Community Leadership

Advena Living on Tenth 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.

We have a special relationship with the Veterans Administration of Northeast Kansas, and we welcome questions and discussions about our care for those who have served.

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

Charles Mbayoh, Administrator

More info coming soon…

Tina Leeper, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing

When I was in middle school, our class volunteered as candy stripers at our local nursing home. This is when I knew healthcare was my calling. Over 30 years later, I still love serving others who need help and I enjoy being a mentor to new healthcare staff.

Marissa Gilliland, Business Office Manager

I got my CNA when I was 16, then my CMA when I was 21. I have been around long-term care facilities since I was 9 years old. My mom would bring me to work with her and do activities with residents at the nursing homes where she worked. I knew at a young age that working withthe elderly was my calling. To hear them say they are glad to see me, or just to get a smile when I walk by, is what I strive for every day. Working in medical records gives me knowledge and experience that I use daily.  

Patty Garst, Asst. Director of Nursing (ADON)

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Danielle Vickery, Director of Nursing Assistant (DONA)

I started out as a dietary aide at a senior living center when I was in high school. That’s where I fell in love with seniors and knew it was my calling to work with this population. I got my CNA when I was 18 and my CMA when I was 21.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my kids and husband.

Brandy O’Connor, Marketing and Social Services Director

Advocating and caring for others has been a lifelong passion for me. I started out as a hospitality aide at a young age and then moved up to CNA and home health aide.  I graduated Highland Community College with my Associates in Arts, majoring in Psychology in 2013.  In 2015, I finished my Bachelors of Social work at Washburn University. I have worked in the Topeka area since. I have been blessed with two daughters, one son and three grandsons.

Olena Fields,  Activities Director

After falling in love with working with the senior population, I have served as an activity director for the past three years in skilled nursing, memory care and assisted living. I’m very excited about my career journey with Advena on Tenth. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, watching movies, photography, reading, and playing video games.

Alyssa Miller, Dietary Director

I have 11 years of leadership experience. Previously, I  worked in the restaurant industry as a Certified Training Manager for the past 6 years. I left that and became the Dietary Manager at Advena Living on Tenth.

I decided to make the change because I wanted to make positive changes in my life as well as others around me. Food has always been a passion of mine, so I am excited to be stepping into a different position than I am used to.