Meet the Team

Brian Hollenback, President & CEO
Brian Hollenback has more than 30 years of experience in the housing development, mortgage lending, and construction finance industries. As President, Brian is responsible for oversight and advancement of DARI, GROWTH, Central States Development Partners, Inc., Limited Liability Corporations, and The District initiatives. Through Brian’s initiatives, Renaissance Rock Island has become a national leader in community-based development and has secured a positive reputation for its ability to develop innovative projects, dynamic events, and business growth, expansion and retention by convening and facilitating work among various community partners. Brian also serves as Executive Director of Bridge Investment Community Development Corporation. Email


Fiscal Administration

Damita Davis-Wren, CFO
Damita Davis-Wren has been working with Rock Island Economic Growth and its subsidiaries for over 15 years. As CFO, Damita is responsible for administering and guiding the accounting to ensure that the financial reporting is in accordance with best accounting practices. In addition, Damita has vast experience in federal and state regulations and grant compliance. She is also responsible for risk management for the company’s assets.Email

Alex Stockwell, Financial Analyst
Alex Stockwell joined the team in 2015. As Financial Analyst, Alex assists with invoicing and financial reporting of GROWTH’s grant programs, along with upkeep of project budgets and expenditures. Alex has an educational background in Accounting and Business Administration (Management, Finance, and MIS) earning his Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College in 2014. Email

Kate Lackey, Accounting Assistant
Kate Lackey joined the team in 2011 and has more than 20 years in accounting experience. As Accounting Assistant, she is responsible for paying all bills efficiently as well as completing other duties in the fiscal department. Email


Grant Administration

Amy Clark, Multi Family Development Director
Amy Clark, has been with the team since 2012 and has 17 years of experience in grant writing and administration. As Grant Administration Director, Amy is responsible for applying for grant funding and monitoring the administration of existing grant programs. Email

 


Housing & Education Programs

Jill D. Clark, Housing Manager
Jill D. Clark joined the team in 2014, bringing more than 25 years in the mortgage industry. As Housing Manager, Jill assists with home-buyers to obtain down payment assistance on their home purchase as well as rehabilitation funds through GROWTH’s various housing programs. Email

James Jones, Financial Education Coordinator
James Jones joined the team in 2017, bringing more than 10 years of experience in real estate. As the Financial Education Coordinator, he conducts our home-buyer’s class for potential homeowners. He also helps existing homeowners with foreclosure prevention. Email


Administration

Beth Payne, Administration Director
Beth Payne has been with the team since 2010 and has 10 years experience in business administration, marketing, and tourism hospitality. As Administration Director, Beth serves multiple functions including board management, business development, communications, and marketing. Email

Kerry Mangelsdorf, Office & IT Manager
Kerry Mangelsdorf has been with the team since 2010 and has more than 24 years of experience in management and real estate. As Office & IT Manager, Kerry is responsible for managing the office’s day-to-day operations, providing excellent customer service, home buyer intake, technology management, and a variety of other duties. Email


Construction and Property Management

Andy Fisher, Construction Director
Andy Fisher joined the team in June of 2014. Andy brings more than 20 years experience in the construction industry. As Construction Director, Andy is responsible for GROWTH’s housing and commercial development projects, and implementation of GROWTH’s General Contracting LLC, rolling out in 2015. Email

Ryan Marik, Construction Manager
Ryan Marik has been with team since 2013. Ryan has a degree in construction management and brings six years of construction experience. As Construction Manager, a new title received in 2014, Ryan works in GROWTH’s single family rehab programs and ensures compliance. Email


Asset & Property Management

Pam Buckner, Property Manager
Pam Buckner has been with the team since 2005. In 2010, Property Manager was added to her job description along with Office Support Specialist. She has more than 20 years in customer service and now manages more than 25 downtown commercial and residential properties. Email


Community & Member Relations

Sonia Berg, Director of Community & Member Relations
Sonia Berg joined the team in 2017, bringing over 10 years experience in real estate. Sonia generates new business opportunities to the Downtown Partnership. She also drives new membership growth and partnership within the community. Email


Downtown Management

Erik Reader, Executive Director, Downtown Partnership 
Erik Reader joined the team in 2017. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a Business and Marketing degree. As Executive Director for the new Downtown Partnership, Erik oversees the overall operations and management. Email