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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

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Matthew Burridge - Chief Executive Officer

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

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Amy Wheeler - Vice President of Program Services

Rosi Neil - Director of Human Resources

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Kathleen Branson - Director of Finance

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Luke Mraz - Director of Development and Community Partnerships

Jim Schmitt, CISM - Director of I.T. Services

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Mary Eichner, RN - Director of Nursing

Amanda Kehoe - Director of ISLA

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Calle Melkersman - Director of Waiver

Bruce King - Director of Jefferson County Services

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Tamico Jones, RCAL Licensed Administrator - Director of Advocacy

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Rob Darroch - Director of Sunnyhill Adventures

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Jared Lutz - Director of Maintenance


Meet Sunnyhill's Executive Support Staff

Megan Bonacker - Executive Assistant to the CEO

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DeWitt White - Training and HR Coordinator

Joyce Long - Accounting Manager

Kevin Wendel - Marketing and Events Manager

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Anthony Martinez - IT Support Specialist

Mickey Fenwick - Nursing Administrative Assistant

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Becky Mullins - Assistant Director of Waiver

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Megan Shoults - Licensed Nursing Home Administrator

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Jeff Wehmhoefer - Assistant Director of Sunnyhill Adventures

Alexandra Maximilien - Camp Administrator

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Meet sunnyhill's Board Members


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.


Lindsey Rodriguez - Vice Chairman of Development

Business Development Manager for Brand Iron Holdings


Russ Korte - Treasurer


Mary Ann Rodenberg - Secretary

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Derrick Good - Chairman Emeritus

Partner at Thurman, Howald, Weber, Senkel, and Norrick, LLC


Sean C. King - Chairman Emeritus

Financial Advisor for Edward Jones


Brian Glarner - Board Member

Vice President & Relationship Manager for Enterprise Bank & Trust


Dr. Richard Haffner, DDS - Board Member

Dentist for Sunset Hills Dental Group

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Diane Heck - Board Member


Peter Pfiefer - Board Member

Real Estate Agent for Hilliker Corporation


B.J. Pupillo - Board Member

Managing Member for Pupillo Law Firm, LLC


Megan Schuler - Board Member

Supply Chain Support Specialist for Monsanto

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Meet Sunnyhill’s Development Committee Members


Lindsey Rodriguez - Development Committee Chair

Business Development Manager for Brand Iron Holdings


Maureen Conklin - Committee Member

Central USA Sales Director for Freeman Beauty Labs

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Bill Couch - Committee Member

Community Volunteer


Nicole Cox - Committee Member

Marketing Coordinator for State Farm Insurance

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Kevin Hays - Committee Member

Business Development Director for Paradigm New Media Group

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Angelica Herbert - Committee Member

Organizational Development & Learning Consultant - System Office Solutions for Ascention


Victor Rodriguez - Committee Member

Chief-Analytical Production & Design Center for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)


Mary Ann Rodenberg - Committee Member


Lisa Rose - Committee Member

Partnership Development Manager for ADP

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Megan Schuler - Committee Member

Supply Chain Support Specialist for Monsanto

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Justin Williams - Committee Member

Insurance Agent for D. Freihaut Agency & Associates


Meet Sunnyhill’s Junior Board Members


Kelsey King - President of Junior Board

Support Analyst for Brown, Smith, Wallace, LLP


Kendra McClanahan - Vice President of Junior Board

Soultions Architect Lead for Gainsight


Tyler Otte - Administrator for Junior Board

Officer & Recruiter for U. S. Bank


Caroline Livingstone - Junior Board Member

Tide Cleaners - Senior Marketing Manager


Urban Petersen - Junior Board Member

Change Healthcare Manager - Division of Payment Distribution


Natalie Pigg - Junior Board Member

Attorney at Law for The Lowry Law Firm


Allie Rayfield - Junior Board Member

Wells Fargo Advisors - UX Researcher


Megan Sievers, MHA, FASPR - Junior Board Member

Physician Recruiter for Mercy Clinic - East Community

Kelsey Spencer - Junior Board Member

Recruitment Coordinator for Mercy

Benjamin Tiller - Junior Board Member

Attorney at Greensfelder, Hemker, & Gale, P.C.


Ryan Wilson - Junior Board Member

Tax Supervisor for Brown, Smith, Wallace


Kristen Wood - Junior Board Member

Benefits Consultant for AJ GAllagher