Smith Village Management Team

The Management Team at Smith Village is responsible for the daily operations of our community. But more than that, they set the standard for caring, quality and excellence that can be found throughout the Smith Village community.

Marti Jatis, Executive Director
Executive Director Marti Jatis has a solid Smith background, having served 14 years as the director of food service operations for both Smith Village and our sister campus, Smith Crossing, in Orland Park. In addition to that experience, Marti is a licensed nursing home administrator. “My goal is to make residents feel this is their home and they do have a say in things. It’s important that I and members of my entire team are careful to remember we’re in their home and to keep everyone safe and comfortable.”

Meghan Maple, Associate Executive Director
Meghan sees Smith Village as her extended family. Her role combines overseeing the life enrichment staff, coordinating memory care activities and conferring with their families of residents in assisted living. In addition to spending time with staff and residents in assisted living and skilled nursing care, she is responsible for their management, scheduling and budgeting.

Joe Kendrick, Assistant to the Executive Director
Smith Village provides a home-like atmosphere for Joe, with residents becoming another set of aunts and uncles for him. “As I was working my way up from server to management in the dining room, the best part of my day was speaking with residents at mealtime. Everything we do at Smith Village is for them.”

Admissions And Social Services

Kelley Flynn, Admissions Director
Kelley thinks older adults “ask all the right questions and get right to the point” — which can be of real help to her in her role of finding the best way Smith Village can help a new resident. She evaluates the full spectrum of needs for each incoming skilled nursing care and short-term stay rehab resident to best understand their wants and needs. And she looks forward to exchanging greetings with them when they’re residing here.

Tom Zarzycki, Social Services Director
Social Services Director Tom Zarzycki is proud of Smith Village’s outstanding reputation in the Beverly community. “We continue to invest all of our efforts in improving the lives of our residents. We have a close family atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.”

Human Resources

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Annelle Kebek, Human Resources Assistant
Annelle’s goal always has been to work for a not-for-profit, like Smith Village is, because its mission is to help people. She enjoys the challenge of finding the right people for the job they’ll do. “The people we hire are our most important assets. We may work behind the scenes in the HR department, but we share the same goal—to make our residents happy.”

Marketing and Sales

Loris Vander Velde, Sales Counselor
Sales Counselor Loris Vander Velde says the best part of her job is meeting people, whether they are thinking about moving to Smith Village or already have. “I was a history major so I just love to hear about their history, where they’re from, what they did, where they went to school—everything.”

Theresa Rusch, Sales Counselor
Sales Counselor Theresa Rusch enjoys getting to know residents and their families on a personal basis. “The best part of my job is the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful community of people, the staff and the residents,” she says. “There is so much to learn from their experience.”

Meghan Donnelly, Marketing Coordinator
“I love coming to work every day knowing that we have such great residents and staff here,” says Marketing Coordinator Meghan Donnelly. She worked here as a server four years and wanted to come back to work on the marketing team. “It is a great feeling knowing that I can help new residents make that transition into our community and make them feel at home.”

 

Dining Services

Gautham Rao, Executive Chef
Gautham Rao likes to spend time in the dining room talking with residents during dinner. He’s eager to find out what tweaks to the menu or dishes they would prefer. Rao equates chatting with older adults to being with his parents—they’re open-minded and know how to enjoy life. He adds that he and his staff are mindful, “This is their home.”

Nuha Abdelrahim RD, LDN Dietitian
Nuha makes sure residents not only eat food that’s healthy for them but also enjoy what’s on the menu. So, she “makes the rounds” during mealtimes. “I learn from residents; they teach me something new every day — be it life-lessons or what they enjoy ordering in our dining rooms. Like everyone who works here, I want their experience to be the best.”

Alice Bailey

Alice Bailey, Co-Director of Dining Services
In 1997, Alice joined Smith Village dining services. By taking advantage of employee training opportunities, she prepared herself for greater responsibilities, including overseeing dining services for Assisted Living residents. “It’s important to go beyond, to learn and try new things,” she says. “Residents are like family to me. I love making them smile.”

Kristie Ison

Kristie Ison, Co-Director of Dining Services
Overseeing a dining services staff of 87 along with her co-director, Kristie brings the polish of country club dining and warmth of Southern hospitality to residents and their families. “If there’s one experience that brings together people, it’s sharing a nice meal,” she says. “I’m just so glad we’re able to work together to make that happen.”

Healthcare

Smain Sadok M.D., Medical Director
Medical Director Smain Sadok M.D. is committed to educating residents, families and staff about health issues facing older adults. “My years as a doctor have taught me that health challenges for patients also affect their families.” On the staff of Little Company of Mary, Advocate Christ and Holy Cross hospitals, his goal is “to ensure that Smith Village remains a caring, supportive community.”

Michelle Harnell, Director of Nursing
“The longevity of employees at Smith Village speaks volumes. We get to know the residents, and everyone becomes like a family.” Michelle always has had a passion for working with seniors, to see where they are later in life, and to get to know their backgrounds. She and her staff are keenly interested to make their relationships with residents more enriching.

Charlotte Belcher, Assistant Director of Nursing
Assistant Director of Nursing Charlotte Belcher says the best part of her day is witnessing the smiles of people in her care and seeing them recover. She finds a great deal of teamwork and camaraderie among coworkers and thinks “we should all strive for excellence all of the time. That’s why I’m comfortable here.”

Life Enrichment

Diane Morgan, Social Service Director of Long-Term Care
As Social Service Director of Long-Term Care, Diane Morgan feels no two days are ever the same at Smith Village. While noting how appreciative the residents are for the assistance they receive, she observes, “I learn everything I need to know about life from the seniors.”

Christine Magafas, Music Therapist
Christine Magafas returned in 2017 to Smith’ two communities as a full-time music therapist after serving as a life enrichment coordinator in 2014. She uses recorded music and sometimes plays guitar to help residents relax and reconnect with fond memories associated with the melodies of their lives. “The most gratifying part of my day is witnessing how music speaks for itself, reaching residents in profound ways and making their lives enjoyable.”

Bridget Murphy, Resident Services Concierge
Bridget Murphy savors how independent living residents enjoy all the activities and services available to them. Since joining Smith Village in 2015, she’s planned numerous onsite events, including dances, pet shows and family fun fairs. She sometimes accompanies residents on trips to Chicago area attractions. “Doing fun things together is the best way to build friendships,” she says. “There a lot of story sharing and reminiscing. That always brings us together.”

Environmental Services

Joe Cariola, Environmental Services Director
Joe enjoys talking with residents when he passes them in the hallways because he enjoys tapping into their wealth of knowledge and experiences. Smith Village values his 25 years in building management as well as his priority on resident service. What makes Smith Village a special place to work? He says it is employees’ dedication. “We go above and beyond to get things done.”

Making Life Easier

Marlene Sheahan, Receptionist
Receptionist Marlene Sheahan is the ideal person to greet residents and visitors with a smile and a cheerful welcome for all. “I enjoy the residents because they are all unique and interesting. Their stories and knowledge of things amazes me. I love their positive attitudes.”