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Teamwork at the top CCRC in Moorestown, NJ.

Meet a few of the many people who work so hard to make your retirement experience so rewarding at the top CCRC in Moorestown, NJ. The Philadelphia Business Journal has consistently listed The Evergreens among the area’s “Top 10 Best Places to Work.”

The high level of employee satisfaction is reflected in the community’s high retention rate. Many staff members have worked at The Evergreens for more than 25 years.

The Reverend Douglas C. Halvorsen
President and Chief Executive Officer

The Rev. Douglas C. Halvorsen is President and Chief Executive Officer. He is licensed in NJ as a Nursing Home Administrator. He previously served as Chief Clinical Officer of Cummins Mental Health Center in Avon, IN, and as Vice President, Clinical Services, for Serv Centers of NJ in Trenton, NJ. He is a graduate of Asbury College, Wilmore, KY; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, and is Certified in Aging Services through the University of North Texas. He resides with his wife in Mount Laurel, NJ.

Dakia McMillian, RN, BSN LNHA CALA
Vice President of Health Services & Privacy Officer (HIPAA), Administrator of Record

Dakia McMillian, RN, BSN, LNHA, CALA, is the VP of Health Services. Dakia has been with The Evergreens since 2001. She was the Director of Nursing for 7 years. She has worked in long-term care for over 15 years, having previously served as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Staff Nurse, Unit Manager, and Assistant Director of Nursing at various health care institutions. Dakia received her nursing diploma from Helene Fuld School of Nursing and a B.S. in nursing from the University of Delaware. Dakia is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a certified Assisted Living Administrator. Dakia is a certified CNA instructor and evaluator, as well as the proud mother of four sons.

Elisabeth A. Siegert MD, CMD, FACP
Medical Director

Dr. Siegert completed her medical residency at Cooper University Hospital and a geriatric fellowship at Duke University. Dr. Siegert joined the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Cooper Hospital in 1992. Since 1993, Dr. Siegert has been the Medical Director at The Evergreens. She is the primary physician for most of the residents at The Evergreens. In her role most recently as an Associate Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and now at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Dr. Siegert precepts medical students in geriatrics. In addition, she mentors senior Cooper Medical Residents during a two-week rotation at The Evergreens. Beyond primary geriatric care and education, Dr. Siegert has an interest in integrative medicine, medical ethics and end-of-life care, which was nurtured during her experiences as a young volunteer at The Washington Home Hospice in Washington, DC. Dr. Siegert has been deemed a “Top Doc” in her field by various magazines, and a model mom by her four children.

Thomas J. Burke
Chief Financial Officer

Thomas J. Burke joined The Evergreens in 2016 and brings over 25 years of financial management experience in nonprofit health care and human services, commercial real estate, mortgage banking, investment banking and public accounting to the position. Prior to joining The Evergreens, Tom served as CFO of Bancroft, the largest nonprofit and human services organization operating in the state of New Jersey. He holds a B.S. degree in accounting from King's College (Pennsylvania) and an MBA degree (Finance Concentration) from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He and his wife reside in Moorestown, NJ.

Nicole Albrecht, CASP
Chief Administrative & Corporate Compliance Officer

Nicole Albrecht joined The Evergreens in 2004 and currently oversees all Operational and Administrative departments for the community. Prior to joining The Evergreens, Nicole was the Legal Department Manager at CitiCapital and also worked as a Development Associate for The Arc of Monmouth. Nicole is a Certified Aging Services Professional through the University of North Texas. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and their three daughters.

Milton Arbona
Director of Human Resources

Milton Arbona joined The Evergreens in September 2006 in the role of Human Resources Assistant/Recruiter. In January 2012, Milton was promoted to Director of Human Resources. Milton is a bilingual Human Resource professional with many years of proven performance capabilities in Staffing/ Recruiting, HR Management, and Business Development roles.
Prior to joining The Evergreens, he worked for an HR consulting company, national staffing firm and in the banking industry.  Milton was raised in Vineland, New Jersey then relocated to Delaware and currently resides in Elkton, Maryland. Milton is currently enrolled at Wilmington University to obtain his SHRM certification.

Bernadette Butler
Director of Dining Services

Bernadette Butler joined The Evergreens in 2015 as the Director of Dining Services.  Bernadette has been in the hospitality industry for most of her life, in every aspect.   She began her career in a hospital kitchen, when she decided to attend culinary school. After completion of the program at the Restaurant School in Philadelphia, Bernadette worked in many restaurants, including the iconic Mama Ventura’s.  

When realizing her calling was to enrich the lives of seniors, she made the career switch. Bernadette had worked at a few small retirement communities, including The Philadelphia Protestant home in Northeast Philadelphia for eight years before joining Morrison at Presby’s Inspired Life at Rosemont also for eight years.

Rebecca Castellanos, DrNP, APN
Nurse Practitioner

Rebecca completed her master’s degree in Family Practice at Widener University graduating in 2000 and her doctorate in Nursing Practice at Drexel University, 2011. She has lectured internationally on Violence in the Healthcare Sector, also the focus of her doctoral dissertation. Prior to employ as a nurse practitioner she worked in the emergency department at Virtua Marlton (a.k.a. ‘Garden State’) and Voorhees. Since 2000, Rebecca’s career trajectory was focused on cardiology and geriatrics. She joined the Evergreens after 6 years as nurse practitioner at another local CCRC. Rebecca precepts nurse practitioner students from various universities.

Outside of work, she is very involved in life at the First Presbyterian Church, Moorestown and active member of the adult choir. She is married and the proud mother of 2 adult sons both active duty in the US military.

Lauren Coleman
Director of Recreation & Wellness

Lauren Coleman has been with The Evergreens since March 2002. She started out in Dining Services and then transferred to Administration and Human Resources Departments in 2008 as Administrative Assistant. In July 2010, she became the Director of Recreation and Wellness. Lauren received her Associate of Science degree in Business Administration from Burlington County College. She currently lives in Palmyra, NJ with her fiance and their two daughters.

Tom Devinney
Director of Sales

Tom Devinney joined The Evergreens in 2015 as a Director of Sales. Tom started working in Senior Healthcare in 1997 and he has worked with numerous communities as a Sales Director. Tom enjoys finding the right community for the right person. He has worked for profit and non-profit communities. Tom was born and raised in Delaware County, PA.

Laura Johnson, RN
Director of Skilled Nursing

Laura joined the Evergreens as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the Fall of 2006. Soon after, she began pursuing her Associate in Science degree and graduated as a Registered Nurse in the Summer of 2011. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Thomas Edison State College in the Fall of 2015. Laura has worked at The Evergreens as a Floor Nurse, Charge Nurse, Nurse Manager, and most recently, as the Director of Nursing. 

Kendra Kenney
Director of Assisted Living

Kendra joined The Evergreens in 2011. She worked as a floor nurse and nurse manager before accepting the position of Director of Assisted Living in January 2014. Along with her Associate Degree in Nursing she also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Eastern University. She and her husband reside here in Moorestown.

Andrew Korman
Director of Sales

Andrew joined The Evergreens in 2016 as a Director of Sales.  Andrew has a Bachelors of Science in Public Health Administration from Stockton University and a New Jersey Certified Assisted Living Administrator License. He has over 20 years of sales experience and 4 1/2 years of marketing & sales in a New Jersey CCRC. Andrew is married with 2 daughters, ages 8 and 6.

Reverend Martin B. Lavengood

After spending seven years as a high school English teacher in New York State, Reverend Lavengood pursued a life of faith that would take him across the world. After becoming an ordained minister in the Episcopal Church in 1991, he received a scholarship from the Bishop, and served as the first Roberta C. Rudin Scholar, residing and studying in Jerusalem. Upon his return to the United States, Reverend Lavengood served as a parish priest in churches in New York and Indiana, and was active in prison ministry.

In 2003, Reverend Lavengood entered chaplain residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was especially drawn to elders, however, which led him to serve as Chaplain at Wesley Enhanced Living at Evangelical Manor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In coming to the Evergreens as Chaplain, Reverend Lavengood has returned to the denominational faith of his roots in serving a CCRC with historic ties to the Episcopal Church in the United States.

Helene Levin RN BSN CHPN
Clinic Coordinator

Helene (Lainie) Levin joined The Evergreens in June, 2015 as Clinic Coordinator. Prior to joining The Evergreens, she worked for Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice as a field nurse. For 5 years, Lainie cared for patients and their families through their end-of-life journey. She received certification in hospice and palliative care in 2012. An exemplar of Lainie’s compassion was revealed in the April 2013 article written by Mary Cooke RN, MA, CHPN. Lainie attended Villanova University, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She is a long-time Burlington County resident, having grown up in Cinnaminson, and currently resides in Moorestown. 

Lou Liberio
Director of Information Technology

Lou Liberio oversees The Evergreens Information Technology operations. Lou is proficient in the delivery of cost-effective technology solutions in support of The Evergreens enterprise goals and objectives.

Prior to joining The Evergreens, Lou was the President and Founder of Clarion Data Systems, a company focused on providing information technology support services to small and medium-sized businesses, and health care focused organizations. Lou was also an Adjunct Professor at LaSalle University, where he was a member of the Computer Science Department. Lou has also been a guest speaker on several occasions at organization meetings such as PICPA and HFMA, and other industry groups.

Lou earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (BS) at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He also attended Spring Garden College for Credit Management, Maxwell Institute for Systems Analysis and Design, and Temple University for other Graduate Studies.

Catherine Nakonetschny, MSW, LSW
Director of Social Services

Catherine Nakonetschny, MSW, LSW, joined The Evergreens in March 2012 as the Social Services Coordinator in the new Healthcare Center. She was recently promoted to Director of Social Services, servicing the residents in Independent Living as well as those in the Healthcare center. Cathy earned her Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Rosemont College and her Master’s in Social Work Degree from Temple University. She is also a licensed Social Worker in the state of New Jersey. Prior to joining The Evergreens, Cathy had over 13 years’ experience working in geriatrics. Cathy is trained as an Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Facilitator and facilitates a monthly Caregiver Support Group here at The Evergreens.

Cathy was raised in Philadelphia and is a long time Phillies, Eagles, and Flyers fan. She currently resides in Delran, NJ, with her husband, Nick, and twin sons, Nicholas and Dimitrius. 

Robert Rifkin C.E.C.
Executive Chef

Robert is an Executive Chef with Flik Lifestyles at The Evergreens Community. Prior to Joining Flik Lifestyles, Robert was a Chef Instructor at JNA Institute of Culinary Arts; having the privilege of giving his culinary experiences to the next generation of chefs. Prior to that, his career with Marriott/Sodexho corporations allowed Robert to hold positions from Sous Chef, Executive Chef, General Manager, Regional Culinary Director and National Culinary Development team member.

Growing up in his family restaurant businesses led Robert to a natural course of culinary education at the Culinary Institute of America and opening his own catering operation before growing into Marriott Corporation.

Robert has also had opportunities to chair for the Nation chef’s association, Nation Restaurant association, American Culinary Federation and become an Excalibur member for the American Cancer Society.

Megan Schnitzer
Director of Admissions

Megan Schnitzer joined The Evergreens in January, 2012 as the Resident Services Coordinator. In January 2014, Megan was promoted to Director of Admissions, overseeing the admissions to the Healthcare Center. Prior to joining The Evergreens Megan worked for Assisted Living Concepts. She started out as Assistant Director and then became Director of one of their New Jersey Senior Living Communities where she was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the community. During her five years with Assisted Living Concepts, Megan received the Residence of Choice and Rising Star Awards. Megan received her Bachelor’s degree from Holy Family University. Megan is a member of the Burlington and Camden Counties Healthcare Network Connections groups as well as a member of the Tri-County Regional Ethics Committee (TREC). 

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