SunPorch is a nonprofit Kansas corporationOur goals of are:

  1. To provide the Green House® Home http://www.thegreenhouseproject.org for elders in every community enhancing their quality of life.
  2. To create a company that will achieve financial objectives, expand under a controlled management environment, and lead in the quality of services for our elders, especially in rural Kansas.
  3. Attract and retain competent and caring employees by providing good training, competitive compensation and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

SunPorch of Smith Center is governed by a volunteer board of directors.  We are a 501c3 designated organization by the Internal Revenue Service which allows for gifts and grants provided to us to be tax deductible.

The estimated cost of the entire project is $10 million creating over 200 jobs. Once the campus reaches full occupancy, it will employ 70 FTE’s and have an operating budget of $4.2 million. Funding will be a combination of a loan from USDA rural development, local banks, fund raising and a New Market Tax Credit. Construction is to begin in fall of 2017.


SunPorch has entered a development and management contract with GraceTeam for the development and management of any properties under SunPorch’s ownership.   GraceTeam is a Kansas limited liability company owned by John Grace. The staff of GraceTeam are listed below:

John R. Grace President

Grace grew up in Wamego Kansas and went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree from Washburn University in Topeka and then a Master’s in Studies in Aging from the University of North Texas. His first job was as the assistant administrator at Wexner Heritage Village – Jewish Home for Aged in Columbus Ohio in 1977. He then was selected as the first executive director of Meadowlark Hills, a newly constructed continuing care retirement community in Manhattan, Kansas and served in that capacity for five years.

 In 1984, Grace became the President of the Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, a trade association serving 150 not-for-profit aging service providers in Kansas and served in that role for 20 years.   In 2004 John began as President of the organization ARI providing management consulting to aging service providers. During his tenure with ARI, Grace served in a special consulting assignment as the vice president for strategic initiatives with the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging in Washington DC.   ARI grew into a successful firm with seven staff serving over 100 aging service organizations in 35 states. In 2009, John left and formed GraceTeam LLC.

Ryan J Grace, Executive Vice President

Mr. Grace joined SunPorch in 2017. He received undergraduate degrees in management and gerontology followed by a graduate degree in Public Administration from Kansas State University. He is a licensed nursing home and assisted living administrator who has 15 years tenure in various capacities ranging from free standing facilities to post-acute rehab care to full continuum CCRC. His most recent role was health care administrator for nearly 10 years with Santa Marta in Olathe, KS, an $80M Catholic Archdiocesan sponsored lifecare community serving nearly 300 elders, which most recently included completion of a $12M expansion to the health care portion of the campus. Ryan is responsible for pre-opening and ongoing operations management and overseeing the onsite Administrators for SunPorch communities.  

Mark Mingenback Vice President

Mark established himself as a successful business owner and community leader in Great Bend Kansas with a career ranging from retail management, oil, farming and business network development.  In 2002 Mark became the Vice President of Medical Staff Development at Central Kansas Medical Center, a 99 bed community hospital in Great Bend, KS.  During his 15 year career with the medical center, Mark served as President of the foundation, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations and was a valuable member of the leadership team.  His volunteer civic responsibilities range from the Great Bend City Council and the United Way board to the Kansas Governor’s Highway Task Force and the Leadership Kansas board of directors.

Christen Robinson Administrator Coach

Christine has 13 years of  experience of management in long term care having owned and operated her own nursing home. She is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Business Administration.  Christine worked as a certified nurse aide at Meadowlark Hills in Manhattan to earn her way through college.  She took her administrator training at Salina Presbyterian Manor.

Artis Perret, ARNP Vice President/Green House Educator

Artis has over 27 years of leadership, management and nursing consulting experience in long term care.  Following her graduation from Fort Hays State University, she went on to achieve her certification as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.  Artis has served in direct care roles as a Director of Nursing for a nursing facility and as a regional nurse consultant for Via Christi Health Systems and Presbyterian Manors of Mid America.  Most recently she sold a Home Plus of 12 persons after having owned and operated it for nine years.  Artis is well respected across the state as leader in implementing person centered care and is a licensed adult care home administrator.