Dr. Kirk Overstreet, President of John A. Logan College

Office of the President


Dr. Steve O’Keefe, Assistant Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations, and Communications

Steve O’Keefe, Ed. D is the Assistant Vice President for Marketing, Public Relations, and Communications. Dr. O’Keefe holds a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Oakland City University, a Master’s in Education from Southern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Public Administration with minors in Marketing and English from the University of Mississippi.

Dr. O’Keefe has worked in higher education and at John A. Logan College for twenty-five years. Throughout his career at John A. Logan College, Dr. O’Keefe has served as an Academic Advisor, Adjunct Faculty member teaching marketing, advertising, and sales; Coordinator of Marketing, Director of College Relations, and Director of Recruitment and Retention.

In 2019 Dr. O’Keefe was selected to serve on the Illinois Community College Marketing Collaborative Executive Board. Dr. O’Keefe is active in the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations and has won several regional and national awards in community college advertising.

A lifelong resident of southern Illinois, Dr. O’Keefe resides in Marion with his wife Amy and Children Abby and Elliott.

Johnna Herren, Interim Executive Director of Human Resources

Associate of arts degree JALC
Bachelor of science degree in business management Mid-Continent University

Student worker at JALC in admissions June 1989
Hired full-time at JALC in admissions February 1991
Financial aid position at JALC June 1995 – December 1997
Came back to JALC in human resources April 1999
Interim Executive Director of Human Resources at JALC – January 2022

Johnna lives in Goreville with her husband Mark

Stacy Buckingham, Vice-President of Business Services and CFO

Stacy first started at John A. Logan College as a student earning her Associate of Science degree, and transferred to SIU Carbondale to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. After beginning a full-time position here at the College, she returned to SIU on a part-time basis to obtain her Master’s in Business Administration. Stacy is in her 33rd year of working for John A. Logan College, and is currently the Vice-President of Business Services and CFO. In addition to the areas of Information Technology, Purchasing, and Scheduling, she oversees the functions of the Business office and the Bursar office which include financial reporting, preparing the budget, the annual audit, accounts payable, grant reporting, student billing, student refunds, financial aid disbursement, Payroll, and employee benefits. Stacy says she is grateful for the opportunities and support that John A. Logan has provided for her family.

Allan Willmore, Chief of Campus Police

Allan Willmore is a graduate of West Frankfort Community High School, and he attended John A. Logan College, where he graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree. Allan received two Bachelor’s Degrees from SIU, one in Psychology and one in Administration of Justice. He joined the Carbondale Police Department in 1994. While with the CPD, Allan served as a Juvenile Officer, JACO Housing Officer, Field Training Officer, Crime Scene Specialist, Special Response Team member, and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team member.

In 2002 Allan accepted a position with the SIUC Police Department. At SIU, he served as a Hazardous Material Response Instructor, Less Lethal Force Instructor, Field Training Officer, General Investigations Detective, and as a Task Force Officer on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Allan was promoted to Corporal in 2012 and Sergeant in 2013. In 2018, Allan became the CLERY Compliance Coordinator, Accreditation Manager, and Written Directives/Policy Manager for the SIU Police Department. Allan began his new position as the JALC Police on May 17th, 2021 and brings over 26 years of police experience to the position.

Dr. Tammy Gwaltney, Associate Director of Grants & Program Initiatives

Dr. Tammy Gwaltney is a native of southern Illinois. Her passion from early childhood was being an advocate and voice for those who felt powerless or disenfranchised. 

After graduating from Herrin High School, Tammy attended and graduated from SIUC with a Bachelor of Sociology. She began working full-time in adolescent residential centers, public health and then student recruitment before deciding to return to school full-time to earn a graduate degree. 

Tammy attended Washington University in St. Louis where she graduated with her MSW in Social and Economic Development and Management. For 20+ years post MSW, Tammy started and ran various private non-profits, served on community nonprofit boards, provided consulting, conducted numerous speaking engagements, hosted a TV program, and recruited international students among other professional endeavors. Tammy also was instrumental in helping create and then ran, for over 13 years a child and adult forensic sexual violence center. 

In 2020, Tammy earned her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Management.

Tammy currently serves as the Associate Director of Grants and Program Initiatives at John A. Logan College and as the President of the Williamson County Habitat for Humanity Chapter.

Dr. Melanie Pecord, Provost

Dr. Melanie Pecord has been the Provost (formerly Vice President for Instructional Service) since July 2016. Dr. Pecord began her career at John A. Logan College in 1994 as an adjunct faculty teaching Business and Computer classes. In 1996 she was hired as a full-time Computer Information Systems (CIS) faculty. In July of 2010, Dr. Pecord became the Business Department Chair, and, in October 2015, she was appointed as the Dean for Academic Affairs. 

Dr. Pecord has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland City University. She has years of training experience in business and industry and has collaborated with community organizations on computer projects, web design, automation of files, and training.

Dr. Pecord played a key role in creating a Networking program that would later evolve into a Computer Forensics/CyberSecurity program. She was instrumental in helping the college become one of the two CAE designations in the State of Illinois. She is an advocate for teamwork and collaboration and works hard to remove silo’s and barriers in the workplace.

Dr. Pecord has as received the following awards over her career; Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished College Administrator of the Year, 2019, John A. Logan College Trailblazing Women’s Award, 2017, Illinois Business Education Association Supervisor/Administrator of the Year, 2012, Phi Theta Kappa Upsilon Pi Chapter Honorary Member, 2011, Illinois Vocational Association Outstanding New Vocational Teacher Award, 1998.

Dr. Pecord was born and raised in Marion and has raised her family there too. She is married to Jeff and has three children and one grandchild.

Scott Elliott, Assistant Vice President of Integrated Technology

Scott, an alumnus from John A. Logan College, earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in computer science from Southern Illinois University. Scott worked as a software developer, automating the inventory reconciliation process for Walmart Inc. He also contributed source code to various open-source projects throughout the years. As an eighteen-year faculty member, he received the outstanding faculty member award, honorary membership into Phi Theta Kappa and a Center for Excellence Award in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership. Scott served on various boards, including the Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges and the Working Connections IT Faculty Development Board.

Leading the Information Technology department since 2016, his team implemented initiatives on improving classroom and cyber security technology, replaced data center architecture improving the College’s disaster recovery posture, and completed a fiberoptic cable refresh. This team also implemented two ERP systems, a VoIP phone system, a temporary move to remote work, and a temporary relocation of staff due to a campus fire. Scott looks forward to continuing the implementation and support of new technologies and initiatives that will help John A. Logan College students and employees succeed in their academic and workforce goals.

Susan May, Director of Legislative Affairs and Special Assistant to the President & Board of Trustees

Susan May is the Director of Legislative Affairs and Special Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees. She is a graduate of John A. Logan College and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Mid-Continent University.

Mrs. May started at John A. Logan College as a student worker and was then hired full-time as the secretary to the Director of Development and JALC Foundation. After four years, she left the College to raise her family. In 2002, Mrs. May returned to the College as the secretary to Department Chairs and worked within the Instructional Division for over ten years. She also worked in the Office of Payroll and Benefits and has served in her current position since 2016.

Mrs. May resides in Marion with her husband, Shannon. They have three children and eight grandchildren.

Christy Stewart, Assistant Provost for Student Affairs

Christy Stewart is the Assistant Provost for Student Affairs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and master’s degree in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She started her career in human resources before transitioning to higher education where she has worked for the past twenty-five years. She spent seventeen years at SIUC where she worked in academic advisement, recruiting, curriculum planning, and serving as an adjunct instructor in Political Science.

Stewart has worked for the past eight years at John A. Logan College, first as the Director of Academic Advisement, and then transitioning to the Admissions and Records Office. As Associate Dean of Admissions and Records, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of both college admissions and records administration. She transitioned to her current position in March of 2022. In Student Affairs, Christy is focused on the recruitment and retention of students at the College. She serves on numerous committees at the college including chairing the Behavioral Intervention Team, co-chairing the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee, and serving on the Strategic Plan task force. Christy is also co-teaching the Leadership Academy for the College.

Christy is a lifelong resident of Southern Illinois and currently resides in Carterville with her husband, Mike. They are the proud parents of three grown children; Hailey and her husband Nick, Hope and Hank. She enjoys spending time with family and taking advantage of all the natural beauty and recreation opportunities in region.