I lived in a residence hall much like Illini Tower as a college student. I later became an RA, which was a wonderful college experience! I now have two college-aged kids of my own, so I know about college life as both a student and as a parent. Our goal at Illini Tower is to help make your U of I experience the best and most rewarding it can be by providing a convenient, affordable and fun living experience with numerous amenities and one-of-a-kind student programming. The team and I look forward to seeing you soon!
Assistant General Manager
My name is Eric Kappelmann and I have been the Assistant General Manager for Illini Tower for two years. Before that I was an Assistant Manager, Manager, and Interim Director at other student living facilities. I started out years ago as a Resident Assistant while attending college and have over 15 years’ experience in helping students to achieve success while in an environment specifically for those attending college. I hail from Missouri originally but have lived in Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Texas, and recently Pennsylvania. Please stop by my office to learn more about me and so that I may learn more about you. Let’s have a great year together!
I have been the Maintenance Supervisor for just over three years I enjoy being part of a great team here at Illini Tower
Dining Services Manager
Hi! My name is Holly LaPrade and I am the dining manager at Illini Tower. I have been with the company for just over a year. I have been in the food/customer service industry for over 10 years. Working with people, particularly our residents and ensuring they have a great dining experience is my passion. I am always looking for new and exciting ways to help insure we are satisfying our residents.
Hello name is Ronald “Willy “Twine and I am the executive chef at Illini Tower at the University of Illinois. I have been in the restaurant industry for over 30 years. I grew up about 30 minutes outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I started working in the restaurant industry when I was 14. I fell in love with cooking and enjoy what I do. I have a wide interest in cooking from simple breakfast to 5 course meals.
My name is Timothy Wright. I Am the sous chef here at Illini Tower. This is my second school year here in the IT kitchen. I have been in the industry for over twenty years. I am recently engaged with two wonderful children and three spoiled dogs. I am a Champaign-Urbana native, born and raised.
Hello Residents! Welcome to Illini Tower. I am the Resident Director at Illini Tower. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Media and Technology. Illini Tower has been my college home for the last three years while I was a Resident Assistant. My hobbies include traveling, going to concerts and hanging out with friends. I love working with the other remarkable Resident Assistants at I.T. and enjoy getting to know the incredible residents that make these apartments such a great place to live. If you have any questions or need any help feel free to come see me!
Resident Assistant - 2nd Floor
Major: Community Health Hi! My name is Aisha! I'm a junior majoring in Community Health and minoring in Chemistry. I was born in Nigeria and I have 5 siblings. My main goal in life is to become a Physician/Medical Director and work for the CDC or NIH doing research on health disparities in minorities. I also love to travel and I plan on doing a lot of that before and after I graduate!
Resident Assistant - 3rd floor
Major: Interdisciplinary Health Hi, I'm Lia, the RA for the third floor. I'm a transfer student majoring in Interdisciplinary Health. I love to travel and stay active!
Resident Assistant - 4th floor
Major: Speech Pathology Hi! My name is Maya and I am the RA on the 4th floor! This will be my second year as an RA at Illini Tower. I am currently a Junior and I am studying Speech Pathology with a minor in Gender & Women's Studies. In my free time I love traveling, hanging out with my friends and family, and of course Netflix! If you ever see my at Starbucks or around campus please don't hesitate to say hi! I look forward to meeting all of my new residents!
Resident Assistant - 5th floor
Major: Chemical Engineering Hi, my name is Nate Perez. I am a senior studying chemical engineering. I used to live in a suburb of Orange County in California, but now I live on the 5th floor of Illini Tower, working as a RA. It's really exciting here in Champaign. Really exciting. I spend most of my days studying, working, eating, and going to the gym. I like animals, and currently have 6 cats back home. I like animals. A lot. Come say hi to me if you see me, I'll be friendly at all hours of the day. Hi there!
Engineering Mentor - 5th floor
Major: Civil Engineering Hi guys I’m Paulina! I’m a sophomore studying Civil Engineering, and I’m the mentor for the Engineering Floor (Floor 5). I’m from Elmwood Park, a suburb five minutes from Chicago. I have played soccer my whole life, and I’m always up for a pick-up game. I love meeting new people and I look forward to a great year with my residents. In my free time I like to hang out with friends, go to the gym, and watch Netflix. I am open to advising, so if you ever need help with anything, even if it’s not engineering related, feel free to knock on my door at any time! If I’m not in my room you can find me in class, at Grainger, the ARC, the front desk or in a lounge. Don’t be shy to say hi. :)
Resident Assistant - 6th floor
Major: Actuarial Science I am a senior here at the U of I majoring in actuarial science. I am involved in a variety of groups here on campus including greek life, 3spot dance troupe, NSCS, actuarial science club, as well as an LAS intern. In my spare time I enjoy dancing, baking, and running. I look forward to all the awesome things going on at Illini Tower this year!
Resident Assistant - 7th floor
Major: Film Studies My name is Alexander Vassiliadis and I am a Junior in Film Studies here at UIUC. I am an avid writer and I love to take pen to paper. I also most recently began to vlog (video blog) and see myself doing it for quite a long time. I am 100% Greek and fluent in Greek, as it was my first language. My aspirations include producing my first TV episode before 25, directing my own movie before I am 30, and winning an Academy Award before I reach 35. I love to help people and I am always here to listen and shell out advice. I look forward to an amazing year with some wonderfully talented residents.
Resident Assistant - 8th floor
Major: Kinesiology Hey! My name is Haley Henriksen and I am a senior studying Kinesiology. I am currently applying to physical therapy school in hopes of starting next fall. This is my third year being a resident assistant and I have kept coming back because of the friends I have made and the experience it has given me for a job in the future. I have a story for any interview question you can think of! I am on the University of Illinois Club Softball team and have played since I was 5. Last year we traveled to Georgia for nationals and we hope to make it their again this year with an even better showing. I have five nieces and nephews back home and I love going back to see them and the rest of my family. Other than school, work, and softball, I spend my time around campus rock climbing at the ARC, going to water parks, watching Chicago Fire and PD and hanging out with my friends. Hope to see you around IT soon!
Resident Assistant - 9th floor
Major: Technical System Management Hello my name is Jonathan and I'm a junior in Technical System Management specializing in Construction Management. A little about me is that I love to watch movies especially action. Traveling is something I always do for the summer and I want to eventually study abroad somewhere In Europe. I like to go to the gym a lot because it keeps me chill and allows me to relieve stress. I'm outgoing and friendly and always down to have a good time.
Resident Assistant - 10th floor
Major: Accountancy Hey, my name is Dominic Vitucci and I’m the Resident Assistant for the 10th floor. This is my third year working at Illini Tower, and my fourth year living here! I’m an accountancy major that loves to talk to people. In my spare time I enjoy playing instruments, and creating mobile apps. Another fun fact is that I also speak a little bit of Chinese. Feel free to come by my room or say hello whenever you see me!
Resident Assistant - 11th Floor
Major: Psychology & Advertising Hi, my name is Ray Zhang and I am the RA for the 11th floor for the 2015-2016 school year. I am a sophomore, duel degree in Psychology and Advertising with hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist. I am so excited to meet all of you! This is my first year being an RA, but I will try my best to do my job, and I know this year we can form a great community where we can live, learn, and grow, have a lot of laughs, and just have fun together. I was born and raised in China and I came to the US three years ago. I love to play pool, volleyball, dance, sing karaoke, watch movies, and travel.
Resident Assistant - 12th floor
Major: Spanish Hi there! My name is Becky and I'm the RA on the 12th floor at Illini Tower. I am a Senior and currently studying Spanish and communication. I am from a Chicago suburb called Lemont, where the most exciting thing to do is walk around a 24 hour Walgreens... As you can probably guess I am in love with this campus and don't ever want to leave. In my free time I enjoy watching Netflix, eating in the comfort of my bed, making jokes with friends, and meeting new people! If you ever see me around, please don't be afraid to say hi! I don't mind going out of my way to say hello to a friendly face. Unless it's early in the morning. I am not a morning person haha :)
Resident Assistant - 13th floor
Major: Finance Hello! My name is Patrick Taylor and I am a Resident Assistant on the 13th Floor of Illini Tower. I am a Senior in Finance in the College of Business at University of Illinois. I drive a 1993 Fox body Ford Mustang with a giant chicken head and tail on the car. I am very passionate about promoting my car. I rent it out, give rides, and sell merchandise. My car has provided me with many exciting opportunities that I otherwise wouldn't have gotten. The chicken theme has carried over to my floor here at Illni Tower with Barn Yard themed door decorations. I enjoy meeting new people and learning about their experiences, as well as sharing mine. Let's chat!
Resident Assistant - 14th floor
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology Hi there! I'm Rebecca, the RA on the 14th floor and...welcome to my blurb. I'm a sophomore studying Molecular and Cellular Biology on a Pre-Med track ( but I'm trying to minor in Business as well). I enjoy netflixing, whether it's a crime show like Criminal Minds, anime like SAO, or Korean Dramas and so on. You might find me at Espresso Royale, my natural habitat, so don't be scared to shoot me a quick wave or to have a full on conversation. I enjoy playing sports or any type of game really And if you have a problem or if you're bored, feel free to come talk to me! I don't bite, but I might troll you. Thanks for reading!
Resident Assistant - 15th floor
Major: Interdisciplinary Health Hey! My name is Mickayla Jones. I am currently a senior and studying interdisciplinary health. In the future, I hope to become a physical therapist. I'm from the south suburbs of Chicago. I like to have a lot of fun and I enjoy the simple things. Two things I love more than anything is a good movie and good music. I love watching action and drama films. I could watch movies all day long if I didn't have any responsibilities. I love R&B music especially from the 90's. I would like to think there's a lot of soul in me as well. Besides that I love helping people and making their lives a little easier. I'm always up to trying new things and trying to make lastingly memories with people around. I'm always down for a good time with good people.
Resident Assistant - 16th floor
Major: Food Science & Human Nutrition My name is Ima Eno and I am currently a Junior studying Food Science & Human Nutrition. On campus I am involved with several RSO's because I love getting involved. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love meeting new people, traveling and trying new things. I also have a weird obsession with bananas and pretty much any fruit. I'm usually always smiling or laughing, so never hesitate to say hello! :)