March is Social Work Month, and at Garden Terrace at Overland Park, our social services associates play a vital role in our residents’ lives.
Our social workers facilitate smooth transitions for our residents as they integrate into life at Garden Terrace, connect residents and families with resources during their stay and make sure that those who rehabilitate and discharge from our building are safe as they go to a lower level of care. They also lead a monthly family support group and a new family welcome meeting every month.
Get to know our staff!
Marquette Wagner, assistant director of social services, has been working as a master’s level social worker since 1988, providing individual/group therapy and case management for inpatient psychiatric environments. She has also worked in residential care, school social work, home hospice and private practice. She joined the team at Garden Terrace in May 2015. She lives on a small farm and enjoys rodeos with her husband and two children.
Susan Hocker, social services director for the first floor, has a Bachelor of Arts in social work from Washburn University. She has 25 years of experience working for the state of Kansas in children and adult programs. For the last 15 years, she has worked with elderly and disabled adults on Medicaid programs. She joined the Garden Terrace team in June 2016 and loves working with the wonderful residents here.
Lindy Griffith, social services director for the second floor, earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas. She began her career in Kansas City, Missouri, working with individuals who were homeless and diagnosed with long-term mental illness. She also worked as a disability determination counselor for Social Security. Lindy spent the majority of her career in the Independence School District as a social worker. Her journey with her father and his Alzheimer’s disease led her to Garden Terrace. Catch Lindy’s band, Crybaby Ranch, at local clubs, county fairs and special events.