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Women in Leadership Award Recipients

Marsha Ryan - Women in Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Marsha Ryan is an assistant professor of general surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, with an office in Carbondale.

She holds fellowships in the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Legal Medicine, and memberships in the Society of American Gastroenterologic Surgeons and the American Society of Law and Medicine.

She is certified by the American Board of Surgery. She holds a B.A. degree from Oklahoma City University, an M.D. degree from University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, and a J.D. degree from Southern Illinois University. She is admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois.


Kimberly Kuhlengel-Jones - Trailblazer Award

Ms. Kuhlengel-Jones grew up in Okawville, Illinois and attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale for college and law school. In 1992, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies. In 1995, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Juris Doctor. After practicing law for three years in the St. Louis area, she chose to open an adoption practice in Nashville, Illinois. She has been practicing adoption law since 1998. 

Ms. Kuhlengel-Jones is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. She was accepted into the Academy in 2000. The Academy is exclusive to attorneys who handle a required number of adoptions. The academy allows me to work with adoption attorneys from various states.
Her law practice consists primarily in representing adoptive parents in adoptions. She handles the various legal aspects of cases, including the execution of the Final and Irrevocable Consents. She also handles a variety of other adoptions, including agency, agency-assisted, related, DCFS, interstate and international re-adoptions. 

Keuler, Kelly, Hutchins, Blankenship & Sigler, LLP – Carbondale Office

The civil law firm of Keuler, Kelly, Hutchins, Blankenship & Sigler, LLP (KKHB) is a full-service law firm composed of established and talented civil litigation attorneys with over 170 years of combined experience.

Their firm offers ten diligent attorneys who are well respected in their fields of practice and the greater legal community. KKHB, is passionate about their clients and committed to delivering the highest quality legal services.

No matter the complexity of a civil law case, the knowledgeable, experienced attorneys and staff at KKHB have the skill and focus to resolve your case or matter. 


For more information about the program contact Cindy Buys at cbuys@siu.edu or Angela Upchurch at aupchurch@siu.edu.

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