Tamara Feest
Executive Director


Tamara Feest is the Executive Director for The Human Service Center of Forest, Oneida, and Vilas counties.  In this role, Tamara leads a team providing all aspects of human services, including mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilties treatment and care. 


Tamara is a qualified administrator and holds a bachelor's degree in Health Care Administration from Concordia University - Wisconsin.  Additionally, Tamara holds both a Licensed Clinical Substance Abuse and Independent Clinical Supervisor credential from the State of Wisconsin.  Currently, she sits on the Wisconsin Counties Human Services Association's Behavioral Health Policy Advisory Committee and the State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Intervention and Treatment Committee. 


Tamara is no stranger to human services, having spent over 20 years as a counselor, case manager, program supervisor and department administrator; all of which taught her the importance of comprehensive care to persons in need.  Before being named as the agency's Executive Director, Tamara worked for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as the Area Administrator for the Northern Region. 


Tamara is a veteran of The Human Service Center, having worked here for many years previously.  Passionate about The Human Service Center and its potential, she returned to lead the agency in providing services that foster independence and recovery.


Donna Shimeck
Behavioral Health Administrator

M.A. / B.S. / LCSW

Donna Shimeck is the Behavioral Health Administrator for The Human Service Center of Forest, Oneida, and Vilas counties.  In this role, Donna leads the Behavioral Health team which provides Mental Health and Substance Abuse services.


Donna received her B.S. in Human Development / Psychology from UW-Green Bay and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology with Children and Adolescents from Boston College.  Additionally, Donna holds a Licensed Clinical Social Worker credential from the State of Wisconsin.  Currently, she is a member of the American Counseling Association.   


Donna has over 25 years experience in Human Service Delivery, working as a therapist and administrator in Day Treatment Facilities for Children and Adolescents, and Outpatient Clinics.  Throughout the time she has learned the importance of emphasizing recovery-oriented care to empower people of all ages throughout their journey in life.


Donna has worked for The Human Service Center since 2010, starting out as the Clinical Coordinator and within 8 months, moving into an Administrative position.  Donna is dedicated to assisting the Behavioral Health team in providing a high quality of care to the citizens of Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties who need Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Kelly Von Oepen

Developmental Disabilities Administrator, Birth to 3 Program Coordinator


Kelly Von Oepen is the Developmental Disabilities Administrator for The Human Service Center of Forest, Oneida, and Vilas counties. 


Kelly received her bachelor's degree in social work from Winona State University in 1991. She has over 20+ years working with the development disabilties population on several different levels.  She completed an internship during her education years at Winona ORC (Occupational Rehabilitation Center) Industries Inc. and also at Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Care Center.  After graduation, she accepted a position with REM Wisconsin.  At REM, she had the opportunity to work with consumers as a direct care worker and was later promoted to a program manager's position, overseeing two of the facilities located in Winona. 


In 1994, she was interviewed for a Case Manager position at The Human Service Center.  She was then promoted to the position of Developmental Disabilities Service Specialist, then offered the position of the Developmental Disabilities Administrator in 2010 to present. 


Her years of experience working with individuals of disability assists her to continue and grow.  She hopes that in return as a public employee, she is able to give back to the community at a much higher degree.  

At The Human Service Center, we believe that all individuals and families who endure the hardships of illness, disability or alcohol/drug dependency can find fulfillment and genuine happiness through services that:


  • Promote Independence

  • Strengthen Families

  • Encourage Healthy Behaviors

  • Promote Community Responsibility

  • Protect Vulnerable Children, Adults, and Families

  • Provide Service of Value to Taxpayers

  • Manage Public Resources Responsibly

  • Demonstrate Integrity and Commitment

  • Focus on Individual Needs


Our Administration

Along with our devoted staff, The Human Service Center Administration Team works diligently to ensure proper care to the thousands of individuals we serve in the tri-county area.


It is the mission of The Human Service Center to provide citizens with services and supportive assistance that will foster self-reliant and productive individuals and families. 



Our Mission

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