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Board of Commissioners

Please note that the HACC Board Meeting schedule is subject to change due to the availability of the board commissioners, holidays, and inclement weather.

When: 4th Thursday of the Month

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: 2008 North Market Street Champaign, IL 61822

  • November 15, 2018
  • December 20, 2018
  • January 24, 2019
  • February 28, 2019
  • March 28, 2019
  • April 25, 2019
  • May 23, 2019
  • June 27, 2019
  • July 25, 2019
  • August 22, 2019
  • September 26, 2019
  • October 24, 2019
  • November 28, 2019
  • December 19, 2019

 

Eddie Adair

Eddie Adair, Secretary 

Has been appointed since 2006 by the City of Urbana. Commissioner Adair retired as Urbana’s first black Police Chief in 2005.  His extensive career in police work has equipped him well to relate to the needs of the community and its residents.

Email: eadair@hacc.net

Dr. Grant HenryDr. Grant Henry, Chairman

Has been appointed since 2004 by the Champaign County Board. Earned a Ph.D. in the College of Applied Life Sciences from the University of Illinois. Commissioner Henry is a retired school administrator who has lived in the Champaign community as an avid Illini fan. Dr. Henry has enjoyed serving as a member of the University of Illinois Alumni Board, Illinois Connection, Illini Rebounders and Quarterback Clubs.

Email: ghenry@hacc.net

 

   Reverend Rickey Parks, Vice Chair

 

A proud native of the state of Arkansas, Reverend Rickey E. Parks, Pastor of the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Champaign, Illinois, hails from the city of Pine Bluff, where he developed a love and sense of compassion for others. He is the youngest and only son born to the late Chester, Jr. and Azzilee Crosby Parks. He has two sisters (Sharon and Carlotta).

He graduated from Watson Chapel High School in 1981. In 1986, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Recreation in Physical Education and Master of Science Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff. Pastor Parks played professional football with the Minnesota Vikings. He is also the first athlete to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in three sports at his High School; there is no other at this time.

Pastor Parks was licensed to preach the Gospel on June 15, 1997 and was ordained as a Minister on June 27, 1999. In 2002, Pastor Parks was called and served at pastor of Star Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Wabbaseka, Arkansas.

In January 2008, Reverend Parks accepted the God’s new divine assignment as the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church family in Champaign, Illinois confirmed God’s appointment and called him as its eighth pastor. In December of 2008, he ordained his first minister, Rev. Steve Gilbert. With a sincere desire to administer the church according to the Word of God, Pastor Parks preached and taught the Gospel leading and to an increase in the weekly church attendance that exceeded the capacity of the overflow area. Pastor Parks shared God’s vision to build the new sanctuary. A servant-leader, Pastor Parks visits the sick, serves bereaved families at repasts, counsels members, and greet members and visitors after worship service. Under his leadership, the church’s membership has grown to over 500 members, and countless others in the Champaign-Urbana are have been blessed by him.

He has had an extensive church work history on the local, state, and national level, including the Arkansas State Baptist Convention, Central District Moderator-at-Large, member of the Young Pastor & Young Ministers Division of the National Baptist Congress, Deacon, Youth Counselor, Sunday School Teacher, Assistant Teacher for New Members Class, Layman President, member of Fellowship of Christian Athletics, Arkansas Officials Association, Moderator of the Fellowship Baptist District Association, & Co-President of Moderators Division of Baptist General State of Illinois.

Pastor Parks also served as Head football coach of the Central High School and Urbana Freshman Teams. He was a professor at UAPB in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department for 12 years, as well as Assistant Football coach for 9 years. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and the Haygood Lodge 407. He is employed as a Truant Interventionist/ Student Advocate by the Champaign Unit 4 School District.

Pastor Parks is married to Sis. Felicia A. Stribling-Parks. Rev. and Sis. Parks are the proud parents of three sons: Rickey, Akeemeon and Ariston and Grandparents of two grandsons Neil and Rylan and a beautiful granddaughter Melah.

Jim RoseJim Rose

Has been appointed since 2012 by the City of Champaign. Earned a BS and MS in Finance from the University of Illinois. Commissioner Rose has had a 32-year career in Affordable Housing at the University of Illinois Housing Research and Development, Mental Health Center of Champaign County and Homestead Corporation of C-U. Additionally, Jim serves the community through volunteer work and is actively involved in Neighborhood Services Advisory Board, Bristol Park Steering Committee and as a Carle Foundation Hospital Auxiliary member.

Email: jrose@hacc.net

Linda TurnbullLinda Turnbull, Resident Advisor

Has been appointed since 2015 by the Champaign County Board. Earned a BA in General Studies and MS in Training and Development Technology from Eastern Illinois University. Commissioner Turnbull currently works at Champaign-Urbana Area Project under the National and Community Service AmeriCorps Vista Program.  She is a 2016 Dave Benton Difference Maker STAR Award winner, along with earning many other awards for her service and efforts within the Champaign County community.

Email: lturnbull@hacc.net

Rebecca ObuchowskiRebecca Obuchowski

Appointed by the City of Urbana, 2018. Earned a BA in Sociology from Beloit College and a M.Ed. in Special Education from UIUC. Rebecca Obuchowski currently works as the Executive Director of Community Choices, a non-profit and human service cooperative in Champaign serving adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families. She has worked in the field of support, education, and advocacy for people with disabilities for over ten years.  Rebecca also serves on the Channing-Murray board of governors and a is life-long resident of the Champaign-Urbana area.

Email: rbuckowski@hacc.net

 

Danielle Chynoweth

Danielle Chynoweth 

Appointed by the City of Urbana, 2017. Earned an MA in Political Science from the New School for Social Research. Currently serves as the Supervisor of Cunningham Township, providing the last safety net for the lowest income residents of Urbana. From 2014-2016 Danielle was the Organizing Director at the Center for Media Justice, where she coordinated a national network to win campaigns for net neutrality, prison phone justice, and broadband expansion for low-income families.  For 14 years she was Vice-President and partner of Pixo, a design and technology company in Urbana. She was awarded McKinley Foundation Social Justice Award in 2018, Woman of the Year by Central Illinois Business Magazine in 2011, the Ace Award for Creative Community Service in 2007, and was named a Media Giraffe by the University of Massachusetts in 2005.

Email: dchynoweth@hacc.net