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WIU: Who We Are, What We Do: Brad & Sara Payne

March 21, 2016

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Behind the bricks and mortar, there are the people of Western Illinois University and the Macomb community.



Who We Are: Brad & Sara Payne.

Brad: I grew up just north of Macomb, and attended WIU, while working as a student on the WIU grounds crew and in the bowling alley. After graduation, I worked in the HVAC industry in the local area. I also enjoy building, boating, fishing, and making attractions for our community haunted house.

Sara: As a teenager, I moved with my family to Macomb and graduated from MHS before attending WIU for a few years. I also worked at a local law firm, while helping to raise our three children. I enjoy crafting, photography, outdoor activities, and spending time with my family.

What We Do:
Brad: I joined the Facilities Management staff at WIU in 2005, doing mechanical maintenance and refrigeration; and am currently an assistant chief building operating engineer. I enjoy the challenge of being able to keep our equipment operational, and assisting with others' comfort.

Sara: I am an administrative clerk in the Office of the Provost and Academic Vice President. I mainly work with matters related to the faculty UPI contract, and try to assist and support the various academic offices. I am also a WIU accountancy student and have developed great respect for the dedicated faculty that teach our students. In support of our athletes, I enjoy acting as a swimming and diving referee at the WIU home meets.

Why We Love WIU: The WIU community has offered educational and employment opportunities for both of us and our three children. We have made lifelong friends with many of the students, staff, faculty, and administration. It is inspiring to see the positive interaction between these groups of individuals on our campus and within our local community. We both strive every day to provide a positive influence on the people that we meet and interact with. #LeatherneckPride



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