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Luanne Mayorga
Executive Director

 

Luanne Mayorga has been involved in numerous facets of education for the past 17 years as a college instructor, director of an experiential learning program, and business advisor. Prior to joining Econ Illinois, Luanne was the director of Springboard in the Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development at Northern Illinois University. The Springboard program provided students with opportunities to tackle projects from regional businesses. In addition, she was responsible for the research, development, and implementation of workforce development programming throughout the University's region. 

Before joining NIU, Luanne was the director of the Illinois International Trade Center at College of DuPage. She provided over 425 small and medium sized businesses throughout the Chicago area with assistance in exporting their products and/or services to overseas markets. She spent over 4,800 hours consulting with clients on a magnitude of topics. As a result, her clients achieved increased domestic sales of $13.5 million, export sales of $46 million, and funding of $1.175 million. Luanne previously owned a business for 12 years. 

Luanne holds a doctorate in Adult and Higher education with a cognate in Educational Research and Assessment from Northern Illinois University, along with a masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing from Benedictine University, and a bachelor’s degree in both Fashion Design and Merchandising from Dominican University.

Contact Info: lmayorga@niu.edu

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Debbie Kerman
Deputy Director

 

Debbie Kerman, Deputy Director, joined Econ Illinois in October of 2008. Debbie oversees all of Econ Illinois' programs and competitions. Before her appointment as Deputy Director, Debbie was the Program Director for the Stock Market Game™ program and the Illinois Economic Concepts Poster Contest. 

She received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Aurora University in 2002. She received her undergraduate degree from Governors State University in Business Administration. She is a proponent of life-long learning.

Contact Info: dkerman@niu.edu

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Norma Laino, Office Administrator, joined Econ Illinois in 2008 as an Office Support Associate and was promoted to an Office Support Specialist in 2015. In 2016, Norma joined Northern Illinois University's College of Engineering and was promoted to an Office Administrator. 

She received an Associates Degree in Office Systems from Kishwaukee College in 2008. Norma is proud to work and live in the DeKalb Community.

Contact Info: nlaino@niu.edu