722 N. Market Street | Waterloo, IL 62298
324 N. Main Street | Red Bud, IL 62278

 618-939-4224 Waterloo
618-282-4225  Red Bud
Member of CareNet, Heartbeat International, National Fatherhood Initiative and
National Institute of Family and Life Advocates

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.

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 - Director of Client Services

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 and then back to Client Services Director.  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.

Peggy Buettner, Receptionist/Educator

Peggy joined the Life Network staff in February, 2022. She and her husband, Don, have been married since 1978 and have 3 children and 2 grandsons. They attend Life Community 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 Connect Church in Fenton, MO. He is an avid college sports and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He is a member of 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

Jack Turner, Chair
Mary Asselmeier, Vice Chair
Jennifer Roscow, Secretary
Andrew Wetzler, Treasurer
Bill Holtgrieve, Board Member
Fr. Carl Scherrer, Board Member

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

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