ABOUT US

 
 
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About

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

Residential services are community based and promote an individual’s 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 individuals to become productive citizens and achieve their individual 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 participants 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 individuals 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 individuals with developmental disabilities and provides both full-time and part-time care to clients 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

Victoria James - President & CEO

Victoria James - President & CEO

Donald Mitchell, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA  - Vice President of Client Services

Donald Mitchell, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA  - Vice President of Client Services

Linda Kresko, B.S. - Director of Compliance & Investigations

Linda Kresko, B.S. - Director of Compliance & Investigations

Katie James, aPHR - Director of Human Resources

Katie James, aPHR - Director of Human Resources

Rob Darroch - Director of Sunnyhill Adventures

Rob Darroch - Director of Sunnyhill Adventures

Calle Melkersman - Director of Waiver

Calle Melkersman - Director of Waiver

Amy Wheeler - Director of ISLA

Amy Wheeler - Director of ISLA

Mary Eichner, RN - Director of Nursing

Mary Eichner, RN - Director of Nursing

Kathleen Branson - Director of Finance

Kathleen Branson - Director of Finance

Tamico Love - F.R.I.E.N.D.S Advocacy Center

Tamico Love - F.R.I.E.N.D.S Advocacy Center

Luke Mraz - Director of Development

Luke Mraz - Director of Development

Jim Schmitt, CISM - Director of IT

Jim Schmitt, CISM - Director of IT

Bruce King - Director of Jefferson County Services

Bruce King - Director of Jefferson County Services

Jeff Wehmhoefer, CTRS - Director of Recreation Therapy

Jeff Wehmhoefer, CTRS - Director of Recreation Therapy

 

Meet Sunnyhill's Executive Support Staff

Allyse Vessell - Human Resource Manager

Allyse Vessell - Human Resource Manager

Mickey Fenwick - Nursing Administrative Assistant

Mickey Fenwick - Nursing Administrative Assistant

Tony Martinez - IT Support Specialist

Tony Martinez - IT Support Specialist

Debby Moore - Camp Administrator

Debby Moore - Camp Administrator

Joyce Long - Accounting Manager

Joyce Long - Accounting Manager

Kevin Wendel - Assistant Director of Waiver

Kevin Wendel - Assistant Director of Waiver

Caroline Deacon - Events & Marketing Coordinator

Caroline Deacon - Events & Marketing Coordinator

Amanda Kehoe - Assistant Director of ISLA

Amanda Kehoe - Assistant Director of ISLA

Bruce Ketcherside - Assistant Director of Jefferson County Services

Bruce Ketcherside - Assistant Director of Jefferson County Services

 

Meet sunnyhill's Board Members

Sean C. King - Chairman of the Board Financial Advisor for Edward Jones

Sean C. King - Chairman of the Board
Financial Advisor for Edward Jones

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

Jennifer Seiler - Vice Chairman of Client Services

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

Jill Kesler - Vice Chairman of Development Vice President of Internal Channels for ADP  

Jill Kesler - Vice Chairman of Development
Vice President of Internal Channels for ADP
 

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

Michael Arnhart - Board Member Chief of the High Ridge Fire Protection District

Michael Arnhart - Board Member
Chief of the High Ridge Fire Protection District

Wes Burns - Board Member Director of Asset Management for US Bank

Wes Burns - Board Member
Director of Asset Management for US Bank

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

Lisa Miller - Board Member Area Senior Vice President for Arthur Gallagher

Lisa Miller - Board Member
Area Senior Vice President for Arthur Gallagher

Brett Perlberg - Board Member Pharmacist for NURSES Etc STAFFING

Brett Perlberg - Board Member
Pharmacist for NURSES Etc STAFFING

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

Wayne Rector - Board Member Insurance Agent for New York Life

Wayne Rector - Board Member
Insurance Agent for New York Life

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meet Sunnyhill's Development committee

Jill Kesler - Development Committee Chair Vice President of Internal Channels for ADP

Jill Kesler - Development Committee Chair
Vice President of Internal Channels for ADP

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

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

William Couch - Committee Member Community Volunteer

William Couch - Committee Member
Community Volunteer

Nicole Cox - Committee Member Marketing Coordinator for State Farm Insurance

Nicole Cox - Committee Member
Marketing Coordinator for State Farm Insurance

Eric Darr - Committee Member Tax Senior Manager for BKD

Eric Darr - Committee Member
Tax Senior Manager for BKD

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

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

Kim Grego - Committee Member Director of Marketing for BizLibrary

Kim Grego - Committee Member
Director of Marketing for BizLibrary

Lindsey Rodriguez - Committee Member Business Development Manager for Branding Iron Holdings

Lindsey Rodriguez - Committee Member
Business Development Manager for Branding 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)

Megan Schuler - Committee Member Supply Chain Support Specialist for Monsanto

Megan Schuler - Committee Member
Supply Chain Support Specialist for Monsanto