Kristi Palmer

Richland Community College

Professor Kristi Palmer has been teaching Sociology and Psychology at Richland Community College for the last 23 years.  She has her B.A. in Psychology from the University of IL, Springfield and an M.S. in Family Development and Education from Friends University, Wichita KS.  She is a Certified Family Life Educator who has presented workshops statewide on topics including education, child development, divorce, and parenting.  She resides in Decatur with her son and their 3 dogs.


Michael Reed


Michael Reed is a Sr Application Scientist with ADM focusing on soups, sauces, salad dressings, and dairy free alternatives. My expertise extends from carbohydrate chemistry, product development, characterization, and processing based on work in ingredient and manufacturing food companies.


Keith Richard

Sanitary District of Decatur

Keith Richard is the Laboratory Supervisor at the Sanitary District of Decatur. He previously worked as a Principal Investigator at EPL Bioanalytical Services and as an Aquaculture Supervisor at ADM. He received his bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Science from Purdue University. This is his fourth year serving as a judge for the Poster Symposium.”


Dr. Jamiahus Walton

Clemson University

Jamiahus Walton, Ph.D., is a Millikin Alumni ('13) who is an assistant professor at Clemson University. He graduated from Millikin University with a degree in physics and from Iowa State University with an M.S. in Industrial Engineering ('15) and Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction ('19). During his time at Millikin, Dr. Walton was a Long-Vanderburg Scholar, a member of the Men's Soccer program, a Scovill Prize recipient. He currently lives in Clemson, South Carolina, with his wife Dana Walton (class of '14) and their one-year-old daughter Ida. 


Dr. Srinivasan Durairaj

Richland Community College

Dr. Srinivasan Durairaj is a professor of Biology at Richland Community College and has over 20 years of research and teaching experience. His research interest is understanding gene expression and regulation mechanisms in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems.


Dr. Thomas McQuistion

Professor of Biology Emeritus, Millikin University

Dr. McQuistion taught microbiology, parasitology and immunology at Millikin University for 31 years. He and his students published 40 articles in scientific journals and discovered 30 new parasitic species from all over the world. He retired from Millikin in 2010.


Dr. Junu Shrestha

University Of Illinois Springfield

Dr. Junu Shrestha completed her EdD in Allied Health, Recreation, and Community Services with an emphasis on Environmental Health Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 2018. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She teaches Environmental Health courses and mainly interested in research that focuses on various environmental contaminants, especially heavy metals and their impact on water (both surface and groundwater) as well as human health. Also, she is interested in applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technique to analyze and map environmental and public health issues. Currently, she is working on the application of GIS techniques to find the impact of contaminated (brownfield) sites to people residing near those areas.​


Lynn Renner

Richland Community College

Professor Renner graduated with her BA from Olivet Nazarene University in 1995, and  her MA from Western IL University in 1998.  She began teaching Political Science at Richland Community College in the Fall of 2014.  She enjoys interacting with the students and appreciates the different perspectives they bring to the classroom. Professor Renner appreciates the awareness that studying politics and its beginnings can bring to everyday life. 


Janilyn Kocher 

Richland Community College

Professor Kocher teaches history and political science at Richland Community College. She enjoys travel, outdoor activities, reading, and all things history.