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Christine Brisco

Founder/Executive Director

1982 Graduate of Goddard High School

1983 Graduate of Vernon’s Kansas School of Cosmetology

1994 Graduate with BS Church Recreation & minor in Youth Ministry – Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO

2011 CNA Certificate; 2012 HHA Certificates

Founder of Koinonia Senior Care 2012

Christine & Marty had her grandparents live with them for a total of 12 years, where God grew her heart for homebound seniors.  One year before her grandmother died, they started Koinonia Senior Care’s non-profit ministry.  Christine serves in the homebound senior ministry at her church, also.

Christine is married to Marty and they have one married son and two teen daughters who are uniquely-gifted and make life fun!  Christine enjoys supporting her kid’s interests, family time, reading and journaling.

“I have a passion to care for and extend the character of Christ to homebound seniors and their caregivers by finding creative ways to honor, bless, and celebrate their significance while reminding and training the community to do likewise in their caregiving opportunities.”

J. Chris Dennis

Vice Chair

Mr. Dennis, 54, is the President and Chief Financial Officer of Oxford Senior Living. He is one of two managing members of Oxford.  Oxford Senior Living currently owns and/or operates 14 assisted living and memory care communities in four states.  He is responsible for overall financial and administrative management and development of financial and operational strategies for the Oxford group of companies. He is primary role is to oversee all accounting, tax and finance, human resources, sales and marketing areas of Oxford as well as budgeting, proforma and financial analysis, establishing banking relationships, investor relations and private equity fund raising.

Mr. Dennis has more than 30 years of experience in accounting, financial and administrative matters in various industries including commercial and multi-family real estate, assisted living development, private equity firms, aviation, banking and public accounting.

Mr. Dennis serves on the Board of Directors of Oxford Senior Living.   He also currently serves of the Board of Elders at Pathway Church as well as the Board of Directors of the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization.

Dr. Carlene Klassen

Chairman

Dr. Klassen is a board-certified physician of Internal Medicine practicing in Wichita, Kansas.  She takes care of and manages adults with complicated and multiple medical problems.  This   includes many senior adults   which she really sees as a mission.

Dr. Klassen is married to Greg Johnson, a metal sculptor and has a teenage son.  Her stepson and his wife have three children, the youngest recently being adopted from China.  Dr. Klassen enjoys spending time with her family and if she can carve out some spare time, she enjoys knitting or crocheting, sewing, reading, baking, and watching movies.

Rhonda S. Turner

RhondaMS Family Therapy 2003 Friends University

BA Elementary Education 1975 Wichita State University

Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Rhonda is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist at Pathway Family Counseling Center. Her passion is to assist individuals, couples, and families in healing and growth especially during times of personal and family crisis. In addition to her clinical work, she leads support groups, teaches classes, and speaks on family and marriage topics.

Rhonda is active in the community serving on the Board of Trustees of the Wichita Children’s Home, the Advisory Council of the College of Education at Wichita State University, and is an avid supporter of Wichita State Athletics, especially men‘s basketball.

Rhonda is married, has a daughter and a son and daughter-in-law with 3 grandsons. She enjoys reading, gardening, walking, and especially spending time with family and friends.

Lyle Jones

Secretary/Treasurer

 

MBA, Wichita State University 1977

BS in Mathematics, Kansas State University 1965

Current board chairman and retired President/CEO of High Touch Technologies in Wichita.  Long-time Elder, Board member and Bible study leader at Pathway Church in Wichita.

Lyle and his wife Judy have been married for 55+ years and they enjoy travel, being with their daughter and husband and three daughters in Kalamazoo, MI and son and wife and three children in Wichita, spending time with family and friends, calling on and visiting with shut-ins and those in need. He also enjoys being buried in a good novel.