Staff Directory

General Administration/Booking

Kevin Ullestad
Senior Associate Athletics Director & Director of State Farm Center

Kevin has been the Director of the University of Illinois State Farm Center since 1997 and was named Associate Athletic Director in 2008 when the facility became co-managed with DIA and Student Affairs.  He was later named Senior Associate Athletics Director in the spring of 2017. Kevin oversees the total operation of the State Farm Center with direct responsibilities in booking, scheduling, contracting and budgeting for the arena. The arena hosts over 100 events annually, from athletics to national touring concerts, Broadway series shows and family shows. Kevin received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1982 and is a graduate from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) school, and has achieved the Certified Venues Executive (CVE) certification from IAVM.

Prior to coming to the University of Illinois, Kevin was the director of the Dow Events Center in Saginaw, Michigan, and the West Plains Civic Center in Missouri. In addition, he has served on the management teams at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa, and Iowa State Center in Ames, Iowa. He has served on the International Association of Venue Managers Board of Directors and served on the IAVM Arenas committee, Universities committee, and CVE Certifications committees. He has a wife named Lynn and three children.

Phone: 217-333-2923
Email: [email protected]

Amy Johnson
Office Administrator

Amy began working at the University of Illinois in 2007 and joined the DIA/State Farm Center staff in 2010.  In her role, she supports the administrative functions of the State Farm Center and interfaces with the DIA business office.

Amy has a husband Brett and a son Christian, along with two rescue dogs and a cat.  She enjoys volunteering with Cavalier Rescue USA in her spare time.

Phone: 217-265-0372
Email: [email protected]

Event Management

John Marquardt
Associate Director, Event Administration

John Marquardt was named Assistant Director for Event Management for State Farm Center in 2015. Marquardt joined State Farm Center and Division of Intercollegiate Athletics as an Event Management intern in 2005 and served as Event and Safety Coordinator for State Farm Center beginning in 2007.

Marquardt’s primary role is to facilitate the management of State Farm Center concerts, sporting events, and other shows and events, as well as oversee State Farm Center event staff and guest services initiatives. He also oversees facility safety, security and emergency preparedness initiatives for State Farm Center. Within Illinois Athletics Development, Marquardt serves as a liaison between State Farm Center and Athletics Development, helping to connect and integrate the two entities as they pertain to the new Illinois Premium Seating amenities and initiatives that were introduced as part of the recent renovation of State Farm Center.

Marquardt is an active member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), where he serves on several committees and holds positions as both IAVM Illinois State Representative and Vice Chair for the Young Professionals Committee. He has previously served as the Vice Chair for the VenueConnect Committee for IAVM. He is also a member of the Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD).

A native of Urbana, Illinois, Marquardt earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 2006. He completed his master’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Illinois in 2010. He is also a graduate of IAVM Venue Management School (2013).

Phone: 217-244-8145
Email: [email protected] 

David Williams
Assistant Director, Event Management

David Williams was named Assistant Director for Event Management at State Farm Center in September of 2018. Williams joined the State Farm Center event staff team in 2014 before becoming the graduate assistant for Illinois Premium Seating in 2016 where he assisted with the premium seating operation for both Memorial Stadium and State Farm Center.

Williams is primarily responsible for event management and guest relations of State Farm Center concerts and sporting events, in addition to other shows and events. He also assists with management of the building and event security operations, developing and coordinating safety and risk management initiatives, monitoring security and emergency procedures in the industry, as well as the management and integration of the Illinois Premium Seating event management operation at State Farm Center.

A native of Mahomet, Illinois, Williams earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism from the University of Illinois in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Williams and his wife, Lexy, currently reside in Champaign with their daughter, Remington.

Phone: 217-300-4619
Email: [email protected]

Marketing/Advertising/Public Relations

Brad Swanson
Assistant Director for Marketing & Sales

Brad Swanson was named Assistant Director, Marketing & Sales at the State Farm Center in March of 2016. In his role, he oversees the marketing and promotions of all non-athletics events held at State Farm Center.

Prior to his current role, he served as the Director of Marketing for Fighting Illini Athletics for two years. He oversaw marketing for men’s basketball and was the DIA liaison to the Illini Pride student spirit group.

After graduating from Valparaiso University in 2008 with a degree in sports management and marketing, Brad began his career as a marketing assistant in the athletics department at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. Following his stint there, he earned his MBA at UMass – Amherst before heading back to Valpo as assistant director of marketing in 2010.

In December 2011 Brad moved to Akron, Ohio to serve as Director of Marketing and Promotions at The University of Akron. While with the Zips, Brad served as the marketing contact for Football and Men’s Basketball. He also managed a marketing unit that set sales and attendance records while earning three recognitions from the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators in the categories of Interactive/Social Media Program, Single-Day Attendance Promotion, and Static Display Advertisement.

Brad is a native of Lansing, Ill., a south suburb of Chicago, and resides in Champaign with his dog Tucker.

Phone: 217-300-1406‚Äč
Email: [email protected]

Megan Laz
Marketing Coordinator

Megan Laz assumed the position of Marketing Coordinator at the State Farm Center in October of 2016. In her role, she assists in the development of marketing and promotional campaigns for all non-athletic events at the venue, as well as coordinates accounts payables. 

She previously worked as the Media Communications Specialist for the Illini Union Marketing department, overseeing all internal and external communication materials, managed the building's website content and organization, and served as the public face of the Union at campus events.

Megan graduated from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 2005 with a degree in journalism (integrated marketing communications) and a minor in creative writing. After graduating, she started her career in media in radio sales.

Shortly after, she worked in outdoor, where she constructed campaign proposals for clients on a local, regional, and national level. She was in charge of the aesthetic of the Champaign market, and oversaw billing, contracts, and the public service program. She received corporate commendation for leading the companywide learning curve in a new measurement system. 

Megan is a Champaign native, has extensive ties to the community, and resides in town.

Phone: 217-300-7889
Email: [email protected]

Janet Snyder
Graphic Designer

Phone: 217-300-6914
Email: [email protected]

Ryan French
Video Services

Phone: 217-300-6772
Email: [email protected]

Ticket Office

Rebecca Fuhrer
Ticket Office

Phone: 1-866-ILLINI-1 or 217-333-3470
Email: [email protected]

Business Office & Novelty Sales

Libby Ebelhar
Business Office & Novelty Sales

Libby Ebelhar joined the Illinois Athletics Business Office in May 2014. In her role as the Business and Financial Analyst, Ebelhar works primarily with financial reporting, financial analysis, and year-end processing for DIA and the State Farm Center. She provides budget reports for sport operations, the State Farm Center, facilities, development, ticket office, academic services, administration, game day, and sports medicine. She monitors daily ticket sales, incoming/outgoing wire payments, non-monetary trade agreements, and department wide revenue clearing accounts. She is also involved with the Business Managers Group on campus.  She also oversees the novelty sales operation for entertainment events held at State Farm Center.

Prior to Illinois, Ebelhar worked in Administrative Services at the NCAA where she served as the logistics coordinator for the 2014 NCAA Convention and the 2014 NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar. Additionally, she worked with championship budget reports, association-wide bill allocations, monthly bank reconciliations, and employee/committee travel reimbursements. While in Indianapolis, Ebelhar also worked part-time for IUPUI and Butler University in game day operations at home athletic events.

Ebelhar earned both her MBA and Masters in Sports Administration from Ohio University.  While enrolled at Ohio, Ebelhar worked in athletics development in the Ohio Bobcat Club. She organized donor hospitality events which included pregame receptions, in-game hospitality areas, and Bobcat caravans across the state. She assisted in planned giving, annual giving and capital project solicitations. In addition to her role in the Bobcat Club, she also assisted athletics by generating monthly budget reports for coaches and administrators.

Ebelhar earned her Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the University of Kentucky, graduating Suma Cum Laude. While at Kentucky, she served as the manager for the softball team, the intern in the athletics business office, and as a videographer at home athletic events.

Originally from Owensboro, KY, Ebelhar enjoys the CU community, serving as a mentor and the Regional Board Chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois. She is also on the American Cancer Society Coaches V Cancer Committee, a participant in the United Way Emerging Community Leaders Program, a Leadership Coach for The Leadership Center on campus, and a math tutor for local high school and college students.

Phone: 217-244-9308
Email: [email protected]

Tiffany White
Account Technician II

Facilities & Production

Tom Divan
Director of Facilities

Tom Divan was named the Director of Facilities Management and Operations for the University of Illinois State Farm Center in December of 2008. Divan began his career in athletics as a student assistant at the University of Illinois in Event Management and Compliance. In 2003, Divan was named Assistant Director of Facilities, Operations & Events at the University of Maryland. In 2006, Divan was promoted to the position of Associate Director of Facilities, Operations & Events for the Terrapins. In 2007, Divan took the position of Director of Operations at Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation and aided in opening the $55 million Monon Center in Carmel, Ind.

Divan participated in basketball and track & field at Danville Area Community College, before transferring to Blackburn College where he continued his basketball career. Divan earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Blackburn in 1998. He was an assistant basketball coach at Lindenwood University during the 1999-2000 season. Divan earned his master’s degree in Sports Administration from the University of Illinois in 2002. 

Phone: 217-333-2923
Email: [email protected]

Nicole Bromley
Production Manager

Phone: 217-244-6861
Email: [email protected]

Jeremy Dunlap
Facility Manager

Dirk VanCleave
Electrician

Scott Larsen
Electrician

Ed VanGetson
Stagehand

Doug Gherna
Stagehand

Tracy Hemrich
Stagehand

Darin Reifsteck
Building Operating Engineer

Pat Collins
Building Operating Engineer

Paul Barnes
Athletic Facilities Attendant

Josh Belcher
Athletic Facilities Attendant

Andrew Bohlen
Athletic Facilities Attendant

Craig Earvin
Athletic Facilities Attendant

Erick Grindley
Athletic Facilities Attendant

John Humer
Athletic Facilities Attendant

Brody Keith
Athletic Facilities Attendant

Chris McDaniel
Athletic Facilities Attendant

Brian Spainhour
Athletic Facilities Attendant

Eric Spainhour
Athletic Facilities Attendant

Steven Warmbier
Athletic Facilities Attendant

Jeremy Watts
Athletic Facilities Attendant

Spence Wike
Athletic Facilities Attendant

Correy Wygant
Athletic Facilities Attendant