Board of Directors
President Scott Patterson
Pharmacy Director, Clay County Medical Center; Owner of Patterson HealthMart Pharmacy
Scott Patterson was born in Clay Center, KS and raised on a farm in northern Clay County. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Pharmacy. While in college I met my wife Lyn, a native of Oklahoma. They have two children and two grandchildren. Lyn has assisted Scott with several business ventures, but is now retired. She donates her time with “Time For You” and Church projects. Patterson is the Pharmacy Director at Clay County Medical Center and in his spare time he enjoys golfing, gardening, cycling, and traveling.
Secretary Scott Leitzel
Chief Operating Officer/General Manager - Twin Valley Telephone, Inc.
HR Executive – Twin Valley Family of Companies, including ISG Technology, Inc.
Scott was raised in Wichita, Kansas graduating from Bishop Carroll High School. He received a B.S. in Physics with emphasis in Math from Rockhurst University and a master’s degree in Telecom Business Management from Oklahoma State University. Scott spent thirteen (13) years in ten (10) different management and leadership roles at AT&T, learning the business and a foundation for how to lead people. He was then recruited by a former colleague and long-time friend to a family owned and operated telephone company, Twin Valley Telephone. Scott now serves as the first non-family member COO/GM of the company and has since gained an expanded role as executive lead for HR across the Twin Valley Family of Companies. Scott serves on 3 – 6 community advancement committees and boards at any given time. Scott is married to Tresy and they have three children, Alexa, Ethan and Braden. He enjoys spending time with his family, coaching youth sports, helping people to grow professionally and contributing to community growth initiatives.
Treasurer Sandy M. Fox
Chief Financial Officer, Union State Bank
Sandy M. Fox is a graduate of Clay Center Community High School. She majored in Accounting and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. She passed her Uniform C.P.A. examination in 1988. She has served as Controller for the Clay County Hospital, a Certified Public Accountant for Woods & Durham, Chartered and presently serves as Vice President/Chief Financial Officer with Union State Bank. She has been a Director of the bank since 2005. Fox has been active member of the community by serving on the Clay County Medical Center Board of Trustees since 2001. She joined the Clay County Hospital Foundation in 1993 and has served as treasurer of that board since 1995. Fox was a member of the local Rotary Club from 1988-2005. During her tenure, she held the office of President and was a member of the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team to Colombia, South American in 1988. She has been a member of the Clay Center Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln & Garfield Elementary School Site Councils. She has also been a member of the Clay Center Municipal Band since 1972, the St. Paul Lutheran Church since 1983 and is a lifetime member of the KSU Alumni Association. Sandy’s husband Bill is a pharmacist and they have two sons, Garrett and Tanner.
Austin M. Gillard, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer, Clay County Medical Center
Austin M. Gillard was raised in Stilwell, Kansas with family in Girard, Erie, Parsons and Chanute, Kansas. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management & Leadership from the University of Kansas and received a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Missouri. His background in healthcare started in 2008 as a physician recruiter. In 2011, he moved into the business development side of the healthcare industry where he was responsible for six hospital emergency room departments in Kansas, Missouri and Hawaii. He developed the ‘rural track administrative fellowship’ with the help of many rural healthcare CEO’s in Kansas. Once formalized, he moved to Pratt, Kansas and worked under the CEO of Pratt Regional Medical Center before moving to Genoa, Nebraska where he served as CEO prior to accepting the position at Clay County Medical Center. Austin is married to Michelle, and in his free time likes to play acoustic guitar, fly single engine airplanes, and work on home remodeling projects. He spoke for the annual meeting of the Clay County Hospital Foundation on May 4th, 2015 after his first full day on the job.
Owner, Farmers Union Midwest Agency; Gierhan Insurance Services
Jim grew up in central Nebraska (Lexington) and came to Kansas to play baseball and attend school at Cloud County Community College. That is where he met his wife Rhonda, who was from Clay Center. He later graduated from K-State and has worked in the insurance business since 1988. In 1990, a job opportunity in the industry brought Jim and Rhonda back to Clay County. He has owned Farmers Union – Midwest Agency for the last 16 years. Jim and Rhonda (who is a technology teacher in USD 379) have two married sons – Adam works for PrairieLand Partners in Clay Center and Ryan is an agronomist with Heinen Brothers in Clay Center. They have two grandchildren. Jim has been a volunteer with the Wakefield rural fire department for over 20 years and with Wakefield Rescue. He has been a Rotarian for 15 years and is involved in Mizpah United Methodist Church as the chair of the SPPRC (staff-parish relations). He raises cattle with his sons and helps his father-in-law farm. He also likes to golf if he has any time left.
John Kelley, M.D., CMO
Director of Emergency Department and Convenient Care Clinic, Clay County Medical Center
Dr. Kelley was raised on a farm in Northwest Kansas and graduated from High School in Oberlin, KS. He then received a Bachelor’s Degree in Life Science at Kansas State University. He attended and graduated from medical school at the University of Kansas-Wichita. Following medical school he completed residency training in Family Medicine at the St. Joseph Family Practice Residency in Wichita, KS. He is board certified in Family Medicine. He married his wife Dana in 1993 and they have lived in Clay Center since 2000. Dr. Kelley has practiced full spectrum family medicine in Clay Center and has also done traveling work as a physician in Kansas. He currently serves as the Director of the Emergency Department and Walk In Clinic at CCMC. He is also the Medical Director for Clay County EMS and Clifton EMS. He is a member of the Clay Center Covenant Church. He and his wife Dana have four children.
Owner, Central Office Supply
Steve is a Clay Center native (born at the old hospital that has since been torn down), graduating from high school in Clay Center before heading off to eventually get his degree in secondary education from Kansas State University. He taught junior high science and math in Chapman for two years before moving back to Clay Center in 1974 to join the family business, Central Office Supply, which was founded by his father. He and his wife Sheryl have been married for 48 years and they have three children: Matt who works at Central Office Supply; Rebecca, who is married and living in Japan; and Rachel, who is married and living in Lawrence. They have six grandchildren. Steve is active in his church, Hebron Reformed Presbyterian Church, where he is an elder. He is also active in the church’s denominational college, Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Penn., where he served on the Board of Trustees for 15 years and now as chair of the college’s Board of Corporators for the last five years. Steve also enjoys reading and has his private pilot’s license.
Attorney, Ryan & Mullin PA
Dusty Mullin was born in Abilene, Kansas and graduated from Abilene High School in 1988. After graduation, he continued his education at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. He married Piper Green of Clay Center after college and worked there for 4 years while she finished school. Dusty attended law school at Washburn and graduated in 1999. Since that time he has been a part of what is now Ryan and Mullin, PA. He and his wife Piper have 3 children - Hunter, Adelyn, and Logan. Dustin's children are the seventh generation to live on the family homestead near Oak Hill. Dustin enjoys hunting, fishing, and team roping.
Tax Accountant, Sink Gordon & Associates
Terri Lee Parry was born and raised in Clay Center. She graduated from CCCHS in 1978 and received her AA in Accounting from Cloud County Community College. Terri worked for Copeland-Carlson-McMahan until she began her postal career in 1987. She served as Morganville Postmaster for 14 years and Clifton Postmaster for 8 years, retiring in 2012. She returned to work in January 2013 to Sink Gordon & Associates, preparing tax returns. She directs the St. Paul Lutheran Church LOGOS Handchime Choir. Terri is a charter member of the Morganville Lions Club and has held several local and state positions, including being the current local treasurer. She is a member of Kansas National Association of Postmasters. Terri has been a Hospital Board Member since 2008. She married Craig Parry in 1980 and they farm north of Morganville. They have four children and three grandchildren.
Community Bank President, United Bank & Trust
Maria Pfizenmaier was born in San Jose, Costa Rica and raised in Clay Center, KS. She graduated from Clay Center Community High School. Maria began her banking career with United Bank & Trust (fka Gold Bank) in January of 2004 as a bank teller moving to the Loan Department in 2005. While continuing to work full time, Maria earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Kansas State University in 2009, which led to her eventual promotion as Vice President in 2012. Effective August 2018 Maria became Community Bank President of United Bank & Trust. She and her husband Derek farm and raise livestock. They have three children, Aubrey, Owen, and Parker.
Customer Service Specialist and Loan Auditor, Kaw Valley State Bank
Kylie was born and raised in Abilene, where she graduated in 2010. She met her husband Tyson her senior year of high school and they married in 2013. They moved all over Kansas before settling in Clifton, her husband’s hometown. They have three amazing children, Peyton (11), Rylan (6), Anna (1), and two hilarious goldendoodles. Kylie currently serves as a Customer Service Specialist, Internal Loan Auditor and Marketing Assistant at Kaw Valley State Bank in Clifton. On the side, Kylie said she enjoys home decorating and cooking.
Attorney, Ryan & Mullin PA
Mike was born and reared in Clay Center, Kansas. He is a graduate of Kansas State University in Architecture and Washburn University School of Law. Mike is an attorney with Ryan & Mullin, P.A. He is also licensed as a real estate broker, abstractor, and title insurance agent. Mike retired in 1997 from the Kansas Army National Guard as a Major General. Mike is married to the former Marcia Pruser. Together they have five children and ten grandchildren.
Estimator/Project Manager, Blueville Nursery
Mayor, City of Riley, Kansas
Tim Sharp’s family lived where the DMPRC (Tank Gunnery North) is west of Riley at the time he was born. When he was about 4, Ft. Riley expanded and they had to move about 4 miles west of Riley. He grew up farming and he planned to do that for life but God had other plans. Tim Graduated from Riley County High School in 1978, and went to Beloit Vo-Tech (NCKAVTS at the time) for Auto mechanics. He then worked for several different ag equipment dealers with the last being Allison Equipment where Bruna Implement Company is now east of Clay Center. He ended up at Blueville Nursery the following fall of 1986 for a 6-8 week job but he is still there after thirty-three years. He now estimates and sell jobs and project manage on larger commercial projects. He has two sons from his first marriage and gained a daughter when he married Tammy, all together they have 4 granddaughters and 1 grandson. In 2011, he had 3 of his former friends write in his name for Riley City Council and he was the top vote getter for an open seat. He served as a council person for those 4 years then ran for Riley County Mayor. He have served on several boards and committees at Countryside church, then at Riley United Methodist, works with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and coached baseball. He looks forward to helping his grandkids find mischief and doing projects for Tammy.
Manager/Partial Owner, Blue Valley Insurance Agencies Inc.
Mayor, City of Linn, Kansas
Les Spence was born in Washington, KS and has lived in Linn, KS since 1988. Spence graduated from Washington High school in 1975 and then attended Cloud County Community College where he received an Associate of Science degree. He has been an Insurance Agent with Blue Valley Insurance Agencies Inc. since 1984 as Linn Manager and partial owner. He served on Church board for St. Paul Lutheran Church in Palmer KS. Elected to city council in 1988 and has served on the council since. He is now currently Mayor of Linn. He is married to Mary Schmale from Palmer KS and they have three children: Michelle Ryan a CPA and partner with Adams Brown Beran and Ball. She lives in Overland Park, KS with husband Josh, children Leah and Parker. Angela Spence BSRN with CCMC and who is currently studying for her Nurse Practitioner’s degree. Tanner Spence currently is a Sophomore at KSU studying Business Finance.
Susan Swanson was raised in Shawnee, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. She graduated from Emporia State University with a BA degree in Sociology and completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. She and her husband Vern and their two children moved to Clay Center in 1981where she put her social work degree to good use. She was employed by the Twin Lakes Educational Cooperative as a school social worker for 26 years. During that time she also did social work consultation at CCMC, Presbyterian Manor, Medicalodge, and the Clay County Health Department. After her varied career in social work, she followed in her husband’s footsteps, serving four years in the Kansas House of Representatives. Now fully retired, Vern and Susie travel to Kansas City and Parsons following their grandchildren in their sporting and theatrical endeavors. She also enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, biking, camping and following the Wildcats, Chiefs and Royals.
Interim Director Dan Thalmann