Board Members

Board Members

Dayna S Heindselman BSN, CNOR, RNFA

I received my BSN from Culver Stockton College/ Blessing Rieman College of Nursing in 2002. I’ve worked as a Circulating Nurse for 15 years, and in 2010 I received my RN First Assistant. I work In various specialties as an assistant but mostly general and orthopedics. I have worked at Mercy Washington for 12 years.
When Steve and Dr Limpert asked if I would be interested in a surgical mission trip I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve been hooked ever since. I am very involved in the supply side of the trip & I also head up and organize our 1-2 fundraisers a year!! 
I am married to my wonderful husband Matt (18 years)  and have 3 children: Tylor 26 (he has gone on 1 trip so far), Sheridan 16 and Emma 14 (they hope to go on future trips). When I’m not working on “Ghana Stuff” (as my family calls it) we like to go camping, boating & spending time with our family & friends.  Without their support I would not be able to follow this passion of mine. 

Joe Hassler, CRNA

I love the opportunities that anesthesia has afforded me. Helping patients through some of the most vulnerable times of their lives is a real passion of mine. I enjoy the amalgam of art and science that comes with being an anesthesia provider. Complex procedures including neck, abdominal and pediatrics are of particular interest to me. 
After completing my anesthesia training at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville I started working at Mercy Hospital Washington. A few short years later I got involved with the Care4Ghana mission group through co-workers. I’ve enjoyed everything about our group. The chance to change the lives of the Ghanaian people  we encounter has changed me for the better from both a personal and professional prospective. 
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife and 2 boys. We are big Cardinals and Blues fans!  I love the Lord and enjoy doing his work for less fortunate people in our county and abroad. 

Dena B. Kruse, RN, BSN, MSN, ANP

I am a nurse practitioner specializing in cardiology and CHF management and currently work for Mercy Heart and Vascular in Washington. Mo. I am an original diploma RN graduate from Burge School of Nursing and completed my BSN at Southwest Missouri State University. And yes, I am dating myself since both of those schools have changed their names!
I was called into medical mission work at our local Memorial Baptist Church by my daughter, Hannah. Our church has had a long supportive relationship with Emmanuel Mustapha and his work in Yendi, Ghana. In 2008, the first medical mission trip was being planned when my daughter who was eleven at the time, said, “Mom, they need nurses and I think you should go” and so I did, and am now excited to be heading back for my fourth trip. I started my NP program shortly after my first trip, answering the call from God to further my education. I graduated from Maryville University in 2012 with my MSN as an Adult Nurse Practitioner.
I am truly blessed to have the support of my husband, Kyle, and children, Hannah and Brady. They have packed supplies, worked fundraisers and prayed for me every trip. I was very fortunate to have Hannah travel with me to Ghana in 2016 and experience mission work first hand. My motto for those considering medical mission work has been, “you’ll be physically exhausted but spiritually full”. The grateful hearts of the Ghanian people are awe-inspiring. 

Jonathan N Limpert, MD, FACS


I am a “true” general surgeon, with interests in thyroid/parathyroid, thoracic, pancreaticobiliary, foregut, colorectal, hernia, advanced laparoscopic surgery and wound care.  I completed medical education at University of Missouri — Kansas City, followed by a general surgical residency at Saint Louis University.

After finishing residency, I have worked within different hospital organizations, but have called Mercy–Washington home for seven years.  During my first few months at Mercy, I was approached by one of my surgical first assistants, sharing his dream of organizing a surgical mission trip to Ghana.  Since this first discussion, we have created Care 4 Ghana.  We are now planning our third trip to care for the underprivileged people of Yendi, Ghana.  

Outside of mission work, my passions include my family (Patti, Piper, and Shea), traveling, scuba diving, and training for triathlons.


Patricia A Limpert, MD, FACS

I am a breast surgeon, specializing in benign and cancerous disorders of the breast.  I attended University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine and completed my education at Saint Louis University. Following medical school, I stayed at Saint Louis University to finish general surgery residency.

I initially started my practice as a general surgeon, caring for all surgical needs, but quickly felt a pull to narrow my scope of practice to breast care alone, now over 10 years.  I have been fortunate to call St. Luke’s Breast Care Center my professional home for seven years.  

My grandfather embraced traveling the globe to witness and love during multiple mission trips.  He planted a passion for mission work and traveling by his example.  I was fortunate to spend a month in Falmouth, Jamaica, during medical school.  First discussions of an opportunity to operate in Ghana reignited my passion to serve others.  I have been thankful to serve in Ghana and am looking forward to our third trip.

I love to spend time with my family, traveling, experiencing other cultures, and scuba diving.


Pastor Joe Nogalski

I am so thankful God uses people to do His work for His Glory.  I love being a Pastor and seeing God bring people together to do amazing projects beyond any one person.  Therefore, I love being part of the Care 4 Ghana team.  

I have had the privilege of pastoring Memorial Baptist Church for over 15 years.  MBC is a caring congregation that loves doing missions. I am blessed beyond measure!  

I grew up in Detroit, Michigan, living in the “projects”.  A poor boy with no direction.  One day my oldest brother took me to church, and I understood salvation for the first time.  That day I started a walk with a living God that changed my world.  At the age of 16 I surrendered to ministry.  I am so thankful that God through Christ Jesus can change everything in a person’s life.  

I graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. In 1985.  I am thankful God has found me faithful in ministry these past 32 years.  It’s amazing to see what God can do with you if you just allow Him to.  I attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, while pastoring Dahlgren Baptist Church in Dahlgren, IL.  I graduated with a Master’s of Divinity in May of 2002.  

I am thankful for my beautiful, and godly wife Joyce.  We will be married for 33 years this July 13th.  We are blessed by two children Janay and Joey.  Janay is married and attending Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO.  Janay and her husband Nolan are mission majors that are looking to go to Uganda as career missionaries.  My son Joey is married to Michaela, and they are expecting our first grand baby in July!  Joey is attending Baptist Bible College pursing a degree in elementary education.  Both of our kids are active in church and have a love for Christ.  I am so thankful for the gift of family.

Every day I am amazed by who God brings into my life.  I am by nature an introvert that somehow gets to do missions with so many wonderful people.  I enjoy life.  I know life is a short gift, so I don’t want to miss it.  After all, my home is eternal in Heaven with my Lord and savior Jesus Christ.  


Steve Miller RNFA

I graduated with my ADN from ECC in 1997. Immediately after I started my nursing career in the ICU and Cardio/Resp setting. After several years I transferred to the operating room and became a surgical assist within 3 years. Then I attended Sinclair School of Nursing in Columbia and obtained my BSN.

My first trip to Ghana was in 2008. While being a part of the medical I realized the tremendous need for surgical services to this impoverished area. Since the first trip, Care4ghana has been formed to provide these healthcare and spiritual needs.