Administrative Staff

Mary Frances Merdian

Education: BS in Graphic Design from Illinois State University 

Member Of: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Interests: Reading, playing piano, running, card games, board games, singing, and spending time with friends and family

Previous Employer: Walt Disney World Company

Personal Quote: “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” —Saint Augustine 

Ali Waldner

Education: Currently enrolled at Parkland

Member Of: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Interests: Spending time outdoors, making memories with my daughter

Personal Quote: “Your positive action combined with postive thinking results in success.” —Shiv Kera

Cayla Thompson

Education: Associates in Science at Parkland

Interests: Involved in church, love spending time with friends and family

Personal Quote: “If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.” —Thomas H. Palmer

Alysia Armstrong

Education: MS in Kinesiology-Sport Management (summa cum laude) and a BS in Kinesiology-Exercise Science with a minor in Coaching (magna cum laude) from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL

Interests: Spending time with my family and playing indoor and outdoor volleyball

Quote: “At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” ―Maya Angelou

Ryan Schaefer

Education: Monticello High School

Interests: Spending time with friends and family, going to the lake, lawncare, skiing, golf, swimming, camping, and anything outside!

Personal Quote: "Life's a garden—dig it!"

Jessica Hewitt

Education: BS in Consumer & Family Science from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Certifications: CPR

Interests: Staying active through running and group fitness classes, spending time with family and friends

Julie Pellum

Education: BS in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University of Illinois

Certifications: Professional in Human Resources, HRCI

Interests: Working out, home decorating, and adventure trips

Personal Quote: "Working in such a positive and healthy environment makes it easy to come to work every day."

Joy Sheehan

Certifications: AFAA Group Fitness Certification and CPR Certification

Classes Taught: Fusion, Step Interval, Cycling, Strength Coach, Abs & Stretch, Complete Mix, Kickboxing, PACE, and Full of Life

Interests: My family, being outdoors, gardening, eating, sleeping, and breathing fitness!

Personal Quote: “A positive attitude can give you the endurance to conquer life’s challenges.”

Lisa Mettler, RN

Education: BS in Nursing, Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD

RN: Licensed in State of Illinois

Interests: I enjoy reading, cooking, group exercise, walks with my husband, and I love to shop with my two daughters.

Personal Quote: "I so enjoy seeing how our business has grown and expanded. We have the most excellent staff in all the world - we are grateful for all of them every day. Paul and I feel truly blessed."

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