Meet the Staff

Bud Price

Larry “Bud” Price
Office Manager
Phone: (217) 206-6720
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I am married to Cathy Price, who works in the Office of Cashiering Operations here at UIS. We have two sons. Larry is a Computer Programmer at Wells-Fargo Bank in Den Moines, and Dr. Ken is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh.

My first career was in radio broadcasting. I built a new FM station, WKXQ 92.5, in Rushville, Illinois, in 1985 and purchased WPWQ FM 106.7 at Quincy in 1995. I sold both stations in 1999 and came to UIS to finish by undergrad degree, earning a BA in Liberal Studies, focusing on multimedia communications in 2001. I continued in graduate studies, focusing on Human Resource Management. I then earned a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Labor Relations (Public Administration Department), and a Certificate in Workforce Development through Human Development Counseling as part of my Master of Arts, Individual Option in 2002. I worked as a business consultant before coming to work at UIS as an Office Support Specialist for LIS, LNT, SOA, and WGS in 2007.

I am thrilled to be selected as Office Manager for ENS and MPH and look forward to serving these departments for many years to come!

Desserae Shepston

Desserae Shepston
Online Coordinator
GIS Instructor
Phone: (217) 206-8524
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Desserae is earning her PhD from the Department of Geography at Texas State University-San Marcos, with a specialty in Environmental Geography. She is currently ABD and expects to graduate in May of 2012. Desserae’s dissertation research examines the intersection of changing forest management policies and changes in managers’ perspectives and practices on the patterns of forest distribution across tenures in the coastal forests of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Her research utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods and is interdisciplinary in nature. She is employing both GIS and remote sensing technologies to analyze forest cover change as well as content analysis of interviews to assess changes in manager’s perspectives and practices. Desserae’s general areas of interest include natural resource use and management, land-use/land-cover change, and cross-scalar linkages between ecosystem components, where humans are considered as a part of the ecosystem.

Desserae grew up in Champaign, Illinois, but lived in Germany and Texas prior to returning to her home state and joining the staff at UIS. In her spare time, Desserae enjoys hiking, camping, photography, and traveling the North American continent as well as destinations across the pond.


Amanda ClaytonAmanda Photo
GIS Lab Graduate Assistant
Phone: (217) 206-8403
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Amanda is in her first year as a Graduate Assistant for the GIS lab and a student in the M.S. Environmental Sciences program.  She graduated in 2009 with her B.S. degree in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She has since split her time between working as a field assistant on small mammal ecology projects in the western US and Canada and working in the Environmental Health and Safety offices of academic institutions.”

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