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Class of 2024 Welcomed to Carbondale Campus

August 21, 2020
Seventy-four medical students from the Class of 2024 have begun their academic medical training at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The students are starting four years of intensive education to become physicians. The first weeks on the Carbondale campus include orientation, classes, clinical simulations and meetings with faculty. SIU students spend their first year in Carbondale and relocate to Springfield for years 2 – 4.
 
SIU School of Medicine was founded in 1970 to help populate central and southern Illinois with new physicians, a need that is still critical.
 
“The United States was facing a shortage of health care providers even before the pandemic occurred,” said Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Admissions Erik Constance, MD. “We are fortunate that these young men and women have chosen to pursue a profession with such immense responsibilities. They are incredibly smart and already motivated to help others. And we’ve got some of the best doctors, teachers and medical expertise in Illinois to focus their skills and guide them for what’s ahead.”
 
The mission of SIU School of Medicine is to optimize the health of the people of central and southern Illinois through education, patient care, research and service to the community. SIU Medicine, the health care practice of the school of medicine, includes clinics and offices with more than 300 providers caring for patients throughout the region. The school is celebrating its 50th year as an academic leader in medical education, and in May the Class of 2020 included the school’s 3,000th MD graduate.
 
Class of 2024 students by regions, with parents and hometowns
 
Central:
  • Theodore Agbemaple, son of Thomas and Cynthia Agbemaple of Springfield 
  • Lia Barkmeier, daughter of Jerald and Lynne Barkmeier of Springfield
  • Jaclyn Conway, daughter of Thomas and Mary Conway of Springfield 
  • Ashley Eggert, daughter of Joshua Eggert and Michelle Eggert of Peoria
  • Emma Fenner, daughter of Michael and Angie Fenner of Jacksonville
  • Alexandria Floyd, daughter of Kevin and Kendra Floyd of Springfield 
  • Kanicia Green, daughter of Will Harris and Patrice Green of Springfield
  • Jill Harris, daughter of Gary and Deb Harris of Eureka
  • Jennifer Houser, daughter of John and Joan Houser of Dunlap
  • Christopher Johnson, son of Milton and Jan Johnson of Springfield
  • Thomas Johnston, son of Matthew and Linda Johnston of Springfield
  • Evan Juranek, son of Robert and Carole Juranek of Springfield
  • Kortni Kemper, daughter of Brad and Kristen Kemper of Winchester
  • Jazz Kroeger, son of Dennis and Karen Kroeger of Washington
  • Giuseppe Maiocco, son of Richard and Christine Maiocco of Springfield
  • Bridget McClain, daughter of Kevin and Linda McClain of Springfield
  • Matthew McClintock, son of Roger and Mary Beth McClintock of Rochester
  • Jack Moore, son of Joe and Susan Moore of Tremont
  • Emily Moushon, daughter of Gaylan and Linda Moushon of Morton
  • Hannah Roberts, daughter of William and Mary Roberts of Springfield
  • Nellie Roberts, daughter of Jeffrey and Sandra Roberts of Dow
  • Nicholas Roth, son of Stephan and Melissa Roth of Springfield 
  • Evan Sembell, son of Mark and Dr. Diane Hillard-Sembell of Springfield 
  • Kassidy Sheedy, daughter of Michael and Gloria Sheedy of Springfield 
  • Ryan Vasconcelles, son of Mark and Cara Vasconcelles of Springfield 
  • John Whitten, son of Patrick and Bridget Whitten of Peoria
 
Eastern:
  • Adrian Cavender, spouse of Michaela Sikes and son of Jeffrey and Patricia Cavender of Momence
  • Morgan Engmann, spouse of Ryan Cooper and daughter of Scott and Patricia Engmann of Mt. Zion
  • Meena Jain, daughter of Dr. Sanjiv and Namita Jain of Champaign
  • Emma Johns, daughter of Brad and Susan Johns of Villa Grove
  • Hunter Jones, son of Virgil and Tracey Jones of Champaign
  • Sanskriti Khurana, daughter of Arun and Rita Khurana of Bloomington
  • Keegan Kruckeberg, son of Richard and Robin Kruckeberg of Sullivan 
  • Cecily Negri, daughter of Robert and Pamela Negri of Bloomington
  • Parth Patel, son of Nilesh and Nisha Patel of Forsyth
  • Nicholas Porter, son of Lynn Porter and the late Brian Porter of Paxton
  • Gregory Redwinski, son of Stanley and Susan Redwinski of Monticello 
  • Aashna Thakur, daughter of Santosh and Rani Thakur of Bloomington 
  • Nikhil Thope, son of Kishor and Lalaine Thope of Savoy
  • Blaine Traylor, son of Joel and Michell Traylor of Mt. Zion
  • Benjamin Young, son of Stuart and Dawn Young of Decatur
 
Southern:
  • Kathryn Besserman, daughter of Jeffrey and Debra Besserman of Collinsville 
  • Logan Cole, son of Benjamin and Laura Cole of Granite City
  • Drew Conner, son of Eric and Sara Conner of Nashville
  • Jane Crabtree, daughter of Travis and Felicia Crabtree of Edwardsville
  • Emily Dircks, daughter of Lon and Kim Dircks of Freeburg
  • Abigail Knuckles, daughter of Don and Gina Knuckles of Waterloo
  • Megan Mayville, daughter of John and Nadine Mayville of Belleville
  • Michael McGee, son of James and Cindy McGee of Marion
  • Shree Patel, son of Atul and Kanal Patel of O’Fallon
  • Elizabeth Portugal, spouse of Aileen Portugal and daughter of Michael Lampe and Cheryl Sommer of O’Fallon
  • Randy Reeder, son of Michael and Mona Reeder of Vienna
  • Hunter Roller, son of James and Cynthia Roller of Troy
  • Austin Rue, son of Bradley and Christine Rue of Mt. Carmel
  • Morgan Suhre, daughter of Blake and Kelly Suhre of Edwardsville
  • Allison Sweeney, daughter of Scott and Anita Sweeney of Belleville
  • Stephen Troop, son of Michael and Debra Troop of Marion
  • Noah Vallette, son of Jason and Kara Vallette of Harrisburg
 
Northern:
  • Sarah Akanbi, daughter of Charles and Funmi Akanbi of Elgin
  • Denzel Akosa, son of Comfort Tannor of Chicago
  • Matthew Contreras, son of David and Julie Contreras of Eldena
  • Edgar George, son of Eldred George and Odilia Nanetti of Palantine
  • Tyona Golden, daughter of Jackie Scott of Chicago
  • Alexandra Kissel, daughter of Douglas and Lenee Kissel of Millington
  • Reise Malone, daughter of Michael and Stacy Malone of Manteno
  • Natalie McClure, daughter of Philip and Bridget McClure of Bourbonnais
  • Stella Udoetuk, daughter of Ekaete Obong of Matteson
 
Western:
  • Mary Ade, daughter of David and Sharon Ade of Moline
  • Mia Lambert, daughter of Bill Lambert and Jill Brody of Macomb
  • Caleb Lay, son of Larry and Cheryl Lay of Plainville
  • Kelli Meyer, daughter of Russ and Terri Meyer of Quincy
 
Out of state:
  • Gabrielle Christian, daughter of Philip and Linda Christian of Lexington, KY
  • Peaches Dozier, daughter of Gregory Dozier and Peaches Andrews of New Jersey and Maryland