ABOUT THE JAYCEES

A Jaycee is a member of the Junior Chamber, a worldwide organization of young professionals that is not affiliated with any particular religion or political party. Jaycee members are men and women between the ages of 21-40, who meet regularly in local chapters to build connections and community. Famous Jaycees include Bill Clinton, Tom Monaghan (founder of Domino’s Pizza), JFK, Elvis Presley, Al Gore, Charles Lindbergh, Ted Turner and Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Our local Jaycee chapter is more than 80 years old, making us one of the oldest chapters in the state of Iowa, and the only remaining chapter in the Quad-Cities. We pride ourselves on blending social opportunities with service – like planning our Bridal Expo and having an after-party, hosting our Jaycee Santa program, and fundraising by connecting with the community through special brews! If you want to learn more, check out our Projects and Events pages.

JAYCEES CREED

We believe, that faith in God brings meaning and purpose to human life.

That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations.

That economic justice can best be won by free man through free enterprise,

That government should be of laws rather than of men,

That earth's great treasure lies in human personality,

And that service to humanity is the best work of life.

JAYCEES BOARD

Kate Mapes
President

Kate joined the Jaycees in 2017 and because she enjoyed the volunteer opportunities and friends, she's stayed around! Kate has assisted with 2019 Bridal Expo, was the 2019 and 2020 Treasurer, and is now the 2021 President. 

Kate is the Gardens and Special Projects Manager at the Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island. She grew up on a dairy farm in Port Byron, graduated from UW-Platteville, and interned in Epcot at Walt Disney World. Kate and her husband Steve are big Disney fans, and they look forward to taking their daughter Rachel there some day. Kate loves so many things, from their two dogs Satchmo and Harvey, to Dole Whip, cross stitching, Big Bang Theory, and visiting other botanical gardens. Kate is also active in multiple other volunteer organizations.

Nikki Schaul
Chair of the Board

Nikki has been involved in the Jaycees in some capacity since 2015. She has been a general member, an event chairperson, and even served on the Iowa Jaycees state board as the Director of Marketing. Before becoming president, Nikki served as the 2019 Vice President of Marketing of JCQC, and the 2020 chapter president.

 

Nikki works as an Operations Analyst at RSM US, LLP in Davenport, Iowa. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her dog, Bella, volunteering, trying new restaurants and spend time with family and friends. She also enjoys staying active by traveling, taking Bella on walks and to the dog park, gardening and being in the great outdoors.

Forest Kelly
VP of Individual Development

Forest was a Cedar Rapids Jaycee before he moved to the Quad Cities and joined the Quad Cities Chapter in May of 2019! So far, Forest has made the most of his JCQC time by serving on the 2019 Brew Ha Ha committee and 2020 Bridal Expo Committee.

Forest is part of the inside sales group at Arconic, but has a extensive background in event planning. He enjoys visiting local breweries and coffee shops, and loves taking bike rides to the farmers market in spring and summer. His free time is also usually spent with his fiancé and their dog on runs at different parks in the QCA.

Brandon Kane
VP of Management

Born and raised in Bettendorf, Brandon joined the Jaycees of the Quad Cities in early spring of 2019. Right off the bat, Brandon got involved with the Jaycees by attending general member meetings and helping photograph events for the Jaycees hosted events such as Brew-Ha-Ha, Bridal Expo, and Community Awards Banquet. Brandon also had the opportunity to sit on a few committees, which brought great experience to him.

 

Outside of the Jaycees, Brandon owns Brandon Kane Photography, a local photography studio that focuses on weddings and events. In his free time, you can find Brandon grilling with his family and supporting local businesses, especially garden centers and coffee shops!

Megan Tarasi
Treasurer

Megan’s desire to serve the Quad Cities community connected her with the Jaycees in 2020. She loves meeting new people through the organization and is proud of the selfless way that members invest their time in creating new opportunities that give back to the community.

 

Megan is the Director of Professional Development at St. Ambrose University. She is motivated by connecting others with the resources and education they need to become more successful in their professional and personal lives. Megan loves local coffee shops, exploring the natural world, traveling and spending time with her family.

Hannah Thomsen
VP of Community Development

A Quad Cities native, Hannah became a Jaycee in the spring of 2019. During her first year of involvement, she joined the Brew Ha Ha planning committee and served as the Marketing Chair. In the beginning of 2020, Hannah started as the VP of PR & Marketing. Being a Jaycee has become a big part of her life, and she can't wait to see where the Jaycee journey takes her.

Outside of the Jaycees, Hannah is a Marketing Manager for the American Rental Association. In her free time, Hannah is an assistant photographer with Brandon Kane Photography, creates hand lettering art, and loves to visit local establishments with friends. If something social is happening, you can be sure to find her there!

Amanda Birch
State Director

Amanda joined the Jaycees in 2005. Throughout her Jaycees career Amanda has held numerous state and local chapter positions, including Chapter President in 2009, and has won various awards for her hard work and dedication to the Jaycees! Amanda has won 2010 M. Keith Upson Memorial Award from JCI USA. From JCI Iowa, Amanda has won Top Local Member, Top Management VP, Top Chapter President, 2010 David Tetmeyer Memorial Award for District Director of the Year, and  2011 Scott Brettmann Memorial Award for Regional Director of the Year.

Outside of the Jaycees, Amanda works for New Choices Inc. In her free time, Amanda loves to do arts and crafts including vinyl crafts, resin art, and coloring. She also loves to curl up with a good book or movie. Her favorite thing to do is hang out with friends and family.

Mary DePauw
VP of Membership

Mary is a Quad Cities native that became a Jaycee in the Spring of 2019. She joined the Jaycees to give back to her community, to make new friends, and to learn how to improve her leadership skills. At the start of 2021 she became the VP of Membership so she could share her passion for the Jaycees with others.

Outside of the Jaycees, Mary is a 2nd Grade Teacher at Bowlesburg Elementary School in the East Moline School District. In her free time, Mary enjoys hiking, reading, spending time with family and friends, and going to events and activities around the Quad Cities.

Kelsey Watson
VP of PR & Marketing

Kelsey has been a Jaycee since 2017, and takes pride in her community involvement. On top of spearheading marketing and participating on the Bridal Expo Committee, Kelsey is involved in multiple organizations. She was born in California, but somehow made her way to the Quad Cities.

Kelsey is the Marketing & Sales Specialist at Solutions Management Group in Davenport. She adores her dog, Quentin, and cat, Gretel (with plans on getting a Hansel in the future) and considers herself an ice cream connoisseur. She absolutely loves to travel, plays volleyball as often as possible, loves designing things for her Etsy shop and tries to work out often (to balance out her ice cream addiction).

Caitie Corum
Secretary

Caitie joined the Jaycees in February of 2020. Originally from Palmyra, MO, Caitie joined the Jaycees to learn more about the new place she was living and meet more people. In less than one year she has became involved in many community projects. With free time due to the pandemic, she volunteered many days at the River Bend Food Bank and helped in a trash pick-up for a local park. She is excited to further her involvement in the many fundraisers and volunteer opportunities our organization offers!

Caitie is a Dental Hygienist at Aledo Family Dentistry and loves being able to socialize with patients while also helping them gain a smile they can be confident in. She is the fur momma of a kitty named Nessie and spends her free time exploring all that the Quad Cities has to offer.