At Fort Scott Presbyterian Village, service starts at the top. Our mission is to provide quality services guided by Christian values, and each of us promises to live out this mission every day.

Marla Heckman

Executive Director
Marla joined Presbyterian Village in September 2023 and brings more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry. Marla earned her administrator license in 1997. She received her education from Rogers State University in Oklahoma. She has been a Preceptor with the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators and has served on the Informal Dispute Resolution Panel with the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Taylor Bailey

Senior Living Sales Specialist
Taylor came to Fort Scott Presbyterian Village in May 2022 after spending five years working in healthcare. She's a Fort Scott native and spent much of her childhood in 4H and volunteering for Care to Share. She graduated from Fort Scott Community College and then received her Bachelor's in Mass Communications and Public Relations from Missouri Southern State University. There she worked with the Joplin community to support Rapha House, a nonprofit organization that helps survivors of trafficking.

Ellen Fairchild

Director of Nursing & Assisted Living
Ellen rejoined the Presbyterian Village staff in September 2017 as director of nursing for assisted living. She previously worked at Presbyterian Village while attending nursing school at Fort Scott Community College, where she received her nursing degree. A native of Fort Scott, she has worked as a wound care nurse and then a medical/surgical and pediatric nurse at Via Christi Hospital and a nurse at Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott. Ellen was drawn to nursing because of her oldest child’s health problems. She and her husband have three children.

Michael Whittington

Human Resources Director
Michael brings lots of experience in healthcare to Presbyterian Village. He has previously worked in hospitals, rehab facility as well as long-term care and memory care communities. He's been a registered nurse since 1986. Outside work, Michael is a devoted dog dad and uncle. He enjoys volunteering with seniors and hunting for treasures at flea markets, auctions and thrift stores.

Joy Ngatia

Dining Services Supervisor
Joy has been our dining services supervisor since October 2010. She came to Fort Scott from Kenya, Africa. Her husband entered his family in the annual lottery which awards citizens of other countries a “pass” to come to the United States to live. Her name was drawn, allowing the family to move. Joy’s work experience in Kenya includes two years as a shipping clerk for the Kenya Port Authority and as a supermarket supervisor. In Kenya, Joy chaired the youth and women’s groups at her church. She was a founder of the Humanitarian Movement and a member of Christian Truth International.

Angela Carpenter

Life Enrichment Director
Angela Carpenter has assumed to role of life enrichment director at Fort Scott Presbyterian Village in addition to her responsibilities as human resource assistant. She has been at Presbyterian Village since September 2018 working as the human resource assistant and added the life enrichment responsibilities in June 2021. Prior to joining our team, she worked as a human resource assistant for 17 years at Firstsource. She has been active in the Bourbon County Relay For Life, serving in several leadership roles

Freida Hierholzer

Human Resource Supervisor & Accounting Assistant
Freida has worked at Presbyterian Village since 2004, serving in many capacities including certified medication aide, transportation aide and quality assurance coordinator. Her previous work experience includes working as a claims processor for a local insurance company. She also served a short time in the U.S. Air Force. Freida attended Ottawa University and is certified as an activity director, certified nursing assistant, certified medication aide and home health aide. Away from work she is an avid fan of football and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is a member of the United Methodist Church of Redfield, Kansas.