Taylor traces his interest in the elderly to growing up across the street from Bethany Manor, a senior community in Lindsborg.
“I had a lemonade stand as a kid. They’d come over and buy lemonade. I got to know the people that were being served. It just left an impression on me.”
Taylor, 55, was born and raised in Lindsborg, earning a business degree from Bethany College. He's been in long-term health care for 29 years, working for senior communities in Kansas and Nebraska before joining the Wichita-based Presbyterian Manors as executive director of its Salina facility in 2010.
He was promoted this month to regional director over seven Presbyterian Manors communities – in Kansas City, Wichita, Topeka, Salina, Clay Center, Newton and Sterling.
In his new role, he said, “I'm working with the executive directors in those communities every day, helping them in whatever way to support them from a corporate point of view, and to do the best care we can for everybody.”
Taylor is responsible for about 1,300 residents and 1,200 employees. He noted that the Presbyterian Manors community in west Wichita is undergoing a major renovation.
Taylor and his wife, Sonja, have three children – Jennifer, a teacher; Scott, a manager for a Salina manufacturer; and Kristen, a radiology technician.
He likes to golf and is serving his first term as mayor of Lindsborg, after previously sitting on the city council for 17 years.
“It's my way to give back to the community that gave me such a great childhood.”