The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

Meet Your Neighbor Amanda (Jack) Hash, one of the caring employees of Oaklane Nursing & Rehab.

Amanda and her husband George, of one month, lives in Stronghurst.

Amanda was born in Macomb Memorial Hospital and raised in Henderson County in Terre Haute.

She graduated from Illini West High School in 2011, and Southeastern Community College Nursing Program in 2014 as a Registered Nurse.

In high school, Amanda was involved in band, choir, drama club and FFA, and at SCC in Burlington, Iowa, she was a member of the Student Nurses' Association.

Amanda has worked since high school, taking a CNA job in Stronghurst, the day after graduation at Oak Wood Estates, an assisted living facility. In 2013, she moved to an LPN position, and in 2014 an RN position.

Early this June, Amanda became the ADON/CNA Supervisor (Assistant Director of Nursing/Certified Nursing Assistant Supervisor).

Amanda grew up in the Grace Bible Church in Dallas City where she was married and is still a member. She assisted the music worship team and enjoyed singing with her sisters and mother for special music.

Her parents are Dan and Christa (Todd) Jack of Terre Haute.

Dan is a construction supervisor at UCM in Galesburg and her mom Christa works at the La Harpe schools as a Special Education Paraprofessional.

In their off time they enjoy family time and being home.

Amanda also has two sisters. Her twin sister Emma (Jack) Shaw was just married in March and is a bank teller in Macomb where she lives with her husband Jacob. He details cars at Gentry Motors,

Her younger sister Jessie Jack is 17 and will be a senior this fall at Illini West in Carthage. Jessie is interested in becoming a CNA and working with her sister at Oaklane.

Grandparents are Jerry and Barb Jack of La Harpe (formerly of Stronghurst) and Beth (Nana) and Ralph (Papa) Todd of Terre Haute. All are retired.

Like Papa Todd, a retired JI Case worker, Amanda's husband George Hash works at Case New Holland in Burlington, Iowa. George grew up in Carthage, is an Illini West graduate, and now is a welder. He enjoys fishing on his off time and his family's river camp by Hamilton. George and Amanda were married on June 6th.

Amanda said their family mostly worked, and spent family time together, and attended church but they had a few special vacations - Branson trips with "Nana and Papa" Todd, and her Junior year they flew for their first time to South Carolina where she saw the ocean for the first time with her parents and sisters.

Amanda has accomplished many goals but she continues to pursue a Bachelor's degree and eventually she and George will start their family.

She appreciates the values she was taught by her parents of working hard and achieving your goals with a solid foundation of Faith in God.

She said she found what she wanted to become when she accomplished getting her CNA and started working at Oak Wood. "I fell in love with working with the elderly and I knew I wanted to be a nurse. Nursing is more than just a job," Amanda said. "It brings fulfillment to your life."