serve the overwhelming number of alums in the St. Louis area by giving them an exciting/stimulating set of events that bring us together with our many disparate backgrounds and experience but with a sense of unity to the “big U.” As you might suspect, I am retired (some 15 years) and have the time to devote some effort to the success of the club. I also am the currently the treasurer of the New Piasa Chautauqua Board of directors and a trustee of the Glen Carbon Centennial Library. My wife says that I have a hard time saying “no.” And you probably can discern by my graduation date, I am one of the “old guys” amongst us all but still believe that all of us who had the experience of attending UIUC were the recipients of a great education and should show it by our subsequent actions both for ourselves and the university.

Jace Brotherton, Treasurer

My name is Jace Brotherton. I am a 2012 graduate of U of I with a major in Recreation, Sport & Tourism and a minor in Business Administration. After graduating, I moved to St. Louis to attend law school at St. Louis University. I have since completed my law degree and got my MBA and I am now an attorney at Evans & Dixon focusing primarily in labor and employment law.

I am currently serving as the Treasurer of the Club and I hope to help the Club grow to establish more of an Illini presence in St. Louis. I grew up a huge Illini sports fan and would not trade my college experience for anything. I have some friends that serve and/or participate in Illini Club activities in other cities and their experience seems to have a very positive impact while providing them with a lot of fun. I want to help the St. Louis Club achieve that level so that we can all benefit from the relationships we build and help give back to the University.

Mallory Fisk, Braggin’ Rights Game Coordinator

Hi all, my name is Mallory Fisk, and I am the newest leader of the St. Louis Illini Club. I’m from Centralia, IL and graduated from UIUC in 2010. Since moving to St. Louis for law school in 2011, I have come to love the City and all it has to offer. I live in Benton Park and work in Ladue as a transactional business attorney, specializing in contract and intellectual property work for startup companies. I joined the St. Louis Illini Club in hopes of connecting with other alumni, both personally and professionally, and bringing more Illini pride to St. Louis. In the fall I will begin organizing a pre-game celebration for the Bragging Rights game (Dec. 21, 2016), and I am looking for volunteers to help make the event a huge success. Please feel free to contact me at or learn more about me here:

Tom Lard, Membership Director

I'm Tom. I graduated from the University of Illinois School of Architecture UIUC) in 1987. I initially work and lived in Bloomington, Illinois a few years after graduating before moving to St. Louis, and I've been here since. I work with St. Louis County Government and live in Kirkwood. I was active with the prior alumni club, having organized club events with other local alumni groups from Big Ten schools, such as the annual Big Ten trivia nights and a Big Ten kickball tournament. In addition I helped with the Braggin Rights events as well as Back to School picnics we held for students about ready to either start or return to U of I. Presently, I volunteered for Membership and I am excited to see the rebirth and steady growth of the club as a whole. I look forward to forming new friendships, networking and participating in events with my fellow Illini alums.