Board of Directors
President Mike Floersch
Owner/Operator, Ray's Apple Market
Mike Floersch was born in Seneca, KS and raised on a farm near Baileyville, KS and attended B&B High School where he graduated in 1970. He went to Highland Community College and came back to join his father in the grocery business in Seneca. He married his high school sweetheart, Nelda, in 1972 and they moved to Clay Center in 1980. Mike's father passed away in 1984 and the stores were renamed in his honor. Ray's Apple Market stores are located in Kansas: Seneca, Clay Center, Council Grove, and Manhattan and Nebraska: Fairbury. Mike and Nelda have three married children and several grandchildren.
Secretary Marion Stuart
Marion Stuart was born and raised in Emporia, KS. Marion attended grade school on the college campus in Emporia and graduated from Emporia High School. Her first two years of college were spent at Baker University and then she transferred to Emporia State University where graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Master degrees. Marion married Charles Stuart. They lived and taught high school at Lorraine, KS. And later moved to Chapman, KS where they lived for three years. They moved to Clay Center, KS where Chuck served as the Superintendent of schools. Marion taught in schools at Idana, Longford, Broughton, Clifton and Clyde before her retirement. She has been retired for 20 years. Marion was one of the founding members of the Clay County Hospital Foundation and has been on the Board of Directors since 1991.
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.
Director Dan Thalmann
Foundation, Communications & Marketing Director, Clay County Medical Center
Executive Director of the Clay County Hospital Foundation. Dan was born in Greenleaf, Kans. He joined the staff at Clay County Medical Center and the CCH Foundation in October, 2018. Dan was a newspaper reporter with the Washington County News since 2000 and became owner/publisher in 2006, building it into an award-winning weekly newspaper. He is a past president of the Kansas Press Association. He is a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Palmer, and is involved in several organizations. Dan is married to Jen, who is ad sales manager for the Washington County News. They have five children. When not staying busy with his children, he enjoys many hobbies including reading, yard work and birding.
Austin M. Gillard, MHA
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.
Gary Griffiths grew up on a farm west of Clay Center, KS and attended schools in this community. Gary graduated from the University of Kansas in 1957. Sally and Gary were married in 1958. They lived in Odessa, Texas and St. Louis, Missouri before moving back to Clay Center. Gary worked at Hutchinson Manufacturing for 24 years. His positions ranged from sales and marketing to General Manager during those years. In addition, He had responsibility for another division of Lear Siegler in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Gary and Sally have two sons; Slade and Stuart. Slade is in the educational field and Stuart is in social services. They made the choice to move back to their home town and neither Sally or Gary have ever regretted that decision. This is a special community and is a great place to live and to nurture a family.
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.
Vice-President, Oetinger-Lloyd Construction
Grace was raised in the Washington and Clay County area. She attended school in Morganville and graduated from Clay Center High School. She continued her education at Emporia State University where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics. After college, Grace taught school in Australia for two years and upon returning to the states, she continued her teaching career by serving USD 379 for an additional twelve years. Grace married Bill Oetinger and the couple has two daughters, one son-in-law and two grandchildren. Grace currently serves as V.P. for Oetinger-Lloyd Construction and assists with the business wherever she is needed. She is a active member of the community and is a member of the Avanti Club, Nea Study Club and PEO. Currently she serves on the board for the Clay County Hospital Foundation, Clay Center Educational Endowment, Time 4 You, and Common Ground ministries. She and her husband, Bill are members of the United Methodist Church. She takes great pride in her family and enjoys her role as mother and grandmother. Her hobbies include travel, gardening, sewing, crafts and reading. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.
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.
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.
Funeral Director, Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home
Preston has been a life long resident of Clay Center, KS. He has worked at Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home since December 1995. Preston is married to Shannon, she is employed at Ryan and Mullin Law Office. He has one step-son, Zachary. He is a member of the Clay Center United Methodist Church and active in the Clay Center Rotary Club. In his free time Preston enjoys hunting, traveling, gardening, golfing, and working on the farm. Preston has been a member of the Clay County Hospital Foundation since 2005.
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.
Clyde has made Clay Center, KS his home since 1972 where he began his professional career as a school psychologist with USD 379 and the Twin Lakes Educational Cooperative. He retired in 2003 and then worked part-time with the school system for another three years. In his retirement he is discovering that his life is enriched by serving a variety of causes. He serves on the Pawnee Mental Health Board and PMH Endowment Board, the Common Ground Board, the One-on-One Board, CCH Foundation Board. He is a CC Middle School Youth Friends Mentor, and a Meadowlark Hospice volunteer. He is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and has begun training in the Stephen Ministry program. Clyde is married to Rita who retired in 2010 from being the Patient Care Coordinator for Meadowlark Hospice. They have two children and seven grandchildren. Together they enjoy golfing, walking, eating out, and spending time with family and friends. Clyde enjoys running, which has been a positive addiction over the past thirty years.