Jodie Shagrin Kavensky, Chair and Executive Director
Jodie is the second child and oldest daughter of Norma Yecies Shagrin. After receiving her BA in Journalism/PR from The Ohio State University and her MA in Advertising from Northwestern University, she spent seven years working in advertising in Chicago where her clients included the Mayo Clinic Health Letter and Michael Reese Hospital among others. When she married, she moved to Rock Island, Illinois where she became a marketing consultant and volunteer in the non-profit sector -- primarily for health and arts organizations. She is currently a board member on the Illinois Arts Council and is a sustaining member of Junior League of the Quad Cities. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Experience Quad Cities, Midcoast Fine Arts, and Beth Israel Sisterhood.
Kimberly Shagrin Buckley, Vice Chair
Kimberly is Norma's third child and youngest daughter. She received her BA in Sociology/Criminology from The Ohio State University. Her career has included jobs
as a Student Loan Specialist at Bank One Corporation and as a Sales Assistant for PaineWebber and Shearson Lehman/Saloman Smith Barney. She currently works as Collections Manager at mvi HomeCare in Youngstown, Ohio. She has volunteered for many years at Heritage Manor Jewish Home for the Aged and for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. She is also member of the Board of Trustees at Congregation Rodef Sholom.
Margaret Roberts, Secretary
Margaret Roberts lost her sister to Ovarian Cancer; the experience inspired her to raise awareness about the importance of early detection. She is the Chief Operating Officer at United Way of the Quad Cities Area and is passionate about helping others. She graduated from Bettendorf High School, received her Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Ambrose and earned her Certificate in Executive Management through the University of Notre Dame. Margaret has two children, Billy 23 and Kristina 20 and enjoys working to build a better, brighter future for our community. Margaret brings her knowledge of the non-profit sector and her enthusiasm for improving lives to the NormaLeah Foundation board.
Steve Landauer, Treasurer
Steve Landauer received his Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Iowa. Prior to becoming a
self-employed CPA in Davenport, Iowa, he worked at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.
in Des Moines, Iowa. He was appointed by the U.S Treasury Department as Iowa's representative to the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Institute of CPAs, the Iowa Society of CPAs, and the National Society of Public Accountants. For the past twenty years, he has served on the Board of Directors of numerous civic organizations in the Quad Cities (Iowa-Illinois) and is currently the President and Treasurer of First Tee Quad Cities.
Deborah Hantman Briggs
Deborah is Leah Yecies Hantman's only daughter and middle child. She received her BA in Psychology at UCLA/CUNY and her MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. As an independent businesswoman, she owned seven Gymboree and Huntington Learning Center franchises in New York City. She has also served as Second Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank, Special Projects Manager for Citigroup, Regional Director for Learning Force, Inc. and President of Boca Raton Theatre Guild. Presently, she is consulting to new/startup businesses, volunteering as a Counselor for SCORE, and is President/Founder of the not-for-profit Dancing Classrooms of Southeast Florida.
She has two grown children -- a son and a daughter -- who she hopes will never again suffer the pain and loss surrounding ovarian cancer.
Elizabeth De Long
Elizabeth Anne De Long is the youngest child and only daughter of Anne Potter De Long. She received her degree in Interior Design from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She worked with Beechcraft and Raytheon Corporation designing interiors for aircraft, had her own Interior Design Studio and worked for The Kreiss Collection. After her mother's passing, she elected to return to the Quad Cities to be a full time stay-at-home mother, dedicating her time to her two daughters, ages 16 and 9, serving on several boards, and volunteering in the community.
LuAnn has worked for John Deere since 1972 in a variety of positions. She has been a very active volunteer in the Quad City community and has served on the Board of Directors of many important organizations, including Family Resources, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, United Way, Race for the Cure, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, River Music Experience, MidCoast Fine Arts and Junior League to name a few. She has also received numerous awards for her contribution to our community. Her mother died of ovarian cancer and LuAnn brings a high level of passion and knowledge to our organization. She and her husband Kirk have one grown son.
Elizabeth Eagle: Elizabeth Eagle is an attorney at the law firm of Eagle & Eagle in Rock Island, IL
Dr. Randall Oyer: Randall A. Oyer, MD, is Program Director for the Lancaster General Health Oncology Program and directs the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at Lancaster General Health. Additionally, Dr. Oyer sees patients at Hematology/Oncology Physicians of Lancaster, PA. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.
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