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 with her husband, Chuck .They have three adult children and one grandchild. She enjoys renovating the family’s 115 year old home, travel, gardening, reading and entertaining.