Senior Living Leadership

Presbyterian Homes Names Nadim Abi-Antoun as President and CEO

Presbyterian Homes, a preeminent Life Plan Community that serves 1,400 residents at its locations in Evanston, Lake Forest, and Arlington Heights, Il, said today that Nadim Abi-Antoun has been named as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2023. Mr. Abi-Antoun has been Presbyterian Homes’ Chief Operations Officer since 2015. He succeeds Todd Swortzel who previously announced his retirement. Mr. Swortzel will now serve as an executive advisor to Presbyterian Homes. View the complete media release here.

The team that works for you.

The corporate leadership team of Presbyterian Homes is comprised of continuing care retirement professionals, expert geriatricians and senior living professionals committed to creating exceptional senior living and retirement communities in Chicago’s northern and northwest suburbs.

Vincent Kelly

Co-Chair of the Board of Directors

Vince Kelly serves as a client relationship manager in the institutional investment group of J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Vince specializes in developing investment strategies for insurance companies. He has served in this capacity since 2004 and is based in Chicago.

Vince is a 40-year veteran of the firm having joined The First National Bank of Chicago in 1982. Vince served as a corporate banker specializing in not-for-profit institutions, particularly health care providers, from 1985 until 2004. He was head of Health Care Banking at First Chicago and, subsequently, at Bank One.

Vince has a BA from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities. Vince and his wife Anne reside in Winnetka and are parents of two adult children.

Eric Mollman

Co-Chair of the Board of Directors

Eric Mollman joined the board of Presbyterian Homes in 2022 and became co-chairman in 2023.

Eric has spent the last 15+ years serving as the Chief Financial Officer of several for profit health care services and technology companies, always driven to improve the lives of individuals through better approaches to healthcare. He currently serves as the CFO of Pentec Health, a complex care provider focused on specialty infusion therapies, including clinical nutrition and pain management.

Prior to his roles in healthcare, Eric worked as lead financial officer in multiple early-stage telecom companies. He began his career in banking and investment banking.

Nadim Abi-Antoun

President and Chief Executive Officer
Nadim Abi Antoun, President and Chief Executive Officer, Presbyterian Homes.

Nadim was named President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 2023. As President and CEO, in conjunction with the board of directors and the executive team, Nadim is responsible for developing and leading the overall strategic planning process for Presbyterian Homes and establishing financial and operational goals and objectives to ensure the ongoing growth and financial viability of the organization.

Prior to his current role, Nadim served as Presbyterian Homes’ Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Operations Officer. As such, he has been an integral part of the growth and success since joining the organization in 2011. He has deep knowledge of all aspects of the senior living and healthcare business and is a proven collaborative, ethical and forward-looking executive.

In addition to expertise in senior living and healthcare, Nadim has an important, global perspective. His early education and work experiences were in Lebanon, including a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University of Beirut and a five-year stint as a volunteer in the Lebanese Red Cross. Nadim also earned an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and served as Director of Information Technology at CJE SeniorLife, Chicago, IL, prior to his tenure with Presbyterian Homes.

Nadim has held multiple board of director positions with LeadingAge IL and Illinois Aging Services Network. He is also a co-founder and board member of Brightside, a pediatric cancer research foundation.

Mark Havrilka

Chief Financial Officer
Mark Havrika, Chief Financial Officer, Presbyterian Homes

Mark was named Chief Financial Officer of Presbyterian Homes in 2012. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in financial leadership for Life Plan Communities (LPC’s). He is responsible for revenue enhancement, cost containment, financial reporting, financial analysis of existing service lines and new projects, budgeting and forecasting, developing management tool and reporting to improve financial awareness and promoting fiscal responsibility for staff and board of directors, establishing accounting policy and procedures, oversight of annual audit, banking relationships, investments and long term debt and strategic and master planning, risk management and construction.  

Prior to joining Presbyterian Homes, Mark was Vice President of Finance at Presbyterian Communities and Services (PC&S), now Forefront Living, a multi-site LPC’s and hospice organization in Dallas, Texas. He joined PC&S in 2008 and provided leadership in the areas of finance, information technology, strategic planning and operations as well as board and resident relations. Through his leadership at PC&S, the organization made vast improvements in the areas of revenue enhancement, cost containment, financial reporting, budgeting, management tools development and creating policies, procedures and standards.

Mark began his professional career at Christian Homes, Inc. (now Christian Horizons) in Lincoln, Illinois, in 1988 where he took on progressively greater responsibilities and was named Chief Financial Officer in 1999. Christian Homes operated 15 retirement communities in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Indiana. 

Mark then joined Illinois Masonic Home in Sullivan, Illinois, in 2004 as Controller and Chief Financial Officer. He remained there until 2008 when he accepted the Vice President of Finance position with PC&S.

Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, Mark obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is a registered Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Illinois CPA Society.

Shannon Gutierrez

Chief Operating Officer

Shannon has more than 30 years of experience in senior living, beginning as an Activity Aide and eventually supporting regional corporate teams in every department. Her ability to build and grow cohesive organizational cultures, high-performing teams, and resident and staff satisfaction make her perfect for this role.

“My passions are serving seniors who have worked so hard through their lives to enjoy their retirement years and developing our employees to deliver world-class service. It is a true honor and blessing to know that we are making a difference in the lives of others.”

At 18, Shannon was elected as an Alderman, serving the third ward in Hometown, Illinois, making her the youngest elected official in Illinois.

Ramona Wilt

VP of Strategic Marketing and Sales
Ramona Wilt, VP of strategic marketing and sales

Ramona Wilt is the Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Sales and is charged with leading the marketing and sales strategy at Presbyterian Homes and at each community.  Ms. Wilt has over 25 years of progressive managerial experience building, re-structuring, and leading top producing sales and marketing teams across the nation while serving in corporate executive, multi-site, and single-site leadership capacities.  Ramona has created effective and results-driven marketing systems while serving in various corporate, regional, and director roles throughout the northeast, mid-west, deep south, and Florida regions of the country.  She brings a rich diversity of senior living experience through her education and experience in the architectural design of senior living communities for the first 15 years of her career path.

Ramona has accomplished Masters Level work in Organizational Leadership for Healthcare while at Immaculata University, and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Interior Design from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Ramona serves on many Board of Directors including the National SMASH Board, society for marketing and senior housing professionals; a current Cabinet Member of Leading Age, and she has been a lifetime member and volunteer of Girl Scouts of the USA.

Outside the office, Ramona is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Along with her husband Howard, they are actively involved with a music ministry named “Sweetwater Bluegrass”.  They have produced a  Bluegrass Gospel Album and enjoy participating in regional bluegrass festivals.

Samantha Victor-Alvarado

VP of Human Resources
Samantha Victor-Alvarado, VP of Human Resources, Presbyterian Homes

Samantha Victor-Alvarado is responsible for leading Presbyterian Homes’ overall human resources strategy to improve HR operations and ensure residents are receiving top-quality care.

She has worked in senior living and human resources since 2015 and shares that, “It is most exciting to see the relationships our staff members have built with the residents they serve. To hear and see the stories that are shared from both parties and see the smiles on their faces as they engage in conversation makes me proud to work for an organization that values empathy and compassion.”

Samantha currently lives in the northwest suburbs with her husband and newborn son. She loves spending time with family and friends and volunteers at church as a worship singer and leader.

Alpana Patel

VP of Clinical Services
Alpana Patel, VP of Clinical Services, Presbyterian Homes

Alpana is responsible for clinical strategy and standards for all clinical operations, regulatory and compliance initiatives, and infection control. Her senior living career began when she was a Resident Assistant as a teenager. She continued her career in long-term care, working her way up from a Staff Nurse to Director of Nursing. She also served as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Executive Director.

“It brings me joy to work with people who are passionate about leading and developing a culture that takes pride in providing high-quality service that has a lasting impact on the residents, families, and employees we serve.”

Alpana is an LeadingAge Illinois Leadership Academy alum of 2014 and serves on the LeadingAge Illinois Nursing Facilities cabinet. Alpana immigrated from India in 1988, and she lives in the suburbs with her husband, kids and extended family.

Ray Benegas

VP of Information Technology
Ray Benegas, VP of Information Technology

Ray has over 15 years of experience in senior living and has established a strong foundation in this field.

Prior to his current role, he held significant positions for a number of healthcare agencies, including as National Director of Technologies and Technology Leader. He holds certifications as a Healthcare Chief Information Officer and Certified Digital Health Executive and has a degree in computer science from Montana State University.

What gets him excited to come to work each day? “Partnering with our communities to provide innovative services and technologies to staff and residents while being part of great community experiences,” he shares. “I look forward to working closely with senior leaders to align technology strategies with organized objectives to drive growth and innovations.”

Joe Hassel

VP of Facilities, Planning & Construction
Joe Hassell - VP of Facilities, Planning and Construction, Presbyterian Homes

Joe collaborates with our corporate and community leadership teams to create a one-team approach to facilities management, project implementation and budget control. He also is responsible for evaluating and transforming our communities to meet next-generation consumer expectations for those we serve.

He has devoted the past 30-plus years to transforming and redefining environments for living. Prior to joining Presbyterian Homes, he was a Principal, Senior Living Co-Practice Global Leader, and Advisory Board Member for Perkins Eastman. He’s a nationally recognized thought leader, instructor, researcher, author and speaker.

“I’m fulfilled by my ability to interact and improve the lives of the people we serve – residents, their families and our staff,” says Joe. “My goal is to use my talent and experience in strategic thinking, senior living thought leadership, planning, design and construction to collaborate in the execution and delivery of next-generation services, programs and environments.”

Lisa Schiro

Senior Director of Development
Lisa Schiro, Senior Director of Development, Presbyterian Homes

Lisa has been in the field of development for 32 years. She has a deep commitment to upholding effective and ethical fundraising and recognizes the profound impact philanthropy can make. Some of Lisa’s greatest strengths are experiences with transformational gifts, relationship building, corporate event sponsorships, and her deep commitment to the stewardship of donor generosity. Lisa has a successful track record of cultivating and soliciting multiple six and seven-figure gifts.

Lisa is a CFRE and is employed by the Geneva Foundation of Presbyterian Homes which is a supporting organization to Presbyterian Homes and its three campus communities. Lisa manages all gift stewardship, accounting, and grant reimbursement systems from the Geneva Foundation to the Presbyterian Homes communities and ensures donor generosity is used accordingly and is transparent, and timely.

Cheryl Miller

Director of Risk, Compliance & Legal
Cheryl Miller, Director of Risk, Compliance & Legal, Presbyterian Homes

Cheryl Miller is the Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Risk, Compliance and Legal at Presbyterian Homes, bringing over 15 years of expertise in health care law. With a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Cheryl has held key roles at a national law firm, Brookdale Senior Living, and a woman-owned law practice before joining Presbyterian Homes in 2015. Her pragmatic approach ensures the organization and its communities meet their risk and compliance objectives while minimizing potential risks. Cheryl’s accessibility and ability to explain complex legal matters in a clear manner make her an invaluable asset to the team.

Cheryl’s philosophy centers on the idea that every day is an opportunity for teaching and learning. She is dedicated to helping communities navigate challenges and encourages a holistic perspective while addressing immediate issues. Cheryl’s commitment to education and her practical approach have been instrumental in Presbyterian Homes’ success in managing the intricate landscape of risk, compliance, and legal matters.

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