Two WCHS graduates named to the 2015 Class of “40 Leaders Under Forty”

posted Nov 21, 2015, 12:29 PM by

Two Washington Community High School graduates – Katherine L. Mulvey and Ambra Haake have been named to the 2015 Class of “40 Leaders Under Forty,” a celebration of young leadership in Greater Peoria that is sponsored by InterBusiness Issues magazine.

Katherine Mulvey is a senior transportation engineer in Farnsworth Group’s Peoria Transportation Section. She has more than 15 years of experience in transportation and development projects ranging from state highways and municipal infrastructure to educational and religious facilities to commercial sites.

Mulvey has been active in inspiring young women in the Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) arena. She played a leadership role in hosting the 4G STEM Camp for Girls, in addition to serving as a leader with the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and American Heritage Girls, a faith-based character development organization.

In addition to being active in numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Women Engineers, Mulvey is an active member of her church and volunteers with Dream Center Peoria and Midwest Food Bank. She has also organized and participated in numerous fundraising events to benefit Children’s Hospital of Illinois and the United Way.

        Ambra Haake is an organizational development specialist for RLI Corp. She develops and coordinates learning initiatives to enhance employee performance and engagement. She manages all employee training and leadership development programs, continuing education/professional accreditation program and the company’s employee recognition program.

        Haake is active in her community, serving as a mentor for Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters and as a member of several organizations, including the Peoria Public Radio Associate Board and the Rotary Club of Peoria-North. As a board member of Family House, she serves on the HR and Volunteer committees, manages the organization’s strategic plan and participates in a variety of fundraising events. Haake lives with her husband Shane and four children in Groveland, IL.