About Us

VISION STATEMENT: River Action strives to foster the environmental, economic, and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River and its riverfront in the Quad City region.

This vision is realized by:

  • Collaborating and partnering with people who appreciate and understand the importance of the Mississippi River and its place within the Quad Cities region.
  • Advocating for the protection and enjoyment of the Mississippi River for people within the Quad Cities region.
  • Developing and presenting programs, activities and projects that positively impact the people of the Quad Cities region and provide opportunities to enjoy the Mississippi River.
  • Educating people in the Quad Cities region about the history, environmental impact and uniqueness of the Mississippi River.
  • Respecting the natural beauty and magnificence of the Mississippi River and recognizing those people who share this respect within the Quad Cities region.


  • Establish a communications and branding policy to provide information about River Action activities, programs and events to various audiences.
  • Implement a marketing and branding plan through the marketing committee.
  • Review/update website, Facebook page and other social media outlets and explore ways in which social media can be used to enhance awareness and promotion of River Action programs.
  • Create and provide quarterly status reports on River Action activities for funders and other interested parties.
  • Review current programs, activities and events to determine value relative to the organization's mission.
  • Collect and analyze data on attendance, revenue, expenses and staff/volunteer time for producing each program, activity or event.
  • Expand collaborative relationships with educational institutions and community organizations with an emphasis on outreach to all educational levels and with the intent of engaging people of all ages.
  • Continue efforts to expand funding in support of organizational functions.
  • Implement methods for expanding corporate/business support.
  • Monitor information sources for potential federal, state and local funding opportunities.
  • Examine organizational characteristics to address long term physical and productivity needs.
  • Review office space needs, layout, technology and location.
  • Develop succession plan for replacing Executive Director.

Our Staff

  • Kathy Wine, Executive Director.
  • Eileen Sipes, Executive Assistant.
  • Jessica Flondro, Program Director.
  • Tim Gillman, Program Director.
  • Tim Chambers, Program Director.

  • Our Board of Directors

    • Brock Earnhardt, President
    • Joe Chambers, Vice President
    • Tracy Dvorak, Secretary
    • Marilynn Bartels
    • Paddy Blackman
    • Beth Clark
    • JJ Condon
    • Jennifer Garrity
    • Marshall Guth
    • Tom Hepner
    • R. Josef Hofmann, M.D.
    • Sarah Lande
    • Norm Moline, Ph.D.
    • Matt Ostrom
    • Terry Ousley
    • Kay Patterson
    • John Riches
    • James V. Standaert
    • Kirk Whalen