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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.


Colton Carter

Teaching Assistant

Colton Carter is from Marion, Illinois. He graduated cum laude from SIU in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. While an undergraduate, he externed with Kemper CPA Group in Harrisburg, Illinois. Colton is currently pursuing his Masters of Accountancy with a focus on taxation. He expects to graduate in the spring of 2019 and also complete his CPA in 2019.


Elizabeth Dean

Teaching Assistant

Elizabeth Dean is from Wheaton, Illinois. She graduated from Southern Illinois University in December 2017 with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. As an undergraduate student, she made the Dean’s list every semester and graduated Summa cum Laude. As an undergraduate student, Elizabeth completed a Spring and Summer Audit Internship with Sikich LLP in Naperville, Illinois. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree, she completed a Tax Internship with Sikich LLP in Naperville, Illinois. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Accountancy with a concentration in Auditing and Accounting Information Systems. She expects to graduate and complete her CPA in the Spring of 2019. After graduation, she plans to move back to the Chicago area to work as a staff auditor at Sikich.


Ariana DeHoet

Teaching Assistant


Grace Horman

Teaching Assistant

Grace Horman is from Quincy, IL and graduated from SIU-C in 2018 with a bachelors in Accounting and a minor in Finance. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Accountancy with a specialization in tax. Grace is expected to graduate in May 2019 and complete her CPA exams shortly after graduation. In her undergraduate career, Grace interned as an internal auditor, commercial credit analyst, and as a tax intern. After graduation, she plans to continue work as a tax associate in the St. Louis Area.


Cortney Jumper

Teaching Assistant

Cortney transferred into the College of Business in Spring ’15 as a sophomore from the University of Maryland University College to finish out his bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Upon graduating in December ’18, he began working as a TA in the College of Business Online Undergraduate Program while pursuing his MAcc degree with a focus on taxation.


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).


Jared Nicholas

Teaching Assistant

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Mayowa Olaoye

Teaching Assistant

Mayowa Olaoye was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He graduated from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria in Spring 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology. In summer 2016, he pursued a MSc. degree in Agribusiness Economics at the prestigious Southern Illinois University and graduated in the fall of 2017 with a 4.0. Mayowa has been an excellent TA since fall 2016, teaching Chemistry and Agribusiness Economics, and has gotten great evaluations from students and faculty members. He joined SIU College of Business Spring 2018 for his MBA, with a concentration in Finance. Apart from his educational escapades, Mayowa currently holds the position of the Vice-President of the International Student Council SIUC. Upon graduation, he plans to explore opportunities in Big Data analysis.


Teresa Tapia

Teaching Assistant

Teresa Tapia is from Calexico, California. She transferred to Southern Illinois University Carbondale and graduated in December 2017 with her Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Accountancy with a focus on taxation. She expects to graduate in December 2018, and complete her CPA in 2019.