General Education Faculty
Computer Science and Math Instructor
Loren joined the Kendall College faculty as a core contributing faculty member of Mathematics and Computer Information Systems in 2006, and was appointed to a full-time position in 2009. He taught Mathematics and Computer Science classes at East-West University for five years prior to coming to Kendall College. He has over twenty years experience in the Information Technology field, including fifteen years as a senior database administrator at his most recent IT position. While working in the Information Technology field, he taught classes to application programmers on database programming procedures. He earned a B.S. in Information Science, with honors from Northeastern Illinois University and a M.S. in Computer Science from DePaul University.
General Academic Tutor and Developmental Math Instructor
Will Johnson has been teaching students at Kendall how to approach mathematics with confidence since 2010. Prior to that, he honed his craft teaching high schoolers mathematics in various global locales for 8 years – New York City, rural Maine, and Mexico City – before settling in Chicago to ply his trade at Kendall. Will encourages students to bring their own creative approaches to mathematical reasoning, while directing them to apply that same creativity in problem solving -- whether culinary students and recipe conversions, or business students and financial statements.
Will holds a diploma in Mathematics from Union College (Schenectady, NY). His academic research has been published in the Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications.
Chair of Developmental Studies
Meredith Tumilty brings her love of literature, enthusiasm for learning, and six years of teaching experience with her as one of the newest additions to the General Education Department at Kendall College. Prior to coming to Kendall in 2010, she taught English literature and remedial reading at Zion-Benton Township High School. Meredith also worked at Lake Forest Academy for five years as the school’s Learning Resource Coordinator and an English as a Second Language Instructor. While at Lake Forest Academy, she supervised an evening study hall for students struggling academically and created a school-wide peer tutoring program. Meredith earned her B.A. in both English Literature and Education at Lake Forest College and her M.Ed. in Language, Literacy, and Specialized Instruction with an emphasis in Reading and Learning Disabilities at DePaul University.
Jim Morski is a graduate of DePaul University with an M.A. in math education. Upon completion of his graduate work, he began teaching developmental math at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, where he helped redesign the curriculum and structure of the developmental math program. Jim joined Kendall’s faculty at the beginning of 2011. He teaches math as part of the general education program. In addition to his teaching experience, he has an extensive background in one-on-one math tutoring and test preparation. He has worked with numerous families and students to promote good study habits and improve standardized test scores. Jim’s academic interests include helping to develop a straightforward, transparent understanding of math, especially for those students that have struggled with the subject in the past.
Social Science Instructor
Dhiren Patel graduated from Western Michigan University with an M.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. He has worked in several different college settings and formats as well. Dhiren started at Kendall College as a core contributing faculty member for several years prior to joining the staff full time in 2012. He teaches a wide range of courses relating to sociology, culture studies, and globalization as well. He focuses upon creative applications of technology in the classroom and has a background in art as well.
In 2009, Randi Russert joined the General Education Department after 5 years of teaching English and First-Year Experience courses at Harry S Truman College, where she was also the Professional English Tutor for the TRiO program. She holds a B.A. in English-Writing from Winona State University and an M.A. in English-Literature from DePaul University. As a result of her graduate coursework and beyond, Randi was acknowledged as a research assistant in the texts, Emma; Or, The Unfortunate Attachment: A Sentimental Novel by Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and Thomas Jefferson's Scrapbooks: Poems of Nation, Family & Romantic Love Collected by America's Third President, both edited by her former professor, Dr. Jonathan Gross. Prior to teaching, Randi worked as an editor in both the legal and medical publishing fields. At Kendall, Randi teaches English and Integrated Studies courses.
Director of the Academic Success Center and English Instructor
Erin has been the Director of the ASC at Kendall College since August 2005. During that time, she helped expand the ASC from a small office that seated 13 to a larger center offering seating for over 100, including a room for ADA test accommodations and a small group meeting room. Erin has two graduate degrees, a M.A. in Developmental/Adult Education from National-Louis University and a M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from Drexel University. She facilitates the Bridge Mentorship in both COL 050 and COL 060, as well as instructs the Developmental English course. In addition, she also proctors the New Student Assessment to all incoming students. Prior to coming to Kendall, Erin worked in nursing education and development, where she taught American Heart Association courses. She has been a certified AHA instructor since 2001. On a personal note, she is a member of Moms of Multiples and is active in raising her boy-girl twins.
Academic Support Center’s Writing Support Specialist and English Instructor
Nicole Grasse has more than seven years experience teaching English and Literature and tutoring students at Chicago colleges including various City Colleges of Chicago and Benedictine University. She also was an English tutor at Harry S. Truman College’s Trio program and Benedictine University. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Nicole has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from University of Wisconsin at Madison. She also received an M.A. in English Literature from Roosevelt University, where she studied Early Modern women’s literature and gender studies. Before teaching, she worked at (and was laid off from) various writing and editing positions at internet start-ups and was a regular freelance writer for the Chicago Tribune back when newspapers existed. She usually has her nose in a book.
Assistant Director of General Education
Phuong Thai-Garcia came to Kendall in 2009 from Lake Forest Academy, where she was a Spanish instructor, dorm head and salsa coach. She has also taught at UCLA and assisted Pitzer College's Summer Institute of Language and Culture, where she worked with both teen and adult students. She graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Spanish and UCLA with an M.A. in Spanish with an emphasis in linguistics. Her academic interests include student motivation and using technology to enhance learning. Passionate about language, she is committed to providing an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all language learners.
John Zimmermann has served the College teaching a diverse range of humanities and social science courses. He has also had many years of administrative experience, including serving as Faculty Senate Chair and Academic Dean while the College was in Evanston. Before coming to Kendall, he was involved in historical research and fund-raising for the American Bible Society. His research manuscripts were incorporated into a book entitled “The Word Carrying Giant” compiled by Kenneth Scott Latourette of Yale University and Clayton Lacey of Duke University. John has edited editions of Louis Hopfe’s “Religions of the World” for Macmillan Press and has been an ecumenical adult education speaker in the community.
John graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a B.A., Drew University with a B.D. and M.Div., New York University with a M.A., and Loyola University of Chicago with a Ph.D. He also completed additional graduate studies at Oberlin Graduate School of Theology and Union Theological Seminary. John is a member of the Jesuit honorary society, Sigma Alpha Nu, and was conferred by the Kendall Board of Trustees the John Mayo Mitchell Chair of American studies in 1997. He has served on the Board of Higher Education of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Council of Member Institutions of the University Center of Lake County. He is a recipient of the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award and more recently Kendall’s Outstanding Achievement Award. John holds the rank of Professor.