Our Leadership Team

The day-to-day operation of Clay Center Presbyterian Manor is led by dedicated professionals on our leadership team who bring a wealth of experience and specialized expertise to their positions. As employees of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, our promise to you is to live our mission by:

  • Respecting that seniors, as citizens and individuals, retain their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
  • Extending our role in assisting residents with specific needs and desires.
  • Delivering compassionate service and attention to all levels of senior living.
  • Serving as a knowledgeable and trusted resource for all seniors.
  • Advocating for seniors and their lifestyles, health and wellness.

Christian Gilbert, Executive Director

Christian was named Presbyterian Manor’s executive director in April 2017. He has served in a variety of capacities at several senior living communities. He started his career in planning and executing activities for residents before becoming a certified nurse aide. From there, he entered the Administrator-In-Training program in the Overland Park area, and has served as an assistant administrator and administrator for a Colorado-based senior living community system. Christian graduated from Washburn University with a Bachelor in History, and completed his Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Cincinnati in 2018.


Jessica Lippe, Health Services, Assisted Living and Home Health Director

Jessica joined Clay Center Presbyterian Manor in July 2011 and was named health services, assisted living and home health director in August 2015. She has worked in long-term care and rehabilitation in various positions from making beds to resident care since 2000. Most recently, she was the quality assurance and restorative nurse for Presbyterian Manor. She received her LPN and an associate’s degree in nursing from Southeast Community College in Beatrice, Neb. She is resident assessment coordinator certified.


Shannon Wurtz, Human Resources Director

Shannon has been with Clay Center Presbyterian Manor since January 2004. She previously worked in administrative services with Kansas Care, in Concordia, Kansas, and served as program director for Little Saints Day School in Overland Park, Kansas, and Lakeview Village Child Development in Lenexa, Kansas. Shannon has a bachelor’s degree in education from Kansas State University and is a member of the Kappa Delta educational honorary society and the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She is a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Washington, Kansas, where she serves as catechism instructor.


Kent Lips, Environmental Services Director

Kent Lips came to Presbyterian Manor in October 2014 as the director of environmental services. Prior to joining Presbyterian Manor he was self-employed. He is a member of Rotary, Gideons and the Christian Motorcycle Association. He studied business at Bethany College.


Kristin Pedigo, Life Enrichment Director

Kristin joined Presbyterian Manor in March 2010 and was named Life Enrichment Director in August 2018. She started working at Presbyterian Manor as a certified nurse assistant at the age of 16 and later became a certified medication aide. Although Kristin is passionate about healthcare, she has also worked as a waitress at the local Elks Lodge and American Legion. In addition to working at the Elks Lodge, Kristin has volunteered for the Elks Club throughout the last several years. Kristin is creative, energetic, and always has fun while working. She is excited to be a part of Life Enrichment because she can use her creative energy to bring joy to the residents. Kristin enjoys crafts, being outdoors in nature, cooking, and spending time with her children and family.


Tisha VanWyne, Social Services Designee

Tisha joined the Presbyterian Manor team in May 2018 as a Social Services Designee. She previously worked as a Life Enrichment Director at a 55-bed skilled nursing community in Liberal, KS. Prior to entering long-term care, Tisha worked as a Case Manager and Health Services Aide for people living with developmental disabilities. Tisha brings lots of energy to the team and has a passion for serving our seniors. Tisha enjoys spending time with her friends and family, camping at the lake, and visiting her home state of Iowa.


“Maggie,” Pet Therapy Specialist

Maggie joined the Clay Center Presbyterian Manor team in May 2007 as the pet therapy dog after completing her obedience training. Maggie’s father was a black-and-white springer spaniel and her mother was a bichon. She resides in Clay Center at the home of Debra Forshee, Presbyterian Manor’s health services director. Debra comments that “Maggie was a quiet, laid back puppy. My husband said if we were going to keep her, she had to have a job. The manor was looking for a pet therapy dog and the rest is history.” Maggie has won the hearts of pet lovers as well as non-pet lovers. She rides the elevator by herself and makes her daily rounds to the residents’ rooms. Staff may come and go, but everyone knows when Maggie is not here.