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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. Arneli Solidum, M.D.
Medical Director

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. Ahmad K. Tarar, M.D.
Physician

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. 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.

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.

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