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.
Jonna is a graduate of John A. Logan College. As a student at the College, she worked in the admissions office. She was hired full-time in the admissions office in 1991 and moved to the financial aid office in 1995. After working in the private sector, Johnna returned to John A. Logan College in the Human Resources Office in 1999. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Mid-Continent University. She has served as the Associate Director of Human Resources, Director of Human Resources, and Interim Executive Director of Human Resources. She lives in Goreville with her husband, Mark, and she has two grown children.
Jordan Mays is the Assistant Vice-President of Institutional Effectiveness and Research at John A. Logan College. Jordan comes to JALC with nine years of experience in Institutional Effectiveness and Research. Jordan joined the staff at JALC from the University of Evansville, where he was instrumental in maintaining, updating, and tracking KPIs for the institution’s strategic plan. Jordan is currently in the dissertation phase of his Doctorate in Business Administration from Liberty University. He also possesses master’s degrees in strategic management and business administration from Oakland City University.
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.
Jeremey Sargent is a lifelong southern Illinois resident. He grew up in Eldorado and became a licensed Journeyman Electrician in 1999. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 2006 from Auburn University, where he was selected for the University’s Design and Build Program. After completing the program, he returned to southern Illinois and worked in architecture and construction for 16 years. He became a licensed Architect in Illinois in 2013 and is a member of NCARB and the AIA. He began his career at John A. Logan College in 2016 as an adjunct instructor in drafting and engineering. He became a full-time staff member in 2020. He oversees all construction projects and buildings and grounds at the College. Jeremey and his wife Rachel live in Herrin and have three children Holden, Ava, and IIah.
Staci Shafer is the Assistant Vice President of Advancement and the Executive Director of the John A. Logan College Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Radio TV from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Shafer worked for NBC and ABC affiliates where she was honored by the Associated Press for Outstanding Reporting. She then transitioned into healthcare marketing, public relations and business development before beginning her career at John A. Logan College 13 years ago.
Since beginning her career at JALC, Shafer has managed annual giving programs, major gift outreach, corporate and foundation relations, legacy planning and prospect research. She provides leadership for the Foundation Board of Directors and oversees the awarding and administration of 1.5 million dollars in scholarships annually. She serves on the Strategic Enrollment Management task force and the Strategic Plan task force.
Staci is a lifelong resident of Southern Illinois and currently lives in Vienna with her husband, Jeremy and their three daughters, Christina, Maci and Penni.
Greg Starrick, a native of Marion, returned to John A. Logan College as Athletic Director in the Fall of 2016. Starrick graduated from Marion HS and attended the University of Kentucky on a NCAA basketball scholarship for two years before transferring to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where he played basketball and baseball. Starrick is one of the all-time leading scorers in SIU history and was inducted into the SIU Hall of Fame. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Public Relations. Starrick was employed at JALC following graduation from SIUC and worked at the College for 13 years. While at JALC, Starrick had many duties, including coaching baseball and basketball, being Executive Director of the JALC Foundation, and Director of College Relations. Starrick left Logan to pursue careers in private business and sports broadcasting. Starrick is responsible for Seven intercollegiate sports programs at JALC and the Logan Fitness Facility.
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.
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.