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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.

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. 

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.

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.