Meet the Team
Joy McMeekan, Executive Director
Joy joined the Gilda’s Club team in February 2016 as our Development Director, was appointed to Interim Executive Director in October 2017 and Executive Director in February 2018. She handles day to day operations as well as managing our amazing staff at Gilda’s Club. She has over 20 years experience as an executive retail buyer, as well as 4 years experience running a small non-profit. She decided to leave the corporate world behind after losing her husband in 2014 and her mom in 2015, both to cancer, and find a career where she could give back to others. Her knowledge of how crucial support is to families impacted by cancer is what drives her to bring awareness to Gilda’s Club’s free programs and services to make sure no one faces cancer alone. Joy lives in Taylor Ridge with her daughters, Kelsi, Sydney and Isabella and their dog Molly.
You can e-mail her at email@example.com
Kelsey Allen, Program Director
Kelsey joined the Gilda’s Club team in September 2020. Kelsey earned her master’s degree in social work with a focus in End of Life Care from the University of Iowa in May 2016. Kelsey originally joined Gilda’s Club as an intern during the 2015-2016 school year and then went on to serve her time with a local Hospice agency helping patients/families navigate the end of life journey. Although she loved the work she did in hospice, she felt called back to the cancer support community where she connected with many individuals, families and community partners. Since leaving as an intern in 2016, she started a family with her husband Bret in Bettendorf, Iowa. Kelsey is the mom of two loving boys, Bentley and Karson. Kelsey is very excited to begin this journey with Gilda’s club as the Program Director and hopes to provide support to many individuals.
You can e-mail her at Kelsey@gildasclubqc.org
Kelly Craft, Program Manager
Kelly joined the Gilda’s Club team in June 2018. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from University of Iowa in 2012 and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from DePaul University in 2014. She first joined the Gilda’s Club family while interning at Gilda’s Club Chicago in 2012-2013. After five years in Chicago, she decided to move back to the Quad Cities to be close to her family. She is excited to work with Gilda’s Club’s parents and children to help them in understand and cope with the cancer diagnoses that affect them.
You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michele Darland, Development Director
Michele joined the Gilda’s Club team in May 2020. She handles fundraising, donor relationship building and special event planning here at Gilda’s Club. She has over 25 years’ experience in advertising and marketing as well as an extensive background in special events production. With an extensive family history of cancer she understands how important it is to raise funds to support the mission of Gilda’s Club. As an avid volunteer Michele encourages others to give their time, talent and treasure to organizations that benefit our community. Michele lives in Davenport with her husband Dan, sons, Jack and Max, dogs, Dobby and Quinn and Rebecca the cat.
You can e-mail her at email@example.com.
Pam Tone, Officer Manager
Pam began her service to Gilda’s as a volunteer in 1997 and joined the Gilda’s Club team in July 2002. Pam is often the first voice you hear when calling Gilda’s Club. Pam makes sure the office runs smoothly and helps in whatever way she can, whether it is a staff, member, donor or volunteer request. Pam enjoys serving and helping others, getting to know members and donors and being that listening ear when someone just needs to talk, a gift she learned from her mother who died of cancer in 2015.
When not working she enjoys spending time with her family and spoiling her 4 grandchildren. Pam lives in Hampton with her husband Ryan.
You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
2020 Board of Directors
Chair: Drew Dennis, Crescent Parts & Equipment
Chair Elect: Laura Hoss, Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C.
Secretary: Lori Evans, WQAD TV
Treasurer: Kevin Pennekamp, Pleasant Valley CSD
Alison Beardsley, UnityPoint Health — Trinity
Jenn Cobb, Vera French
Gregg Hancock, Gregg Hancock State Farm
Carol Kovach, Open Software Solutions
Joy McMeekan, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities
Holly Oppelt, Retired Executive
Cris Ryder, EXIT Realty
Sherry Turkal, Estes Construction
Jill Weaver, Modern Woodmen of America
2020 Associate Board
President: Tyler Mitchell
Secretary: Linda Anders
Board Liaison: Drew Dennis
Staff Liaison: Michele Darland
Professional Advisory Board
2020 Professional Advisory Board Members
Dr. Susannah P. Friemel, MD – Oncology
Iowa Cancer Specialists, PC
Linda Guebert, MS, RN, Parish Nurse Manager
UnityPoint Health – Trinity
Jennifer Hildebrand, RN-BC, Faith Community Nurse
Genesis Occupational Health
Doug McCollum, Retired Psychologist
Chris McCormick Pries, ARNP, Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Director
Vera French Community Mental Health Center
Toni Weeks, LMSW, Social Worker
UnityPoint Health- Trinity Cancer Center
Julie Wheeler, RN, MSN, Outpatient Palliative Care Nurse
Genesis Health System