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Marla Heckman brings experience, passion to Fort Scott Presbyterian Village

Marla Heckman took over as Executive Director of Fort Scott Presbyterian Village in September - but it’s a sooner-than-expected-homecoming of sorts for her family.

“My husband, John was born in Fort Scott,” she said. “We were planning on retiring and moving here someday. There was some property that was going up for sale close to our family, so we decided to change our plans and move back sooner.”
Previously, Heckman built her career in and around Tulsa, Oklahoma - serving in a variety of roles from upper management to helping guide and advise on state policy. She brings to “this wonderful community” a broad base of knowledge and experience.
Heckman received her education from the University of Oklahoma and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. She has 36 years in Healthcare-Independent Living, Assisted Living, Residential Care, Skilled Nursing, and Long-term Care.
“I served on the board for Care Providers Oklahoma, as well as the Oklahoma State Department of Health Informal Dispute Resolution panel,” she said.
Heckman said her husband’s family is close-knit, and they all get to spend a lot of time enjoying one another in the Fort Scott community.
And while she’s new to Kansas, she is enjoying her work and the new possibilities.
“I love my job. Love it. I can’t say how much I love being here,” Marla said. “The residents have made me feel so welcome and made the transition really nice.”

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