Mertens House Staff
With a staff of attentive, friendly, professionals we are proud to offer each resident the highest quality of compassionate care, honoring individual needs for assistance in personal care and feeding and bathing. All while inspiring each resident to be as independent as possible. We strive to engage our residents in the social and physical activities they enjoy.
Each staff member has a personal relationship with each resident and we have found that our residents connect closely with our staff. Your family can trust in the nurturing, respectful care from people who know your loved one.
Our staff is not only attentive to the needs of the individual, but family as well.
Family members are encouraged to join in the decision making for nursing care. When the time comes, we understand the challenges at the end of life. We talk openly and honestly with family members while providing palliative care with respect and support for all involved.
In addition to a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse on each shift, two additional licensed nursing assistants provide care during the day and evening shifts. The overnight shift has one additional licensed nursing assistant.
Meet The Mertens House Staff
Please click each name below for more info about each staff member.
Director of Nursing
Heather Presch has been working in Long Term Care for over twenty years. She began her career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and worked in many capacities in nursing homes before getting her Administrators license in 2011. She lives in Springfield VT with her husband. She has two children, a daughter in college and a son in high school. When she isn't at Mertens House she enjoys Jeeping, reading and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Director of Nursing
On a personal note, Heather has an adult son in the military whom she is extremely proud of. She recently married her best friend, David. They have a nine year old chocolate lab and a 15 month old mini dachshund, Snoop. Snoop has already made one successful visit to Mertens House, bringing smiles to the lovely faces that live here at Mertens House.
Angie has been working in Long Term Care for over twenty years. She has been an LNA since 2000 and has experience in all aspects of nursing home operations including Business Office and Human Resources. She joins Mertens House as the Activities Director where she plans to bring fun and engaging activities to the residents. Angie lives in Springfield VT with her husband and she has two adult children.
Kayla has been working in the medical field for the last 10 years as an LNA on a Medical-surgical floor as well as a PeriNatal Scrub technician on the Birthing Pavilion at Dartmouth. Kayla states that the geriatric population has always had a special place in her heart and providing them care is something she is very passionate about. After joining The Mertens House team in July of 2021 as a LNA, Kayla is excited to take on this new role in a place that she has grown to love. Kayla lives in Stockbridge, VT with her significant other, Justin, and their 5 fur children - 3 beautiful dogs and 2 cats. In her time off,Kayla enjoys dirt biking, exploring the outdoors with her pups, cheering for the Patriots and traveling.
Glynes began working in the housekeeping department at Mertens House in 2000 and currently is the Supervisor of Housekeeping. Glynes has two grown children and one in high school. She and her husband, Todd, live in Plymouth, VT.