Community Link Welcomes Tara Hilmes and Amanda Loepker to the Board of Directors

October 13, 2020

Breese, IL - -Ms. Tara Hilmes and Ms. Amanda Loepker recently joined the Board of Directors at Community Link.

With 13 years of experience in the medical field, Ms. Hilmes is currently employed at Schumacher Clinical Partners as a nurse practitioner. She holds her master’s degree in nursing. She enjoys theater, writing and planning events. Ms. Hilmes resides in Pocahontas. She stated, “As a former Community Link employee I understand who they serve and I want to once again help make a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities.”

Ms. Loepker works at The Maschhoffs as the director of accounting and controller. Her cousin, Heather, has attended Community Link since high school and participates in Community Link’s Intermittent CILA program (Community Integrated Living Arrangements). Ms. Loepker resides in Bartelso. She stated, “It’s an honor for me to be on Community Link’s Board of Directors. I’ve seen how my cousin has flourished through the years while she’s been a part of this organization. I hope to be able to leverage my expertise to help guide Community Link in making the best possible decisions for those they serve.”

John Huelskamp, Community Link Executive Director stated, “We are thrilled to have both Tara and Amanda on our board. They both bring unique backgrounds that will be helpful to our organization.”

Community Link, a non-profit organization and proud United Way member agency, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities through a person-centered approach that promotes self-directed living choices and community integration opportunities. The mission of Community Link is to challenge, teach and inspire both participants and community, linking them in ways that enhance their lives. For more information, please visit our website at

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