Meet Our Community Leaders

Jo Ellen DeVilbiss of The Conservatory of Central Illinois

The Conservatory of Central Illinois is the only not-for-profit community music school serving downstate Illinois. In the time since its founding, The Conservatory has taken its place as a leading cultural institution contributing to the quality of life in Champaign-Urbana. We were able to sit down with Jo Ellen DeVilbiss as she shared how her deep musical …

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Jim Hinterlong of the University YMCA

The University YMCA – better known as the University Y – develops campus and community leaders committed to social justice, environmental protection, interfaith cooperation and global engagement by fostering dialogue, reflection and action. It’s located on the University of Illinois campus on S. Wright Street. We sat down with Jim Hinterlong, executive director, to learn more …

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Ashley Withers of Community Choices

Community Choices is a family cooperative supporting individuals with disabilities to live in the community, have jobs, and make new friends. We sat down with Ashley Withers to learn more.    What is Community Choices? Community Choices is actually set up as a human services cooperative, which basically just means that we have a lot …

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Alex Dour of The Orpheum Children’s Science Museum

The Orpheum is a children’s science museum located in Downtown Champaign. Their mission is to inspire, engage, and educate diverse children of all ages through the exploration of sciences and arts. CCP spoke with Education Coordinator Alex Dour. Can you tell us a bit about the history of the Orpheum’s building and how it came …

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