Lincoln College

Accelerated Bridge to Education

Meet the Staff

Vance Laine

Vance came to Lincoln College – Normal in 2014 after prior experience at Columbia College – Lake County in Gurnee, IL and at Heartland Community College and Illinois State University in Normal.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master’s of Arts in Higher and Adult Education from the University of Missouri.  He has been active in the Unit 5 Citizens Advisory Committee and in the local autism community.  He lives in Normal with his wife and three children.

Jean-Marie Taylor

Nate McCoy

Before joining the Lincoln College-Normal staff in 2010, Nate was a non-traditional student himself. He attended South Suburban Community College in South Holland, IL and Heartland Community College in Normal, IL before finally achieving his B.A. in History from Illinois State University in 2009. Nate’s experiences as an adult student in traditional-format programs and of working full-time while taking a full-time class load have given him a unique understanding of the challenges faced by adult students who want to further their education.

Katie Faber


Toney Howell


Michael Secretan

Courtney Grose

Courtney Grose is an Admissions Counselor for the Accelerated Bridge to Education program at Lincoln College – Normal.  She has worked with non-traditional students in higher education for over 8 years, both in the public and private sector, where she has enjoyed working with international students, government agencies and adult learners.   Courtney holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Business Management from Lincoln College.  She is native to the Bloomington-Normal area, where she currently resides with her son.