QC PastPort is a success because of the enthusiastic folks who stepped up and made this initiative possible. Helen Keller said it best: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” We genuinely appreciate the continued dedication and efforts of everyone on our team!
Natalie Linville-Mass, President of QC PastPort, has been in the media field for more than 30 years and is the founder of Media Link and the inventor behind Media Link Software®. Natalie’s second passion is history. In Junior High, she compiled a 500-page family tree with her Dad, and part of what compelled her to move to the Quad Cities is the historic landscape of this area. Natalie graduated from Drake University with a degree in Broadcast Sales and Management. Before opening her business, she worked throughout the Midwest in radio and television, holding positions including commercial producer, DJ, reporter, editor, producer, and account executive. Nationally, Natalie worked with The Water Foundation and helped to launch a PR campaign for Earth 911 out of Phoenix, AZ. She has the unique ability to envision the overall picture of a project and pull together each element to make each project flow seamlessly. “With my experience in marketing and the need I recognize for a better understanding of who we are as a community and how we got here, I recognized a path on how to share this incredible history in a fun and relatable way,” expressed Linville-Mass.
On top of running her business, Natalie serves on the board of The Moline Foundation; founded and still manages a Women’s Executive Group dedicated to supporting the advancement of our Quad Cities female executives; is a past board member of the ARC of the Quad Cities, Workforce Investment for Rock Island, Henry and Mercer County, Living Lands & Waters and the Quad Cities Advertising Federation. She was awarded the 2012 Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award for her long-standing service to Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the 2005 Davenport One Women in Business Advocate of the Year, and named a 2003 Quad-City Business Journal Top 40 under 40. Natalie volunteers as a guest speaker for Marketing and Small Business classes at Ashford University, Augustana College, Blackhawk College, Drake University, The Quad Cities Chamber, Scott Community College, St. Ambrose University, University of Iowa, and Western Illinois University.
Adrian Vander Wille, MBA, Marketing Manager, provides an interdisciplinary and international perspective to our operations. His position’s responsibilities range from market research, proposal development, content creation, to implementing digital campaigns in cooperation with our partners. He has successfully developed, managed, and evaluated thousands of digital and traditional marketing campaigns during the pasts six years.
Adrian received his MBA in Sustainable Business Practices and Advanced Strategy and Leadership from the University of Oregon and his MA in Development Economics and BA in Business, Economics, and Cultural Studies from the University of Erlangen.
“The Quad Cities German heritage motivates me to learn more about the region’s past, so contributing to QC PastPort and its community stakeholders is a natural fit,” Adrian says.
Linda Anderson, Researcher and Writer, is a Rock Islander with an active interest in historic preservation and local history. She has researched and written local landmark nominations, architectural and historic tours, contributed to newsletters and digital postings, and serves as a tour guide. She is active in a variety of organizations, including:
- Rock Island Preservation Society President
- Rock Island Preservation Commission Member
- Rock Island County Historical Society Secretary
- Friends of Hauberg Civic Center
- Foundation Secretary
- Highland Park Historic Neighborhood Board Member
- Landmarks Illinois
- The Consortium (This is a group of preservationists, community and economic development professionals and historic site managers who come together to promote historic architecture, neighborhoods, and sites as contributors to the Quad Cities’ community and economic strength)
Lauren Wood, Marketing Coordinator, is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Southern New Hampshire University. She comes to QC PastPort with an eclectic background spanning multiple industries. Having worked in healthcare, education and media sales, she brings a diverse mix of skills and experience to the team.
Lauren is also an avid writer and has over a dozen children’s books and works of fiction published, many through her own small press, Paradisiac Publishing.
Lauren lives in Davenport, loves listening to live music and spending time with her friends and family. She also regularly volunteers behind the bar at The Village Theatre in the Village of East Davenport and is a mentee with Lead(H)er Quad Cities.
Josh Boelter, Content Specialist, is a writer, researcher, and producer with experience in a variety of industries. Josh’s career has taken him from marketing communications at a Silicon Valley startup, to writing a weekly newspaper column, to writing and producing PBS documentaries. Josh moved to the Quad Cities when his partner accepted a position at Augustana College in Rock Island.
“When Natalie told me about the projects we’d be working on, I got really excited,” he says. “These projects are a combination of many of the things I love, from writing to researching to learning about history and presenting it in a meaningful way to the public. It takes advantage of my skills and experience in a similar way to producing documentaries.” Josh is thrilled to be learning about the history of the Quad Cities from local historian Linda Anderson and Media Link President Natalie Linville-Mass, as well as the many wonderful people he’s met since starting this job.
Josh lives in Rock Island with his partner and their two cats. When he isn’t researching and writing for QC PastPort, he follows the ups and downs of his favorite football (soccer) teams, FC Barcelona in Spain and Borussia Dortmund in Germany.
Brad Sapp, Web Guru, is an accomplished full-stack web developer. Brad works with clients across the country and is involved daily with the complete life cycle of each project. Brad has the heart of a teacher and enjoys making clients’ dreams a reality and teaching them as he goes and empowering them with the knowledge and tools to understand their project and how it works. He has excellent communication skills with a unique ability to speak with both technical and non-technical people. Brad is self-motivated and enjoys the challenges with each project. He supports the whole team when it comes to IT matters, and he has been a crucial part of our team for over six years.
Melissa Garcia, Graphic Designer, has over 25 years of experience in graphic design and marketing communications. Since 2004, she has run her own freelance graphic design company, Garcia Graphics Inc., which has provided creative services to our team and our clients since 2005. Melissa graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with High Honors. Prior to her career as a freelancer, she worked in university sports information, private sector marketing, and a full-service advertising agency. She enjoys her freelance career because it keeps her creativity fresh by working with various clients and projects while giving her the flexibility to work from home with her family.
Jim O-Hara, Broadcast Producer, is synonymous with radio in this area, because since the late 1970’s he’s guided some of the Quad Cities’ favorite radio stations. Ten years later he started his own company www.OHaraVoice.com, which today provides voicework and full audio production for businesses in our area, across the country and around the world. Jim, and his wife Gynny, both Wisconsin natives, reside in Davenport, where they raised two terrific, super-intelligent and talented adult sons. Jim is the area’s premiere producer of audio content.