217.789.2377 ext. 5470
800 East Monroe, Suite 107, Springfield, IL 62701
Donna has been with the City since 2020 and is an accomplished grant writer with over 20 years of experience. Donna holds a master’s degree of Science in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Economic Development Officer
217.789.2377 ext. 5477
Ravi is a native of the Chicago area who relocated to Springfield in 2014. Ravi has been able to develop community-based programs to assist individuals in finding—and connecting with—the resources required for better well-being since moving to Springfield. Ravi spent years counseling in both the substance abuse and mental health fields before joining OPED, and he remains passionate about public service.
217.789.2377 ext. 5471
Aaron is a Springfield native who holds an MBA from the University of Illinois Springfield. Before completing his undergrad, he served as an EMS provider and firefighter. He also enjoyed time volunteering for the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, traveled to assist affiliates in other states, and participated as a ramp committee member. Before joining the OPED Team, he worked in Bank Levies at the Illinois Department of Revenue.
217.789.2377 ext. 5451
Elizabeth is a lifelong resident of the City of Springfield.
She has studied business at Lincoln Land Community College and is excited to provide administrative support to staff, businesses, and residents with the application process.
217.789.2377 ext. 5455
Krista has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Paralegal Studies. Additionally, she has completed all coursework for a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has been a coach for Chatham Area 17 Special Olympics basketball, track and soccer since 2009. Krista is a native of Chicago and has lived in Springfield since 1999.
GIS Analyst & Business Projects Manager
217.789.2377 ext. 5473
Mesfin is originally from Wonji, Ethiopia, East Africa. He moved to Stillman Valley, Illinois in 2007. He received his Bachelor in Economics from Illinois College. Having graduated in 2017, he worked for 14 months as a Budget Analyst at the Illinois Governor's Management and Budget Office. He obtained his Master's degree in Public Administration with a Community Planning Certificate from the University of Illinois Springfield in December 2019, while completing an internship with the Office of Financial Management at Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
217.789.2377 ext. 5469
Abby grew up steeped in local government, and tested the waters with a couple of internships and part-time gigs at the Town of Normal. She escaped the Midwest, and government work, for a few years in sunny Florida, working in sales. Deciding that wasn’t the life for her, she returned to the center of the country – first to Indiana, then Kentucky, finally settling back in Illinois. Abby holds a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Community Programs Specialist
217.789.2377 ext. 5456
Veronica is a Springfield, Illinois native who earned her Bachelor's Degree from UIS in Biology and Liberal Studies while studying Spanish in Colima, Mexico for three months. She was eager to learn about sustainability and improving environments, along with experiencing her ancestral roots. She also enjoyed volunteering with Gen H Kids and Lincoln Memorial Gardens during this time. She furthered her education with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from UIS focusing on Community Development and Non-profit Management, as well as GIS. While completing her MPA, she served two years as a Graduate Public Service Intern with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Among many other things, she is the proud mother of a 9-year-old son.
Rehab Construction Specialist
217.789.2377 ext. 5453
Rich has been with the City since 2001, but brings nearly 50 years worth of construction experience to his role in this department. Rich is an Associate member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, and a member of both the Illinois Lead Poison Elimination Advisory Council and the Illinois Healthy Homes Advisory Council.
Address: 800 East Monroe, Springfield, IL 62701