Leadership & Board

Leadership & Board

Steering Group

Lawrence D. Carlson
Lawrence D. Carlson
President & CEO

The President and CEO of United Methodist Communities since 2011, Larry envisions his work not as just a career, but a calling. Larry brings over 35 years of diverse experience in eldercare administration including continuing care retirement communities, long-term skilled nursing, post-acute rehabilitation, congregate housing, adult day health, and assisted living with expertise in operations, strategic planning, board development, new project design and development.

As the leader of a faith-based, nonprofit organization, Larry appreciates both the challenges and the rewards. He enjoys the privilege of interfacing with a diverse group of people, including fellow associates, united in their commitment to facilitate abundant life for seniors. Most of all, the strong mission driven focus at United Methodist Communities brings a harmonious and compatible balance among professional fulfillment, more practical life considerations and his personal values.

In concert with our board, executive leadership as well as other industry professionals, UMC has benefitted from Larry’s drive for innovation and excellence in every facet of operation.

“As a longstanding leader in healthcare, United Methodist Communities strategic direction continues to reflect the needs and desires of current and future generations of older adults. The possibilities are truly inspiring and compel me to look forward to each new day,” beams Larry.

Larry seizes every opportunity to see his three daughters and his two grandchildren. During leisure time, he and Melanie, his best friend and wife of 42 years, love to experience New York, Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore. This usually translates into a sporting event, museum, Broadway show, riding his Harley, or sitting alongside the backyard fire pit.

David G. Glenn
David G. Glenn
Vice President of Human Resources

Dave’s passion for healthcare was spurred by surviving cancer 35 years ago. Having been so impressed with the care, he made it his goal to work at the very hospital where he was treated. Five years later he became the Assistant Director of Personnel at Riverview Medical Center.

From that point forward, Dave’s career has focused on not-for-profit healthcare. His high regard for his grandparents, the most influential people in his life, helped steer him toward senior service and United Methodist Communities. Now, he serves as the Vice President of Human Resources and loves supporting and encouraging associates.

Dave graduated with a B.S. in Economics from Rutgers University and earned his M.B.A. in Management from Monmouth University. He has more than 35 years of generalist and administrative human resources experience and considers his work his mission.

Dave says, “Working for a faith-based, values-driven organization with so many talented and genuinely nice people is a privilege and a pleasure. I look forward to what the future holds for United Methodist Communities.” Dave cherishes every opportunity to spend time with his granddaughter Sophia.

Linda Hill
Linda Hill
Vice President of Philanthropy

Ms. Hill has over 15 years of philanthropy leadership experience, predominantly in the healthcare sector. She joins UMC after five years as executive director of the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation, which is part of Hackensack Meridian Health.

Previously, Ms. Hill spent eight years in various development roles at Penn Medicine, Princeton Medical Center, and three years as director of development at the Stuart Country Day School of The Sacred Heart. Prior to her development career, Linda worked as a clinical pharmacist before launching and leading a medical communications company, WriteChoice Inc., for 15 years. Linda holds a Pharmacy Doctorate from the University of the Sciences in Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is involved with the local Association of Fundraising Professionals and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties.

Cynthia D. Jacques
Cynthia D. Jacques
Vice President Housing & Community Initiatives

“Working with seniors has been so enjoyable throughout my career. I find their honesty, vulnerability and composure charming. I completely respect and enjoy the richness they add to life,” states Cynthia.

Cynthia is a Certified Assisted Living Administrator (CALA) and Certified Social Worker (CSW) with over 25 years’ experience in senior care, housing and social work. An associate of United Methodist Communities since 2000, Cynthia brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization.

“I appreciate that I am encouraged to use my best and most natural skills to contribute to such a quality organization. I am also proud that my work directly impacts issues important to older adults, who are often marginalized and powerless. I feel a fierceness when I speak on their behalf.“

Cynthia has her B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Counseling and Human Services, and specialized training in dementia care, mental health and counseling.

Her hobbies include art, socializing and listening to new music. Cynthia and her husband Bob, enjoy the beach and vacations a few times a year.

Cynthia explains,“Working hard at something you love is very fulfilling. Being appreciated for what you do is precious, and I am blessed to have both.”

Bob Peterson
Bob Peterson
Vice President of Finance

“I love working to bring together the clinical, operational and financial apects of an organization together.  I believe that bringing these areas together so that they are all moving in the same direction is the key to success” says Bob.

Bob is a CPA with over 30 years of experience in various aspects of finance and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. He has spent most of his career working with not-for-profit organizations and has always liked their mission based aspect. Bob oversees the financial operations of UMC that entails working closely with the management team at the home office as well as the teams in our communities and home care division.

Bob is a big sports fan and have coaching youth recreation and travel baseball since 2006. He is married and has two sons who have been playing baseball since they were 5 years old.

David S. Rayha
David S. Rayha
Vice President of Operations

Dave has strategic oversight and management of UMC’s four full-service communities. He has spent the bulk of his career working for faith-based, not-for-profit organizations and brings over 34 years’ experience in management and senior level leadership. This includes eight years as vice president of operations/chief operating officer at Brethren Village Retirement Community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Previous positions as an administrator or executive director at Bellingham Retirement Community and Willow Valley Retirement Communities, also in Pennsylvania, add to his extensive experience. Skills in strategic planning, project management, oversight of renovation and new construction, regulatory compliance, accreditations and surveys, contract management and negotiations, benchmarking, and more, complement Dave’s academic degrees.

He holds a Master of Public Administration with concentration in Health Care Management from the Pennsylvania State University and two degrees from York College of Pennsylvania: a Bachelor of Science in Long Term Care Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation. Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA) and Personal Care Administrator certifications add to his credentials.

“I am excited to be part of an organization with a strong history of a successful commitment to the community and a forward-thinking approach to resident care,” comments Mr. Rayha.

During leisure time, Dave enjoys watching and attending sporting events, golfing, fishing, organic gardening, and spending time with his family.

Roberta K. Voloshin
Roberta K. Voloshin
Vice President of Marketing and Communications

As the vice president of marketing and communications, Robbie is responsible for all facets of marketing and communications. She came to United Methodist Communities in 2006 with more than 20 years of experience at Cooper Wheelock. She holds a B.A. in Business Marketing from Montclair State University, is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt with experience in team building and process improvement, and is a Certified Marketing Professional.

“Working in the senior services field provides a daily opportunity to transform lives,” states Robbie. “Working for a faith-based, mission-driven organization with the caliber of teammates at United Methodist Communities is a joy.”

Working her way through the ranks to become corporate director of marketing and communications, her background includes strategic planning, program development, project management, market analysis, branding, customer service, and internet marketing management.

In her spare time Robbie loves reading, cooking and spending time with her husband George and their two children, Katie and Kyle.

Elizabeth P. Andersen
Elizabeth P. Andersen
Corporate Director of Compliance & Risk Management

As corporate director of compliance and risk management, Elizabeth has opportunities to engage her interest in healthcare, assist in meeting the needs of many seniors and use her legal training. Prior to joining United Methodist Communities, Elizabeth worked in compliance and risk management for a regional healthcare system, in private practice and as a civil law clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Elizabeth earned her B.B.A. in Marketing and B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Notre Dame, her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law and a B.A. in Biology from Rutgers University. Attaining Certification Professional in Aging Services Risk Manager (CPASRM) and Certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC ) adds to her credentials.

Elizabeth loves the different challenges and learning opportunities presented every day. She most enjoys visiting associates in all United Methodist Communities’ locations and assisting them to make their communities safer for residents.

In her spare time Elizabeth likes to read, try new recipes and spend time with her husband.

Julie Ellis
Julie Ellis
Corporate Controller

Julie is the Corporate Controller for United Methodist Communities. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of San Diego and has 25 years of experience in both non-profit and public accounting.

Julie enjoys the challenges of accounting, especially pulling together pieces of data to reveal a financial story. She loves that her work contributions positively impact everyone organization-wide. When not working, Julie enjoys kayaking, camping, the beach, and spending time with her family.

Pam Garofolo
Pam Garofolo
Corporate Director of Tapestries

Bio coming soon

Travis Gleinig
Travis Gleinig
Chief Information Officer

Travis Gleinig has over a decade of Information Technology experience and has worked at United Methodist Communities for 8 years, serving the last 3 years as the Corporate Director of Information Technology and CIO. Travis provides leadership to ensure the continued development of a robust and secure IT environment throughout UMC. Having helped lead the digital transformation at UMC, Travis has a passion for innovation and strives to keep UMC at the forefront of technology in aging services.

“For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for technology. My cybersecurity background is very useful in the heavily-regulated healthcare world. Using new technology to create solutions to unique problems and seeing its impact on our residents’ quality of life is very rewarding,” says Travis.

From his perspective, a strong, proactive IT department enables other departments to take care of their responsibilities in more efficient and streamlined ways and translates to better care to our residents.

In his spare time, Travis likes to read about history and psychology, the outdoors, cooking, and fitness. He is also a six year veteran of the New Jersey National Guard.

Patty Koepplinger
Patty Koepplinger
Executive Assistant

Patricia has over 25 years’ experience as an executive assistant to high level personnel. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from Queens College, City University of New York. Patricia holds an active New Jersey Real Estate License, is a Notary Public and volunteers at ARC.

Patricia’s passion for a rewarding profession serving the public good was found at United Methodist Communities. Further, she is pleased to work for an organization with a culture committed to demonstrating compassion and unsurpassed care for seniors. 

“When I get up every morning I look forward to starting my day and engaging with great ethical people,” says Patricia. When not working Patricia likes to spend time with her two children, family and friends and visit the ocean.

DaLinda Love
DaLinda Love
Corporate Director of Clinical Services

Nursing is a calling for DaLinda Love, corporate director of clinical services. “As an act of service, I chose nursing because I wanted to enable people to help themselves,” affirms DaLinda.

After earning a B.S. in Nursing and Biology from The College of New Jersey, she focused on individuals with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses in acute rehabilitation settings. As a rehab nurse, she helped patients achieve and maintain their optimal levels of function, including self-care, and promoted their physical, psycho-social and spiritual health.

Working in outpatient and inpatient settings in the long-term care and rehab, DaLinda has accumulated extensive knowledge regarding the treatment of disabilities and chronic illnesses. Her broad knowledge of state and federal regulatory requirements, ensures compliance within UMC.

In her current role, she serves as a resource and provides clinical guidance to UMC’s directors of nursing, directors of residential life and other key clinicians. She supports and guides them during regulatory surveys and assists with follow up. As healthcare changed, she assumed different roles in long-term care. For the last 17 years, DaLinda has overseen clinical services in nursing homes and ensured assisted living resident satisfaction, and regulatory compliance.

To stay current in the field, she belongs to numerous professional nursing and health organizations including, American Nursing Informatics Association, American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination, American Assisted Living Nursing Association, National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and National Association for Healthcare Quality.

“Person centered care has given me the opportunity to know residents as individuals, how they lived and functioned before they came to us and to incorporate those same ways into the daily care and focus on wellness instead of sickness,” observes DaLinda.

When not working, DaLinda enjoys time with family and friends, music, concerts, watching old classic movies and going to church. She loves watching football, especially the Dallas Cowboys.

Deborah Walsh
Deborah Walsh
Corporate Director of Homecare Services

A graduate of Saint Clare’s School of Nursing, Deborah brings over 20 years’ experience in nursing, rehabilitation, home care, and family services.  In addition to Registered Nurse licensure in New York and New Jersey, she holds a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College and a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from Long Island University.

Deborah manages the operations and staff of HomeWorks and reflects, “My proven ability to manage programs, drive strategic and organizational goals, interface financial and clinical information, ensure legal compliance, and take a leadership role, are a good fit for this position.”

Her broad administrative experience includes positions as an intake supervisor, director of patient services, quality director, strategic planning, and marketing director. Prior to joining UMC, Deborah was chief strategy officer for Four Seasons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Brooklyn, New York.


Board of Directors

Nona Ostrove
Nona Ostrove
Chair

Currently in her second term on the Board of Directors and vice chair, Nona L. Ostrove has been in private law practice for over 35 years. After earning a B.A. magna cum laude from Allegheny College and election to Phi Beta Kappa, she pursed a J.D at Rutgers Law School. Located in Voorhees, her practice focuses on bankruptcy and community association law.

Nona’s volunteerism truly reflects her outlook. She remarks, “I believe in service to the community and I am drawn especially to the mission of United Methodist Communities to serve those who are among the most vulnerable — our senior citizens. All of us may need that care someday.”

At her local church, she chairs the building team and is secretary for the The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey Board of Trustees. As an active member of the Rutgers Camden Pro Bono Project, Nona accepts assignments from South Jersey Legal Services and New Jersey Legal Services.

In 2001, the New Jersey State Bar Association recognized her as the Pro Bono Award winner. Appearances on local television programs; speaking on panels, forums and conferences; and organizing legal conferences, also allow her opportunities for service.

Beside two bar associations, the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Camden County Bar Association, Nona’s professional memberships include the American Bankruptcy Institute, Community Associations Institute and the New Jersey Bankruptcy Trustee Association. As a testimony and demonstration to her community commitment, she is a charter member and trustee of the New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyer’s Foundation.

During leisure time, she relishes outdoor activities including skiing, biking and gardening.

Rosa Williams
Rosa Williams
Vice Chair

Although a retired director of nursing at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, Rosa wants to continue using her gifts and skills, which motivate her volunteerism on the United Methodist Communities Board of Directors.

With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pace University and Master of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University, Rosa brings extensive knowledge including certification in Adult Nursing and Geriatrics.

She cites, “The board is a group of people that love United Methodist Communities and the people they serve,” as her inspiration for joining its board of directors. As a volunteer, her skills and experience complement the organizational focus: teaching, program development, public speaking, healthcare management and administration, and nursing.

In addition to serving the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey as a Lay Leader, Rosa currently chairs both the Board of Laity and the Nominations Committee.

Robert Dietz
Robert Dietz
Board Treasurer

Bio coming soon

Richard Rinck
Richard Rinck
Secretary

Richard Rinck is a marketing veteran with a versatile background that includes strategic market planning, brand development, program design and implementation, advertising, public relations, sales support, market research, and product management. He is a respected leader with exceptional vision, communication skills, teamwork emphasis, and a drive for results with a history of successful service business responsibility.

Richard holds a BA in Psychology from Stockton State College (now Stockton University), an MBA in Marketing with a Finance concentration from Monmouth University, and has undertaken some graduate level coursework in Experimental Psychology at Villanova University. In addition to his service with United Methodist Communities, Richard serves on the board of GNJUMC’s A Future With Hope and lends his expertise to  various energy and geothermal technology organizations.

Judy Colorado
Judy Colorado

Judy Colorado, RN, BSN, MA, NE-BC, serves as the Chief Nurse/Executive of Patient Care Services for RWJ Barnabas Health’s Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus. As a senior leader with over 28 years of nursing leadership experience, Ms. Colorado provides oversight of all nursing care areas and activities, as well as oversight of specific clinical services like Wound Care Center, Emergency Services, Perioperative Services, and more. She maintains membership in many healthcare-related professional affiliation groups and is deeply committed to mentoring future generations of nurse leaders.

Ms. Colorado earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Philippine Christian University’s Mary Johnston College of Nursing (Manila, Philippines) and her Master of Arts in Hospital & Nursing Administration from NYU (New York, New York). She is a board-certified Nurse Executive under the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has completed 24 credits toward a Doctor of Healthcare Administration and Global Health Studies degree.

A consummate leader, in addition to her healthcare work Ms. Colorado is active in the United Methodist Church. She currently serves on various strategy and finance committees, chairs GNJ’s Board of Laity as the Conference Lay Leader, and focuses on growing multi-ethnic ministries within the denomination. Her service on United Methodist Communities Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees sits at the perfect intersection of her commitment to furthering innovative models of healthcare and her dedication to her faith.

Ms. Colorado and her husband Joseph, also a registered nurse, are blessed with three children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, traveling, reading a good book, and writing poetry.

Rev. Edward H. Carll
Rev. Edward H. Carll

Rev. Edward Holmes Carll holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Western Maryland College, a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also taken graduate classes in the Holocaust and Genocide program at Stockton University.

Growing up in the Elmer area and a member of the Elmer United Methodist Church, he answered a call to ministry and worked as an ordained clergyperson for 37+ years.

“I love building up relationships within congregations and communities which draws the circle of God’s love wider and wider and sharing the grace of Jesus Christ with everyone God places on my path,” reflects Ed.

As a pastor, he has been involved in Domestic Violence Community Response in Ocean County, disaster response work through Church World Service and has held leadership positions in Habitat for Humanity.

Beside serving as vice chair on the UMC Foundation board, Ed also enjoys fly fishing, salt water angling, singing in choral ensembles and church choirs, canoeing, kayaking, international travel for mission education, family beach vacations with his grandchildren, and playing trumpet in the Community Jazz Band.

Doug Fullman
Doug Fullman

Douglas C. Fullman serves on the Finance Committee of the UMC Board of Directors, as well as the UMC Foundation Board of Trustees. He holds a BA in History from Emory and Henry College (Emory, VA), and brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit administration, finance, and philanthropy. He shares that UMC’s “top-notch quality in administration, mission achievement, and quality of care” compelled him to lend his expertise to UMC’s boards.

Doug spent many years working with Boy Scouts of America in a variety of leadership roles, including Regional Program Director of the Northeast Region (Jamesburg, NJ), Finance and Public Relations Director of the Robert E. Lee Council (Richmond, VA), and the District Executive M/M for the National Capital Area Council (Washington, D.C.). During his time with BSA, he was honored with the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards for council level and regional level service. He also achieved the Distinguished Eagle Award, which recognizes Eagle Scouts who have gone on to serve their community for 25 years. Doug is still involved with BSA and currently sits as Advancement Chairman of the Washington Crossing Council.

Doug’s commitment to serving seniors extends beyond his involvement with UMC. He currently chairs the New Jersey State Committee for AARP, and he serves as President of the Plainsboro Senior Citizen Club. He also volunteers with Princeton United Methodist Church’s Worship and Nominating Committees.

When Doug is not volunteering, he enjoys geocaching and spending time with family. He and his late wife, the Rev. Margaret G. “Peggy” Fullman, were blessed with two children and three grandchildren.

Grant G. Karsner
Grant G. Karsner

Dr. Grant G. Karsner joined the United Methodist Communities Foundation, Board of Directors in 2017. Motivated by servant leadership and a desire to help others in their earthly journeys, he feels, “UMC serves the most vulnerable with abundant life choices. Our challenge as leaders is to discern God’s plan in a rapidly-evolving world.”

A long professional career testifies to his statement, “I enjoy and embrace significant leadership challenges.” While still in high school, Grant joined the labor pool at Mobil Oil in 1970 for summer employment. Forty-seven years, three degrees, seventeen positions, fourteen patents, and six locations later, Grant retired as vice president of ExxonMobil’s global Product Technology organization. In his last assignment, he led 500+ people in twenty-five countries and nine laboratories.

The three degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and Master and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Reflecting humility, he sees his gifts as, “All God-enabled by talents borrowed while here on earth.”

Grant has devised “four pillars” to his evolving role as a servant leader, reflected by how he uses his time: president of the South Seaville Camp Meeting, an organization founded in 1863 which holds an annual two-week camp session amid 90 gingerbread cottages surrounding an open-air tabernacle; lay leader and member of St. Peters United Methodist Church and its Praise Team; growing skills and following Jesus’ footsteps as a carpenter; and lastly, board member with United Methodist Communities.

Retirement permits more time with his wife of 43 years, three adult children and six grandchildren.

Jana Purkis-Brash
Jana Purkis-Brash

Jana has 35 years of pastoral ministry experience in diverse settings within GNJUMC and is currently the Executive Director of the GNJ Stewardship Foundation. She holds a master’s degree in Divinity.

“In all the time that I have served in ministry I have had a commitment to support the ministry of United Methodist Communities. Now, serving on the board, I see even more clearly the commitment of leadership and staff to live out the mission of abundant living through a ministry of service” says Jana. She is inspired by UMC’s commitment to serve residents compassionately and respectfully and a dedication to always be looking at ways to offer the best available services to residents.

Jana is married to Donald Brash, a professor at Palmer Theological School. They have one daughter, Leah, and two grandchildren. She enjoys days at the Jersey shore, cooking, walking and hiking trails in NJ and PA, and adventures with the grandchildren.

Rebecca W. Stanislaw
Rebecca W. Stanislaw

Dr. Rebecca W. Stanislaw joined the United Methodist Communities Board of Directors in 2020 — amidst the special challenges of a pandemic that has touched all of our ministries.

Motivated by her desire to serve, she uses her skills as an editor and writer and her experiences in higher education and real estate to further Christian witness among a growing population and obvious need. She sees this as an extension of her activities at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Ocean City where she has been on the Council and a leader of the Staff Parish Relations Committee.

Rebecca earned a Diploma in Biblical Studies from Cairn University, a B.S. in Education at Lock Haven University, Master of Arts in English at Bloomsburg University, and her Ph.D. at Ball State University, where she was retained as a member of the faculty until relocating to New Jersey. Previously, she served on the faculty of California of Pennsylvania University. Upon moving to Ocean City, Rebecca became a sales associate with Goldcoast Sotheby’s International Realty. In that role she earned the “Circle of Excellence” and membership in the NJAR Distinguished Sales Club.

She and her husband Dick have three adult children and five grandchildren.

Bishop John R. Schol
Bishop John R. Schol
Greater New Jersey Annual Conference

Bishop John Schol was consecrated a bishop in 2004 after 25 years of experience as a pastor, denominational executive and nonprofit executive director. He has led global initiatives, the development of affordable housing and grown congregations and ministries during each of his assignments.

As a bishop, he first led the Baltimore-Washington Conference, where he guided the conference in new health and vitality initiatives. In 2012, he was assigned to lead The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey and in that role, has assisted church leaders in developing and implementing a strategic plan to create vital congregations. Already, the conference has or is near achieving its 2018 goals.

Under his leadership, the conference created new resources for clergy and laity, including coaching and cohort groups and Team Vital, a comprehensive resource for congregations on the path to vitality. In response to Superstorm Sandy, A Future With Hope formed and has repaired more than 210 homes using more than 10,500 volunteers. Hailing from 37 states, they have logged in 250,000 hours of volunteer service and raised more than $12 million for this five-year effort.

He and his wife Beverly have three children and one grandchild.

Gavin Stobie
Gavin Stobie

Gavin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rutgers University. He works as an IT project manager for Prudential. A career highlight was being a member of the team that brought Japanese business systems into Prudential managed data centers, a challenging four-year project. It gave Gavin the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture and business practices.

Gavin is inspired by the excellent care, the thoughtful leadership in a constantly changing environment of senior care, and the mission focus and compassion of leadership and staff in caring for seniors. “I have personally witnessed the need for senior care and the excellence with which UMC provides that care through my in-laws. In addition, as Christians we are called to help widows and orphans. UMC cares for seniors, many of whom are widows and widowers, so I see serving on the board as one way to fulfill this mission” says Gavin.

Gavin has been married to Susan Mearns Stobie for 35 years. They have four adult children (three are married) Megan and Nate, Gavin, Bethany and Jacob, Hannah and David, and one grandchild, Lucy. Gavin and Sue are thankful to serve in their church, leading marriage and family classes, and serving as small group leaders. In his spare time Gavin enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and biking.

Stephen Wescott
Stephen Wescott

Stephen Wescott, a Certified Financial Planner CFP® since 1986, is a partner at a financial planning and asset management firm which manages over $350 million in assets for individuals and small business.

Serving his first term on the board, Stephen feels, “I have been very fortunate to be part of building a very successful business. The best way to give back is to help support an organization that helps others.”

“United Methodist Communities’ employees’ passion of to fulfill the mission, care for our precious seniors and provide them the utmost dignity in their later years, is what inspires me to volunteer my time,” observes Stephen.

As an avid road biker and mountain hiker, Stephen enjoys being outdoors. In winter, he takes pleasure in winter activities such as skiing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Rev. William M. Williams, III
Rev. William M. Williams, III

Term: September 2020

5 years of corporate and finance experience before entering vocational ordained ministry. Currently District Superintendent in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference and Chief Missional Strategist of the Gateway North District of United Methodist Churches. Recipient of the NAACP Freedom Fund Community Service Award

I am compelled to live my Christian calling by working with like-minded individuals to help ensure vulnerable members of our communities are cared for as they age. UMC is one of God’s gifts to our communities.

UMC is spiritually, mentally, and financially committed to ensuring all partners, staff, and board members live in practical ways the values of compassion, respect, stewardship, and service. These things are manifestations of love. I am inspired to do my part to ensure all are free to choose to live an abundant life of love.

In my spare time, I choose to laugh with my family –my wife Joyce, and three children, Julia, William, IV, and James. I enjoy gardening and learning new things.


Foundation Board of Trustees

Grant G. Karsner
Grant G. Karsner
Chair

Dr. Grant G. Karsner joined the United Methodist Communities Foundation, Board of Directors in 2017. Motivated by servant leadership and a desire to help others in their earthly journeys, he feels, “UMC serves the most vulnerable with abundant life choices. Our challenge as leaders is to discern God’s plan in a rapidly-evolving world.”

A long professional career testifies to his statement, “I enjoy and embrace significant leadership challenges.” While still in high school, Grant joined the labor pool at Mobil Oil in 1970 for summer employment. Forty-seven years, three degrees, seventeen positions, fourteen patents, and six locations later, Grant retired as vice president of ExxonMobil’s global Product Technology organization. In his last assignment, he led 500+ people in twenty-five countries and nine laboratories.

The three degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and Master and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Reflecting humility, he sees his gifts as, “All God-enabled by talents borrowed while here on earth.”

Grant has devised “four pillars” to his evolving role as a servant leader, reflected by how he uses his time: president of the South Seaville Camp Meeting, an organization founded in 1863 which holds an annual two-week camp session amid 90 gingerbread cottages surrounding an open-air tabernacle; lay leader and member of St. Peters United Methodist Church and its Praise Team; growing skills and following Jesus’ footsteps as a carpenter; and lastly, board member with United Methodist Communities.

Retirement permits more time with his wife of 43 years, three adult children and six grandchildren.

Lawrence D. Carlson
Lawrence D. Carlson
Treasurer/Secretary

The President and CEO of United Methodist Communities since 2011, Larry envisions his work not as just a career, but a calling. Larry brings over 35 years of diverse experience in eldercare administration including continuing care retirement communities, long-term skilled nursing, post-acute rehabilitation, congregate housing, adult day health, and assisted living with expertise in operations, strategic planning, board development, new project design and development.

As the leader of a faith-based, nonprofit organization, Larry appreciates both the challenges and the rewards. He enjoys the privilege of interfacing with a diverse group of people, including fellow associates, united in their commitment to facilitate abundant life for seniors. Most of all, the strong mission driven focus at United Methodist Communities brings a harmonious and compatible balance among professional fulfillment, more practical life considerations and his personal values.

In concert with our board, executive leadership as well as other industry professionals, UMC has benefitted from Larry’s drive for innovation and excellence in every facet of operation.

“As a longstanding leader in healthcare, United Methodist Communities strategic direction continues to reflect the needs and desires of current and future generations of older adults. The possibilities are truly inspiring and compel me to look forward to each new day,” beams Larry.

Larry seizes every opportunity to see his three daughters and his two grandchildren. During leisure time, he and Melanie, his best friend and wife of 42 years, love to experience New York, Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore. This usually translates into a sporting event, museum, Broadway show, riding his Harley, or sitting alongside the backyard fire pit.

Tracy Bartlett
Tracy Bartlett

Bio coming soon

Judy Colorado
Judy Colorado

Bio Coming Soon

Rev. Edward H. Carll
Rev. Edward H. Carll

Rev. Edward Holmes Carll holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Western Maryland College, a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also taken graduate classes in the Holocaust and Genocide program at Stockton University.

Growing up in the Elmer area and a member of the Elmer United Methodist Church, he answered a call to ministry and worked as an ordained clergyperson for 37+ years.

“I love building up relationships within congregations and communities which draws the circle of God’s love wider and wider and sharing the grace of Jesus Christ with everyone God places on my path,” reflects Ed.

As a pastor, he has been involved in Domestic Violence Community Response in Ocean County, disaster response work through Church World Service and has held leadership positions in Habitat for Humanity.

Beside serving as vice chair on the UMC Foundation board, Ed also enjoys fly fishing, salt water angling, singing in choral ensembles and church choirs, canoeing, kayaking, international travel for mission education, family beach vacations with his grandchildren, and playing trumpet in the Community Jazz Band.

Doug Fullman
Doug Fullman

Bio coming soon

Virginia Tesch
Virginia Tesch

Virginia H. Tesch, assistant secretary on the UMC Foundation board, has over 30 years’ experience in the banking industry. She began as a full time teller with a small community bank and worked her way up through various positions in Provident Bank. Positions as branch manager for single and multiple locations from Brick Township to Ocean Grove and working as a team leader, led to her current job as area manager for Provident Bank’s Wall Township, Manasquan and Ocean Grove offices.

Following graduation from Manasquan High School, she earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Psychology from Montclair State University. Since Virginia has always enjoyed working with money, she landed in the financial environment. Complementing her banking skills, she is also a notary for the State of New Jersey.

With a commitment to public service, she has served on the boards of the YMCA Camp Zehnder and the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the Staff Parish Relations Committee at the Manasquan United Methodist Church.

“I love my job because it allow me to get out and meet people. I love learning their stories and helping them to achieve their dreams. I love it when a vision becomes a reality— it’s so rewarding to know that I have helped to make that happen,” beams Virginia.

In her spare time she enjoys travel, especially to the Caribbean, dancing, gardening, and watching plays and movies. She lives in Brick, NJ with her family.

Stephen Wescott
Stephen Wescott

Stephen Wescott, a Certified Financial Planner CFP® since 1986, is a partner at a financial planning and asset management firm which manages over $350 million in assets for individuals and small business.

Serving his first term on the board, Stephen feels, “I have been very fortunate to be part of building a very successful business. The best way to give back is to help support an organization that helps others.”

“United Methodist Communities’ employees’ passion of to fulfill the mission, care for our precious seniors and provide them the utmost dignity in their later years, is what inspires me to volunteer my time,” observes Stephen.

As an avid road biker and mountain hiker, Stephen enjoys being outdoors. In winter, he takes pleasure in winter activities such as skiing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Joseph A. Zigler
Joseph A. Zigler

Bio coming soon


Executive Directors and Housing Administrators

James Clancy
James Clancy
Executive Director - Collingswood

Jim has over 35 years of healthcare experience to his credit, 20 of those as an administrator, and has been with United Methodist Communities since January 2004. He started his career as a nursing assistant at the age of 16.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from LaSalle University and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Jim loves coming to work because of the “outstanding team of individuals that are more like a family, rather than just coworkers.”

Outside of the office Jim has been very active in the Masonic fraternity and served twice as president of the Rotary Club of Pitman. Jim enjoys travel, concerts, shows, music and has been known to play the saxophone.

Jeanette Edghill
Jeanette Edghill
Corporate Manager of Housing - Home Office

Jeanette’s qualifications and experience contribute to her reputation as the go-to person among United Methodist Communities’ senior housing staff.  An Associate’s Degree in Business from Union County College complements her credentials: Certified Professional of Occupancy, Fair Housing Compliance, Homeland Security Emergency Management and Planning. This background and her position as a Housing Commissioner for the City of Plainfield make her highly respected by management, peers, associates and residents.

Dedicated to her duties, Jeanette considers it more of a ministry than a job. “I view myself as a servant and I am attracted to serving the most vulnerable,” states Jeanette.

In her position as United Methodist Communities’ corporate manager of housing, Jeanette brings over 18 years’ experience in senior housing, including many as administrator of Covenant Place. She oversees, trains and provides technical support to the housing administrators; verifies processing and payment of HUD vouchers; and assists the vice president of senior housing with developing new properties and projects.

Jeanette likes to spend time cooking, entertaining family and friends and reading.

Gertrude Kehleay
Gertrude Kehleay
Housing Administrator - The Wesleyan

Gertrude received her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and her B.A. in Sociology/Psychology. She has over 25 years of experience as a senior housing administrator. Her accreditations include teaching certification, Certified Assisted Housing Manager, and Certified Professional of Occupancy.

Gertrude belongs to many organizations including LOFA, Ganta United Methodist School Alumni Association, The Liberian Association of North Jersey, Calvary-Roseville United Methodist Church Choir, as well as the head of its Prayer Ministry. As a native of Liberia in West Africa, she is passionate about LOFA. In the wake of the Civil War there, the organization helps place orphans and raises funds to help children get back on their feet, attend school and obtain school supplies.

Gertrude loves working with people, especially children and older adults. Coming to work everyday and making sure her residents are happy, brings her joy.

In her spare time, Gertrude likes to read; watch television; spend time with her family, two children and friends; and eat good homemade food.

Jeff Lisk
Jeff Lisk
Executive Director - Bristol Glen

Jeff attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Entrepreneurship and an Associate in Science Culinary Arts. Gaining valuable experience in senior living and healthcare since 2004, Jeff earned two licenses, Certified Assisted Living Administrator (CALA) in 2010, and in 2014, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA).

With extensive experience in hospitality management and senior care and several years as healthcare administrator of the Harris Healthcare Center, he gained valuable experiences, propelling him to become the Executive Director of Bristol Glen.

In his spare time Jeff enjoys cooking, hiking and golfing, however, he especially loves spending time with his two little daughters.

Michele Matthews
Michele Matthews
Executive Director - Pitman

Michele Matthews has been with United Methodist Communities at Pitman for over 10 years, first at the Assisted Living Administrator and is presently the Executive Director. Her career has been spent in the senior living field starting in high school. Michele immediately fell in love with the residents. “These folks are living history. I learn so much from their life stories compared to a history book”, says Michele. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Purdue University Global, is a Certified Assisted Living Administrator, and is currently pursing a Nursing Home Administrators License.

When asked what she loves about her job, Michele states “Sometimes families struggle with seeing their loved ones move into nursing homes or assisted living. I love working to help with those struggles and having a family and/or resident come to me and says thanks for listening and helping find a solution.

Michele has been happily married for 20 years and in her spare time enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, and entertaining.

Tanya Sweet Preston
Tanya Sweet Preston
Housing Administrator - Bishop Taylor

In 2000, Tanya joined the United Methodist Communities organization as a social service coordinator. In 2004, she was promoted to housing administrator with the responsibilities of overseeing the daily operation of Bishop Taylor and managing the Congregate Housing Services Program (CHSP). CHSP is funded by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and provides a wide variety of supportive services for eligible seniors to live independently.

Tanya, certified by National Affordable Housing Management Associates as a Certified Professional of Occupancy,  Fair Housing Compliance – Section 504, and Assisted Housing Manager.

Dominique Phillips
Dominique Phillips
Housing Administrator - PineRidge of Montclair

Dominique Phillips joined the United Methodist Communities team in 2017 and currently serves as Housing Administrator for PineRidge of Montclair, one of UMC’s affordable senior housing communities. A self-described people person, she has had a lifelong passion for assisting people and connecting them to services that will better their lives. Dominique especially loves working with older adults, sharing that, “Seeing smiles on my residents’ faces makes my day. You can always gain great knowledge and words of wisdom from our seniors.”

Dominique attended Essex County College and the Newark Business Training Institute of NJ and earned an Associates Degree in Business Administration. She also completed a Medical Assistant program at Eastwick College in Nutley, NJ and holds a Certified Professional of Occupancy credential.

Outside of her work with UMC, Dominique lends her business and financial expertise to her sister’s realty business and co-founded The Giving Foundation, a North Jersey nonprofit aimed at providing women in the local community with mentorship and counseling to reach their full potential.

India Santos
India Santos
Housing Administrator - Covenant Place

India states, “I did not chose this field … it chose me. I guess the Lord knew what He wanted me to do.” India has over 13 years of experience in various senior housing roles and attended Hudson County Community College. She is a Certified Professional of Occupancy and Accredited Residential Manager.

Experience as both an administrative assistant and assistant housing administrator at Bishop Taylor, and housing administrator at PineRidge of Montclair, most recently led to her current position as housing administrator at Covenant Place. “I love having the freedom to express my creativity and provide good service to residents. I still encounter the thrill of the unexpected each day.”

In her spare time, India appreciates nature and loves the outdoors, particularly on sunny days. She has a natural love for the arts and enjoys spending time with her family.

Kathryn Speer
Kathryn Speer
Housing Administrator - Wesley by the Bay

Kathryn Speer, Housing Administrator of United Methodist Communities at Wesley by the Bay brings more than 30 years’ experience managing property, 11 of those as a senior property manager. Some of her past responsibilities include billing, leasing, processing legal filings, day-to-day operations, budget management, maintenance, supervising renovation projects, and new property construction.

She attended Montgomery County Community College, in Blue Bell, PA. After taking many courses with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), she observed, “It’s a national organization that teaches everything you ever wanted to know about property management.”

Kathryn was chosen Accredited Residential Manager of the year by IREM’s Delaware Valley Chapter for her work promoting ARM education and certification, conducting educational seminars, coordinating breakfast meetings with speakers, and for charity efforts.

“I have always enjoyed working with seniors and have a very soft spot in my heart for them. In my opinion, they make the best residents. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with them,” stated Kathryn.

Outside of work, she enjoys time with her grandson and rescuing and securing homes for animals, especially hard-to-place dogs. Anyone looking for a dog should see Kathryn!


Directors Emeriti

John W. Bishop
Rev. Robert L. Boettner
Rev. David E. Dutcher
Barbara L. Harris
Dean Livingston
Rev. Virginia Samuel Cetuk
Rev. Dr. H. Alden Welch