Welcome to Serve Illinois
Ed was born in San Clemente, California and moved to Peoria at age 6. He attended local schools and was a paper carrier. While a high school student at Central High School he was a manager at Hardees opening the store before classes. In 1993 he started his career repairing wheelchairs and in 2003 he began working at National Seating & Mobility designing wheelchairs to fit children with disabilities. Working with insurance companies, he pursues the funding to make the mobility a reality. Ed is married to Melissa & they have 3 children that attend Holy Family School in Peoria where Ed is a Eucharistic Minister, Men’s Club member, Heritage Days chair, basketball coach, & fundraiser for the past 9 years. He also mentors Limestone High School ROTC & Elite youth.
Cecilia's first extensive field service experience was in Pisco, Peru in 2010 where she spent 8 months as a project manager for a disaster recovery non-profit. She returned to the US in 2011 and completed her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Community Health Education at Illinois State University. After graduating Cecilia completed a term of service with the Illinois Public Health Association AmeriCorps Program working in Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the McLean County Health Department. Cecilia is currently serving another term with AmeriCorps, this time with the National Civilian Community Corps Southwest Region in Denver. Since the start of her term with NCCC, Cecilia has led a team of 10 young adults on service projects in Houston, Little Rock, and St. Louis. Upon completing her second term with NCCC, Cecilia plans on attending graduate school at Illinois State University as a candidate for a Masters of Anthropology. In the future Cecilia hopes to pursue a career in service work and program management.