Mark Rogers, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems and Information Assurance, started teaching at John A. Logan College in 2004 as adjunct faculty in CIS. Mark started teaching full time at the College in 2006. In addition to teaching CIS, Networking, Computer Security and Computer Forensics courses, Mark is also the Logan Defenders coach and founder, as well as the faculty sponsor of Your Operators Defending Assets (Y.O.D.A.). He was instrumental in developing the Computer Forensics and Cyber Security/Information Assurance curricula.
Mark has an MS in Information Technology – Internet Security from American Intercontinental University, Chicago, Illinois. He also has a BS in Workforce Development from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and an AAS in Computer Information Systems from John A. Logan. Mark also holds Professional Certifications in CompTia Security+, Net+, A+, CEH, and from CISCO as a CCNA, and CCNE. Mark received a John A. Logan Center for Excellence award in 2009.
Before teaching at John A. Logan College, Mark was a Cyber Security Technician and Cyber Network Technician in the US Marine Corps. He also worked as the Network IT Director for Three Angels Broadcasting Network, and runs his own Computer Consulting Company with over 50 clients in areas such as network design, security, computer forensics, and penetration testing. Mark has presented at several state conferences, for groups at the College, and represents the College at many local business and civic meetings. He has served as a judge at high school competitions such as state-wide robotics competitions.
Mark is a die-hard Star Wars fan and a trekkie. In his free time, Mark also enjoys keeping up with The Walking Dead, riding in his Corvette convertible, and creating “Markisms” for his students, such as “That’s above my pay grade,” and “My opinion and $1.50 will get you a bottle of soda out of the machine.” Mark likes spicy foods and would like to become a Grill Master.
Melanie Pecord, Acting Vice President for Instructional Services, was the Business Department Chair and Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems (CIS), until October, 2015. She is currently pursuing an Advanced Studies in Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership at Grand Canyon University. She has an MS in Workforce Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIU-C), and a BS in Workforce Development from SIU-C. Ms. Pecord began teaching as an adjunct faculty at John A. Logan College in 1994, was a full-time faculty from 1996 until October 2015, the Business Department Chair from 2010 until October 2015, and the Dean for Academic Affairs from 2015 until 2016. She has taught Network Essentials and Administration, Computer Programming, Web Design, Spreadsheet Design, Database Management, Word Processing, Presentation Graphics, Introduction to Computers, and Computer Applications.
Ms. Pecord has taught workshops for area businesses and presented at multiple state conferences. She has received numerous awards including the Trailblazing Women Award 2017, Supervisor/Administrator of the Year from the Illinois Business Education Association in 2012, Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Member 2011, and an Outstanding New Vocational Teacher from the Illinois Vocational Association in 1998.
Melanie enjoys cooking, exercising, traveling, and spending time with her family. Although, she says since beginning work on her doctorate that time has been more difficult to find. She enjoys decorating and home remodeling projects. She also enjoys digital photography and editing. A suprising fact about Melanie is she enjoys mowing and landscaping. She says mowing actually relaxes her.
Kylee Williams, adjunct faculty member in CIS, was recently hired as a full time faculty member as an Instructor in CIS beginning spring semester 2016. She taught Managing Network Environments as an adjunct during fall semester 2015. She also assisted with the Cyber Security team, the Logan Defenders, and YODA club this fall.
As she begins teaching full time this spring, she will teach Introductions to Cyber Crimes, Operating Systems, and Introduction to Operating Systems and Security.
Ms. Williams is currently working on her BS in Information Technology at Franklin University in Columbus, OH. Her anticipated graduation date is August 2016. She also has two AAS degrees in Computer Support and Networking and Computer Forensics from John A. Logan College. She has an AA from Kaskaskia College.
Kylee has her Professional certification in Security + from CompTia and CEH. She has presented at several area high schools and at the College on Computer Security and Computer Forensics. She was named Computer Forensics Student of the Year at John A. Logan College in 2014.
She likes to play basketball, and actually went to Kaskaskia College on a basketball scholarship. Not surprisingly, she is a trekkie. Something people might be surprised to know about her is she was a certified Zumba instructor and does kick boxing.
Terri Rentfro is a Professor of Computer Information Systems (CIS) and the Coordinator for the Center for Information Assurance. Professor Rentfro has taught in the Business and Computer Information Systems (CIS) areas of the College since 1986. She received her MS in Education in Business Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIU-C) with a concentration in computer programming and Community College Teaching in 1987. Ms. Rentfro received her B.S. in Business Education at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, (SIU-C), with a concentration in Business Data Processing. She began teaching as adjunct faculty at John A. Logan College in August, 1983. She also taught at Crab Orchard High School for two years where she developed and implemented the Computer Programming and Concepts curriculum for the school.
She has helped develop curricula and courses in CIS, Computer Support and Networking, Computer Forensics, and Cyber Security/Information Assurance. She has developed and taught courses in Introduction to Computers, Computer Programming, Database Management, Spreadsheet Design, Network Administration, Information Systems, System Analysis and Design, Computer Applications, and Current Topics in Information Systems. She was named Faculty of the Year in 1993 and received a Center for Excellence award from the College in 1998. She was also listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2000, 2002, 2004-2005 and 2010.
While teaching full time at the College, Ms. Rentfro also worked as a computer consultant in area businesses installing multiple systems, as a system administrator on UNIX, Novell, and Window’s systems, and as a database programmer on SQL database systems. She also set up databases and applications for businesses as well as provided training.
Ms. Rentfro has presented at state conferences, local workshops, and designed and presented computer application training for several local businesses. She has received certifications in network administration, Microsoft Office applications, and Internet Core Competency (IC3). In her spare time, she is a computer hobbyist, but has rarely been accused of being a techie, although Big Bang Theory is her favorite TV show. Ms. Rentfro collects Coke memorabilia and enjoys antiquing. She also enjoys traveling, cooking and is an avid reader.
Stephen Jones is an adjunct faculty member in CIS and Electronics at John A. Logan College. He has taught Network Essentials, A+ Preparation, Operating Systems, Introduction to Computers, and Computer Applications as an adjunct since 2007. He has an MS in Workforce Development from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIU-C) and a BS in Information Systems Technology from SIU-C.
Mr. Jones works as a LAN Administrator at SIU-C where he supports and maintains departmental resources including clients, servers, and websites on several platforms. He also provides end users support and training, and implements and maintains security policies.
Stephen holds multiple Professional Certifications including CompTia A+, Network+, and Security+, as well as Microsoft certifications in MCITP, MCSA, MCTS (Windows 7), and MCP. As an adjunct, he brings a lot of professional experience and knowledge to the classroom.
Stephen spends his free time on his woodworking and automobile hobbies as well as researching ways to live a more economically friendly lifestyle.
Joseph H. Dethrow is the chair for the Department of Business, Computer Science, and Mathematics and is an Associate Professor of Mathematics. He was first hired as an adjunct instructor in 2004, and then he began teaching full time for the college in 2005.
Joseph earned his BS in Mathematics has an emphasis in secondary education at SIUE. While at SIUE, his affinity for numerical analysis, linear algebra, and differential equations led him to further his studies. In 2004, Joseph received his MS in Mathematics from SIUE, writing a thesis on the application of optimal control theory on cancer chemotherapy treatments.
While at John A. Logan College, Joseph has become involved in the assessment of student learning and has served on panels that review mathematics courses for the Illinois Articulation Initiative. Additionally, he is involved in the Illinois Mathematical Association of Community Colleges. These allow Joseph to be up-to-date on state policies regarding mathematics education in the state and how to facilitate better student learning.
In his free time, Joseph likes to spend time with his family and his church. He is known to play math games with his children and is a great fan of hide-and-seek. He and his wife have been known to binge watch some tame murder mysteries like Murder, She Wrote and Poirot. Actively involved in his church, Joseph is known on occasion to teach Sunday School and preach.