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Our Leadership Team

The day-to-day operation of Topeka Presbyterian Manor is led by a leadership team of dedicated professionals that brings 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.
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Heather Pilkinton, Executive Director

Heather joined Topeka Presbyterian Manor in October 2015 and was named Administrator in April 2016 upon completion of her administrator in training program and licensure as an administrator. Heather came to Topeka form the Lawrence campus, where she has worked since 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Kansas University School of Social Welfare. Her education also includes cosmetology school.

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Jan Nichols, Human Resource Director

Jan joined Topeka Presbyterian Manor in 2005. Previously, she owned and operated a travel plaza and restaurant, and a drive-through coffee shop, overseeing a staff of 150. Jan currently serves on the board of directors of Topeka Truck Plaza, Inc.

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Trisha Bahr, Director of Rehab

Trisha joined Presbyterian Manor in October 2014 as director of rehab services. She has previously worked as rehab director in other Topeka area senior living communities and as a physical therapy assistant. She has a bachelor of arts degree from Washburn University with a degree in exercise science and an associates of science with an emphasis in physical therapy assistant. She is a certified physical therapy assistant and is certified in interactive metronome therapy. She is an active volunteer with the Auburn Elementary PTO.

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Nancy Riddle, Assisted Living/Home Health Director

Nancy joined Topeka Presbyterian Manor in October 1992. A graduate of Bethany Hospital School of Nursing, she previously worked on Stormont Vail’s medical surgical floor and intensive care unit, and as an office nurse for a local physician. Nancy is a member of Northern Hills Baptist Church.

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Linda Taylor, RN, Health Services Director

Linda has been with Presbyterian Manor since January 2014 and was named health services director in August 2016. During her tenure with Presbyterian Manor, she has been the RN charge nurse on the 2 – 10 p.m. shift and then the quality assurance nurse. She has been a nurse for 33 years in various health care settings. She likes horses and is an avid horseback rider. She enjoys family time with her three sons and eight grandchildren.

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Ashley Zeckser, Social Services Director

Ashley joined Topeka Presbyterian Manor in 2000. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas. Before joining Topeka Presbyterian Manor, Ashley was a student intern at Plaza West Regional Health Center. She is a licensed baccalaureate social worker in the state of Kansas. She is also certified to complete client assessment referral evaluations level 1 for the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging and is approved to provide field instruction for the Washburn University Social Work program. Other affiliations include membership in the National Association of Social Workers and the Kansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She is also active in her church.

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Chelsea Watgen, Sales and Marketing Director

Chelsea joined Presbyterian Manor in February 2017. She has worked in senior living for three years in life enrichment and marketing. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education with a minor in music therapy. She completed an internship at MD Anderson in Houston. She is a volunteer with the Band Boosters at Freestate High Schoo, where her husband is the orchestra conductor.

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Atul Karki, Dining Services Director

Atul became dining services director in May 2017 after serving in the same position at Emporia Presbyterian Manor for nearly 2 years. A native of Nepal, Atul grew up in Singapore and came to the United States after high school. He earned his undergraduate degree in hotel and restaurant management and worked in a number of hotels and restaurants. Prior to leaving the workforce to focus on his MBA, he worked for Morrison Senior Living in Houston, Texas. Atul is excited by new places, new people and new work.

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Roger Cook, Chaplain

Roger joined Presbyterian Manor in June 2017. He is lead pastor at Williamstown Assembly of God Church in Perry. Since 1986, he has served as pastor for congregations in Missouri and Texas. He has a bachelor of science in pastoral ministry from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and a masters of divinity from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He has been presbyter and assistant presbyter of the North Kansas City Section of the Assemblies of God and served as a board member for the Northern Missouri Council of the Assemblies of God.

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Danica Loftin, Administrative Services Director

Danica joined Presbyterian Manor in November 2016. She previously worked in a variety of roles in the medical field including medical billing, patient care coordination, and customer service management. She has an associate’s degree in business administration from Johnson County Community College and recently completed the process to become a licensed adult care home operator. 

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Michelle Iott, Business Office Manager

Michelle joined Presbyterian Manor in November 2016. She previously worked in the business office for other senior living communities in the area and was assisted living director for a senior living community. She has a bachelor’s of liberal arts degree in elementary education and is assisted living director certified. She volunteers with the Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka.

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Laura Ortiz, Activity Director

Laura joined Presbyterian Manor in April 2013 and became activity director in May 2016. She previously worked as a certified nurse assistant providing in home care. She has her CNA, activity director and social services designee certifications.

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