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Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center on Wednesday announced the hiring of Erik Sievers as its executive director.

Erik Sievers


Sievers has spent the past six-plus years at Gundersen Health System as a clinical manager of outpatient behavioral health. In addition, he has been a leader in overseeing multiple programs, services and positions throughout southeastern Minnesota.

“It is a joy to be able to be a part of the growth and success of others,” Sievers said. “My diverse background has given me a number of opportunities to be a part of the continuous and ongoing effort to improve the lives of others, at the lowest cost possible, while continuously striving for the best.”

Sievers has a master’s degree in social work and is currently working on a master’s in business administration, which he will complete in 2020. He has been working in the mental health field for close to 25 years, seven years of that for Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center as the director in children and family services and adult community based services. Sievers says he is excited to rejoin the organization in a more prominent role.

“The past six-plus years at Gundersen Health System, as well as prior years in administrative and front-line staff positions, have prepared me to be the executive director at Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center,” Sievers said.

Sievers first day as executive director at Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center will be March 4.

The nonprofit organization provides behavioral health services to more than 3,000 children and adults annually in Winona, Houston, Wabasha, Goodhue and Fillmore Counties. Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center is the Community Leader in Delivering Exceptional, Responsive and Consumer Focused Behavioral Health Services

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