President – Lucas Frye

This year’s Council President is Lucas Frye from Easton, Illinois. Lucas is a sophomore majoring in Agriculture and Consumer Economics (Finance in Agribusiness). In addition to serving as the President of ACES Council, he is also the Sights and Sounds Director for the Student Alumni Ambassador club, Marketing Director for Reassemble Assembly Hall, Exhibits Director for ExploreACES, Governmental Affairs Executive for Collegiate Farm Bureau, Treasurer of Nabor House Fraternity, and a member of Student Advancement Committee. Lucas says that his favorite part of ACES Council is being able to interact with students from various majors and backgrounds.


Vice President Internal – Kevin Garstka

This year’s Internal Vice President is Kevin Garstka from Park Ridge, Illinois. Kevin is a junior majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) with a minor in Political Science. In addition to his involvement in ACES Council, Kevin is also the Library Representative for ACES Council, NRES Departmental Representative for Collegiate Farm Bureau, a member of the Pre-Law Club, and a member of Chi Psi Fraternity. Kevin says that the best part of being a part of ACES Council is being able to work with new ACES students, staff, and administration.


Vice President External – Mark McKown

This year’s External Vice President is Mark McKown from Sullivan, Illinois. Mark is a junior majoring in Agricultural Sciences Education with a minor in Horticulture. Along with his leadership role on ACES Council Mark also finds time to serve as the Vice Chair of Collegiate Relations for Student Advancement Committee, Parliamentarian for the Students in Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Services. He is also a member of the Agriculture Education Club, FarmHouse Fraternity, Field and Furrow, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and is the Agriculture Education Program Director for ExploreACES. Mark says that s an education major, he really enjoys that ACES Council provides an outlet for students to learn more about opportunities available to them in being a student in ACES. He also recognizes ACES Council as a great way to connect students to faculty and staff.


Secretary – Mary Caroll 

This year the ACES Council is pleased to have Mary Caroll Serving as its secretary. Mary is a freshman majoring in Agriculture and Consumer Economics with a concentration in Markets and Management. She is also pursuing two minors, with one in  Leadership Studies, and another in International Development Economics. In addition to being the ACES Council Secretary and Freshman Representative, Mary is also the Scholarship Chair for Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority. Mary says that her favorite part of ACES Council is getting to interact with faculty and students, and learning more about the role that ACES Council plays on campus.


Treasurer – Sondra Monier

This year’s ACES Council Treasurer is Sondra Monier of Sparland, Illinois. She is a junior majoring in Agriculture and Consumer Economics (Finance in Agribusiness). She is also minoring in Crop and Soil Management. When she is not busy with ACES Council, Sondra also serves as the Vice President of Field and Furrow, is the Treasurer or 4-H House Cooperative Sorority, is a member of the Student Advancement Committee, and a member of the Collegiate Farm Bureau. Sondra says that her favorite part of ACES Council is aving the opportunity to interact with students and faculty in the college and helping with various college events.


Reporter – Chris Steppig 

This year, the Reporter for ACES Council is Chris Steppig from Waterloo, Illinois. Chris is a freshman majoring in Technical Systems Management, and plans to minor in Crop Sciences. In addition to ACES Council, Chris is also the Fund Raising Chair for Field and Furrow, Alumni Relations Co-Chair for FarmHouse Fraternity, the ACES Council representative for Collegiate FFA, a member of Collegiate Farm Bureau, and a member of Postsecondary Agriculture Students club. Chris says that his favorite part about ACES Council is being able to interact with such a wide variety of clubs and organizations and learning more about each one.