Twenty years ago I stumbled upon the best career in the world. I had planned on being a middle school math teacher when I came across an adult care home for sale. I visited and decided that it was a business I could do with my young family by my side. I’ve since learned a lot, struggled some, and had the privilege to care for some amazing people along the way. In the last twenty years I’ve witnessed many changes to our industry but one thing remains constant, people look for their parents or loved ones to be taken care of the way they would care for them. They look for a place they can trust that feels like home. Our missions has always been to enrich the lives of those entrusted in our care. With an amazing group of caregivers we strive to enrich lives daily. Over the years my young family has expanded and grown. I can now boast that I’m mom to four awesome young adults and one recently added son in law. I enjoy spending time with them all. God willing the next twenty years will be as blessed as the last.
I’m Kim Gillum, Director of the home and native of Rossville. I grew up in a Rossville and spent all my school years here. I am best known in Rossville as mom to my 18 year old son, Malcolm. Malcolm is my pride and joy, is currently an EMT and volunteer firefighter and is studying law enforcement at Washburn University. I have been a licensed social worker for almost thirty years and spent two decades in child welfare, working with children and their families in the mental health, foster care and adoption arena. Fourteen years ago I decided to get an additional part time job which landed me in long term care and I again fell in love with another neat group of families. In 2015, I had the honor of meeting owner Mandy Wales who shared my vision of providing excellent care in an intimate setting and my dream for my hometown became a reality. Each day I am surrounded by an incredible staff that shares this vision and work hard to create an incredible place for graceful aging for our extended family.
Hello my name is Lisa Marsee-Long I am the Director of Marketing for Oakley Place. I have lived in the Topeka area for over 30 years. I am married with two grown children, Natalie and Jacob, and a daughter in law, Joy. I am a graduate of Baker University School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Over the course of my 25-year career I have had many different and fulfilling positions including bedside nursing, pharmaceutical sales, home health and hospice, and most recently long-term care in a truly home-like environment here at Oakley Place. It is this most recent position that I am most proud of. I am honored to work with and market for such a talented and caring group of caregivers and our residents that we cherish so much. They truly are like family to us.
Director of Operations
I’m Chris Tinch the Director of Operations for Oakley Place. I am a native of Indiana, but have been living in Kansas since 1995. I am set to retire as a Senior Logistics Analyst from the Kansas Army National Guard in August of 2019 with over 30 years of service. During my service I deployed multiple times in support of global operations. During my years in the service, I developed excellent leadership, management and communication skills. I received my BA from Friends University in 1995 for Computer Information Systems. I am looking forward to continuing to serve by being a member of the Oakley Place Care team. Enriching the lives of our seniors has become a very rewarding second career.
Manager Oakley #3
My name is Anna Coleman I am the Office Manager and Manager for Oakley Place 3. I grew up in Valley Falls, Ks and graduated from Valley Falls High. I was very involved with sports and FCCLA all throughout school. I went to JCCC for Food and Beverage Management and have used what I learned to help in developing menus for the care homes. I’ve worked on and off as a CNA for my Mom (Mandy) since 2014. During college I worked for a Bakery in Lawrence. I reside in Topeka with my three big, fluffy fur babies who enjoy getting to visit residents. As a child I remember coming to work with mom to help pull weeds, do the dishes, mow the lawns or any task she had lined up for us kids. It is awesome to now be operating the house that I basically grew up in.
Manager Oakley #1
I am Crystal Persinger the house manager for Oakley #1 in Topeka. I was born and raised in Concordia KS and lived there most of my life until moving to Topeka in 2007. My background includes home health and hospice for over 10 years before coming to work at Oakley Place. I have been in the nursing field for over 20 years as a certified nursing assistant, and later as certified medication assistant. I attended Bryan University in 2008 for my Medical Assistant. I am a mom of 5, I have 2 girls and 3 boys. They keep me busy, but when I do have free time I enjoy riding horses. I was raised by my grandparents, and my passion has always been taking care of the elderly.
Manager Oakley #2
I’m Nikki Wing House Manager of Oakley Place #2. I was born in Holton, KS and lived most of my first 18 years in Mayetta, KS. I graduated from Royal Valley High School in Hoyt, KS. I have been married to my husband, Don for 26 years. I have 2 stepchildren, Heather and Donald Jr and 4 step grandchildren, Meaghan, Reaghan, Courtnee, and Colbee, and a dachshund named Roxie. I have been a CNA for 24 years, a CMA for 13 years, and I just received my Operator license in April 2019. I have been in Home Plus management for the last 11 years. I started working for Mandy as a CMA in October of 2006 and I was soon after promoted to house manager. I absolutely love the smaller settings because you have more more time to spend with the residents, their families, and the staff. We are all one big, happy family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am so thankful for all the wonderful people that I have met over the years, and to work at one of the best places that I know. Mandy gave me my first home management experience and I will be forever grateful to her for the opportunity.