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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Becky Billman

Associate Director for Human Resources


(217) 333-6104
billman@illinois.edu

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Becky Billman joined International Programs and Studies in 1997. As Associate Director for Human Resources for Illinois International, she provides management and oversight of human resource related activities for all units reporting to the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies. She serves as a member of the Senior Management Team providing guidance to the VPIAGS on matters related to the leadership of Illinois International and internationalization of the campus, as well as serving as liaison for the VPIAGS to campus and university human resource office. She also serves as Affirmative Action Officer, Intake Specialist, and Departmental Classifier. Becky earned a BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Illinois-Springfield.


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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 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

Title VI 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

Business Administrative Associate


(217) 333-6104
krchest@illinois.edu

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Katrina joined International Business Operations in 2015 as a Business Administrative Associate (Grants and Contracts Specialist). 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

Senior Human Resource Specialist


(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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Melinda Fitzgerald

Account Technician II


(217) 333-6104
mftzgrl@illinois.edu

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Mindy joined Illinois International in April 2014. She previously worked in the Engineering Shared Service Center for a little under 2 years. She started at the University of Illinois in November 2008 as an Account Technician I in OBFS-Accounts Payable. She gained invaluable knowledge in the University payment world after working there for 4 years. She is the customer service liaison for all of our Centers, helping with any payment situation. She also approves payments in TEM and iBuy, in addition to being the pcard reconciler and the PO specialist. She performs other various payment related duties. She earned an AAS in Accounting from Parkland in 2005 and very much enjoys working in the financial realm.


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Linda Franklin

Staff 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).


Contact

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

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