Our Staff


Nikki Romain (Executive Director)

Nikki Romain is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago. Nikki has an extensive background in the arts as an actor, singer, writer, and voice over artist. She was selected to perform with the well-known Chicago Praise Ensemble and toured throughout northern Italy. Nikki has performed in musicals and theatrical productions across the country.  She wrote, produced, and starred in her one woman show, “Lost and Found” (a story about how the arts saved her life), at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles and the prestigious Royal George theater in Chicago. Using arts and culture as a vehicle, Nikki's mission in life is to empower the lives of women and youth.

Outside of work, Nikki serves on the HOI United Way Board of Directors, the Peoria Joint Commission on Racial Justice & Equity, the IL Arts Alliance's Arts Leadership Council, and several other philanthropic committees. She is also an active member of the Greater Peoria Illinois Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Incorporated and the Central Illinois (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. She is married to her soul mate and best friend, Jonathon Romain, and proud mother to the lovely Kennedy Alexandra Romain.

Jonathon Romain

Jonathon Romain (Associate/Artistic Director)

Jonathon Romain is a graduate of Bradley University and a nationally known artist who has owned an art gallery for over twenty years. His art has been seen on television, in magazines, and museums. In addition to his artistic accomplishments he is a prolific speaker. Jonathon has shared his journey with thousands of young people across the country from prisons to some of the most prestigious colleges in the world, and now with ART Inc, he is able to have a sustained impact in their lives.

Jonathon is also a member of Peoria’s Public Arts Advisory and serves on the PCCEO Board of Directors.

Visit Jonathon's Website!


Nese Burch (Program specialist)


Kellie Lester (Administrative Assistant)


Jamie Wunning (Marketing Intern)