Meet the

Team

Board Member

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.

Pastor Tanner

Board Chair

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. 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. 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.

Rosalind Burns

Vice Chair

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. 

Mellissa Rivera

Secretary

Mellissa has worked as a Program Counselor with the IL Dept of Corrections (10 Years). She earned her undergraduate degree in behavioral science from National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois and has an associate degree in criminal justice (Northeast Iowa Community College.) As a certified facilitator of the Learning to Live, Learning to Love, Life Skills Program, she is a passionate leader, following God’s call to edify and renew the minds of those trapped in the prison of their own thinking. Inspired by her own personal journey, she quickly developed a passion for helping others begin their transformation.

Kim Nickels

Treasurer

Kim is an accounting and finance professional with over 25 years of experience in a wide variety of industries. She currently serves as Stabilization Coordinator and Interim Business Manager for UnityPoint Health – Trinity. In this dual role, she supports executive leadership with their ongoing goals of improving the financial health of the Trinity. Although she has been in the Quad Cities for 20 years, she grew up in the west suburbs of Chicago. Kim also provides accounting and tax services to several area businesses. 

JD Ross

Board Member

J. D. Ross started his career in education in the Quad Cities where he worked in both the Rock Island Public School District and the United Township High School District in his hometown of East Moline, Illinois.

 

In 1974, Ross accepted employment at Joliet Junior College (JJC). Over the years, he held numerous administrative positions within the academic division of the college including that of Vice President of Academic Affairs. In February of 1999, he was appointed to serve as the 6th President of the college, a position he held for just over 7 years. 

He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a lifetime achievement award from the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce. In 2005, in recognition of his extensive service to the community during his tenure at Joliet Junior College, the Board of Trustees named the college’s highest award in his honor, “The J. D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award” and also established a scholarship in his name.  

 

Ross and his wife Helen reside in Joliet, Illinois.  

Kate Hotle

Board member

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.

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Sue Kaiser

Board Member

Sue Kaiser began her career in Davenport, Iowa as an Accountant for a local CPA firm. She then worked in the Health Care Unit of John Deere.

 

Sue retired in 2018 with more than 10 years in management at Unity Point Health Trinity. Her last position was the Director of Project Management where she was involved in the $65 million dollar addition to the Rock Island Hospital Campus!


Sue loves the Quad Cities! This is where she raised her family and where her grandchildren call home!


She served on the Board of Directors for Gilda’s Club in Davenport, Iowa for 13 years and is a dedicated
supporter to many community organizations in the Quad Cities! She appreciates the Heart and Hope
that Heart of Hope Outreach Ministry instills in the Quad Cities!

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Rebekah Williams

Outreach Coordinator

Rachel Hunter

Administrative Assistant

Rebekah comes from a banking background with office and ministry experience. She has her general associates degree from Blackhawk and will begin her bachelors in Business at WIU in the Fall. Her passion in life is serving her family and her community. Heart of Hope Outreach is grateful to have her on board.