Our Dedicated Staff
"I want to say “thank you” for all the patience and kindness the whole staff extended to me." -Marie W.
Meet The Team
Scott Averill and his wife, Susan, are the owners of Wellsville Retirement Community and Brookside Health & Rehab in Overbrook, Kansas. Scott is a licensed long term care administrator, a Certified Medication Aide and a Certified Nurse Assistant. He is also certified in Validation which is a state-of-the-art approach to working with people who have dementia. He and Susan live their commitment to making their communities great places to work, live and visit. They are proud to say: “We are family owned AND operated!” They have five grown children all of whom have worked or are currently working at one of their communities: Bryan, Nathan, MaKaila, Alec and Ciara. They also are the proud grandparents of two grandsons and one granddaughter. In the last several years Scott has pedaled his bicycle across the United States twice! He also has run a marathon in 27 states and plans to run one in all 50 states BEFORE he turns 70 in 2025!!
Susan's experience as a state champion volleyball coach serves her well at Brookside Health & Rehab and Wellsville Health & Rehab. Susan was always pushing her players to be the best that they could be, often getting more from them then they themselves believed possible. She modeled to her team that integrity, discipline and hard work pay off. Her players learned to trust, support, uplift and encourage one another in the rough places challenges took them. With her guidance, they soon discovered that to succeed, they must work as a cohesive whole.
Susan and husband, Scott, have four children: Bryan, Nathan, MaKaila and Alec. Nathan, who also works at Brookside and Wellsville calls his mom “a compassionate, straight-shooter who has the forthrightness to confront nonsense when needed.” 24-7 they energize and inspire co-workers to advance our ongoing mission: to make these two nursing homes great places to work and live. With regards to achieving the highest possible customer service excellence standards, our team motto is that there is no top to the mountain we climb together.
Jill has been employed at Wellsville Health & Rehab since March of 2015 and has been our Administrator for over three years. Jill graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business from Stephens College.
Jill is married to her high school sweetheart, Tommy, and they have a daughter Madie, and two sons, Aidan and Trevor. Jill and her husband grew up in the small town of Archie, Missouri.
Jill is talkative and full of energy! She loves to be around the residents and to make them laugh. She also loves sports and is a huge Kansas City Royals fan…whether it was a good or bad season…she loves her Royals! She truly loves all sports and watching ESPN, especially during March Madness.
Director of Nursing
Tara is Kansas born and raised. She has been a nurse since 2012 and has 6 years of experience as a Director of Nursing. Tara loves nursing and is dedicated to our residents and families. She is also an instructor at Neosho County Community College.
Tara has five children: Kaylee, Josiah, Marshall, Garrison, and Ellia. She also has two grandchildren,
Kimberly and Jacob. She loves to play games with her family and friends. She also enjoys gardening,
traveling and entertaining in her home.
Assistant Director of Nursing & Assisted Living Nurse
Holly also serves as our Infection Preventionist. She has been employed with Wellsville Health & Rehab since April of 2017.
Holly is married to her high school sweetheart, Paul, and they have four children, Owen, Sophie, Aiden and Asher. She loves watching her kids participate in their various activities.
Holly loves to be around the residents and hear all of their great stories. She enjoys spending time with her family as well as gardening, baking, and reading in her spare time.
Social Services Director & Nursing Staff Scheduler
Dorothy has been employed at Wellsville Health & Rehab since 2005. She LOVES her job and enjoys being a comfort to our residents and their families. She cares for our residents like they are her own family.
Dorothy has lived in Wellsville for over 25 years with her husband Nick. They have two daughters, Monica and Jessica. She has a granddaughter Adria and grandson Russell that she spends time with as often as she can. Dorothy is KC Royals super-fan and enjoys going to the games at Kaufman Stadium. She is the organizer of WRC’s Royals and Chiefs parties and never misses a chance to celebrate gameday with the residents and their families. When not at work, she likes to relax with a glass of wine and cook.
Director of Therapy/PTA
Megan joined our staff in November of 2021. She has 20 years of experience in physical therapy in a variety of settings from outpatient, home health and skilled nursing facilities.
Megan lives in Overbrook with her husband and two kids, Jalen and Kensley. She enjoys watching her kids play sports, coaching, gardening, and cooking.
Jessica has been with us since August of 2022. Jessica was born and raised in Kansas and is a proud country girl. Jessica graduated in 2018 from Johnson County Community College with an associate degree and then earned her bachelor's degree from Kansas State University in Nutrition and Health Science.
Jessica married her husband Alex Cigard in 2022. Together they have a 2-year-old daughter named Aspen. Jessica has always had a passion for nutrition and advocates for using food as a preventative medicine. Jessica is a huge animal lover and enjoys being in the outdoors. Outside of work, Jessica spends time with her family, friends, and cheers on the Chiefs!
Business Office Manager
Michelle started working at Wellsville Health and Rehab in February of 2023. She graduated from Johnson County Community College with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Her work experience includes running an office, managing accounts, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, invoicing as well as many other tasks. She enjoys working and learning new things. You will never find Michelle standing around, she is very driven and loves getting a job done!
Michelle is married to her husband Bob and together they have five kids and thirteen grandkids whom they love dearly. Mrs. Reese greatly cares for others and their well-being and will drop everything to help them. Outside of the office her and her family enjoy spending time outdoors.
Human Resources Coordinator
Westin (Wes) has been with us since August of 2022. Wes graduated from Kansas State University with a dual degree in Human Resources Management and Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences.
Wes loves laughing with our residents and participating in activities with them. He believes our residents are full of wisdom and lessons that are very important to learn.
Wes currently lives in Lawrence as an undercover KSU Wildcat. He enjoys camping, creative writing, lifting weights, and playing tennis.
Robi started at WH&R back in 2015 as a CNA and eventually began working as a CMA before joining the activities department.
Robi has one son, Easton, who is five. Robi enjoys spending time outside fishing, gardening, and just soaking up the sun. Robi has recently picked up bowling and has big plans to be at a 150 average by the end of the year. Robi says she loves being in her position because she truly gets to be herself. She is constantly making the residents laugh and smile. Providing quality of life comes in many forms and she loves that each day is totally different than the one before. She said her favorite part of working here is the simple fact that all the residents and staff are always expecting the unexpected whenever she is around.
Brandy is our Laundry/Housekeeping Supervisor and started career with us in October 2014. While working as a housekeeper in 2017, she completed her CNA certification to assist our residents even more. In July 2020, Brandy took over the title of Supervisor for her Department.
Brandy and her husband Nick have been married for 18 years. They have four amazing kids, son Gauge and daughters Kiah, Avry and Ireland. She and her family love to take “road trips”. In their free time, they travel around Kansas and surrounding states to visit historical sites. She also loves to read true crime books and Halloween is her favorite holiday. Brandy has a caring heart and sweet nature that shines through when caring for our Wellsville Health & Rehab family.