Meet the Staff

 

SHERRY RISTAU, President & CEO
sherryristau@cfgrb.org
Sherry's visionary leadership at CFGRB began in September 2014 when she was named the third president and CEO of the Community Foundation. She is passionate about facilitating philanthropy and community development by strenghtening relationships with donors and community leaders. In addition to building a solid, well-run organization alongside the CFGRB staff, she is committed to ensuring the Community Foundation is fully engage with donors and the Quad Cities region to grow endowed assets and legacies that challenge the status quo and grow inclusive opportunities for our community. She is dedicated to the mission to transform the region through the generosity of donors by knowing our greatest needs and most promising opportunities. Sherry and her husband Bruce are from Blue Earth, Minnesota. Prior to joining CFGRB, she served the Southwest Initiative Foundation, a regional community foundation in Minnesota, for over 20 years, including 17 years as president and CEO. She holds a master's degree in organizational leadership, a bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in gerontology, and a second bachelor's degree in family life and child development. She is so proud to call the Quad Cities home.

 

ANNE CALDER, Vice President of Development
annecalder@cfgrb.org
Anne joined the Community Foundation in 2017 after nearly 10 years at Augustana College in Rock Island, where she led the college's stewardship work as the Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship. Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, she first came to the Quad Cities to attend Augustana. Her career in philanthropy has spanned work with the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, the Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and various other agencies and institutions of the ELCA in both development and communications capacities. Today, she regularly speaks about donor relations for the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Quad Cities. Anne lives with her husband and children in Geneseo, and they love calling the Quad Cities regional community their home.

 

CORY SELLERS, Executive Assistant
corysellers@cfgrb.org
Cory joins CFGRB with over 19 years as an administrative professional for a family owned women’s apparel business that operated in nine retail locations. In addition, Cory worked at the Rock Island Arsenal.  She is a Geneseo, IL native, where she currently resides with her husband, Jamie, and their two sons, Kyle and Jack.

  

 

 

HEATHER CALVERT, Grantmaking Associate
heathercalvert@cfgrb.org
Heather Calvert joined the Community Foundation from a career in Higher Education at Western Illinois University. She became a Quad Citizen back in 2014 when she joined the staff of the WIU-QC Riverfront Campus. Since moving to the Quad Cities, Heather has finished her Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, and enjoys volunteering at the Figge Art Museum when she can. Heather is looking forward to getting to know more about the non-profits here in the Quad Cities and working with donors as they issue grants from their Donor Advised Funds.

 

 

JENNY MOLYNEAUX, Interim Development Project Advisor
jennymolyneaux@cfgrb.org
Jenny comes to the Community Foundation with a background in Database Marketing. She earned her bachelor’s degree from DePauw University, majoring in Economics, and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University. After working for a database management firm and a direct marketing advertising agency, she married Dan Molyneaux and moved to the Quad Cities. She worked for Lee Enterprises in Corporate Marketing and then spent the next 10 years at home with her 3 children. Jenny enjoys reading, fitness, and traveling.

 

 

JERI VANDERVINNE, Finance Speicalist
jerivandervinne@cfgrb.org
A native of the Quad Cities, Jeri earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Western Illinois University. She brings to the Community Foundation more than 20 years of experience in accounting and financial management. Jeri has spent her professional life in the worlds of financial institutions and not-for-profits, while also volunteering time to the QC United Way and the Wm. Butterworth Foundation. Her favorite way to spend leisure time is hanging out with her children and grandchildren in a warm, sunny locale. Jeri lives in Moline, where she enjoys fitness, golfing, and being the sous chef for her sweetheart, Jim.

 

Joscelyn Stone JOSCELYN STONE, Director of Donor Engagement and Stewardship 
joscelynstone@cfgrb.org
A graduate of the University of Iowa, Joscelyn moved to the Quad Cities in 1999. She served for two terms as a staff member for a Member of Congress before joining the non-profit community in 2011, where she specialized in development, fundraising, grant writing, public relations, and communication. Joscelyn serves on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Board of Directors, is a past director of the PR Network of the Quad Cities Board, and is a volunteer drive coordinator for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. She loves to walk, to cook, to dine, and to read. Joscelyn joined the Community Foundation team in 2017 and lives in Rock Island with her family.

 

KATHY GRAVES, Vice President of Finance and Administration
kathygraves@cfgrb.org
Kathy has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from St. Ambrose University, and was awarded her CPA designation. She spent two years in public accounting, four years in the private sector, and five years working for nonprofit organizations before joining the Community Foundation in 1999. She lives in Coal Valley, Illinois, with her husband and three children.

 

 

 

KELLY THOMPSON, Vice President of Grantmaking and Community Initiatives
kellythompson@cfgrb.org
Kelly earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa and her Bachelors degree in Sociology from Augustana College. She brought to the Community Foundation nine years of experience in social services, including direct service in the areas of child welfare and homelessness; grant writing; and agency administration. As Vice President of Grantmaking and Community Initiatives, Kelly oversees grantmaking, scholarships, and the Community Foundation's collaborations with others on issues that no one organization can address alone. She also manages CFGRB’s youth philanthropy program, Teens for Tomorrow. Kelly lives in Rock Island, enjoys the local live music scene, and is active in community theatre.

 

LISA STACHULA, Grantmaking Specialist 
lisastachula@cfgrb.org
Lisa Stachula Lisa reports to the Vice President of Grantmaking and Community Initiatives, and is responsible for all application-based grant and scholarship programs. She joined the CFGRB in 2017 with more than 15 years’ experience as a program coordinator, freelance writer, research assistant, executive director, and grant-writer. Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Lisa graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Anthropology and has worked at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, Butler University, Indianapolis Arts Chorale, Wastyn & Associates, WVIK Quad Cities NPR and Augustana College. Her family moved to the Quad Cities in 2008, after her husband became a faculty member at Saint Ambrose University. When not engaged in her work at the CFGRB, she enjoys cooking, watching her sons play soccer, trivia fundraisers, family road trips and visiting local, outdoor, venues such as the Freight House farmer’s market and the many, beautiful, city parks the Quad Cities has to offer.

 

MELANIE JONES, Development Assistant
melaniejones@cfgrb.org
Melanie joined the Community Foundation professional staff in April 2015. She has a bachelor's degree in Sociology/Psychology from St. Ambrose University and 14 years of experience in office management. Melanie is a Quad City native and has worked in the local nonprofit arena for the last 19 years. Melanie and her husband Mike live in Blue Grass, IA. They have two children and two grandchildren.

 

 

TIFFINIE NEWMAN, Accounting Associate
tiffinienewman@cfgrb.org
Tiffinie comes to us from South Texas and has worked in Administration for 23 years with 10 of those years in the nonprofit industry.  She has a vocational certificate as a Legal Secretary.  She lives in Camanche, Iowa with her husband of 30 years, Vinnie, and their three daughters – Jesica; Chelsea; and Cianna Raye. 

 

 

 

KEY VOLUNTEERS

NANCY GOLDSMITH, Philanthropic Advisor
nancygoldsmith@cfgrb.org
Nancy retired from Wells Fargo Bank after 35 years of service in the Wealth Management area. She is a past president and treasurer of the Davenport Breakfast Lions Club. Ms. Goldsmith enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid reader; she and her husband Stu live in Davenport, Iowa.

 

 

 

MARLIN 'HAP' VOLZ, Trust and Estates Senior Consultant
hapvolz@cfgrb.org
Hap is a graduate of Duke University and the Duke University School of Law. He retired in 2009 after serving more than 40 years as a trust officer and the Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank. Hap sits on the board of H.E.L.P. Legal Assistance as Vice President and is serving his third term as a member of the Council of the Probate and Trust Law section of the Iowa Bar Association. Hap was the first recipient of the Outstanding Planning Giving Professional Award, and is the past president of the Quad City Estate Planning Council and the Quad City Planned Giving Council. 

 

 

DICK KLEINE, Director of Corporate Relations
A retired vice president at Deere and Company, Dick is active as a volunteer and philanthropist. He has been deeply involved in the Community Foundation for years, as a Board member, Board Chair, donor, and a member of our Legacy Society. He was one of the community leaders who helped launch the Achieve Quad Cities program. Now, in his volunteer position, he speaks to corporate leaders and individuals about the importance of giving back and establishing a legacy.

“When you get to the phase in your life when it’s time to return, the Community Foundation can help you return not only treasure, but also some of your time and talent to the community.”

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The Teens for Tomorrow youth philanthropy program has given local students the opportunity to grant more than $70,000 to the community since the program's inception in 2002.
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