718 Main Street, Hays, Kansas 67601 | 877-325-8040

Meet Our Team


Jennifer D. Walters, Associate Attorney:

Jenny Walters is a law partner at Clinkscales Elder Law Practice. She completed her undergraduate degree in 2006 at Fort Hays State University with a major in Communications and a minor in Agriculture. She graduated from Washburn Law School in May 2009, and joined our firm in October of the same year. She hails from Stockton, Kansas. Jenny brings a strong agricultural background to the office. Jenny brings a special compassion to our office. Her youth ensures long term stability for our clients and our office. Jenny is firmly rooted in our area. She is married to a young man from Russell, and they are raising their first child.

Mary Drake, Care Coordinator:

Mary Drake is the Care Coordinator for our clients and families in the Life Care Plan.  She comes to our office with 17 years of experience in long term care, including 14 years as the administrator of a small nursing home, during which time she has worked closely with the families of nursing home residents.  Mary has worked with Home Health providers as well as hospice agencies. She is a CNA and is certified in social services and as an activities director.  Mary performs our assessments, oversees our client’s care for the remainder of their lives, and helps their caregivers and families with their concerns and problems.

Dan Gosbeth, Care Coordinator:

Dan is a Care Coordinator for our office. Dan has over seven years of experience assisting the elderly and those with disabilities as it relates to housing, Medicare and Medicaid. Dan Graduated from Allegheny Community College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his Associates Degree and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Lourdes University in Sylvania Ohio. He is a member of the American Association of Service Coordinators. Dan works with families facing long term care or disability issues, providing assessments and care options.

Claudia Engel, Care Coordinator:

Claudia Engel is a Care Coordinator. She joined our office in June 2013. She comes to our office with 21 years of experience in assisting the elderly and those with disabilities. Claudia graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant, certified in geriatric care management, is a Hospice and Ombudsman volunteer. Claudia is a supportive and knowledgeable advocate for her clients and families. Her goal is to attain the highest quality of life for them.

 Ashley Augustine, Office Manager

Ashley Augustine joined our office in October 2014 as our office assistant and bookkeeper. Ashley graduated from Kansas State University in 2009 with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and a minor in Business Administration. Ashley handles the day to day operations of the office and performs numerous tasks. She is one of the voices that will greet you on the phone and she is also the first one who will greet you with a smile when you visit our office. Ashley resides in Hays with her husband and two young sons. Her favorite things are spending time with her family and friends, outdoor activities and being a mom.

Joy Thomas, Paralegal/Medicaid Benefits Specialist:

Joy Thomas currently oversees the Life Care Plan Team. She is a paralegal and benefits specialist. Joy is a 1997 graduate of Friends University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, and she completed paralegal training through the University of Southern Colorado in 1999. She worked for oil and gas law firms and a county attorney’s office in Southwest Kansas, beginning in 1995, and then for a class action and personal injury law firm in Prairie Village, Kansas before joining Clinkscales Elder Law Practice, P.A., in 2005. Joy brings a special background in helping families with chronic illness, having worked with her mom in her final days and helping her father with that transition. She is devoted to working with youth in our community and to missions work.

Josh Clinkscales, Outreach and Education Director/VA Benefits Specialist:

Josh is our outreach and education coordinator, the Veterans benefits specialist and technology expert. He is a graduate of Bethel College in Newton, Kansas with a degree in German and Business. After joining Clinkscales Elder Law Practice, Josh found a real passion in elder law. For two consecutive years he has headed the Alzheimer’s Walk in Hays. He has also been actively involved in Habitat for Humanity and has become a true participant in the development of a better life for people in the city of Hays. Josh is married to Andrea. Much of their time is devoted to fixing up their “dream home”.

Traci Turley, Legal Secretary:

Traci has been with the firm since August of 2012.  She has had experience as a legal secretary since 2009.  Traci is one of the voices that will greet you on the phone.  She performs various tasks throughout the office helping with client Life Care Planning.  She also assists in trust funding, asset transfers, and organizing client documents. Traci is a devoted mom, and much of her time is spend trying to catch up to her daughter.


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