Board Members

Meri Tucker
(309) 694-2984

Meri enjoys serving on HOIDSA’s board. 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 in East Peoria, Illinois …

Nick DeTrempe
(309) 868-5810

"Nick lives in Morton with his wife Becky, son Austin, stepson Bill and stepdaughter Jocii, who has Down Syndrome.  Their blended family enjoys watching movies and going on walks together. Nick works as an engineer and enjoys homebrewing, watching zombie movies and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu."   

Renee Hayes
(309) 453-3115

Renee lives in Dunlap with her husband and 3 children. Quinn was born in 2015 with a birth diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Renee joined the board in 2017 and became co-secretary in 2019. She works part time as a nurse in the NICU. She loves welcoming new families, offering resources and support, and planning social activities for HOIDSA families and children.

(309) 214-5317

Hello, I'm Sarah Pepino. I am wife to Scott, mom to Ava, Colin, and Maximilian, and stepmom to Rhys. 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 …

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Mary Kelly

My name is Mary Kelly and I joined the Board of Directors for HOIDSA in early 2019. I am currently a Program Coordinator at the Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA) where I coordinate adult social programming, summer camps, inclusion services, and HISRA’s adult day program (FOCUS). I have a passion for disability awareness and education as well as inclusion. I am very excited to do more work within …

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(309) 648-9605

Mike and his wife, Susan, live in Morton. Mike worked at the City of Peoria and held several positions in the City’s Information Systems Department: computer programmer, department manager, and he retired as director of IS. In 2011, our granddaughter, Emma Sue, was born with Down syndrome. In order for Emma’s mother to go back to work, Mike became Emma’s babysitter. Until Emma started school, Emma and Mike went everywhere …

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Laurie Mattheessen
(309) 645-8370

Laurie and her husband Dave live in Peoria with their son Hayden.

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Trisha Romero
(217) 620-0184

Trisha lives in Dunlap with her husband Omar and their three boys - Mateo, Luca, and Cruz.  Trisha had a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome for Cruz when she was 11 weeks pregnant after having a genetic testing done to find out the gender early.  After reaching out to HOIDSA on that hard day, she was put in contact with some amazing women that helped her to see and understand …

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Alex Tucker
(309) 229-1785

Alex has been a HOIDSA board member since 2017.  He has attended ILlinois Central College.  He is employed by Mission Mart, volunteers at TCRC Highland Center and is part of Bethel Lutheran Church's Audio/Visual and Worship committees.  When not working or volunteering, he enjoys going for walks, singing, dancing, cooking and advocating for people with disabilities  His goal is to be the voice for those who have Down syndrome.