Adena holds a B.S. in History and Political Science, a B.A. in Humanities and an M.E.S. in Environmental Policy & Sustainability. She has worked in both the non-profit and academic setting as an organizer, consultant, and teacher. In 2016 she moved to the public sector as the City of Springfield's Programs Manager for the Office of Public Works where she oversees the Waste & Recycling department. She is an active community participant, involved with the Springfield Area Arts Council, Sustainable Springfield, Inc., and both a musician and artist.
Betsy holds both a B.F.A & M.F.A in printmaking and paper making from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She made her first block print when she was seven years old and has been exploring the medium ever since. She has taught art at every level from preschool through the University and to every age and ability level. Her work has been shown internationally and is in private collections across the county. She has been the Executive Director at the Springfield Art Association (SAA) since fall of 2009.
Caleb has been working at Inner City Mission since 2003. In 2011, he received his B.A. in Intercultural Studies from Lincoln Christian University. That same year he became ICM's Director of Operation- taking a behind-the-scenes role while teaching various classes to ICM residents. In 2019, he also became President of the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association (EPNIA). He shares his home with his wife and two children.
Cassie is currently an employee at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). Her primary environmental interests are waste reduction and climate mitigation. Cassie graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Environmental Health and a B.M. in flute performance. As a student, she served as president of the Student Environmental Action Coalition, where they successfully pushed for recycling accessibility for students living off campus. Before starting with the IEPA, she worked to promote renewable energy and climate change mitigation in the Chicagoland area. In 2019, she became president of Sustainable Springfield, Inc. (SSI).
While Third Presbyterian Church remains a partner of the CRM, Pastor John passed away in February of 2023. He is survived by his wife, two children, six grandchildren, and four step children, and great-grandchild. He will be remembered for his 28 years of pastoral work, community outreach, as well as time spent teaching and golfing.
Michelle is a former resident of Sojourn and Inner City Mission. She is the first worker to take part in the CRM Workforce Development Training Program (WDT) which started in October 2020. She has worked her way up through the CRM- from being the CRM's Drop Off Coordinator to her current position as CRM Store & Donation Manager. Michelle is proud of her background and wants her story to help other women. In general, she was born and raised in Michigan until the age of 18. In 2019 she was beaten by her live in boyfriend with a 1x4 board - leaving her with a severe head wound, broken nose, and other scars. It took 4 days to get away from her abuser but he was eventually arrested on assault and Michelle was sent to a homeless shelter where she went through an outpatient program for alcohol. Within an 11 month timeframe she went from overflow to Contact Ministries, then to Sojourn Shelter for battered women, and then to Inner City Mission where she completed parenting classes. She received all her state and federal ID cards and began work related programming, including work at the CRM. Michelle has since moved into her own place, gets to see her toddler on a daily basis, has two part-time jobs, and has remained sober for over two years. "All that I have gone through these past two years has helped me grow to love myself and be proud of who I have become."
Springfield born and raised, Brenna spent the better part of the past decade living in Saint Paul, MN, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Media & Cultural Studies from Macalester College. She also attended SACI College of Art and Design, where she took courses on Graphic Design and Serigraphy. She joined the CRM family in December 2021 with a background in floral design and a passion for using thrifted materials in her art. She started as the CRM's Outreach and Program Administrator and then moved on to be the CRM Store & Donation Manager. She left the CRM in July 2022 to continue her education in pursuit of her graduate degree.
Former resident of Inner City Mission, Jennifer became part of the CRM family as part of the Workforce Development Training Program in Spring 2021. Regardless of her colored background mixed with addiction, abuse, and loosing custody of her children, Jennifer continuously worked to overcome, move forward, and do better not only for herself but for her children and community at large. Jennifer moved on with employment and left the CRM in the summer of 2021.