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About

Sunnyhill is a not-for-profit organization established in 1978 that provides residential support, recreation and educational opportunities for children and adults with developmental and other disabilities throughout the Greater St. Louis Area and surrounding counties.

Residential services are community based and promote a persons dreams and independence.  Accessible recreation opportunities are available at our 65 acre adventure camp in Jefferson County or through our On the Road Adventures program.

Our Mission

Sunnyhill, Inc. provides tailored residential, recreational and educational opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities. In partnership with community and natural supports, Sunnyhill empowers people to become productive citizens and achieve their own dreams.

 

Our History

Sunnyhill, formerly the Council for Extended Care, was founded in 1978 by eighteen Missouri Families who wanted to create a world of opportunity for their children with developmental disabilities.

In 1980, the organization opened Sunnyhill Adventures, one of the country's first all-inclusive recreational camps for adults and children with developmental disabilities in Dittmer, Missouri.

In 1986, Sunnyhill opened their first residential home to provide individualized supported living for those affected with developmental disabilities in the St. Louis Area.

In 1998, Sunnyhill Adventures On the Road Travel Program was introduced, allowing people the opportunity to visit places like, Branson, Nashville, Memphis, and many other locations.

In 2009, Sunnyhill launched Sunnyhill University, designed to give children and adults with disabilities valuable life skills including support to venture out of their homes, information about their communities, socialization, and the benefits of a productive lifestyle. Sunnyhill U creates an environment that fosters interests, creativity, confidence, independence, and dignity all while teaching people how to be active members of society.

In 2011, Sunnyhill began offering Behavioral Support Services, which are designed to teach adaptive skills to replace previously learned unsafe behaviors.


Then, in 2015, Sunnyhill opened the Independence Center in DeSoto, situated on 18-beautiful acres. At this location, Sunnyhill introduced the Family Resource and Advocacy Center, the first of its kind in the state, giving families an opportunity to reach out for support in one convenient location.
 

Annually, Sunnyhill serves over 1,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities and provides both full-time and part-time care to people living in residential homes or in their own homes. None of this would be possible without the love and support of our volunteers, donors, and staff.

Watch us grow again in creating a world of opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

 

Meet Sunnyhill's executive team

Donald Mitchell,  M.Ed, BCBA, LBA  -  Chief Operating Officer

Donald Mitchell, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA - Chief Operating Officer

Mary Eichner,  RN  -  Director of Nursing

Mary Eichner, RN - Director of Nursing

Jared Lutz -  Director of Maintenance

Jared Lutz - Director of Maintenance

Amy Wheeler -  Vice President of Program Services

Amy Wheeler - Vice President of Program Services

Amanda Kehoe -  Director of ISLA

Amanda Kehoe - Director of ISLA

Jeffrey Wehmhoefer,  CTRS  -  Assistant Director of Sunnyhill Adventures & Recreation Therapist

Jeffrey Wehmhoefer, CTRS - Assistant Director of Sunnyhill Adventures & Recreation Therapist

Rosi Neil  - Director of Human Resources

Rosi Neil - Director of Human Resources

Calle Melkersman -  Director of Waiver

Calle Melkersman - Director of Waiver

Kathleen Branson -  Director of Finance

Kathleen Branson - Director of Finance

Bruce King -  Director of Jefferson County Services

Bruce King - Director of Jefferson County Services

Luke Mraz -  Director of Development

Luke Mraz - Director of Development

Rob Darroch -  Director of Sunnyhill Adventures

Rob Darroch - Director of Sunnyhill Adventures

Jim Schmitt,  CISM  -  Director of IT

Jim Schmitt, CISM - Director of IT

Tamico Jones,  RCAL Licensed Administrator  -  Director of Advocacy

Tamico Jones, RCAL Licensed Administrator - Director of Advocacy

 

Meet Sunnyhill's Executive Support Staff

Megan Floyd  - Executive Assistant to CEO

Megan Floyd - Executive Assistant to CEO

Kevin Wendel -  Assistant Director of Waiver

Kevin Wendel - Assistant Director of Waiver

DeWitt White -  Training and HR Coordinator

DeWitt White - Training and HR Coordinator

Megan Shoults -  Licensed Nursing Home Administrator

Megan Shoults - Licensed Nursing Home Administrator

Joyce Long -  Accounting Manager

Joyce Long - Accounting Manager

Alexandra Maximilien -  Camp Administrator

Alexandra Maximilien - Camp Administrator

Caroline Livingstone -  Events & Marketing Coordinator

Caroline Livingstone - Events & Marketing Coordinator

Tony Martinez -  IT Support Specialist

Tony Martinez - IT Support Specialist

Mickey Fenwick -  Nursing Administrative Assistant

Mickey Fenwick - Nursing Administrative Assistant

 

Meet sunnyhill's Board Members

Jill Kesler -   Chairman of the Board  Vice President of Internal Channels for ADP

Jill Kesler - Chairman of the Board
Vice President of Internal Channels for ADP

Jennifer Seiler -   Vice Chairman of Program Services   Senior Vice President, Principal for Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Jennifer Seiler - Vice Chairman of Program Services

Senior Vice President, Principal for Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Lindsey Rodriguez -   Vice Chairman of Development  Business Development Manager for Brand Iron Holdings

Lindsey Rodriguez - Vice Chairman of Development
Business Development Manager for Brand Iron Holdings

Russ Korte -   Treasurer

Russ Korte - Treasurer


Mary Ann Rodenberg -   Secretary

Mary Ann Rodenberg - Secretary

Derrick Good -   Chairman Emeritus  Partner at Thurman, Howald, Weber, Senkel, and Norrick, LLC

Derrick Good - Chairman Emeritus
Partner at Thurman, Howald, Weber, Senkel, and Norrick, LLC

Sean C. King -   Chairman Emeritus  Financial Advisor for Edward Jones

Sean C. King - Chairman Emeritus
Financial Advisor for Edward Jones

Megan Schuler -   Board Member  Supply Chain Support Specialist for Monsanto

Megan Schuler - Board Member
Supply Chain Support Specialist for Monsanto

Brian Glarner -   Board Member  Vice President & Relationship Manager for Enterprise Bank & Trust

Brian Glarner - Board Member
Vice President & Relationship Manager for Enterprise Bank & Trust

Dr. Richard Haffner, DDS -   Board Member  Dentist for Sunset Hills Dental Group

Dr. Richard Haffner, DDS - Board Member
Dentist for Sunset Hills Dental Group

Diane Heck -   Board Member

Diane Heck - Board Member

Peter Pfeifer -   Board Member  Real Estate Agent for Hilliker Corporation

Peter Pfeifer - Board Member
Real Estate Agent for Hilliker Corporation

B.J. Pupillo -   Board Member  Managing Member for Pupillo Law Firm, LLC

B.J. Pupillo - Board Member
Managing Member for Pupillo Law Firm, LLC

 

meet Sunnyhill's Development committee

Lindsey Rodriguez -   Development Committee Chair   Business Development Manager for Brand Iron Holdings

Lindsey Rodriguez - Development Committee Chair

Business Development Manager for Brand Iron Holdings

Victor Rodriguez -   Committee Member  Chief-Analytical Production & Design Center for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Victor Rodriguez - Committee Member
Chief-Analytical Production & Design Center for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Maureen Conklin -   Committee Member  Central Divison Sales Director for Freeman Beauty Labs

Maureen Conklin - Committee Member
Central Divison Sales Director for Freeman Beauty Labs


Mary Ann Rodenberg -   Committee Member

Mary Ann Rodenberg - Committee Member

William Couch -   Committee Member  Community Volunteer

William Couch - Committee Member
Community Volunteer

Lisa Rose -   Committee Member  Partnership Development Manager for ADP

Lisa Rose - Committee Member
Partnership Development Manager for ADP

Nicole Cox -   Committee Member  Marketing Coordinator for State Farm Insurance

Nicole Cox - Committee Member
Marketing Coordinator for State Farm Insurance

Megan Schuler -   Committee Member  Supply Chain Support Specialist for Monsanto

Megan Schuler - Committee Member
Supply Chain Support Specialist for Monsanto

Kevin Hays -   Committee Member  Business Development Director for Paradigm New Media Group

Kevin Hays - Committee Member
Business Development Director for Paradigm New Media Group

Justin Williams   - Committee Member  Insurance Agent for D. Freihaut Agency & Associates

Justin Williams - Committee Member
Insurance Agent for D. Freihaut Agency & Associates

Angelica Herbert -  Committee Member Organizational Development & Learning Consultant - System Office Solutions for Ascention

Angelica Herbert - Committee Member
Organizational Development & Learning Consultant - System Office Solutions for Ascention