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Carol Merna copyCAROL MERNA, Executive Director
Carol began serving as Executive Director for The Center for Prevention of Abuse in March 2015. Before joining The Center, Carol served the 18th Congressional District for more than 25 years working in, and overseeing, the constituent and community service operation for three members of Congress.  During her tenure in the congressional office, she enjoyed doing advocacy work, building strong and lasting professional relationships, and providing leadership. She enjoys doing the same with those whom The Center for Prevention of Abuse serves, those who provide support, and people and organizations who share The Center’s meaningful vision and mission for peace.  Carol has been awarded the 25 Women in Leadership, Federal Executive of the Year, Illinois Rural Partner of the Year and 40 Leaders Under Forty.




JoyceDeRenzyJOYCE DERENZY, Associate Executive Director
Joyce joined The Center in 1996 and has served in a variety of capacities: Elder Abuse Caseworker, Elder Abuse Supervisor, Regional Ombudsman, and Director of Adult Protective Services. In 2009, Joyce was recognized by Channel 25 as one of 25 Women in Leadership. In 2011 she was the recipient of the YWCA Valeska Hinton Quality of Life and Human Rights Award. In 2012, she received Common Place’s Love In Action Award and in 2015 she received the Kathleen Quin Award which is awarded for commitment to coalition building and information sharing, to promote elder abuse awareness, education, policy, or practice.





Olga Becker

OLGA BECKER, Director of Administration
Olga joined the Center in 2007 as a senior level administrator with 20 years experience in not-for-profit management. She is responsible for the coordination of administrative operations including grant compliance, program development and service related functions. Olga has worked in the domestic violence field for 30 years and is an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional. She has served on various state-wide committees and task forces, and currently serves on The Board of Directors at the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.





Mary Beth JacksonMARY BETH JACKSON, Director of Business Operations
Mary Beth has been at The Center since 1993. She began her career as Martha Herm’s Administrative Assistant and was promoted to Director of Operations in 1999. She worked side by side with the architectural firm and contractors during the building phase of the administration building and the Next Step Transitional Housing apartments. Mary Beth is currently the Director of Business Operations and is responsible for the fiscal functions of the agency – Accounts Payable, Payroll and management of 45 individual government/community grants.






SaraDillefeldSARA DILLEFELD, Director of Human Trafficking Services
Sara spearheaded the creation of The Center’s Human Trafficking Services in 2017 and oversees all anti-trafficking efforts for foreign born and domestic survivors in labor and sex trafficking. She is the Director of Human Trafficking Services and facilitates trainings for law enforcement, medical providers, community organizations, and participates in legislative discussion surrounding anti-trafficking efforts. Sara joined The Center in 2006 and most recently served as the Director of Domestic Violence Family Centered Services for six years. She supervised two domestic violence shelters, an 11 unit transitional housing program, and domestic violence counseling services for adults and children. She is an active speaker on human trafficking and is dedicated to educating our community by raising awareness and providing specialized services for survivors.




MarciaBoldenMARCIA BOLDEN, Director of Prevention Services
As the key driver of Prevention Education initiatives for The Center, Marcia’s administrative oversight includes providing school-based violence prevention programming to more than 22,000 youth in the tri-county area, as well as specialized training for professionals and community residents. She brings extensive managerial and directorial expertise working with non-profit organizations, educational institutions and the public and private business sector and is known by her colleagues for building consensus, empowering people, and fostering positive change. Serving as past Legislative Affairs and State Relations chairwoman of the Illinois Association of Education Opportunity Program Personnel, Marcia has received numerous awards and recognition for her visionary leadership and advocacy efforts including the 40 Leaders Under 40 Award for top leaders in the tri-county area.  She is a graduate of Illinois State University and the University of Phoenix where she earned her BSW and MBA.




HEIDI VAN HEUKLON, Clinical DirectorHeidiVanHeuklon
Heidi has been with The Center since 2004. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with 10 years of experience in providing individual, group, and family counseling, and with over 16 years of experience in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University she began working as a domestic violence caseworker at The Center. Heidi earned a Master’s degree in Human Development Counseling at Bradley University and has since worked in the Sexual Assault program providing therapy to children and teens, and their significant others.





JulieBolandJULIE BOLAND, Director of Sexual Assault and Advocacy Services
Julie has been an advocate for victims of violence since 1986. Her responsibilities include overseeing the Sexual Assault Services Program, the Order of Protection offices within each of the courthouses in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties and the 24 hour medical advocacy response program to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Julie has worked closely with Illinois Imagines for the past 5 years which is a collaboration of The Center’s sexual assault program, self advocates and disability service providers working to improve the response to sexual assault survivors with disabilities.




CAMILLE YAMEEN, Director of Marketing and Communications
Camille joined the Center in May 2017 after traveling around the world and back again. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Creative Writing from Bradley University and began her communications career in Las Vegas working for a prestigious PR agency. She handled media relations, special events, red carpets, fundraisers, and social media for a variety of clients all around the city – from hotels and properties, to shows, and nonprofits. After a few years, she traded her office space for open countryside and joined the Peace Corps, serving two years in rural Madagascar as a Community Health Advisor. There, she assisted a doctor and midwife in a small village with grassroots health campaigns about malaria prevention, safe motherhood, vaccines, water and sanitation, and nutrition. She now serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications where she blends her worldly experiences with her passion for development.




FRAN REYES, Director of Domestic Violence Family Centered Services
Fran began her career in social services as a contract worker for The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services before she joined The Center in 2010 as a Domestic Violence counselor. Her leadership qualities and dedication to serving The Center’s clients helped propel her to supervisor of both The Center’s emergency shelters, before beginning her role as Director of Domestic Violence Family Centered Services. Fran is an Illinois Certified Licensed Domestic Violence Professional and serves The Center’s Spanish-speaking clients by translating for multiple departments. She oversees case management and domestic violence counseling for children and adults utilizing Center services.






HOLLY KOZINSKI, Director of Adult Protective Services
Holly is the director of the Illinois Department on Aging’s Adult Protective Services Program, which provides services to seniors and adults with disabilities who are being abused, neglected or financially exploited.  Holly has been with The Center since 1997 and has worked as an Elder Abuse Caseworker, Outreach Coordinator, and Supervisor within the Adult Protective Services department.  Holly is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Women Studies.  Holly has a background of working in both domestic violence and sexual assault prior to coming to The Center.  Holly participates in several community committees including Caring Connections, The Adult and Disabilities Resource Network, and the Peoria County TRIAD.  Holly has also been recognized as one of the area’s 25 Women in Leadership.