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.
Vice President of Friends Board: 2018-Current
Secretary of Friends Board: 2016-2018
Friends Board Member Since 2015
I was born and raised in Pekin, Illinois and am a 2001 graduate of Pekin Community High School. I attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2005. Following graduation, I held professional, Six Sigma and managerial positions at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA), OSF Inc. (Peoria, IL) and Medivest Benefit Advisors (Orlando, FL). I married my “high school sweetheart,” Kurt, in 2007 and we moved back to Pekin following his Podiatry Residency in 2011. I am a stay-at-home mom to our three girls; Elle (7), Vivian (4) and Eva (2). I am passionate about children and the Tazewell County Friends Board has given me an opportunity to pour some philanthropic energy into an organization outside of my home.
Secretary of Friends Board: 2018 – Current
Friends 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 a 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. My husband,Cory, and I currently reside in Pekin. We have two children, Kylie who is 7, and Bradley who is 3.
Melissa Baer Adams
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.
Monica Charlton was born and raised in the small, rural community of Manito, Illinois, graduating from Midwest Central High School in 2000. She went on to college at Illinois Central College and then transferred to Eastern Illinois University where she graduated in 2004 with her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After graduation she began her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher, and soon after was married and started a family. While working as an educator, Monica furthered her instruction by going on to receive her Master’s degree from St. Xavier University in 2008. She and her husband still reside in their hometown where she is currently a first grade teacher, and he is a farmer. They have two beautiful daughters, Ayla who is 7, Oakley who is 3, and another daughter soon to be born in May of 2019. Monica has been in the field of education for thirteen years and is an active member of her community. She currently serves as Vice President on the Forman Park District board, is the race coordinator for the Manito Popcorn festival, and is facilitating a playground transformation at her school. Monica truly enjoys volunteering her time to help make a difference for others.
Board Member since 2018
I am the onsite Premier Inc. analyst at OSF. OSF is a 2019 sponsor of the CAC Trivia Night. My husband, Robert, and our girls, Bailey and Tenley, live in Pekin. My husband is active duty army. The Army brought us to Pekin in 2014.
Board Member since 2017
I work as a Dean of Students at Pekin Community High School. My wife, Shanna, and our two children live in Tremont, IL. I grew up in Tremont, IL and graduated from Tremont High School in 2005. I obtained a Bachelor’s from Illinois State University and a Masters of Educational Administration from Saint Xavier University.
Board Member since September 2018
My professional background is in teaching and child welfare. I live in Washington, Illinois with my husband Matt and our two boys who keep us busy with school, Scouts, and sports. We enjoy finding good local music and food together and following our favorite team, the Wisconsin Badgers.