Board Members


President
Anne Hollis
(309) 219-5899

Anne and her husband Todd live in Elmwood.  In 2006 they were thankful to learn of HOIDSA and the services provided when their 3rd child, Meg, was born with Down Syndrome.  In 2009 the Hollis family grew to 6 when Anne, Todd, Noah, Caleb and Meg welcomed Alina into the family.  Alina, who also has Down Syndrome, was born in Ukraine and is a few months older than Meg.  Anne …

Vice-President
Meri Tucker
(309) 694-2984

Meri has been serving as HOIDSA’s Vice President since 2009. She has been involved in disability issues and HOIDSA since 1990, the year her oldest son was born with Down syndrome. She has served as the first President of the Local Interagency Council, a TCRC board member and president of the Human Rights Authority. She is a business owner and works as a commercial and residential interior designer. She lives …

Board Member
Laurie Mattheessen

Laurie and her husband Dave live in Peoria with their son Hayden, who is 9 years old.

Board Member
Kim Sarff

Kim and her husband Aaron live in Elmwood with their son Adam.  Adam was born in 2009 with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome and complete AV canal heart defect. In 2011 he had a mitral valve replacement. In 2012 Kim returned to school to learn echocardiograpy and currently works at OSF/Heartcare Midwest.

Board Member
Anita Hohimer

Anita lives in Pekin where she raised her three children.  She became involved with the Heart of IL Down Syndrome Association when her oldest grandson was born.    

Board Member

Hello, I'm Sarah Pepino. I am wife to Scott, mom to Ava(10) Colin(8)and Maximilian(5), and stepmom to Rhys(17).I am lucky to be a stay-at-home mom and hairstylist at home.  Our youngest son, Max, was born with Down Syndrome. Having him changed my life, and my whole outlook. I seek to spread acceptance of Down Syndrome and I love doing that through HOIDSA. I'm very happy to be serving on this …