Our Leadership



At Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, service starts at the top. Our mission is to provide quality senior services guided by Christian values, and each of us promises to live out this mission every day.

Desi Flerlage

Executive Director
Desi became executive director in January 2022, but she’s not new to the PMMA system. Desi joined Salina Presbyterian Manor in July 2008, became the health services director in May 2013 and served as executive director from July 2017 to May 2020. She is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, Kansas, where she serves as a volunteer member of the School of Nursing Advisory Board. She received her licensed practical nurse training at North Central Kansas Technical College, Beloit, Kansas. In 2019, she was a member of the LeadingAge Kansas Center for Leadership.

Stacey Bertz

Senior Living Sales Director
Stacey joined Lawrence Presbyterian Manor in May 2022 as the Life Enrichment Director. She became the Senior Living Sales Director in March 2024. Stacey's background is in working with children but she says she's happy she made the switch to work with seniors. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Stacey enjoys being active, hiking with her three dogs. She also likes traveling and reading.

Wade Walckner

Director of Nursing
Lawrence Presbyterian Manor Director of Nursing Wade Walckner returned to where it all began. Wade's first job in the community was in 1997 as an LPN. He left to pursue other opportunities in healthcare and returned as an agency nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eventually, he came back full-time because of his love of our community. And fun fact -- Wade met his wife at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor during his first stink. "I proposed to her in front of our residents. It was incredibly meaningful and memorable," he recalls.

Brian Buck

Chef, Manager, Cura Hospitality
Brian started working with Cura Hospitality in October 2021 but has been in the food service industry for many years, as a chef and food services director. Brian has volunteered with the Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals (ANFP), and has prepared others to take the national Certified Dietary Manager's exam. He's a Registered Dietetic Technician, a Certified Dietary Manager, and is studying to become a Registered Dietitian.

Sherrie Kincaid

Life Enrichment Director
Sherrie joined the community in March 2024. She brings experience from other senior living communities but she also works at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence. She also has experience working with children. She's completing her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and is a Certified Nurse's Assistant and a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. Outside work she enjoys reading, writing, painting, playing classical music on the piano and helping others.

Kim Trupia

Social Services Director
Kim joined Lawrence Presbyterian Manor in October 2019. She previously worked in senior living and for adult protective services for the State of Kansas. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan., and a master’s of arts degree in aging studies from Wichita State. She is a licensed bachelor’s social worker (LBSW).

Bailey Tyrell

Business Office Manager
Bailey joined Lawrence Presbyterian Manor in August 2020 as an administrative services assistant and was promoted in November 2021. She is CPR certified and started volunteering with hospices when she was 12 years old. She also spent time as a sales volunteer for the Shriners' Circus in Topeka. Bailey is a self-taught artist and was accepted into her high school's Advance Technical Theatre program during her junior year as "Make-up/Hair Designer and Chief." She contributed to five productions including Oklahoma and Macbeth.

Lisa Shelton

Human Resources Director
Lisa joined Lawrence Presbyterian Manor in December 2022. She previously worked as an HR Specialist at a Topeka senior living community. She also has more than 20 years of experience working with the state of Kansas, including the Department of Transportation, Department of Revenue, and the Kansas State Gaming Agency. Lisa holds Master's Degree in Management and Leadership from Friends University. Outside work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and being outside taking nature pictures.

Claude Williamson

Director of Environmental Services
Claude joined Lawrence Presbyterian Manor in January 2023 but he's very familiar with our community and our organization. He's been the director of environmental services at Emporia Presbyterian Manor since October 2012. He has many years of experience in long-term care and he previously taught Life Safety for Healthcare Facilities at the Geriatric Research Training Institute in Olathe, Kansas. Before coming to Kansas, he worked in environmental services for a school district in Iowa for 18 years and served in the United States Navy for seven years. He and his wife have two grown daughters and grandchildren and he enjoys spending time with them.

Rev. Richard Russell

Rev. Richard "Rick" Russell joined us in October 2022 after a 20 year career serving as a chaplain in hospice care. His previous career means he's been familiar with Lawrence Presbyterian Manor for a while after spending quite some time here for bible study, memorial services, and other activities. When not working, Rev. Rick enjoys fishing and spending time with his family, including his wife of almost 40 years, two children and four grandchildren.