Heartland Human Services


The Board of Directors recently held their Annual Meeting to approve by-laws, appoint new board members, and elect officers. Jim Hakman(above), retired education administrator from Teutopolis, was confirmed as a new board member. Other activity at the meeting included honoring retiring board member, Mike Merry(below), of  Dieterich.  “Mike has provided a very stable and dependable presence on our board for three years and we appreciate his service to the Effingham region.  He represented Dieterich quite well,” said Kinder.

Orr Named Heartland HR Director
EFFINGHAM, IL-   Heartland Human Services, Effingham County’s behavioral health and counseling agency, recently announced that Debbie Orr has been named the agency’s Director of Human Resources.

Orr previously held human resources positions with Enertech Global and Fedders North America.

“Debbie Orr brings a wealth of HR and labor relations knowledge to the game.  We are very pleased to have someone with her credentials and experience on our team,” stated Heartland Executive Director, Jeff Bloemker.

More information about Heartland Human Services can be found at www.heartlandhs.org or by calling 217-347-7179.

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Heartland Renews Relationship With SIU

EFFINGHAM, IL-   Heartland Human Services, a local behavioral health and counseling agency, recently announced it has renewed its partnership with the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. 

The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, located in Springfield, IL, has created a Memory and Aging Network that is comprised of community-based health service providers in downstate Illinois.  The resulting interconnected team of experts is dedicated to serving individuals with memory problems.  Staff is particularly trained to evaluate individuals with memory loss or other cognitive complaints.  The network provides counseling, referrals, and education.

“This strategic partnership has been a mutually beneficial relationship for more than 8 years,” says Heartland’s Director of Geriatric Services, Linda Warner.  “The healthcare professionals at SIU School of Medicine have been great to work with as we make inroads into understanding the challenges of dementia.  This is important work and we are proud to be a part of it.”

More information about the SIU Memory and Aging Network can be had by calling 217-545-7181 or by visiting www.siumed.edu/alz.

More information about Heartland Human Services can be had by calling 217-347-7179 or by visiting www.heartlandhs.org.

Lash Honored At Heartland

CONGRATULATIONS  to FRED LASH on being named the next recipient of the EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARD!  Fred is the Director of Maintenance here at Heartland.  The Cultural Review Committee feels Fred is responsive, is a hard worker, and never backs off any assignments.  They also point out that Fred interacts with all aspects of the agency and is conscientious about keeping employees and clients safe. And, Fred has a good attitude and is enjoyable to work with.  Here, Debbie Orr presents Fred with his certificate and gift basket.

Well done, Fred. 

We’re glad you’re on our team!

More information about Heartland Human Services can be found by calling 217-347-7179 or at www.heartlandhs.org.

Photo Caption:  Debbie Orr (left) presents the Heartland Human Services Employee Recognition Award to Fred Lash.