Meet our Staff

Southeastern Illinois College's highly trained and professional staff is here to meet your needs.

Lori Cox
Associate Dean of Workforce & Community Education / WISBDC Director

Lori Cox has been the Director of the Southeastern Illinois College Workforce & Illinois Small Business Development Center since April 2005. She has been with the WISBDC since June 2003 as the Supervisor of Client Services/Planning and Event Coordinator.

Lori graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1990 with a B.A. in Speech Communications/Public Relations. From 1990 through 2000 she worked in retail management with companies such as Gymboree, Bath & Body Works and The Disney Store. In 2000, after relocating back to Southern Illinois, she went to work for Egyptian Public and Mental Health Department as the Tobacco Grant Coordinator and Health Educator. During this same time she and her husband owned and operated a small restaurant in Eldorado.

Lori is pleased to be back in Southern Illinois and working with small businesses. You can contact Lori at (618) 252-5001 ext. 4 or by email at

Workforce & Illinois Small Business Development Center Staff

Marcey Martin
Administrative Assistant

Marcey Martin has been with the Southeastern Illinois College Workforce & Illinois Small Business Development Center since December 1, 1999. Marcey holds the title of Administrative Assistant. She obtained her education from Southeastern Illinois College. She also received the designation of Certified Business Specialist by meeting the requirements as specified by the private/public partnership of the Illinois Small Business Development Center Network and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Ms. Martin assists the director with helping clients get their business plans and loan applications ready to present to the bank. She also personally helps clients get information they need to pursue their own business or expand an existing one.

You can contact Marcey at (618) 252-5001 ext. 2 or by email at

Arla Murphy
Business Development Specialist

Arla Murphy has been the business development specialist since May of 2018.
Arla graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2005 with a B.S. in Journalism/Political Science. She completed post graduate work in Communications from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Arla worked in journalism in the St. Louis and Metro East market focusing on editorial writing, news journalism and as an editor. In 2009, she moved back to Southern Illinois and began working for financial institutions and further developed her career in marketing and business development.  Arla has volunteered with several civic organizations in Southern Illinois and has served on the board of the Saline County Chamber of Commerce.
You can contact Arla at (618) 252-5001 ext. 2312 or by email at