Senior Living Leadership
A note from our president and C.E.O., Todd. F. Swortzel.
“As a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, Presbyterian Homes answers to a high calling – one that recognizes the value of every individual as well as our collective responsibility to each other. Rather than answering to stockholders, we direct our resources for the benefit of the residents we serve and the communities to which we belong.”
“We are committed to developing self-sustaining communities that are creative, innovative and responsive to the changing needs of residents.”
The team that works for you.
The corporate leadership team of Presbyterian Homes is comprised of continuing care retirement professionals, expert geriatricians and senior living professionals committed to creating exceptional independent senior living and retirement communities in Chicago’s northern and northwest suburbs.
Prior to her retirement, Paula served for 15 years as chief financial officer and treasurer of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. As CFO, she directed all the financial activities of the hospital and its eight operating affiliates and oversaw the financial planning and financing of an $838 million state-of-the-art replacement hospital. Prior to joining the hospital, Paula was a corporate finance executive at First National Bank of Chicago.
In addition to serving on the board of Presbyterian Homes, she serves on the President’s Council of Almost Home Kids. Paula and her husband, George, a retired environmental engineering consultant, live in Chicago.
Todd joined Presbyterian Homes as president and chief executive officer in 2011. He has more than 25 years of experience in a leadership role for not-for-profit senior living organizations. His professional career has focused on developing and implementing the organization’s operational improvement plans as well as the successful execution of strategic growth initiatives for new continuing care retirement communities (Life Plan Communities).
Todd obtained a Master of Science degree in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Averett University. Todd and his wife, Melissa, reside in Lake Forest.
Nadim was named chief operations officer in 2015. He was previously vice president of information technology. As COO, Nadim’s charter includes developing strategic, financial and operational goals assuring the ongoing growth and financial viability of the organization.
Prior to joining Presbyterian Homes in 2011, Nadim was senior director of information technology at CJE Senior Life, where he rolled out electronic medical records and upgraded technology throughout the organization. His experience also includes managing technology workflow and operations optimization through the implementation of corporate systems in the telecommunications industry.
Mark was named chief financial officer in 2012. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial leadership for continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs).
Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, Mark obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Illinois — Springfield. He is a registered certified public accountant and a member of the Illinois CPA Society.
“My entire professional career has been devoted to making a difference in the lives of seniors,” says Mark. “Being able to get back home to Illinois and work for an organization with the reputation of Presbyterian Homes is a blessing.”
After successful oversight of the Lake Forest Place campus development, Nancy joined Presbyterian Homes as director of facilities management in 1999 and was promoted to vice president in 2008. Prior to that, Nancy practiced architecture in New York and Chicago with an emphasis on multi-unit residential, institutional and health care-related production.
Nancy is responsible for the planning, design and construction of all major capital initiatives for Presbyterian Homes. She is a graduate of Washington University’s School of Architecture and completed her Master of Business Administration degree at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Alpana joined the Presbyterian Homes leadership team in 2018. She brings a wealth of experience, and with her licensed nursing home administrator and registered nurse background, Alpana is an exceptional addition to the team.
Alpana earned a Master of Business Administration, Certificate in health care management, and Master of Science in nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is also an alumna of the University of Illinois — Chicago, earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing.
Since immigrating from India in 1988, Alpana has lived in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two kids. She enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family.
Danny is responsible for coordinating Presbyterian Homes’ efforts to evaluate and test emerging technology useful to older adults. He joined Presbyterian Homes in 2011 as manager of infrastructure services and has been elevating technology services to help improve the user experience of residents and staff ever since. As part of his responsibilities, he manages the help desk, data center, and network/security operations.
A native of Montreal, Canada, Danny obtained his bachelor of commerce management information systems from Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to joining Presbyterian Homes, he was manager of information technology at CJE SeniorLife.
Bob joined Presbyterian Homes as director of sales and marketing for Lake Forest Place in 1994 and was appointed vice president of sales and marketing in 1999.
Having worked for two major for-profit companies in the senior housing industry, Bob says, “I’ve come to truly understand and appreciate the value of working for an organization of the stature of Presbyterian Homes.” He went on to say, “Presbyterian Homes answers to a different mission and a different bottom line, one that evokes passion in the employees. We put the independence of our residents above all else. I take great satisfaction in knowing we’re doing the right thing every day.”
Miriam joined the Presbyterian Homes leadership team in 2019. Miriam leads talent management strategies to attract, develop, engage and retain our wonderful staff who provide care and support to our residents and families! She partners with our leadership team to enhance our reputation as a top workplace!
Miriam is an accomplished human resources leader, with a progressive career of 25 years partnering with business leaders on HR strategies to achieve business goals at JourneyCare, nonprofit hospice provider; and global organizations Beam Suntory and Accenture.
Miriam grew up in Ireland, earned a bachelor of education degree, and relocated within Accenture from Dublin to Chicago. She holds a Senior Professional HR (SPHR) certification and is actively involved in HR communities.
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