Community Leadership

Advena Living of Clay Center celebrates the importance of ethics, compassion and commitment in the healthcare profession as we honor our nurses, volunteers and staff, who demonstrate such passion and dedication to our community members every day.

Our staff works side-by-side with families and physicians to ensure our community members are in the most appropriate care setting, customized for their needs and preferences. Our licensed professionals are available to answer questions and address any concerns you or your family may have.

Please feel free to contact our key staff members about our services:

Doug Frihart, Administrator

During college, I worked in three medical environments as a support worker or direct caregiver. After completing my degree, I knew I wanted to continue working in healthcare settings but was more interested in management than in clinical positions. My parents – both educators – instilled in me a respect for educational administrators who remained grounded in serving students and teachers, rather than ruled by budgets and meetings. I became committed to bringing that perspective to my career as a leader.

I had the good fortune of responding to a blind ad for a healthcare management training program that introduced me to long-term care. I found I loved working with elders, their families and those who serve them. I was lucky to be mentored by others who believed in person-centered approaches decades before anyone thought about giving that label to serving elders. I love doing that work. Now, among my other responsibilities, I am a mentor to my colleagues – both in our communities and at the home office – and remain connected to the work each of us do to better serve those who make our communities their homes.

Rebekah Brandt, Business Office Manager

Four years ago, I entered the healthcare field as a Business Office Manager. More than a decade in the direct-selling industry helped me understand the value of building genuine relationships to help people ensure their needs are met. That experience has helped me connect with our residents and their families while navigating the ups and downs that come about. I’m so thankful for this opportunity, and I look forward to many more years serving our community.

Michele Lane, Director of Activities

Becoming a CNA was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I absolutely love what I do, and the residents I am lucky enough to take care of. I was hired as the activities director, and I am so grateful for the opportunity. I enjoy all the laughs and wonderful times I get to have with the residents. I love coming to work and am so very blessed to be here.

Krista Wiss, DON

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Brandy Riggs, ADON/MDS Coordinator

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Misty Hoes, Environmental Services Director

I started as a housekeeper/laundry staff member six years ago. In 2017, I became the supervisor over housekeeping and laundry. I take pride in everything I do and put 100 percent into my work. I’ve been running the maintenance department for the last six months and have enjoyed learning something new every day.

Tammy Liedtke, Dietary Manager

I started in food service when I was 15. Two years later, I became a CNA. I went back to food service about six years later. I have the best of both worlds!