Meet Our Team

Leading By Example

The senior living industry has always been complex and challenging. This is perhaps even more true today. Meeting the needs of this unique industry – and of America's aging population – requires not only experience, but a passion to succeed. At Pathway® Senior Living, we believe we measure up to the challenge.

 

Pathway® Corporate Team

Pathway® begins with a foundation of unmatched experience. Our seasoned management team has community- and corporate-based experience with many of the top industry owners and operators in the full continuum of seniors' housing and the full lifespan of communities – from concept and development, to start-up or post-acquisition transition, through lease-up and stabilization. This expertise allows us to provide both proven solutions and creative new approaches that meet the needs of each community we operate.

Our corporate team works closely with community staff to offer the highest level of service, providing unsurpassed guidance and support. In fact, we are available around the clock to key community personnel. Our goal is to work together to excel in occupancy, customer and employee satisfaction and financial performance. It is a win-win-win situation!

Jerome E. Finis

Principal & CEO

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I graduated from the University of Illinois where I was a member of the Fighting Illini football team and captain of the Track and Field team. Athletics has always been an important part of my life and I have continued my interest as an avid golfer, cycli

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I graduated from the University of Illinois where I was a member of the Fighting Illini football team and captain of the Track and Field team. Athletics has always been an important part of my life and I have continued my interest as an avid golfer, cyclist and tennis player.  Whether participating in a team sport  or developing my skill in an individual practice, it helps satisfy my competitive spirit.   This spirit of performing at our best, supporting our team members, and pushing ourselves to continuously learn is essential in the work we do and to the organization we’ve created.

As a founding member of Pathway Senior Living, LLC, Jerry has over 19 years of experience as an operator, developer and owner of over 2,400 units of seniors housing located throughout the Midwest.  He sits on the Executive Board of the American Seniors Housing Association and is the past President of the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition.  As CEO, Jerry is responsible for guiding the company growth and investment strategies.

Maria Oliva

Principal & Chief Operating Officer

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My life’s motto has been to live life to the fullest, make a difference, and have a deep passion for all that you do. Thanks to a very important person early in my life, and through Yoga practice, I learned the importance of balancing drive and ambition

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My life’s motto has been to live life to the fullest, make a difference, and have a deep passion for all that you do.  Thanks to a very important person early in my life, and through Yoga practice, I learned the importance of balancing drive and ambition with gratitude and self-awareness.  Everyday, I find time for reflection, recharging and relaxing.  It helps me live a fulfilled life by harmonizing the body/mind connection, which leads to overall wellness.   This is essential for all human beings no matter their life stage.  Working in the senior living industry is an incredible responsibility and I am humbled for the opportunity to enrich lives and help change the way society thinks about aging.

With more than 20 years of executive level experience in seniors housing, Maria possesses a keen understanding of the seniors housing industry and in-depth knowledge of strategic planning, operational excellence, acquisitions management, financial controls   and leadership and culture development. Her passion for enhancing seniors’ lives through creative, engaging and purpose-filled experiences is balanced with a drive to not only achieve, but exceed, operational and financial expectations.   Maria sits on the Operations Executive Roundtable for Argentum, is a member of the Advisory Board for Senior Living 100 and a Board Member of Leading Age Illinois.   She holds a Bachelor of Science in management from National Lewis University.

Sandra Davidson

Vice President of Operational Design

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Ever since I could remember I enjoyed having a camera in hand. As a child with a Polaroid One Step Instant Camera as my first camera, I began taking wildlife and landscape pictures which began my life with photography and my passion and love for nature.

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Ever since I could remember I enjoyed having a camera in hand.   As a child with a Polaroid One Step Instant Camera as my first camera, I began taking wildlife and landscape pictures which began my life with photography and my passion and love for nature.  It is through my pictures that I look to communicate feelings and my passion for the American Southwest and Canadian Rockies.  The scene behind me of Devil’s Tower in Wyoming is inspiring for its Native American Heritage and its breathtaking beauty.

As the Vice President of Operational Design Sandra is engaged in the design of all new developments collaborating with owners, developers and architects, as well as, overseeing the comprehensive pre-opening start-up phase of new developments.  Sandra has over 30 years of experience in real estate, operations, finance, marketing and management, including 20 years of executive level experience in the independent, assisted living and memory care industry.  Sandra is a Certified Residential Care Facility for Elderly (RCFE) Administrator in California and has certifications in C3P Tax Credit, RIM, UPCS and Public Housing Property Management.

Nicole Bartecki

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

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My fondest Childhood memories all stem from sitting around the table with my family and playing board games. No matter what was going on in life, this was a time to laugh and have fun. My competitive nature developed during these family games.

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My fondest Childhood memories all stem from sitting around the table with my family and playing board games.  No matter what was going on in life, this was a time to laugh and have fun.  My competitive nature developed during these family games.  This is a tradition that carries on today not only with my father and sisters but with my husband and own children.  Board games teach good sportsmanship, friendly competition and a strong family bond.  As hard as it is, I have learned through my children that while winning is fantastic, sometimes you have to put that competitive nature aside for the good of the cause. 

Nicole Bartecki is a marketing and sales professional with over 20 years of sales experience in the senior living industry and over 12 years of sales management experience.  Nicole has been involved in sales and marketing from the community to the executive level within the skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care settings.   Nicole has successfully planned, managed and executed sales and marketing plans for start-ups, acquisitions and repositioned communities including the rebranding and identity development.  As the Vice President of Sales and Marketing and a member of the executive team of Pathway Senior Living since 2011, Nicole is responsible for the branding strategy and optimization, market research, and creation and execution of integrated strategic marketing plans for the sales and marketing efforts for the ever-expanding portfolio of Pathway Senior Living communities, as well as all acquisitions and management contracts nationwide.  

Karen Leimberer - RN, BSN, MA, CMC

Director of Life Enrichment

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I love nature and being outside (unless it’s too cold!) The trickling of waterfalls/rivers, the warm sunshine, the cool breeze, and shooting stars nurture my soul. I spend my free time walking the family dog or taking a hike in the woods; canoeing or ka

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I love nature and being outside (unless it’s too cold!)  The trickling of waterfalls/rivers, the warm sunshine, the cool breeze, and shooting stars nurture my soul.  I spend my free time walking the family dog or taking a hike in the woods; canoeing or kayaking down a river; and sitting by the campfire with my family singing songs.   Hearing about how Pathway residents’ continue to have these experiences drew me into the VIVA! Culture.   I love spending time with my family, enjoying helping others, and being involved in my church and GiGi’s Playhouse (Down Syndrome Awareness Center).

Karen has over 20 years experience working with seniors in diverse settings including geriatric rehabilitation, private duty home care, geriatric care management, assisted living and memory care.  As a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Masters of Arts degree in Gerontology, she has held a variety of positions including Vice President of Nursing and Illinois Director of Community Care. Karen is a Certified Care Manager and serves on the Advisory Council for the Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging.  Karen is passionate about changing how society thinks about aging and senior living.

Mike Tallarito

Controller

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For years, when I wanted to stay home for dinner I had only two items in my kitchen that got any use: the microwave and the telephone. One day I decided to try using some of the other items that could be found in the kitchen and after some initial stru

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For years, when I wanted to stay home for dinner I had only two items in my kitchen that got any use:  the microwave and the telephone.   One day I decided to try using some of the other items that could be found in the kitchen and after some initial struggles, I realized that I really enjoyed cooking.   Over the years since, I have continued to push my boundaries and spend much of my free time trying out new recipes.  I also took four semesters of cooking classes at a local college just to improve my skills.    While I enjoy cooking, I love to bake and look forward to any and every opportunity I get to spend time in the kitchen.

As Controller, Mike is responsible for the accounting and financial functions of the organization.  Mike has nearly 20 years of experience in accounting, with his first 8 years in public accounting before transitioning to the real estate industry.   Mike is a graduate of DePaul University with a BA in Accounting and is a registered CPA in the State of Illinois and a member of the Argentum Senior Finance Executive Roundtable.

Colleen Wille

Director of Regional Operations

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I enjoy supporting my nephews and their football teams in the fall months. The biggest highlight over the past eleven years was watching my nephew, teammates and coaches accomplish their goal of becoming the 2014 Football State Champions in the state of

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I enjoy supporting my nephews and their football teams in the fall months. The biggest highlight over the past eleven years was watching my nephew, teammates and coaches accomplish their goal of becoming the 2014 Football State Champions in the state of Illinois. To say that the season was magical is an understatement. The team suffered only one loss throughout the entire season and in true Celtic fashion they used that as a learning experience that would continue to drive and motivate them for the remainder of the season. The Team was an example of how to achieve success on so many levels. They decided on one goal and everyone was clear as to what that goal was. Every team member and coach contributed their absolute best to achieve the goal every practice and every game. Above all everyone was committed; committed to one another and to the outcomes they were striving to achieve. There was no we/them, first string/second string, juniors/seniors. There was ONE TEAM with each member contributing value. The Team achieved their ultimate goal and experienced what many have not – a State Championship. I often share this experience with those I work with because the same strategy works in the business place. Clarity of goals and commitment to achieve produces winners.

Colleen has been in the seniors housing industry for 20+ years. She has had the benefit of working for stellar organizations: Senior Lifestyle Corporation, Horizon Bay Senior Communities, Gardant Management and Pathway Senior Living. Working as an Executive Director, Regional Vice President of Operations and Director of Operations has offered the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the Residents and Team Members that she works for.

Patrick Dimaano

Development Director

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I have a passion for sports - whether it's competing, rooting for Chicago's sports teams, or volunteer coaching for various youth sports teams. I am inspired by the enthusiasm, competitive nature, and constant team improvement of coaching sports.

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I have a passion for sports - whether it's competing, rooting for Chicago's sports teams, or volunteer coaching for various youth sports teams. I am inspired by the enthusiasm, competitive nature, and constant team improvement of coaching sports. My strength in strategy, a drive to constantly improve, and an operational focus contribute to Team Pathway's growth platform.

Patrick oversees the implementation and execution of Pathway's development and investment process.  In this role, Patrick focuses on project sourcing by identifying underserved markets, site acquisition, contract negotiation, financial feasibility and budget creation, partnership selection and oversight, entitlements, and due diligence. 

Patrick graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelors of Science in Finance concentrating on Real Estate. Patrick is a member of the American Senior Housing Association (ASHA) Rising Leaders Group as well as the DePaul Real Estate Alumni Association. 

Lisa Rogers

Director of Human Resources

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Adventurous comes to mind when I think of myself. What is work to one person may be fun for me. It seems to me that fun, happiness and joy are interconnected. For that very reason I enjoy each and everyday and embrace the moments that I have.

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Adventurous comes to mind when I think of myself. What is work to one person may be fun for me. It seems to me that fun, happiness and joy are interconnected. For that very reason I enjoy each and everyday and embrace the moments that I have. Whether I’m hobnobbing around the castle at Hogwarts, running on the Great Wall of China barefoot or bundled up watching a good movie, with chocolate, I always make sure I am having fun. I believe that each day is what you make of it, doing something new always excites me and being able to do it with my family and friends is awesome. New adventures and fun are my passion and they run deep within my soul. Living life to the fullest is what drew me to Pathway and the mission we celebrate everyday. I live by this quote to remind myself that there is good in everything we come in contact with: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban -Spoken by Albus Dumbledore)

Lisa joined Pathway Senior Living in June of 2010 as the Human Resources Manager and was promoted to her current position. Lisa is a Senior Certified Professional with Society of Human Resource Management and sits on the Assisted Living Federation of America’s Human Resource Executive Roundtable and the Advisory Board for SHINE – Senior Care HR Innovation, Networks & Engagement Summit. Prior to joining Pathway, Lisa spent 7 years as the VP of Shared Services at Knight Industries a roofing manufacturing company and 13 years as a Human Resource Manager for General Electric in their financial portfolio. Lisa brings over 25 years of Human Resources experience to the organization.

Helen Brown

Director of A Knew Day Memory Support

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Some people think of gardening as a chore, but I find it relaxing and peaceful. My favorite time of the year is spring when nature starts to come alive.

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Some people think of gardening as a chore, but I find it relaxing and peaceful. My favorite time of the year is spring when nature starts to come alive. Crocuses popping through the ground are usually the first sign of spring and there is nothing sweeter then the smell of Hyacinth. My kaleidoscope hydrangea is one of my favorite bushes, the flower changes colors and each year the bush is pruned it produces larger flowers. I find it peaceful to be outdoors in the morning, birds are singing, frogs in the pond are croaking, and if you sit still, humming birds come to feed from the plants, and when the wind blows you can smell the honeysuckle in the air. Appreciating nature is wellness for the soul.

I started working in health care 31 years ago, at the age of sixteen I started working in long term care as a CNA, since then I have continued my education and passion for helping others. I have had the privilege of holding many different positions such as being a phlebotomist, dialysis tech, LPN, MDS Coordinator, Assisted Living Director. I came to Pathway Senior Living in 2008 as an Executive Director; in 2014 I obtained my LNHA.

As the VIVA! Plus Director, I oversee coordination of services for residents, finding partners that believe in are VIVA philosophy. My goal as the VIVA! Plus Director is to have services provided to residents in house, keeping residents health, happy and engaged in life.

Laurie Geschrey

Director of VIVA!

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I unofficially began playing the guitar at the tender age of 12. You could really say, I started playing with my brother’s guitar back then. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I knew that I wanted to learn to play. Every chance I could, I would sneak int

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I unofficially began playing the guitar at the tender age of 12. You could really say, I started playing with my brother’s guitar back then. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I knew that I wanted to learn to play. Every chance I could, I would sneak into my brother’s room and strum away. After being caught numerous times, my brother decided to teach me how to play. After several months of lessons, he believed that I was serious and so he convinced my parents that I needed a guitar of my own. I’ll always be grateful to my brother for that. He gave me the gift of music, which is something we will always share.

As a former Executive Director of one of our Pathway communities, and as a daughter whose mom was blessed to live in a Pathway community, I was able to experience first hand how the VIVA! philosophy and culture can positively impact the lives of our residents, our families, and our team members.

As the Director of VIVA!, I have the unique responsibility for teaching, coaching and mentoring our community leaders and our front line team members in creating the VIVA! culture in all of our communities.

I received my B.A. in Marketing from DePaul University, and my M.Div. from Unity School of Christianity. Prior to joining Pathway Senior Living, I served as a Hospice Chaplain for 8 years. It has been an extraordinary honor to have walked the final journey with hundreds of people from all walks of life.

 

Robin Pecak

Regional Director of Sales and Marketing

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My role as the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Pathway Senior Living has me juggling many things at one time. However, my love of juggling goes back to my days in high school when I taught myself to juggle.

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My role as the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Pathway Senior Living has me juggling many things at one time.   However, my love of juggling goes back to my days in high school when I taught myself to juggle.  Just before summer one year during high school I had a knee injury which kept me off her feet for the entire summer.  So, I spent that summer watching the Chicago Cubs and learning to juggle.   She still enjoys juggling and is still waiting for the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series- maybe this is the year!

In her role with the Pathway Senior Living, Robin supports the Sales efforts of the portfolio by working with our communities to hire, train, and coach our Sales teams to build strong, positive relationships with individuals considering making a move to a Senior Living community and their families.   Robin believes that our Sales team’s job is to help individuals and their families to find just the right new home that will allow them to live life to the fullest- even if that means assisting them to find a community that may be a better fit than a Pathway community.    

Terri Geppner

Director of Community Development

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Exploring, dining, shopping and becoming part of the culture in new destinations is my passion. While I have annual trips with family and friends, I love to explore new places.

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Exploring, dining, shopping and becoming part of the culture in new destinations is my passion.  While I have annual trips with family and friends, I love to explore new places.  Some of my favorite vacation spots are Ireland, Italy, Denmark and Amsterdam.  What makes a place one of my favorites is when I have the opportunity to get to know the culture, history and people?  This is exactly what I do when I enter a new market place for one of our new communities.  We can not be successful until we fully understand the market.   Where will I travel to next!

Terri is a sales and marketing professional with over 25 years of experience in various industries. She has been in the senior industry the last nine years, starting as a Director of Community Relations supporting multiple communities. She has been involved in the start up marketing with 4 different Pathway communities. In 2014, she accepted the position of Director of Community Development, working with the start up teams on Pathway acquisitions and new projects. She has served on various boards of different provider groups and associations in the senior industry. She is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. in Marketing and has completed the Certified Marketing Professional (CMP) program through Leading Age. 

Robert H. Helle

Principal

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Some of my ancestors were Norwegian sailors and ship builders. Their dedication to the craft of shipbuilding and love of water infected me at an early age. A well designed boat is a work of art as well as fulfilling a need. In a similar way a building

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Some of my ancestors were Norwegian sailors and ship builders.  Their dedication to the craft of shipbuilding and love of water infected me at an early age.  A well designed boat is a work of art as well as fulfilling a need.  In a similar way a building has to balance its functions with design.  The balance becomes even more important in senior housing.  We provide not only a home but the venue to add meaning purpose to our residents’ lives. 

With more than 25 years’ experience as a development project manager, construction manager and architect, Bob oversees development of Pathway’s projects. An early interest in energy efficient design has informed his developments including Victory Centre of South Chicago which is one of the nation’s first LEED-Silver seniors’ housing developments. Bob currently serves on the boards of Lake County Residential Development Corporation and the Institute for Environmental Education and is an adjunct professor in the graduate school of DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business.  Past boards have included Illinois Housing Coalition, Affordable Assisted Living Coalition, Carmel Catholic High School and Prairie Crossing Charter School. 

He has been active in the American Institute of Architects-Committee of the Environment and the Urban Land Institute Enterprise Zone Committee. Bob earned his MBA from Northwestern University with majors in finance and real estate, a Master’s in architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Bachelor’s in architecture from the University of Notre Dame.

E. James Keledjian

Principal

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His responsibilities include project origination and development, acquisition management and finance. He oversees a detailed due diligence process that turns over the rocks to uncover hidden advantages and hidden pitfalls.

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Jim is a Principal and Board Member of Pathway Senior Living, LLC. Jim is President of the Real Estate investment Association (REIA) and a Director of the Illinois and Michigan Housing Council. Jim is also active with the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition and the American Seniors Housing Association. He is also a member of the steering committee and an adjunct professor at DePaul University. Jim holds a Master’s degree in urban planning from Wayne State University.