Quad Cities Cultural Trust Board

Quad Cities Cultural Trust Board


The Quad Cities Cultural Trust will build the financial wellbeing of its supported organizations and champion the cultural vitality of the Region for the benefit of all its citizens.

We’re trustees on a mission to bring sustainability to five of the Quad Cities' core cultural institutions.


Steven C. Bahls

President, Augustana College

Representing the Putnam Museum & Science Center

Mark Bawden

Independent Representative

Linda Bowers

Independent Representative

David Freund

Director International Tax, Deere & Company

Representing Quad City Botanical Center

Rene Gellerman

Sr. Vice President, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

Representing River Music Experience

Ken Koupal, Chairman of the Board

Regional President, U.S. Bank

Representing the Figge Art Museum

Tom Spitzfaden

Vice President, Treasurer Deere & Company

Representing Quad City Symphony Orchestra


R. Richard Bittner


The Bechtel Trusts

C. Dana Waterman III

Partner, Lane & Waterman LLP

Hubbell-Waterman Foundation

The John Deere Foundation


"Exposure to the arts has been shown to enhance health, literacy, science and math skills. With budget cuts eliminating the arts in schools, it becomes increasingly urgent to support them through organizations such as these for the good of our community. What a legacy."

Tom Spitzfaden, Vice President, Deere & Company