Geri Young | President

Geri Young is a two-time graduate of the University of Illinois. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2009, and later a master’s degree in social work in 2012. During her academic career, Geri was heavily involved in the promotion of the Student Veteran agenda on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, as well as in the local community.

Today, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has the privilege to continue working in the veteran community as a Patient Safety Manager for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, she still serves as a Technical Sergeant in the Illinois Air National Guard, and was recently named her unit’s Outstanding Airman of the Year in the category of Noncommissioned Officer for 2015. 

President, Geri Young

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Jesse Allen, Treasurer UIAV

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Jesse Allen | Treasurer

Jesse Allen served in the Marine Corps from 2000 to 2005. He served with VMFA-212 and MALS-11 where he first learned and implemented continuous process improvement methodologies as a production control chief. After being honorably discharged he spent time working for Caterpillar Inc. as a machinist and team lead while also attending a local college.

In 2012, he transferred to the University of Illinois to finish his degree in actuarial science. He immediately became an active member in the Illini Veterans and during his senior year he served as their treasurer. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science, he remained in the Champaign, Illinois area and is currently a member of the local Marine Corps League. In his leisure hours, he focuses on helping family and friends with their businesses.

Kevin Kienitz | Secretary

Kevin Kienitz served in the Marine Corps with 2nd Bn 3rd Marines from 2005 to 2009. As a Mortarman, he was deployed twice to Iraq, serving in both Haditha and Fallujah. After leaving the Marines, Kevin began pursuing a degree in engineering.

Arriving at the University of Illinois in 2012 Kevin quickly became an active member in the Illini Veterans and served as their outreach coordinator during the 2013 – 2014 academic year. In December of 2015 he graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in engineering mechanics with a focus in electro-mechanics. Kevin is currently working for Caterpillar Inc. as a Hydraulics Engineer for their Large Mining Truck division.

Kevin Kienitz, Secretary UIAV

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Jon May, Events UIAV

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Jon May | Events Coordinator

Jonathan joined the Marine Corps in December 2006.  During his time in the Marines he deployed to Iraq and served on a Marine Expeditionary Unit. He left the Marines in February 2011, having earned an honorable discharge.

Jonathan then attended University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he became an active member in the Illini Veterans student group. He graduated from the University of Illinois in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He is currently employed as an engineer for a defense contractor and is fulfilling the role of Events Coordinator for the University of Illinois Alumni Veterans.

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