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Board of Directors

List of past Chairs

President and Communications Chair
Chris Cournoyer
Phone 563-505-6703
Chris Cournoyer graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Computer Science. After working as a Senior Consultant in the Technology Division of Andersen Consulting, Chris became self-employed as a Website Designer in 1997 in order to stay home with her 4 children. Chris was elected to the Pleasant Valley Community School Board in 2013 and serves as the Board President, she serves on the Board of the Friends of the LeClaire Community Library and is active in the Pleasant Valley School PTAs as well as high school Athletic, Band, Choral and Orchestra Booster Clubs. She is a member of the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce, Junior League of the Quad Cities and is on the board of the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation. Specific to STEM activities, Chris is the Robotics Coordinator for Cody School, has coached Jr. FIRST Lego League and FIRST Lego League teams. She mentored an “Iowa Girls Code” high school students to encourage girls to go into and stay in STEM-related careers and facilitated an “Hour of Code” after school class to introduce elementary students to computer science. She was involved in the Iowa STEM Council Computer Science Workgroup to support computer science in schools and was appointed by Governor Branstad to the Southeast Iowa STEM advisory board. In 2017, Chris was awarded “STEM Champion” at the Women of Innovation awards hosted by the Technology Association of Iowa. Chris was selected one of “20 People Who Make a Difference” by the Bettendorf News and was given the “Community Service Award” by the LeClaire Civic Club. 
Jeffrey Richland
Phone 248-255-2309
Jeffrey Richland has over 25 years experience in electrical power generation & distribution,  emergency life safety systems and industrial facility maintenance. Jeffrey started his career in the nuclear power industry. Decommissioning of Yankee Rowe Nuclear Plant, then Unit-2 & 3 restart at Browns ferry Nuclear Plant.After leaving the nuclear industry Jeffrey worked for seventeen years at General Motors Corporation. Jeffrey was a clause chairmen for the GM Electrical Installation tandard (EI-1), then contributing committee member on the General Motors Industrial Lighting Standard. Jeffrey is currently a member of the IEEE-1584 Guide for Performing Arc Flash Hazard Calculations. Jeffrey is also reviewer of technical papers on IEEE Scholar-One. While living in the Detroit area Jeffrey was a volunteer in the SAE A-World-in-Motion volunteer teaching  program.While living in the Quad Cities Jeffrey joined the Quad City Engineering and Science Counsel to support STEM opportunities in the community which have included 2011 FLL Judge Robot, 2012 FLL Judge Project, 2013 FLL Judge Core Values, 2013 FTC Judge, 2014 FTC Judge. In 2014 Jeffrey received the STEM Volunteer of the year award by the QCESC and was voted by the QCESC Board as the new QCESC President 2014-2015. Jeffrey also serves on the Hamilton Tech College Advisory Board.Since 2010 Jeffrey has work at Alcoa Davenport Works. Presently, Jeffrey hold the position of Superintendent of Electrical Utilities and Furnace Quality Assurance at Davenport Works.
Beth Ullmark
Beth Ullmark graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana with a degree in Computer Science through the College of Engineering.  Immediately following graduation, she worked for 3 years at LinguiSystems, implementing desktop standards and network infrastructure.  In 1991, she began working at John Deere Insurance, transferring to John Deere Corporate in 2000.  Through the 26 plus years at Deere, her assignments in Global IT have included network and server admin, managing the Corporate networks, and John Deere Finance Software Testing.  She is currently working on the largest software program in John Deere history as a Quality Manager in Davenport.   In the past 7 years, she has worked extensively with the FLL tournaments in the Quad Cities.  She became a member of the State of Iowa SE Stem Advisory council in 2016.   A lifelong Quad City inhabitant, she is committed to ensuring that all children have opportunity to realize the potential of a STEM career.
Chris Hebel
Chris Hebel earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1981.He has been employed by Exelon Corporation at Quad Cities Generating Station for over 34 years, in various positions.Chris is currently a Senior Engineer with responsibility for the Reactor Vessel and Internals Program.
Executive Director Emeritus
Pat Barnes
Phone 309-765-3629
Twitter @PatrickOBarnes
Pat Barnes is the Program Director for John Deere Inspire which is John Deere’s three year old, Global STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiative. Pat led a team that developed John Deere’s enterprise STEM strategy and is now responsible for the implementation and on-going management of that initiative. He currently resides at John Deere’s World Headquarters in Moline.

Throughout his career at John Deere, Pat has held technical positions and leadership roles in production engineering, quality assurance, product engineering, and Information Technology supporting engineering operations worldwide. In his previous position, this included responsibility for an extended IT Team in Pune, India.

Pat holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from Iowa State University and is a member of IEEE along with serving on numerous boards and committees including: Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, Executive Director Emeritus with the non-profit Quad City Engineering and Science Council, and Project Lead the Way Leadership Team for the state of Illinois. Pat has served as a volunteer for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognization of Science and Technology) Robotics for five years, including his role as Tournament Director for Quad City area Tournaments with 130+ teams. He has also been a judge / judge advisor for various FIRST tournaments including the annual FIRST “World” Championship. Pat has participated at FIRST tournaments and events on four continents in his current role at John Deere.

Pat shares STEM education and career related information regularly on Twitter at @PatrickOBarnes.

Jeff Melvin
Phone 309-227-3822
Jeff Melvin, P.E. (NSPE), is a past QCESC President and Director and has been active with the QCESC since 2007. Jeff is a Senior Engineer with Exelon–Quad Cities Nuclear (Cordova, IL) where he has served as the Turbine System Manager since 2006. Jeff is a Licensed Mechanical Engineer and earned his BSME and ASNT (Nuclear Technology) from Arkansas Tech University in 2002. Jeff joined the US Navy after graduating high school in Linwood NJ, becoming a Nuclear Machinist Mate on a Fast Attack Submarine, and was honorably discharged after six years.In addition to his past roles as a QCESC officer, Jeff also serves as the QCESC’s Iowa FLL Head Referee, QCESC-Order of the Engineer Link 271 Governor, QCESC Emcee, the former event-Director of the annual “Battle of the Bridges”. He also serves on the Project Lead The Way-Davenport, Blackhawk College Engineering Technology, and St. Ambrose University Engineering Advisory Councils.Jeff enjoys running and attempting to play golf. He is a Quad City Mallard’s Off-Ice Official, and a perennial John Deere Classic volunteer (Walking Scorekeeper, Laser Operator, Standard Bearer, Information, Admissions, Marshal, etc.).
STEM Coordinator
Carl Loweth
Phone 563-505-1196
STEM Coordinator, Carl Loweth, is a new member of the QCESC board, having retired in 2012 from John Deere’s Moline Technology Center as Manager of Technology Innovation Strategy. Over his 33 year career at Deere, Carl also had responsible positions in Manufacturing Engineering and Project
Management. Previously, Carl was a Product Development Manager at Trane Company in LaCrosse, WI. He has been very active in the local chapter of ASHRAE, and at the national level of ASME and is currently active in the Industrial Research Institute. Carl has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Purdue’s Krannert School. Carl has supported the PLTW program at Moline High School in the past and various STEM events over the past 3 years.Carl is an Adjunct Professor at St. Ambrose where he teaches Strategic Management in the Business School and has started an Innovation Coaching business.Carl lives in Bettendorf with his wife Rona and has 3 married daughters and five “nearly perfect” grandchildren. He is active at Asbury Methodist Church and Bettendorf Rotary.
Scholarship Chair
Tom Hein
Phone 309-798-0556
Tom retired from Deere & Company in Moline, Illinois after 32 years of service. He was a leader innovation and in evaluating and applying emerging technologies for the company, most recently focusing on information technology impacting Deere’s customer and product. He also supported research alliances with Universities, industry and standards groups. He served on the boards of the Object Management Group and the Automotive Industry Action Group. He has held various positions in manufacturing, engineering, and systems management during his 41-year career, including several entrepreneurial startups. Tom has a degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

In retirement, Tom is continuing his focus on innovation and STEM literacy through community organizations.

Award Chair
Dan D’Allessandro
Dan D’Alessandro retired from Deere & Company in 2016 after 40 years of service. In his last role, he was the Global Manager of an engineering organization that developed embedded electronic hardware and software systems for Deere agricultural and turf products.

Dan graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Northern Iowa.

He is involved in several volunteer roles including FIRST FLL/FTC/FRC competition Judge, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Iowa Chapter Board Member, American Red Cross Orientation Trainer, YWCA of the Quad Cities Board ex officio Member, and Western Illinois University Senior Design Mentor.

Also, Dan is an independent engineering management consultant.

Professional Development Coordinator
Fundraising Chair
Jeffrey Lanum

Jeffrey Lanum is the current President of Russell Electric Company and Electric Doctor Service, LLC. Jeffrey has thirty-three years of electrical construction experience in the Quad City area. Jeffrey is a licensed Master Electrician and has been the lead electrical systems designer on many design/build commercial and industrial buildings.

Jeff has served as a board member on the former Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce and represented the NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) as a Trustee on the IBEW LU 145 Health and Welfare committee. Other NECA participation has allowed Jeff to meet with state senators and representatives while representing NECA attending government affairs meetings in Washington DC. Additionally, Jeff has volunteered as a board member on the Good Samaritan Society golf committee, dads club President and Cub Scout leader.