Key People

Deanna Beckenholdt, Executive Director

Deanna Beckenholdt.jpgDeanna is an experienced Licensed Nursing Home Administrator with demonstrated 5 star CMS results. Her leadership, dedicated compliance and quality of care transitioned her previous 1 star SNF to 5 stars. Deanna has thrived in customer-focused service while volunteering and working in the SNF, ALF, RCF, hospital and health care industry. 

Growing up within walking distance from a hospital and nursing home, Deanna has adored her experiences as a life-long health care volunteer. She obtained her Certified Nurse Assistant and was a Candy Striper and Medical Explorer all while still in high school in Springfield, Missouri. She completed her undergraduate degree, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration Management, from Missouri State University. She currently serves as the Assistant Regional Coordinator of the Missouri Coalition Celebrating Care Continuum Change MC5, Missouri Health Care Association MHCA District IV Treasurer and is a Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators Preceptor. Deanna enjoys sharing her passion and zeal of the health care industry and was thrilled to join Sunterra Springs in March 2018.


Emily Christopher RN, Director of Marketing and Admissions

Emily Christopher.jpgEmily is the Director of Marketing and Admissions at Sunterra Springs Springfield. Emily works closely with health care systems and the community to coordinate care and educate about Sunterra Springs unique model of care. She displays dedication and passion in patient advocacy.

Emily graduated from Cox College of Nursing in 2003. Her nursing experience includes NICU, ER, clinical informatics, pediatric home care, and managing a team that assisted in coordinating home health and hospice care for patients in the southern portion of Missouri. Emily is excited for the opportunity to share and educate the community about the unique Sunterra Springs model.


Ashley Zimmerman BSN, Director of Nursing

Ashley ZimmermanSunterra Springs would like to welcome Ashley Zimmerman to our team as the Director of Nursing. With a strong desire to serve others, Ashley decided early on that she wanted to pursue a carrer in healthcare. In high school, she earned her CNA through a vo-tech program and began working for Mercy as soon as she graduated.  She has spent her last 16 years in both clinical and leadership positions; serving patients in both acute and post-acute settings in the Springfield area.  

Ashley’s nursing experience includes medical telemetry, ICU, nurse management, inpatient rehab and a clinical liaison.  She has been involved in many projects/committees that focused on finding ways to provide the highest quality of care and advocating for nurses, patients and their families.  In her most recent years, she built strong relationships between hospitals and post-acute care centers working as a liason. 

It was in 2013 when Ashley found her love of rehab by working for the Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital. It's always so amazing to see patients admit into a facility after a traumatic event, then be able to restore their level of functioning where they can return home, many times independently.  That is the reason she is so excited to work at Sunterra. 

Ashley graduated from Mercy School of Nursing with her associates in 2008, then Bachelors in 2012.  She was then nominated to the Mercy Executive Cohort and received her Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration in 2015 from Missouri State University.