New faces in ACES

New faces in ACES

Nov 19
Marla Todd, Associate Director of Advancement Communications

It’s not a secret that we in ACES like to eat! The Office of Advancement often greets new faces to the team with breakfast or other sweet treats. The bagels, fruit, and other fare were in abundance this fall as we welcomed numerous new team members to the College of ACES Office of Advancement.

Charles (Chad) Vogel began his duties as Associate Dean for Development on October 5. In this capacity, Chad is responsible for overseeing the team charged with obtaining external funding in support of the land-grand mission of the College of ACES. Chad came to Illinois from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, where he served as senior director of development. In his free time, he enjoys writing on issues of philanthropy. Feel free to contact Chad at

Pedro Fernandes da Costa brought a global perspective to the College of ACES Advancement team when he arrived in October. Working closely with Barry Dickerson, Senior Director of Corporate Relations, Pedro is responsible for the College of ACES’ relationships with select corporations. Pedro holds a bachelor’s degree in agronomy, master’s degree in agricultural economics, and an MBA.

A two-time alumna of the College of ACES, Jennifer Smith found her way back to campus in early September to join the Office of Advancement team as Assistant Director of Development. She is responsible for securing private support for the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Agricultural Education program, and Illinois 4-H, working in collaboration with Angie Barnard.

Wasting no time, Matt Smith attended the Farm Progress Show on his third day of work as Assistant Director of Development in the College of ACES. Matt is charged with securing private support for the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, and Division of Nutritional Sciences. Prior to his arrival in ACES, Matt oversaw sales and marketing at Allerton Park and Retreat Center.

To meet the full College of ACES Advancement team visit the Office of Advancement.

Chad Vogel
Chad Vogel, ACES Associate Dean for Development