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Our Leadership

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At Topeka Presbyterian Manor, service starts at the top. Our mission is to provide quality services guided by Christian values, and each of us promises to live out this mission every day.

  • Heather Pilkinton

    Executive Director

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    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 from the Lawrence campus, where she has worked since 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Kansas University School of Social Welfare.

  • Chelsea Watgen

    Sales and Marketing Director

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    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 an emphasis in music therapy. She completed an internship at MD Anderson in Houston. She is a volunteer with the Band Boosters at Freestate High School, where her husband is the band director.

  • Danica Loftin

    Sales & Marketing Director, Health Care Center

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    Danica joined Presbyterian Manor in November 2016, and was named the sales and marketing director for health care in July 2018. 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.

  • Trisha Bahr

    Director of Rehab

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    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 associate's 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.

  • Linda Taylor

    RN, Assisted Living and Home Health Director

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    Linda has been with Presbyterian Manor since January 2014. She previously was health services director and was named assisted living and home health director in 2018. During her tenure with Presbyterian Manor, she has been the RN charge nurse on the 2 to 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.

  • Ashley Zeckser

    Social Services Director

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    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.

  • Atul Karki

    Dining Services Director

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    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.

  • Linda De La Rosa

    Human Resource Director

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    Linda joined Presbyterian Manor in February 2018. For the previous 18 years, she worked at Dillons, moving through various positions beginning as a courtesy clerk and ending as an assistant manager for human resources. She has a bachelor’s degree in human service with an emphasis on mental health from Washburn University. She volunteers at the local animal shelter and helps with a dog-friendly 5k.

  • Laura Ortiz

    Activity Director

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    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.

  • Sterling Emerson

    Environmental Services Director

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    Sterling joined Topeka Presbyterian Manor in October 2006, after working at the Newton campus. Prior to working at Presbyterian Manor, he owned an appliance center in Newton. He has a business administration degree, and he attended both Hutchinson Community College and the University of Kansas. Sterling is building operation certified, FEMA ICS certified, and has his EPA 608 certification. He has been active in Kiwanis, his local church and advocating for children against child abuse. He is a licensed hot air balloon pilot and enjoys spending time flying his hot air balloon, dancing with his wife, riding his motorcycle and enjoying time with his grandchildren.

  • Michelle Iott

    Business Office Manager

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    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.

  • Roger Cook

    Chaplain

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    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.