The Illinois Association for Community Action Agencies is proud to announce that Jessica Petty has been named the new Assistant Director of Professional Development. Jessica will be working side-by-side with Stormy to ensure the training and technical assistance we offer are top of the line. Please help us give a warm welcome to Jessica by leaving a comment below.

I am excited and humbled to be part of IACAA and to be able to assist IACAA members in creating positive changes in their communities. What a great network to be part of!

Jessica Petter

Assistance Director of Professional Development, IACAA

Jessica holds a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lock Haven University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois. Her diverse career path includes roles such as Program and Case Management Coordinator, Sexual Abuse Counselor, Infant Room Teacher, Substance Abuse Counselor, Special Education Paraprofessional, Program Assistant, Residential Youth Counselor, and even a College Radio Manager. With such a varied background, Jessica brings a unique perspective to her role in our organization.

In her previous role as the Program and Case Management Coordinator for a children’s charity, Jessica made a significant impact by implementing and managing three community-based programs:

  • Education Grant Partnership: Jessica managed this program, which provided support to community partners in providing scholarships to students in their communities.
  • Vocational Training Grant: Under Jessica’s guidance, this program helped students acquire valuable vocational skills through community-based scholarship grants, opening doors to new opportunities and economic self-sufficiency.
  • Children’s Grieving Program: Jessica’s compassionate leadership ensured that grieving children received the support they needed to navigate their emotions and find healing during difficult times.

Jessica’s success in these roles underscores her commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of those she serves.

Jessica is deeply committed to a trauma-informed, community-based, and whole-family approach to her work. She firmly believes that every situation and individual is unique, and this belief drives her dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of those she serves.

Jessica was drawn to the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies’ mission of providing a unified voice and support to the poverty-fighting network of Community Action Agencies. She embraces the value of embodying the spirit of hope for low-income individuals and families. Jessica believes in the commitment to improving community involvement and helping people help themselves and each other. She also aims to shed light on how poverty impacts communities, individuals, and families, and how we can collectively address these challenges.

Jessica believes that every situation, individual, and community is unique. She understands that each Community Action Agency knows what is needed to help people in their communities thrive. Her goal is to pass on her experience and knowledge to help IACAA members improve their reach in their communities.

Interested in joining the world of Community Action? Visit our Job Posting page to see open IACAA positions as well as open positions at some of our member agencies.

The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA) is the membership organization that provides a unified voice and support to the poverty fighting network of Community Action Agencies. IACAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.