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Laura Borger, M.S., M.A.

 borger-instructorLaura Borger has an M.S. in Speech Communication and an M.A. in English. Borger is a Carbondale native, three time graduate and second-generation Saluki. She has taught at several southern Illinois high schools and colleges since 1998. She was awarded the Thomas J. Pace Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching in 2000 and the Heartland's Best Regional Teacher Award in 2006. Her research interests include vertical articulation, at-risk education, critical pedagogy, and cognitive development in emerging adults. She enjoys spending time outdoors and watching -- or running from -- wildlife while hiking in local, state, and national parks.

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Casheena Stephens, Ph.D.

 casheena-instructorCasheena Stephens, Ph.D. is a proud SIU alumna. She received a B.S. in Biological Sciences, an M.S.Ed. in Workforce Education and Development specializing in adult education, and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development specializing in career and professional development. Her academic interests include women and work, work-life balance, adult learning, workforce diversity, and program/curriculum development. Outside of the world of academia, she is a wife and mother of four beautiful children. Her hobbies include signing, dancing, traveling, and spending time with her friends and church family. 

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Nick Weshinskey, M.S.Ed., NCC | Coordinator

 scott-rakow-instructorNick Weshinskey, M.S.Ed., NCC is a two time graduate and third generation Saluki. He is licensed as a professional educator in the state of Illinois and holds a national board certification in counseling. In addition to teaching high school and college courses, Nick has experience providing crisis counseling and risk assessment in emergency rooms and police stations, as well as couple, family, substance abuse, child and adolescent therapy. Nick's interests include higher education pedagogy, college student mental health, and ice cream. 

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