Board of Directors
The Plus 60 Board of Directors strongly believes in the motto, “Providing an active lifestyle for seniors 55 and over.” We appreciate your feedback on our events and we look forward to meeting each member of the Plus 60 Club!
2019 Plus 60 Board of Directors
Left to Right: Sharon Brooks, Teresa Garrison, Jane Artman-Andrews, Dave Fuller, Kim Nelson, John Kustes, Jolane Otto, Dave Geller, Angela Dearking and Susie Stark
Meet Our Board of Directors Members
Sharon Brooks - Bettendorf, IA
Teresa Garrison - LeClaire, IA
Angela Dearking - Bettendorf, IA
Susie Stark - Blue Grass, IA
Kim Nelson - Davenport, IA
Jolane Otto - LeClaire, IA
David Fuller - Davenport, IA
David Geller - Moline, IL
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John Kustes - Moline, IL
Jane Artman-Andrews - Davenport, IA
Profile of Sharon Brooks, Plus 60 Board Member
This is Sharon’s fifth year of fun with the Plus 60 Friendship Club. Since retiring from school nursing, Sharon has enjoyed volunteering in various roles, often in the health field. Sharon is presently a volunteer parish nurse. She is also a yoga advocate, so don’t ask unless you are ready to hear the mental and physical benefits of yoga.
Sharon has been blessed with five lovely children and nine outstanding, brilliant (no bias here) grandchildren who also offer fun-filled opportunities. Sharon enjoys taking each of the grandchildren hiking in the Grand Canyon when they turn ten years old.
Sharon believes that we humans are inherently social creatures, so it’s no surprise that social activity helps keep us physically and mentally healthy as we age. Plus 60 Friendship Club offers many opportunities for this as well as opportunities to contribute to our community.
Profile of Teresa Garrison, Plus 60 Board Member
Recently retired from the position of Director of Operations at the Center for Active Seniors, Teresa brings years of experience in budgeting, event planning, fundraising, working with volunteers and area Senior organizatiions.
Teresa started volunteering in the 90’s and has enloyed contributing to the Student Hunger Drive Luncheon, pounding nails and delivering meals to Habitat Builds, helping with the clean up in Cedar Rapids, organizing and overseeing the bakery in CASI’s Family Festival, collecting donations for CASI’s Hat Bash and helping with Hearts of the Quad Cities to assemble centerpieces for non-profit fundraising events. She is currently working on a fundraising event for Rock Island Atheltic Department.
A lifelong resident of the Quad Cities, Teresa currently makes her home in LeClaire with her husband, Jay. Children: Carrie and Jason Olmstead, Cedar Rapids, Karen Sutter Cedar Rapids and Scott and Ally MacLean, Broomfield Colorado. A grandmother of 3 active grandsons, Chance, Jackson and Owen.
Teresa’s goal is to be active both physically and mentally through volunteering my time to help improve others lives.
Profile of Angela Dearking, Plus 60 Board Member
Career: After years of experience in manufacturing, marketing, advertising, sales, event planning and fund raising, Angela was most recently employed as a Relationship Manager for United Way of the Quad Cities Area. Prior to United Way, Angela owned her own fitness studio in Bettendorf.
Previous volunteer activities include Festival of Trees, Friends of the Davenport Museum of Art (now the Figge), and the Women’s Connection. Currently, Angela serves on the Board of the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program as Secretary and Judges’ chair, is a member of Quad City Business, Referral, Alliance, Handel Oratorio Society of Augustana, St. John Vianney Church choir and cantor, and is an active member of Scott County Family Y. For relaxation, she practices yoga, is an avid mystery novel reader, bicycles, (completing two RAGBRAIs and two TOMRVs), downhill skis, camps and canoes. She is a former Peace Corps volunteer to India.
Family: A resident of the Quad Cities since 1989, Angela resides in Bettendorf with her husband, Dean. She has two children, Christine Chartier Vermes of Oakland, California and Robert Chartier of Chicago, and grandmother to Alec and Corrinne Chartier.
Goal: Angela joined the Plus 60 Board to continue to be active, meet likewise people and promote the active senior Quad Cities community.
Profile of Susie Stark, Plus 60 Board Member
Retired school Math teacher: 10 years at JB Young Junior High, 23 years at West High School, 12 years at Rocky High School ( including 2 years at BH College)
I am a person who likes to stay involved in events that are fun and help others. I always thought Plus 60 is a good organization and would like to get more of the members involved in different activities that they would like to see implemented in the Quad Cities.
While at West High School, besides teaching, I was in charge of Student Senate for 10 years. During that time, I did many different events to raise money for local charities: held variety shows, trivia tournaments, euchre tournaments, fun nights where we invited all the feeder elementary school, car washes, and many more. Each month I would have the students prepare food for the local homeless shelter. The biggest fundraiser I did was the Student Hunger Drive. I tried to get the entire student body involved in the events we did to raise money to buy food for the food pantry or to go door to door collecting food for the hunger drive. It was an awesome sight to see so many students involved. The last year I did Student Senate we had enough food collected to fill 7 semi loads!! West alone raised over 310,000 pounds of food to be delivered to the Food Bank.
While teaching I also got involved with several non-profit organizations. CASI, Battered Shelter for Woman, to name a few. I am still involved with a group called “The Hearts of the Quad-Cities”, which is a group of women that make the centerpieces for the non-profit fundraisers in the Quad Cities. I put together baskets for Silent Auctions for events like, CASI-Holiday Hat Bash, Make A Wish Foundation, Blue Grass Fireman’s Ball, Bettendorf Rotary, etc.
I am married to Russ, a retired project manager electrician from DECCO. In Denver lives my son, Nathan and his wife, Wendy. Grandchildren, Addie-9 and Tiernan-7. In Davenport lives my son, Zachary and his wife, Callie. Grandchild, Vaughn-5 months.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve on the Board of Plus 60.
Profile of Kim Nelson, Plus 60 Board Member
I’d heard about the QCT Plus 60 Club for years, and once I became “eligible” to join, I was happy to do so! I admit I waited until I was 60, only finding out later I could have joined at age 55. However, all was not lost as I have had such a great time since becoming a member! I applied and was accepted as a board member almost 4 years ago, and since then I have learned so many new things about this area and our community. It is exciting to see all the new events, programs, and activities that are becoming available, and are geared towards seniors. Our population is forever expanding, and we need stuff to do as we get older. What I like most about this Friendship Club is the ongoing opportunities to meet new people, and experience new things! I admit to not having played Pickleball, or going to many plays or ballgames, but as I’ve gotten older, I have found there is a lot of fun and value in all these different activities.
About me: I was a Navy wife for a number of years and had an opportunity to live in many places, both in and out of this country. I started working for the government, and finally retired after 37 years with the Social Security Administration. This was a job I truly enjoyed as I got to meet many people from all walks of life – everyone had a story, and all were different. For fun I ride vehicles with two wheels (with an engine), four wheels (with really big engines), and even vehicles that have up to 16 wheels (motor coaches). I like to travel and also like writing the travel articles in Sunday’s paper, which I hope you read. I like to quilt, like to read, and am active in two other community based organizations I am a proud mother of two children, and five active grandchildren. It’s a good life.
Profile of Jolane Otto, Plus 60 Board Member
Mother, teacher,Junior Achievement consultant, Pickleball player, Plus 60 board member are all words that define me. I taught in the Central Community School District for twenty years. Then I retired and became a consultant for Junior Achievement. I continue to work in that capacity. I am a substitute teacher as well. I lo-o-ove to play Pickleball and do so at every opportunity. And lastly I AM a board member of Plus 60. Another job(even though it’s volunteer) that I love.
I have four grown children, 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. My husband, Bob, is deceased and I live with Horton, my wirehaired terrier. I joined Plus 60 at the behest of my good friend, Kathy Michel, and have NEVER regretted that decision. I find Plus 60 to be invigorating, stimulating and it provides me with a darn good time. I have met and cherish many of the people who have come into my life through Plus 60. I encourage you to give us a try. I bet you’ll like it.
Profile of Dave Fuller, Plus 60 Board Member
Career: Retired from John Deere after 31 years, 11 years at John Deere Harvester and 20 years at the Parts Distribution Center. Worked 7 years at the John Deere Pavilion as a tour guide. Volunteers at McKinley School for the past 17 years.
About: I joined the Plus 60 Board one year ago for several reasons.
First, it was the chance to meet new people; everyone has different backgrounds, stories, and knowledge that they like to share with others. I enjoy learning new things every day from listening to other people.
Second, the wide array of events that Plus 60 offers was my chance to try new things. have some new ideas myself that I hope will come to fruition. We need to challenge ourselves to try new things, and discover new places. I love to travel also.
Last, in our lives we go through three stages: we learn, we earn, & we return. I am now in the return stage of life, where I want to share my time and make things better for the next generation and enjoy working with people who are not afraid to try new things and help improve our Quad City community.
Family: Wife, Pam, health data analyst at UnityPoint – Trinity.
Profile of Dave Geller, Plus 60 Board Member
Dave Geller has been involved with electrical and electronic engineering projects since the early 1970’s. His major accomplishments have been in automation engineering for several large manufacturing companies as well as receiving four patents while he worked at Wico Corp. in the consumer game business. He also authored a textbook published by Prentice Hall on programmable controllers used in automation systems. He has taught PLC automation control, motion control, and robotic programming classes at Oakton Community college for more than 30 years. He currently is a member of the “Friends of Riverside Garden” in Moline, as well as a board member of the Plus 60 Friendship Club.
Profile of John Kustes, Plus 60 Board Member
John Kustes joined the Board this past September, and is a Moline resident. He grew up on a livestock/grain farm near Thomson, Illinois, and earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois. His professional career in bank operations administration spanned over 42 years in the Quad Cities at THE Rock Island Bank, N.A., Metrobank, N.A., and American Bank and Trust Company, N.A. He retired at the end of 2016 as Chief Operating Officer from American Bank.
John has been a volunteer leader and board member in several local organizations through his career including the Rock Island Noon Kiwanis Club, Quad City Illini Club, Rock Island Public Library Foundation, UnityPoint Trinity VNHA, UnityPoint Trinity Hospice, and the Friendship Manor Board of Trustees. He enjoys bicycling, hiking in national parks, reading and travel. John is looking forward to helping with and promoting the Club’s vision of being the premier Quad Cities non-profit organization offering recreational, educational and social activities to those 55 and over.
Profile of Jane Artman-Andrews, Plus 60 Board Member
Jane Artman-Andrews is retired after 37 years as an educator. A native of Ottumwa, IA, she taught in Waterloo, IA from 1975 to 1980 after graduating with her B. A. and M. A. from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. Her tenure at Davenport Schools spanned 1980 to 2012 where her responsibilities during those years included secondary mathematics teacher, associate high school principal and finally, principal of Davenport North High School from 2004 until her retirement in 2012. She served as an adjunct mathematics instructor at Scott Community College from 1998-2004.
Today, along with her responsibilities as a Plus 55 board member, Jane enjoys her retirement devoting time to family, gardening, the Davenport Kiwanis Club, Davenport Host Lions Club, North High Retirees’ Group, traveling, striving to improve her Mahjongg skills, and as an active Scott County Family Y member.
Jane has two adult children, Mitch Petty and Erin DeLashmutt. She and her husband, Jim, live in Davenport.