Meet our Staff, Medical Director, and Board of Directors

Debbie Geist - Executive Director

Debbie joined Life Network in 2003 and became the Executive Director in June of 2010. She has been married to her wonderful husband for over 41 years and together they have two sons and four beautiful granddaughters. She is a member of First Baptist Church in Columbia, Illinois where she actively volunteers in many areas.

Michelle Schweiger R.N. – Director of Client/Medical Services

Michelle has been with Life Network since 2005. Presently she serves as Nurse Manager and Director of Client Services. She brings over fifteen years of nursing experience to the ministry. She is married, has two children and is a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, Illinois.

Allison Kirkpatrick - Office Manager, Waterloo Office

Allison started working with Life Network as a volunteer in 2007 and joined the staff in October, 2011, as the Office Manager in the Waterloo office.  She is also involved in Direct Client Services and assists with planning and coordinating of fundraising efforts and community activities.  Allison attends Crosspoint Church in St. Louis, MO. 


Erin Liefer, Satellite Manager, Red Bud Office

Erin visited Life Network in August, 1998, as a client, became a volunteer in July, 2011 and joined the Life Network Staff in January, 2018 as the Satellite Manager for the Red Bud office. In addition to managing the Red Bud office she will be involved in Direct Client Services. Erin, her husband and four children attend St. Patrick’s Church in Ruma IL.

Georgia Hutchinson - Financial Administrative Assistant

Georgia joined the staff at Life Network in October, 2015, as Financial Administrative Assistant.  Among other duties, she handles financials, generates e-blasts to donors and maintains the Center's website and Facebook page.  Georgia and her husband, Kevin, attend Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia, IL.

Medical Director

Joe Cangas, MD, FAAP

Dr. Joe is from Dallas City, IL and currently owns a pediatric practice in Monroe County, IL and  St. Louis, MO.  He is married to Zoe and they have 3 beautiful children.  After high school, Dr. Joe served in the Army and then attended Southeastern Community College, Western Illinois University and the University College of Medicine.  He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Missouri in 2004.

Dr. Joe and his family attend Crosspoint Church in St. Louis, MO.  He is an avid college sports and St. Louis Cardinals fan.  He is a member of Columbia, Crestwood/Sunset Hills and South County Kiwanis Clubs.  He served on the Life Network of Southern Illinois Board of Directors for 4 years before accepting the position of Medical Director in 2017.  His love for the ministry and medical expertise allow us to bring new and improved medical services that best benefit our clients.

Board of Directors

Pastor Matt Heck, Chairman
Nancy Cassens, Vice Chairperson
Kevin Koenigstein, Treasurer
Conrad Kloos, Maintenance
Jim Ash
Paul Gilliam
Maria Renner
Jennifer Roscow

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Office Hours

Waterloo Hours:
Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Friday: 8:30am - 2:00pm

Red Bud Hours:
By Appointment Only