Our Team

Lynda Sargent

Founder & President/CEO

Lynda Sargent was born and raised in the West End neighborhoods of Rock Island. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from St. Ambrose University.


She retired from her work as an Accountant with Unity Point Health at Trinity Rock Island in 2012 to focus on shepherding the vision the Lord has given her for Heart of Hope Ministries.


She is a devoted Servant of the Lord, and the Community in which she serves. She has been given a sincere and caring heart for those in need within our community.


She eagerly looks forward to what the Lord’s divine purpose has ahead for Heart of Hope Ministries.


She is the proud mother of two daughters.

Rosalind Burns

Chair, Board of Directors

Rosalind earned her BA degree in Political Science from Bradley University, and her Juris Doctor from Drake University School of Law.


She is a former legislative attorney for the Illinois General Assembly’s Legislative Reference Bureau and currently works as an attorney for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she resides with her husband, James, and their Boxer puppy, Samson.


She was raised in Rock Island and shares the heart, soul, and vision of Heart of Hope for her hometown and the surrounding area.

Kate Hotle

Member, Board of Directors

Kate was born and raised in Rock Island and returned to her hometown after college to reinvest in her Community.

She earned a Bachelor's Degree from DePaul University in Public Policy with the intention of helping people improve their lives.

After returning to Rock Island, she was elected to serve the City's 5th Ward on the Rock Island City Council from 2013-2017.  She has been involved in various Quad Cities community organizations focused on community and economic development issues.

Her greatest passion though is to follow the example of Jesus Christ and give a helping hand to those around us who need it most.  Her hope is not to just give love but, to be love.

Kate currently works in Government Relations for Mediacom and resides in Rock Island with her husband Samuel.

Pastor Tanner Payton

Member, Board of Directors

Pastor Tanner was born and raised in Southern Missouri. He is married to lifelong Rock Island resident, Amy Stephens Payton and has two young daughters.


He has been preparing for and serving in full-time ministry for fourteen years. Pastor Tanner moved to Rock Island in February 2012 to co-Pastor Word of Life Church after the founding Pastor, Steve Stephens, his father-in-law, passed away unexpectedly.


Before coming to the Quad Cities, he served in various positions in Hollywood, CA, West Plains, MO, and Minneapolis, MN.


He received his B.A. in Pastoral Studies from North Central University in Minneapolis.

George Carizey

Member, Board of Directors

George is currently Executive Director at QC Haven of Hope. He has always had a love of his community. He came to the Quad Cities as an immigrant in 1975, and grew up through the Moline school system, spending a majority of his life in the Quad Cities. He raised his children in the community and has invested most of his life's work in helping the most vulnerable people find a better, quality life.

He spent several years as an Outreach Coordinator for homeless veterans, eight years as a Project Director for a Family Literacy Pilot that works on educating at-risk families. He spent 12 years as a Community Impact Manager at United Way, working on initiatives for Basic Needs and Financial Stability. He loves being part of this community, one that lifts up the most needy and creates healthy families.

His most recent "title" of Grandpa to his two gorgeous grandsons his proudest achievement.  

Aubree Dane

Member, Board of Directors

Aubree Dane is a lifelong Quad Citizen and current Rock Island resident. She lives in the Broadway District with her husband, Calvin, and her two cats.


She is currently a student at Black Hawk College, taking classes in order to meet application requirements for the Physician Assistant program at St. Ambrose University. She attended Moline High School, and then Augustana College, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She then attended Western Illinois University in Moline, where she received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She graduated that program in 2015, and has held several jobs since.


Along the way, she realized that counseling was not the perfect fit for her, though she does have a passion for helping others. Her most recent “job” was helping her husband campaign for State’s Attorney; she learned a lot and did a little bit of everything for his campaign. Her current goals and commitments include seeking employment once again, applying for P.A. school, finishing her last class requirement, and getting more involved with her community. Her favorite hobbies include cooking, biking, and hiking.

Cartise Jones

Member, Board of Directors

Cartise fell in love with being of service when he was a young man in Chicago. Inspired at a church summer outreach, he quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work while feeding the homeless and assisting them with locating housing in the community. This resolve stuck with him through college, leading him to get his BA and become a substance abuse counselor, CADC. Cartise held Recovery Boss and Employee of the Month while employed as a substance abuse counselor. He also served on the Committee for Quad Cities Youth Conference, Tobacco Free QC Coalition, and volunteered as a coach for Dads Club.


Cartise dedicated his time with Rock Church of Atlanta outreach feeding and clothing the less fortunate. His interest is spending time with his family, basketball, music, reading, and exercise. Cartise's favorite quote is from Martin Luther King: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” His heroes growing up were Harold Washington and Malcolm X.


He serves as a board member at HOH Ministries, where he believes the best way to define who you are is to lose yourself in the service of others. Cartise is happy spending his days positively changing the Quad Cities, one person at a time.

Meecheeca McNeal

Secretary, Board of Directors

Meecheeca is a faith-filled wife to her husband Melvin, and together they have three amazing daughters who are daily reminders of the goodness of God. She is also a Rock Island native who passionately believes in the vision of Heart of Hope, and celebrates the restoring agent that HOH has been to the community.


She holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from Illinois State University, and an M.S.Ed. in Counseling from Western Illinois University. She currently works as an Elementary School Counselor, and enjoys helping shape the hearts and minds of our most impressionable population: children.


Meecheeca’s greatest passion is sharing the Good News, the hope and love she has found in Jesus, with other people around her. Meecheeca enjoys the arts, and often encourages others in their relationships with God through creative writing, music and dance. She looks forward to sharing this same hope with many others.

Keysha Rush

Administrative Assistant

Keysha worked at Palmer College in Administration for almost 21 years until God put on her heart it was time for a change.


She is the mother of 3 sons and a 5-year old daughter, and recently married her best friend, Christopher Rush.


Serving the community has been a passion of hers for years, and she cannot wait to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.


With God anything is possible!

Breon Foulks

Food Pantry Coordinator

Breon started his career in various factories as a machinist, production worker, and team lead. He joined Olivet Baptist church in 2013 and wanted to seek more of God, and find himself. 

He originally came to the Heart of Hope Food Pantry as a way to help provide food for his family when a job loss occurred. He then began volunteering, and found great joy in helping, and serving the community. He volunteered every Thursday and has been at Heart of Hope ever since. 

As someone who knows the need in a household, and community, he did well with organizing and preparing food pantry boxes for those in need. He has since been promoted to the Food Pantry Coordinator position. He looks forward to his job, and working to meet the needs of those we serve at Heart of Hope. 

Heart of Hope Ministries

1740 9th Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 428-4752hope_and_healing@heartofhopeqc.org

The Food Pantry is open Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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