Christine Catanzarite, Director

Christine Catanzarite was named Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in January 2012, after the retirement of the program’s founding director, Kathleen Holden. Chris came to the University of Illinois in 1997 and, before taking the position at OLLI, served as the Senior Associate Director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. She also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies on campus.

Chris earned her B.A. in Film Studies, English, and Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh, and her M.A. in Popular Culture Studies and Ph.D. in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. She has taught film and television history and theory at Bowling Green, Illinois State University, and the University of Illinois. Her areas of specialization are popular American films from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s; the history of the Hollywood studio system and the Academy Awards; and popular rituals, including world’s fairs and the high school prom.

Between 2009 and 2011, Chris taught two film courses at OLLI and coordinated two additional team-taught courses on humanities-related topics. This experience with OLLI introduced her to the energy and excitement that OLLI members bring to the classroom – and helped to set the foundation for the plans that she is currently making as the program’s director.

Read the Letter from the Director


Janet Summers, Outreach Coordinator

Janet Summers started part time as Community Outreach Specialist at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in October of 2006.  She received a full time appointment as Outreach Specialist in July 2012.

Janet’s duties include coordinating OLLI study groups, membership and marketing activities and outreach to the community and campus.

Janet received a degree in Social Work from Illinois State University in 1980 and worked in child welfare for 15 years. She worked at Cunningham Children’s Home, Central Baptist Family Services, Illinois Children’s Home and Aid and DCFS, where she trained foster care providers and worked in the area of child abuse and neglect.

Janet is inspired to “age well” by her involvement with OLLI. Members are continually engaged in numerous activities through OLLI, the university, and the community.  Janet believes OLLI is a wonderful place for members to meet new people and become involved in meaningful social and learning experiences.


Ann Zettervall, Office Manager

Joining OLLI in 2017, Ann Zettervall originally moved to Champaign-Urbana for graduate school. She studied cello performance, completing a Bachelor of Music at The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Music and doctoral work the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She performed in numerous orchestras across Central Illinois in addition to teaching private cello lessons indepedentaly, as the UIUC School of Music Cello Teaching Assistant, and as an Adjunct Instructor at Illinois Wesleyan.

After years of working in the classical music field, Ann discovered she prefers a more reliable lifestyle and began working full-time at the University of Illinois in 2011. She has worked in varied departments across campus as office support, including the School of Music and Department of Aerospace Engineering, before coming to OLLI.

In her free time, Ann performs in the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and spends time with her three Maine Coon cats, Clara, Curtis, and Peter. She is thrilled at the opportunity to support the varied and unique OLLI programs and work with such enthusiastic OLLI members.