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 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

  Victoria James -  President & CEO  

Victoria James - President & CEO
 

  Amanda Kehoe -  Director of ISLA  

Amanda Kehoe - Director of ISLA
 

  Jim Schmitt,  CISM  -  Director of IT  

Jim Schmitt, CISM - Director of IT
 

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

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

  Calle Melkersman -  Director of Waiver  

Calle Melkersman - Director of Waiver
 

  Tamico Love,  RCAL Licensed Administrator  -  Director of Advocacy  

Tamico Love, RCAL Licensed Administrator - Director of Advocacy
 

  Amy Wheeler -  Vice President of Program Services  

Amy Wheeler - Vice President of Program Services
 

  Mary Eichner,  RN  -  Director of Nursing  

Mary Eichner, RN - Director of Nursing
 

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

Jeffrey Wehmhoefer, CTRSAssistant Director of Sunnyhill Adventures & Recreation Therapist

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

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

  Bruce King -  Director of Jefferson County Services  

Bruce King - Director of Jefferson County Services
 

  Jared Lutz -  Director of Maintenance - Jefferson County

Jared Lutz - Director of Maintenance - Jefferson County

  Rosi Neil  - Director of Human Resources  

Rosi Neil - Director of Human Resources
 

  Kathleen Branson -  Director of Finance  

Kathleen Branson - Director of Finance
 

  Rob Darroch -  Director of Sunnyhill Adventures  

Rob Darroch - Director of Sunnyhill Adventures
 

  Luke Mraz -  Director of Development  

Luke Mraz - Director of Development
 

 

Meet Sunnyhill's Executive Support Staff

  Megan Floyd  - Executive Assistant to CEO  

Megan Floyd - Executive Assistant to CEO
 

  Joyce Long -  Accounting Manager

Joyce Long - Accounting Manager

  DeWitt White -  Training and HR Coordinator  

DeWitt White - Training and HR Coordinator
 

  Caroline Deacon -  Events & Marketing Coordinator

Caroline Deacon - Events & Marketing Coordinator

  Alexandra Maximilien -  Camp Administrator  

Alexandra Maximilien - Camp Administrator
 

  Tony Martinez -  IT Support Specialist

Tony Martinez - IT Support Specialist

  Kevin Wendel -  Assistant Director of Waiver  

Kevin Wendel - Assistant Director of Waiver
 

  Mickey Fenwick -  Nursing Administrative Assistant

Mickey Fenwick - Nursing Administrative Assistant

  Megan Shoults -  Assistant Administrator at the Sunnyhill Independence Center

Megan Shoults - Assistant Administrator at the Sunnyhill Independence Center

 

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

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

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

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

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

  Megan Schuler -   Board Member  Supply Chain Support Specialist for Monsanto

Megan Schuler - Board Member
Supply Chain Support Specialist for Monsanto

  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

  Peter Pfeifer -   Board Member  Real Estate Agent for Hilliker Corporation

Peter Pfeifer - Board Member
Real Estate Agent for Hilliker Corporation

 

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


 

  Megan Schuler -   Committee Member  Supply Chain Support Specialist for Monsanto

Megan Schuler - Committee Member
Supply Chain Support Specialist for Monsanto

  William Couch -   Committee Member  Community Volunteer      

William Couch - Committee Member
Community Volunteer
 


 

  Cherisse Thibaut -   Committee Member  Child Abuse Prevention Consultant & Owner of Love Works, LLC

Cherisse Thibaut - Committee Member
Child Abuse Prevention Consultant & Owner of Love Works, LLC

  Nicole Cox -   Committee Member  Marketing Coordinator for State Farm Insurance    

Nicole Cox - Committee Member
Marketing Coordinator for State Farm Insurance


 

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

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

  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