Metro-East News

New manager named at Buckle store; meet the executive director of HealthVisions Midwest

Sarah Braxton has been named manager of Buckle Inc. at the St. Clair Square Mall location, Fairview Heights. Braxton started her career with the store chain in 2010.

Braxton is a former student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and studied business.

New executive director of HealthVisions Midwest

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Paula Wills is the new director of HealthVisions Midwest, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. The ministry has offices in East St. Louis, Hammond, Ind., and Fort Wayne, Ind. The organization works to create healthy communities by empowering people to live a healthy life.

Wills, who currently lives in St. Louis, has a master’s degree in social work, a bachelor’s degree in education and an honorary theology degree. She is a licensed and ordained minister.

Her passion is serving, teaching and encouraging others in their faith.

Nurse practitioner joins New Baden clinic

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Deanna Weinacht Provided

Deanna Weinacht has joined the HSHS Medical Group and HSHS St. Joseph’s Health Center team of providers in New Baden. She will offer both primary and walk-in care at the clinic at 211 E. Hanover St., New Baden.

Weinacht, a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, completed a master’s degree in nursing at Maryville University, St. Louis, and bachelor’s degree at the Goldfarb School of Nursing.

In her free time, Weinacht stays active and has run several half marathons. She is a St. Louis Blues and Cardinals fan.

Heidi Wiechert: 618-239-2500, @BND_HeidiW