John Quincy Adams once said,

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”



Leadership is not a title or a status, it's a way of life

From 2003 through 2012 the Black Hawk College Foundation recognized regional leaders. This prestigious recognition acknowledged individuals in our region who are leading the way with professional accomplishments, community involvement and civic service. The underlying intention of the group and its annual event was to build a sense of community—as many honorees establish both professional and friendly relationships with one another. The annual acknowledges their valuable contributions, not only to their company or organization—but the Quad City region as well.

Please note: 2012 was the final year for this event. The following honoree list is provided as a courtesy. For additional information, please contact us.


Congratulations to all of our leaders*...

The List

2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003

2012 Honorees

Leslie Anderson
Black Hawk College

Stefanie Brown
Quad Cities River Bandits

Kyle Carter
Downtown Partnership

Amanda Crowell
Trinity Regional Health System

Kelley Doty
Midland Information Resources

Kelly Ducey
Irish Dog

Steve Ducey
Irish Dog

Steve Geifman
First Equity USA

Kristin Glass
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

Chelsea Hillman
Integrity Integrated

Kristin McDaniel
Royal Neighbors of America

Jen McGee
QCR Holdings, Inc.

Tammy Muerhoff
Rock Island County Regional Office of Education

Stephanie Reagan
Davenport West High School

Allyson Sedlak
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley

Jay Solomonson
Orion High School

Aaron Tennant
Tennant Truck Lines

Brandon Terronez
Arrowhead Ranch

Mike Zorich
KJWW Engineering Consultants

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2011 Honorees

Audrey Adamson
Western Illinois University

Rakesh Alla
Quad Cities Kidney Center

Hollie Bedford
Warrior Transition Unit—Illinois

Kelly Burich
Novartis Animal Health

Joan Frank
Quad City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Tim Heim
Hotel Blackhawk

A.J. Loss
Bush Construction Company

Amanda Olderog
Trinity Regional Health Systems

Jay Pettit
Hazelwood Homes

Paul Rumler
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

Ben Samuelson
Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton & Noe, LLP

Danielle Scott
YASH Technologies

Kerry Smith
McGladrey & Pullen, LLP

Tom Terronez
Terrostar Technology Solutions

Dan Turner
Per Mar Security Services

Dan Witkowski
First Lutheran Church, Moline

Susan Wahlmann
Quad City Arts Council

Mike Wennekamp
Two Rivers YMCA

Kent Wiersema
Genesis Health System

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2010 Honorees

Jennifer Ainsworth
Dimock Gould & Co/
Green Valley Cabinet Co. 

Cindy Berg
RSM McGladrey 

Melissa Brown
DHCU Community Credit Union 

Marc Engels
Mel Foster Insurance 

Kirk Goodman 

Steve Gustafson
US Army Corps of Engineers 

Amanda Hess
Mississippi Valley Regional
Blood Center

Jason Jones
Moline High School 

David Knuckey
Longfellow Elementary School 

Todd Larsen
THE National Bank 

Tom Loussaert
River Cities Engineering 

Michael Patterson
Mississippi Valley Surgery Center 

Bill Serre
John Deere 

Justin Teitle
Teitle Law Offices 

Sally Werner
Genesis Health System 

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2009 Honorees

Clayton Birtell
Lindquist Ford

Tony Carpita
RSM McGladrey

Clint Christopher
Moline School District

Jennie Clausen
Cartee & Clausen

Sarah Cronk

Justin Dean

Mike Doucette
Russell Construction

Moises Eilemberg
Avadyne Health

Laura Ekizian
Quad City Bank & Trust

Yolanda Grandberry
Rock Island Milan School District

Kimberly Guy
Trackers, Inc.

Eric Kies
The Planning Center

Chad Lewis

Rhonda Ludwig
Geneseo Chamber of Commerce

Frank Mitvalsky
Califf & Harper

Guy Pauley
The Republic Companies

Ryan Weber
McGladrey & Pullen

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2008 Honorees

Nicole Carkner
The Quad City Health Initiative

Cathy Edwards
Edwards Creative Services

Phil Fuhr
Fuhr Family Farms

Bob Gallagher Jr.
Gallagher, Millage, Gallagher P.L.C.

Brian Glaser
Black Hawk College

Eric Hansotia
John Deere Harvester Works

Thomas King
QCR Holdings, Inc.

James Legare
Northwest Bank & Trust

Mindy Marthens
Marco Co.

Tim McKinnon
End Result

Nicole McWilliams
Pension Inc.

Joel Moore
St. Paul Lutheran Church

Dr. Ahmed Okba
Medical Arts Associates Ltd.

Tim Perkins
THE National Bank

Robert Reagan
Cambridge Junior/Senior High School

Mikkie Schiltz
Lane & Waterman LLP

Dave Sheffield
Sheffield Development Group

Brian Wegerer
KJWW Engineering Consultants

Chad Witter
Witter Consulting Group, Inc.

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2007 Honorees

Katie Andrios
Four Seasons

George Barton

DeAnne Bloomberg
Rock Island County Farm Bureau

Lynsey Engels
Mel Foster Co.

Christy Graham
Modern Woodmen of America

John Huiskamp
Guaranty Bank & Trust

Laura Kopp
Child Abuse Council

Steven Lindner
City of DeWitt, Iowa

Dr. Holly Nikels
Western Illinois University-Quad Cities

John Oakes
QCR Holdings, Inc.

Doug Palmer
Tri-City Electric Co.

Cassie Ridenour
Trinity Regional Health System

Kristal Koberg-Schaefer
Quad City Bank & Trust

Holly Sparkman
Rock Island School District

Jim Tansey
NAI Ruhl & Ruhl Commercial Co.

John Timmer
Timmer and Associates, CPA, P.C.

Kerri Tompkins
Family Resources, Inc

Shelley Wiborg
Mercer County Hospital

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2006 Honorees

Lisa Ahern
Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation

Chris Anderson

Leslie Anthony
American Red Cross of the QCA

Angela Bagby
Russell Construction

Honey Bedell
Eastern Iowa Community College

Michael Carton
Rock Island Center for
Math and Science

Laura Cleaveland
Davenport Schools Foundation

Douglas Fairall
Hodgson Funeral Home

Reverend Stacie Fidlar
St. John's Lutheran Church

Jennifer Fowler
Renaissance Rock Island

Jennifer Franklin
IPSCO Steel Inc.

Kerry Gallagher         
Stern Beverage, Inc.

Elesha Gayman-Shahinllari
State of Iowa (State Representative)

Jon Hillmann
RSM McGladrey

Jay Justin
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Quad Cities

Courtney Kay-Decker
Lane & Waterman LLP

Sue Keener
Sherrard CUSD #200

Katie Marchik
Iowa Health System

Chris McKenzie
John Deere Middle School

Terry McMaster
Rock Island Arsenal Fire Dept.

Michael Minard
Mel Foster Commercial

Dr. Jay Morrow
United Township High School

Mark Mosbarger
Central Bank Illinois

Melissa Oelke
KJWW Engineering Consultants

Thomas Piotrowski
City of Geneseo

Joel Purcell
Russell Construction

Mike Reddish
Twenty Sportz Grille

Ronald Riggins
Ronald D. Riggins, DMD, PC

Andrew Rowe

Dr. Amy Senh
Peterson-Senh Dental

Tom Stalf
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Thomas Taylor

Jeff Terronez

Julie Theill
Hammond-Henry Hospital Foundation

James Edward Veasey II
Rock Island School District

Dr. Jeffrey Veluz              
Cardiac Surgery Associates

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2005 Honorees

Scott Asher
Wells Fargo Bank

Diane Baker
University of Illinois Extension

Mike Bell
American Bank & Trust Co.

Sonia Berg

Sarah Bohnsack
McGladrey & Pullen

Heather Brummel
RiverCenter Adler Theatre

Carrie Bull
HyVee Pharmacy

Scott Bull
MidAmerican Energy

Ann Campeau
The i/mx Companies

Amy Crist
Wells Fargo Bank

Cameron Davidson
Lane & Waterman LLP

Thad Denhartog
Mel Foster Commercial

Jill Doak
City of Rock Island

Chanda Dowell
Black Hawk College

Daryl Empen
Gas & Electric Credit Union

Mike Ernster
Russell Construction Co.

Scott Florence
American Food Styles

Paul Foley
St. Ambrose University

Todd Friemel
Friemel Construction Co.

Matt Griffin
STG Inc.

Thomas Heinold
US Army Corps of Engineers

Eric Johannes

Jay Johnson
Quad City Bank and Trust

Sarah Johnson

Joseph Judge
Lane & Waterman LLP

Michelle Kahley
The Sedona Group

Jamie Lange
WQPT—Quad Cities PBS

Jim Metz
Protection-Security Solutions

Luis Moreno
Sauk Valley Community College

Keith Nester
Legacy Church

Paul Parry
KJWW Engineering Consultants

Todd Reed
Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc.

Andrew Rink

Bettie Truitt
Black Hawk College

Amy Van Hook
John Deere Construction & Forestry Training Center

Joel Vandemore
Vandemore Funeral Homes Ltd.

Richard Wehrheim
RSM McGladrey

Matt Wiese

Bobette Wilson Shay
Trinity Regional Health System

Jodi Yeggy

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2004 Honorees

Jada Tullos Anderson

Pryce T. Boeye
Hungry Hobo

Matthew Carter
Anchor Lumber Company

Bob Davis

Julie Daxon
Russell Construction

John DeDoncker
THE National Bank

John Doak
Katz, Huntoon & Fieweger

David Emerick
Blackhawk Bank & Trust

Molly Foley
KJWW Engineering

Sandy Foreman

Thomas Gambucci
US Army Corps of Engineers

Martha Garcia-Tappa
Moline School Distict #40

Jennifer Garrity

Julie Gelaude
Black Hawk College

Shelley Groves
DHCU Community Credit Union

Eric Hanson
University of IL Extension
in Knox County

Pieter Hanson
Mel Foster Commercial

Gregory Hass
Valley Group Inc.

Darcy Hepner
Hammond Henry Hospital Foundation

Peter Brent Holst
Holst-Kakert Co., Inc.

Gerald Jones
The Martin Luther King Center

Lee Kaiser
KJWW Engineering Consultants

Todd Klein
Genesis Health Services Foundation

Kevin Landwehr
US Army Corps of Engineers

Erin Lounsberry
Trinity Regional Health System

Rachael Mullins
Davenport Community Schools

Torria Norman
Black Hawk College

Brian O'Hearn
John Deere

Reverend Jarrod Parker
Greater Antioch Baptist Church

Jennifer Pascua

Mary A. Petersen          
Trinity Regional Health Systems

Karla Polaschek, M.D.
Medical Arts Associates, Ltd

Chad Pregracke
Living Lands & Waters

Weston Rose

Shellee Showalter
Quad City Bank & Trust

Joseph Swan
Henry County Board

Heidi Schultz
Management Resource Group, Ltd.

Scott Smith

Matthew Stern
Stern Beverage Inc.

Leslie Thompson

Scott VanDeWoestyne
American Red Cross of the Quad Cities

Heidi Wheatley

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2003 Honorees

John Anderson
Quad City Bank & Trust

Kristi Gimmel Becker               

Wendy Bonilla
Two Rivers YMCA

Harry Coin

Mary Jo Daly
Moline Dispatch Publishing Co. LLC

Patrick Eikenberry
Missman, Stanley & Associates

Diane Nelson
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa
and Western Illinois

Molly O'Meara Schnell
Schnell & Hancock  

Dominic Rivera

Moses Robinson, Jr.
Regional Office of Education

Amy Trimble Lorimer
WaterMark Corners

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*While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of this list, errors may be present. If you (or someone you know) are inaccurately listed, please
contact us, so the information may be updated. Thank you.

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