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 since 1973 and together they have two sons and five beautiful grandchildren. She is a member of First Baptist Church in Columbia, Illinois where she actively volunteers in many areas.

Allison Kirkpatrick – Director of Client Services

Allison began working at Life Network as a volunteer in 2007.  She joined the Staff in October, 2011, taking the position of Office Manager in the Waterloo office.  Effective May, 2018, Allison accepted the position of Director of Client Services.  In addition, Allison also assists with planning and coordinating fundraisers and community activities.  She has four children and attends Crosspoint Church in St. Louis, MO.

Julie Stuart, RN - Nurse Manager

Julie joined the Staff of Life Network in June, 2018, as the Nurse Manager.  She has been an Obstetrics and Pediatrics nurse since 1983.  Julie and her husband, Mark, have 4 children and 4 beautiful grandchildren.  She attends Life Community Church in Columbia, IL.


Michelle Schweiger, RN - Satellite Manager

Michelle originally joined Life Network in January 2005 and served as Nurse Manager for over 13 years and Director of Client Services for approximately 8 years.  Michelle was called away in May 2018 for one year.  She returned to Life Network in July 2019 to serve as Satellite Manager of the Red Bud center.  Michelle was married to John in 1993 and they have two children.  She is a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens.

Georgia Hutchinson - Financial Administrative Assistant

Georgia joined the staff of Life Network in October, 2015, as Financial Administrative Assistant.  In addition, she assists in planning and coordination of fundraisers,  donor relations and maintains the Center's website and Facebook page.  Georgia and her husband have one son and 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
Paul Gilliam, Vice Chairperson
Andrew Wetzler, Treasurer
Jennifer Roscow, Secretary
Paul Freed
Konrad Kloos
Shanna Witges, FNP-C

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:
Monday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 3:00pm