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2209 3rd Ave, P.O. Box 4176 Rock Island, IL 61201-4176

Phone: 309.786.5734

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Frank Roe
Executive Director

Becki Anderson
Office & Facilities Manager

Steve Gottcent
Community Outreach Coordinator

Cindi Gramenz
Grant Writer/Development Coordinator

Teresa Fitzgerald-Wilcox
Resident Services Coordinator

Food Services Coordinator
Brandi Sivels

Client Advocates
Ebony Harrison
DeAndre Robinson
Ed Maxwell
Steve Vernon
Michael Richter
Melody Williams
Brandi Anderson

Board Members

Photo of board member Bradley WuertzBradley Wuertz - President has been with Thrivent Financial for 35 years. He has his Master's Degree in Financial Services from the American College in Bryn Maur, PA and his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the University of Iowa. Bradley is married with two children and enjoys golf and roses. He is a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bettendorf, IA.

Pam ToneTom Mielnik- Vice President is a retired electrical engineer and planning manager. He has served on the board of an Area Education Agency. He volunteers at Christian Care, the Esperanza Center, Family Resources, and Rotary. He and his wife, Debbie, have lived in the Quad Cities area since 1986. They have three daughters, two son-in-laws, and four grandchildren.

Photo of board member Jeanette PeutzJeanette Nymon Peutz - Treasurer is a retired manufacturing engineer, having worked for Alcoa for 28 years in various locations. She serves on the board of directors for two non-profits, including as Treasurer for Christian Care. Jeanette is married to Rob Peutz, and is a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Rapids City, IL.

Photo of board member Joan VogelgesangJoan Vogelgesang - Secretary joined the board in the fall of 2014.  Joan retired from Deere & Company after 34 years.  The majority of those years included the assistant to the CFO.  She is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Taylor Ridge.

Photo of board member Ray LindRay Lind is a real estate agent with Ruhl &Ruhl. I belong to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rock Island. I'm the father of 2 sons and grandfather of 2 granddaughters.

Dougal NelsonDougal Nelson is the President & CEO of Junior Achievement of the Heartland. Alleviating generational poverty is important to him. Dougal believes that if people are given a sense of purpose and a belief in themselves, positive change can occur. On the weekends, you can find Dougal on the golf course. He and his wife Pam are lifelong Quad Citizens.

Photo of board member Rob PeutzRob Peutz is retired from the U.S. Navy and is an avid motorcyclist. He attends Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Rapids City, Illinois.


Pam TonePam Tone has been the office manager for Gilda's Club Quad Cities for 15 ½ years. Pam is married has two children and is the proud grandmother of four. Her joy is family and serving others in her community. She and her husband have served in many capacities with NW area Cursillo & TEC and MADD. She is a member of St. Patrick's Catholic church in Colona.

Photo of board member Gary VogelgesangGary Vogelgesang joined the board in the fall of 2014.  Upon the sale of his auto parts business, he then work in auto sales.  He retired from Lundahl Volvo in 2002.  He is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Taylor Ridge.

Photo of board member Carrie CrossenCarrie Crossen is the Vice President & Investment Executive at Blackhawk Bank & Trust in Milan. She lives in rural Milan with her husband, Tony and all their pets, 3 dogs & 4 cats. Carrie helps with the finance committee for the Quad City Animal Welfare Center and fosters kittens. She is the Treasurer and a Board Member for Rock Island Rotary. Her Hobbies include fitness, gardening and animal rescue efforts.