Central Illinois Business Magazine
COVER STORY          October 2017

Heart for the community

Moving in a positive direction


Central Illinois Business' Forty Under 40 Woman of the Year, Maghan Moslander, has made a big splash for the short time she has been in Champaign-Urbana, Cindy Tarrant said. Tarrant was one of six that nominated Moslander for the honor. The others were Austin Beaty, Michael Hirschi, Kyle Fleming, Pookie Phetchareune and Mary Shores.

"As the president of Women's Business Council, I have recruited Maghan onto the board of directors in her first year as networking/social chairman. She has implemented many new ideas for bringing our group together professionally," Tarrant said.

"Maghan's entire life is centered around the question, "How can I help?" She believes in doing everything in her power to make anything she is involved in better in some way," Mary Shores said.

Shores is the CEO of Midstate Collection Solutions, and Moslander's employer.

"She is also involved in the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and is a founding member of LEAD-Leadership, Education and Development. She has a heart for the community service, as well, with involvement in Eastern Illinois Foodbank and Cunningham Children's Home," Tarrant said.

"She is an encourager. A supporter. A true leader," Austin Beaty said.

Becoming a leader starts with family

Moslander grew-up in the south suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

"My parents divorced when I was a baby, and they are both remarried with their own kids now. My nuclear family that raised me is made of my mom, stepdad, and younger brother," she said.

This 27-year-old leader has a hero, too.

"My mom, Mary Beth Wiberg, is my hero and I look up to her every single day. She has taught me strength, courage, love, and how to stand up for what's right in this world. She leads by example, and has shown me how to help others become the best version of themselves and to help them reach their goals," Moslander said.

Her stepdad taught her quite a bit about life, too.

"My stepdad, Craig Wiberg, whom I call my dad, is an incredible man because he not only helped raised me since I was little, but he also chose to love me as his own," she said.

Then, there's her younger brother, Andrew, who is exactly seven years younger than she.

"He and I were like the typical brother-sister duo growing up: always fighting, and never sharing. One thing we do share is the same birthday. Andrew and I grew out of our constant bickering and arguments, and are now best friends," she said.

She has little sisters that have taught her not to take life so seriously.

"My father and stepmom, David and Elizabeth Moslander, live in the north suburbs of Chicago, with their two beautiful girls, Emma and Erin. Emma is 14 years my junior, and Erin is 17 years my junior, which allows me the opportunity to watch them grow into beautiful young women," she said.

College: not the typical experience

"It's bittersweet, honestly; it's something that I feel that I've missed out on and can never get back, but in its place, I was able to gain other experience in life that taught me so many valuable lessons that I would have never had otherwise," she said.

She started her undergraduate career at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, from which she earned associate degrees in English and biology. She then ventured to Dominican University.

"Dominican was not a good fit for me; my one and only semester there was not a good time in my life for many reasons, one of which was that I was engaged and my fiancé was deployed out to sea with the US Navy conducting dangerous drug ops missions in South America. I decided to take the spring semester off, which was a very hard decision for me to make. I moved back home with my parents, worked, and prepared for our upcoming wedding," she said.

After the wedding and promises of being sent to either duty in Florida or Washington State, they were sent to Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan.

"As a 21-year-old that had never truly lived on my own, I sat and stared at my computer in disbelief," she said of the move.

There was an upside, though: the base had Navy College center so she applied to the University of Maryland University College. She would be able to finish her Bachelor's Degree on-base and take face-to-face and online classes.

"The only downside to transferring was that there were no biology labs, at which point I decided to change my major to Business Administration. At the time, I was disappointed that I could no longer study biology and had to change to something that I didn't feel as comfortable with studying. Looking back, that was one of the best things that happened to me," she said.

It was through studying business that she learned where her true passion lies.

"I added an Undergraduate Certificate in Management Foundations to my degree plan, and I graduated Cum Laude in 2013 with a Bachelor's and a Certificate. After graduation, I continued my studies by taking graduate coursework in Leadership and Management until our military orders in Japan were complete, and it was time to return to the US," she said.

Now she's ready for more

"I am incredibly humbled and honored to announce that not only have I been accepted into the Illinois MBA program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I was one of only 10 students selected from the entire College of Business to be in the Emerging Leaders MBA Cohort," she said.

Community involvement

"Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, we didn't have a strong sense of community. Champaign County is where my heart is and the community support and pride here is strong and supportive of one another. As an active Rotarian in Champaign West Rotary, I strive to support, empower, and develop others to grow into the leader they want to be through service above self. Rotary has truly changed my life--we are people of action making a difference," she said.

She loves finding that untapped potential in people and bringing it out to really help them shine.

In the near future, she plans to work on her MBA with the University of Illinois and further her career at Midstate Collection Solutions.

Moslander said that it is such an unbelievable honor to be selected as the Central Illinois Business magazine's 10th Annual Forty Under 40 Woman of the Year.

"The Forty Under 40 leaders in our community have been the people that I have looked up to and aspired to be like year in and year out. Standing shoulder to shoulder with the leaders I admire is truly humbling, and I am completely overwhelmed with gratitude," she said.

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