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TRIO/Student Support Services Staff

 

holly_small.jpgJill Olson, Director
TRIO Student Support Services
jill.olson@src.edu
309-833-6029

Jill Olson is a native of Bushnell, Illinois. Jill received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Illinois State University and her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Jill has worked in positions with student support services and student activities in the public university, private-liberal arts college and community college settings.

In January 2013, Jill joined Spoon River College and the TRIO team as the Director of TRIO Student Support Services. She believes that the TRIO program offered on the Macomb campus is an extremely valuable program that leads students towards degree completion and success. Jill’s favorite aspects of working with students are helping them to attain their educational goals and find their career path. Jill has a passion for education and believes that higher education transforms lives. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, her three pets and farm life.


Sarah B.jpgSarah Billeter, Project Advisor
TRIO Student Support Services
sarah.billeter@src.edu
309-833-6065

Sarah Billeter is a native of west central Illinois. She has a Master of Science degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University with the focus in program development. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with the emphasis in Social Work. Sarah has a background in counseling: Expediter/Intake Counselor for the Mental Health Center in Macomb, Client Service Director for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Peoria, IL and Counselor for chronic schizophrenic patients in a day treatment setting at the Tazewell Mental Health Center in Pekin, IL. Upon the birth of her second child, Sarah became a stay-at-home mother for ten years. During this time she also worked on the family farm and substitute taught for the local school districts. She began her career in higher education as a part-time advisor with Carl Sandburg College. She started at Spoon River College in August 2006 as the Student Support Coach in the newly developed Academic Success Center. In February 2010, Sarah took on the responsibilities of the TRIO-SSS Project Advisor for the newly acquired federally funded grant for Spoon River College. Sarah has spent her life helping others reach their goals in life. This includes many students at Spoon River College. She not only inspires TRIO students to stay on track but gives them the tools to successfully achieve their academic goals.


jennifer_small.jpgJennifer Cunningham, Project Assistant
TRIO Student Support Services
jennifer.cunningham@src.edu
(309) 833-6030

Jennifer Cunningham is a central IL native. In 2001, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from MacMurray College. As an undergraduate, Jennifer had the pleasure of working with a variety of college students in the Admissions Office, Alumni and Development, and as a professor’s assistant in the Psychology Department.In 2007, Jennifer moved to the Macomb area to continue her education. In 2009, she earned her master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Western Illinois University. She enjoys graphic design and website development, and someday hopes to start a non-profit organization that offers free educational tools to K-12 schools. Jennifer can relate to the struggles that many college students face. She had children while going to college, and understands how tough it can be raising a family on a limited budget. She respects the determination and sacrifice it takes to be successful in school, and keep up with life’s responsibilities.In April 2011, Jennifer accepted the position as Student Support Services Project Assistant at Spoon River College. She enjoys meeting with the students and helping to provide them with the resources they need to succeed. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys playing with her kids, listening to music, traveling, and photography.


stephanie_small.jpgStephanie Miller, Instructional Specialist-English
TRIO Student Support Services
stephanie.miller@src.edu
(309) 833-6030

Stephanie Miller is an original from the central Illinois area. She began her college career at Spoon River College in Canton and later transferred to Western Illinois University. There she earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2002 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree. In 2004, Stephanie returned to Spoon River College as an adjunct instructor and in April, 2011 she also assumed the position of English/Reading Instructional Specialist for the TRIO grant. Besides being dedicated to the students at SRC, Stephanie is active with her local Boy Scout troop and various other teams and groups that her children belong to. It is her belief that every individual can succeed with the proper support and encouragement, and she is committed to providing just that for the students here at SRC.

 


robin_small.jpgRobin Thorman, Instructional Specialist-Math
TRIO Student Support Services
robin.thorman@src.edu
(309) 833-6030

Robin Thorman is a central IL native. She earned her BA in Mathematics (secondary education) from Monmouth College and her master’s in education from Western Illinois University. Robin has 10 years experience in the public schools teaching junior high and high school math. She has been an adjunct instructor here at Spoon River College for the past four years teaching Developmental Math courses. As a member of the TRIO team, Robin is dedicated to helping students achieve academic success and understands that it takes hard work, determination, dedication and belief in yourself to reach your goals. She is excited to be working with the TRIO program to help students reach their goals.

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