Meet our staff. You’ll get to know them well.
They make us one of New Jersey’s finest retirement choices.
When your employees vote you one of the “Top 10 Best Places to Work” in a big marketplace, it’s a testimony to teamwork. Based on those votes, The Philadelphia Business Journal named The Evergreens a “Best Place to Work” for 2007, 2009 and 2010, competing against 500 other companies in the Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia area. Meet just a few of the many people who work so hard to make your retirement experience wonderful.
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.
Gerald I. Magid,
Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Gerald I. Magid brings over 25 years of senior financial management experience in the CCRC and long-term care sectors to his position as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining The Evergreens, Gerry served as CFO at Stapeley in Germantown located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He has been a presenter on issues related to finance and subsidized housing development at regional and national conferences, and holds a B.S. in accounting from Penn State University and an MBA from LaSalle University. Gerry resides in Huntingdon Valley, PA with his wife and serves, in his off-work hours, as an officer and board member of an equestrian program for individuals with disabilities.
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 healthcare 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.
Nicole Albrecht, CASP,
Director of Administrative Services & Corporate Compliance Officer
Nicole Albrecht joined The Evergreens in 2004 and currently oversees all Administrative departments for the community. These include Human Resources, Information Technology, Reception, Recreation & Wellness and Sales. 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.
Elisabeth A. Siegert MD, FACP, CMD,
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.
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 relocating to Delaware and currently resides in Elkton, Maryland. Milton is currently enrolled at Wilmington University to obtain his SHRM certification.
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 has worked at a few small retirement communities before working at The Philadelphia Protestant home in Northeast Philadelphia for eight years before joining Morrison at Presby’s Inspired Life at Rosemont also for eight years.
Director of Recreation & Wellness
Lauren Coleman has been with The Evergreens since March 2002. During that time she has had experience in the Dining Services department, as well as working with Administration and Human Resources. Most recently she took the role of Director of Recreation & Wellness. Lauren has received her Associates Degree in Business Administration from Burlington County College, and is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree at Rider University. She resides in Riverside, NJ.
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. Laura has worked at The Evergreens as a Floor Nurse, Charge Nurse, Nurse Manager, and most recently, as the Director of Nursing. She is currently working toward her Bachelors degree at Thomas Edison State College.
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 Assited Living in January 2014. Along with her Associates Degree in Nursing she also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Eastern University. She and her husband reside here in Moorestown.
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. Following his 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.
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 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.
Director of Facilities
Alice joined The Evergreens in 2001. She oversees the core operations that provide resident services and maintains the physical campus to ensure a safe, secure, healthy and attractive environment. She is also Risk Manager and is responsible for energy conservation and initiatives on campus.
Before coming to The Evergreens, Alice was a Legal Administrator for 20 years for a prominent Philadelphia law firm. Alice is past president and member of the Board of Trustees of the Mount Laurel Library.
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 Masters 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 has 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.
Director of Sales
Wendy Patton has been with The Evergreens since 2008 and is a Director of Sales. She has worked in the Senior Living industry for over 13 years at CCRCs in Southern New Jersey. Wendy has a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.A. from Rowan University. She lives locally with her husband and daughter.
Robert Rifkin C.E.C.,
Robert is an Executive Chef with Flik Lifestyles at The Evergreens Community. Prior to Joining Flik Lifestyles Robert was a Chef Instructor JNA Institute of Culinary Arts; having the privilege of giving his Culinary Experiences to the next generation of Chefs. Prior to that my 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 oppurtuties to chair for the Nation chef’s association, Nation Restaurant association, American Culinary Federation and become an Excalibur member for the American Cancer Society.
Director of Activities
Originally trained as a graphic artist, Gail Roccia has applied her creative gifts on behalf of the elderly since 1992. A certified Activity Director, Dementia Practitioner and Validation Practitioner, Gail oversees the Volunteer programs at The Evergreens in addition to supervising activities among individuals in the Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing areas of the community.
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).