Staff Updates – February 2015


Nelson,Amanda15Special Olympics Illinois has named Amanda Nelson the new Area  Manager for SOILL Far West Suburban Area 2 and Near West Suburban/Area 5. She will be responsible for assisting Area Directors Amy Kaylor and Katie Grisham in managing Special Olympics activities including training, competition, fundraising and administration for the Areas.

Nelson previously worked for Kendall County Special Education Cooperative as a paraprofessional for grades 9-12 at Oswego East High School. Previously she was employed by Robert McCormick Foundation, Advocate Health Centers and Western DuPage Special Recreation Association.

Nelson received her bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from North Central College in Naperville.


Williams,Taylor15Taylor Williams has joined the SOILL staff as Customer Service Representative in the Normal office. She is responsible for front desk duties and assisting other departments as needed.

Williams is a recent Illinois State University graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in English and a focus on Publishing Studies. She has experience as a writing tutor at ISU’s Julia N. Visor Center, was night editor and copy editor at The Vidette and was a production assistant at the English Department’s Publications Unit.

She has had numerous works published and has presented her work at several conferences.


Matt Johnson has a new job assignment as Vice President of Development & Donor Relations at the State Headquarters in Normal.

Sharon Russell also has a new job assignment as Finance Specialist at the State Headquarters in Normal.