Kelly Hendershot headshotGilda’s Club Quad Cities Program Director, Melissa Wright, has made the decision to pursue her family’s dream of moving to Colorado and has resigned her position effective April 26, 2018.  Melissa served as the first and only Program Director for our affiliate for almost 20 years and has lead Gilda’s Club Quad Cities as a leading provider of the Cancer Support Community.

Wright has been responsible for building a strong and sustainable program that will continue to impact the Quad City community for years to come. Within the organization, Melissa has developed an amazing team of program managers, facilitators, and volunteers that will continue to build on this success.  Gilda’s Club, as a responsible non-profit organization, has made it a priority to have succession plans in place for key leadership staff.  The Gilda’s Club leadership team, together with Melissa, identified, hired and developed Program Manager Kelly Hendershot to succeed her upon her departure.

Joy McMeekan, CEO, has appointed Kelly Hendershot as Program Director and she will assume her role as Program Director on April 30, 2018.  Kelly received her Master of Social Work in May 2013 and began her employment with Gilda’s Club as a group facilitator in July 2013.  She was then hired as a full-time employee as Program Manager in July 2015.

Gilda’s Club Quad Cities is excited to have Kelly follow in Melissa’s footsteps and lead our delivery of programs and services.  Kelly brings a strong social work and social media/marketing background and has been instrumental in program development in Muscatine, coordinating professional educational programs for healthcare providers, and cultivating relationships with community partners.

Joy McMeekan shares, “This is a bittersweet moment as Melissa has done an amazing job leading our programs and services for the past 20 years, but we are very happy for her as she begins this next chapter in her life.  She will be missed but has left the organization under capable hands with the transition to Kelly.  Kelly has been a leader in her role as Program Manager and we are very excited to hand our programs over to her leadership.  I am excited for her to bring her knowledge and passion to this position and lead our programs for the next 20 or more years.”

Gilda’s Club provides hope, education and support to people with cancer and their loved ones. Through professionally led support groups, informational workshops and mind/body classes, people affected by cancer learn vital skills to improve the quality of their lives and make them better partners with their medical professionals. All programs and services are provided free of charge to our members. Gilda’s Club Quad Cities is affiliated with the largest professionally led network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community.