Vanessa Whiting

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Executive Director – Vanessa was born and raised in Wyoming, where she began working in the health care field during high school. She started out in dietary and worked her way into a wide variety of health care positions over the years such as PCA, file clerk, receptionist and phlebotomist. She has been at Sugarland Ridge for 6 years and it has felt like home and family ever since she started. She loves the residents, their families, the friendly staff and the community.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking her dog out for runs, hiking, camping, fishing and playing pool. She also loves brownies and chocolate. Most of all she loves helping and being of service to others.


Aryel Stites

Life Enrichment Director – Aryel was born and raised in Wyoming. As a young child, she spent most days visiting residents at an assisted living facility where her mother was a manager. At that young age, she knew working in healthcare was her calling. In high school, she began working at an in-home care company, taking care of the patients after school. After a few years of working at the in-home care company, she went on to get her CNA license, and started out working the evening shift to day shift. Moving away from home and starting at Sugarland six years ago. she felt like it was home. Sugarland quickly became family to her.

She enjoys spending quality time with her husband, two children, and their dog. She enjoys spending time outside with her family, going camping, fishing, boating, and sledding in the winter. In her spare time, you can find Aryel reading a good novel, as she truly enjoys reading novels based on true life events. She also enjoys watching kid movies with her children and spending quality time together.

Jennifer Gunderson

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Dining Services Director – Jennifer has worked in food service for 15 years. After graduating from culinary school, she worked at a variety of restaurants and resorts, and seven years ago began cooking for Seniors. Originally from Washington State, life as a military brat has taken Jennifer all over the globe, greatly influencing her food choices and cooking style. When not at work, Jennifer can be found curled up with a cat reading, playing video games, or camping with her husband, their two kids, and their dogs.



Marv Harp

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Plant Operations Director – Wyoming native. Been at Sugarland Ridge for over 14 years. Took the job temporarily but soon realized that this was my calling. This is my family.