MEET THE STAFF
Jeannine McAllister, Executive Director
Jeannine holds a Masterís degree in Counseling and Human Development from Bradley University. Prior to joining the staff at Advocates for Access, in July of 2012, she was a principal and also has experience working in the field of disabilities. Jeannine currently serves on the PARC Board of Directors and also serves on the SPEC Board of Directors. Jeannine is looking forward to being a part of the Advocates for Access mission; ďEmpowering people with disabilities to live independently in our community.Ē
Jodi Scott, Director of Operations
Jodi Scott is the Director of Operations at Advocates for Access. She was previously the Reintegration Coordinator at AFA. Jodi has graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Masterís Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation. Jodi has received her certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor in July of this year.
Thane Hunt, Personal Assistant Coordinator
Thane served as a Peoria Police Officer for 10 years. As a Police Officer he was in the Patrol, Problem Oriented Policing, Street Crimes, and Traffic Units. Thane retired from the Peoria Police Department in 2011. After retiring, Thane worked in Child Welfare until joining Advocates for Access. In his spare time, Thane enjoys spending time with his family, working with scouts, camping, the outdoors and especially all shooting sports.
Connie Kinkade, Community Reintegration Coordinator
Connie has worked eleven years with people with disabilities through her experience as a special education teacher. She holds a Bachelorís degree from Southern Illinois University and received her Certification to teach at East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania. Connie has volunteered numerous hours through her church working with people in need. She is excited to join Advocates for Access to continue her goal of helping people improve their lives and accomplish independence.
Rachael Cansino, Youth Services Coordinator
Rachael is currently pursuing a degree in Social Work at the University of Illinois Springfield. She previously worked in a private school that focused on addressing individual student behavior, cognitive, and physical disabilities in ways that would assist them in learning necessary skills to live a healthy, independent life. Growing up with a god-brother who had muscular dystrophy she recognizes the challenges that arise through-out a personís life whose conditions may limit their daily functional abilities. Rachael has always loved to help and empower others to reach and realize their full potential in all they do. She looks forward to being part of the team at Advocates for Access and assisting those in the community!
Adam Duvall, Direct Services Coordinator
Adam previously spent 14 years as a journalist including the last decade as a staff reporter for the Peoria Journal Star. He has garnered numerous writing awards, highlighted by an induction into the Illinois Coaches Association Softball Hall of Fame in 2015. Adam holds a Bachelorís of Science from Bradley University. In this new career path, Adam is looking forward to helping people with disabilities find their independence within our community.
Amber Kessler, Office Manager
Amber has a Bachelorís degree in Health Services Management as well as an Associateís degree in Health Information Technology both from Midstate College. The Peoria area has been her home all her life. The help that Advocates for Access provides people and the community is very rewarding to be a part of.
Judi Sutter, Office Assistant
Judi worked for the American Red Cross for 24 years first as a Records Specialist and then as the Records Management and Information Management Supervisor. She is the new Office Assistant and enjoys being the first voice on the phone or the first person the customer come in contact with. She enjoys directing their calls and the rewarding feeling of making a difference that comes from providing information on any subject related to living independently with all disabilities and referring the caller with information to other agencies in our network . She also enjoys assisting the other team members in any way with their day to day tasks.