Meet the Staff

Student Accounts

(618) 537-6868


Photo of Jill DuffieJill Duffie, Accounts Receivable Specialist

(618) 537-6404

Jill takes payments on student accounts and answers questions regarding student account balances and payment options. Jill started her employment at McKendree University in July 2011.

Photo of Emilee HubbardEmilee Hubbard, Lead Accounts Receivable Specialist

(618) 537-6802

Emilee takes payments on student accounts, applies various charges and credits to accounts, initiates refunded federal aid balances to students,  and answers questions regarding student account balances and payment options. Emilee started her employment at McKendree University in September 2015 and holds two Associate degrees from Southwestern Illinois College.

Photo of Alexis HiggsAlexis Higgs, Director of Student Accounts

(618) 537-6547

The Director of Student Accounts is responsible for posting tuition and fee charges to student accounts, works with students to establish payment plans, and oversees day-to-day account functions and reconciliations. Alexis started her employment at McKendree University in June 2019.




Accounts Payable


Photo of Cynthia BraunCynthia Braun, Accounts Payable Specialist

(618) 537-6804

Cindy processes payments to all vendors that do business with the University, reimbursements to employees, and oversees the University’s procurement card program.

Vendors should send invoices to

Employees with invoices or reimbursements to pay should note the account to charge on the invoice, ensure it is signed by the appropriate budget manager (and VP if over $500), and intramural mail to Accounts Payable, Wildy Hall First Floor.




General Accounting & Reporting


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Zachary Odum, Staff Accountant (Treasury)

(618) 537-6981



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Michele Scott, Staff Accountant (General)

(618) 537- 2159



Photo of Marilee MontanaroMarilee Montanaro, Ed.D., M.B.A., Vice President for Administration & Finance

(618) 537-6838

Marilee oversees student accounts, accounts payable, general accounting, human resources and payroll activity at McKendree University. She manages the multiple audits of these areas, reports to the Board of Trustees on the University’s financial position and oversees reporting and compliance with federal, state and other organizations. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, Marilee assists with developing and adhering to the University’s strategic plan and other institutional goals. Marilee started her employment with the University in August 2018 and holds a Doctorate in Executive Leadership from the Ralph C. Wilson School of Education at St. John Fisher College and a Master’s in Business Administration from the William E. Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.