Meet the Staff
- Associate Dean, Center For Adult Learning
- (309) 268-4355
- M.S. – University of Tennessee, Educational Psychology
Joni Allison is Associate Dean of the Center for Adult Learning at Lincoln College – Normal in Normal, Illinois. Prior to joining Lincoln College, she served as Assistant Director of the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky and Director of Adult Learning and Program Development with Roane State Community College in East Tennessee. She earned her Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Tennessee. A doctoral candidate, her research interests include issues related to adult education, the growth of online education models in the higher education system.
Dr. Amber D. Marcu
- Director of Faculty Development, Center For Adult Learning
- (309) 268-4904
- Ph.D. – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Curriculum and Instruction (Focus: Faculty Development)
- M.S. – California State University, Chico, Instructional Technology
Amber Marcu has worked in higher education for over 18 years, from California to Virginia. Dr. Marcu is the Director of Faculty Development for the Center for Adult Learning at Lincoln College – Normal in Normal, Illinois. Prior to joining Lincoln College, she was employed full-time as an Academic Technology Consultant for rSmart and was an active member of the open source communities: Sakai and Kuali. During that time she built relationships with members of Methodist College, Bradley University, and ICC, among 50 other academic institutions nationwide. Prior to then, Dr. Marcu spent several years as a rising leader within Virginia Tech’s Faculty Development Institute and Online Collaboration Systems. She earned her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech, and her Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology from California State University, Chico. Her research interests include faculty development, adult learning, and emerging technologies and pedagogues.
- ABE Advisor (Health Services Administration) & Non-Traditional Student Services
- (309) 268-4304
- B.A., Illinois State University, History
Before joining the Lincoln College-Normal staff in 2010, Nate was a non-traditional student himself. He attended South Suburban Community College in South Holland, IL and Heartland Community College in Normal, IL before finally achieving his B.A. in History from Illinois State University in 2009. Nate’s experiences as an adult student in traditional-format programs and of working full-time while taking a full-time class load have given him a unique understanding of the challenges faced by adult students who want to further their education.
- ABE Site Coordinator, IVCC, Oglesby, IL
- (815) 224-0452
- M.S., Northern Illinois University, Counselor Education
I was born and raised in the LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby (LPO) area, and have been affiliated with Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) in one capacity or another for more than 35 years. I have been a student, staff member, Counselor, faculty member, and a member of the Board of Trustees. Education has always been very important to me. When my children were young, I decided to go back to school and get my Associates, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees. The Associates degree could be completed here at IVCC, but the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees were only offered at universities, which were all at least an hour’s drive away. I drove up and down the interstates for 10 years, while working and keeping up with family obligations, to obtain these degrees. The more education I obtained, the better my pay and status in the Business world as a Human Resources Manager. I am delighted to be a part of helping to establish and grow the Lincoln College ABE program here at IVCC, so that other working adults do not have to spend their valuable time traveling to Universities. They can obtain their Bachelor’s degree right here in their own ‘backyard’!
Dr. Sally K. Pyne
- ABE Advisor (Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Liberal Arts)
- (309) 268-4306
- Ph.D., Illinois State University, Educational Administration & Foundations
Sally Pyne has worked in higher education for over 27 years. She has been with Lincoln College-Normal since 2005. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology, her masters in sociology, and has a doctorate in higher education administration from Illinois State University. She worked there for eighteen years prior to her current position. A life-long resident of Bloomington-Normal, she has been involved in a variety of public service aspects in Mclean County, and has held leadership positions in the Administrative/Professional Council at Illinois State University, Leadership McLean County through the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, Planned Parenthood and the Alzheimer’s disease local chapter.
Dr. Pyne is the mother of girls, stepmother to two married children, “Grandma Pyne” to Lily, and is married to Ed. Their family owns and operates THE NORMALITE NEWSPAPER GROUP, which publishes six weekly newspapers throughout the county. Together they enjoy travel to Branson and Door County, attending movies, following college basketball, and golf.
- Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean, Center For Adult Learning
- (309) 268-4905
- ABE Admissions Counselor
- (309) 268-4338
- Outreach Coordinator
- (309) 268-4342