Home Office

Mark GrayMark A. Gray


Starting as a janitor in a small nursing home in Oklahoma, where he earned his administrator’s license, while working the night shift, Mark continued his education at Northeastern State University, earning his B.S. in Administration of Allied Health Care and his Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in long-term care from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, Mr. Gray has completed post-graduate studies in the field.Mr. Gray has operated several nursing homes for the Amity Care Corporation in Oklahoma and served as a Regional Vice President and Vice President of Operations for Health Care Capital, with responsibility for fourteen nursing and rehabilitation facilities throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, and South Carolina. He has owned his own senior care company, with nursing facilities in Texas and Arkansas and a consulting firm, Cornerstone HealthCare Solutions, which was dedicated to helping long-term care not-for-profit organizations.Mr. Gray considers his work as ministry, often quoting his favorite Bible verse, from the Book of James: “Religion that God… accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after… widows in their distress.” (1:27, NIV).Mark is an accomplished artist. He and his wife, Susan, now make their home in Crestwood, Kentucky, where they are active in their church and community.

Steve BarkerSteve Barker

Vice President/Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Barker joined Presbyterian Homes and Services in July of 2007 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, Mr. Barker served as Controller of Trilogy Health Services, LLC, a Louisville-based operator of skilled nursing and assisted living centers.Prior to Trilogy, Mr. Barker served as Divisional Vice President of Finance for Laboratory Corporation of America and as Controller for Vivra Physician Services. He also spent nearly five years auditing hospital operations for Humana Inc. Mr. Barker is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Barker and his wife Betty and three children live in Prospect, Ky.

Rev. Dr. Hattie WagnerRev. Dr. Hattie Wagner

Vice President of Mission/Chief Operating Officer.

Dr. Wagner has worked with the Homes since 1999, serving first as Chaplain of the Presbyterian Homes of Louisville community, where she received the Outstanding Staff Award in Pastoral Care in 2001 by the Kentucky Association of Healthcare Services for the Aging. Most recently she has served as Director of Pastoral Care and Church Relations.Dr. Wagner is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. Since entering the ministry, she has served as a church pastor in North Carolina, a retreat leader and a spiritual director. Hattie’s passion for the ministry at Presbyterian Homes is to help create “an institution with soul”; building a community which offers kindness and hospitality to all who live, work or visit Presbyterian Homes. Hattie and her husband, Steve, live in Crestwood, Kentucky, and are the parents of five children.

Rosalie Bush-RyallRosalie Bush-Ryall

Executive Coordinator

Rosalie comes to Presbyterian Homes with many years of working in the not-for-profit sector, coming most recently from the staff of Highland Community Ministries. As she joins our team, her primary focus is to coordinate the work of the Executive Leadership Team. What she has named as the most compelling reason to have accepted this position: the palpable energy and positive vision toward rebuilding the ministry of Presbyterian Homes.Rosalie has three grown children and three grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys knitting.

Elizabeth WatkinsElizabeth Watkins

Director of Human Resources.

Elizabeth is our longest-term employee at the Home Office, having worked with Presbyterian Homes for 23 years. She joined this ministry at the original location of Rose Anna Hughes on St. James Court in downtown Louisville. Through the course of the years, Elizabeth has offered a consistent and stable presence amidst the growth and change. She is dedicated and diligent in her work.When not at work, Elizabeth participates with energy and commitment to her church community. Being from a family of ten siblings, family is of great importance to her. In addition to maintaining relationship with her mother, 5 brothers and 5 sisters and their families, she has a son, John St. John Watkins and one grandson, John Tyler Watkins.

Dearl LaytonDearl Layton

Director of Information Technology.

Dearl’s first connection with Presbyterian Homes began in November 2002, as an IT consultant. As the company’s technological needs grew, Dearl joined the staff in November 2004 full time to develop, manage and maintain all IT based systems for Presbyterian Homes, creating and establishing our IT Department. He also enjoys music, singing, softball, racquetball and hunting. Dearl has 2 children.

Allen McDavittAllen McDavitt

Director of Financial Services.

Allen W. McDavitt, CPA, has joined the Home Office staff of PHSK as Director of Financial Services. Having graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, and hailing originally from Elizabethtown, Allen is a faithful Kentuckian. Through the course of his career, he has worked with a variety of entities doing financial management, auditing and tax work, but comes recently from a fifteen year tenure as Controller with Hospice of Louisville. Allen now enthusiastically joins the ministry at Presbyterian Homes and Services of Kentucky and looks forward to serving the community as well as expanding his knowledge and experience in a health care related field. He believes it is a good time to be at PHSK, as the ministry grows and expands its services throughout Kentucky.When Allen is not working with numbers, he enjoys reading, working with computers, creating and repairing items in his shop and spending time with friends and family. He is a long-time and active member of Christ Church Methodist. An avid fan of University of Kentucky football and basketball, Allen balances his loyalties by also following University of Louisville.Allen, and his wife, Heather have one daughter, Mariah, who is a student at Western Kentucky University.

Pam HaydenPam Hayden, RN

Director of Clinical Resources.

Pam Hayden, a registered nurse, brings to PHSK considerable gifts and talents, along with over 20 years of nursing experience. With experience in both acute and long term care, staff development and training, and Medicare medical review, Pam coordinates oversight of the clinical resources in the facilities, as well as providing technical and professional support to staff members throughout the organization. Pam’s work focuses on the provision for the ongoing educational needs in the facilities in order to enhance the staff’s ability to serve our residents with compassion and care. She also provides the CPR instruction for PHSK employees and facilitates relationship with our partner companies who provide ancillary services, such as therapy and medical supplies.

Pam, as a child of Kentucky, is well familiar with the state. With family from Stone and Burdine, KY, as Pam travels throughout the state to devote her time to the staff members in each PHSK facility, in many of her travels it seems like “going home”. Pam and her husband Paul have two children, Rachael and Matthew. In her free time Pam enjoys volunteering for medical missions in Appalachia, gardening, and spending time with her dogs Angel and Star.