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Our Staff

The work that we are doing is our job;
The work that we are doing is also someone’s life.
— Our Philosophy

LaDella Thomas
Executive Director

3 Things About Me…
1. I worked on the campaign to get the ballot initiative passed in 2016 (and again in 2023!) to fund services for people in Stone County who have developmental disabilities.
2. I have twin sons (both in college), 3 dogs and a husband of 27 years that I spend all of my non-working time hanging out with.
3. I’ve dedicated the past 15 years of my career working on the non-profit and governmental sectors. Community is everything to me and my family.

Mindy Zickefoose
Director of Day Services

3 Things About Me…
1. My family is most important to me. My husband and I have been married for 29 years and we have two children.
2. I am a dog lover. I have an Australian Shepherd who is 12 years old and two Sheepadoodles who are 8 years old.
3. I love the summer heat and humidity, and you will find me on the lake if I’m not working.

Jill Ummel
Assistant Director of Day Services

3 Things About Me…
1. My family is my everything!
2. I love golfing with my husband at Ledgestone Country Club.
3. I love baking, especially my cutout sugar cookies.

Craig Pollard
Community Coordinator/Trainer

3 Things About Me…
1. I love music, sports, and animals.
2. Life is at it’s best when I’m with my family and friends.
3. I care.

Rhonda Braker
Human Resources Generalist

3 Things About Me:
1. I love working in the HR field and have been in the profession over 20 years.  I’m excited to be on the SCDDB team and work in the new HR department.
2. My family loves to travel.  Ken and I have been married 27 years and have two adult daughters Reagan and Riley.  I’m grateful to call them my best friends.
3. Recent additions to our family include Stella, a maltipoo and Oakley a cockapoo.  And Reagan’s husband, Jacob- my new son-in-law that is so helpful on our farm on Y highway.  I’m thrilled to return to Stone County.

Jenn Spragg
Billing/QA Specialist

3 Things About Me…
1. My family is my most important thing to me. I married my best friend in 2021 and we have the most amazing daughter who just turned 13! 
1. I live for warmer weather because that means floating the river or spending my weekends on the lake with our gigantic families. 
1. I love talking my husband into loading up the side by sides either to hit the sand dunes or even just a weekend adventure to a new forest for some new trail riding!

Lora Mather
Administrative Assistant

3 Things About Me…
1. A few years ago, I returned to Stone County to take care of my parents. I had spent 18 years in St. Louis Missouri in local government and searched for a job that would use my talent for detail while giving back to this community.
2. In February 2019, I found the perfect fit in my role as an administrative assistant with SCDDB.
3. I love the people and the easy-going lifestyle of Stone County because they give from their hearts with their time and talents.