LISC National
Who We Are

Our Team

Karen Davis, Executive Director


Karen received both a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and a Master of Arts Degree in Community Development from the University of Illinois. She received a certificate in Affordable Housing Finance from the National Development Council and studied affordable housing in Birmingham, England while working on a certificate in Urban Development from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She holds licensure as an Illinois Realtor and as an Insurance Producer in Illinois and Missouri. Karen received the Excellence in Business Award from the St. Louis American and the Child Advocate Award from the Annie Malone Organization. A native of Springfield, Illinois, Karen is the mother of two children, Tiffany and Kurt. Tiffany is a School Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, and Kurt is the Deputy Director of Job Corps in Boise, Idaho.



Angela Bolden, Program Officer


Angela joined Greater Peoria LISC in 2014 and oversees the Financial Opportunity Center network in Central Illinois. She brings to LISC expertise in financial and housing counseling.  Her degree is in Mathematics. Her work also focuses on affordable housing including assisting with  underwriting loans to produce & preserve affordable housing.  Angela is passionate about equipping and empowering others to improve their lifestyle.




Shawn Johnson, Program Assistant

Shawn Johnson hails from Peoria, IL.  He attended Peoria High School and has both a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Bradley University.  He is a huge proponent of the continued economic development of the Peoria area.  He has interests in politics, international affairs, and the Chicago Bears (if they ever learn to win again).

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Ellie Stamper, Communications Intern


Ellie Stamper moved to Peoria from Bettendorf, Iowa. She is a public relations major at Bradley University with a double minor in theatre arts and professional writing. When not managing the Greater Peoria LISC’s website and social media pages, Ellie enjoys being in theatre productions. She is very excited to be a part of the Greater Peoria LISC team.