Council Member Israel Fontanez

Israel (Izzy) Fontanez, a dedicated 37-year-old letter carrier at USPS and proud union steward for the NALC and vice-president of his local, NALC Br. 1197, Southern Illinois Merged. He moved to Centralia, in 2006 and has since proudly proclaimed Centralia as his hometown. He shares 18 years of a strong, loving partnership with his wife, Heather, together raising two now teenagers. Beyond his postal service commitment, he actively serves his community as a board member for the Centralia Community Youth Center, Centralia Cultural Society, and Centralia Helping Hands.

A true advocate for community welfare, he co-chairs Mission Centralia, a project providing wheelchair ramps for elderly or disabled citizens at no cost to them. He has helped start and is continually strengthening community service projects such as "Feeding Centralia", who build raised beds and plant community gardens tended by community volunteers and open to anyone that would like to pick free produce. He has also recently helped start up a project called "The Birthday Club", this organization provides "Birthday Bundles" including everything needed to make a child's birthday special, to families that can not afford a birthday party for their children ages 1-18, completely free.  Izzy spends most of his time volunteering in the community and has been honored to be on the Centralia Balloon Fest planning committee for the last few years.  He has also voluntarily coached sports such as youth boxing,  Red Storm Football, and Youth Basketball. Izzy believes the youth in our city are our most important resource and most valuable asset, if we just take the time to cultivate their talents, keep them safe, and give them the tools to succeed.

This family man believes in the ethos of service through sacrifice, emphasizing a servant heart and love as essential virtues. Grounded in his Christian faith, he strives to embody the teachings of Jesus through actions over words, aiming to inspire others by showcasing that anyone can make a positive impact, regardless of background. While he is a devout follower of Jesus, Izzy recognizes and celebrates the different cultures and beliefs in the Centralia community. Izzy realizes that, above all else, loving and respecting our differences are what strengthens our community at it's core.  A high school graduate, and one of the first high school graduates in his family, Izzy is navigating the challenges of an ever-changing world, he exemplifies resilience and dedication in his journey to create a better life for his family and community. He believes he brings a different perspective to the Centralia city council, he believes he can bridge the different demographics in this city simply by listening to and speaking for those who feel they have not had a voice in local government. Izzy truly believes his rough upbringing gives him the eyes to see and empathize with our most struggling citizens in this city. He truly believes he is on this earth to serve and is honored to have the opportunity to represent the people of Centralia on the city council.

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 Council Member Barri Allen

Born and Raised in Centralia Barri has always been proud to call Centralia her home.  Barri attended St.Mary’s School then went on to graduate Centralia High School and attended Kaskaskia College, she received a Business Degree and also attended the Cosmetology program for hairdressing and then achieved her Cosmetology Teaching degree.  Barri has always been a part of her families businesses.   

 

Barri moved to Edwardsville,Il and resided there for 20 years. She owned her own business there.  5 years ago she rejoined her Sister, Sonya’s company Hollywood Hair she is CFO, business coach and hairdresser.  2 years ago Barri returned home to Centralia and is enjoying being a part of such a vibrant growing community, she looks forward to helping with the continued growth of Centralia. 
 
Aside from her work, Barri is also involved in various community organizations. She is a member of the Centralia Chamber of Commerce, and the Centralia Cultural Society. She also volunteers at local schools and organizations.
 
Barri believes that giving back to the community is important and she is committed to making a positive impact in Centralia. She is excited to see the growth and development of the city and is eager to be a part of it. 
 
In her free time, Barri enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and trying new restaurants. She is also an avid reader.
 
Overall, Barri is a dedicated businesswoman and community member who is passionate about making Centralia a better place. She is a valuable asset to the city and is committed to helping it continue to thrive.

 

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 Council Member Rob Jackson

 

Rob grew up on the Southwest side of Centralia. He attended Willow Grove Elementary, Centralia High School, and then attended Kaskaskia College. Rob has spent 20 years in the restaurant business in a variety of roles, mostly in management. He now works for the Illinois Secretary of State in management. Rob has served as the Chair of the Centralia Tourism Commission, the Chamber of Commerce Image Committee, Balloon Fest Committee, Celebrate Centralia Art, Wine and Music Festival MC, Centralia Halloween Parade committee as a parade marshal, and was the Co-Chair for the parade in 2005. Rob has raised thousands of dollars for the Centralia Cultural Society by directing plays and musicals, and has been the MC for our Relay for Life for many years. 

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