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Our Leadership Team

The day-to-day operation of Newton Presbyterian Manor is led by dedicated professionals on the leadership team who bring a wealth of experience and specialized expertise to their positions. As employees of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, our promise to you is to live our mission by:

  • Respecting that seniors, as citizens and individuals, retain their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
  • Extending our role in assisting residents with specific needs and desires.
  • Delivering compassionate service and attention to all levels of senior living.
  • Serving as a knowledgeable and trusted resource for all seniors.
  • Advocating for seniors and their lifestyles, health and wellness.
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Marc Kessinger, Executive Director

Marc was named executive director of Newton Presbyterian Manor in May 2011 after completing the administrator in training program at Wichita Presbyterian Manor in 2010 and joining us as interim executive director in February 2011. Prior to that time, he had a 30-year career in banking which included nine years as president of the Mid-America Bankcard Association. Marc has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wichita State University and holds an adult care administrator’s license. He is a member of St. Catherine’s of Siena Church and the Newton Kiwanis Club.

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Noelle Dickinson, Marketing Director

Noelle joined Newton Presbyterian Manor in June 1998. She previously served seven years as alumni director at Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas. She also spent a year in Osaka, Japan, teaching English as a second language for Mennonite Brethren Missions/Services. Noelle has a bachelor’s degree in English/communications and a bachelor’s degree in business administration/economics from Tabor College. She is a Leadership Newton graduate and past member of the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce board and executive committee. She currently serves on the Salvation Army advisory board. She is also a member of the Newton High School Athletic Booster Club and the hospitality committee and worship team at Koerner Heights Church where she serves as a senior high youth leader.

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Sally Bender, Human Resources Director

Sally joined Newton Presbyterian Manor as the human resource director in September 2013, transferring from the Kansas City Presbyterian Manor where she served in that position since June 2011. Prior to that she spent almost 5 years as the human resource director at the Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor. Sally has more than 20 years of experience in the human resource field and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in human resource development from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. She is a certified PHR through the national HR Certification Institute and is a member of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management). She is a board member of the Harvey County Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Task Force and also a member of the Prairie View Community Support Vocational Advisory Council.

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Anita Fenwick, RN, Assisted Living Director

Anita joined Presbyterian Manor in December 2014 as a charge nurse in health care. She became Assisted Living Director nine months later. She has 20 years of experience in the health care field, working as a surgical nurse, cardiac nurse, clinical supervisor, wound care nurse, charge nurse and Medicare nurse. She received her nursing degree from Hesston College.

Anita enjoys landscaping and flower gardening, reading, and DIY home projects.

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Julie Stewart, Health Services Director

Julie first joined Newton Presbyterian Manor in 2001 as quality assurance coordinator. She subsequently left to take a similar position elsewhere before returning to Presbyterian Manor as charge nurse in October 2009. She was promoted to health services director in April 2012. Julie’s career in nursing has included medical/surgical nursing in a hospital setting, physician’s office nursing and director of nursing in the long-term care setting. She spent two years as MDS coordinator (minimum data set), screening and assessing residents for Medicare and/or Medicaid-certified long-term care, and quality assurance coordinator at Family Health & Rehabilitation in Wichita. She earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Hesston College. Julie is certified by the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination with MDS 2.0 certification.

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Renee Hamm, Apple-A-Day Preschool Director

Renee has been with Newton Presbyterian Manor since September 1997. She previously served as preschool teacher before being named preschool director in May 2006. Prior to joining Presbyterian Manor, Renee taught school in the Halstead and Newton public school districts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education from Bethel College and is a licensed teacher by the state of Kansas for early childhood through grade nine. Renee is a member of Newton High School Athletic Booster Club and serves as treasurer of Sunset Elementary Parent/Teacher Organization in Newton. She also serves on Nurture (Education) Commission at First Mennonite Church in Newton.

Laura Stewart, Social Services Director

Laura joined the Presbyterian Manor staff in 2013 in activities, and she joined social services a year later. She was named social services director in January 2017. She is a licensed bachelor of social work, is certified in Behavior Based Ergonomics (BBET) therapy and is a BBET trainer, is a certified nurse’s aide and is certified in activities. She facilitates the monthly FOCUS caregiver support group. She graduated from Bethel College in 2010 with a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker degree and a minor in Peace, Justice and Conflict studies. Prior to joining Presbyterian Manor, she worked for three years for an organization placing foster children and working with the foster home licensing process in south central Kansas.

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Steve Seidl, Environmental Services Director

Steve has served as environmental services director at Newton Presbyterian Manor since July 2008. He previously held that position at Sterling Presbyterian Manor where he served 20 years. A former mayor of Chase, Kansas, Steve also owned and operated his own grocery business from 1976 to 1986. He holds an associate’s degree in business administration from Hutchinson Community College.

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Marc Fitzroy, Dining Services Director

Marc joined Presbyterian Manor in August 2014. He is a member of the Association of Nutritional and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP), and graduated from the University of North Dakota Dietary Manager Program as a Certified Dietary Manager/Certified Food Protection Professional. A self-professed home-style cook, Marc has worked in dining services in two area senior living communities as well as in local restaurants.

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Melinda Ebersole, Activity Director

Melinda rejoined Newton Presbyterian Manor in February 2011 as activities director after serving two years in a similar position at Asbury Park. But in fact her first job with Presbyterian Manor was in 1995 when she joined Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor as a certified nursing assistant. She also previously worked at the Newton Presbyterian Manor in 2008 as administrative assistant. Melinda studied business administration at Cowley County College in Arkansas City, Kansas, and at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. She is a certified nursing assistant and certified medication aide, activity director/social services designee, and a member of the Kansas Activity Directors Association. She is also a member of Newton Presbyterian Manor’s celebrations committee.

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Janice Good, Administrative Services Accounting Assistant

Janice joined Newton Presbyterian Manor as accounting assistant in April 1996. She had spent the previous 12 years working as an accounting services representative for the Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America corporate office. Prior experience includes jobs with SV Tool Co./Fiskars Manufacturing and Colliday Hardware in Hutchinson. Janice holds an associate’s degree in business from Pittsburg State University. Active in her community, she teaches water aerobics at Newton Rec Center and serves the Boy Scouts of America as a committee member, advancement chair and merit badge counselor. She has also served for the past 12 years as bookkeeper for Newton High School German Club.

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Jerroll Martens, Chaplain

The Rev. Jerroll Martens joined Newton Presbyterian Manor in August 2009. He previously served 33 years as pastor of several churches with one pastorate. He also has experience as a social services case worker and supervisor. Rev. Martens received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in religion from Bob Jones University. His mission work over the years has included visits to foreign countries, and he continues to serve on an advisory board of an organization with missionaries in many countries.

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