Meet Our Team

Julie Meloan Bell


Julie grew up in Henderson County. An education major at Monmouth College, she went back to  school and spent 25 years in the medical field. After welcoming countless babies into the world, Julie now welcomes the community into the Family Outreach Community Center. She has volunteered in the community by helping with the school district's literacy program, the Alzheimer's Association, Relay for Life, Reach to Recovery, Des Moines County Historical Society, religious education and has been a Hospice volunteer since 1995. She is Mom to Cassidy, Dylan and Evan, and owner to 2 senior chihuahuas, Skippy and Lola. 

"I'm excited to be back in the county that I grew up in. It's been fun getting reaquainted with the friendly people of Henderson County. If I haven't met you, please stop in and introduce yourself! If we are already friends, please come in and say hi!"

Current AmericCorps VISTAs

Leanne Forquer: Leanne has been with us since May 2021. Leanne is the easy-going, hardworking, quiet one in the basement.

Halee Porter: Halee has been with us since June 2022. She is here for this summer and is going back to WIU this fall. 

Laurel Beelman: Laurel has also been with us since June 2022. She is also her for this summer. 

Addy Link: Addy was the last VISTA to join us for the summer. After helping here she is going to SCC this fall.

Previous AmericCorps VISTAs

April 2011-April 2012: Alicia Pence

June 2012-June 2014: Leora Magner

November 2013– November 2014: Hannah Alecock

August 2014– August 2016: Jacob Irish

November 2014– August 2015: Stephanie Burns
December 2015-January 2017: Leora Magner

September 2016 - February 2017: Sadie Magee

June 2017 - June 2018: Sherri Lant

February 2018 - February 2021: Jennifer Salyers - VISTA Leader

February 2018 -  April 2018: Jay Wetterling

June 2018 - June 2020: Cheyeanne Hay

August 2020 - August 2021: Trisha Forquer 

Feburary 2021 - August 2021: Megan Buster

Looking for new VISTAS!

Summer and full year terms available. Click here for more information or call FOCC!

Board of Directors

NAME                                        HOMETOWN           CAREER AFFILIATION

Chair Meredith Alexander          Biggsville, IL            Buzzard Glory Farm

Director Travis Pence                Stronghurst, IL         Stronghurst Collision & Refinish            Director Dan Potts                     Biggsville, IL            Crop Insurance Specialist

Director Melissa Livermore       Stronghurst, IL         Livermore Farms

Director Hannah Alecock          Oquawka, IL            Milestones Area Agency on Aging

Director Amy Gipe                    Stronghurst, IL        Regional Office of Education 33 


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Community Center​

410 E Main St. 

Stronghurst, IL 61480

309 924-1872 

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