President & CEO
Vicky James is the President & CEO of Sunnyhill. Vicky is responsible for leading the dynamic team which manage every facet of Sunnyhill. Vicky’s main objective is to make sure every individual has the ability to achieve their dream. Beginning her career as a camp secretary with Sunnyhill Adventures and The Living Center, Vicky felt inspired to become more involved, and in 2007 Vicky became President and CEO of Sunnyhill. For the past seven years, Sunnyhill has grown significantly; adding many new programs, services and the ability to offer more opportunities for all of our clients.
“Watching our clients achieve their independence is a dream come true.”
Vice President of Client Services
Donald Mitchell is the Vice President of Client Services. Since beginning with Sunnyhill in 2009, ha has assisted in expanding residential services for clients in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and Jefferson County. He holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Additionally he is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst. Prior to joining the Sunnyhill team, he was employed as a behavior analyst and special education teacher. He currently oversees all client services, from residential services to Behavior Analysis Services for Sunnyhill. His main goal is to assist all individuals receiving services with Sunnyhill to meet their maximum potential.
“I want to make a positive change to all individuals receiving support through Sunnyhill.”
Director of Sunnyhill Adventures
Rob Darroch is the Director of Sunnyhill Adventures. Rob is responsible for operating Sunnyhill Adventures Camp, planning camp programs, and the hiring and training of camp staff. Rob is also ensures that Sunnyhill Adventures continues to operate under ACA guidelines as well as state and county requirements. He has been involved with Sunnyhill since 1998 and been instrumental in growing Sunnyhill Adventures over the years to serve more adults and children with developmental disabilities.
“Sunnyhill Adventures makes what some believe to be impossible, possible.”
Director of Human Resources
Linda Kresko is the Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for providing support to all of SunnyHill’s employees. Linda has been making a difference in the lives of adults and children with disabilities for over ten years and previously worked as a Para Professional for Rockwood School District. She received a B.A. in Business Administration from Fontbonne University and spent the first half of her career working in clerical and management roles for Purina and Chrysler. Linda has been a member of the Sunnyhill team since 2007.
“It’s crucial to find practical solutions for the challenges our client’s face everyday.”
Kathleen Branson is the Director of Finance. She is responsible for managing all the financial business operations for Sunnyhill. Kathleen received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Saint Louis University. She has been a part of the Sunnyhill team since 2007.
“I wanted to work for a company that made a positive impact in people’s lives.”
Director of Waiver
Calle Melkersman is the Director of Waiver. Calle is responsible for overseeing all of the Wavier (24-hour residential programs) department operations including funding procurement, maintaining accreditation standards, and ensuring all client’s needs are met. Calle received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in social work and social rehabilitation from Southeast Missouri State in 1998. She has been with Sunnyhill since 2000.
“I love what I do. It’s my calling. I will do this for the rest of my life.”
Director of Nursing
Mary Eichner is the Director of Nursing Services. Mary is responsible for ensuring that all clients receive the best possible health care services. Along with her excellent team of nurses, Mary manages the health care options for Waiver, Camp and Recreational Care Facility programs. Mary received her nursing degree from Maryville College and has been working at Sunnyhill since 1986.
“I love interacting with the people we serve, they have such enthusiasm for living life to the fullest”
Director of Development and Community Partnerships
Luke Mraz is the Director of Development and Community Partnerships. Luke is responsible for planning and fundraising events. He received a B.A. in Nonprofit Administration from Lindenwood University and has been a part of the Sunnyhill team since 2012.
“Sunnyhill is always trying to make the invisible, visible. I use this basic principle as my driving force.”
Director of Corporate and Community Relations
Linda Wulf is the Director of Corporate and Community Relations. Linda’s primary role is developing special relationships with corporations, organizations and foundations in hopes of securing donations, volunteers and support for Sunnyhill’s programs and services. Having spent thirty years in the healthcare industry, ranging from nursing to sale and marketing, Linda has the experience and passion to help Sunnyhill grow. Before joining Sunnyhill in 2013, Linda worked as the Executive Director of the SSM St. Clare Health Center Foundation.
“Sunnyhill is the place where everyone knows your name.”
Director of Jefferson County Services
Bruce King is the Director of Jefferson County Services. Bruce oversees the operations of the Sunnyhill Residential Care Facility (RCF) and Personal Assistance (PA) services in Jefferson County. Before joining the Sunnyhill team in 2012, Bruce served as the Jefferson County Public Administrator for fourteen years.
“This is an area of service that I truly love.”
Director of ISLA
Amy Wheeler is the Director of Independent Supported Living Assistance (ISLA). She oversees all ISAL (non-24 hour) programs from policy to implementation. Amy has been a part of the Sunnyhill team for over 10 years. She started her career at Sunnyhill as a Support Instructor working one on one with the participants. Through hard work and dedication, Amy was promoted to Quality Assurance Specialist, Assistant Director, and now Director of ISLA Services. Amy earned a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Saint Louis University.
“Watching our participants succeed makes working for Sunnyhill more than just a job; it makes it a rewarding career.”
Director of Advocacy
Tamico Love is the Director of Advocacy. She is responsible for overseeing F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Advocacy Center, serving families who have loved ones with developmental disabilities. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in both Special Education and Elementary Education from UMSL. Tamico has experience as a special education teacher, a case manager for the Department of Mental Health, and is also a parent of a child with profound disabilities. Tamico began her career at Sunnyhill working in the ISLA program with participants in St. Louis City in 2011.
“Serving individuals with developmental disabilities is my passion. I love having the opportunity to work with families and to make their lives better. I am blessed and humbled to be able to work in this field for a living. This is more than a ‘job’, this is my calling.”