Carole Long has served as a Board member and Secretary of Domus Pacis Family Respite since its inception in 2008.
Growing up in the open fields of central Illinois and attending a small country high school with only 48 in her graduating class, Carole entered the University of Illinois [UIUC]. With no prior access to computers, she was guided into Math and Computer Science by an astute summer counselor.
Upon receiving her Bachelor degree, Carole was employed by Sears, Roebuck and Company programming on the 49th floor of the Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower) in Chicago. Within a few years, the lure of a small startup enticed her to LIOCS Corporation, where she worked with companies to define their requirements, then analyze, oversee development of, and implement solutions. During that time she also earned an MBA focusing on Information Solutions from DePaul University.
After starting her family, she accepted a management position at Flexco, a privately held, international manufacturing organization. As the first IT employee of this company, Carole’s mission was to bring the global organization into the computer age. Under her direction, the company kept pace with information technology supporting growth in product development, acquisitions, and geographic expansion. She retired as VP, Information Systems, after 27 years of service.
When her younger sister was diagnosed with cancer at age 46, Carole turned to Duck for support and guidance. Knowing Duck’s vision for a peaceful escape from cancer, Carole sought her help in arranging a special getaway for sister Lori and her children. Experiencing first-hand the power of that respite, Carole became a strong advocate, assisting Duck as she began to weave the tapestry for DPFR.
Carole has also served on the Board of Leadership Illinois which identifies women of leadership and provides a program to educate and engage them in becoming catalysts for change, serving as Secretary of the organization for the past 6 years.
Carole is an active member of Holy Name Cathedral parish in Chicago, Illinois, where she also serves meals for the homeless at Catholic Charities. In the past, she was an active member of United Way of DuPage where she met the love of her life, Walker; they now live together in Chicago. Her favorite past-time is enjoying life with her 2 children and their families. She also enjoys traveling throughout the United States and internationally.