Meet the Team

Staff

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. 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. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work, is a  Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga™ (LVCY) certified instructor and will soon be a yoga 4 cancer (y4c) certified instructor.

You can e-mail her at kelly@gildasclubqc.org.


Anita ShaftAnita 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 anita@gildasclubqc.org.


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 stevie@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

2018 Board of Directors

Chair: Chris Curran, City Attorney, City of Bettendorf

Chair Elect: Drew Dennis, Dennis Company Inc.

Secretary: Holly Oppelt

Treasurer: Laura Hoss, Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C

Alison Beardsley, UnityPoint Health — Trinity

Jenn Cobb, Vera French

Lori Evans, WQAD TV

Carol Kovach, Medical Concierge and Iowa Cancer Specialists

Steve McCann

Joy McMeekan, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities

Kevin Pennekamp, Pleasant Valley CSD

Cris Ryder, EXIT Realty

Sherry Turkal, Estes Construction

Sherri Wagler, Wells Fargo Bank

Jill Weaver, Modern Woodmen of America

 

Associate Board

2018 Associate Board

President: Mandy Parchert

Vice President: Paige Nagle

Secretary: Laura Bjustrom

 Board Liason: Drew Dennis

Jacy Rangel

Joshua Maxfield

Julie Bray

Joy McMeekan, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities

Professional Advisory Board

2018 Professional Advisory Board Members

Toni Weeks, Social Worker, UnityPoint Health- Trinity Cancer Center

Doug McCollum, Retired Psychologist

Jennifer Hildebrand, RN, BS, Coordinator of Health Ministry, Genesis VNA

Wendy Ballou, RN, Oncology Nurse

Chris McCormick Pries, Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Director, Vera French Community Mental Health Center

Dr. Suneel Kumar Parvathareddy, UnityPoint Trinity – Muscatine