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Proud to Present New Emerging Saluki Leader Awardees

October 27, 2017, Christi Mathis

${image-alt} Left to right: Bryan Mullins, Angela Dowell, Terry Clark, Kendrick Coleman, and Darla Krause.

The Emerging Saluki Leader Award (ESLA) is presented annually to recognize people who have graduated from the College of Business within the past 15 years for their outstanding accomplishments in business, academia, government, nonprofit organizations as well as for their community service.

Terry Clark, dean of the College of Business, introduced and recognized the 2017 outstanding alumni during the college’s Homecoming Reception on Oct. 13. Clark praised them for their impressive, successful careers and for giving back to their communities in a number of inspiring ways. He said the college is proud of these Salukis and wishes them well in their future endeavors.

Coleman is a double alumnus of SIU, earning his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2010 and his Master of Accountancy in 2011. He is currently a staff accountant at Rubin Brown LLP, working primarily as a business advisor and CPA for Rubin Brown’s Entrepreneurial Service Group with assurance and tax planning.

Through various avenues, including InSight St. Louis, The Accounting Career Awareness Program, the St. Louis Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, the NAACP East St. Louis Executive Committee and the United Way Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society, Coleman engages young people to mentor them and help them become better equipped as begin their accounting careers.

Dowell earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting at SIU in 2008 and completed her MBA at DePaul University in 2014. She began her career as an accounting rotational business associate for CNA Insurance and is currently vice president of finance for Chicago Community Loan Fund, a community development financial institution that assists low- to moderate- income neighborhoods with community stabilization and development efforts. Her responsibilities include handling accounting and finance operations and fostering investor relationships.

She’s also active in her community and in giving back to future young professionals, serving as the finance co-chair for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago and as a member of the Minority Advisory Board for SIU’s College of Business. In addition, she has taught small business and nonprofit accounting classes.

Krause is also a double alumna of SIU, receiving her bachelor’s degree in finance in 2002 and completing her MBA the following year. She took advantage of the myriad services offered by the Business Placement Center at the College of Business to help launch her career, securing a position with MB Financial, a regional bank in Chicago. She obtained her current position as talent acquisition manager for Wintrust Financial Corporation nine years later. Her duties include overseeing corporate recruitment and managing the commercial banking leadership development program and the summer internship program.

Krause engages in a variety of philanthropic activities, including serving as the chief operating officer for Zambia Tomorrow Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports an elementary boarding school in Macha, Zambia. She manages the organization’s scholarship program, social media, donor communications and partnerships with other nonprofit organizations.

Mullins, a 2009 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in finance, is the director of recruiting and player development for the men’s basketball team at Loyola University. He coaches, mentors, and manages players’ schedules to help them achieve academic and athletic success. As a member of the Saluki men’s basketball team Mullins twice helped the team win Missouri Valley Conference Championships and reach the NCAA Tournament. He later went on to play NBA Summer League basketball with the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics, play professionally for four seasons in France for Bourg en Bresse and Chalons Reims, and on the Irish national team in the European Championships.

Mullins’ coaching career launched in fall 2013 as the director of operations for Loyola and two years later he was promoted to his current position. He has worked to build a strong relationship between the Loyola men’s basketball team and Misericordia, a Chicago-based organization that provides services and support to people who have physical challenges or developmental disabilities. In addition, he is working to develop a player mentorship program with the Christopher House organization, a group of schools that strives to prepare low-income children and families for success.

Nominations for ESLA are accepted year-round and recipients are chosen by the college’s external advisory boards. To learn more about the Emerging Saluki Leader Award, or nominate any SIU College of Business graduate for the award, visit www.business.siu.edu/about/saluki-leader/