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Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at SIUE

About the SBDC

School of Business

Full-Time Professional Staff

Jo Ann May
Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center Director
SIU Edwardsville and East St. Louis Center

Jo Ann Di Maggio May is a Glen Carbon resident and earned a bachelor’s in business administration from SIUE in 2005, followed by an MBA in 2007.

Jo Ann has a Small Business background in the Restaurant industry. Her brothers own Di Maggio Brothers Pizza and Pasta in Highland, while her parents own Di Maggio’s Pizza and Pasta in Pinckneyville.

Jo Ann was a graduate assistant for the Small Business Development Center at SIUE from August 2005-September 2007. She also has served as an international business consultant for the SBDC’s International Trade Center (ITC).  Di Maggio May’s other work experience includes being an assistant manager at Walgreen’s in Edwardsville, a personal banker for US Bank in Belleville and a mortgage default counselor for US Bank in St. Louis.

Marti Guntren, MPA
Business Specialist
Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East at SIUE and East St. Louis

Marti Guntren is a Jersey County resident and earned Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Studio Art, followed by a Masters in Public Administration and Policy Analysis, all from SIUE.

Marti has a background in small business, having owned and operated a small business in St. Louis County, Missouri, as well as in Jersey County, Illinois, since 1991. As part of her business, she has mentored other entrepreneurs and enjoys seeing peoples’ ideas turn into realities.

Marti is a U.S. Army veteran, and has also worked for the federal government as a civilian for the Federal Aviation Administration, for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, and has many years of experience working with non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. She has been with SIUE since 2014 and has worked with the Chancellor’s office (Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion) and the Graduate School/Office of Research and Projects.

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