board of directors & staff



Business Manager

Jen Williams

Jen Williams joined Habitat as the Administrative Assistant in April 2017, where she ensured the daily accounting operations of the organization, as well as management of the partner family files and other administrative functions.  A true servant leader, Jen found that her interests stretched beyond the eight hours per week she was in the office. She and her husband often volunteer for Habitat’s home repair work on the weekends and she stepped in to help the board on special projects. Compelled to help fund the work she was supporting, Jen wrote and received a first-time major grant for home building and regularly goes beyond the scope of her work.

Since October of 2018, Jen has served as the affiliate’s first Business Manager- a part-time role focused on oversight of the office and accounting, and also the processes, reporting and management required to run our multi-facted organization. Jen is also our certified Mortgage Loan Originator, a new State of Illinois requirement which enables Habitat to select families and both hold and service mortgages with the same integrity of for-profit entities.

Jen resides in Diamond with her husband Tom and daughter Emalyn, and has grown sons Adam and Alex. She can be reached at [email protected] or (815)942-1452.

board of directors

  • Julie Wilkinson

    Board President +

  • James "Bubba" Waite

    Vice President +

  • Kevin Brown

  • Sara Grieff

  • Jason Helland

  • Gregg A. Nadess

  • Angela Lilek

  • Ron Ragan

  • David Way

  • Nikki Wills

    Secretary +

+ Denotes Executive Committee Member


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