What’s Special About Presbyterian Homes?
Since 1904, Presbyterian Homes – an independent, not-for-profit, and faith-based family of communities – has served the Chicago area. Presbyterian Homes serves independent older adults at our retirement communities in Evanston, Lake Forest, and Arlington Heights, Illinois.
We provide peace of mind for all our residents by offering a full continuum of care. You’ll have access to independent and assisted living options, rehabilitation services, memory support, skilled nursing, and more for as long as you live here. That way, you can focus on enjoying life, not worrying about your future care.
We include a range of health care services in return for a one-time entrance fee and ongoing monthly service fee. And even if you experience financial hardship through no fault of your own, you can apply to the Geneva Foundation for financial assistance.
A Reputation for Excellence
Presbyterian Homes earned a credit rating of A- from both FITCH and Standard & Poor’s. Out of approximately 2,000 senior living communities like Presbyterian Homes in the U.S., just 49 of those have an “A” category FITCH Rating.
In addition, we’re also proud to hold the exclusive Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) seal of excellence, which we’ve received consistently since 1990. Presbyterian Homes is one of only seven senior living organizations in Illinois and 300 of 2,000 nationwide to earn the CARF seal of excellence.
Mission, Vision, and Values
As a faith-based not-for-profit, we create vibrant communities for older adults that inspire wellness, independence, joy, and security – enriching the lives of our residents and their families.
The Geneva Foundation transforms lives by enriching Presbyterian Homes’ communities through generous and responsible philanthropy.
We will reimagine our Life Plan Communities for the future, transforming the organization with innovative thinking, bold leadership, and dynamic strategies that will anticipate the evolving needs of those we serve. We will strive to be a nationally recognized leader among these communities, and we will invest in opportunities for growth to ensure that our communities are secure, strong, and vibrant.
Every member of Presbyterian Homes’ communities, including residents, employees, volunteers, families, and visitors, is treated with dignity and respect. We embrace diversity and recognize that our differences can empower us to grow.
We are called to excellence and integrity in our service. We strive to be transparent. We will approach the future with vision, vigor, cooperation, and dedication to each other and those we serve.
We strive for growth which furthers the mission, embraces innovation, and enriches the lives of the individuals we serve.
We commit to sound fiscal management and stewardship of our gifts, assets, and resources.
We welcome all as we embody our Christian heritage by serving one another with compassion, dignity, and respect.
A Note From Presbyterian Homes’ President
Todd F. Swortzel
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Working to Support Vibrant Communities for Older Adults: Meet the Presbyterian Home Corporate Leadership
The corporate leadership 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 suburbs.
Prior to her retirement, Paula Noble 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 the 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 F. Swortzel
Todd Swortzel joined Presbyterian Homes as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2011. He has more than 25 years of experience in a leadership role of 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 Abi-Antoun was named Chief Operations Officer in 2015. He was previously the Vice President of Information Technology. As C.O.O., 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 Havrilka was named chief financial officer in 2012. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial leadership for continuing care retirement communities (CCRC).
Born and raised in Springfield, IL, 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 Tolan joined Presbyterian Homes as the 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 Masters of Business Administration Degree at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Alpana Patel 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 in Business Administration, Certificate in Health Care Management, Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is also an alumnus of the University of Illinois in 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 Weinberger 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 helpdesk, 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.
Robert A Werdan
Bob Werdan joined Presbyterian Homes as director of sales and marketing for Lake Forest Place in 1994 and was appointed vice president of sales and marketing 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 Wallace 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, non-profit 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.
Andrew Clauson oversees all community operations, fosters resident relations, and serves on the corporate leadership committee.
Most recently, Andrew was the executive director for Covenant Retirement Communities in Skokie, Ill. Prior to that, he held Midwest- and Chicago-based leadership positions with Aramark and co-founded Lake Street Supply. He began his career with the Chicago Christian Industrial League.
Andrew earned his B.A. from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. The long-time Chicago resident, who lives in the city with his wife and two children, volunteers his time to a range of youth, ecumenical, and environmental concerns.
A veteran of the senior living industry, Glenn Brichacek served for 15 years as Chief Executive Officer of Admiral at the Lake, the nonprofit CCRC located in Chicago. Prior to that, he held several leadership roles at Mather Lifeways, the nonprofit with senior living communities in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
Glenn, a longtime resident of Highland Park, holds a Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University; a Doctor of Philosophy from Northwestern University; a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Theology from the Princeton Theological Seminary; and a Bachelor of Arts from Millikin University. He works with several not-for-profit entities benefitting both the aging and student populations.
Lisa Vandermark oversees all community operations, manages its staff, and fosters resident relations. She also serves on the corporate leadership committee.
Lisa has worked for Presbyterian Homes for nearly 20 years in multiple roles. Before joining Presbyterian Homes, Lisa was a crisis worker at both Evanston and Ravenswood hospitals. She also developed curriculum for and taught courses on aging as a member of the adjunct faculty at Kendall College in Evanston.
Lisa, who resides on Chicago’s north side, obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University and Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, The School of Social Service.