Jonelle Polk McCloud

Jonelle Polk


General Manager, Proctor Recreation Center and Logan Recreation Center


Occupation: Jonelle Polk McCloud is general manger of both Proctor Recreation and Logan Recreation Centers after an earlier career in women’s college and professional basketball. As general manager at Proctor and Logan, she oversees programming, staff, special events and educational activities for area residents. She formerly coached Division 1 women’s basketball and played professional basketball in France and Italy. She also managed a traveling girls basketball team, the JEMS.


Community Involvement: She is a board member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame and the Big Ten African-American Advisory Commission. She also serves on the City of Peoria’s Community Development Block Grant Public Services Advisory Commission.


Education: Bachelor of Arts, economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; master of science, health and physical education/fitness, Northern Illinois University


Three things she’s passionate about: Family, education and sports


Three favorite hobbies: Gardening, watching sports, walking


Career Influence or Inspiration: “My love of sports, along with the desire to give to our community, is the inspiration for my career choice.”


Inspirational quote: “Whether you think you or you think you can’t — you’re right. Your attitude determines success or failure.” Henry Ford

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