Three new team members join the Community Foundation

The greater Quad Cities community will benefit from the energy and expertise of three new staff members at the Quad Cities Community Foundation this fall. The Community Foundation welcomes the new team members who will play an important role in providing professional philanthropic services to our donors. 

Joscelyn E. Stone will serve as the new director of donor engagement and stewardship, Lisa Stachula will join the Community Foundation as a grantmaking specialist, and Heather Calvert will become a grantmaking associate.

“These new team members will play vital roles in our organization,” said the Community Foundation President and CEO Sherry Ristau. “Joscelyn, Lisa and Heather bring great experience and enthusiasm to our work, and will continue to position the Community Foundation as an expert in philanthropy in the Quad Cities.”

Stone has worked for Bethany for Children and Families since 2011, as well as a program coordinator for the Illinois Hardest Hit Fund. In 2015, she became the director of development and communication, where she gained experience in the stewardship of gifts and development systems. She is a graduate of Scott Community College and the University of Iowa.

“Joscelyn has a wonderful background in communication, which will strengthen our relationships with the community and allow us to support our region even better,” said Anne Calder, vice president of development. “She’s enthusiastic about working hand in hand with donors, and helping them connect with the right opportunities.”

Stachula has an extensive background in writing as a coordinator for corporate and foundation relations and as a grant writer for Augustana College and WVIK. She also previously served as a program coordinator at Butler University and a marketing and research graduate assistant for the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Indiana University.

“We want our grant application process to be seamless and effective for applicants and our grants committee, and Lisa’s experience as a grant writer will ensure that happens,” said Kelly Thompson, vice president of grantmaking and community initiatives. “We really look forward to her contributions as we work to provide the best grants and scholarships for our community.”

Calvert comes to the Community Foundation after working at Western Illinois University, rising through increased levels of responsibility in their Financial Aid Office. Most recently, she served as a financial aid advisor manager at the WIU-QC Campus. Calvert has a bachelor’s degree in art education from Western Illinois University, a bachelor of fine arts degree in interior design from the Harrington College of Design, and a master of arts in museum studies from Western Illinois University. 

“Heather has shown great initiative in her education, work and volunteer life and we know she will contribute greatly to our grantmaking work,” Thompson said.

Ristau said it is exciting to welcome team members who are passionate about the Community Foundation’s mission from the start. “The high-quality people who have stepped forward to do this work will help us do what we do best—be there for the people of the Quad Cities.”

Melanie JonesStaff