The 100 Who Care Chapter serving Quincy and Adams County is founded by two local women who are passionate about making a difference through philanthropy and are joined by an executive team of community leaders.
Joi Cuartero Austin
Joi is the Senior Program Officer and Director of Illinois Main Street for the National Main Street Center (Main Street America). Formally, she was the Marketing and Communications Director for the Great River Economic Development Foundation. She is active throughout the nonprofit community and currently serves on the boards of directors for The District, The Quincy Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, The Quincy Art Center and Q-Fest (Formerly Midsummer Arts Faire.) Joi is also a key contributor to the City of Quincy’s strategic plan and has been a lead in the recent city rebranding. Joi was recognized in the Herald Whig’s 20-Under-40 in 2017.
“I like to think of myself as a community activator. I love engaging people — finding out ways to get people involved with their community and creating a sense of place. With 100 Women Who Care, we can make an investment that grows right here where it’s planted!”
Laura is the Executive Director of Arts Quincy (The Quincy Society of Fine Arts) and is a tireless advocate of all things “art” in the community. She is a frequent guest speaker on behalf of the arts and has been a speaker at Leadership Illinois, Western Illinois Leadership Academy, John Wood Community College and service clubs throughout the region. She also is on the board of directors of the Quincy Montessori Co-Op and frequently volunteers on behalf of local arts and education organizations. Laura also is passionate about the outdoors and is a former Quincy Bike Club president.
“I love the idea of 100 Women because it introduces the idea that you don’t have to be especially wealthy to make a big difference to local nonprofits. In the nonprofit industry, we always say that your donations really add up, and when you see these 100 women come together 4 times a year to turn their modest donations into big impacts, you’re going to see that philosophy in action!”