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QC Community Foundation Chooses New Leader

A woman with a long career in fundraising and economic development will be the next leader of the Quad Cities Community Foundation. Sue Hafkemeyer will become President and CEO on June 1st.

Sue Hafkemeyer, new President and CEO of the Quad Cities Community Foundation
Quad Cities Community Foundation
Sue Hafkemeyer, new President and CEO of the Quad Cities Community Foundation

She spent the last five years as Executive Director of the MercyOne Dubuque Foundation, raising money for a new cancer center.

"I have truly enjoyed what I've done here at MercyOne Dubuque and have enjoyed the relationships and connectivity. But I was really looking to take that next step in my career and get back involved in community development and this seemed like a great opportunity to be able to do that."

After graduating from Loras College, Hafkemeyer went to work for the Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau. As its director she led fundraising efforts for the Dubuque Riverfront Re-development Project.

"So that included the Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, the Grand River Convention Center, the Grand Harbor Hotel, and the Mississippi Riverwalk and amenities. And that was the 188 million dollars that really transformed the downtown Dubuque area and really leveraged another half-billion dollars in investment by the private sector as a result."

She also spent nearly ten years leading communication and marketing efforts for Loras College.

At the Quad Cities Community Foundation, she'll succeed Interim President and CEO Randy Moore. He replaced Sherry Ristau who resigned last summer.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.