Student Academic Affairs leadership
Bob Steltman oversees the college-level advising and records for the Student Academic Affairs Office. He earned bachelor’s degrees in English and history from DePaul University and a master’s degree in English from the University of Illinois. Bob has taught high school English and religion and taught as an adjunct instructor at the college level. He also worked as an academic advisor for eight years.
As assistant dean of Student Academic Affairs, Gretchen Pein manages student information systems, online forms and processes, and student support services, as well as advising students. She received a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and master of education degree at the University of Illinois. Gretchen has worked in Student Academic Affairs since 2000 and loves creative-problem solving and being a friendly resource for students.
Elly Hanauer is the Assistant Dean of International Programs. LAS International Programs provides global learning opportunities for domestic and international students as well as support to LAS faculty and units working to create meaningful and academically rigorous international courses and programs of study. Elly has worked in the field of international education since 2002, managing international exchange, professional development, and scholarship programs in both the higher education and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining LAS, Elly was the associate director of the Center for Global Studies at Illinois. Elly received a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, a master’s degree from Middlebury College in France, and a PhD in international education from New York University.
Julia Panke Makela is the director of career development for the Student Academic Affairs Office. Julia brings more than 20 years of experience in career development, education, research, and evaluation to her work. She has a passion for inspiring and empowering individuals in their education and career pursuits. Julia earned a BS in computer science from Cornell University, a MS in counseling from Florida State University, and a PhD in higher education from the University of Illinois. She is a Certified Career Counselor and a National Career Development Association Fellow.
Kristy Valentin leads the Access and Achievement Program (AAP), the college’s diversity initiative. AAP provides support for students in the President’s Awards Program and the Educational Opportunities Program. Kristy has earned a bachelor’s degree in human development family studies and a master's degree in higher education/academic advising, and she has many years of experience in academic advising and higher education.