Paula McEnerney, LBSW, Intake Coordinator
Paula was born at St. John’s hospital in Leavenworth KS and raised in rural Basehor. She graduated from Basehor High School and went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in social work from Washburn University. While attending college, Paula cared for my great-grandmother and provided private duty support to an elderly woman in her home.
She has worked in long-term care and post-acute rehab for the past 22 years as she enjoys working with seniors. Paula is married with two teenagers. She enjoys her family and friends, her dog, gardening, reading, exercise, homemaking, traveling, church involvement, and country living.
Latoya Huston, LMSW, Social Worker II
LaToya has a great passion working with people of all ages and enjoys getting to know those she serves. In 2002, LaToya received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and began her social services career in August 2003, working in an acute psychiatric hospital.
In May 2012, she graduated from UMKC with her Master’s in Social Work and continued to work with all ages and populations. LaToya recently completed her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Park University in July 2018 in hopes to continue working with those in need and helping to restructure policy surrounding social services and healthcare.
She enjoys music, reading, and cooking for others. She loves being a mother to her beautiful little girl and spends as much time as she can with her six nieces and nephews. For LaToya family is everything.
“Family forever, for always, and no matter what”. It is because of her views on family, she enjoys her work as a social worker and strives to provide the best services possible to not just individuals but their families.
Nikki Hitchcock, LMSW, Social Worker II
Rachel Hill, CTRS, Recreational Therapist III
Rachel has a passion for working with people of all ages and all ability levels. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation, emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation, with a minor in Psychology from Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS).
She became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) in October 2011 and has been fortunate to work with folks in the adaptive camp and adventure settings across several states. She is thrilled to be a Recreational Therapist at St. John Hospital and share her love of playing and laughing to all who visit. Rachel is a proud mother to a beautiful daughter and loves spending time with her family and friends.
Makayla Callaghan, BS, Activity Therapist II
Makayla was a volunteer for the Senior Behavioral Health Unit while she was completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from the University of St. Mary (Leavenworth, KS).
During that time, she developed a love for Recreational Therapy after seeing the impact these activities had on the geriatric population. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Recreation, emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation, through Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, MO). Upon completion, she plans to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).
She is passionate about helping people reach their fullest potential and is happy to be a part of the team at Saint John Hospital. She is a talented dancer and has been a dance instructor for almost three years. She enjoys teaching others about the importance of having a healthy/ active lifestyle and loves making people smile. She strives to make a positive impact on all those she serves. When at home, MaKayla spends time loving her two dogs: Boone and Sully.
Sarah Hembree, Unit Secretary
Sami Jo Van Winkle, Unit Secretary