Ezio Community Development Services, Inc. is a 501©3 nonprofit organization compelled to leave a positive impact on every neighborhood we touch. We are focused on community development, economic development and community engagement.
We are a diverse team with a common goal, develop community centric, thriving neighborhoods!
Our Core Values include:
Building or renovating homes in areas that have been divested
Building a sense of community, connectedness, and valued relationships while promoting safe neighborhoods for all neighbors.
Incorporating green practices that help sustain a healthier environment
Collaborating with local businesses, trades, and entrepreneurs to encourage workforce development, and boost job creation
Focusing on Housing, Revitalization, and Community Engagement
Services: Our team is working hard to offer services that align with the needs of the community. Please check back soon for updated information.
Board of Directors:
Ms. Walker has designed interior spaces for more than 20 years. Boise’s love for interior design was ignited in high school when she redesigned her family home. Realizing her innate gift, she received a BS degree in Interior Design at Colorado State University. She led the design efforts of more than 1,000 projects for several large Fortune 500 retailers in the US and International markets. After uncompromised success in the corporate world with retail and commercial design and project management, she desired to expand her business acumen and received an MBA from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Boise is the Owner/Designer of Ezio Design Solutions, a full-service interior design firm that allows her to design beautiful spaces in Chicago, Joliet and surrounding areas. With a heart for helping people, Boise established the non-profit, Ezio Community Development Services, Inc. to ensure marginalized communities have room to thrive. Not only is she committed to creating functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces, she also does not shy away from the challenge of revitalizing areas that have been forgotten and blighted for decades. Boise’s love for design and helping others have finally merged to benefit a greater cause.
Donna is the Senior Business Coordinator of Fifth Third’s Commercial Real Estate Department and was a former team member of the Community Development Department. She has a solid background working with senior management and 11 years of Risk Management and Loss Control experience. She resides in Gary, Indiana and knows firsthand how blighted neighborhoods impact the essence of a city. Donna lived in Joliet for 20 years and is familiar with this city and looks forward to leaving a positive mark on the community through the efforts of this board.
Ms. King was formerly Managing Director for The Corvus Group where she was responsible for the supervision and quality control of deliverables for various banks with over 47 billion in assets for 67 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Loss Share Agreements. She managed on-site compliance audits conducted across the United States and Puerto Rico, designed and implemented internal processes, portfolio and performance management metrics, standard report formats, site visit work programs and communication protocols. As a manager at Grant Thornton, Ms. King performed buy and sell-side due diligence engagements for middle-market clients ($50MM – 500MM) where she analyzed working capital, carve-outs, quality of earnings and financial modeling for private equity and strategic acquirers in the professional services and manufacturing industries. Ms. King has a passion for helping those in underserved communities navigate their financial future by obtaining and maintaining control of their finances. In an effort to achieve this goal, she has conducted several financial literacy classes at various churches within the Joliet and Bolingbrook communities as well as individual one-on-one sessions.
Hilda has a passion for helping others and joined Ezio Community Development Services in June 2020 as one of the first board members. Before joining Ezio's Board of Directors, she served on the board for the Northwest Side Housing Center from 2008 - 2018. Hilda is the Regional Office Coordinator at Starbucks Corporate Office, has an extended career of working with senior leadership and has managed 3 major office moves ranging from 1,500 sf to 3,500 sf. Hilda loves spending time with her family and when the weather permits, she enjoys bike riding with her husband.
Valerie is a retired LPN is grateful for the life lessons she has learned, and the relationships garnered from those experiences. The relationships she could never live without are her relationships with Ancient of Days, the most beloved name for Father God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Through those relationships she is the beneficiary of open vision, dreams, gift of knowledge and prophecy. The benefit she most treasures is being able to hear His voice. She is humbled in knowing that she can do nothing without Him and know nothing unless He speaks.
Lisa is a social studies instructor and coach at Joliet Central High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Secondary Education from the University of St. Francis and Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University. She is an active executive officer of the Multicultural Education Group, a non-profit community organization established in 2013; based in the Elgin area. She lives in Joliet, along with her husband and 5 children, since arriving to the U.S. as a refugee from Laos in 1983.