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.

Eric Huebert Chief Financial Officer

Eric received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southwestern University in 2003.  Eric has served as a Partner in the national senior living consulting firm ARI.  He has been in involved in new CCRC developments, strategic and management consulting services and operational assessments for numerous clients around the nation.  Most recently he provided project development coordination and assistance, financial modeling and projections for a $120 million not for profit continuing care retirement community new development in Stillwater Oklahoma.  Eric’s role with the company is to provide leadership on financial issues such as preparation of new project pro forma’s,  budgets, building relationships with bankers and securing of short and long term financing for our companies and clients.

Mark Mingenback Vice President
Mark is a native of Great Bend Kansas and served for 14 years in various management responsibilities with the 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.

After serving on the board of a not for profit skilled nursing and assisted living organization, Mark joined the company to provide valuable skills in building community relationships with business, governmental and community groups for the company.  His role is to work closely with community stakeholders in building community support for securing of grants and raising money for project support.

Artis Perret, Vice President/Greenhouse Educator

Artis is a Advanced Practitioner Registered Nurse (APRN) with over 30 years of health and clinical experience in serving elderly.  She started her career as an RN in a Federally Qualified Health Care Center in rural Kansas.  She went on then to work as a Director of Nursing in long term care for single site organizations and then joining a large multi facility not for profit as Regional Nurse.  Artis was a pioneer in the development of the HomePlus program in Kansas having owned and operated her own HomePlus for ten years.  Artis’s role with the company is to provide support and training to the staff on the new model of services provided in the GreenHouse.