Meet the Team
Joy McMeekan, Executive Director
Joy joined the Gilda’s Club team in February 2016. She handles planning and overseeing all the fundraising that happens here at Gilda’s Club. She has over 20 years experience as an executive retail buyer, where she also did event planning and marketing, 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 raise the necessary funds at Gilda’s Club to support our free programs and services. Joy lives in Taylor Ridge with her three girls.
You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly Hendershot, Program Director
Kelly’s first introduction to what lays behind the big red doors was in December 2007 at the urging of her husband’s oncologist. She has been active with Gilda’s Club as a family member, bereaved widow, intern and the first president of the Associate Board. In May 2013, Kelly earned her Masters in Social Work and remains licensed in Iowa and Illinois. In July 2013, she joined the team as a contract facilitator and in October 2014 became a part-time employee. In July 2015, Kelly left her role as VP of Project Management at Vibrant Credit Union to join the staff on a full-time basis. In April 2018, she followed in her mentor and good friend Melissa Wright’s footsteps by stepping into the Program Director position.
When not at work, Kelly’s self-care includes walking her dog Gabby, yoga, meditation, kickboxing and listening to podcasts.
You can e-mail her at email@example.com.
Anita Shaft, Program Manager
Anita began her Gilda’s Club career in October 2002. Anita has a wonderful ability to connect with children and adolescents as evidenced by the number of children participating in our Noogieland program. Anita has been instrumental in establishing the Ambassadors Club, a volunteer group of students from area high schools and colleges who serve as on campus resources to other students affected by cancer. Anita works with parents and with children to assist them in understanding and coping with the dynamics and fears of living with a cancer diagnosis.
You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Stevie Lorenz, Development Director
Stevie joined the Gilda’s Club team in October 2017. She handles planning and overseeing all fundraising that happens here at Gilda’s Club. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa in 2015 with a degree in Public Relations, she worked for two years as an Advancement Associate at a local non-profit where she handled event planning, web design and marketing. She lives in her hometown of Durant, close to her family.
You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pam Tone, Officer Manager
Pam is often the first voice you hear when calling Gilda’s Club. She assures volunteers are on hand when needed and keeps the office running. Pam is always eager to help in whatever way she can whether it be a staff, member, or volunteer request. She is most often seen sporting a picture of her granddaughter and especially enjoys getting to know members and building relationships within the Gilda’s Club family.
You can e-mail her at email@example.com.
Board of Directors
2019 Board of Directors
Chair: Drew Dennis, Dennis Company Inc.
Chair Elect: Laura Hoss, Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C.
Secretary: Holly Oppelt
Treasurer: Kevin Pennekamp, Pleasant Valley CSD
Alison Beardsley, UnityPoint Health — Trinity
Jenn Cobb, Vera French
Lori Evans, WQAD TV
Carol Kovach, Open Software Solutions
Joy McMeekan, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities
Joel Moore, Genesis Cancer Care Institute
Cris Ryder, EXIT Realty
Sherry Turkal, Estes Construction
Sherri Wagler, Wells Fargo Bank
Jill Weaver, Modern Woodmen of America
2019 Associate Board
President: Mandy Parchert
Vice President: Tyler Mitchell
Secretary: Linda Anders
Board Liason: Drew Dennis
Staff Liason: Stevie Lorenz
Professional Advisory Board
2019 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
Dr. Suneel Parvathareddy, MD
UnityPoint Trinity – Muscatine
Toni Weeks, LMSW, Social Worker
UnityPoint Health- Trinity Cancer Center
Julie Wheeler, RN, MSN, Outpatient Palliative Care Nurse
Genesis Health System