Our Team and Board Officers

Nicole A. Carkner

Nicole A. Carkner

Quad City Health Initiative Executive Director
Contact: 563-421-2815 or carknern@genesishealth.com

Ms. Nicole A. Carkner is the Executive Director of the Quad City Health Initiative which she has led since 2001. As Executive Director, Ms. Carkner develops and facilitates cross-sector collaborative partnerships to create a healthier community in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Formerly, Ms. Carkner was a health care management consultant. Her expertise includes strategic planning, community health assessments, and project leadership. Ms. Carkner has served on the Advisory Council of the Association for Community Health Improvement. Ms. Carkner holds a M.B.A. in Health Care Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA and an A.B. with majors in Biology and Government from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. Ms. Carkner currently resides in Bettendorf, IA with her husband and son and enjoys traveling, reading and cooking.


Michael Oberhaus

Quad Cities Chamber, Quad City Health Initiative Board Chair
Contact: 563-823-2671 or moberhaus@quadcitieschamber.com

Dr. Michael Oberhaus is the Chair of the QCHI Board and has served on the Board since 2011. He is a graduate of St. Ambrose University and received an MBA from the University of Iowa. In 2004 he received an Alternative Certification Initiative (Superintendent Certification) from Western Illinois University. In 2009 he received his doctorate from Western Illinois University. He is the Vice President of Finance & Administration at the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. He served as the Superintendent of the Rock Island-Milan School District from 2010 until March, 2019.  From 1986 through 2010 he was the Associate Superintendent and Comptroller for the District. Dr. Oberhaus is active in several local organizations including the Rock Island Rotary Club and as a member of the Board of Directors and secretary of the Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation. Mike has been married to his wife, Sue, for 40 years, and has two adult children. In his spare time he is an avid runner and coaches in the Challenger Little League.

Tom Bowman

Tom Bowman

Community Health Care, Quad City Health Initiative Board Vice Chair
Contact: 563-336-3112 or tbowman@chc.com

Mr. Tom Bowman is the Vice Chair of the QCHI Board and has served on the Board since 2010. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Community Health Care, Inc. (CHC), providing vision and leadership for this Federally Qualified Health Center serving nearly 37,000 patients in the Quad Cities area. CHC provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health services through 9 locations and a staff of nearly 300 employees. A native of rural Iowa, Mr. Bowman received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Wartburg College in 1999. He completed his Masters of Business Administration through the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business in 2012. Mr. Bowman is also board certified through the American College of Medical Practice Executives.


Decker P. Ploehn

City of Bettendorf, Quad City Health Initiative Past Board Chair
Contact: 563-344-4007 or dploehn@bettendorf.org

Mr. Decker Ploehn is the Past Board Chair of the QCHI Board and has served on the Board since 2011. He is a graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa with a B.A. in Criminal Justice, as well as a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia, the National Crime Prevention Institute at the University of Louisville, and the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Mr. Ploehn has served as the Bettendorf City Administrator since 1990 and has been with the city since 1975. He previously served the City as Chief of Police, and prior to that held positions of Detective Sergeant, Detective, and Patrolman. Mr. Ploehn is an active member of several local organizations, and serves on several Boards in the Quad Cities area. He is married with two adult children, both of whom are married and live in Iowa. Mr. Ploehn and his wife, Jayne, reside in Bettendorf.

Our Office

The QCHI office is located on the campus of Genesis Medical Center-West Central Park located at 1351 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport, IA. Enter the North or Central Park Avenue entrance and take the Pavilion 2 elevators to the third floor, Suite 3100.

Our Mailing Address

Quad City Health Initiative
Central Park Medical Pavilion 2, Suite 3100
1227 East Rusholme Street
Davenport, IA 52803

Mailing Address:

Quad City Health Initiative
Central Park Medical Pavilion 2, Suite 3100
1227 East Rusholme St.
Davenport, IA 52803

Founding Sponsors:

Genesis Health System

UnityPoint Health Trinity