Evelyne Jobe Villines
Villines is truly an outstanding human being. As a speaker,
she has the
ability to capture an audience and leave them feeling moved to
a greater understanding of joy and problems shared by persons
with disabilities." Harlietta Helland, 1994
Jobe Villines of Des Moines, born in Siam, Iowa in 1930, is a
political activist and leading national spokesperson for person
with disabilities. Villines had polio at the age three when she
was living in southwest Iowa. From the time she was nine through
16 years of age, for the most part, she was a patient at crippled
Children's Hospital in Iowa City, 250 miles away from home. As
a teenager, Villines encountered her first job discrimination.
Soon after, she began her life and career of empowering people
who are disabled. Villines has served as Executive Secretary
of the Iowa Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped
from 1965 to 1975; Director of Development at Iowa Lutheran Hospital
in Des Moines from 1975 to 1979; and Director of the Client Assistance
Program for the Easter Seal Society of Iowa, Inc. from 1979 to
1991. Since 1980, Villines has been a free-lance motivational
speaker, giving her speech "In the Name of Love" to
hundreds of organizations worldwide. In 1986, she was inducted
into the National Hall of Fame for Persons with Disabilities.
In May of 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed Villines as
a member of the committee for Purchase from People Who are Blind
or Severely Disabled. She was inducted into the Iowa Women's
Hall of Fame in 1994.
was, in 1999, reappointed by President Bill Clinton for another
years as a member of the Committee for Purchase from Persons
Who are Blind or Severely Disabled. She was honored in 2000 as
Woman of the Year by the Metro Women's Network
of Greater Des Moines.