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Augustana College Quad Cities Employers Council

The Augustana College Quad Cities Employers Council (QCEC) is a volunteer advisory group to President Steve Bahls focused on sharing information and building relationships between the college and the community.

The goal of the QCEC is to increase by 50 percent the number of Augustana graduates who remain in the Quad Cities to work. This goal is part of a larger plan to support Q2030, a comprehensive plan to grow the vitality of the entire region.

Augustana recognizes that the Quad Cities faces issues that are increasingly intertwined and complexly layered. Through initiatives brought forward by this group, it aims to attract and retain Augustana graduates who can critically and ethically address contemporary challenges, apply their problem-solving skill set to important work and community projects, and enjoy becoming engaged citizens.

Quad Cities Employers Council

Angela Bagby, Development Manager, Russell Construction, Davenport, Iowa

Jennifer Feeney, Vice President, Human Resources, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Davenport, Iowa

Lynn Hunt, Vice President, Sales, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, Moline, Illinois

Michelle Lewis, Regional Business Development Director, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, Moline, Illinois

Matt Mendenhall, President, Regional Development Authority, Davenport, Iowa

Dan Portes, CEO, Management Resource Group, Davenport, Iowa

Matthew Phares, CFO, American Bank & Trust, Davenport, Iowa

Teresa Richart, Human Resource Manager, Modern Woodmen of America, Rock Island, Illinois

Jennifer Schmidt, Director of Talent Acquisition & Workforce Development, Genesis Health Systems, Quad Cities

Tom Schuetz, Co-President, Group Services/Alera Group, Bettendorf, Iowa

Jon Sexton, Senior Vice President of Culture & Leadership Development, Vibrant Credit Union, Moline, Illinois

Kerry Smith, Partner, Honkamp, Krueger & Company, Davenport, Iowa

Brad Stoefen, Member and Community Relations Business Partner, HNI Corporation, Davenport, Iowa

Bill Stoermer, Communications Manager for the Quad Cities Generating Station, Exelon Corporation, Cordova, Illinios

Sarah Turner, Talent Acquisition Manager, Unity Point Health, Moline, Illinois

Paul VanDuyne, CEO, IMEG Corporation, Rock Island, Illinois

Jennifer VanGenderen, Director of Marketing, Per Mar Security, Davenport, Iowa

Jon Hillmann, Partner, RSM, Davenport, Iowa

AJ Loss, President and CEO, Bush Construction Company, Davenport, Iowa