McKendree University Announces New Faculty and Staff Members

Lebanon, Ill. — McKendree University announces several new members of its faculty, staff and athletic program, hired during the summer:

Joining the full-time faculty are:

Janice Albers, instructor of nursing

Dr. S. J. Creek, assistant professor of sociology

Dr. Sameer Dutta, assistant professor of computing

Dr. Elisabeth Erickson, assistant professor of sport management

Dr. Allison Fahsl, professor of education and chair of the School of Education

Dr. Halimin Herjanto, assistant professor of marketing

Yun-Hee Kim, assistant professor of marketing

Dr. Angela LaMora, assistant professor of biology

Theodore Massey, instructor of computing

Dr. Elizabeth Thiry, assistant professor of computing

Donna Ulrich, instructor of human resource management at the Radcliff, Ky., campus


New part-time faculty members are Simon Bade, Ellen Becker, Brad Hart, Crystal Honold, Lary Mohl, Ruth Mueller, Jonathan Nelson, G. Pryaah, Michelle Sanford and Jennifer Wernsman.

New staff members are:

Jessica Trout, program coordinator for the Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service

Heather Helfrich, field experience coordinator 

Tacia Bethel, web developer in the Information Technology Department

David Dressel, scientific materials manager in the Division of Science and Mathematics

Carol Fairlie, student services specialist for online and external programs

Lesa Auten, medical assistant in Health Services

Jean Taylor, accounts receivable specialist

Kristie Jaques-Anglin, accounts receivable specialist

Jordanne Even and Julianna Swanson, admission counselors

Missy Lemerond Gray, resident director at Baker Hall

Daniel O’Donnell, resident director atthe McKendree South apartments

Gerald Hunt, Carlos Mojica and Brittney Newport, public safety officers


The McKendree Bearcat athletics program welcomes Gus Montano, head women’s and men’s golf coach; Bryan O’Keefe, director of bowling for men’s and women’s programs; Shannon O’Keefe, women’s bowling coach; and Melissa Pearsall, of Collinsville, head women’s lacrosse coach. Read more about the new coaches at mckbearcats.com.


In July, McKendree University was recognized as one of the best employers in the nation by The Chronicle of Higher Education, making its “Great College to Work For®” Honor Roll in seven categories. McKendree is one of 42 colleges and universities on the 2014 Honor Roll and the only Midwest institution on the list in the medium-size enrollment category.