MEET OUR TEAM
Senior Living in Lincolnshire, IL
A Community With People Who Care
Michelle R. Bettigole, RN
A seasoned executive in the senior living industry with more than 15 years of experience exclusively in the Life Plan space, Michelle is Sedgebrook’s Executive Director and fearless leader.
Beyond senior living experience, Michelle is a Registered Nurse and a licensed skilled nursing home administrator with a master’s degree in management, nursing, and healthcare policy and management.
As our Executive Director, she is responsible for day-to-day operations and financial management of our entire community. Michelle’s top priority is being a fantastic steward of the trust that residents and their families have in Sedgebrook. Michelle constantly challenges herself to create new and better systems and ways to serve our residents, as well as the next generation of seniors.
Stop by Michelle’s office any time to chat and pet Loki, her therapy-certified smooth-coated chihuahua.
What Is Your Why: “Empowering seniors to live purposefully through vibrant, engaging community experiences.”
ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
As Associate Executive Director, Joanne Kopper ensures Sedgebrook offers a vibrant and engaging community in which to live and work. She oversees day-to-day operations and fosters relationships, services and goals that promote exceptional experiences.
Since joining our community in 2011, Joanne has served Sedgebrook residents in a variety of roles, including as Resident Life Manager and Director of Resident Health Services. As the latter, she served as Wellness Navigator and managed the daily operations of Sedgebrook at Home, the community’s home health program. In 2019, Joanne received LeadingAge’s Strive and Thrive Award for the development and implementation of that program.
Joanne, who holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling and a bachelor’s degree in sociology, enjoys helping residents, their families and staff.
What Is Your Why: “Create a vibrant and engaging community”
DIRECTOR OF RESIDENT ENGAGEMENT
As Director of Resident Engagement, Lisa Tavor develops a wide variety of activities, programs and events suited to residents’ interests. With a well-rounded skill set that includes certifications in personal training, group fitness, and yoga teacher training, Lisa enjoys leading wellness classes. An accomplished artist, she also teaches art classes, bringing out residents’ creative side.
Prior to joining Sedgebrook in 2022, Lisa spent more than four years in senior living as Director of Resident Programs and more than six years providing supportive services for people who are blind or visually impaired. She emigrated from Australia to the United States in 2016.
In her role, Lisa is able to spend time with residents every day. She enjoys the opportunity to make connections and be a part of their lives.
What is Your Why: “Develop an engaging environment”
RESIDENT LIFE DIRECTOR
A passionate advocate, Cathy serves as a liaison, working with residents, their families and Sedgebrook’s staff to develop effective solutions that meet residents’ needs and foster their health and well-being. Cathy’s background makes her perfectly suited to this important role.
As a licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree in social work, Cathy spent 10 years providing counseling and social services before joining Sedgebrook in 2008. She enjoys using the insight and experience she gained in clinical social work to enhance the lives of those she serves.
What is Your Why: “Foster proactive wellness for residents”
Lefran Elgezdi, SHRM-CP
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
DIRECTOR OF GENERAL SERVICES
As Director of General Services, Don manages the departments that provide personalized and community services to residents such as transportation, housekeeping, home maintenance, groundskeeping and security. He enjoys building relationships and overseeing services that celebrate and enhance life.
Prior to joining Sedgebrook in April 2005, Don served as director of housekeeping for Omni Hotels & Resorts, the luxury all-suite hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois, as well as the historic and elegant Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Don also served in the front office and as director of housekeeping for Stouffer Hotels & Resorts, now known as Renaissance Hotels, for nearly 20 years. During that time, he worked for 10 different Stouffer Hotels in eight states. He holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel management.
What is Your Why: “Provide a stress and maintenance free environment”
DIRECTOR OF DINING SERVICES
Tim Pardun oversees the dining at Sedgebrook and Radford Green Health Care and Rehabilitation. He works with a talented culinary team to create an array of choices and flavors for everyone to enjoy as well as great service to complement the food.
Prior to joining Sedgebrook in 2017, Tim served more than 20 years as a Dining Director in senior living at all levels, including in independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care. Tim is a certified dietary manager and holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management.
He considers it a privilege to help create a great meal experience for residents and their friends and families, especially given how important meals are to everyone’s day and how much joy they can bring.
What is Your Why: “Produce wonderful dining and service for residents.”
Chef Kira received her culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu and has been working as Sedgebrook’s Executive Chef since 2014. Above all else, Chef Kira enjoys preparing comfort foods! On a typical day, you’ll find her planning future meals, overseeing lunch and dinner, and collaborating with other team members to ensure a smooth running operation. Resident feedback is very meaningful to Chef Kira, as she adds new dishes to the menu based on their comments and experiences.
What is Your Why: “Create and deliver delicious and nutritious meals”
DIRECTOR OF SALES
As Director of Sales and Marketing, Amy Kraabel leads Sedgebrook’s sales team to enable a best-in-class experience for those exploring the community. She and her team provide helpful resources and offer meaningful and engaging ways to experience Sedgebrook in person. Knowing the advantages Sedgebrook offers, Amy enjoys delivering the missing piece in someone’s search for the ideal place to call home.
Prior to joining Sedgebrook in 2021, Amy spent 10 years in senior living, primarily serving as Director of Sales and Marketing for a Chicago-based developer of senior living communities. She also served as sales director for 15 years for a residential real estate construction firm in Lake County and earned a bachelor’s degree in interior architecture.
What is Your Why: “Help prospective residents find the best place for their next chapter”
INTERIOR DESIGNER/MOVE-IN CONSULTANT
Joseph makes moving look easy! Since 2005, he has brought his creativity to the Sedgebrook team. Joseph’s passion is to take a blank space and turn it into someone’s vision, as he assists residents in choosing their preferred colors and style. He also manages the moving and unpacking process from start to finish so new residents feel right at home when they move into the community. Joseph’s work ensures a smooth, stress-free transition.
What is Your Why: “Design a space that is home.”
AREA DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Dan Rogers manages all of the financial responsibilities of Sedgebrook, including accurate billing to its residents. He and his team provide transparency through the Resident Advisory Council and Finance Committee, where they meet quarterly with residents to review financial information, including the budget and annual audit, and share the owners’ vision and goals for the community.
Prior to joining Sedgebrook in 2022, Dan had overseen the financials of senior living communities since 2009, including as regional controller for the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago for three years and then for The Clare and Monarch Landing. A licensed CPA, Dan worked in public accounting for five years at Ernst & Young in Chicago, Illinois.
What is Your Why: “Provide financial guidance and support”
Tiffany Zapata, LPN
Director of Assisted Living & Memory Care at Radford Green of Sedgebrook
Tiffany Zapata’s favorite part of her role as Director of Assisted Living & Memory Care at Sedgebrook is witnessing residents making friends and seeing improvements in residents who move to Radford Green.
As a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where she served as an Aerospace Control and Warning Systems Surveillance Technician, in addition to her 17 years of nursing experience, Tiffany’s impressive background contributes to her outstanding leadership skills.
In her role, Tiffany creates person-centered care plans that celebrate resident capabilities, while educating staff and initiating policies that provide high standards of quality care. When she’s not working one-on-one with residents and team members, Tiffany provides positive experiences to potential residents and their families exploring Radford Green.
What Is Your Why: “Enriching the lives of residents by creating meaningful moments”
Kerin Grant, RN
Director of Nursing
With a master’s degree in nursing, 14 years of nursing experience, and 10 years as a Director of Nursing, Kerin Grant is especially suited for her role as Director of Nursing at Radford Green Health Care and Rehabilitation.
Kerin’s focus is on promoting a positive atmosphere for long-term care residents to feel as comfortable as possible. Her dedication to individualized care helps our rehabilitation residents reach their highest potential to return to their homes and loved ones.
Kerin’s emphasis on building relationships and teamwork is the foundation of creating a positive and supportive environment in which our entire community comes together to meet the needs of our residents and families.
What Is Your Why: “Sharing a common goal among our team to provide the best quality of life possible for our residents”
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