Leadership & Board

Leadership & Board

Steering Group

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.A. in Marketing and 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), 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.

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.

John D. Callanan
John D. Callanan
Corporate Director of Mission & Pastoral Care

John graduated, Cum Laude, from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA, with a B.A. in History in 1984 and from The Theological School at Drew University in Madison, NJ, Cum Laude, with a M.Div. degree in 1990. He is an ordained United Methodist minister (Elder) in the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey. He is endorsed for Chaplaincy in a Retirement Community Setting by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency, Board Certified as a Chaplain through the Board of Chaplaincy Certification, and is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains.

John has over 30 years of ministry experience and has provided care for older adults in multiple settings. He has served as a pastor in three United Methodist churches, as  hospice, hospital and port chaplains, and as a pastoral educator in two acute care hospitals. He served as the chaplain at United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen before assuming his current role. In his present position, he is implementing a multi-dimensional program of mission celebration and education to help United Methodist Communities re-energize its system identity as a ministry.

He states, “It’s a tremendous privilege to serve our residents and to work with great colleagues in a ministry which places such a high value on spiritual care and mission. We do what we do, not because we are offering a “product,” but because we are called by God to make a difference in the lives of others. We provide compassionate service in community, not so that our residents can merely exist, or that we can just bring home a paycheck, but so we can all thrive and experience the fullness in life which Jesus affirmed is God’s intention for us. “

John is also the Historian for the Greater New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church and a member of the Conference Commission on Archives and History. He brings a passion for Methodist history and Wesleyan mission to his role of shaping and interpreting the mission, vision and values of United Methodist Communities.

He and his wife Ellen live in Rockaway, NJ, with their cat, Mara. His other interests include gardening, drawing, history and trains both large and small!

Amy Covello
Amy Covello
Corporate Director of Sales

“Working with seniors is so rewarding, especially helping them discover ways to improve their lives. I cannot imagine a better career choice. It’s what I love to do,” states Amy, who has over 10 years of experience in senior living and care. Amy holds a B.A. in English from Stony Brook University and studied Computer Science at the College of Naples.  As a former entrepreneur, Amy owned two successful businesses and is also a licensed real estate agent in New Jersey. 

In the course of her job, Amy loves visiting the communities, working with the loving associates, and spending time with the residents every day. “It’s a joy to help grow the communities and to be able to get involved in helping create more future residents, so they too can enjoy a fuller happier life,” reflects Amy.

Outside of work, Amy loves spending time with her son and two toy poodles. She and her husband enjoy motorcycle rides, dining out and word games.

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.

Travis Gleinig
Travis Gleinig
Manager of Information Technology

With Microsoft Certified Information Technology (IT) Professional, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate, VMWare Datacenter Virtualization Associate certifications, Travis and is currently completing a B.S. in Information Technology at Central Michigan University. He recently attained a Bachelor’s Certificate in Cybersecurity there. With eight years of IT experience, the last five at United Methodist Communities as a technician and then information security analyst, Travis is now manager of information technology.

“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.

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.

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.”

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

Bio coming soon

Carol B. McKinley
Carol B. McKinley
Vice President of Operations

Carol attended West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, where her grandmother also lived. This gave her the opportunity to witness the failing health of her grandmother and grandmother’s friends. Learning about their physical, mental and psycho-social losses, created her calling to work in healthcare.

Carol graduated with a B.A. in Social Work with a specialization in medical social work. Later, she continued her studies at Boston University and received her Master of Social Work with a specialization in medical social work and gerontology, and the Louis Lowy Certificate in Gerontological Social Work. In 2009, Carol graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership with a specialization in not-for-profit administration.

For over 30 years, Carol has worked in multiple healthcare settings including chronic care, acute care, hospice, continuing care retirement communities (CCRC), skilled nursing, and assisted living facilities. Her experience includes strategic planning, program development, oversight of renovation and new construction, person-centered care, value proposition development, and partnership development with insurance carriers and hospitals.

Carol states, “I love United Methodist Communities’ proactive approach in making change for its seniors — the very reason I felt called to healthcare. United Methodist Communities do not wait for change to happen. It lives its mission.”

In Carol’s spare time she enjoys being with her family, camping, hiking, the beach, and reading. She also likes to be creative playing the piano, guitar, singing, and composing music. As an active member of her church, Carol sings with the praise band.

Susan Sharp
Susan Sharp
Corporate Director of Philanthropy

Susan brings more than 13 years’ experience in faith-based philanthropy. A Master of Public Arts in Philanthropic Studies from the Lily School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and a B.A. in Communications from Indiana University, complement her status as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

Prior to joining United Methodist Communities Foundation, Susan served Sandy Cove Ministries as director of mission advancement. Her experience includes overseeing all phases of capital, major, annual and planned gift processes, expanding revenue and managing special events.

Roberta K. Voloshin
Roberta K. Voloshin
Corporate Director of Marketing

As the corporate director 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.

Richard D. Wilson
Richard D. Wilson
Vice President of Finance

Richard loves helping United Methodist Communities accomplish its mission. He was brought into the healthcare field through a prior position, which brought him to United Methodist Communities in 1991. Richard received his B.A. from the University of Delaware and his M.B.A. from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management and is a Certified Public Accountant. In his spare time Richard likes to read, and play and watch sports.


Board of Directors

John W. Bishop
John W. Bishop
Treasurer

Bio coming soon

Hector Burgos
Hector Burgos

Bio coming soon

Rev. Richard Carlson
Rev. Richard Carlson

Rev. Richard L. Carlson’s outlook positively confirms his choice to live at United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen. He reflects, “In the 40 years I have been involved in elder care, I have found that United Methodist Communities has ranked extremely high in resident care, regulatory compliance and forward-looking service.”

From 1977 to 1999, Dick served as administrator of Methodist Manor, a community owned and operated by United Methodist Communities until it closed in 2001. Prior to securing licensure as a nursing home administrator, he earned a B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace and a Bachelor’s of Divinity from Hartford Theological Seminary. After ordination, he was commissioned as an overseas missionary in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and assigned to The Church of Christ in Thailand from 1956 until 1974.

In addition to teaching English, History and Bible Studies in secondary schools and a college over the years, he evangelized, and served as field secretary and treasurer for the Disciples of Christ Mission in Bangkok. Some of the skills and experiences he gained in Thailand led the way for a career in healthcare: establishing a hospital and school, overseeing construction of a Christian guest house, board service, and various leadership positions.

United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen has been near to Dick’s heart. As a member of the Bristol Glen Project Committee, he helped to plan and manage every detail of the construction. Subsequently, he served on the Bristol Glen board from 1999 to 2007.

Reflecting on that service, he said, “I’m compelled to serve on United Methodist Communities’ board because it gives me the opportunity to be part of a group whose purpose is to serve older adults both today and tomorrow.”

In his local community, he volunteers with the First United Methodist Church in Newton on various committees and on the administrative board, as well as on the Newton Health Department’s Advisory Board. He also loves cooking and arts and crafts.

Rev. Virginia Samuel Cetuk
Rev. Virginia Samuel Cetuk
Chair

Virginia Samuel Cetuk graduated from Lycoming College with a B.A. in Philosophy. She continued her education at Drew Theological School where she received the Master of Divinity degree in 1975. Following graduation, she completed a basic unit of Clinical Pastoral Education followed by a 12 month residency in hospital chaplaincy. Virginia also received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

After serving as an associate pastor, a hospital chaplain and a hospice chaplain, she returned to Drew Theological in 1981 to direct the supervised ministry program. As the associate dean for contextual learning, she taught a seminar in Ministerial Leadership, Pastoral Leadership: The Church at Work, The Landscape of Loss: Pastoral Care of the Dying and Bereaved, and other classes.

Now retired, she’s reworking her book, What to Expect in Seminary: Theological Education as Spiritual Formation, and offers workshops on conflict resolution, death, dying and grief. These skills and experiences help her lead as chair of United Methodist Communities’ board of directors.

Judy Colorado
Judy Colorado

Bio coming soon

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.

Mandy Dana
Mandy Dana
Secretary

Before becoming a member and secretary on the UMC Board of Directors, Mandy Dana served on the Governance Committee and the Executive Board from 2010 to 2015. Since 2009, she has served on the Bristol Glen Board of Directors.

Mandy reports “My commitment to the board came through personal experience. I witnessed firsthand the extraordinary loving and compassionate care my mother received during eight years as a Bristol Glen resident.”

Her educational background includes a B.A. from Hartwick College. She brings over 30 years’ experience as a real estate broker and salesperson, 15 of those affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

In Hartwick Township, where she lives, she has been on the Board of Education for 10 years, including two terms as president. When time permits, she indulges in travel, golf and hiking.

Lawrence E. Johnson, III
Lawrence E. Johnson, III

Bio coming soon

Frank Kardashian
Frank Kardashian
Emeritus

Frank Kardashian has an incredible history of volunteerism in education, business, athletics, senior services, and his United Methodist faith. For 25 years, Frank served as chairman of the Middlesex County branch of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association. He also dedicated his time to the children of his town, serving as the president of the Spotswood Board of Education. An avid softball fan, Frank organized the Spotswood Recreation Department’s first girls’ softball league and personally sponsored a team of college-aged scholarship players in Edison.

Actively involved at Simpson United Methodist Church in Old Bridge, Frank heads the Facilities Planning Committee and diligently oversaw construction of a new church fellowship hall. Other organizations he supports includes the VFW of Old Bridge, the Veterans’ Memorial Home in Edison, and Old Bridge’s championship-winning senior softball league, of which, he is the co-founder.

His business experience at Dataram prompted an invitation to join a committee at United Methodist Communities, thus beginning his 15+ year involvement. In 2004, Frank accepted a nomination to the UMC Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees.  From  2008 to  2015 Frank chaired the Foundation board, and currently serves as an emeritus in addition to several board committees.

Frank is proud of his years serving and wholeheartedly supports the mission, devoting his time, consistently making donations, and acting as a strong ambassador. He feels a connection with our residents and enjoys seeing them happy. When asked why he continues to devote so much of his time volunteering, Frank sums it up beautifully, saying, “I feel grateful that God has given me these 80+ years to help people.”

Dean Livingston
Dean Livingston

With a longstanding relationship with United Methodist Communities, Dean Livingston observes, “The passion that the leadership team and associates have for bringing care to our residents is truly inspiring evidence of God’s presence. The leadership team is very forward-thinking.”

From 1972 to 2000, Dean had a wonderfully diverse, challenging and personally rewarding career at Prudential and Prudential Reinsurance Companies. Prior to retirement, as vice president of information technology, he and a  small team of high level facilitators coordinated IT roll outs for several large business departments.

This focus and teamwork improved the corporation’s success in delivering client services for worldwide, multi-platform applications. Earlier in his career, Livingston held both technical and management positions in almost every facet of information technology, including system software design, application software design, hardware, and network support.

From 1978 to 1986, he was system architect for the Prudential Reinsurance subsidiary’s systems department. This involved all aspects of defining and building their computer environment including application development and testing, internal system security design, hardware management, data base design, introduction of PCs, and cross platform integration.

One of Dean’s favorite projects, designing an actuarial database system, provided access to multiple sources for in-depth actuarial analysis. It helped determine pricing and reserve requirements for insuring space rocket launches, oil tankers and other unique projects.

At his church he managed a premier soccer team and assisted in children’s athletic activities. More recently, Dean chaired the Finance Committee, rang hand bells, and empowered a building renovation program.

Regarding service on United Methodist Communities board, he reports, “It is wonderfully fulfilling to work with people of faith who are called to excel in ministry to others by addressing tough business decisions with a balance of high compassion and strong stewardship.”

Both retired, Dean and his wife Laura, enjoy assisting their aging parents, visiting family, playing with their grandchildren, gardening, sailing, and genealogy.

Nona Ostrove
Nona Ostrove
Vice 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.

Jana Purkis-Brash
Jana Purkis-Brash

Bio coming soon

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

Bio coming soon

Jason N. Sunkett
Jason N. Sunkett

Bio coming soon

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.

Rosa Williams
Rosa Williams

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.


Foundation Board of Trustees

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.

Rev. Edward H. Carll
Rev. Edward H. Carll
Vice Chair

Bio coming soon

Richard Milne
Richard Milne

Bio coming soon

Nona Ostrove
Nona Ostrove
Vice 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.

Lee Schubert
Lee Schubert

Bio coming soon

Virginia Tesch
Virginia Tesch
Assistant Secretary

Bio coming soon

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.

Frank Kardashian
Frank Kardashian
Emeritus

Frank Kardashian has an incredible history of volunteerism in education, business, athletics, senior services, and his United Methodist faith. For 25 years, Frank served as chairman of the Middlesex County branch of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association. He also dedicated his time to the children of his town, serving as the president of the Spotswood Board of Education. An avid softball fan, Frank organized the Spotswood Recreation Department’s first girls’ softball league and personally sponsored a team of college-aged scholarship players in Edison.

Actively involved at Simpson United Methodist Church in Old Bridge, Frank heads the Facilities Planning Committee and diligently oversaw construction of a new church fellowship hall. Other organizations he supports includes the VFW of Old Bridge, the Veterans’ Memorial Home in Edison, and Old Bridge’s championship-winning senior softball league, of which, he is the co-founder.

His business experience at Dataram prompted an invitation to join a committee at United Methodist Communities, thus beginning his 15+ year involvement. In 2004, Frank accepted a nomination to the UMC Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees.  From  2008 to  2015 Frank chaired the Foundation board, and currently serves as an emeritus in addition to several board committees.

Frank is proud of his years serving and wholeheartedly supports the mission, devoting his time, consistently making donations, and acting as a strong ambassador. He feels a connection with our residents and enjoys seeing them happy. When asked why he continues to devote so much of his time volunteering, Frank sums it up beautifully, saying, “I feel grateful that God has given me these 80+ years to help people.”


Executive Directors and Housing Administrators

George Arezzo
George Arezzo
Executive Director - Bristol Glen

George Arezzo, who brings more than 35 years’ experience in health care, has oversight and management of Bristol Glen. The management team reports directly to him.

A Master of Public Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Rochester Institute of Technology complement LNHA (Licensed Nursing Home Administrator) certification in New Jersey and New York.

“United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen has a great reputation and I am glad to be a part of the organization. I look forward to continuing their commitment to quality care and service,” commented George.

Prior to joining United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen, George was campus executive director at Atrium Health and Senior Living in Little Falls, NJ. His experience as an executive director and health care administrator is broad in long-term care, sub-acute and assisted living settings.

Deede Bolger
Deede Bolger
Housing Administrator - Wesley by the Bay

Deede, a New Jersey Assisted Living Administrator and Certified Housing Professional, first got involved in the healthcare field, “because of the people I work with and for.”

Now three decades later, Deede is still with United Methodist Communities and is known for her tireless efforts and advocacy of the residents at Wesley by the Bay. A true leader in her community, she consistently receives positive feedback from her residents and associates.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and anything to do with horses.

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.

Jennifer Courlas
Jennifer Courlas
Executive Director - The Shores

During Jennifer’s time at Montclair State University, she completed an externship working with seniors. Through this experience, she chose elder care as her career path and the wisdom the seniors shared helped her life journey. After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology, Jennifer found herself in the healthcare field.

With over 30 years in the industry, Jennifer, a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a Certified Assisted Living Administrator, has managed many healthcare organizations including continuing care retirement, assisted living, and skilled nursing communities.

Jennifer says, “I most love the people at United Methodist Communities at The Shores. They are my extended family and I learn from them every day.”

In her spare time, Jennifer loves family time with her husband, two daughters and grandson. She is also an avid reader and enjoys relaxing at the beach.

Jeanette Edghill
Jeanette Edghill
Senior Housing Administrator - Covenant Place

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’ senior housing administrator, Jeanette 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.

At Covenant Place, she loves to plan social activities to celebrate and highlight special days. 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 accreditation’s 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.

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.

India Santos
India Santos
Housing Administrator - PineRidge of Montclair

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 then assistant housing administrator at Bishop Taylor, led to her current position as housing administrator at PineRidge of Montclair. “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.

James Scalese
James Scalese
Executive Director - Pitman

Bio coming soon

Deborah Walsh
Deborah Walsh
Executive Director of HomeWorks

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.


Directors Emeriti

Rev. Robert L. Boettner
Rev. David E. Dutcher
Barbara L. Harris
Rev. Carl H. Kearns
Morris L. Smith
Charles L. Tice
Rev. Dr. H. Alden Welch