Board of Directors
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs 11:14 ESV
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
Secretary/Treasurer of the Board
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. His 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 on the Board of Elders at Pathway Church as well as the Board of Directors of the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization.
Rhonda S. Turner
Vice Chairman of the Board
MS 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 Axiom Counseling & Therapy. 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 volunteering at the Wichita Children’s Home and is an avid supporter of Wichita State Athletics, especially men‘s basketball. Rhonda is married, has two married children and 5 grandchildren. She enjoys reading, gardening, walking, and especially spending time with family (ages 2-92) and friends.
Chairman of the Board
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.
Michael A. Priddle
Knox College, 1995
Washburn University School of Law, 1998
Michael is the owner of The Law Office of Michael A. Priddle, LLC, which has earned best law firm awards for 2015, 2016, and 2018. Michael was also Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2006. Michael and his wife, Brenda, have been married for 29 years and are actively leading high school youth at Pathway Church, Goddard Campus. When not working or serving, Michael and Brenda enjoy spending time with their grown children and traveling.
BA Sociology and Youth Ministry, Bethel University, IN. 1981
Gwendolyn is Director of Congregational Care and Local Outreach at Pathway Church, Westlink Campus, Wichita KS. She served in several volunteer roles after moving here from Illinois in 1996 then joined the ministry staff in 2007. After graduation she worked in Long Term Health Care for Unicare Corporation as a Social Worker and Marketing Director for over 13 years.
She and her husband Tom were married in her hometown in Ontario Canada and will soon be married 40 years. They have three married children and 4 grandchildren who live in Lawrence KS., KC. and Lexington KY. Their favorite place to gather is at Eureka Lake. Gwendolyn loves flower gardening, reading and traveling to connect with family near and far.
Care and Local Outreach, Pathway Church, Westlink
2001 N Maize Rd, Wichita, KS 67212
P: (316) 722-8020 x1303 | www.pathwaychurch.com
Teressa fell in love with senior citizens as a young girl. She would often knock on their doors and ask if she could help them with household chores. As a teen and young adult, she loved to share in song and devotion at local senior facilities. She also has a passion for non-profit organizations, as she has played an integral part in the fund raising, feasibility study, and capital campaign of the 7.1-million-dollar restoration of a 1924 theatre in her hometown. Something that ignites her is a team project that leads to an exciting goal.
Teressa has spent the last ten years working with seniors. She is a certified dementia practitioner and has served in several different roles in the senior industry in the Wichita area. She is currently a senior placement consultant with Faith Senior Consulting Services.
She has five children, nine grandchildren, and a goldendoodle named Chai. She and her husband live in Derby. Teressa is a member and Ambassador of the Derby Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the South Rock Christian Church and has an online ladies’ ministry entitled The King’s Kintsugi. She loves to compose and record music and she enjoys blogging.
Dr. Carlene Klassen
Board Member Emeritus
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.
Dawn began working with Christine six years ago after chatting at their kids’ ball game and realizing that their strengths might complement each other. Christine was feeling bogged down with office details and Dawn had recently left a similar position for another nonprofit, so they joined forces and Dawn became her office manager.
After homeschooling her three children, Dawn is now enjoying being an empty-nester. As a former English teacher and librarian, she continues to tutor and teach homeschoolers as opportunities arise. Her free time is often filled with reading, journaling, and walking—with a little Candy Crush thrown in on the side.
Janet retired after 30 years of teaching and began working on web design. In 2015, she was introduced to Christine through a caregiver working for KSC. She has redesigned the site and continues to work with Christine to improve the site for all visitors.
Favorite scripture: Proverbs 3: 5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
Hobbies: She loves to crochet, knit, and work with beads. She has done afghans, hats, scarves, socks, jewelry, and Christmas ornaments.