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Professor Michelle Coakes
  • Professor
    Michelle D Coakes
  • Office: MNRD 2282
  • Phone: 786-4968

Michelle Coakes is currently a professor of art at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois, where she teaches ceramics, art history, art appreciation and graphic design.

Coakes has been making pots for more than 30 years and holds a BFA, MA and MFA in Ceramics (all from Northern Illinois University.) She has done post graduate work at Witchita State University and the University of Southern Maine. She has taught at a number of schools throughout the country, including the University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, Juniata College (PA), and two other community colleges in Illinois



Professor Al Shull holds a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in art education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio arts from Culver Stockton College. In 1993 he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree with emphasis in printmaking and painting from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He joined the LLCC faculty in 2000. He is also a studio artist who works in a variety of media. His artwork is in public and private collections. He has won awards for his paintings, drawings and prints and continues to exhibit regularly.



  • Associate Professor
    Leslie M Stalter
  • Office: MNRD 2228
  • Phone: 786-4967

Leslie Stalter was born to a foreign service family and accompanied them to their first assignment before the age of one. She grew up in Guyana, Mauritania, Kenya, Jordan, and Indonesia before returning to the United States. She received her Bachlelor’s in Studio Art-Printmaking from the University of Virginia and then drove to California to complete her MFA in Spatial Arts at San Jose State University. After graduating she transplanted herself to Jacksonville, Illinois to be with her current husband and to become an art teacher at Lincoln Land Community College. The list of classes she teaches are almost as long as the list of addresses she has lived at. She now resides at her twenty-sixth address in Springfield, Illinois with her daughter, husband, and dog.



Professor Thom Whalen holds an associate of arts degree from LLCC, a bachelor of arts in studio/art history from Eastern Illinois University, and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Kansas. He joined the LLCC faculty in 2001. He is also a studio artist and freelance graphic designer. He has designed signage, exhibits and promotions for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, and clients such as Planet Hollywood, Extra TV, Hard Rock Hotel and Las Vegas casinos.

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