JWCC Speakers Bureau

The John Wood Community College Speakers Bureau is a public service provided to the community at no charge. The College is pleased to offer this service as a way to provide local groups with interesting programs and make the public more aware of JWCC and the opportunities it provides area residents. Speakers are available to discuss a wide variety of topics. The list of speakers and topics is growing steadily and updated brochures will be distributed periodically.

To request a speaker for your organization, please contact JWCC’s Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 217.641.4109 between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, or send an e-mail to pr@jwcc.edu. At least two weeks’ notice is preferred, but the College will do its best to accommodate any request.

If your group is interested in a topic not listed in this brochure, let us know. Every attempt will be made to assist you in locating an appropriate speaker.


John Wood Community College

Speakers are available to cover various topics related to the  College itself—history, growth and development, where we are today, development of new campus,  and services available.

Departmental/Professional Expertise

Each speaker also can discuss specialty areas related to his or her department and professional expertise.

Ignacio Anguiano-Reyes, Community Education Instructor

Tom Bentley, Department Chair and Emergency Services Instructor

Gary DeClue, Department Chair and Professor of Fine Arts

Randall Egdorf, Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Social/Behavioral Sciences

 Michael Elbe, President

 Leah Erke, Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management

 Dr. Patrick Fodor, Assistant Professor of Humanities

Tiffany Frericks, Sociology Instructor

David Harbin, Assistant Professor of Social/Behavior Sciences

Rob Hodgson, Director of Support Services

Barbara Holthaus, Director of Advancement

Alyssa Hummel, Student Life Coordinator

Bill LaTour, Chief of Campus Police

Joyce Miller-Boren, Department Chair and Professor of Developmental Education

 Jamie Morrell, Psychology Instructor

David Palmer, Professor of Humanities

Beth Reinhart, Psychology Instructor

Norman Rodriguez, Professor of History, interim Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Addie Seabarkrob, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts

Carol Sharpe, Professor of Office Technology

Dr. David Shinn, Dean of Art and Sciences