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Meet the LLCC-Taylorville Faculty and Adjunct Faculty!


John Coady
Criminal Justice


Cody Cox
Mathematics


Cynthia Dipert
Reading


Jason Dockter
English


Cathleen Ferguson
Nurse Assistant Training


George Freese
Math


Mark Harris
Welding


Dan Lesko
English & Literature


Ed Myers
Arts & Humanities


Jim Ofcarcik
Economics


Brenda Protz
Communications


Mark Roehrs
History


Ron Schwabe
Sociology


Amy Stolte
Computer & Math


Barb Tanzyus
Math


Donna Walters
Spanish


Deana Williams
Business

 


John Coady
A graduate of Taylorville High School, University of Illinois and The Ohio State Law School, Mr. Coady teaches Introduction to American Politics (POS 101) and several criminal justice and law enforcement classes.  He began teaching at LLCC in 2008 and feels it is a privilege to teach college and high school students at LLCC.  He also feels LLCC is a wonderful community college where faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a quality and affordable education in an atmosphere of caring for each individual student.  Spending time with his wife, children, their spouses and grandchildren and watching Illini sports are things he enjoys doing in his spare time.  He is also an officer on the Illinois Judges Association, volunteers with the Christian County Prevention Coalition and serves as a mentor and peer judge. His advice to students is that generations that have come before were not afraid to attempt to achieve their biggest dreams.  There are rich rewards for those who dare to do the same!

Cody Cox
Mr. Cox earned his bachelor's degree in Linguistics from the University of Florida and his master's degree in statistics from Texas A&M Univserity.  Mr. Cox began teaching at LLCC in the fall of 2013 and teaches Developmental Arithmetic I & II (MAT 081/082) and Math for the Liberal Arts (MAT 104).  The one piece of advice Mr. Cox would give to his students is to read fervently and ask lots of questions.  In his spare time, Mr. Cox enjoys reading.   

Cynthia Dipert
Mrs. Dipert attended Purdue University for 3 1/2 years and later graduated from University of Illinois-Springfield.  Continuing her education, she earned a  master's degree from Illinois State University.  Mrs. Dipert began teaching at LLCC in the fall of 1998.  Her area of expertise is developmental reading. In her spare time, Mrs. Dipert enjoys traveling.  She has traveled to all fifty states, Europe and South and Central America.  Decorating homes is also a passion of Mrs. Dipert. To succeed in school, Ms. Dipert feels it is important to ask questions.  Many people will learn from your questions.  She feels, too, it is important to laugh and enjoy everyday given to you as they truly are gifts.

Jason Dockter
Mr. Dockter completed his master's degree at Eastern Illinois University.  He is currently working on his doctorate degree at Illinois State University.  Mr. Dockter is full time faculty at LLCC and usually teaches Composition I (EGL 101), Composition II (EGL 102) and Developmental English (EGL 099) online.  He began teaching at in 1997.  Between being a student, dad and teacher, Mr. Dockter doesn't have much free time.  His one piece of advice to students:  "Find a time and place to get your work done.  Be consistent with this; developing your own schedule will allow you an easier time getting your coursework done."

Cathleen Ferguson
Mrs. Ferguson currently holds a bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Evansville.  Mrs. Ferguson teaches the nurses assistant (CNA) course and also licensed practical nurse (LPN) courses.  Her career with LLCC began in 2005.  Mrs. Ferguson enjoys camping, hiking, traveling, and counted cross-stitch.  She is also active in her church community and enjoys playing board games with friends and family.  Mrs. Ferguson's advice to students is that what you get out of life depends upon what you put into it - this holds true in the classroom as well! 

George Freese
Dr. Freese holds a doctorate in education.  At LLCC, Dr. Freese teaches mathematics courses including My Math Lab, Math for the Liberal Arts Student, Statistics, College Algebra and the occasional Trigonometry sections. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking in his shop, traveling and playing golf. He is also an avid bridge player. Dr. Freese encourages his students to earn their degree at LLCC and then pursue a four-year degree. He feels degrees are essential when entering the world of work and starting your career.

Mark Harris
A certified pipe welder and ComEd-"A" mechanic, Mr. Harris holds an associate degree in science.  Mr. Harris teaches Welding courses at LLCC-Taylorville.; In addition, he also teaches some non-credit learning Community Education Workshops. In Mr. Harris' spare time, he enjoys birding, photography, canoeing and volunteering for Boy Scouts. He is also a free mason and a Department of Natural Resources Safety Instructor.  In order to succeed in college, Mr. Harris feels you need to study hard, work hard and play hard.

Dan Lesko
Mr. Lesko earned his bachelor's degree in English from Valparaiso University and his master's degree in composition and creative writing from University of Northern Colorado.  He currently teaches Composition I (EGL 101) and Composition II (EGL 102)  and Literature:  Introduction to the Novel (LIT 111) at LLCC-Litchfield and LLCC-Taylorville.  Orginally from the Mt. Olive/Staunton areas, Mr. Lesko and his wife, Megan, currently reside in Glen Carbon, IL.  Leisure activities for Mr. Lesko include reading, writing, creating his own comic with his future brother-in-law, graphic designing, snowboarding, brewing beer with his brother and playing with his dog, Ollie.  He is also involved with the Taylorville Book Club and Writing Club.  Mr. Lesko's advice to students:  "Do NOT give up.  Life is a constant series of challenges.  Sometimes it seems overwhelming.  Do NOT give up on school." Also, when the going gets tough, remember what the Tralfamadorians say about the struggles of this life:  "So it goes."

Ed Myers
After earning his associate degree from LLCC, Mr. Myers went on to his bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield.  He teaches all levels of composition, film as literature and humanities.  Mr. Myers has taught for LLCC since 2007 and in his spare time he enjoys reading, watching TV, watching movies in his home theatre and keeping his Welsh Corgi, Clash, out of trouble.  "Take classes seriously!  It may seem like you're only there in order to get credit so you can just get your degree and get out of here, but the basic skills you learn in those 'have-to' classes (English, Math, etc.) will definitely come in handy when you move on into the workforce - no matter what sort of profession you find yourself in!" is the piece advice he gives to his students.

Jim Ofcarcik
Mr. Ofcarcik earned his master's degree in economics from Western Illinois University and his bachelor's in economics and Russian & East European studies from MacMurray College.  Additionally he is an alumni of LLCC, Northern Illinois University and Sangamon State University.  Since beginning his career at LLCC in 1982, Mr. Ofcarcik has taught Elements of Economics, Principles of Economic I & II and Introduction to Business Organization.  In his spare time, Mr. Ofcarcik enjoys fishing.  Often he makes his own lures or ties the flies he fishes with.  He and his wife are also very interested in genealogy-they have visited many cemeteries where his wife's relatives are buried.  The one piece of advice he would give to students is to not become discouraged.  "I failed the first test in not one but two of my graduate Economics classes and still managed to get my master's degree and make a career as an Economist-both as a practitioner and an instructor.  A good friend took 18 years to get his bachelor's degree and the last time I saw him, he had gotten his master's degree as well and is teaching for LLCC.  If you have a passion for something-hang in there and keep at it!  You will be glad you did!" says Mr. Ofcarcik.

Brenda Protz
After attending Illinois College and LLCC,  Ms. Protz earned her bachelor's degree in communication with an emphasis in mass media from Sangamon State University and a master's degree in communication with emphasis in interpersonal and organizational communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield.  She has also completed sixteen past master's level hours to apply towards a degree focused on interracial communication.  Ms. Protz began teaching as an adjunct faculty member at LLCC in 2001 and became a full-time faculty member in 2006.  Ms. Protz is a jack of all trades and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughters, Jenna and Brandy, her friends, family and fiance, Jamie.  She also makes soy candles and warming tarts.  In addition to selling her candles and tarts, she is also a Mary Kay and Isagenix consultant.  Recently, Ms. Protz became an ordained minister.  The one piece of advice Ms. Protz gives to her students is:  "Education is a privilege.  Don't waste your opportunity for greatness.  And seek help if you don't understand.  There are people at LLCC to help you, but you have to ask.  And above all, in your quest to decide what you want to be when you finish school, do something you love to do, and not whay pays the most.  Doing what you love will make your life so much better than having money."

Mark Roehrs
Mr. Roehrs earned his doctorate in history from University of Tennessee, his master's degree in history from University of Wisconsin and his bachelor's degree from Concordia Teachers College.  He is now full time faculty at LLCC and teaches U. S. History and Western Civilization.  He began teaching at LLCC in 2001.  In Mr. Roehr's spare time, he enjoys reading, traveling, hunting and playing vintage baseball.  "Attend class" is the piece of advice Mr. Roehrs gives  his students.

Barb Tanzyus
Ms. Tanzyus earned her bachelor's degree from Illinois State University, master's in arts from Sangamon State University, master's in business administration from Keller Graduate School of Management and has sixty hours toward a PhD in mathematics education from Illinois State University.  She has been teaching Math at LLCC since 1996.  In her spare time, Ms. Tanzyus enjoys counted cross stitching, crocheting, sewing and staying healthy.  "Alway try hard-you will usually surprise yourself and life is good,"is the piece of advice she gives to her students.

Ron Schwabe
Mr. Schwabe hold a bachelor's degree in social science, a master's degree in sociology and an education administration certification.  Mr. Schwabe began teaching at LLCC in 1974 and currently instructs the sociology courses at LLCC-Taylorville.  Hunting, fishing and relaxing are activities he enjoys in his spare time.  Attend class, prepare and ask questions are the suggestions Mr. Schwabe gives his students to be successful in class.

Amy Stolte
Ms. Stolte holds a master's degree in business administration and bachelor's degree in business from Eastern Illinois University.  Ms. Stolte instructs computer applications, advanced computer applications and developmental mathematics at LLCC.  She has been part of the LLCC family since the summer of 2004.  In her spare time, Ms. Stolte enjoys spending time with her family; husband Matt and children Kohen and Kinley.  Being a mom of two young, active kids keeps Amy and her husband busy.  She also coaches junior varsity volleyball at Nokomis High School. Together with her husband, Amy owns a small popcorn business, Golden Prairie Popcorn. They raise, process and sell microwave popcorn on the cob as well as shelled popcorn.   Too strive for success is the piece of advice Amy gives to her students.  "As an instructor my job is to help you succeed and earn the degree you are seeking.  The student's job is to be willing to accept the help, as well as strive for their own success!"

Donna Walters
After earning her bachelor's degree from Illinois State University, Ms. Walters continued her education and earned a master's degree from University Of Illinois at Springfield.  At LLCC, Ms. Walters has taught developmental English and elementary Spanish.  She began teaching at LLCC is 1997 and has also taught our College 4 Kids program.  Ms. Walters enjoys counted cross stitching, reading and travelling in her spare time.  Her piece of advice to students is:  "Read your class notes every day; ask questions when an idea is unclear; attend class every day!"

Deana Williams
Ms. Williams earned her bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University and her master's degree from Benedictine University.  Throughout her tenure with LLCC, which began in 2009, Ms. Williams has taught Financial Accounting, Introduction to Business Organization, Principles of Marketing and Management.  In her spare time, Ms. Williams works full time as a pharmaceutical sales representative, follows three active sons in sports and school, gardens and cans fruits and vegetables and exercises.  Her advice to students:  "Learn as much as you can from other students in each class.  Take attending and participating in class seriously as your grade and understanding will determine your future role as an employee."

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