Health and Wellness Advisory Board

Health and Wellness Advisory Board 2012 - 2013

According to the College’s Board of Trustee Policy C-7, Prairie State College will be committed to providing services and activities which increase awareness and promote sound health and wellness practices among the service community. In order to provide the most optimal educational and social services, we have developed a comprehensive wellness committee comprised of the following College and community members:


Dorie Barron

Senior Health Educator
Cook County Public Health Department
1010 Lake Street
Oak Park IL 60301
(708) 633-8346

Karen Biesboer

Resource Manager
Southland Health Care Forum
30 East Fifteenth Street Suite 405
Chicago Heights IL 60411
(708) 956-1000, ext. 3446

Lenora Bridges

Community Outreach Coordinator
Advocate South Suburban Hospital
17800 South Kedzie Avenue
Hazel Crest, IL 60629
(708) 799-8000

Loren CherneSuburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
1909 174th Street
Hazel Crest, IL 60629
Kimberly DeanSouth Southwest Suburban United Way
Program Coordinator
4711 Midlothian Turnpike, Ste 17
Crestwood, IL 60445

Pam Ethridge

Coordinator of Physical Education & Fitness
Prairie State College
202 S. Halsted St.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 709-3631

Sue Johnson

Executive Director
St. James Wellness Institute
100 197 Street
Chicago Heights IL 60411
(708) 755-3020

Myra Kocsis

American Cancer Society
Relay for Life Representative
American Cancer Society
17060 Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park IL 60477
(708) 633-7770

Lisa LabiakV.P., Development and Corporate Communication
Grand Prairie Services
17746 Oak Park
Tinley Park, IL 60473
Charles LeonardPrevention Manager
South Suburban Regional HIV/AIDS Regional Clinics (SSHARC)
26a4 Main Street
Park Forest IL 60466
(708) 503-1376
John MurphyDirector of Campus and Public Safety/Chief of Police
Prairie State College
202 South Halsted Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 709-7834
Vicki MeilachVicki Meilach
Community Outreach Coordinator
South Suburban Family Shelter
PO BOX 937
Homewood, IL 60430
(708) 798-7737
Joan Millender

Director of Community Relations
Ingalls Health system
One Ingalls Drive
Harvey, IL 60426
(708) 915-6710

Fred ShannonRegional Service Representative
Catholic Charities-South Suburban Regional Services
16100 Seton Drive
South Holland, IL 60473
(708) 333-8379
Amanda SpeakmanPASS Pregnancy Care Centers
17214 Oak Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 614-9777
Payal SudMedical Advocacy Coordinator
South Suburban Family Shelter
PO BOX 937
Homewood, IL 60430
(708) 798-7737
Cynthia TurquestJennifer Fallick Cancer Support Center
2028 Elm Road
Homewood IL 60430
(708) 799-9171
Mike WassebergSouth Suburban PADS
414 West 14th Street
Chicago Heights IL 60411
(708) 481-2610
Kenneth WilliamsDirector of Marketing
Auth Martha's Healthcare Network
233 West Joe Orr Road
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 709-7631
Carl WolfRespond Now
1439 Emerald Avenue
Chicago Heights IL 60411
(708) 655-4357
 **Student Representatives (alternate meetings)

The committee meets frequently to help plan and implement programs for the student body at PSC, and to provide resources to students via health fairs, or on-site information sessions.

In order to better educate students on what is expected of them within and outside the classroom, the College has designed the Student of Code of Conduct Guide (PDF) . Throughout each semester, workshops will be presented regarding behavioral expectations on campus.

Other events sponsored by this office are: Jennifer S. Fallick Walk of Hope in collaboration with Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, Relay for Life in collaboration with Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society and the American Cancer Society, and an annual Health Fair.

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