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At Manor of the Plains, 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.

Tammy Thompson

Executive Director
Tammy became the Executive Director of Manor of the Plains in March 2022, but she is no stranger to the community. She first worked at the community in 2002 as a CNA, then as a CMA while attending nursing school. She left for about nine years, but returned in 2016 as a part-time nurse and in 2019 was named health services director/director of nursing. She has a nursing background in long-term care, home health and surgical services. A native of Bucklin, she and her husband James have two daughters.

Joy Wiggins

Sales and Marketing Counselor
Joy started at Manor of the Plains as activity director in January 2005, and most recently served as the social services designee. She was named sales and marketing counselor in June 2021. Prior to joining the team at Manor of the Plains, she worked for 14 years in a similar position at Morton County Health Systems. Before that, Joy was owner of a retail family shoe business. She earned her activity director/social service designee at Pratt Community College. Joy is accredited by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals.

Clara Contreras

Life Enrichment Director
Clara joined the Manor of the Plains team in 2006 as a CNA and was named life enrichment director for health care in March 2020. She is a certified life enrichment director. She previously worked with a sporting company in California before moving to Kansas.

Claudia Avila-Elias

Director of Nursing
Claudia joined the Manor of the Plains team in November 2019. She previously worked as MDS coordinator, a life skills instructor and a CNA. She served in the United States Army and achieved the rank of Sergeant (E5), serving in Germany and one tour in Iraq. She has an associate of science in nursing from Dodge City Community College and a bachelor’s degree in health care administration with a concentration in long-term care from the University of Phoenix. She is advance life support certified.

Dean Gemaehlich

Environmental Services Director
Dean joined Manor of the Plains in December 2019. Before joining our team, he worked for 20 years in a dual fuel utility and most recently in the construction industry. He is a native of Dodge City, Kan., and is working on an agricultural business degree from Dodge City Community College. He is a graduate of Leadership Dodge sponsored by the Dodge City Chamber of Commerce. He’s a member of the Knights of Columbus, Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited.

Lisa Montoya

Social Services Designee
Lisa joined our team as activity director in October 2004, and was named social services designee in June 2021. She worked the previous 10 years on the production line at Evans Products and helped train new employees in New York after the company was acquired by D’Addario & Co. Lisa attended Dodge City Community College and is activity director provisionally certified by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals. She is also credentialed as a certified nursing assistant, certified medication aide, social service designee, activity director and home health aide. She is a member of the Senior Olympic Committee. Away from work Lisa enjoys sewing, crocheting and gardening.
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