Executive Director

Shawn Jeffers

WHY LITTLE CITY

“I have always known that I wanted a career that was dedicated to meeting human needs through service to others. In joining the Little City family in 2003 I knew that I was coming to an organization whose history was deep and vast. I often share that the Little City mission encompasses and synchronizes (with only a few exceptions) the entire spectrum of human services including health, education, housing, employment and leisure/recreation services and supports.

As a human service practitioner my service at Little City has offered me numerous opportunities to advance the accessibility and availability of service through direct leadership, civic/volunteer engagement, education, health promotion and social change at all levels. From the beginning, Little City has been a welcoming and supportive community to me.

This experience has given me more than I could ever give back and has helped shape my leadership and character. When I have fallen, it has lifted me up and when I was weary it gave me hope and inspiration.”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Since 2003 Shawn has served as Executive Director of Little City Foundation. Selected for his outstanding ability to provide high-quality leadership and strategic direction, Mr. Jeffers tirelessly champions to attain equality and dignity for children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

He leads a volunteer board comprised of 40 of Chicago’s finest public and private sector leaders and paves the path for over 500 staff in providing groundbreaking, innovative service to hundreds of Illinois’ citizens with disabilities (in Palatine and throughout the Chicagoland region). Mr. Jeffers also manages the 60-year old, non-profit service provider agency’s $40 plus million operating budget.

With a public and human service career spanning nearly 50 years, Mr. Jeffers has held many significant executive leadership positions in both the governmental and nonprofit sector. A humanitarian in his own right, he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hope School in Springfield, Associate Director for the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Director of the Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center, the Assistant Director of the Chester Mental Health Center, the Unit Director of the Ludeman Developmental Center, the Diagnostic Team Supervisor for the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles, and a Program Coordinator and Counselor for the Illinois Youth Center.

Mr. Jeffers also teaches non-profit business management and leadership courses at Northern Illinois University.

Shawn received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Aurora University in 1975 and his Master of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University in 1982.

 

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PERSONAL LIFE
 I am the proud husband to Barb Jeffers, and we have been married since 1981. We met while working at Ludeman Developmental Center in Park Forest where she was working as a Special Educator and I the Unit Director.

My pride and joy are my three children: two daughters, Nicole and Dana, and one son, Shawn II; and my two grandchildren Harrison and Leah.
I enjoy spending time with genuine friends – friends who rarely disappoint, who know my faults and love me more when I deserve it least. I treasure having and creating memorable moments with my family whether through shared travel experiences or everyday encounters.

I am someone who likes experiencing the outdoors and nature, changing of the seasons and the special holidays and events that each season brings. Throughout my life I have found joy in participating in competitive sports, exercising and productively burning off energy. My latest affinity is Bikram Yoga which helps me stay grounded and calm.

As a lifelong learner, I can easily get lost in a book or bookstore. I thrive through teaching and mentoring, and enjoy working with students, young professionals and youth. Innovation fascinates me! Those who know me personally and professionally know that I am always playing with the latest technology or gadget.

If you weren’t Executive Director at Little City, what would you most likely be doing?
If I was not the Executive Director I would devote myself full-time to teaching.   By nature I am a lifelong learner with a curious soul.  I truly appreciate and love being actively engaged with others in the sharing of ideas and concepts, particularly when those interactions or exchanges lead to promoting good outcomes.  Teaching has afforded me numerous opportunities to deeply connect with others.  What good is knowledge and experience if you cannot share it, put it to use or give it away?  Teaching drives me to learn more, do more and never miss a chance to make a difference – through my instruction, words and bits of personal wisdom I impart.”

Connect with Shawn
sjeffers@littlecity.org
847.221.7860

 

WHY LITTLE CITY

“I have always known that I wanted a career that was dedicated to meeting human needs through service to others. In joining the Little City family in 2003 I knew that I was coming to an organization whose history was deep and vast. I often share that the Little City mission encompasses and synchronizes (with only a few exceptions) the entire spectrum of human services including health, education, housing, employment and leisure/recreation services and supports.

As a human service practitioner my service at Little City has offered me numerous opportunities to advance the accessibility and availability of service through direct leadership, civic/volunteer engagement, education, health promotion and social change at all levels. From the beginning, Little City has been a welcoming and supportive community to me.

This experience has given me more than I could ever give back and has helped shape my leadership and character. When I have fallen, it has lifted me up and when I was weary it gave me hope and inspiration.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Since 2003 Shawn has served as Executive Director of Little City Foundation. Selected for his outstanding ability to provide high-quality leadership and strategic direction, Mr. Jeffers tirelessly champions to attain equality and dignity for children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

He leads a volunteer board comprised of 40 of Chicago’s finest public and private sector leaders and paves the path for over 500 staff in providing groundbreaking, innovative service to hundreds of Illinois’ citizens with disabilities (in Palatine and throughout the Chicagoland region). Mr. Jeffers also manages the 60-year old, non-profit service provider agency’s $40 plus million operating budget.

With a public and human service career spanning nearly 50 years, Mr. Jeffers has held many significant executive leadership positions in both the governmental and nonprofit sector. A humanitarian in his own right, he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hope School in Springfield, Associate Director for the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Director of the Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center, the Assistant Director of the Chester Mental Health Center, the Unit Director of the Ludeman Developmental Center, the Diagnostic Team Supervisor for the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles, and a Program Coordinator and Counselor for the Illinois Youth Center.

Mr. Jeffers also teaches non-profit business management and leadership courses at Northern Illinois University.

Shawn received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Aurora University in 1975 and his Master of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University in 1982.

 

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PERSONAL LIFE
 I am the proud husband to Barb Jeffers, and we have been married since 1981. We met while working at Ludeman Developmental Center in Park Forest where she was working as a Special Educator and I the Unit Director.

My pride and joy are my three children: two daughters, Nicole and Dana, and one son, Shawn II; and my two grandchildren Harrison and Leah.
I enjoy spending time with genuine friends – friends who rarely disappoint, who know my faults and love me more when I deserve it least. I treasure having and creating memorable moments with my family whether through shared travel experiences or everyday encounters.

I am someone who likes experiencing the outdoors and nature, changing of the seasons and the special holidays and events that each season brings. Throughout my life I have found joy in participating in competitive sports, exercising and productively burning off energy. My latest affinity is Bikram Yoga which helps me stay grounded and calm.

As a lifelong learner, I can easily get lost in a book or bookstore. I thrive through teaching and mentoring, and enjoy working with students, young professionals and youth. Innovation fascinates me! Those who know me personally and professionally know that I am always playing with the latest technology or gadget.

If you weren’t Executive Director at Little City, what would you most likely be doing?
If I was not the Executive Director I would devote myself full-time to teaching.   By nature I am a lifelong learner with a curious soul.  I truly appreciate and love being actively engaged with others in the sharing of ideas and concepts, particularly when those interactions or exchanges lead to promoting good outcomes.  Teaching has afforded me numerous opportunities to deeply connect with others.  What good is knowledge and experience if you cannot share it, put it to use or give it away?  Teaching drives me to learn more, do more and never miss a chance to make a difference – through my instruction, words and bits of personal wisdom I impart.”

Connect with Shawn
sjeffers@littlecity.org
847.221.7860

 

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