Meet Your Advisors

Normal Campus

Lindsay Eickhorst - Director of Enrollment Services
Lindsay EickhorstLindsay Eickhorst

What is your educational background?

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Millikin University
  • Master of Education in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University

Why do you love working at Heartland? 

I love working at Heartland because of its dedication to providing students access to an exceptional education. I enjoy having the opportunity to work with students of all ages and interests and assisting them as they navigate through their educational journey.

Sara Bourque - Advisor
Sara Bourque

What is your educational background? 

  • Associate of Arts from Heartland Community College
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Illinois State University
  • Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University

What special populations of students do you work with?

Students that receive accommodations through Disability Support Services and HALO program students.

Why do you love working at Heartland?

I love that Heartland is open to any student and that I have the opportunity to help them be successful. I love that every day I learn something new about Heartland and about how to do my job better.

Rachel Cook - Associate Director, Advisement & Career Connections
Rachel Cook

What is your educational background?

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Millikin University
  • Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University

What special populations of students do you work with?

Student-athletes

Why do you love working at Heartland?

I love working at Heartland because every day is different. We get to meet all different types of students at different points along their journey. I never know who is going to come into my office or what they might need - I like being able to problem solve and help students find answers to their questions. We get to help students reach their educational goals, no matter what path they choose.

Chad Hoffer - Advisor
Chad Hoffer

What is your educational background?

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Eureka College
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Concordia University - Chicago

What special populations of students do you work with?

Students participating in our Project Rise program.

Why do you love working at Heartland?

Helping students navigate the college process and guiding them on their path to success is what initially lead me to become an academic advisor. Not only have I been able to do those things at Heartland, but I have also been able to empower and support students in a variety of ways to help them meet their educational and life goals.

Sarah Knapp - Advisor
Sarah Knapp

What is your educational background?

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Women's Studies from Western Illinois University
  • Master of Science in College Student Affairs from Eastern Illinois University

Why do you love working at Heartland?

I love working at Heartland because we inspire an upbeat, can-do attitude that empowers our students and that shows through in our day to day life when working with them. I enjoy working at a community college because for some students this is their first chance, or their last chance or their only chance at higher education; giving my all to the students is such a rewarding part of my job and I hope to help students reach their education goals, no matter what road they take after Heartland.

Kathy McGrane - Advisor
Kathy McGrane

What is your educational background?

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Management and Spanish from Central College
  • Master of Arts in Adult Christian Community Development from Regis University

What special populations of students do you work with?

Students needing/wanting to speak Spanish

Why do you love working at Heartland?

I love working with individual students, helping them clarify their life, career, and educational goals, and together creating a plan to achieve them. I love the opportunity to use my Spanish. I love interacting with coworkers who care deeply about students.

Emily Miller - Advisor
Emily Miller

What is your educational background?

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Millikin University
  • Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Illinois State University

What special populations of students do you work with?

Honors students and Academic Standing Program

Why do you love working at Heartland?

I love the people I work with and seeing students have success in their goals.

Ann Schick - Advisor & Career Connections
Ann Schick

What is your educational background?

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication
  • Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University

Why do you love working at Heartland?

I love to help students find the right fit in an academic program to achieve their future goals. It is great to work with students with so many different interests, talents and plans for the future.

Jazzy Thomas - Graduate Assistant
Jazzy Thomas

What is your educational background?

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studues from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University

 

Why do you love working at Heartland?

I love working at Heartland becuase I am able to meet phenomenal students who have unique stories and abilities. Getting to know students helps me understand how together we can build a path that leads them to their educational and life goals. 

Ian Thurow - Advisor
Ian Thurow

What is your educational background?

  • Associate in Science from Parkland College, Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University 
  • Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University

Why do you love working at Heartland?

I love working at Heartland because it gives me the chance to help students find their academic and career paths. It is very fun to see students forge a wide variety of paths that lead towards a successful future.

Kim Wietfeldt - Advisor
Kim Wietfeldt

What is your educational background?

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Illinois College
  • Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science from Illinois State University

Why do you love working at Heartland?

At Heartland, I have the privilege of supporting students as they explore career interests and clarify educational goals. It is enjoyable to work with students on many different paths. I am also fortunate to work with a compassionate staff who effectively collaborate to help our students succeed.

Heartland Lincoln Center

Kristi Powell - Site Supervisor
Kristi Powell

What is your educational background?

  • Bachelor of Arts in Child, Community, and Family Services from University of Illinois - Springfield

What special populations of students do you work with?

Lincoln campus students

Why do you love working at Heartland?

I love working at the Lincoln campus of HCC because every day is a new adventure. There is such a wonderful variety of people that I get to interact with each day.

Jennifer Kirby - Advisor
Jennifer Kirby

What is your educational background?

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield 
  • Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University

What special populations of students do you work with?

Lincoln campus students

Why do you love working at Heartland?

The faculty and staff at HCC are passionate about helping our students. Additionally, each day brings opportunities to meet someone new and learn something new.

Heartland Pontiac Center

Linda Tesdal - Site Supervisor
Linda Tesdal

What is your educational background?

  • Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Oregon College of Education (now known as Western Oregon College)
  • Master's in Reading Education from Illinois State University
  • completed additional coursework in career and vocational training in grades K through junior college

What special populations of students do you work with?

Pontiac campus students

Why do you love working at Heartland?

I have worked at Heartland Community College since it opened its doors in July of 1991. I love working with students and celebrating their successes. Every day presents a new set of challenges.

Gayle Marckx - Advisor

What is your educational background?

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Philosophy
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northern Arizona University

What special populations of students do you work with?

Pontiac campus students

Why do you love working at Heartland?

Academic Advising is one of the most rewarding jobs, if not THE most rewarding. Playing a pivotal role in the lives of my students has given me some of my most cherished memories.

Contact Us

Normal Campus

Community Commons Building (CCB) Suite 1000
1500 W. Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Schedule an appointment: 309-268-8027
Phone: 309-268-8033
Email: Raab.Advisors@heartland.edu

Heartland Pontiac Center

211 E. Madison Street
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: 815-842-6777
Email: Pontiac.Center@heartland.edu

Heartland Lincoln Center

620 Broadway Street
Lincoln, IL 62656
Phone: 217-735-1731
Email: Lincoln.Center@heartland.edu