The Board of Directors for Spero Family Services announces with pleasure, the appointment of our new Chief Executive Officer, Joe Bernard. Joe has been acting CEO, since November 2021, when former CEO John Shadowens resigned.

“Joe has served as our CFO for a number of years and for the past seven months has been our acting CEO. During this time, he has proven that he is the person best suited to lead this agency.  Joe has a solid track record of financial expertise, positive relationships, and deep respect among fellow co-workers. He has the wisdom to make decisions that benefit the agency’s long-term success, even when those decisions are difficult,” said Rev. Victor Long, Board Chairperson.  “Most important are his strong leadership traits – good judgment, resilience, team building skills, and he is a tough-minded individual.”Joe began his career at Spero over 20 years ago as


Chief Financial Officer. During his tenure at Spero, Joe has served as an EAGLE Accreditation reviewer and was appointed to the EAGLE Accreditation Commission in 2016. He is also an active member of the Mt. Vernon Rotary Club. Bernard holds a B.S. degree in Communication from SIUC. He and his family currently reside in Mt. Vernon and are active in the community

Prior to Spero Family Services, Bernard, spent 5 years as a regional retail manager at Citizen’s Bank and 6 years as a district manager for Wax Works Inc. Joe was drawn to the non-profit arena due to his passion to help others.“I am proud for the opportunity to lead this organization because we help so many people right here in Southern Illinois. Spero has a passionate team of employees that have a heart for helping people,” said Joe Bernard.

The Spero Board of Directors invites the public to a reception in Joe’s honor on July 12, 2022, from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm in the Youth Services Building at Spero main campus.