Heather Jewell

Heather Jewell

INDIANAPOLIS — Bethesda Lutheran Communities recently announced that Parsons native Heather Jewell has been promoted from assistant regional director to regional director in Indiana, Michigan and New Jersey.

Bethesda is a national Christian organization providing homes and other services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Jewell joined Bethesda in February. She has a background in education and has extensive experience serving others in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has worked as a program manager, site director and quality enhancement director with other organizations.

“It is so exciting to now be part of an organization whose mission is fundamentally tied to my personal mission. We work to educate the people we support about their choices and options and remove barriers for them to help them live the lives they want,” Jewell said in a statement.

Jewell will be based in Indianapolis, and one of her roles will be to work with area directors and program managers in the region to ensure quality service for the people Bethesda supports.

“Heather has the high expectations and engaging personality that are essential to influencing her team to strive for excellence every day,” Gretchen Block, division operating officer for Bethesda’s Eastern Division, said in the statement. “We know that people with intellectual and development disabilities have life goals. Heather understands this and will work with her team to help turn those goals into reality.”    

Jewell graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

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