We Are Passionate About What We Do

Our team is devoted to user-centered research and development to identify solutions to societal, functional, and policy issues that affect everyday activities in the home.

Team Members

Current Interns

Abbey Paik

Abbey is a junior pursuing a major in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Technology as well as a minor in Chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Sierra Speckmann

Sierra Speckmann is the current Communications Intern for the McKechnie Family LIFE Home.

Intern Alumni

Ketan Mahajan – 2023

Joanna Huang – 2022/2023

Laura Dudzik- 2023

Maya Grant – 2022

Ben Granados – 2022

Vedant Rakshe – 2022

Maya Dye – 2021

Our team is
energetic, creative, diverse, interdisciplinary,
transgenerational, multicultural
with a shared passion for improving lives.


The McKechnie Family LIFE Home would not have been possible without the contributions of those listed below.  The entire McKechnie Family LIFE Home team would like to sincerely thank those listed for their contributions to the completion of this project.


  • Bill Goodman
  • Jeff Woods
  • Kesh Kesavadas
  • Brian Jones
  • Jon Sanford

Design and Construction

  • Tilton Kelly Bell LLC Architecture (Kim Sarchet)
  • JohnCo Construction
  • Bodine Electrical
  • Clarence Odom

Interior Design

  • Deana McDonagh
  • Stocks Furniture (Terry Martin)


  • Mike Bohlmann
  • Elizabeth Clawson
  • Matt Drain
  • Bryan Jones
  • Mark Joseph
  • Suzanne Rinehart

Web Design

  • Brett Luce
  • Dick Detzner
  • Tom Eggemeier 
  • Barry Beith