I have been married to my husband, Brad, since 2007. Together we have four boys. I have a son, Jordan, from a previous marriage. Jordan will be a Junior at Bettendorf High School this year. He is a Bulldog through and through! Brad has 3 sons from a previous marriage, Josh lives in Brooklyn, NY; Levi lives in Denver, CO; and Ben is attending a local college. The two older boys give us a great excuse to travel, which we love to do as frequently as possible! Brad is the Director of Sales for Rock Valley Oil and Chemical based out of Rockford, IL. His accounts across the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and India give us the opportunity to indulge in our love for travel often. We’re also HUGE Cubs fans so we spend quite a bit of our free time at Wrigley Field; the absolute best ball park to watch a game, win or lose (and unfortunately it’s usually the latter).
With a BS in Psychology and Sociology and a Master’s in Public Administration, I have spent most of my professional career in the field of non-profit management. I have been employed with Family Resources in Davenport since 1996. I have held numerous positions within the agency; staring out as a direct care worker in our residential programs and later becoming the Director of our residential programs. Most recently I was the Director of Fund Development. I am currently working part time as a grant writer for Family Resources. I am also an adjunct faculty member for Ashford University. Primarily, I teach on-line undergraduate classes related to management and organizational behavior.
My Rotary Story
I first joined the Bettendorf Rotary in 2009 thanks to the passionate persuasion of one Linda Miller. Prior to joining Rotary, I had been a member of a very small Kiwanis Club. Linda convinced me that the Bettendorf Rotary was the place to be. She spoke highly of the members, energy and activity level of the club. Coming from a much smaller service club, that was exactly what I was looking for and I haven’t been disappointed!
My Rotary Involvement
When I made the decision and commitment to join the Bettendorf Rotary it was with a genuine intention to "build goodwill and better friendships.” I have made so many good friends over the past few years and have taken part in so many wonderful activities. I believe you get what you give so it’s always been important for me to be as involved as I can be. The first week I joined Rotary I attended a Lobster fest planning meeting and asked how I could be of service. I’ve been involved in Lobster fest each year since and this year I have the opportunity to act as Co-Chair. Shortly after joining Rotary, Jeff Hassel asked me if I’d like to serve on the Board. I gladly accepted and through my Board participation I’ve had the opportunity to help coordinate other events like Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, vocational service presentations, club service activities, etc. I have also been a member of the Charities Board for the past 4 years. Seeing firsthand how our club’s hard work pays off for the community through our charitable giving is an incredibly rewarding experience!
I am proud to be a Rotarian, especially a Bettendorf Rotarian