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Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Leadership Team

ADMINISTRATION

Alyson Harder, L.C.S.W., L.S.C.S.W.
Chief Executive Officer

She obtained her B.S. from the University of Arkansas and M.S.W. from the University of Kansas. Alyson was recruited to Heartland over 15 years ago to develop the Residential Treatment Center Program. She progressed into the role of the Director of Clinical Services before being promoted to our Chief Executive Officer in 2010. Alyson has been recognized and received numerous rewards for her commitment to placing patient care as a top priority and training future clinicians to fulfill our mission of changing lives. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is in fellowship training. Alyson is a trained clinician in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

Mike Ast
Director of Support Services

He is a graduate from Nevada High School and joined our team in 1982 where he worked in our Maintenance Department. In 1986, he became our Maintenance Supervisor. Mike took on his current position as our Director of Support Services in 2006.

Carri Compton, M.B.A.
Administrative Officer

Carri obtained her B.S. in Health Information Management and her M.B.A. with an emphasis in Clinical Information Systems from Stephen’s College. Carri joined our team in 1982 and has more than 25 years of experience in psychiatric and hospital services and is a Registered Health Information Administrator.

Betsy Curtis, M.S.L.
Director of Business Development

Betsy obtained her Associates of Science Degree from Cottey College, her B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Human Resource Management from Pittsburg State University, and her M.A. in Strategic Leadership from Stephens College. She then went on to complete her Master Certification in Disaster Management and Mitigation from Benedictine University. Betsy joined Heartland in 2010 as the Director of Marketing and Community Relations. In 2018, she became the Director of Business Development and has been involved in numerous local and national organizations over the years.

Amanda Johnson, B.S.N.
Director of Nursing

She obtained her B.S.N. from Cox College of Nursing in Springfield, MO. She joined our team in 2005 as a Charge Nurse, then became our Employee Health Infection Control and Staff Development Nurse. She then moved into a new role as our RTC Nurse Manager and Assistant Director of Nursing, and transitioned into her current position as our Director of Nursing in 2018. Amanda is also currently pursuing her PMHNP.

MEDICAL STAFF

Dr. Ahmad K. Tarar, M.D.
Medical Director

Dr. Ahmad K. Tarar has been with Heartland for over 30 years and is our current Medical Director . He has touched thousands of lives and we have dedicated the Dr. Ahmad K. Tarar Children’s Wing in his honor. Dr. Tarar is our current Medical Director and has received numerous awards and recognitions. He is a Diplomat for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a graduate from the AUC School of Medicine. He completed his post-graduate Residency in psychiatry from UMKC School of Medicine from 1982-1986, with an emphasis on children and adolescents. In 1986, he began working as a staff psychiatrist at Heartland and transitioned into his current position as the Medical Director. Many will remember him as “Forever the Heart of Heartland” and we are so grateful to have him on our team for all of these years.

This wing also includes a special “Wall of Honor” that honors our employees who have been with us for 25+ years. Each one of them holds a special place in our heart and has made a lasting impact on our facility.

Dr. Nicole Canaley, M.D.
Physician

Dr. Canaley joined our team in the fall of 2018 is a Board Eligible Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist from St. Louis, MO. She completed her child and adolescent fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis and was a Chief Resident at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Arneli Solidum, M.D.
Physician

Dr. Solidum is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and has been with Heartland for 8 years. Dr. Solidum is focused on our pre-adolescent acute care patients. Prior to working at Heartland, Dr. Solidum worked on the east coast as an outpatient psychiatrist.

Dr. Amy Underwood, M.D.
Physician

Dr. Underwood is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed her residency through the University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Underwood completed her fellowship at the University of Louisville Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has over 7 years of experience working with children and adolescents in psychiatric care and she currently provides telepsychiatry on a full-time basis for our Inpatient Acute Hospitalization Program.

Renee Pendleton, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner

Renee is a graduate of the University of South Alabama, where she obtained her MSN. She received her BSN from the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith and is currently completing the DNP Program at the University of South Alabama. She joined our team in 2019 after working as a nurse and completing her clinicals in both outpatient and inpatient child behavioral health in an extremely busy emergency department in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Renee has a passion for working with children in the inpatient setting and has made a fantastic addition to our team.

Beth Fast, F.N.P-C, P.M.H.N.P-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner

Beth obtained her Associates of Nursing from Cox College in Springfield, MO in 2010. She then began working in the ICU at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, MO as an RN in January of 2011 as well as working as an ER nurse as needed at Cedar County Memorial Hospital in El Dorado Springs, MO. Beth then enrolled in the BSN program at Cox College in August of 2013 and graduated with honors in May of 2014. She began working at Heartland Behavioral Health in 2012 as an RN and continued full time until 2016 as she had started the FNP program at Cox College in May of 2015. She then obtained her Masters degree in May of 2017 from their FNP program and was on the deans list each semester. After graduation from the FNP program, Beth obtained certification and began working at Bates County Memorial Hospital Outpatient Clinic where she treated patients ages 1 week to 100 years. She started PMHNP school through Maryville University in St. Louis, MO in August of 2017. Beth continued to work full time as an outpatient family practitioner while attaining her second master’s degree with a focus in psychiatry. During this time she also worked at an outpatient community mental health center providing medication assisted treatment to those suffering from substance abuse as well as completing history & physicals for HBH. She graduated from the PMHNP program with a 4.0 GPA in December of 2018 and became board certified as a PMHNP-BC in January. With the new specialty ended her time in the outpatient clinic and she came back to Heartland full time. Beth has since went on to obtain specialty training and work for the children’s advocacy center as a SAFE-CARE provider (sexual assault forensic examination-child abuse resource and education).

Allied Health Professional Providing Medical Support

Sonja Albright, D.N.P.
Allied Health Professional Providing Medical Support

Dr. Albright graduated with her RN, BSN, and MSN from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO and has over 25 years of experience working in the mental health industry. Dr. Albright has authored fourteen chapters in the FENCE (Furthering Education for Nurses who Care for the Elderly) Manual, currently being used by the state of Missouri to educate and certify Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses who specialize in long term care. She joined our team in 2006 as an FNP and she is currently actively involved in numerous national and local organizations.

Karen Marquardt, P.N.P.
Allied Health Professional Providing Medical Support

Karen obtained her BSN from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS and is a graduate from the University of Missouri Kansas City, MSN, PNP Program. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and has over 24 years of experience working in the health and pediatric industry. Karen joined our team in 2016 as a nurse practitioner and does a wonderful job assisting our medical team.

Mandy Swink, D.N.P.
Allied Health Professional Providing Medical Support

Dr. Swink obtained her MSN and ARNP from Pittsburg State University in 2010 and her DNP in 2016 from Pittsburg State University. She joined our team as an RN and then transitioned into a FNP in 2011. Dr. Swink does a wonderful job working on our team as an allied health professional and has over 7 years of experience providing support to our medical team.

Case Managers

Allison Campbell, B.S.
Case Manager

Allison obtained her Associates of Psychology from Cottey College and then went on to achieve her B.S. in Psychology from Missouri Southern State University. She joined our team in 2015 as a Behavioral Health Specialist and then transitioned into her current role as an Acute Case Manager six months later.

Julie Kemper, B.S.
Case Manager

Julie obtained her Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Missouri Southern State University. She began as a Behavioral Health Specialist in 1992 and has over 25 years of experience working on our team. A few years after joining our team, she moved into a Residential Case Management position and has transitioned into her current position as an Acute Case Manager.

Julie Leonard, L.B.S.W.
Case Manager

She obtained her B.S.W. from the University of Central Missouri. Julie joined our team in 2010 as an Acute Case Manager and has over 25 years of experience working in social services.

Michelle Buck
Case Manager

Michelle graduated from Hume High School and has over 17 years of experience working in the medical industry. She joined our team in 2010 as a Discharge Planner and eventually transitioned into her current position as an Acute Case Manager.

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