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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2010

ISAC Introduces Lincoln Land ISACorps Members Kelsey, Powers
State agency expands coverage to include Springfield with goal of increasing college-going among underserved

Springfield, Ill. — The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) introduced the newest members of the Illinois Student Assistance Corps (ISACorps), Andrea Kelsey and Elizabeth Powers, who will serve as near-peer mentors in the Lincoln Land Community College district.

Kelsey, a Jacksonville native and 2010 graduate of Illinois College, majored in history and received a teaching certificate in secondary education.  Powers, from Champaign, graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May, 2010, with a degree in Communication and minors in Business and Spanish. 

Kelsey and Powers will serve a two-year commitment that includes completion of an initial summer “boot camp” in addition to ongoing training. The corps members will be assisting students in career exploration, college selection, test preparation, scholarship searches, application completion and the college financial aid process.

“The training helped us build a foundation of knowledge of the college admissions and financial aid processed, “ Powers said. “We will put this knowledge—along with our personal experiences as recent college graduates ourselves—to work in serving students in the Springfield area.”

The ISACorps Lincoln Land District members will have offices on the campus of Lincoln Land Community College in addition to building partnerships with greater Springfield area schools, businesses, and nonprofits in order to deliver free career and college planning and preparation services to students from families with no prior college-going experience. Kelsey (akelsey@isac.org) can be reached at 217-720-0272, and Powers’ (epowers@isac.org) phone is 217-720-3434.

“By being embedded in the community, we are better able to help students and families through the college-going process,” Kelsey added.  “We’re here to help anyone with the goal of completing a postsecondary education.”

Funded by the College Access Challenge Grant Program from the U.S. Department of Education, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission created the ISACorps in 2009 to enhance and expand ISAC’s college access and outreach programs and services to help students navigate the process of applying to and entering college.

"It’s more important than ever to promote higher education and provide prospective college-goers with support,” said ISAC Executive Director Andrew Davis. “So many of the Corps members talk passionately about how they needed help navigating through the process as they prepared to go to college, and now they want to help the next generation of college students. We are pleased to offer the Corps’ services in the Lincoln Land district."
 
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission provides students of all ages and backgrounds with the resources and support to obtain financial aid for higher education. A state agency, ISAC has paved the path to post-secondary education with innovative programs for over 50 years. The commission continued its mission to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois students by administering over 183,000 grants and scholarships totaling over $430 million in FY2009 alone. 

Numerous programs such as the Monetary Award Program (MAP), the Illinois Veteran Grant and College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program are administered by ISAC, and the agency offers students and families have free access to a wealth of financial aid and college planning information its family of Web sites available at www.KnowHow2GOIllinois.org.


2010 Illinois Student Assistance Corps by Community College District

Name
E-mail
Phone
Andrew Viscariello
309-660-5046
 
Samantha Pelkey
309-660-5040
Anjali Pattanayak
309-660-5043
 
Teresa Schryver
309-351-4754
Caitlin Moloney
630-746-7533
 
Rebecca Cook
630-746-7531
College of Lake County
Jessica Dosik
847-404-8969
 
Jonathan Brown
618-973-9979
 
Rebecca Erickson
618-973-9982
Sara Kienzlie
217-720-5663
 
Kaitlin Gauen
217-720-5661
Robert Nelson
224-422-8144
 
Morgan McMillan
224-325-7947
 
Theresa Massey
224-325-7648
Harper College
Kelly Morgan
224-422-8139
 
Adam Apo
224-422-8162
Adam Clark
309-660-5039
 
Anna Ma
309-660-5041
Adam Lechnir
815-721-4851
Krista Nelson
309-660-5042
 
Faith Richie
309-660-5044
Illinois Eastern Community College
Audra Newby
618-919-0660
Laura Rogers
815-721-5741
 
Dustin Zimmerman
815-721-6106
Erik Rancatore
618-973-9986
 
Carol Bedar
618-579-5266
John Wood Community College
Jennifer McCrimmon
217-720-2319
Joliet Junior College
Jacqueline Salinas
815-721-6010
 
Estherine Morgan
815-721-5983
 
Christine Kohler
815-721-4869
Kankakee Community College
Quentin Frazier
815-721-4790
Katherine Eilers
618-973-9981
Amanda Davis
815-721-3162
Hillary VanDyke
217-720-5665
Kory Lyles
618-381-2283
Lincoln Land Community College
Elizabeth Powers
217-720-3434
 
Andrea Kelsey
217-720-0272
Karen Macella
815-721-5346
Kimberly Stabosz
708-638-9557
 
Joseph Remiasz
708-638-8340
 
LeeAntwaan McCline
708-638-9679
Morton College
Enrique Castillo
708-638-3142
 
Rosa Valera
708-227-2286
 
Ben Ojei
708-227-2087
Lacy Wood
224-422-8168
 
Alison Bergquist
815-721-4811
Parkland College
Saturnino Rodriguez
217-649-9371
Alyssa Humbles
708-638-4232
 
Steven Tyler
708-215-0453
 
Cicely Wilson
708-215-0577
Bill Kosma
618-973-9985
Richland Community College
Samuel London
217-720-5664
Matthew Montez
815-721-5708
 
Brandon Fielder
815-721-3315
Shannon Liston
815-721-4862
 
Elizabeth Henkel
815-721-4792
Kristin Meyers
618-306-0843
Tentisha Hunter
708-638-4024
 
Christopher Hightower
217-720-5662
 
Cy Weisman
708-305-1958
Katharine Foley
618-973-9983
Kristin Bernstein
618-973-9977
 
Latoya Young
618-973-9988
Diana Strom
309-660-5045
Katrina Morales
708-638-7325
 
Thomas Bellino
708-638-0480
Laura Armgardt
630-746-7530
 
Daena Ramos
630-746-7532




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