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Rock Island High School is hosting Career Day on March 30, 2022. 100 professionals will be invited to the high school to expose Rocky students to a variety of careers and professions. Career Day will help students see the connection between classroom curriculums and careers and jobs, motivate and inspire students, and provide role models for our students. 
The high school is looking for professionals to participate in Career Day. For more information please see the letter below. 
Career Day Speakers
  • Lora Adams - Director of Marketing & Local Content at WQPT
  • Chris Adell - Dual Credit Coordinationor at Black Hawk College
  • Theresa Babers - Social Worker at Bethan for Children & Families
  • Sarah Balkovek- Accountant at the QC Botanical Center
  • Heather Ballou - Educational Manager at the QC Botanical Center
  • Linda Barnes - Director of Finance at the City of Rock Island
  • Martha Behnke - Cosmetologist at Polished Hair Salon
  • Thurgood Brooks - Family Advocate at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
  • Rev. Dr. Cyrus J. Burns - Pastor at Gaines Chapel A.M.E
  • Angela Campbell - Director of the Rock Island Public Library
  • Ben Castro - Transportation Planner at MetroLINK
  • Linda Clark - Assistant Director and Event Designer at The Center
  • Glenn Cole - General Manager and Brewmaster at the Blue Cat Brewing Co
  • Dameon Colvin - AVP, Branch Manager at CBI Bank & Trust
  • Kelsey Conley - Program Director at Fresh Films 
  • Amy Davis - Director of Advocacy and CIS at Employment Services
  • Matthew Debisschop - Human Resources at Ascentra Credit Union
  • JP Dillingham - Computer Programmer
  • Nicole Dopler - Trinity College
  • Linda Dothard - Ammunition Systems Analyst at Rock Island Arsenal
  • Daryl Empen - President of Gas and Electric Credit Union
  • Tionn Fambro-Carter - Attorney Partner at Brooks Law Firm
  • Staff Sargent Matthew Fee - US Marine Corp
  • Marcia Feighner - Support Staff Technician
  • Paul Fessler - Program Manager at Black Hawk College Highway Construction Careers Training Program
  • Evonnda Fulton - Trauma, Crisis & Mitigation Specialist
  • Brit Gray - Banquest & Private Events Manager - QC Botanical Center
  • Claire Griffith - HR & Development Manager at Bank Fortress
  • Dr. Melvin Grimes - Executive Director of Churches United of The Quad Cities Area
  • Sherry Hayes - Registered Nurse
  • Charea Houston - Wraparound Substance Abuse Therapist at Bethany for Children & Families
  • Dominique Hughes - Loader Ops Support NTA at John Deere
  • Marsha Husted and Stacy Jozwiak - Court Reporters for RI and Henry County
  • Janae Jacobs - Wraparound Coordinator at Bethany for Children & Families
  • Rasheda Jamison - CEO/Owner
  • Gregg Johnson - Local Leader/Advocate
  • Dr. Reginald Lawrence - Superintendent of RIMSD#41
  • Dr. Pandora Lawrence - Retired principal and teacher
  • Tim McCloud - Deputy Chief at the Rock Island Police Department/CSI
  • Andy McCray - Chief Meteorologist at WHBF, KGCW-TV
  • Chuck McKnight - Plumber/Pipefitter at Local 25 Plumbers & Pipefitters JATC
  • Dan McNeil - Executive Director at Spring Forward
  • Jaime Miller - DVM at Oakwood Vet Clinic
  • Jenny Miller - Director of Community Employment Services at the ARC of the QC
  • Todd Mizener - Lead Photographer, Marketing at the Dispatch-Argus/Quad-City Times
  • Sarah Moore - Midwife at Encompass Birth Services
  • Kathy N - Survivor Advocate at Family Resources
  • Kayla Neville - Senior Administrative Assistant at John Deere - Davenport Works
  • Nate Nieman - Defense Attorney at Nieman Law in Rock Island 
  • Erin Ogden - Transition Specialist Assistant at Black Hawk Area Special Education District
  • Arthur Panick - Transportation Specialist
  • Cassie Pieres - Human Services at The ARC of the QC
  • Paul Plagenz - The Moline Foundation
  • LaShonda Polite - Team Lead - Audit Remediation at the U.S Army Joint Munitions Command
  • Sergeant Tracy Pugh - East Moline Correctional Center
  • Cory Randolph - Supply Base Manager at John Deere
  • Jason Putnam - Marketing Design at Dover Precision
  • Rodger Roberston - Sheet Metal Local 91
  • Tori Rodgers - Financial Assistant at The Moline Foundation
  • Kiana Ross - Correctional Officer and Private Chef at Thompson Federal Prison
  • Dr. Kathy Ruggeberg - Assistant Superintendent, Teaching & Learning at RIMSD#41
  • Mitch Ryan - Financial Advisor at Edward Jones
  • Ndabishuria Simon - Owner at A+ Tree & Snow Removal
  • Kai Swanson - Special Assistant to the President at Augustana College 
  • Jenni Swanson -  Fourth Ward Alderwoman for the City of Rock Island
  • Redrick Terry - Anchor, Reporter at KWQC Channel 6
  • Tina Thomas - Logistics Management Specialist Support Operations at the U.S Army Sustainment Command
  • Emily Tobin - Young Adult Librarian for the Rock Island Public Library Board of Trustees
  • LaNette Turner - Program Coordinator at Qtego
  • Tammy Valdes - Barber/Cosmetologist at New Style Hair Academy
  • Dora Villarreal - Rock Island County States Attorney
  • Eudell Watts - President of the Rock Island Public Library Board of Trustees
  • Tammy Weikert - Circuit Clerk of Rock Island County
  • Kayla Wendt - Human Resources Generalist at the Metropolitan Airport Authority
  • Edward Yancy - Retire Correctional Officer
  • Chief Jeff Yerkey - Rock Island Fire Department
Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw - Host of Loving Living Local
Mikhayla is a QC native from Rock Island, IL, and currently hosts Loving Living Local, which airs on weekdays at noon. It’s an honor and privilege for Mikhayla to uplift and highlight the people and places of the Quad Cities. She’s passionate about the area and loves giving back to the community that gave her so much.    
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa. Go Hawks!
Mikhayla’s community involvement includes volunteering with Love Girls Magazine and the Miss Iowa Scholarship program. She also loves playing her violin at local events and regularly participates in speaking engagements throughout the community. 
David Levin - Senior Broker at The Hawkeye Group
“My approach to business success is to give back to my clients and customers my very best service, no matter how small or large the transaction. If you give the utmost to your profession, to your family, to yourself and your clients, then you will receive back the most complete bundle of services you could ever wish for.”
Specializes in Office, Industrial, Retail, Sales and Leasing along with Tenant Representation Assignments
Works carefully in smaller/larger markets outside of the Quad Cities within a 150-mile radius in Iowa and Illinois
B.S. Degree, University of Minnesota with a Double Major in Advertising and Business
Considered a leader in the brokerage community since 1977 
• Has held management and ownership positions with prominent firms before joining Hawkeye Commercial Company
Member of ICSC-International Council of Shopping Centers 
• Member of the Association of Realtors® for Illinois, Iowa and the National Association of Realtors®
Former President – Board of Directors for the Quad Cities Realtors® Association in 2002 and 2018
Member – Rock Island Kiwanis Group
Board of Directors Illinois Association of Realtors® - 2016- 2019
Former Chairman and Commissioner - Plan and Zone Commission for the City of Rock Island, Illinois
Member-Human Rights Commission - Rock Island, Illinois
Former Chairman of the Board - Friendship Manor of Rock Island
President, Board of Directors - Transitions Mental Health
Current Federal Political Coordinator - Cheri Bustos 17th District Congressman of Illinois
Ombudsman - Illinois Association of Realtors
Former President/Member - Martin Luther King Board of Directors, Rock Island, Illinois
Vice President, Board of Directors – Arrowhead Ranch of the Quad Cities
Past Member of Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) – 10 years
Leadership Liaison for the Illinois Association of Realtors for 9 local associations
2011 Chairman of the Commercial Investment Committee for the Illinois Realtors® (IR) and member of four other committees for IR
Past President of Congregation Beth Israel at the Tri City Jewish Center and lifetime Board/Executive Committee Member
Strategic Planning Committee - Illinois Association of Realtors- several years
Served on every Committee and the Board of Directors for the Quad City Realtors® Association
2011, 2018, and 2021 Associate of the Year- NAI Ruhl Commercial Company
2018 – Obtained Realtor Emeritus Status for serving 40 years with the National Association of Realtors
2013 Top Listing Agent - NAI Ruhl Commercial Company
Top Listing Agent 3rd Quarter 2013 - NAI Ruhl Commercial Company
Top Listing Agent in 2010 - NAI Ruhl Commercial Company
Realtor of the Year in 2003 and 2010 - Quad City Area Realtors® Association
Excellence in Customer Service Award – 2001 - Present
William R. Stradt - Distinguished Service Award - QCARA 2007
Top Producer in 2003 - NAI Ruhl Commercial Company
Sale of IBM Building campus to Western Illinois University including 62,000 SF sitting on 10 acres
Broker for Verizon Corporation in two states for the past 15 years
Leasing of 1 million SF - Former Maytag Plant - Galesburg, Illinois
Leasing of 78,000 SF to Sentry Insurance Company - Davenport, Iowa – 2x
Sale of the Western Illinois University building complex – Moline, IL – three times over the last 15 years
Advance American 
• Beneficial / Household Finance 
• Dollar General Corporation 
• Edward Jones 
• Fareway Foods 
• H & R Block 
• All State Insurance 
• State Farm Insurance 
• Humana Insurance Company 
• Metropolitan Insurance Company 
• Papa Murphy's Pizza 
• Pizza Hut 
• Progressive Insurance 
• Shopko Stores, Inc. 
• Verizon 
• America's Best Eyeglass
Ran for Mayor of Rock Island, Illinois in 2008 and lost by 1 vote
Gabriella Hurtado - Recruiting Manager at Black Hawk College
Gabriella Hurtado was born and raised in the Quad Cities.  A graduate of Moline High School, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Augustana College and has her Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Before finding her niche in higher education, Gabriella worked in mental health and social work.  Over the last 9 years, she has served as the Recruiting Manager for Black Hawk College’s Quad Cities campus where she helps students and families navigate their post-secondary options.
Cameron Ruiz - Admissions Counselor at Western Illinois University
My name is Cameron Ruiz and I am a 2011 Rocky graduate still living in Rock Island. I graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and am currently working on my master's degree in college student personnel. I have been at the WIU-QC campus since 2014 and have worked as an admissions counselor there for almost 3 years.
Laura Fontaine - Director for World Relief Quad Cities
Mrs. Laura Veronica Fontaine has been the Director for World Relief Quad Cities since September 2019.  Her passion for serving and working with different cultures began at a young age. Laura spent the majority of her childhood in a variety of countries throughout Europe as an Army Brat, studied abroad in London, conducted research on development and security in South Africa, and was a Professor of Diplomacy and Economics in China. When asked where she is from, she always says everywhere and no-where, since she has lived in over 15 places throughout the world.  
Rebecca Arnold - Resource Development Manager at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
Rebecca Arnold is a communication and marketing professional who has applied her skills in the public health, non-profit, and publishing sectors. She has spent more than twelve years living and working in developing countries in Africa and Asia. Currently, she is the Resource Development Manager at the Martin Luther King Jr Community Center in Rock Island. She is also adjunct faculty at St Ambrose University. 
Quincy Davis
Quincy Davis - Wraparound Program Supervisor at Bethany for Children & Families
Quincy Davis is a graduate of Rock Island High School. He received his Business Degree from St. Ambrose University, with a minor in Psychology. Mr. Davis has spent most of his working life with Bethany for Children & Families, where he currently serves in management as the supervisor of the Wraparound Program. Mr. Davis is also an established musician who plays five musical instruments and has recorded two gospel CD’s. He has also hosted a Sunday morning gospel radio show for over fifteen years, called the Gospel Train and he has coached boys basketball in the area for over twenty years, specifically with the Rock Island/Milan Basketball Association, The Future Rocks, and Lonnie Ray’s Elite Academy AAU organization.
keysK.C Ross - Owner/operator of Cook & Cuffs by Chef Keys
K.C. Ross, owner/operator of Cook & Cuffs by Chef Keys has been dubbed “Jane of Few Trades, Master of Two. She has an juxtaposition of careers being a Law Enforcement Officer and a Chef. 
Ross is a New York City transplant born and raised in Queens. This is she cut her teeth working in restaurants, hotels, and catered events of all sizes in all five boroughs. She has headed swanky corporate events to private, intimate dinners. You will see food coming out of Ross’ kitchen from across the globe. 
Tammy R. Weikert - Circuit Clerk for the 14th Judicial Circuit
Tammy R. Weikert is the Clerk of the Circuit Court for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in Rock Island County. Her position is an elected non-judicial officer of the Illinois Judicial branch of government, which is responsible for maintaining court files, filing legal documents and attending all sessions of court. The Circuit Clerk’s Office is also responsible for maintaining all fines and fees setup and distributed on cases, entering case dispositions and reporting many statistical reports to many jurisdictions.