Leadership & Board

Leadership & Board

Steering Group

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

Elizabeth finds healthcare fascinating and realizes the great need of the senior population. She wants a career where she can engage her interest in healthcare, assist in meeting the needs of many seniors and use her legal training. As Corporate Director of Compliance and Risk Management for United Methodist Communities she does all three. Prior to joining United Methodist Communities, Elizabeth worked in compliance and risk management for a regional healthcare system, engaged in the private practice of law and worked as a civil law clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Elizabeth earned herBBA in Marketing and BA in Art Studio from the University of Notre Dame, her JD from the Villanova University School of Law and a BA in Biology from Rutgers University. She holds a certification as a Professional in Aging Services Risk Manager (CPASRM). Elizabeth loves the fact that being a risk manager presents a different challenge and learning opportunity every day. She most enjoys visiting associates in all United Methodist Communities locations and assisting them in making their communities safer for residents and associates. 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

Larry, the President and CEO of United Methodist Communities, sees his work not so much a job, or even a career, but as a calling or a vocation. He countshimself very lucky to be able to make a living doing work that is in alignment with his values and the things that he believes in. Larry has over 35 years of diverse experience in multiple aspects of eldercare administration including CCRC, long term skilled nursing, post-acute rehabilitation, congregate housing, adult day health, and assisted living with particular expertise in operations, strategic planning, board development, new project design and development, and construction and start-up.

In his role, Larry has the privilege of interfacing with a diverse and committed group of people, both residents and fellow associates. At the same time, he provides leadership and influences the future of United Methodist Communities working with our Board, executive leadership as well as other industry professionals. His job is challenging but rewarding and he thinks his coworkers are awesome. It’s the perfect blend of culture and challenge. Larry states, “It seems to me that a lot of people have made peace with the idea that work is something that is separate from their values, from their passions and from their interests – something that fills the work day and pays the bills, and what they really want to do happens on the weekend and evenings. A mission driven organization like United Methodist Communities that seeks to facilitate compassionate community and living the abundant life for its clients and staff allows me to reconcile the two elements of seeking professional fulfillment and paying the bills.”

Larry is “crazy” for his three daughters and now his first grandchild. Any time that he can spend with them is awesome. Beyond that, he and his wife are enjoying the best New York, Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore has to offer; which usually translates into a sporting event, a museum or a Broadway show. Beyond that, he rideshis Harley on the back roads of the Jersey Shore or just sits by the backyard fire pit with his best friend Melanie; his wife of 42 years.

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. degree 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 Greater New Jersey Conference, the United Methodist Church, is endorsed for Chaplaincy in a Retirement Community Setting by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency, is Board Certified as a Chaplain through the Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc., and is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains.

John has over thirty years of ministry experience, where he has provided care for older adults in multiple settings. He has served as Pastor in three United Methodist Churches, as a hospice, hospital and port chaplain, and as a pastoral educator in two acute care hospitals. He served as the Chaplain at Bristol Glenin Newton, New Jersey, before assuming his current role. In his present position, he has created and implemented a multi-dimensional program of mission celebration and education that is helping 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 that we can all thrive and experience the fullness in life which Jesus affirmed is God’s intention for us. “

John is also the Conference 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-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 and a perfect skill set for me”, states Amy, who has over 10 years of experience in senior living and care. Amy holds a BA degree in English from Stony Brook University and studied Computer Science at the College of Naples. She is also a license real estate agent in New Jersey. Amy is a former entrepreneur, having owned two successful businesses.

Amy loves visiting communities, working with the loving associates, and spending time with the residents they serve 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. In her spare time Amy loves spending time with her son and two toy poodles. She and her husband enjoy motorcycle rides, dining out and word games. One last note, have a positive attitude every day and you will enjoy good health, success in your chosen career and a happy life!

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 that involves pulling together pieces of data and creating a financial story. She loves that what she does positively impacts everyone in the company and those we serve. When not working, Julie enjoys kayaking, camping and spending time on the beach which gives her the opportunity to spend time with her family.

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

Dave’s passion for healthcare was spurred by surviving cancer 35 years ago. He was so impressed with the care he received he made it his goal to work at the very hospital where he was treated. Five years later he was hired as the Assistant Director of Personnel at Riverview Medical Center. Dave has kept his career focused on not-for-profit healthcare ever since. His high regard for his grandparents, who were two of the most influential people in his life, helped steer him towards senior service and United Methodist Communities, where he serves as the Vice President of Human Resources. Dave loves being able to support and encourage our associates daily.

Dave graduated with a BS in Economics from Rutgers University and earned his MBA in Management from Monmouth University. He has more than 35 years of generalist and administrative HR experience end considers his work his mission in life. 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 am excited and look forward to what the future holds for United Methodist Communities”. In his spare time 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. The honesty, vulnerability and composure that older adults have is charming to me. I completely respect and enjoy the richness that older adults add to life,” states Cynthia.

Cynthia is a Certified Assisted Living Administrator (CALA) and Certified Social Worker (CSW) and has over 25 years of 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 that are important to older adults who are often marginalized and have lost their power. I feel a fierceness when I need to speak on their behalf.“

Cynthia has her BA in Psychology, MA in Counseling and Human Services, and specialized training in dementia care, mental health, and counseling.

Her hobbies include art and the beauty it brings to the living; socializing; listening to new music. Cynthia and her husband, Bob, enjoy the beaches and try to get away a few times a year.

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

Patty Koepplinger
Patty Koepplinger
Executive Assistant

Patricia has over 25 years of experience as an Executive Assistant to high level personnel. She earned her BA is 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, an organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Patricia’s passion was to find a rewarding profession serving the public good and she has found it at United Methodist Communities! The culture is one of people committed to demonstrating compassion and unsurpassed care for seniors. She is delighted to be part of an organization that is committed to older adults. “I am thankful to get up for work and look forward to starting my day, engaging with great ethical people”, says Patricia. When not working Patricia like to spend time with her two children, family and friend. She also loves to visit the ocean and take deep breathes.

DaLinda Love
DaLinda Love
Corporate Director of Clinical Services

Bio coming soon

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

While attending undergraduate school in Buckhannon, WV, Carol resided in the same town as her grandmother. During that time, she witnessed firsthand her failing health, as well as her grandmother’s friends’ various aging issues. In trying to support their worries and needs, Carol learned about their many losses physically, mentally, and psychosocially. She began to understand their profound issues around dignity and respect. It was this involvement as a young college student that created her calling to work in the health care field.

Carol would graduate from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA in Social Work and a specialization in medical social work. She would continue her studies at Boston University in Boston, MA, receiving her MSW in Social Work with a specialization in medical social work and gerontology. There she also received the Louis Lowy Certificate in Gerontological Social Work. In 2009, Carol graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA, with a Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership with a specialization in not-for-profit administration.

Carol has over 30 years of experience serving in multiple health care organizations including chronic care, acute care, hospice, continuing care retirement community (CCRC), skilled nursing, and assisted living. Her experience in the health care and senior living fields includes, strategic planning; program development; oversight of renovation and new construction; person-centered care; post-acute care strategy and implementation; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services bundled payment; value proposition development; and partnership development with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs); insurance carriers; and hospital systems. She has overseen the operations of several senior living communities and assisted in the implementation of innovations in care and wellness for residents within those communities.

Carol states, “I love United Methodist Communities because it is proactive in making change for our seniors; the very reason I felt called to the work in the first place. United Methodist Communities does not wait for change to happen to them; it sees what is coming and embraces it to the best of its ability. It lives its mission.”

In Carol’s spare time she enjoys being with her family, camping, hiking, sitting at the beach and reading. She also likes to be creative – particularly in the area of music – playing the piano, guitar, singing and composing music. Carol is also active in her church and 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 Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Indiana University complement certification as a Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Prior to joining United Methodist Communities Foundation, Ms. Sharp served Sand 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

“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.

As the Corporate Director of Marketing and Communication, 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. Working her way through the ranks to become Director of Marketing, her background includes strategic planning, program development, project management, market analysis, branding, customer service, internet marketing management. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree 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 (CMP).

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. In a prior position, he was brought into the healthcare field, then specialized in it, which brought him to United Methodist Communities in 1991. Richard received his BA from the University of Delaware and his MBA 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, “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, Rev. Carlson served as administrator of Methodist Manor, a community owned and operated by United Methodist Communities, which closed in 2001. Residents at the Branchville property, moved into Bristol Glen upon its opening.

Prior to securing licensure as a nursing home administrator, he earned a B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace and B.D. 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 Disciple 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 Rev. Carlson’s heart, as he was a member of the Bristol Glen Project Committee, which planned and managed every detail of its 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 a part of a group whose purpose to serve the elderly both today and tomorrow.”

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

Rev. Virginia Samuel Cetuk
Rev. Virginia Samuel Cetuk
Chair

Rev. Virginia Samuel Cetuk graduated from Lycoming College with a AB degree in Philosophy. She continued her education at Drew Theological School where she received the Master of Divinity degree in 1975. Following graduation she did a basic unit of C.P.E. followed by a 12 month residency in hospital chaplaincy through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).

After serving as an Associate Pastor, a hospital chaplain and a Hospice Chaplain where she cared for terminally ill patients and their families, she returned to Drew in 1981 to direct the supervised ministry program. She continues in that position today as the Associate Dean for Contextual Learning. She received Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Judy Colorado
Judy Colorado

Bio coming soon

Mandy Dana
Mandy Dana
Secretary

Before becoming amember and secretaryon the 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.

Dana reports her 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, Dana 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

Bio coming soon

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.”

Livingston had a wonderfully diverse, challenging and personally rewarding career at Prudential and Prudential Reinsurance Companies from 1972 to 2000. Prior to retirement, he was vice president of information technology with responsibility for a small team of high level facilitators who coordinated several large business departments’ major information technology rollouts.

This focus and teamwork improved the success of the corporation 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 from application development, application testing, production environment, to internal system security design, application software design, hardware management, networks, data base design, introduction of PCs, and cross platform integration with minicomputers and mainframes.

One of Livingston’s favorite projects, designing an actuarial database system, provided access to multiple data sources for in-depth actuarial analysis. Then, a state of the art tool, it helped to determine pricing and reserve requirements for insuring things like space rocket launches and oil tankers.

His past church activities included managing a premier soccer team and assisting in children’s athletic activities; and more recently chairing the Finance Committee, ringing hand bells, and empowering 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.”

Livingston 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 laudefrom 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.

Ostrove’s volunteerism truly reflects her outlook, “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 Greater New Jersey Annual Conference Board of Trustees. As an active member of the Rutgers – Camden Pro Bono Project, Ostroveaccepts 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 localtelevision programs; speaking on panels, forums and conferences; and organizing legal conferences also allow Ostrove opportunities for service.
Beside two bar associations, the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Camden County Bar Association, Ostrove’s professional memberships include the American Bankruptcy Institute, Community Associations Institute and the New Jersey Bankruptcy Trustee Association. As a testimony 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 in winter, biking in summer, and gardening as much as weather permits.

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, led the development of affordable housing, and grown congregations and ministries in each of his assignments. As a bishop he first led the Baltimore-Washington Conference where he led a turnaround of the conference toward health and vitality. In 2012 he was assigned to lead the United Methodists in Greater New Jersey. Bishop Schol 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. During 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. A Future With Hope nonprofit corporation was also started to respond to Superstorm Sandy and the United Methodists have repaired more than 210 homes using more than 10,500 volunteers from 37 states who donated 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.

Arthur Spell, Jr.
Arthur Spell, Jr.

“The love and care given to those in our residence as well as offering services to those who come to our communities” motivated Arthur Spell, Jr., to join the board. Currently serving his second term, his professional career highlights include aiding and assisting persons with various physical and medical disabilities, helping them regain their functional abilities.

He taught various Bible and new members’ classes. As a lay speaker, he made presentations to various churches and served as a lay leader in the Central New Jersey District. In his community he volunteered on various local boards, such as recreation, human relations and zoning, in 2014 was a member and chairman of the Burlington Board of Social Services.

Spell reflects, “United Methodist Communities’ board gives me an opportunity to serve the United Methodist Church in the care of older adults.”

His hobbies include reading the Bible, books and newspapers, and listening to music.

Gavin Stobie
Gavin Stobie

Bio coming soon

Jason N. Sunkett
Jason N. Sunkett

Bio coming soon

Stephen Wescott
Stephen Wescott

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

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

At United Methodist Communities, “the passion of the employees to fulfill the mission, to the caring of our precious seniors providing them the utmost dignity in their former years, and to making sure no senior is turned out because of their inability to continue to pay in their later years” is what inspires Stephen to volunteer his time for the organization.

As an avid road biker and mountain hiker, Stephen enjoys being outdoors. He also takes pleasure in participating 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 Williams wants to continue using her gifts and skills, which motivates her volunteerism on United Methodist Communities, Board of Directors.

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

She cites, “The board is a group of people who 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 organization focus: teaching, program development, public speaking, healthcare managementand administration, and nursing.

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


Foundation Board of Trustees

Lawrence D. Carlson
Lawrence D. Carlson
Treasurer/Secretary

Larry, the President and CEO of United Methodist Communities, sees his work not so much a job, or even a career, but as a calling or a vocation. He countshimself very lucky to be able to make a living doing work that is in alignment with his values and the things that he believes in. Larry has over 35 years of diverse experience in multiple aspects of eldercare administration including CCRC, long term skilled nursing, post-acute rehabilitation, congregate housing, adult day health, and assisted living with particular expertise in operations, strategic planning, board development, new project design and development, and construction and start-up.

In his role, Larry has the privilege of interfacing with a diverse and committed group of people, both residents and fellow associates. At the same time, he provides leadership and influences the future of United Methodist Communities working with our Board, executive leadership as well as other industry professionals. His job is challenging but rewarding and he thinks his coworkers are awesome. It’s the perfect blend of culture and challenge. Larry states, “It seems to me that a lot of people have made peace with the idea that work is something that is separate from their values, from their passions and from their interests – something that fills the work day and pays the bills, and what they really want to do happens on the weekend and evenings. A mission driven organization like United Methodist Communities that seeks to facilitate compassionate community and living the abundant life for its clients and staff allows me to reconcile the two elements of seeking professional fulfillment and paying the bills.”

Larry is “crazy” for his three daughters and now his first grandchild. Any time that he can spend with them is awesome. Beyond that, he and his wife are enjoying the best New York, Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore has to offer; which usually translates into a sporting event, a museum or a Broadway show. Beyond that, he rideshis Harley on the back roads of the Jersey Shore or just sits by the backyard fire pit with his best friend Melanie; his wife of 42 years.

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 laudefrom 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.

Ostrove’s volunteerism truly reflects her outlook, “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 Greater New Jersey Annual Conference Board of Trustees. As an active member of the Rutgers – Camden Pro Bono Project, Ostroveaccepts 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 localtelevision programs; speaking on panels, forums and conferences; and organizing legal conferences also allow Ostrove opportunities for service.
Beside two bar associations, the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Camden County Bar Association, Ostrove’s professional memberships include the American Bankruptcy Institute, Community Associations Institute and the New Jersey Bankruptcy Trustee Association. As a testimony 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 in winter, biking in summer, and gardening as much as weather permits.

Lee Schubert
Lee Schubert

Bio coming soon

Virginia Tesch
Virginia Tesch
Assistant Secretary

Bio coming soon

Stephen Wescott
Stephen Wescott

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

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

At United Methodist Communities, “the passion of the employees to fulfill the mission, to the caring of our precious seniors providing them the utmost dignity in their former years, and to making sure no senior is turned out because of their inability to continue to pay in their later years” is what inspires Stephen to volunteer his time for the organization.

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

Frank Kardashian
Frank Kardashian
Emeritus

Bio coming soon


Executive Directors and Housing Administrators

George Arezzo
George Arezzo
Executive Director - Bristol Glen

Bio coming soon

Deede Bolger
Deede Bolger
Housing Administrator - Wesley by the Bay

Deede, an NJ Assisted Living Administrator (ALA) 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 the United Methodist Communities and is known for her tireless efforts and advocacy for the residents.

A true leader in her community, she consistently receives positive feedback from her residents and associates. Deede explains that she loves her job because of “the people.”

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

James Clancy
James Clancy
Executive Director - Collingswood

Jim Clancy, executive director of United Methodist Communities at Collingswood, has over thirty-five years of healthcare experience to his credit, twenty of those as an administrator, and has been with the organization 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 (LNHA). Jim loves coming to work because of the “outstanding team of individuals that are more like a family than just coworkers.”

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

Jennifer Courlas
Jennifer Courlas
Executive Director - The Shores

During Jennifer’s time in college at Montclair State University, she completed an externship working with seniors. She knew then that working with them was her career path and that the wisdom the seniors shared helped with her own life journey. After graduating with a BA in Psychology, Jennifer found herself in the healthcare field.

With over 30 years in the industry, Jennifer, who is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a Certified Assisted Living Administrator, has managed many health care communities including Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing.

What Jennifer loves most about her job is that the people at United Methodist Communities at The Shores “are my extended family. I learn from them every day.”

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

Jeanette Edghill
Jeanette Edghill
Housing Administrator - Covenant Place

Certified in Professional of Occupancy (CPO), Fair Housing Compliance (FHO), Homeland Security Emergency Management and Planning, Jeanette Edghill, housing administrator for United Methodist Communities at Covenant Place, qualifications and experience contribute to her reputation as the go-to person in HUD Senior Housing. She is highly respected by her management, peers, associates and is loved by the residents.

She is dedicated to her duties and considers it more as a ministry, than a job. “I view myself as a Server and there is no better way to serve than those who are most vulnerable,” states Jeanette. She loves the fact that she can put a smile on someone’s face who may be hurting.

In Jeanette’s spare time you will find her cooking, entertaining for family and friends, or reading.

Richard Johnston
Richard Johnston
Executive Director - Francis Asbury

“This recent quote from a family member says it all,” explains Richard. “The love and care your staff shows mom every day is more than a job. It is a gift from the heart and it does not go unappreciated.”

Richard, a graduate of St. Peter’s College with a BS in Business Management, has over 20 years of experience working in the healthcare field. During this time, Richard earned his Certified Assisted Living Administrator license and has spent the last 13 years as the Executive Director of United Methodist Communities at Francis Asbury.

While in this role, Richard’s main priority is to do everything he can to make a difference in the lives of the residents and associates. His favorite part about his job is the relationships that develop between residents, associates, and families. “We truly become one family that works for the betterment of our residents,” states Richard.

In his leisure time, Richard likes to golf, run, officiate high school and college basketball and most importantly, spend time with his three adult children and wife of 31 years.

Gertrude Kehleay
Gertrude Kehleay
Housing Administrator - The Wesleyan

Gertrude loves working with people, especially children and the elderly. Coming to work everyday and seeing her residents happy brings her joy. Gertrude received her AA degree in Early Childhood Education and her BA in Sociology/Psychology. She has over 25 years of experience as a senior housing administrator. Her accreditations include a teaching certification, a Certified Assisted Housing Manager, and a Certified Professional of Occupancy (HUD). Gertrude is a member of many organizations including LOFA, Ganta United Methodist School Alumni Association (GUMSAA), The Liberian Association of North Jersey and is the head of the Prayer Ministry and a member of the choir at Calvary Roseville United Methodist Church.

In her spare time Gertrude like to read, spend time with her family and friends with good homemade food, and watching TV.

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 United Methodist Communities at 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™ (CPO™), in Fair Housing Compliance™ – Section 504 (FHC™), and as a Assisted Housing Manager (AHM).

India Santos
India Santos
Housing Administrator - PineRidge of Montclair

India was called to this field…it chose her. “I guess the Lord knew what He wanted me to do”, she states. 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, Accredited Residential Manager (ARM).

In her day to day work India loves having the freedom to express her creativity and the fact that she can encounter the thrill of the unexpected. India loves nature, so in her spare time she loves to be outdoors and spend time with her family.

James Scalese
James Scalese
Executive Director - Pitman

Bio coming soon

Deborah Walsh
Deborah Walsh
Executive Director of HomeWorks

Bio coming soon


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Barbara L. Harris
Rev. Carl H. Kearns
Morris L. Smith
Charles L. Tice
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