International Business Operations

International Business Operations (IBOPS) provides human resource, grant, and financial administrative services for the units, programs, and centers of Illinois International.

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Cheryl Heck

Director, International Business Operations


(217) 333-6104
chaheck@illinois.edu

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Cheryl joined Illinois International in March, 2015. Cheryl leads International Business Operations (IBOPS), a shared service center that provides financial, human resources, and administrative support to all Illinois International units and the LAS areas studies centers. The Director of IBOPS holds an executive leadership position in Illinois International with responsibility for fiscal and administrative activities and serves as a member of the Illinois International Senior Management Team, providing input and guidance to the Vice Provost on matters related to the strategic international goals of the units and the campus.


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Grant Brewer

Assistant Director for Financial Management


(217) 333-6104
brewer4@illinois.edu

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Grant has been a member of the Illinois International team since 2011. As the Assistant Director for Financial Management, Grant works with the Illinois International Business Operations (IBOPS) team to manage fiscal, operational, and business activities for all units and area centers. Prior to becoming the Interim Director of Financial Management in February 2015, Grant was an International Training Coordinator at Global Education and Training (GET), where he helped facilitate educational programs for international executives.


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Samantha Celmer

Fellowship & Scholarship Coordinator


(217) 333-6104
smcelme2@illinois.edu

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Sam Celmer joined Illinois International in October 2016 as the Title VI Coordinator. She works closely with the Area Studies Centers and students on the administration of the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. With a strong background in area studies and as a former FLAS Fellowship recipient, Sam is passionate about International Education and the Title VI Program. She holds a B.A. in History and Russian and East European Studies from Oberlin College and an M.A. in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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Katrina Chester

Grants & Contracts Specialist


(217) 333-6104
krchest@illinois.edu

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Katrina joined International Business Operations in 2015 as a Business Administrative Associate. Katrina was previously the Program Coordinator for the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center. She earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her M.S. from Indiana University (1997).


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Denise Esworthy

Assistant Director for Human Resources


(217) 333-6104
desworth@illinois.edu

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Denise joined Illinois International in September 2014. As HR Associate for Illinois International, she serves as primary HR contact to Illinois International units and LAS Centers with dual reporting relationships with Illinois International, Diversity Advocate, Intake Specialist, Department Classifier, and back-up to the Associate Director of HR. Before joining Illinois International, she worked one year for FAA Shared Services and 14 years with University Payroll and Benefits, bringing with her experience in foreign national payment processing to support the campus internationalization goals.


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Linda Franklin

Administrative Clerk


(217) 333-6104
lfrankli@illinois.edu

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Linda started at the University of Illinois in February 2002 as a secretary in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine. In April 2008, she accepted a position as Office Support Specialist with Illinois International, providing support for both financial and human resource responsibilities for Illinois International and International Business Operations (IBOPS).


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Kelly Sellers

Human Resources Specialist


(217) 333-6104
kmeeks@illinois.edu

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Kelly joined International Business Operations (IBOPS) in December 2017. Before joining IBOPS she worked for University Payroll and Benefits for 12 years, most recently as an Assistant Manager of their Foreign National Service Center. She serves as one of the HR contacts for the Illinois International units and as back-up to the Assistant Director of HR.


Contact

International Business Operations
507 East Green Street, Suite 401
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-6104
Email: brewer4@illinois.edu

Illinois International Human Resources
507 East Green Street, Suite 401
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-6104
Email: iip-hr@illinois.edu