Mrs. Tona Ambrose is the Director of the IECC CETL. Prior to leading the CETL, Tona served for three years as the Lincoln Trail College Director of College Access and an adjunct instructor teaching Pathways to Success and Leadership Development to new, incoming students. Before working at IECC, Tona was the Project Manager for College Access and Co-Director of Pre-College Summer Enrichment Programming for eleven years at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Michigan. Tona earned an Associate of Science: Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Vincennes University, a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Grand Valley State University, and two Master of Education degrees, also from GVSU, in Educational Technology and Adult and Higher Education, with an emphasis in College Student Affairs and Leadership. Tona is currently pursuing a PhD in Education, Policy, Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois. When Tona is not working, she loves to travel to anywhere that has a beach, visit college campuses, and tailgate with her family and friends at the University of Illinois football games.
Ken Anderson recently served for eight years as an Assistant Professor of English at South Louisiana Community College and the Lead Instructional Designer developing and designing courses in the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) for the English and Distance Education Departments. Ken has experience with Instructional Design, LMS consulting, course development, and adult learning modalities for various institutions and has taught and designed college level courses since 2013. Ken is married, and he and his wife have two dogs and two cats (all rescue animals), and says he is a student at heart and has a passion for learning. Ken believes that the college classroom is unique from any other place - it is a place that is free from the world of impossibilities and the naysayers, and encourages students, regardless of their background and past experiences to believe in themselves and a future filled with endless possibilities.
Ken’s educational background includes Western Oregon University, Portland State University, and most recently Western Governors University in Salt Lake, Utah for his Masters of Education in Instructional Design.