At Newton 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.

Marc Kessinger

Executive Director
Marc was named executive director of Newton Presbyterian Manor in May 2011 after completing the administrator in training program at Wichita Presbyterian Manor in 2010 and joining us as interim executive director in February 2011. Prior to that time, he had a 30-year career in banking which included nine years as president of the Mid-America Bankcard Association. Marc has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wichita State University and holds an adult care administrator’s license. He is a member of St. Catherine’s of Siena Church and the Newton Kiwanis Club.

Noelle Dickinson

Marketing Director
Noelle joined Newton Presbyterian Manor in June 1998. She previously served seven years as alumni director at Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas. She also spent a year in Osaka, Japan, teaching English as a second language for Mennonite Brethren Missions/Services. Noelle has a bachelor’s degree in English/communications and a bachelor’s degree in business administration/economics from Tabor College. She is a Leadership Newton graduate and past member of the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce board and executive committee. She currently serves on the Salvation Army advisory board and has completed a 3-year term on the Newton YMCA advisory board. She and her husband have enjoyed working in their church, teaching Sunday school and leading worship, and they are currently sponsors for the 5th and 6th grade youth group, Zone56.

Hannah Redger

Assisted Living Director
Hannah joined Presbyterian Manor in July 2020 as assisted living director, and took the director of nursing position in December 2020. She transitioned back to focus on assisted living in July 2021. She previously worked at Newton Medical Center, where she worked on the medical floor, in the wound clinic, and as a case manager. She has also worked as a clinical research coordinator, assisted in clinical research studies, and has been a traveling nurse. She and her husband have three daughters and three dogs. In their free time, they enjoy traveling and being outdoors.

Renee Hamm

Apple-A-Day Preschool Director
Renee has been with Newton Presbyterian Manor since September 1997. She previously served as preschool teacher before being named preschool director in May 2006. Prior to joining Presbyterian Manor, Renee taught school in the Halstead and Newton public school districts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education from Bethel College and is a licensed teacher by the state of Kansas for early childhood through grade nine. Renee is a member of Newton High School Athletic Booster Club and serves as treasurer of Sunset Elementary Parent/Teacher Organization in Newton. She also serves on Nurture (Education) Commission at First Mennonite Church in Newton.

Laura Stewart

Social Services Director
Laura joined the Presbyterian Manor staff in 2013 in activities, and she joined social services a year later. She was named social services director in January 2017. She is a licensed bachelor of social work, is certified in Behavior Based Ergonomics (BBET) therapy and is a BBET trainer, is a certified nurse’s aide and is certified in activities. She facilitates the monthly FOCUS caregiver support group. She graduated from Bethel College in 2010 with a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker degree and a minor in Peace, Justice and Conflict studies. Prior to joining Presbyterian Manor, she worked for three years for an organization placing foster children and working with the foster home licensing process in south central Kansas.

Duane Unruh

Environmental Services Director
Duane was named environmental services director in August 2019. He has 34 years of experience in the health care industry, and has worked at Presbyterian Manor for the past two years. He graduated from Bethel College with degrees in Industrial Arts and Agriculture. He has served many years as trustee at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church in Goessel and has volunteered for the Goessel Fire Department for 37 years. In his free time, Duane enjoys participating in music and sporting events with his family, singing in the church choir, watching sports and keeping the family’s vehicles, homes and equipment operational. He and his wife Karen have three sons, three daughters-in-law and two grandchildren.

Hiedi Diaz

Dining Services Director
Hiedi joined Presbyterian Manor in June 2020. Before joining our team, Hiedi served as the executive chef/food services director for Pioneer College Caterers, serving Christian colleges in four states. When she’s not at work, Hiedi enjoys spending time with her husband at their home on Marion Lake, where they kayak regularly. She also sings in the Marion Presbyterian Church choir and the Sweet Adelines.

Melinda Ebersole

Life Enrichment Director
Melinda rejoined Newton Presbyterian Manor in February 2011 as life enrichment director after serving two years in a similar position at Asbury Park. But in fact her first job with Presbyterian Manor was in 1995 when she joined Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor as a certified nursing assistant. She also previously worked at the Newton Presbyterian Manor in 2008 as administrative assistant. Melinda studied business administration at Cowley County College in Arkansas City, Kansas, and at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. She is a certified nursing assistant and certified medication aide, activity director/social services designee, and a member of the Kansas Activity Directors Association. She is also a member of Newton Presbyterian Manor’s celebrations committee.

Emily Trask

Human Resource Director
Emily joined Presbyterian Manor in October 2017 as human resource director. She most recently worked for two years as manager of substitute programs for the Wichita school district. She also has experience working in health care as a certified nurse assistant (CNA) and in medical records and central supply as well as social services. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resource management from Fort Hays State University and is in the PHR (Professional Human Resources) prep course at Southwestern College. She is a certified social services designee.

Valerie Robbins

Accounting Assistant
Valerie joined Presbyterian Manor in December 2016 and was named accounting assistant in May 2018. Prior to joining the team, she worked in retail. She’s working toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in accounting. She and her husband have three children, a dog and two cats.