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The Staff of the Office of Community Health and Service

Administrative
Sandy Dennis

Sandy Dennis
Administrative Business Associate
sdennis@siumed.edu

Ms. Dennis is responsible for overseeing the business operations of the office and its units. This includes the management of funds, coordinates administrative functions and supervises office support positions.

Kathy Cargnino
Administrative Aide
kcargnino@siumed.edu

Ms. Cargnino provides administrative support to the Associate Dean,
Executive Director of Regional Medical Programs and Rural Health, and the Administrative Business Associate.

Christina Marx

Christina Marx
Office Support Specialist
cmarx23@siumed.edu

Ms. Marx, in the Office of Community Health and Service coordinates, staffs, and schedules the Community Health Policy Committee. She also provides administrative secretarial support to both the Associate and Assistant Directors of the Regional Medical Programs.

Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development
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The Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development (CRHSSD) has been operating continuously since 1989. In 1988, the Southern Illinois University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research supported and guided a Task Force on the Creation of a Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development.

Continuing Medical Education
Laura Worrall

Laura Worrall
Director, Office of CME
lworrall@siumed.edu

Ms. Worrall joined the Office of Continuing Medical Education in 1999. She has eight years experience as a Continuing Professional Education Meeting Planner, four years experience as the Assistant Director, and currently serves as the Director of the Office of Continuing Medical Education. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics/Consumer Affairs from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Home Economics / Family Economics and Home Management from Indiana State University.

Judy Harbison

Judy Harbison
Continuing Professional Education Meeting Planner
jharbison@siumed.edu

Ms. Harbison has been with the Office of Continuing Medical Education since 2001 as a Continuing Professional Education Meeting Planner. She assists with the development and management of new and existing CME activities throughout Central and Southern Illinois. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in Radio-Television-Film and Marketing from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Amy Williams

Amy Williams
Business Manager II
awilliams3@siumed.edu

Ms. Williams has a Bachelor's of Science in Education with a focus on Workforce Education Development . She has worked at the School of Medicine since January 2009. She joined the External and Health Affairs (currently the Office of Community Health and Service) team in March 2011. She is the Business Manager II for the Office of CME. She serves as the liaison for fiscal matters regarding CME programs and the CME Tracker database.

Regional Medical Programs and Rural Health
Robert Wesley

Robert M. Wesley
Executive Director of Regional Medical Programs and Rural Health
rwesley@siumed.edu

Mr. Wesley's major responsibilities include developing and maintaining healthcare partnerships in the School of Medicine's mission area; conducting health systems research for administrative purposes; administering the rural health initiative program; direct involvement in community service efforts on the part of the School as assigned; and, assisting the Associate Dean with developing community service and population science programs.

Joshua Sarver
Associate Director of Regional Medical Programs and Rural Health
jsarver@siumed.edu

Mr. Sarver's responsibilities include assisting with regional health planning throughout the School's service area; analysis of legislative and regulatory changes to determine the impact on the School's programs and partners; and assist with the interdepartmental efforts that expand the School's programs in rural health, regional service and clinical expansion into rural health areas.

He has a Masters of Public Administration and maintains a Project Management Professional credential.

Amy Uden

Amy Uden
Assistant Director of Regional Medical Programs and Rural Health
auden61@siumed.edu

Ms. Uden's responsibilities primarily include assistance with regional health planning and analysis, with a particular focus on the School’s near neighboring communities of Springfield and Sangamon County. She also aids in the development of community partnerships; assists with research and community service efforts as assigned; and supports the interdepartmental efforts that expand community health and regional service programs. She has a Master’s in Public Administration and joined the Regional Medical Programs and Rural Health team in 2014.

Serving Springfield and Sangamon County

Laura Hepp Kesse

Laura Hepp Kessel
Assistant Director of Regional Medical Programs and Rural Health
lkessel21@siumed.edu

Ms. Kessel joined the Regional Medical Programs and Rural Health staff in 2014 as the Assistant Director for the west central region of Illinois. Her responsibilities include partnering with local stakeholders in order to address community health issues in a twenty-county region; assisting the Office of Community Health and Service leadership team with research and community service efforts, as assigned; and supporting the interdepartmental efforts that expand the School’s programs in community health and regional service programs. Ms. Kessel received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale prior to receiving her Master of Social Work (with a concentration in social and economic development) from Washington University in St. Louis.

Serving the West Central Illinois Region

Brent Todd

Brent Todd
Assistant Director of Regional Medical Programs and Rural Health
btodd56@siumed.edu

Mr. Todd joined the Regional Medical Programs and Rural Health staff in 2015 as the Assistant Director for the Southeast Central Illinois Region. His responsibilities include partnering with local stakeholders in order to address community health issues in a twenty-county region, assisting the Office of Community Health and Service leadership team with research and community service efforts, and supporting the interdepartmental efforts that expand the School’s programs in community health and regional service programs. Mr. Todd received his Bachelor of Science in Botany and Master of Science in Biological Sciences from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Serving the Southeast Central Illinois Region

"The mission of the Office of Community Health and Service is to continuously improve the health and health care of people in Central and Southern Illinois, by creating formal and informal, institutional and personal, and innovative and lasting relationships between the SIU School of Medicine and the communities we serve. "

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