Who We Are


Casey Burgholzer, Secretary

I’ve lived in Effingham my whole life and went through the Unit 40 school system graduating from EHS in 2008. My husband Andy and I have two children, Camdyn and Judah. I work for the Illinois Department of Employment Security. I have a passion for human service and appreciate the mission of Blessings in a Backpack. I love that our efforts stay local and am thankful for the opportunity to support our community.


Michael Janis, Treasurer

I am a life long resident of Effingham. My wife Ashley and I have two children, Amelia and Lincoln. I am the Executive Director of Outpatient and Ancillary Services at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital. I love the vision, mission and purpose of our local blessings in a backpack chapter and am honored to help serve our community!


Amanda Stroud, Board Member

I was born and raised in Newton, Illinois and moved to Effingham in 2010.  My husband John and I enjoy raising our three children, Jakob, Nicklaus, and Avery in the small town community.  I am a Family Nurse Practitioner who recently moved my career back to the area so that I had more time to give back to the community.  I am thankful to have the opportunity to serve on the board of Blessing in a Backpack


Brian Collins, Board Member

My family and I just recently moved to Effingham.  We love this community and I have worked here for the last couple of years for the Illinois Department of Employment Security. I am a U.S. Navy veteran who always looks for a call to service.  I feel privileged to be in a position to be able to help others.


Natalie Bohnhoff, Food & Distribution Coordinator

I was born and raised in Effingham County. I am a 4th-grade teacher at St. Anthony Grade School and have been a teacher for 7 years now. This is my third year on the Effingham Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack and I am so proud of the commitment Effingham has to our mission. We are truly blessed to live in such a caring and giving community.


Rebecca Meyer, School Liaison


Lindsay Niemerg, Marketing Director

I was born and raised in Effingham County. I currently reside in Teutopolis with my husband, Nathan, and our four children, Robert, Charles, Thomas, and Lillian. I split my time between staying home with my children and teaching preschool at Sacred Heart Grade School in Effingham. I love children and want to make sure they have everything they need to succeed, that is why this chapter of Blessings in a Backpack is so meaningful to me!


Sandra Faber, Volunteer Coordinator

I am a Jasper County native but have lived in Effingham for the past twenty years. I reside here with my husband and my three children, Austin, Anna, and Ava. I am a junior high teacher at St. Anthony Grade School and am in my 20th year there. I have just completed my first year with our local Blessings in a Backpack chapter. The Effingham community is so supportive and we are blessed to live in such a wonderful place.


Val Deweese, Fundraising Coordinator

I am a lifelong resident of Effingham. My husband Chris and I have twins, Gavin and Zeke. I love the community support that blessings in a backpack receives. Local kids will not be hungry on the weekends.


Ryan Fearday, Board Member


Kristin Workman, Board Member


Alecia Booher, Board Member