Mr. and Mrs. James E. Mack Fund

 

Sharing in a community and providing service to that community is what James and Joann Mack are all about. Their lifelong dedication to community activities has benefited those in the Quad City area, and has brought the couple together with the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.

Jim Mack was born in Rock Island, IL. He graduated from Alleman Catholic High School in 1975 and continued his education at the University of Illinois. After graduating in 1980 with a B.S.E.E., Jim attended the University of Iowa and earned his MBA. He has been an electrical engineer with MidAmerican Energy for more than 20 years.

Jim has a soft spot for the community’s youth, mainly because of his own children, Amy, Betsy, and Charlie. Through his children, Jim has become involved in many youth filled activities and has a real appreciation for children. He is a member of the Moline Optimist Club, which emphasizes being a friend to the youth of the community. He has been a coach of youth sports since his college days and has coached football, baseball, and basketball for the YMCA.

Joann (Joni) was raised in Champaign, IL. Growing up in a university town, the pressure was always present for Joni to attend college. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science in 1980 and one year later she attained her M.S. in Speech Pathology. Joni continued her commitment to education by working in the Orion School District, and her summers were spent at Augustana College after she and Jim were married. When Jim’s job transferred him to Iowa City, Joni worked at the University of Iowa as a Speech Department Clinical Supervisor.

Joni knows the importance of education, especially for those with a mental or physical handicap. She works at the Center of Communicative Disorders at Augustana College with at-risk preschool children who have difficulty with speech. She leaves a legacy in education by training students to assist others with speech disorders. She is also very involved with her children and their activities. She is a prominent member of the Seton Catholic School Mothers Club, which is an organization that provides activities and raises money for the school.

The Macks have found a way to promote Catholic education, and all levels of schooling in the Quad City area by establishing a find with the Community Foundation. They have benefited from their own education and are committed to helping all children who are served through the programs and services they support.

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