Staff Directory


IIRA Administration

Christopher Merrett, Ph.D.
Director and Professor
(309) 298-2281
CD-Merrett@wiu.edu
Sandra Wittig, MBA
Financial & Human Resource Manager
(309) 298-2637
SK-Wittig@wiu.edu
Kathleen Peterson
Administrative Clerk
(309) 298-2354
K-Peterson@wiu.edu
Janet Marlette, MA
Public Information Specialist
(309) 298-2172
JL-Marlette@wiu.edu
Erin Wherley
Staff Clerk
(309) 298-2304
EC-Wherley@wiu.edu

Rural Transit Assistance Center

Edward Heflin, BB, CCTM
Program Manager
(309) 298-3392
EL-Heflin@wiu.edu
Jacqueline Waters, MS
Transit Specialist
(309) 298-3319
JS-Waters@wiu.edu
Mable Kreps, MBA
Transit Specialist
(309) 298-2141
MR-Kreps@wiu.edu

MAPPING the Future of Your Community

Gisele Hamm, MA
Program Manager
(309) 298-4019
GF-Hamm@wiu.edu
Linda Lee Blaine, MBA
Outreach Specialist
(309)298-2647
LL-Blaine@wiu.edu

Housing/Rural Sociology/Health Resource Management

Cynthia Struthers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(309) 298-2282
CB-Struthers@wiu.edu
Danielle Blair, MA
Research Support Specialist
(309) 298-3187
DM-blair@wiu.edu

Value-Added Sustainable Development Center

Jolene Willis, MPA
Sustainable Development Specialist
(309) 298-2835
js-willis@wiu.edu
Sean Park, MA
Cooperative Development Specialist
(309) 298-3216
ms-park@wiu.edu

Public Policy and Economic Development

Adee Athiyaman, Ph.D., professor
Professor
(309) 298-2272
A-Athiyaman@wiu.edu
http://www.Instituteintelligence.com

Data Analysis and Technical Assistance

Robin Hanna, MA, MPA
RETAC Project Manager
(309) 298-2372
RW-Hanna@wiu.edu
William Westerhold, MA
BGIS Project Manager
(309) 298-2576
WL-Westerhold@wiu.edu

Peace Corps Fellows Program

Karen Mauldin-Curtis, MA
Manager
(309) 298-2706
K-Mauldin-Curtis@wiu.edu
Karen Peitzmeier, MS
Internal Coordinator
(309) 298-2682
K-Peitzmeier@wiu.edu
Carrie Skees, BA
Administrative Liaison
(309) 298-2268
CR-Skees@wiu.edu

Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Mary Turner, BS
Program Manager
(217) 223-5636
MR-Turner@wiu.edu

Illinois Small Business Development Center Western Illinois University

Jim Boyd
Faculty Assistant/Business Consultant
(309) 298-3040
JC-Boyd@wiu.edu
Sean Park
Faculty Assistant
(309) 298-3040
MS-Park@wiu.edu
Jayne Jones
Office Support Associate
(309) 298-3040
JA-Jones1@wiu.edu