The Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center Board
The Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center Board is a group of individuals with a goal of raising funds for the Center’s programs and services. From organizing the annual Trivia Night, to sending out appeal letters and more, the Friends Board is dedicated to keeping the programs and services funded. One of the biggest accomplishments of the Friends Board was paying off the mortgage in 2012.
President of the Friends Board: 2018-Current
Treasurer for two consecutive terms: 2013-2016
Board member since 2012.
I live in Pekin with my husband, daughter, and mother. My husband has a lawncare business and is a wildlife seed distributor. When I am not doing his bookkeeping or managing his website, I am a logistics and transportation manager for an active 9 year-old who is into volleyball, dance, and tumbling. I am also a Girl Scout Troop Leader – because it’s never too early to start building confidence in girls. I have worked at Caterpillar for nearly 30 years in a variety of accounting and human resource positions, in Peoria and in the UK. Caterpillar is a proud sponsor of the Children’s Advocacy Center.
FUNdraising Committee: 2022-Current
Secretary of Friends Board: 2018-2020
Board member since 2017
I grew up in East Galesburg, Illinois, graduating from Knoxville High School in 2005. I then went to college at Bradley University where I majored in Elementary Education and LBS-1 (special education). After graduation, I married my husband, Cory, and began my teaching career in Pekin District 108. I then moved to Pekin Community High School to teach and later became Dean of Students. I am an Assistant Principal at Morton High School. I completed my Master’s Degree from Saint Xavier’s University in Educational Leadership and Administration in 2014. I currently reside in Pekin with my husband and two children, Kylie who is 7 and Bradley who is 3.
Vice President – Open
Treasurer – Open
Melissa Baer Adams
Current – FUNdraising Committee Chair
Past President of Friends Board
Past Vice President of Friends Board
I work for Ameren Illinois in Underground Damage Prevention. Ameren has been a proud sponsor of the CAC Trivia Night from the very beginning and works to keep at least one employee on the Friends Board of the CAC at all times. My husband, Jay, and our two boys, Tucker & Tanner, live in Morton IL. I grew up in Pekin IL.
Acting Secretary: 2020-Current
Board Member since 2020
Retired from Tazewell County where she held the position of Tazewell County Clerk for over 20 years.
Board Member: 2010-2019. 2021-Current
Past Vice President
I am a Wealth Advisor at Horizon Clarity. I have always been fascinated by all things financial, and combined that interest with a degree in teaching to provide advice, guidance, and education to my clients. I hold FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 licensure held through LPL Financial, and the Life & Health Insurance license. When not working with clients, I enjoy drawing, painting, and crafts. I also stay active working out, being outdoors, and working in my garden. I live in Groveland with my husband, Gary and my son, AJ.