Merry Wood Lodge
280 Mt. Hebron Rd.
Elmore , AL 36025-1526

334 567-8484

Our Leadership Team

S. Rodney Arp, NHA
Center Executive Director

S. Rodney Arp is a native of Georgia.  He became a licensed Administrator in 1991, and came to Merry Wood Lodge in 2004. Rodney began work in long-term care after a ten-year career in vocational ministry.  Rodney is a graduate of the Univerisity of North Georgia and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Mr. Arp and his wife, Starr, are the parents of four adult children and enjoy six grandchildren. 

Brenda Hilyer, RN
Director of Nursing

A native Alabamian, Brenda Hilyer brought 20-plus years experience to Merry Wood Lodge as Director of Nursing in 2011.  Prior to her return to Alabama, Brenda had a successful career as a Director of Nursing, Nurse Consultant, and Compliance Specialist with several providers in Florida. Under Brenda's leadership and skill, Merry Wood Lodge was recognized in 2012 by the American Health Care Association as a Bronze-level Quality Award Recipient. Brenda has two grown children and two grandchildren. 

Mallory Anderson
Admissions Director

Mallory is a native of Prattville, Alabama. She is a University of Alabama graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Business/Healthcare Management. Mallory started her career in Admissions/Marketing at Merry Wood Lodge in May 2015. She enjoys most the daily interactions with residents and their families.

Alesha Cooke
Director of Rehabilitation

Alesha is a Speech/Language Pathologist. She has worked at Merry Wood Lodge since May 2014. Alesha attended Auburn University Montgomery as an undergraduate. She later achieved her Master's degree in Communicative Disorders from Jackson State University. Alesha enjoys working with patients and seeing positive outcomes.