Will Wetzel
Will WetzelExecutive Director
During his AmeriCorps VISTA placement, Will completed the needs assessment that formed the basis for Genesis Garden and has since directed its founding and long-range planning. While earning his B.A. at Western Illinois University, Will served as Mission and Youth Staff Coordinator at First Presbyterian Church of Macomb, where he wrote an emergency response plan, developed and directed after school and summer youth programs, and coordinated several inter-generational work trips to Joplin, MO, Rock Island, IL, and the Rockaways, NYC. Prior to earning his B.A., Will served as a Red Cross disaster coordinator, establishing CPR and First Aid training for underemployed and unemployed. Will also participated in AmeriCorps NCCC, where his service included organizing 75 volunteers for two months of post-hurricane Katrina reconstruction and coordinating 350 supply delivery trucks in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
Phone – 309-255-3448
Jennifer Rodriguez
Jennifer RodriguezAmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
Jen started her 11 month volunteer-ship with Genesis Garden August 2016. Jen is working with the fundraising board, researching food insecurity in Macomb and will work with the Youth Robotics League. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for 27 months in Mozambique, Africa. She is new to Macomb and is excited to work with community members who want to empower themselves and help end poverty- the mission of AmeriCorps VISTA.
Peter Byrne
Peter ByrneAmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
Peter was a VISTA volunteer in Monmouth, IL with the Jamison Center. He started his 11 month contract with Genesis Garden in July of 2016. Peter is in charge of grant writing and volunteer coordination for the future transitional home. He is a graduate from WIU and hopes to pursue a master’s degree.