As of November 2012, Mr. Nettles serves on the board of directors for the Illinois Mentoring Partnership (IMP). The Illinois Mentoring Partnership is the unifying champion for quality youth mentoring in Illinois, providing resources, technical assistance, heightened public awareness and advocacy for the state's mentoring movement.
Mr. Nettles has been elected Chair Commissioner of the Serve Illinois Commission. The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40 member, bi-partisan board appointed by the Governor. Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the State.
Mr. Nettles assumed the position of Illinois Department of Human Services' (IDHS) Director of Partners For Hope Program (PFH) in January of 2001. The PFH program has evolved into developing capacity among our faith-based partners to support families in their communities who are trying to achieve self-sufficiency. Mr. Nettles is committed to helping families stay connected to community resources that will give them hope. This commitment has earned him recognition throughout the country. Mr. Nettles has been recognized nationally as an expert on faith-based related issues, providing technical assistance regarding faith-based initiatives to other Illinois state agencies and other states. In 2005, Mr. Nettles was selected as one of the panel speakers for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government: The Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy at its annual conference.
In addition to his faith-based duties, Mr. Nettles was the Team Illinois Alexander County and the community of Venice Liaison. While working as the Team Illinois Liaison, Mr. Nettles managed and directed the state of Illinois and federal governmental resources to create public and private partnerships. This successful collaboration has produce $21 million dollars of economic development in these two areas.
Mr. Nettles is a highly regarded and respected pastor in the state of Illinois. He is the Founding Pastor of Living Word Fellowship Ministries, a vibrant, spirit-filled multi-racial church that ministers to both the heart of its members and the community as a whole.
Mr. Nettles was born and raised in Harvey, Illinois. He completed a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; a Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education, Training and Development from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; and an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration from Southwestern Illinois College. Mr. Nettles is married to Wanda L. Nettles and has one daughter LaTrice C. Nettles.
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