National Council of Advisors

The Foster College of Business’ National Council of Advisors is comprised of business professionals who provide guidance, strategic input, and advocacy for the college’s Dean and leadership team.

David G. DeFreitas, Chair '87
Controller - North America & CFO Mining & Power Finance, Caterpillar Financial Services Corp. (Nashville, TN)

Jim Billington, Vice-Chair '84
Chief Executive Officer, Versant Diagnostics (Oak Brook, IL)

Todd Baker '85 MBA '89
President, TJ Baker Healthcare Consulting (Peoria, IL)

Steve Carani '91
Principal, Service, Edward Jones (St. Louis, MO)

Tommy Choi '03
Co-founder, Keller Williams Chicago-Lincoln Park (Chicago, IL)

Gloria Colgan '85
SVP, Global Product and Platforms, VISA (Sausalito, CA)

Carlos Guzman '97 EMBA '17
Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, Deloitte (Phoenix, AZ)

Dawn Harris Jeffries EMBA '14
Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch (Peoria, IL)

Craig Kliethermes
President & COO, RLI (Peoria, IL)

Dick Lansing, Emeriti '68
President, The Lansing Group (Rancho Santa Fe, CA)

Leslie Lemenager '83
President, International Benefits & HR Consulting, Gallagher (Rolling Meadows, IL)

Stephen Lewis '72
President, Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (Detroit, MI)

Dean Mefford '62
Retired, President & COO, Ralston Purina (Edwardsville, IL)
Former Bradley University Board of Trustees Member

Mark Oberle '88 MBA '89
Founder & Managing Partner, MWO Advisory Services B.V. (Wassenaar, Netherlands)

Thomas Weed '73
Chief Executive Officer, ENTEC Services, Inc. (Peoria, IL)