About Us

Would you want to live in one of the existing nursing homes in America? When people are asked this question, the overwhelming response is “Please, don’t ever put me in a nursing home”.  Sad commentary on the existing state of America’s nursing homes. Why is this? Because the reality is that the average age of the existing nursing home is 37 years old.  Most buildings have at best a semi private room, long hallways, high turnover of staff, institutional food and are owned by large wall street real estate investment trusts.  Not hard to understand that with those components, the outcomes for quality care are impossible to achieve.  

There is a better solution………Could you live in a warmly designed house, with a county kitchen, a fireplace in a living room with each meal prepared from scratch with locally grown vegetables? Yes, I could.

Our mission is to build and own these new houses, called GreenHouses.  http://www.thegreenhouseproject.org

We have helped numerous organizations study, design and then build new facilities for their elders. We can help you too.

Our group can help you lead in the following ways:

  1. Create a plan of action through strategic planning of new facilities
  2. Improve operations through effective management
  3. Oversee the development, construction and opening of your remodeled or new facilities

John R. Grace

With more than 30 years of experience, John has a unique and sought after style that helps organizations successfully design and implement plans for their preferred future.

John began his career in 1977 at the nationally recognized Wexner Heritage Villlage in Columbus Ohio serving as the Assistant Administrator. He went on to serve as first executive director of Meadowlark Hills, a continuing care retirement community in Manhattan, KS. In 1984 he became President of the Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, a trade association serving 165 not-for-profit aging service providers in Kansas and served for twenty years.

From 2004, through 2009 John served as the founder and  President of the Aging Research Institute (ARI), a management and development senior services consulting firm with 8 employees. In 2009, John left ARI and formed SunPorch.

John has provided strategic planning, operational analysis and new project development for over 100 not for profit organizations in 27 states during his career. Grace received his Bachelors Degree from Washburn University and is a 1977 graduate of the University of North Texas Center for Aging Studies with a Master’s degree in Studies on Aging.

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 a career ranging from retail management, oil, farming and business network development. 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.

In 2002 Mark was invited to transition his efforts into a career in healthcare administration and became the Vice President of Medical Staff Development at Central Kansas Medical Center, a 99 bed community hospital in Great Bend, KS and St. Josephs Hospital in Larned, KS. Initial responsibilities included establishing a medical staff development plan and recruit, onboard and retain physicians and mid-levels to the medical staff of both facilities. Over the past 14 years Mark has recruited 35+ providers to the community.

Always open to new challenges, in 2003 the administrative responsibility of the Central Kansas Medical Center Foundation, Inc. was assigned to Mark when he became the President of the foundation. Numerous goals have been achieved under Mark’s tenure including two capital campaigns totaling $1.1M, growing two endowment funds with a current market value of $2M and hosting membership, annual auction and golfing events with up to 450 people in attendance.

In 2006 Mark the accepted the additional position of Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations of the facilities which then included CKMC, SJH, Heartland Cancer Center and Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice and 12 other business units.

In 2009 facilities administration was added to his responsibilities and over the years he has served as interim administrative leadership for the pharmacy, lab, five clinics and finance. In 2010 the ownership and business model of the system changed and Mark has been involved in numerous capacities to insure a successful transition to outpatient services and wellness education.