Retirement Community in Kansas City, Missouri

Enriching Lives, Building Community

Since 1970, the Village has maintained a singular focus: enhancing each individual’s potential for the best possible retirement lifestyle in a community built on friendship and support. Widely recognized as one of the most comprehensive retirement communities in the country, John Knox Village is joining industry leaders to refer to ourselves as a Life Plan Community, formerly known as a continuing care retirement community or CCRC. As a Life Plan Community, we emphasize living each day to the fullest. By providing independent living, countless services and amenities, and a full continuum of long-term health care services on our 400+ acre campus in Lee’s Summit, you’re able to live an active lifestyle with a smart plan in place for whatever tomorrow may bring.

Today, our reach travels beyond our campus, providing a wide array of home health services across the Greater Kansas City metro area and dozens of counties in Missouri and Kansas.

And we’re still on the move. Because of our fiscal strength, there’s an unprecedented construction boom underway — a $90 million dollar investment that will change the way you experience our campus – redefining retirement living in Kansas City.

Come see for yourself. Come celebrate the strengths of John Knox Village.


To be the leader among senior living communities in the Greater Kansas City area.


To enrich the lives of older adults through community living, “Enriching lives, building community.”


  • We value older adults and their importance to our society.
  • We foster an environment that nourishes supportive, trusting and caring relationships with our residents, their families and our associates.
  • We promote a community that encourages meaningful involvement and personal fulfillment.
  • We emphasize an open community that welcomes and celebrates diversity in its aspects.
  • We value business practices that promote careful stewardship of resources – human, physical and financial.
  • We encourage active involvement in the local communities in which we operate.


Board of Directors

  • Chuck Robb (Chair), Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration; CFO, Saint Luke’s Health System
  • Rick Viar (Vice Chair), President and CEO, Summit Bank of Kansas City
  • Wanda Chinnery (Secretary), Retired, John Knox Village Resident
  • Christine Bushyhead, Attorney, Bushyhead, LLC
  • Carol Evans, Retired, John Knox Village Resident
  • Gary Hawkins, Chair, HSMC Orizon LLC,
  • Jerry McElhiney, Retired, JKV resident
  • Chip Moxley, President, TingleFlooring
  • Dr. George Pagels, Retired, St. Luke’s Health System

Executive Staff


Daniel D. Rexroth, President and CEO

Rexroth joined John Knox Village in 1990 as executive director of the Village Care Center. He was promoted to vice president of the Village’s health services division in 1991 before becoming John Knox Village president in March 2001.

Prior to joining John Knox Village, Rexroth was administrator at North Shore Terrace in Chicago from 1985 to 1990. Throughout the 1980s, he served as a health care consultant, developing programming, staffing and quality programs in Florida, Illinois and Indiana.

Rexroth currently is a member of several professional boards including Caring Communities Insurance Company, Mid-America Nazarene University, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and the Palestine Economic Development Corporation. He has served on the boards of Caring Communities Insurance Company, LeadingAge (formerly the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging), Nursing Facilities Agent Corporation, LeadingAge Missouri and State of Missouri Certificate of Need Program. Rexroth also is active in the local community serving on the boards of directors of the Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation, the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council and the Lee’s Summit Civic Roundtable.

Rexroth earned a Doctorate of Education from Olivet Nazarene University in May 2015. He has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University.



Betty Freeman-Boots, Vice President of Human Resources

Freeman-Boots joined John Knox Village as vice president of human resources in September 1990. Prior to joining the Village, she served as executive director of human resources for the Kansas City Missouri School District. From 1982 to 1988, Freeman-Boots was director of personnel for Saint Joseph Health Center. She was director of employment and personnel records at Bethany Medical Center from 1978 to 1982.

Freeman-Boots was the state director of the Society for Human Resource Management and has served on a regional board for the society. She is a member and past chair of the University of Missouri/Kansas City Advisory Board for the School of Business. She is currently chair for the Workforce Investment Board of Eastern Jackson County, an appointed position. Freeman-Boots has served as an adjunct professor at area colleges and has been a speaker at professional conferences.

Freeman-Boots received a master’s degree in counseling in from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in management from Webster University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University. Freeman-Boots holds a lifetime certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).



Kim Klockenga, Vice President of Finance and Corporate Treasure

Klockenga joined the Village in 2012 as vice president of finance and chief financial officer. Prior to joining the Village, he was vice president and chief financial officer of Friendship Village of Schaumberg in Schaumberg, Ill., where he led the financial and information technology functions for the organization’s parent facility and four subsidiaries. He also worked for Woodstock Christian Life Services in Woodstock, Ill., and Motorola, Inc.

Klockenga has served on the Life Service Network (LeadingAge of Illinois) board of directors as treasurer and chair of the finance committee. He has been a speaker at several professional conferences, including LeadingAge (formerly the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging), Ziegler, Life Service Network and Aging Services of Minnesota. Klockenga recently was appointed to Missouri’s Nursing Facility Agent Corporation Board.

Klockenga is a graduate of the Executive MBA program of Lake Forest University and has an accounting degree from Kent State University. He recently graduated from Leadership Lee’s Summit, a program with the mission to develop and enhance leadership skills for individuals who will generate positive actions within the community and help resolve future challenges.



Rodney McBride, Vice President of Health and Community Services

McBride joined John Knox Village in 2001 as vice president of the health services division. In 2003, he was appointed vice president of health and community services. McBride directs all services provided by within the Village’s health care continuum including the Village Care Center, Village Assisted Living, Village Hospice, Village Home Health, Village Helpers In-Home Care, and Home for Life Solutions.

Prior to joining the Village, McBride served as vice president at Bloomington Hospital and Healthcare System, where he directed the operation and strategic planning of four long-term care facilities and an adult day services program. While in Indiana, he had an award-winning tenure as an adjunct professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University from 1990 to 2002.

McBride has served on the boards for directors for several professional and community-based organizations, such as the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and the Lee’s Summit Health Education Advisory Board. He served as chair for LeadingAge Missouri. He also was a member of the Lee’s Summit Senior Citizen board of directors during the building of a new community center as well as the Indiana Healthcare Association and American Healthcare Association.

McBride holds a bachelor’s degree in public health administration from Indiana University School of Medicine.



Maria Timberlake, Vice President of Senior Living

Timberlake joined John Knox Village as public relations manager in 1988. She was later promoted to the position of Vice President of Resident Relations and in the fall of 2007 was promoted to Vice President of Senior Living.  Among her responsibilities, Timberlake oversees the Village’s Independent Living business unit and a broad range of resident programs and services to meet the needs of residents across the continuum.

Timberlake has presented on a number of communications and programming topics at retirement community industry conferences on both the state and national levels and was a member of the Public Relations Task Force for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and chaired the chamber’s Public Relations Committee. Prior to joining the Village, she managed public relations for Hyatt Legal Services, a nationwide law firm.

Timberlake holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Iowa State University.

Community Involvement – 2016

Enriching lives and building community – both within and outside the John Knox Village community – is intrinsic to our mission to serve. Community involvement activities offer rewarding experiences for Village residents and associates. In the 2016 Community Involvement Report, we share the story of our commitment and effort to make an even greater difference in the communities we serve.

Annual Report – 2016

John Knox Village: Past, Present, Future
John Knox Village has a rich history of providing innovative services, abundant amenities and compassionate care to older adults. Because of this positive record, we do not hesitate to look to the past for inspiration as we continue our work to lead our organization into an even brighter future. The 2016 report highlights the strides the Village has made as it works to reinvent retirement living.

To learn more about continuing care retirement living in the Kansas City metro area at John Knox Village, contact us, or call (816) 892-4294 to schedule a personal appointment.