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.

Emily Trask

Executive Director
Emily joined Presbyterian Manor in October 2017 as human resource director, and assumed the role of executive director in December 2021. She previously 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.

Tina Jehner

Human Resources Director
Tina has been with Newton Presbyterian Manor since May 2022 after working for the state of Kansas for more than 15 years. There she worked her way up from administrative assistant and began her career in Human Resources in 2016. Tina holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Fort Hays State University.

April Chaffin

Assisted Living Director
April joined Newton Presbyterian Manor in June 2022 with more than 21 years of experience as a registered nurse. Although she primarily focused on home health and hospice, her work gave her lots of variety - from working in a hospital setting, to being a medical manager at McConnell AFB in Wichita, to starting a home health agency from the ground up. Outside of work, April is active in her church, where she's been a Sunday school teacher, youth leader, and choir member. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two adult children, and four cats.

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.

Greg Schmidt

Greg was named chaplain for Heart & Soul Hospice in August 2015 and became chaplain at Newton Presbyterian Manor in 2021. From 2007 to 2016, he served as chaplain at Wichita Presbyterian Manor. Greg received his Master of Divinity degree from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary and has served as a pastor to Mennonite Brethren, American Baptist, Independent and Presbyterian congregations in Newton, Hillsboro and Wichita. One of his passions is to walk alongside individuals and families through each step of life’s journey in such a way as to enable and equip them to address life’s greatest challenges.

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.

Valerie Robbins

Business Office Director
Valerie joined Presbyterian Manor in December 2016 and was named accounting assistant in May 2018. She became the business office director in 2022. 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.