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Staff Spotlight: Kent Lips

Kent Lips,
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Environmental Services Director Kent Lips is a man of many talents and interests, and he brings those strengths to his position at Clay Center Presbyterian Manor. He’s been with us for three and a half years and is appreciated by all for his positive attitude and broad range of abilities.

“I grew up working in a family business in the metal fabrication field a little over 20 years, and traveled a lot of miles and worked a lot of shows until my parents sold the business in 2000,” he said. Kent co-owned two radio stations for approximately 16 years.

“Also, a very good friend and I had a construction and remodeling business for 10 years prior to coming to work at Clay Center Presbyterian Manor,” said Kent.

This wide range of experiences is what helps Kent manage multiple projects and priorities, and

he enjoys the ever-changing nature of his job.

“I oversee all the day-to-day doings of keeping the facility up and going. I can be out purchasing sewing machine thread for Laundry in the morning and be up on the roof doing preventive maintenance on the HVAC system in the afternoon,” Kent said.

Laundry, housekeeping, floors, maintenance, grounds and life safety are just some of the areas Kent’s responsible for.

“My favorite thing about this position, though, is the residents and my staff.  We realize this is our residents’ home and anything from helping with hanging their pictures on the wall to just sitting and having a conversation with them is the best part of the job,” he said.

While Kent has many roles and responsibilities, he has his priorities in order.

“My faith, my family, and my job, in that order, are most important to me.  Church, mission work and involvement with other local ministries has been a big part of my life,” he said.

Kent and his wife, Joyce, a hospice nurse, enjoy going to Nicaragua and have led mission trips there in the past.

“We also have a compassion child in Nicaragua whom we have visited. JoAnn has also done medical missions to Haiti.  JoAnn and I have two children and a granddaughter which all are a big part of our life,” said Kent.

Join us in thanking Kent for all he does at Clay Center Presbyterian Manor!

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