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Online Degree Completion Programs

College of Business


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.

Michelle Johanson

Online Undergraduate Program Manager

Michelle Johanson joined the College of Business as an accountant in the Dean’s Office in 2015. She was quickly promoted to business manager and is currently the online undergraduate program manager. Managing the online program is a perfect fit for Johanson. She has experience working with online programs in the College of Business and in the Workforce Education and Development Off Campus Degree Program as a teaching assistant and a research assistant.

Johanson is a three degree Saluki. She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance, master’s degree with a major in workforce education and development focusing on instructional design and E-learning and a Master of Accountancy, all from SIU Carbondale.

Johanson and her family, Mike and daughter Michaela, live in Carbondale.

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.

Sawsan Kahil

Teaching Assistant

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Sawsan Kahil is from Carbondale, Illinois. She graduated Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University in the Spring of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. While an undergraduate student, Sawsan interned at a local accounting firm, Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP, for two tax seasons. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Accountancy with a specialization in Tax. Sawsan is expected to graduate and complete her CPA in the Spring of 2018. After graduation, she plans to move to the greater Chicago area in pursuit of a career in Tax Accounting.

John Lenz

Teaching Assistant

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John Lenz has been a TA for the College of Business since Summer 2017. He received his bachelor's degree in Marketing from SIU in May of 2017 and is currently pursuing his MBA. While John was an undergraduate student, he made the Dean's list five consecutive semesters. John was also a tutor for two years; one year at the SIU Achieve Program for students with learning disabilities as well as one year at the Troutt-Wittmann Academic Center where he tutored the SIU student athletes.

As demonstrated by these two years of tutoring, John thoroughly enjoys helping others succeed academically, which makes him a quality Teaching Assistant. The two years of tutoring experience has also helped him become a fine academic aid and encourages all of his students to contact him with all questions big or small.

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).

Kayla Lovins

Teaching Assistant

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Kayla Lovins is from Heyworth, Illinois. She graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with her Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a marketing minor in Spring 2017. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Accountancy with a concentration in taxation. She expects to graduate and complete the CPA in Spring 2018.

Allison Mueller

Teaching Assistant

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Allison Mueller is from Mount Prospect, Illinois. She is pursuing a Masters in Accountancy, expected graduation in Spring of 2018. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern Illinois in Fall of 2016 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting. She then completed an Assurance Internship at RSM in Chicago. After completion of her Masters Degree she will sit for the CPA, and pursue her accounting career with a Public Firm.

Cassidy Neal

Teaching Assistant

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Cassidy Neal is from Benton, Illinois. She graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Spring 2017 with her Bachelor of Science in Accounting. While attending undergrad, Cassidy completed a Tax Accounting Internship with Kemper CPA Group in Marion, Illinois. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Accountancy with a focus in auditing. Cassidy is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2018.

Madison Runge

Teaching Assistant

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Madison Runge is from Murphysboro, Illinois. She graduated from Southern Illinois University in Spring 2017 with her Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Accountancy with a concentration in Auditing and Accounting Information Systems. She is expected to graduate in Spring 2018, and go on to complete her CPA in 2018.

Chris Weatherwax

Teaching Assistant

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Christopher Weatherwax is from Evansville, Indiana. He graduated from Vincennes University with an associate degree in sociology. After graduating from Vincennes University, Chris transferred to Southern Illinois University where he graduated in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business marketing. Chris is the part owner of Saluki Dawgs, a Chicago Style Hot Dog Cart in Carbondale, Illinois. He is returning to Southern Illinois University to pursue his Masters in Marketing. After completing his degree at SIU, Chris plans to attend Grenoble School of Management in France to study International Management.