Economic & Community Development Agency

Changing lives and making neighborhoods better

 

ECDA STAFF

 

BARBI BREWER-WATSON

 

 

MIKE HOFFMAN, AICP, PLA

 

 


GLORIA DOWDY

Gloria Dowdy has worked for the City of Kankakee since April 2001 where she began her position as a Lead Clerk which lead to her promotion to Administrative Assistant and then to Program Manager. Gloria has earned an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science at Kankakee Community College. Gloria came to the Community Development Agency from Chicago where she specialized in data input and analysis. Gloria’s primary responsibilities within the Community Development Agency are: inspector, contractor relations, HUD reporting and overseeing the construction side of various government programs.

 

 


JAN GATHING

Jan Gathing has worked for the City of Kankakee since October 1990 where she began her position with the Police Department as a Desk Officer, then with Police/Social Services as a Police Social Worker Assistant which eventually lead her to Public Service Administrator/Program Manager. Jan has earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Studies and has earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Communications at Governor’s State University. Jan’s primary responsibilities within the Community Development Agency are: public service, homebuyer programs, relocation for client programs. Jan is also a certified Homebuyer Counselor and teaches both group and individual counseling for the ECDA’s Homebuyer Education program.

 

 


MIYA GRAHAM, MSW

Miya Graham is the Community Outreach Coordinator with the Economic and Community Development Agency, where she handles the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the outreach for the department, including marketing materials, social media management, and community events. Miya has worked for the City of Kankakee since September 2018, after completing her graduate program internship with the City Summer 2018. She has her Masters in Social Work, Leadership and Social Change, with a focus on program evaluation and managing human serviceorganizations.

 

 


JONATHAN SHINABARGER

Jonathan Shinabarger is the Staff Account for the Economic and Community Development Agency, where he processes all department expenditures and helps the team follow its many grants’ laws and regulations. A Master of Social Work student expected to graduate in May 2020, Jonathan has several years’ experience providing social services with local agencies like Thresholds, Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA), and Catholic Charities. Formerly an aerospace engineering student, Jonathan combines his quantitative skills with a person-centered approach to help CDA effectively use its funding to serve the Kankakee community. In off hours Jonathan is a semi-professional multi-instrumentalist, plays probably too many video games, and loves deep conversations.

 

 


YORELLY VILLAGOMEZ

Yorelly Villagomez is an In-Take/Secretary at the Economic and Community Development Agency, with the City of Kankakee. She provides assistance with program applications, including assistance in Spanish if needed. Yorelly has successfully completed the Lead inspector course with Occupational Training & Supply, Inc and also has experience with administration. She is also currently attending Kankakee Community College to grow her career. Yorelly loves to spend time with family and help the community as much as possible when she can with the City of Kankakee.