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About Darlene

Darlene Kloeppel is an experienced leader whose strong connection to Champaign County and its residents allows her to consistently find innovative solutions to difficult issues.

Darlene Kloeppel and her husband Jim have lived in Champaign County for over 21 years.  

Born near Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, and after living in Germany for the four years of her dad’s military service, Darlene grew up in western Iowa and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Morningside College in Sioux City. After earning a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa, Darlene worked on the Federal project that integrated hospice services into the Medicare payment system and the start-up of some of the first hospices around the United States, including Hospice Atlanta which provided pediatric hospice care and hospice care for persons with AIDS.  

Darlene attended the Georgia Institute of Technology for additional degrees in architecture and city planning, after which she provided correctional facility consulting through Rosser Fabrap Justice Systems and later offered strategic and facility planning for health care corporations as a senior consultant with Ernst and Young, LLP. 

Wanting to move back to the Midwest, Darlene and Jim chose Champaign County, where Jim became a science writer for the University of Illinois.  Darlene first assisted with the leadership transition of corporate executives from three merging hospital systems as they formed Provena Health Care (now Presence) and then served for 15 years as the Community Services Director of the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission.  During her public administration tenure, she managed over $11 million in Federal, state and local grants through diverse public/private partnerships.  Since then, she has provided regional consulting services.   

Darlene and Jim raised four children in Urbana, and Darlene spends leisure time with her grandchildren and in her garden.  She is a leader in Urbana Rotary and in her church, and has served on many local boards and committees.  She is committed to providing a safe and healthy community for residents of Champaign County. 

Making Big Things Happen. Helping the County Thrive.

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