We want to recognize and highlight those who are active members of our Phoenix Illini Alumni Club!

The following criteria are necessary to be qualified for Member of the Month: must be a dues-paying individual, consistently attending our events, giving back to the community, and are leaders in their respective industries.


Don Vedeen

Graduation Year: 2010
Degree & Campus: Sport Management // Urbana-Champaign
Favorite Memory: 2008 Rose Bowl season - waking up to the sea of orange and walking to the stadium after the band played in the courtyard of the Six Pack at 6am; LOVED the environment that year
Moved to Arizona: 2012
Job Title & Industry: Vice President of Investment Sales (fancy way of saying I run a National team that sells mobile home parks) // Commercial Real Estate
Why did you join the Phoenix Illini Alumni Club: Joined the club when I moved out here because a close friend invited me to a game watch.  I was sold after one event and have gone to every one that I can after that.  It truly is a fun time with all of us Midwesterners in one place.
Favorite Club Event: Game watches because they are convenient, great locations, and always have good turnouts.  Other favorites are the float trip on the Salt River and the Big Ten Golf Classic.


Teresa Ives

Graduation Year: 1987
Degree & Campus: Mass Communications (Journalism & Public Relations concentration) // Urbana-Champaign
Favorite Memory: 1989 Flyin' Illini basketball against Indiana at Assembly Hall & Nick Anderson hit the buzzer beater in OT, being an Illinette, & living in the Alpha Omicron Pi house with 60+ girls
Moved to Arizona: 2000
Job Title & Industry: Semi-retired // Substitute Teacher
Why did you join the Phoenix Illini Alumni Club: Joined the club less than 10 days after moving to Arizona to meet fellow alumni and make new friends (including meeting husband, Greg!)
Favorite Club Event: Basketball game watches - were standing room only back in '04-05!


Lynn Watson

Graduation Year: 1969
Degree & Campus: Agribusiness // Urbana-Champaign
Favorite Memory: A 10-minute walk with Red Grange, 1964 Rose Bowl, 1984 Rose Bowl, 1989 Flyin' Illini, & 2005 Final Four
Moved to Arizona: 2012 (also splits time in Colorado)
Job Title & Industry: Accountant // CPA specializing in small business
Why did you join the Phoenix Illini Alumni Club: Fellowship - a great resource for Valley information for newcomers
Favorite Club Event: ALL.  If you plan it, I will show!  We don't over-gather, so please join us when we do!


Clay Munson

Graduation Year: 2006
Degree & Campus: Landscape Architecture // Urbana-Champaign
Favorite Memory: March to the Arch 2004-05 Basketball Season
Moved to Arizona: 2006
Job Title & Industry: Landscape Designer
Why did you join the Phoenix Illini Alumni Club: To meet new people & connect with others who had the same interest
Favorite Club Event: Football Game Watch Parties (when we win!) & the annual Chicago Cubs Spring Training Game


Cori Klues

Graduation Year: 2006
Degree & Campus: Elementary Education // Urbana-Champaign
Favorite Memory: Illini Men's Basketball beating #1 Wake Forest & Unofficial
Moved to Arizona: Summer 2006
Job Title & Industry: 6th Grade Math Teacher
Why did you join the Phoenix Illini Alumni Club: To connect with people from home when I first moved out here
Favorite Club Event: Annual Chicago Cubs Spring Training Game

Stay tuned to see who our next Member of the Month is - it could be YOU!