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Heartland Staff

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Eddie Rapp, LSW

Executive Director

Eddie joined Heartland High School as our Executive Director in 2023. He is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) with over 18 years of non-profit leadership experience. With an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for helping others, Eddie is a trusted leader in the community. He has a track record of success and innovation, having developed and directed two social enterprises. He prides himself on having strong fiscal management and program growth. 

In Eddie’s previous work, he developed and managed numerous programs to help those in need. He partnered with federal, state, and local agencies to propel organizational and program development. As a collaborator, Eddie believes it takes the whole community to “Be the Change” in people’s lives. 

Eddie has a passion for helping young people succeed, develop, and excel in our communities, regardless of the barriers they may face. He is excited to work alongside Heartland students and families to build their recovery capital and ensure access to a recovery-centered education.

Eddie, his wife, and their children have lived and been a part of the Central Ohio community their whole life. When Eddie and his family are not working, they enjoy spending time at the lake and at their many sporting events.

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Shelia Sales
Lead Teacher

Shelia Sales is an educator, social entrepreneur, youth advocate, and benefactor. Over the years, she and her sons selflessly donated countless hours and partnered with numerous community organizations such as Homeless For Families and Family Adolescent & Child Community Engagement Service (F.A.C.C.E.S).

Presently, she is the owner and operator of Bennu Health and Wellness, a youth social-emotional learning platform, and the founder and chair of Feniks Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to optimizing our youth's developmental process through community engagement. She played a key role in developing and implementing academic, Second Step, and Social Emotional Learning programs at Mansion Day School, Millennium Community Schools, Hilltop Y.M.C.A., and Central Community House, significantly benefiting the youth that she served.

She became part of the Heartland family in September 2021. Shelia is deeply passionate about helping young people develop, enhance, and advocate for their social and emotional well-being. Shelia is a resident of Columbus, Ohio and is the mother of two outstanding sons.

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Alicia Berkemer
Director of Enrollment & Office Administrator

Alicia joined the team at Heartland High School in early 2020. In her prior work, she managed multiple departments including billing and quality control functions for behavioral health organizations focused on youth and families. 

Alicia prides herself on building and mentoring strong teams, while always going above and beyond to ensure mission fulfillment is top of mind in all of her daily activities and interactions with faculty, students and parents. 


Alicia is a proud life-long resident of Central Ohio, and lives with her husband and their two daughters in Grandview. 

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