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We envision a future where
every child in need receives
resources, care, and support so they can thrive.

That’s a future we can all believe in.

The Children’s Home Association of Illinois provides community support services to at-risk youth, the people who love and care for them, and the people who no longer can.

Children's Home Association of Illinois 155 Years Logo

For more than 155 years, Children’s Home Association of Illinois has provided community support services to at-risk youth in the City of Peoria, Illinois and surrounding Tri-County Area.

Our mission is to help the kids and families who need it most.
We believe every child in our community deserves an opportunity to succeed, despite the insurmountable barriers that have been placed in their way. We are committed to raising up our community by transforming the lives of at-risk youth and families through education, clinical and community support, prevention, and residential placement services.

Our vision is to change the lives of the kids who will change the world.
The services we provide don’t just impact the individual child, they create positive ripple effects within their immediate family, neighborhood, community, and world by providing the opportunity to thrive.

A CHAIL Success Story

Story of Children’s Home

Family Connects

The Academy for Autism

Executive Team

For more than 155 years, Children’s Home Association of Illinois has provided community support services to at-risk youth in the City of Peoria, Illinois and surrounding Tri-County Area.

Matt George, President and Chief Executive Officer

Matt George

President and Chief Executive Officer
[email protected]
309.687.7218

Stephanie Alkhafaji, Chief Operating Officer

Stephanie Alkhafaji

Chief Operating Officer
[email protected]
309.687.7275

Ron Hasinger, Chief Human Resources Officer

Ron Hasinger

Chief HR Officer
[email protected]
309.687.7211

Cindy Hoffman, Chief Clinical Officer

Cindy Hoffman

Chief Clinical Officer
[email protected]
309.687.6604

Camille Simpson, Chief Communications Officer

Camille Simpson

Chief Communications Officer
[email protected]
309.687.7256

Angie Stock, Chief Financial Officer

Angie Stock

Chief Financial Officer
[email protected]
309.687.7295

Dan Ramos, VP of Education

Dan Ramos

VP of Education
[email protected]
309.687.7779

Jodi Schwindenhammer, VP of Foster Care

Jodi Schwindenhammer

VP of Foster Care
[email protected]
309.687.7361

Julie Siebert

Julie Siebert

VP of Business Operations
[email protected]
309.687.7440

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is a group of community professionals committed to giving back in a way that makes a big impact.


Bill Lutz,  Chair, ATS
Dr. Barry Clemson, OSF Healthcare
Tracy Hermann Coker, Dewberry
Steve Daggs, Commerce Bank, retired
Aaron Diefenthaler, RLI
Lisa Gates, RLI
Paul Lippens, Maui Jim
Ryan Miller, PNC Bank
Jerry Mitchell, security consultant
Harry Puterbaugh, Leisy Brewing Co.
Katrina Reynolds, community volunteer
Stephanie Ricketts, David Vaughan Investments, Inc.
Cori Rutherford, Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
Mike Stratton, Better Banks

Foundation Board

The Foundation Board of Directors are thoughtful professionals from the community who help oversee advocacy and fundraising.


Jill Weiss, Chair, community volunteer
Steve Daggs, Commerce Bank, retired
Kenny Elsasser, Elsasser Farms
Mary Gordon, WMBD/WYZZ
Tucker Kennedy, Ameren Illinois
Steve Kool, Vermeer Midwest
Cliff Laine, Benjamin F. Edwards
Laurie Studer, community volunteer
John Sutherland, P.J. Hoerr
Kyle Tompkins, Hasselberg Grebe Snodgrass Urban & Wentworth
Dr. Kelvin Wynn, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Dawn Zink, Caterpillar Inc.
Jeff Zircher, Caterpillar Inc.