The day-to-day operation of Emporia Presbyterian Manor is led by dedicated professionals on our leadership team who bring a wealth of experience and specialized expertise to their positions.
Roger Closson, Executive Director
Roger joined Emporia Presbyterian Manor as regional manager/executive director in 1994. He previously worked for the Manhattan Retirement Foundation, Inc., (Meadowlark Hills). Roger has nearly three decades of experience in long-term care, having served as executive director of Kansas Christian Home Retirement Community, Newton, Kansas, from 1984 to ’87. Prior to that time he was a planner and group practice manager with Family Practice Group, PA, St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Topeka, Kansas. Roger has a bachelor’s degree in education, with secondary certification in general science, and a Master of Science Public Health degree. He is a certified fellow by American College of Health Care Administrators and Kansas Association of Care Executives.
Ken Hanson, Marketing Director
Ken joined Presbyterian Manor in March 2002 after nearly a decade in advertising sales and sports broadcasting for KANS radio. He continues to serve as the voice of high school sports on 96.1, “The Wave” radio. He holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree from Emporia State University. Among his many community activities, he is president of the Flint Hills Optimist Club, past president of Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators, and chairman of the Hand–In-Hand Hospice advisory committee of the Newman Regional Health Foundation. He is also a Kansas Jaycee International senator, ambassador with the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce, and co- chair of the board of directors, ESU United Methodist Campus Ministry. Ken is a member of Grace United Methodist Church and a lay speaker in the United Methodist Church.
Susan Siepelmeier, Human Resources Director
Susan joined Emporia Presbyterian Manor as activity director in June 1986. She had previously served as director of activities/social services/rehabilitation at Flint Hills Manor. Susan earned her bachelor’s degree in human development and the family from University of Nebraska Lincoln. She earned her gerontology certification from University of Nebraska Omaha. Susan is certified as a licensed adult care home administrator.
Linda Morgan, Administrative Service Assistant
Linda has been with Emporia Presbyterian Manor since April 1991 when she joined us as housekeeping supervisor. She is a graduate of Emporia High School and a member of Messiah Lutheran Church.
Terry Miller, Accounting Assistant
Terry joined Emporia Presbyterian Manor in June 1998. She previously spent three years as business office manager at Emporia Rehabilitation Center. Prior to that, Terry worked as an office supervisor for Food 4 Less, and as a financial assistant with Brad T. Miller and Associates. Following graduation from Olpe high school, Terry attended Flint Hills Technical College.
Sondra Van Sickle, Health Services Director
Sondra joined Emporia Presbyterian Manor in October 1985 as day shift charge nurse. She had previously worked in the medical surgical unit, telemetry, and intensive care unit at Newman Regional Health, and she served as an instructor for certified nurses assistants and licensed practical nurse students at Flint Hills Technical College. A registered nurse, Sondra received her diploma in nursing from Newman School of Nursing. She is a member of National Gerontological Nurses Association, American Association of Long Term Care Nurses, and National Association of Director of Nurses of America. She also serves on the advisory board for the licensed practical nurse program at Flint Hills Technical College. Sondra is a member of Westside Baptist Church.
Debra Burris, Home Health Assisted Living Supervisor
Debra joined Emporia Presbyterian Manor in November 1985 as a licensed practical nurse. She spent the previous four years at Newman County Memorial Hospital, and also served as a certified medication aide instructor at Flint Hills Technical College. She earned her degrees in nursing from Butler Community College and through the practical nursing program at Flint Hills Technical College. Debra is a licensed practical nurse and registered nurse.
Mark Meador, Activities Director
Mark joined Emporia Presbyterian Manor in February 2007. He previously served as ball field maintenance foreman for the Emporia Recreation Commission for nine years. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree as a recreation specialist from Emporia State University. He also holds Associate of Arts degree from Coffeyville Community College.
Maria Lane, Social Worker
Before joining Emporia Presbyterian Manor as social services director in May 2009, Maria was a special education para with USD 253. She previously served as activity director/social service director at Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor, and as a child protective social worker for SRS in Winfield, Kansas. Maria has a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology and is certified as a licensed social worker. She is a member of American Gold Star Mothers, Families of the Fallen and National Association of Social Workers.
Sara Samford, Dining Services Director
Debra Thornton, Health Services Director
Debra became health services director in June 2014. Debra previously worked at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. She attended Newman Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, where she graduated in 1989. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Tabor College and has several clinical certifications including advanced life support, pediatric advanced life support, trauma nursing core course, and basic life support.