Leadership

Each and every leader at Pine Run Retirement Community is dedicated to one shared goal: making Pine Run the destination for healthy senior living.

Executive Director, Maria Santangelo

Maria has been with Pine Run Retirement Community for nearly a decade. She leads the Pine Run leadership and management teams to maintain our mission of being a forward-thinking senior living and health care community, engaging wellness, exceptional care, and independence. She ensures our standards and values are reflected throughout every level of living and develops strategic plans so that Pine Run remains positioned for success as a department of the Doylestown Health system.

Maria is a certified, licensed Occupational Therapist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy; and is a dissertation away from a Doctorate in Health Care Administration. She is uniquely familiar with Villager and Resident needs, having joined Pine Run originally as the Senior Director of Villager Services; and she remains the Administrator of Record for our Home Care Agency.

Shortly after graduation from college, Maria joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Nepal. That opportunity created a thirst for international travel that has taken her to the Middle East, Asia, South America, Europe, and the Baltics. She has traveled back to Nepal several times as part of a humanitarian effort with Habit for Humanity and worked with former Peace Corps trainers to aid the country after a devastating earthquake.

Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Maria lives in nearby Jeffersonville with her dog, Gizmo, and is a doting aunt to several nieces and nephews.

A stalwart proponent of servant leadership, it is Maria’s personal mission to ensure that seniors are treated with respect and dignity, and that Pine Run moves forward to accommodate their needs and desires so they may continue to live their very best lives.

Senior Director of Human Resources, Terrance A. Randolph

Terrance is a seasoned HR professional with almost 25 years of experience. He administers the Human Resources functions for our organization: management practices; policy and program development; compensation and benefits; education and employee relations; and safety.

Terrance attended Drexel University and is a certified SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) professional. An expert in associate relations, he belongs to both the national organization and Lehigh Valley SHRM Chapter.

Raised in King of Prussia, Terrance and his four daughters live in Lansdale. In addition to spending time with his family, Terrance is a talented vocalist and enjoys walking and hiking. A gifted emcee, he is frequently tapped to host events both for Pine Run and Doylestown Health.

Terrance has worked in Human Resources since 1997. By supporting those who work on the front lines of the industry, he ensures that our residents and Villagers receive the dignified, remarkable care that is the cornerstone of our organization.

Nursing Home Administrator, Darren Fox

Dedicated to ensuring the best possible care for our most vulnerable residents, Darren is an experienced nursing home administrator. He joined Pine Run Retirement Community in 2019 after more than 20 years in the senior health care profession.

Darren has a demonstrated history and background in skilled nursing, long-term care, and assisted living, as well as independent senior living communities. In addition, he brings his own unique viewpoint on senior care rooted in his personal experience: His mother, Natalie, and father, Harvey, live in a community similar to Pine Run in South Jersey. Both their experiences and his own in advocating for them give Darren a valuable perspective as not only an administrator but also a family member.

Licensed in Pennsylvania, Darren has a multidisciplined background in senior health care administration, business office operations, and marketing. A resident of Moorestown, New Jersey, he earned a bachelor’s degree in health care management from Southern New Hampshire University. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball with his young-adult children.

Senior Director of Financial Services, Marinela Shqina

Marinela manages the finance and accounting functions of Pine Run with precision and a deep understanding of the accounting complexities of our industry. She is responsible for the preparation of the monthly operating statements and reports; annual reporting and capital budgets; financial projections; accounts receivable and payable; cash flow; and special projects.

Her department safeguards the assets of the organization by enforcing internal controls and establishing procedures for the entire operation.

Marinela also serves on our Corporate Compliance Committee, ensuring that Pine Run is compliant with the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut, completed Computer Science coursework at the Università degli Studi di Milano (Milan, Italy), and earned a certificate in SAS Programming.

Marinela was born and raised in Albania before moving to Italy, then to Connecticut, and finally, to Perkasie, Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband and young daughter. Fluent in English, Italian, and Albanian, she brings a global perspective to her position at Pine Run.

Working in health care — and senior living, in particular — means that Marinela’s forte in strategic planning not only serves those who live at Pine Run; it also fulfills her personal mission of caring for others.

Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, Barbara L. Chierici

Barbara has worked in senior living for 30 years. She manages the Marketing and Public Relations activities of Pine Run, directs Independent Living sales; and oversees Health Center and Personal Care admissions. In addition to developing marketing strategies, she implements those ideas and actions to keep Pine Run market competitive.

Barbara is a proud “Blue Hen,” having graduated from the University of Delaware like many in her family, including her maternal grandmother. Her paternal grandmother, also a trailblazer, graduated from Drexel Institute (now University). Both matriarchs were tremendously influential in Barbara’s life and choice of career path.

A Pennsylvania native, Barbara was raised in West Chester and now resides in Blue Bell with her husband Rob. They find their bliss spending time with their 15 nieces and nephews and other family members vacationing in Dewey Beach, Delaware and Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

Barbara’s professional journey has taken her to five senior living communities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Plenty of successes – and failures – have given her a healthy appreciation of teamwork. She feels as privileged as any Bucks County native to be a steward of Pine Run’s architecture, history, and community.

Senior Administrator of Personal Care, Kate Gilbert

Kate began her career as the Admissions Coordinator for Pine Run Health Center in 2000. In 2003, she joined the Pine Run Lakeview family as the Director of Admissions and Social Services, where she consistently achieved budgeted census for more than 12 years. Kate attained her Personal Care Home Administrator’s license in 2011. In 2018, she joined the Senior Leadership Team, directing Pine Run Lakeview (located in Doylestown Borough on Lower State Road, just minutes from Doylestown Hospital) and The Garden at Pine Run, our Personal Care Home (located on our Ferry Road Campus).

Kate received her Bachelor of Arts from of the University of Rhode Island and visits twice a year to get her “Ocean State” fix.

At home in New Britain with husband, Skip, and daughters Riley and Brogan, Kate loves to grow zinnias and dahlias, her favorite flowers. She also enjoys knitting and spending her summer weekends in Avalon, New Jersey with extended family.

Senior Director of Plant Operations, Todd Bachl

Todd has been a Pennsylvania Professional Engineer since 2006; and a Certified Energy Manager since 2015. He ensures that the operations of the physical plants of the Ferry Road and Lakeview campuses run efficiently and are well-maintained, safe, and attractive.

Todd earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University and earned his Executive MBA from Penn State in June, 2019. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers. His areas of expertise include large HVAC systems design/engineering, AutoCAD, building control systems, and energy analysis.

Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Todd and his wife Karla, are not yet emptynesters; they share their Schnecksville home with daughter Emily. Daughter Katherine, an art curator, is married; son William is a graduate student at Peabody Conservatory; and daughter Madison is an undergraduate student at Bloomsburg University. (Australian Shepherds Jacks and Cooper and cat Milo remain at home.)

Early in his career, Todd worked for General Dynamics Electric Boat as an HVAC Engineer. He designed, constructed, and conducted sea trials; and overhauled the systems for the Virginia, Seawolf, Ohio, NR-1, Benjamin Franklin, and James Madison class of submarines.

Coming to Pine Run after many years with the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Todd is inspired to use his skills in this next phase of his career to serve seniors. It is his mission to make a difference in their lives, ensuring that their homes are comfortable, attractive, and safe.

Senior Director of Villager Services, Ceil Krajewski

A 30+ year Pine Run Associate, Ceil is the official liaison between Villagers and Management, ensuring transparent communication between the Villager board and Pine Run. As an advocate for Villagers’ dignity, well-being, and continuity of care, she ensures that Villagers live safely in their apartments and cottages or move through the appropriate levels of care within our continuum based on their needs.

Ceil is a Certified Aging Services Professional. She has worked in — or managed — almost every department at Pine Run. This rich history with our organization makes her uniquely well qualified to ensure that Villagers receive all of the services and amenities they moved to Pine Run to enjoy.

Born in Philadelphia, Ceil was raised in Bucks County and raised her two sons here, as well. She loves yard sales, antiquing, gardening, and her young grandson, Brady. Ceil lives in nearby Perkasie with her pug, Napoleon, whom many of you know personally.

An abiding love for her beloved grandparents brought Ceil to senior living. Feeling that this is where she naturally belongs, it is her mission to have a positive impact on those who live and work at Pine Run.

Senior Director of Environmental Services, Chris Garges

Chris has worked in senior living for more than 20 years. He ensures the efficient operations of the Housekeeping & Laundry Department on the Ferry Road and Lakeview campuses. He is also responsible for the operations of the Security and Transportation Departments for the entire continuum.

Chris studied graphic design at Montgomery County Community College. He worked in construction for several years. While senior living was not an intentional career choice, Chris fell in love with the people, and his livelihood became his vocation. Here at Pine Run, Chris has been honored by his peers for going the extra mile and stepping in wherever he is needed. In fact, he is a certified mixologist; you’ll frequently see him bartending at Pine Run events to the delight of Villagers and their guests.

Raised in rural Skippack, Pennslyvania, Chris and his wife, Kari, live in Spring Mountain with sons Justin, Anthony, and Dominic. Three dogs round out the lively household. Daughter Taylor and her significant other live nearby with granddaughter Vayda.

A huge sports fan, one of Chris’ favorite experiences was attending an NFL Pro Football Camp coached by professional players. At the end of the week, he received the Best Defensive Player Award. Receiving this award in front of hundreds of other players and his family members was a singular honor.

Chris lives by his own creed: He doesn’t believe in choosing sides. He feels that the only side one should choose is that of doing the right thing. He is a man whose greatest riches are his life experiences, and his service to our Villagers and Residents keeps his cup full.

Senior Director of Information Technologies, Mark Malecki

Mark Malecki has been an IT professional for over 20 years. He is responsible for Pine Run Community’s technology, managing telecommunications, informational systems, and CATV for both the Ferry Road and Lakeview campuses. He also serves on our Corporate Compliance Committee, ensuring that Pine Run is compliant with HIPAA and HITECH rules.

Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; a Bachelor of Science from Delaware Valley College (now University), and is a Certified Cisco Networking Associate (CCNA). He is also a member of the International Avaya Users Group.

Mark was born and raised in Bucks County and lives in Point Pleasant with his wife, Diane, and their two mini dachshunds, Hunter and Penny. He’s an avid outdoorsman and CrossFit enthusiast.

Senior living was a choice Mark made early in his career; his first job was as a dishwasher at nearby Heritage Towers. He feels that working with seniors and interacting with them in their homes is not so much a job as it is a series of life experiences.

Senior Director of Dining Services, Dave Fogel

Dave has worked in Dining Services for senior living for almost 25 years. Directing Pine Run’s programming for the entire continuum includes financial management, outstanding customer service, menu and production management, safety and sanitation, staff management, and operations management. From Lakeview’s dining room and charming bistro, to the four Health Center private dining rooms and public Cottonwood Cafe, to the Community Center’s Main Dining Room and Bar & Grille, all operations must be seamless, the hospitality outstanding, and the food exceptional.

Dave has an Associate Degree in culinary arts, a Bachelor’s Degree in food service management, and an MBA in international business. He belongs to the Association of Nutrition &  Food Professionals (ANFP). While employed by Sodexo/contracted here at Pine Run several years ago, Dave was recognized as Sodexo’s Regional Manager of the Year.

Born on the Naval Base in Newport, Rhode Island, Dave moved with his parents to Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania after his father returned from Vietnam. Dave was raised on a 20-acre farm, and he now lives three miles from his childhood home in Bally, Pennsylvania with his 136-pound golden retriever, Tankamin. He enjoys spending time at his Lycoming County cabin reading, fishing, and watching the wildlife. An avid traveler, Dave has visited 42 states and 26 countries.

Dave is happiest at Pine Run. He feels a sense of responsibility to give back to those who have gone before him and to make a difference in their lives. It’s an important life lesson he’s passing on to his nephew, Luke: Paying it forward fills you up.

Senior Director of Healthy Living, Jim Mangol

With almost 20 years in Senior Wellness, Jim oversees the planning, promotion, and implementation of resident and employee wellness programming at Pine Run. Emphasis is placed on the seven dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, environmental, spiritual, social, and occupational. Building on our current model, Jim is designing robust, all-inclusive wellness programming for those who live and work here.

Jim graduated from Temple University with a degree in Kinesiology. A member of the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) and Senior Exercise Professionals of Pennsylvania (SEPPA), Jim is also CPR-/AED-certified by the American Heart Association. He has been published nationally in Senior Housing News and developed an employee wellness program that was was awarded Most Improved Worksite Wellness Program by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Born in Ambler, Pennsylvania, Jim now resides in Hatfield with his wife and their three young sons. When he’s not at work, he and his family enjoy sports and the great outdoors.

It is Jim’s mission to effect positive change in the lives of seniors. He is inspired by their wisdom and drive and feels privileged to be part of their wellness journey.