Judy M. GahaganPresident
Judy is a founding partner of Rockhill Manor, serving the residents with her vision, time and expertise since 1972. She is dedicated to creating a beautiful, safe and welcoming home as the compassionate leader of our family of staff and a protective mother for our residents. Judy assumed the full-time role of President in 2012, though much of her efforts continue to be philanthropic. Judy is the reason that Rockhill Manor, with its grand and historic building, feels like home.
Carrie GeierDirector of Operations
Carrie joined the Rockhill Manor team in January 2010. She has considerable experience with care facilities whose residents have been diagnosed with a chronic mental illness. Carrie manages all financial and human resources aspects of Rockhill Manor. Carrie is an extraordinarily versatile member of the team, as she assists the President regularly with all matters affecting Rockhill Manor.
Jonathan leads the Treatment team for our residents, and has been a licensed administrator serving the mental health service sector since 1994. He has worked as the Director of Mental Health over multiple specialized skilled-care nursing units. His passion for helping others was cultivated while serving as a deputy with the Clay County Public Administrator’s office. Jonathan grew up in Brussels, Belgium, as the son of a missionary and pastor.
Vernon MillerAssistant to the Administrator
Vernon has been an essential member of the Rockhill Manor team since 1987, shortly after leaving the U.S. Marine Corps. During his lengthy tenure at Rockhill Manor, he has held a variety of positions in nearly every department and shift, most recently supporting the campus Administrator. Vernon’s care and expertise with the residents has earned him the nickname “Go-to Man.” He is beloved by residents, their families and all staff.
Wanda GunnDirector of Nursing and Respite Care Coordinator
Wanda is a licensed nurse with over 25 years of experience in hospital, geriatrics management, home health and mental health services. She joined Rockhill Manor in 2003. Wanda is trained to teach Level I Medication Aide classes and Insulin Administration certification. She also manages the nursing staff at Rockhill Manor, as well as the 10-bed Rockhill Respite Care center in conjunction with Truman Medical Center Behavior Health Network.
Ryan HovendickRockhill Academy Program Director
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