Local 4 News is proud to honor remarkable women in our community, and Ann Sterling introduced us to Melinda Smith-Pace – a wife, mother and grandmother who wears many hats in her family and community and doesn’t earn a paycheck for any of her jobs. She is this week’s Remarkable Women of the Quad Cities nominee.

As a mother to 3 children with special needs, you could call Melinda Smith-Pace an expert on caring for children who are differently-abled. She was instrumental in navigating change for her kids and hundreds of other students with special needs by helping to expand their educational potential. Smith-Pace also created an art show for children with special needs.

Melinda Smith-Pace is also a caregiver for her husband Michael, who was injured during a training exercise in the Army in 2005. The incident left him with leg and back injuries and major anxiety and depression. Smith-Pace became a member of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, which advocates for, empowers, supports and honors military caregivers.

To learn more about all of the Remarkable Women of of the Quad Cities nominees, click here.