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Online Degree Completion Programs

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Ann Pearson, PhD

Online Undergraduate Program Manager

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Ann M. Pearson, PhD, has been with the online undergraduate degree completion program for the College of Business since its inception in spring of 2011.  Her current position allows her to integrate skills and knowledge gained over the years. “It is a pleasure to offer this educational opportunity to students who are unable to come to campus.” full profile >>

Leslee Hammers

Online Undergraduate Program Specialist

Leslee Hammers began working in the Online Undergraduate Program in Spring 2017.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Technologies and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Instructional Technology.  Leslee was a non-traditional student for both of these degrees, working and attending school part-time.  She had one daughter before she started working on her bachelor’s degree and another daughter before she finished. Leslee felt like she needed to obtain an education to be better able to stress the importance of a college education to her daughters.

Leslee has been interested in adult education, especially online education, since she began working on her bachelor’s degree. Having worked in different roles in the College of Business since 2004, she is excited for the opportunity to utilize her education and years of institutional knowledge to assist students and faculty with online education.

Kim Little

Director of Undergraduate Online Student Services

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Kim joined the College of Business online undergraduate programs in fall of 2014. She has 18 years’ experience working in higher education and has been an academic advisor for the past 9 years. Her previous roles include Chief Academic Advisor for the College of Education and Human Services, Interim Director and advisor in the former Pre-Major Advisement Center and learning support specialist with university and community college TRIO programs. Kim earned both her bachelor’s (1993) and master’s (1995) degrees from SIU.

In addition to her work with students, she is a member of the Academic Advisory Council, Core Curriculum Redesign and Implementation Task Force, Saluki Cares, EAB Student Success Collaborative and the DegreeWorks Implementation committee.  Kim previously chaired the First-Year Advisement Action Team, Retention Task Force and was a member of the Co-Curricular Assessment committee and the Chancellor’s Campus Life and Safety Task Force. She regularly presents at state and national seminars. Kim has been a member of National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) since 2009 and is a founding member of the Illinois Academic Advising Association (ILACADA), in which she held several offices.

In 2014, she was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Provost Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement. The award recognizes her dedication and professionalism in her work with students, her collaboration with peers, and her involvement with the University community.

Anu Bayarsaikhan

Teaching Assistant

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Anu Bayarsaikhan is from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She graduated from Business School of National University of Mongolia in Spring 2016 with a Bachelor's of Business Administration Degree in Accounting. Right after her graduation, she has worked at Deloitte Mongolia for 4 months as a consultant including her internship period. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in accounting with a concentration in Audit. She will be graduating from the MACC program in Spring 2018.

Svetlana Bondar

Teaching Assistant

Svetlana Bondar is from Krasnodar, Russia. She received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the American University in Bulgaria. After graduating, she worked as an Admissions Counselor and Recruitment Coordinator at her alma mater. She was responsible for six international recruitment regions. Svetlana is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health degree at Southern Illinois University and in the future, plans to work in public health administration. During her first year at SIU, Svetlana worked as a Graduate Assistant on the marketing team of the College of Business Dean’s Office. This summer, she has joined the Online Undergraduate Program as a Teaching Assistant. 

Don A. Bryant III

Teaching Assistant

Don Bryant is from Carbondale, Illinois. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Spring 2016 with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting. While attending undergrad, Don completed two Tax Accounting Internships: Kemper CPA Group in Marion, Illinois, and Ernst & Young in St. Louis, Missouri.  Along with these internships, he works alongside his father in their local family business. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Accountancy with a focus in taxation. Don is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2017.   

Ariel Yining Loh

Teaching Assistant

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Ariel Loh was born in Singapore, but has lived the majority of her life in Carbondale, Illinois. She graduated from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in 2014 with a B.A. in Radio, Television, and Digital Media, in addition to a minor in Marketing. At this time, she is pursuing a M.S.Ed in Learning Systems Design & Technology and continuing her work with TZArtisan (a collaborative team of internationally based women intent on teaching the world more about the Japanese craft, tsumami zaiku).

Joy Madison

Teaching Assistant

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Joy Madison was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She came to Southern Illinois University in the Fall of 2011 and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Marketing in Spring 2015. After graduating, she decided to return to SIU to pursue a MBA with a concentration in Marketing.  Joy worked in the Women’s Resource Center as a Graduate Assistant Program Coordinator, in her first year as a MBA student and has joined the Online Undergraduate Program as a Teaching Assistant this year. 

Tim Milano

Teaching Assistant

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Tim Milano is from Salem, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. After graduation, he decided to go straight into the workforce. He worked for a small business textile company in Chicago, IL. He was in charge of the healthcare sector and helped grow the business. After years of working, he decided to come back to school to pursue his Master of Business and Administration to help further pursue his goals.

Xiaomei Pang

Teaching Assistant

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Xiaomei Pang is from China. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in August 2016 from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale. During her undergraduate program, Xiaomei served as an accounting tutor for two semesters for the Achieve Program.

Xiaomei is currently pursuing her Masters of Accountancy with concentration in Auditing. She expects to graduate from the M.Acc. Program in May 2019.

Ben Patton

Teaching Assistant

Ben Patton is from Springfield, Illinois. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in the Summer of 2016 with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  While pursuing his degree, he participated on the Men’s Golf Team at SIU for all four years. He also completed two summer internships for a public accounting firm Eck, Schafer, & Punke LLP. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Accountancy with a concentration in Tax. Ben is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2017.

Kayla Pruitt

Teaching Assistant

Kayla Pruitt is from St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University in Spring 2016 with her Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Accountancy with concentration in Audit, expected to graduate in Summer 2017 and complete her CPA in 2017. Kayla has interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers for two summers. After graduation Kayla will pursue her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the St. Louis office.

Jessica Stoltz

Teaching Assistant

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Jessica Stoltz is from Elgin, Illinois. She graduated from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in December of 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting. She is continuing her education and pursuing her Master’s in Accountancy. She will be graduating from the M.Acc. program in December of 2016.

Matthew Vickery

Teaching Assistant

Matthew Vickery is from Bourbonnais, Illinois. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in Spring of 2014 with a Bachelors in Finance. He served in the US Air Force and is currently in the Illinois Army National Guard. He worked in acquisitions for a regional equipment company before making the decision to continue his education.  He is currently pursuing his Master of Accountancy with a focus in Taxation. He is expected to graduate and complete the CPA in Spring 2017. Upon graduation he will be moving to Chicago in order to pursue a career in accounting.