Terry Stimpson received her M.S. degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at California State University, Los Angeles (‘78) and B.A. degree in Sociology at University of Florida (‘71). She has been employed in the field of rehabilitation counseling for 36 years.
She relocated to Rock Island, Illinois in 2001 to become full-time caregiver for her mother who was visually, hearing and mobility impaired. In this capacity, she provided 24/7 care at no cost to the State of Illinois or her siblings. Concurrently, she volunteered with KeyStone Neighborhood Association. In 2002, she became a board member and vice-president of the association. In this capacity, she initiated working with the Hidalgo Adopt-A-Park Group and Floreciente Neighborhood Association (a predominately Hispanic neighborhood organization in Moline) regarding improvements at McCandless Park. She organized the first Augustana/KeyStone Neighborhood Association Renter’s Rights Workshop in November 2003; and assumed duties as editor of the association’s newsletter. She was president of KeyStone Neighborhood Association from 2004 to 2011. In 2003, she co-founded the DisABILITY Advocacy Network, a grassroots organization that focused on Quad City area’s local government’s compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). Initially a volunteer, she became a board member of Palormares Social Justice Center in 2013.
Currently, she is employed as Rehabilitation Counselor with Home Services Program at Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation in Rock Island, IL.