Meet the Team


Joy McMeekanJoy 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 joy@gildasclubqc.org.

Kelly HendershotKelly 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.

Kelly currently facilitates our Family Group and From Cancer to HealthTM. She is a  Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga™ (LVCY) certified instructor and a yoga 4 cancer (y4c) trained instructor.

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 kelly@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 kcraft@gildasclubqc.org.


Pam TonePam 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 pam@gildasclubqc.org.

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

Gregg Hancock

Carol Kovach, Open Software Solutions

Joy McMeekan, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities

Cris Ryder, EXIT Realty

Sherry Turkal, Estes Construction

Jill Weaver, Modern Woodmen of America


Associate Board

2020 Associate Board

President: Mandy Parchert

Vice President: Tyler Mitchell

Secretary: Linda Anders  

Board Liason: Drew Dennis

Staff Liason: Joy McMeekan

Anne Barnes

Heather Brewer

Ben Carlson

Adam Ernst

Alivia Hatten

Lena Krier

Shelby Leemans

Nick Machovec

Ariel Olson

Jacy Rangel

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