LISC National
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Our Team

Karen Davis, Executive Director
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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
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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.



Jessica Weitzel, Lending Program Officer
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Jessica was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois and is excited to be part of the Greater Peoria LISC team. She is passionate about, and committed to, community revitalization. Jessica has a work history in both the private and public sectors. This background, coupled with her graduate study focus in urban planning, led her to pursue a position with LISC as a Lending Program Officer. She has experience in State and federal development incentives, community and transportation planning, and assisting brokers in the home mortgage industry prior to attending graduate school.

Jessica graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French Studies in 2009, and received a Master of Science in Community & Regional Planning from the University of Texas in Austin in 2014. She volunteers her time with several organizations in the Springfield area focusing on sustainability, urban redevelopment, and small business development.


Fred Stewart, Program Assistant
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Fredrick (Fred) Stewart, Program Assistant has quickly become a valuable asset to Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).  He provides critical program support, grant management, and day-to-day administrative operations at the Greater Peoria local office. Fred is also a significant player in retaining vital relationships with our core network partners.

His proficiencies include, but are not limited to financial coaching, housing counseling, small business lending, strategic planning, project management and home restoration.  Fred’s current skills were birthed out of the 20 years of non-profit, community development and faith-based expansions he brings to LISC.  

He served as Program Director of the first FOC established in Peoria, as well as Business Development Manager for CORCDC where he managed the transformation of a 65,000 square foot department store into a worship edifice for 1,000+ parishioners.  This site rehabilitation costs over $1.5 million and was distinguished as Peoria’s first business incubator. 

Another example of Fred’s accomplishments regard the transformation of a former bank into a Community Outreach Health Center.  This venture was a collaboration with OSF and Methodist Hospitals to fill voids in healthcare and support services for underserved residents of Peoria’s South Side.  Fred’s depth of knowledge and understanding of Peoria’s infrastructure, market place needs and community development aspirations have proven instrumental to our Peoria office. 

Fred is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Marketing degree from Jackson State University.