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January 18, 2018 Pleasantview leader set to return to church after seven-plus years of service
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Pleasantview Home Executive Director David Heusinkveld has been the chief leader of Pleasantview for the past seven-and-a-half years. Heusinkveld will be resigning his post at Pleasantview at the end of February to return to his spiritual calling of doing work as a pastor. More specifically, he hopes to do work as an interim or transitional pastor.

Prior to joining Pleasantview in October 2010, Heusinkveld served six years as the executive director of MDC Goldenrod, a nonprofit company that provides assistance to people with intellectual disabilities. Before that he was pastor at Holdeman Mennonite Church in Wakarusa, Ind.

“I am so grateful I came to Pleasantview,” Heusinkveld said. “But now I believe God is calling me back to pastoral ministry. It’s hard to leave here, but I’m excited about what’s next and returning to the work I think suits me best.”

Board of directors chairman Michael Loss also expressed his appreciation for Heusinkveld’s dedicated work for Pleasantview.

“David Heusinkveld came to Pleasantview at a time that we needed his expertise in leadership style,” Loss said. “David has brought new structure and faithfully served our community in ways that will have a lasting effect upon us.”

Nick Jedlicka, who has worked as the clinical administrator for Pleasantview over the last four years, was chosen unanimously by the Pleasantview board of directors to take over Heusinkveld’s role as the executive. Jedlicka is from Solon, and prior to joining the Pleasantview team, worked as the director of Lakeview Lodge Assisted Living in Waterloo, Iowa, for six-plus years.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity David gave me four years ago, and we will certainly miss him,” Jedlicka said. “I’m also excited for the future; we’re blessed with exceptional staff members and are honored to be able to provide care for the residents at Pleasantview. We are heading towards a future that is very bright.”

“I’m thrilled the board chose Nick to replace me,” Heusinkveld said. “He’s a person of strong faith, strong character, and strong leadership skills. I simply cannot think of someone better suited to maintain good community ties and lead Pleasantview into the future.”

A farewell for Heusinkveld to recognize his dedication and years of service is set for Sunday, Feb. 25. It will be held in the Miller Chapel at Pleasantview from 2-4 p.m. and is open to residents, families, and staff of Pleasantview as well as the public.

“We are thankful that God sent him to us. Transitions are a time for growth,” Loss said. “We are looking forward to the direction God leads us in the future. We have an excellent group of people to lead us forward.”

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