Jeffery L. Nance, a life-long Peorian, retired from Empowering People, Inspiring Capabilities (EP!C) on Friday, August 31, 2018 after 45 years of service.
EP!C is a community of families, staff, volunteers and community members working together to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families with unique educational, residential, employment, and care programs tailored to each individual’s abilities and needs.
Jeff began his career at Allied Agenices with PARC (Peoria Association for Retarded Citizens) in February 1973. In April 2013, PARC changed its name to EP!C and is currently located at 2913 W. Townline Road. During his tenure there, Jeff served in various positions including Service Employee in the Adult Developmental Training Program, Bus Attendant sub, Program Aide, Program Assistant in Vocational Services, and Program Instructor in Adult Developmental Services. Jeff retired as a Direct Support Person in Educational Services.
Jeff was a valued employee of EP!C who worked closely with the children and adult clients who utilized its services. During his retirement reception at EP!C on Friday, numerous staff members and clients expressed their love for Jeff and their appreciation of the commitment and love he demonstrated for his job and those he served. According to Kim Cornwell, CEO of EP!C, Jeff is irreplaceable and he will be greatly missed. She stated that former clients of EP!C always remember Jeff fondly.
At the age of four, after a bout with measles, Jeff contracted encephalitis; a type of brain inflammation often caused by either a bacterial or viral infection. Due to this infection Jeff was hospitalized for four months during which he was comatose for a month. The infection caused mild brain damage resulting in some developmental disabilities. Jeff had to learn how to walk and talk again through months of physical and speech therapy. Over the years Jeff thrived and eventually graduated from Woodruff High School. Shortly after graduation, he started his 45 year tenure at EP!C. For the past 4 years, Jeff has served as President of Council 31 of the local AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees.
During his retirement, Jeff plans to continue as a part-time employee of the Peoria Park District as assistant to the supervisor of fall and summer softball leagues at the Peoria Stadium.
Jeff is the son of the late Obadiah and Flora Nance. He has five siblings, Gregory (Diana) Nance, Beverly Nance, Michael Nance, Linda (Dale) Jackson, Darlene Nance-Sykes, and stepbrother, Thurman “Butch” Tate.