Mrs. Gregory is the Executive Director for Dove, Inc. A member of the Decatur Area community since 1995, Gregory previously served as Digital Learning Support Lead for the State of Illinois Virtual School (IVS), where her clients included public, private and homeschool students and faculty from across the state. She worked with a staff of 60 teachers and staff maintaining infrastructure and ensuring delivery of high quality educational experiences regardless of time, place or pace. Before joining the IVS administrative leadership team, she served as a National Board Certified Teacher in Bethany, Heyworth, Richland Community College and Millikin University. Through her 20 years in education she has impacted the lives of thousands of area students and families and developed grant-funded programs totalling over $14 millions dollars.
In addition to teaching, she was privileged to work on the Science Operations Working Group (SOWG) on several NASA missions to Mars, including the Mars Exploration Rovers and the Mars Phoenix Lander. Gregory holds a bachelor’s degree from the Miami University of Ohio and a master’s degree from the University of North Dakota. She was a Graduate Fellow in Chemistry at the University of Illinois, and a graduate of SCORE and Millikin University's Center for Entrepreneurship First Step FastTrac program. Together with her family, she has owned and operated several businesses in the Decatur area.
Gregory served in a number of faith-based roles prior to joining Dove, Inc. as the E.D. With her husband she was a foster and adoptive parent with Lutheran Child and Family Services, a regular volunteer with the Judy Mason Project, and a mentor with Webster-Cantrell Hall. As a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, she has served in the role of Vestry Member, Chalice Bearer, and chair of the Newcomer’s committee. She is currently in the discernment process to become an Episcopal Deacon.
Barb began with Dove in 1992 in the RSVP Program. Barb has a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University with a Park and Recreation Administration Degree and came to Decatur in 1980 to work at the Decatur Park District. Barb lives in Decatur with her husband Doug and son, Philip. Their son Adam and his wife Jade live out of state.
Teri Ducy has been with Dove’s Domestic Violence Program since October 1990 and has been the Director since 1998. She received her Certification as an IL Certified Domestic Violence Professional in 2002. Teri was married to Bill for almost 25 years until cancer took him in March, 2010. She has 2 grown sons, Duane and Matt who are both married which gives her 2 wonderful daughter-in-laws. Teri also loves being a Grandma. (Seen here with your plaque for 25 years of service to Dove.)
Darsonya has been involved with the program and the Decatur-Macon County Homeless Council Continuum of Care for more than ten years. Her start began in 1999 as a Case Manager for the program. She currently serves as Chair and has served on several committees throughout her involvement with the Continuum. Her endeavors have allowed her to also worked for Heritage Behavioral Health Center, Decatur-Macon County Opportunities Corporation and Decatur Housing Authority; four of the Continuum of Care's Governing Board agencies. She has her Bachelor's degree in Psychology.
Tamara has been with Dove since 1998 serving in the finance department, the Finance Director and now as the Assistant Director. Married to Lynn Wilcox and resides in Blue Mound. Tammy is a member of Zion Chapel United Methodist Church.
My husband and I moved to the Decatur area in 1976 and have raised our family here. For the past 14 years I have worked in the social service field. I am excited to be the Coordinator of BABES, which is a positive, pro-active program, and benefit for the children in our community.
Mary began at Dove in December of 2015. "I am returning to Decatur from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I previously spent 12 years at Heritage Behavior Health working as Administrative Specialist/Support Services. I am very excited that I joined an organization that plays a vital part in the community where the programs and services provided e extremely needed in understanding the needs amongst all people."
Deanna started with Dove in September 2016 as the Rapid Re-Housing Case Manager. Deanna was born in Champaign-Urbana and moved to Decatur in 1990. "The only hobby that I really have is shooting pool. I have 3 children and 1 grandchild. I have a wonderful and supporting husband."
Hilda Margerum has been employed with Dove since 2002. Hilda was born and raised in Decatur attending District 61 Public School. Hilda lived in Grand Rapids Michigan from 1975-1998 where she attended Davenport Business College. Hilda is a mother of 3 adult children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
I am from a small town in Northern Illinois. Decatur is about 75 times the size of where I am from so this is major change and never expected to be living and working here. I graduated from Millikin University with a major in Human Services and have worked with multiple populations including elderly, LGBTQ, Native American and homeless population. I have three years experience in career-related services while attending Millikin which makes me excited to work this position. I have no children but spend most of my time with family. Family is a very important aspect of my life since moving away for college and has been my rock and source of support my whole life no matter what the circumstance.
Nicole began with Dove in June of 2013. "I am a mother of 3 wonderful children that keep me busy and motivated to do what I can for the community. I love to read, boxing, and running after my twins. I have a great man that keeps me laughing and is a good father to our children."
Denise started with Dove in August of 2010 as the Resident Manger for the Macon Street Apartments and took the Re-entry Case Manager position in February of 2011. Denise has one child, Anay Hunt, currently attending U of I. Denise is a graduate of MacArthur High School and has also attended Parkland College.
Brock is one of the Homeless Case Managers. He graduated from MacArthur High School and has an Associates Degree in Business Management. "I have no kids as of yet. I do have one dog, 12 nieces and nephews, to make sure I stay busy!"
MAX / Housing and Employability
Rev. Shane Hartman
MAX Coordinator and Housing and Employability Specialist
MAX Coordinator and Housing and Employability Specialist
My name is Rev. Shane Hartman. I am excited to be the coordinator for the Max program and for Warm Neighbors Cool Friends, at Dove. In April of 2016, I added the Housing and Employability Specialist to become a full time employee. I am also a pastor at the Mechanicsburg Christian Church, in Mechanicsburg, Il. I am a proud Father of two wonderful kids, Brenden 17 and Rhiannon 11. I love Decatur and I hope to make a positive impact upon this town.
Charlie began with RSVP at the Director in the fall of 2013. Charlie first came to Dove in 2012 as the Homeward Bound Employment and Life Skills Educator. Charlie attends Millikin University’s PACE program to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership. In addition to spending time with her family, Charlie also volunteers as a Navy Ombudsman, helping Military families navigate through long term deployments. Charlie is excited about working at such a caring and committed organization.
Sandy Harmison is a Decatur area native. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and attended the University of Illinois at Springfield for post graduate work. She retired from Richland Community College but did not find retirement suited her very well. Sandy is excited about working for Dove and hopes her time here will help the organization meet its goals.
Sheryl joined Dove in March of 2015. She retired from County Financial in April of 2014 and wanted to work part time in a position of service. She comes to Dove with a history of volunteer work which include helping establish the Clothes Closet in Farmer City, Illinois; serving as a CASA in McLean County and in various positions in her church. Sheryl is married to Donald and is the mother of three and grandmother of seven.
Jared Bohland has been with Dove’s Domestic Violence Program since 2016 hired on as Client Services Coordinator, and was formerly with Dove’s homeless services program, Homeward Bound, since 2014. He has a BBA from Belmont University, and in addition to 40 hour domestic violence training, completed his IL Certified Domestic Violence Professional Certification in 2016. Jared is actively involved with the Macon County Continuum of Care, is a member of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence Leadership Development Committee, is an active leader for New Vision Urban Ministries, and is the creator/men’s minister for Man Up Men’s Ministry at New Vision Church. Jared and his wife Katie live here in Decatur with a passion for making this city a better place to live through their careers and their church. They have begun to grow their family with their first child on the way.
Sara Ganiere began with Dove in February 2017 serving as Finance Specialist. She has been married to her husband, Eric, for 17 years and they have three amazing children, Blake, Cole, and Paige along with two furry children, Dozer and Mandy. Sara loves to watch her kids play sports and spend time with her family. “I am excited to be part of such a wonderful and helpful organization!”
Debra began her employment with Dove in February 2016, feeling fortunate to be part of an organization that fulfills multiple vital needs in the community. She has a blended family of 8 and enjoys time spent with family.
Domestic Violence Program
Joyce Kirkland, Youth and Family Services Coordinator
Vivian Reed, Legal Advocate Supervisor
Jared Bohland, Client Services Coordinator
Nabila Alamin, Legal Advocate
Phyllis Swinehart, Weekend Shelter Specialist
Cynthia Farrington, Shelter Specialist
Cheryl Carpenter, Parenting Specialist
Vacant, Shelter Specialist
Angie Williams, Administrative Specialist
VACANT, Children's Specialist
Jamie Houchins, Victim Advocate
Kathy Walters, Housing and Administrative Specialist