HON. Frank Klipsch, MAYOR, MRCTI CO-CHAIR
Frank Klipsch spent twenty-five years as the CEO of the Scott County Family Y, followed by two years as President of the YMCA Youth and Family Foundation. A few of Frank’s volunteer and city-related positions include serving on the Bi-State Regional Commission, RIA Development Group, Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, Scott County Solid Waste Commission, Medic Board, Scott Emergency Communication Center Board, and the Emergency Management Administration. Frank currently teaches a class on Leadership at St. Ambrose, coaches in the Davenport Little League and is a member of the Davenport Rotary. He and his wife, Terre, have been married for forty-seven years and have four children and ten grandchildren
HON. Lionel Johnson, MAYOR, MRCTI CO-CHAIR
As a St. Gabriel native and lifelong resident, Mayor, Lionel Johnson has always had pride in his community and City. As the new co chair to MRCTI, Johnson hopes the collaboration with other river cities in agricultural states like Iowa and Illinois can help guide environmentally-conscious policies.
Hon. sarah strommen, Mayor, ramsey, MN
Sarah was first elected to the Ramsey City Council in 2002 as an at-large member. She served two terms for a total of six years. In 2004 she ran for re-election as an unopposed candidate - a testament to her solid reputation in the community. In 2008 Sarah decided not to seek a third term in order to spend more time with her young son before he entered school. Sarah returned to City Council service in 2011 after winning a special election for Ward 4. She is honored to serve since 2012 as Ramsey's first female mayor.
Hon. Tim Kabat, Mayor, La Cross, WI
Tim Kabat was elected the 42nd Mayor of La Crosse in April 2013. Mayor Kabat serves as the Chief Executive Officer for city operations, including oversight and management of the city’s 17 departments and 520 employee workforce. He develops and manages the $71 million annual operating budget, long-term borrowing, and debt service for the city. Tim and Christy, his wife of more than 20 years, reside on the City’s south side where they have raised daughter Emma and son Joe.
Hon. Bob Gallagher, Bettendorf, IA
Mayor Gallagher was raised in Bettendorf and graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1987. He received a BA in Communication Studies and Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1991. He received a Juris Doctorate Degree from Marquette Law School in 1994. He returned to Bettendorf to practice law and raise his family in 1996. He is the proud father of two children, Jackson and Allysa. In 2008 he was awarded the Sheldon Sitrick leadership Award for Extraordinary Leadership and Distinguished Service in our community. He received recognition as a Quad City Area Leader Under 40 in 2008 and was Volunteer of the Year for the Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce in 2004.
Hon. Lyda krewson, st. louis, mo
Lyda Krewson won a historical election in April to become the first woman to serve as mayor of St. Louis. Prior to the election, Krewson established herself as a leader in City government serving as 28th Ward Alderwoman beginning in 1997. Throughout her tenure as an elected official, Krewson has worked closely with neighbors to resolve neighborhood problems, reduce crime, consider development proposals, and always to balance the interests of residents and businesses. She and her family enjoy neighborhood walks, gardening, and occasional hikes in the mountains.
Hon. Emeka Jackson-Hicks, East St. Louis, MO
East St. Louis Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks promised to build a future for the city’s children. Jackson-Hicks top priorities are jobs, public safety and citizen engagement. She promised transparency and to asses each city department for efficiency.
Hon. Jay Hollowell, helena-west helena, ar
Mayor Hollowell has a long history of supporting the Helena-West Helena community. Hollowell began serving on the Helena City Council in 1991. Besides politics, Hollowell has been actively involved in the community in a number of other areas. He is past president of the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Helena Rotary Club, past president of the DeSoto School Board, and past president of St. Mary’s Catholic Church Pastoral Council.
Hon. Jim strickland, memphis, tn
After an eight-year tenure as a member of the Memphis City Council, Mayor Strickland was elected to the city’s top office on Oct. 8, 2015. Mayor Strickland is a 1986 graduate of the University of Memphis and a 1989 graduate of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the U of M. He practiced law at Glankler Brown PLLC from 1990 to 1998, when he began practicing at Kustoff & Strickland PLLC, where he remained until becoming mayor.
Hon. Darryl Grennell, Natchez, ms
Darryl Vanrich Grennell is an eighth generation Natchez native. After finishing Holy Family Catholic School, S.V. Thompson, and North Natchez High School, he graduated in 1988 from Tougaloo College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In 1990, he was awarded a Masters in Science and Education Endorsement in Biology from Alcorn State University. He then returned to Natchez for a 27-year teaching career at Alcorn, while continuing to further his graduate studies at University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg).
Early in life, Mayor Grennell embraced his family’s tradition of community service and leadership. In 1998, he was elected to the County Board of Supervisors, where he served 18 years with 13 years as President. He retired from both Adams County and Alcorn in 2015.
Hon. Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge, LA
Sharon Weston Broome was sworn in as the mayor-president of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish on Jan. 2, 2017. She is the first woman to be elected as the leader of the capital city of Louisiana. Over the years, Broome has been recognized for her service and leadership by several organizations, including the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Louisiana Health Freedom Coalition, American Heart Association, Every Child Matters and Morehouse College. Faith and family are priorities for Broome. She is a member of Star Hill Church, and is happily married to Marvin Broome. They are the proud parents of three children and three grandchildren.
Colin Wellenkamp, j.d., LLM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MRCTI
Colin Wellenkamp's extensive career in the legal and policy fields has been focused on advocating and advancing public interests through improving local government functions and the activity of the business world. Mr. Wellenkamp is dedicated to assisting organizations and people transition to a sustainable way of life. Colin has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Saint Louis University, a J.D. from Creighton University School of Law, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Sustainable Development Law from George Washington University Law School.
A native of Missouri, Colin now lives in St. Charles, MO, with his wife and daughter.
Tiara Lumas OPERATIONS MANAGER, MRCTI
Tiara Lumas educational background is in Human Service Management and currently completing her Business Administration degree. Tiara, comes highly recommended from the Saint Louis Development Corporation where she assisted with operations in Human Resources, Communication/Marketing, Minority Business Development(MBE/WBE), and Real Estate. In the past 5 years, she has been active and productive in working with communications/marketing, scheduling/working events, and her favorite, coordinating the Annual Mayor’s Business Celebration Luncheon. Tiara spends her time researching and learning about restoring natural and infrastructure city to city, working in cosmetology, working with fashion jewelry, participating in women empowerment groups and spending quality time with her family.
Tiara cares deeply about public interest in expanding growth in communities surrounding the Mississippi River and is excited about her role as the Operations Manager.