Board of Directors

2017-2018 IAHC Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Krista Vanden Brink, President
At-Large Representative
Winneshiek County Public Health Nursing Service
Decorah, IA 52101
(563) 382-4662

Krista Vanden Brink is currently the northeast district board representative for the Iowa Alliance in Home Care. She has worked in various venues of healthcare since graduating from Luther College with a BA in Nursing in 1993. She has been a staff nurse in a nursing home, in the hospital setting at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN and worked as a nurse for a local DME company prior to joining Winneshiek County Public Health Nursing Service as a staff nurse in 1998. She has been blessed with 17 years of marriage to her husband Steve (a paramedic and ambulance manager at the local hospital and volunteer firefighter) and two teenage children.

Cheryl Hennings, Immediate Past-President
At-Large Representative
To The Rescue
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
(319) 550-1890

Cheryl Hennings currently serves as the Home Health Administrator at To The Rescue. Over the last 20+ years in nursing, Cheryl has worked and gained experience through a variety of roles in Long-Term Care, a CCRC, in the hospital setting, and in Home Care since 2008. She serves as the IAHC East District Representative. Cheryl has been married for over 32 years to her husband, Todd, and over these years they have been enjoying farming, raising their four ambitious children, and taking great pleasure in the blessings of being grandparents

Melissa Abbott, President-Elect
At-Large Representative
5 Star Consultants (Camdenton, MO)
Des Moines, IA
(866) 428-4040

Melissa is a registered nurse with the majority of her nursing experience in home health care and hospice where she was a clinician working in the field and then later became an administrator of a hospital-based home health and hospice agency. In 2017, she joined 5 Star Consultants as a home care and lead hospice consultant. She has earned a master’s degree in nursing and health care administration. Abbott has served on the Iowa Alliance in Home Care Board and the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa Board since 2014, where she holds a position on the executive committee of each. She has been a part of advocacy work for home health and hospice within her home state of Iowa as well as nationally.  

Michele Weis, Treasurer
Southwest District Representative
Myrtue Medical Center Home Health
Harlan, IA
(712) 755-4471

Michele Weis is the Director of Community Health at Myrtue Medical Center.  Michele received her nursing degree from Iowa Western Community College and is currently pursuing her BSN at Nebraska Methodist College. As the Director of Community Health, she is in charge of  home health, hospice and public health. Michele is currently a member of the IAHC board and a member of the Education committee. Michele has been married to her husband Craig for the past 30 years and has 5 children.

Nadine Countryman-Secretary
Southeast District Representative
Nurse in the House
Fairfield, IA 52556
(641) 472-4611

Nadine is the Chief Operating Officer at Nurse in the House, where she has worked since October 2006.

Board Members

Sue Harder
Northwest District Representative
Mercy Home Care - Sioux City
Sioux City, IA
(712) 233-5100

Sue is currently Clinical Manager for Mercy Home Care in Sioux City. Prior to home care, she was working as Regional Director for Assisted Livings and Nursing Homes for private company. She has past experience working in acute care for a large hospital as well as small. Home Care is her favorite setting. Helping others grow and succeed is her commitment and greatest achievement. Faith and family are among her many blessings. Sue also enjoys music, reading and vacations.

Sherri Johnston-McDowell
At-Large District Representative
Burgess Home Health and Hospice(712) 423-9265

Sherri has worked in the Home Health/Hospice field for 31 years as director of Burgess Home Health and Hospice. She has been a registered nurse at Burgess Health Center for 38 years and has held leadership positions with the District A Homecare Director group, the Iowa Hospital Home Care Council and has served on the IAHC board in past years. Her passion is home health and hospice and has seen many changes over the years. Her constant focus is caring for the patients in their homes with compassion and is very proud of her staff for having the same values.

Bonnie Sadler
At-Large District Representative
NuCara Pharmacy
Waterloo, IA(319) 404-1348

Bonnie has 25 years in the health care industry. She is Vice President and shareholder of NuCara Pharmacy and Home Medical. Bonnie works with  facilities, hospices, home care, physicians and hospitals. NuCara provides pharmacy services, infusion therapy and home medical equipment in 23 locations in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, North Dakota and Texas and assists in hospital to home, making sure the patient has all that is needed to stay in their home safety.

Andrea Kent
At-Large District Representative
New Choices Home Health
Bettendorf, IA
(563) 888-0155

Andrea Kent has worked with New Choices Home Health out of Bettendorf for 3 years. She started in 2012 as a per visit nurse and quickly moved into the Administrator position by July of 2012. Andrea has been a nurse since 2005 with experience in the hospital and clinic setting. Andrea has two children, both currently in college, one girl at St. Ambrose University in the Elementary Education Program and another at University of Dubuque following in her mother’s footsteps in the nursing program. Andrea looks forward to serving on the IAHC Board and continuing to expand her knowledge in the Home Health field.

Scott Schlies
At-Large District Representative
Sanford Home Health and Hospice Services
Sheldon, IA(712) 324-6420

Renee DeJong
At-Large District Representative
Mercy Home Health Care
North Liberty, IA319-358-2740Email

Renee received her BSN from the University of Iowa in 1990. Renee's 26 years of nursing experience includes medical-surgical nursing, long term care nursing, assisted living facility and home health nursing. She has worked the past 16 years with Mercy Home Health Care in a variety of roles including staff nurse, assistant nurse manager and currently serves as the nurse manager. Renee has been married to her husband for 29 years and has been blessed with three children.

Brian RothAt-Large District Representative
To the Rescue
Cedar Rapids, IA
(319) 550-1890

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