Meet Rita


  • Peoria resident for 50 years
  • Mother and “Nonny” (Grandmother) – All Girls
  • Credible, Reputable, Strong Interpersonal Skills
  • Bridge Builder / Team Builder / Collaborator
  • Top Secret FBI Security Clearance (inactive)
  • Highly Successful Resource Developer for our community
  • Private and Public Sector Business Acumen   


  • Illinois Central College, Vice President of Diversity and Community Impact
  • Consultant/Workshop Instructor, Neighborhood Academy


  • Ph.D, Organization and Management, Capella University
  • M.A., Education Administration, Bradley University
  • MBA, Entrepreneurship, Walden University
  • B.A, Human Services Management, University of Illinois – Springfield
  • Certified Six Sigma Green Belt


  • Advanced Information Services (AIS), Manager of Federal Services
  • Bradley University, Director, Multicultural Student Services
  • City of Peoria, JTPA, Program Coordinator, Consultant
  • Illinois Department of Human Services,  Self- Support Specialist
  • Northside Action Council, Community Organizer


  • CURRENT BOARDS: Peoria Police-Community Relations Committee (Chairperson), Operating Board for Peoria Alignment, Martin Luther King Committee of Peoria (President), Peoria Promise Community Advisory Board
  • CURRENT BOARDS: Central Illinois Friends
  • RECIPIENT, 2018 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Legacy Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Peoria Alumnae Chapter sisterhood & Legends Luncheon
  • RECIPIENT, 2017 Annie Jo Gordon Legend Award, Doer of the Deeds Brunch and Awards
  • BOARD MEMBER, Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity (2004-2017)
  • STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER, Central Illinois Center of Excellence for Secure Software (CICESS) (2014-2016)
  • RECIPIENT, 2011 Whitney M. Young Award, Boy Scouts of America, W.D. Boyce Council
  • RECIPIENT, 2009 Women’s History Award, National Association for Women (NOW)
  • RECIPIENT, Carter D. Jones Civic Liberties Award, IL-Wisconsin I.B.P.O.E. (2006)
  • RECIPIENT, YWCA Valeska Hinton Human Rights Award (2005)
  • INDUCTEE, African-American Hall of Fame/Museum, Peoria, IL (2002)
  • RECIPIENT, 25 Women in Leadership Award, WEEK TV, PACC (2001)
  • RECIPIENT, Exemplary Alumni Award, Bradley University (1995)
  • COMMISSIONER, City of Peoria Planning Commission (1995-1996)
  • TRUSTEE, Peoria Park District (1991-1993)
  • COMMISSIONER, (City) Overall Economic Development Commission (1992-1996)
  • CONSULTANT, US Department of Labor/Brandeis University (1991-1993)
  • RECIPIENT, JTPA Presidential Award – Outstanding Youth Program (1991)
  • EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR, Central Illinois PIC (1988-1989; 1989-1990)
  • RECIPIENT, Dr. Martin L. King Commemorative Service Leadership Award (1985)
  • DELEGATE, Illinois Forum on Welfare Reform (1988)
  • COMMISSIONER, Human Resource Commission, City of Peoria (1986-1989)
  • ADVISOR, Peoria Housing Authority Tenant Councils (1980-1990)

Contact Rita at:


Telephone:  (309) 669-7096


In my family, we have five generations of strong women. We live and serve passionately.  Back row: Rita, BreAija holding Devy (granddaughter and great-granddaughter, Brandy (daughter)  Front row:  Nora (mother) and Asiya (granddaughter)
Thumbs up from Devy (Rita’s granddaughter)