Jay Biere

Jay Biere

Chief Executive Officer

Jay began his appointment as Plymouth Place CEO on January 1, 2018.  Most recently, he was the CEO of Meadows Communities in Normal, Illinois. He has extensive leadership experience in senior living, including Kisco Senior Living, Lifespace Communities and Vibrant Life Senior Living, where he led major infrastructure upgrades, including a new IT platform and an expansion of resident services. He also launched an ambassador program to increase employee and resident satisfaction, and implemented a Q.A.P.I. process to improve quality outcomes in clinical and support service areas.  He started his career with ServiceMaster Management Services. Jay grew up on a farm in Volo, Illinois, before earning a marketing degree from Northern Illinois University.  He has four sons and seven grandchildren, ranging in age from newborn to 7 years old.  In his spare time, Jay enjoys golf, biking, hiking, and travel.   Additionally, he has served in leadership roles at faith-based ministries and has supported related non-profit organizations.

Raymond P. Felson

Raymond P. Felson

Executive Director

Ray joined Plymouth Place as Executive Director in July 2014 after a career in real estate. A resident of LaGrange Park, he has served on the Plymouth Place board of directors, contributing most recently as the chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee and Vice-Chair. He entered the commercial real estate industry in 1985 when he joined the Palmer Group, LTD., as Project Manager of the Atrium Mall development at the James R. Thompson Center. In 1993, Ray started his own company TPG Realty Services. As president of TPG Realty, Ray handled the development, brokerage and management of the company’s commercial property. Ray holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, with concentrations in finance and urban economic development. His prior board affiliations include the Chicago Association of Realtors and the Chicago Theological Seminary. Ray has served as moderator of the First Congregational Church of LaGrange.

Al Gracia

Al Gracia

Director of Dining Services

Al attended cooking school in San Francisco, CA which is where his career began. After finishing school, he moved to Chicago to work for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, where he worked for restaurants Shaw’s Crab House, Wildfire and Mity Nice Bar & Grill. After his time with these restaurants, he transferred to non-commercial kitchens, working for Campus Services at DePaul University. He brought restaurant quality ideas and execution to the kitchens at DePaul. Al became involved with the evolving Healthcare Division of Sodexo starting at Loyola University Hospital before joining the Plymouth Place team. He is married with two children, one of which is in college and the other in high school. Al enjoys running and tennis, listening to and playing jazz, and home-cooking as well. As the Director of Dining Services, he strives to bridge the gap between what is nutritious and healthy for his clients and residents, all while executing the best dining experience one event and one meal at a time. By offering fresh, exciting and creative food ideas, he believes the staff gets motivated, while clients and residents get excited. Al’s goal is to make Plymouth Place everyone’s dining destination.

Ed Krzeminski

Ed Krzeminski

Director of Facilities

Ed was born in Chicago, graduated from Taft High School, and has an associate degree in mechanical engineering. He served in the army as the Hawk Missile Crew chief on the DMZ in South Korea. He and his wife, Cathy, moved to Countryside 40 years ago. They have two children, Julie and Matt, and two granddaughters, Ellie and Lucy. He worked at Electromotive, and then opened his own company for heating, air conditioning and electrical in the suburbs. An offer from American Airlines to become the Customer Services Manager of Facilities Maintenance at O’Hare was his next career move followed by joining Sodexo Facilities Solutions in 2008. As a proven Healthcare Facilities Manager, drawing on 20 years of experience in facilities management, he focuses mainly on the services requested by his clients and management. He also served as alderman in the city of Countryside for 12 years and was mayor for 4 years. His pride was saving Flagg Creek from becoming a Wal-Mart and preserving green space for Countryside. He and his wife enjoyed many trips when he was a Personnel Assistant with American Airlines, and still travel now that they are empty nesters.

Rita Lopienski

Rita Lopienski

Director of Life Enrichment

Rita has been at Plymouth Place since 2011, and has been in the field of active aging for more than 30 years. She has a Master’s degree in music education and music therapy, is certified as an Activity Consultant, and in Laughter Yoga and Volunteer Management. She oversees programs, transportation, volunteering and fitness. She directs the Plymouth Place Chorus, Chimes and Players, drumming circles and a fitness/line dancing class. At home, Rita directs music at church, the Bartlett International Chorus, and is president of Arts in Bartlett. Her passion is world travel.

Kathie Mattingly

Kathie Mattingly

Director of Assisted Living and Assisted Living Memory Care

Kathie attended Northern Illinois University where she received her B.S.N., Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then joined the staff of Hines V.A. Hospital where she worked for twelve years.

She lives in La Grange, and worked at Plymouth Place as an R.N. in Assisted Living and Greg’s Place. In 2013 she moved to Providence’s Victorian Village of Homer Glen until rejoining Plymouth Place in February 2018.

Tamra Nalls

Tamra Nalls

Director of People Services

Tamra graduated from Lewis University with a degree in Human Resource Management in 2001. From 2001-2003 she was a corporate recruiter with Systemax, Inc. in a high volume recruitment environment. After meeting her husband Scott while in college, they married and moved to Michigan. There she gave birth to two sons, Ahkil and Micah. While in Michigan Tamra earned a Masters degree in organizational management at Spring Arbor University in Jackson, MI and stayed home with the boys. After moving back to Illinois, Tamra joined HCR Manor Care-Health Services in 2011 as Human Resource Director. She remained there until joining Plymouth Place in spring of 2018. In her rare free time, Tamra loves to be with her family. She hopes to find more time to travel with Scott and the boys in the future.

Laura Nickels

Laura Nickels

Director of Nursing

Laura grew up in Forest Park with five siblings, three dogs and two cats, the youngest girl in a very close family. After graduation from Proviso East, she attended Rend Lake College in Ina, IL, where she obtained her nursing degree. She found elderly patients are and always have been her passion, so she began her career as a floor nurse, then a restorative nurse, QA nurse, ADON and finally DON at other skilled nursing centers in the western suburbs. Laura and her husband have lived in Woodridge for 13 years with their three boys, ages 21 to 30.

Robin Tanis

Robin Tanis

Director of Finance

Robin served as a consultant to Plymouth Place before becoming its Finance Director in 2011. Robin graduated from Trinity Christian College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and a minor in accounting. She brings job experiences in accounting and management of 20 years to Plymouth Place.

Jackie Terpstra

Jackie Terpstra

Administrator-Health Care Center

Jackie began her lifetime love for working in senior housing as a teenager in the 1980s, working in Housekeeping and Activities departments during her high school and college summers. She graduated in 1986 from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with degrees in business administration and psychology. Jackie was hired at Providence Downers Grove as admissions coordinator, then worked as assistant administrator, and finally as administrator for a combined 19 years of service (administrator for 16 of those years). She also served for three years as the Coordinator for Rest Haven – Providence’s Assisted Living Programs in three different states. Jackie is active with the Illinois Nursing Home Administrators Association, as well as with LeadingAge Illinois.

Allyson Zak

Allyson Zak

Director of Development and Public Relations

Allyson has worked at Plymouth Place since 2011. She works with Residents and their families to raise funds for Plymouth Place through memorial gifts, bequests and the annual appeal for the Plymouth Place Endowment. Previously, she served as a consultant to nonprofits and corporations on board development, strategic planning community relations strategy. She worked in government affairs for Ameritech and then for the Ameritech Foundation. Allyson is active in a variety of local nonprofit organizations, and lives in Western Springs with her husband and two children.

Board of Directors

Doris Bryant

Doris Bryant

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Doris Bryant is a retired attorney. Before retirement, she served as Assistant Vice President, Investment Law, Allstate Investments, LLC, specializing in corporate bond investments and private equity transactions. Prior to her years at Allstate, Doris was an associate in the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law. Doris and her husband, David, live in La Grange Park. They have five adult children and six grandchildren. Doris is an active member of First Congregational Church of La Grange. She has served on many church boards and ministries, including a term as Moderator of the church. She currently serves on the Saturday Meals Program Advisory Board, is a member of the Finance Ministry, and plays in the hand bell choir. Doris’ mother is a Plymouth Place Resident.

Marvin Baldwin

Marvin Baldwin

1st Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors

Marv Baldwin has served as President and CFO of Foods Resource Bank (FRB) since February 1, 2005. Marv’s initial experience with FRB in 2002 was as a volunteer. FRB raises funds in the U.S. to support agriculturally based food security programs in the developing world. Prior to joining FRB, Marv was district manager for Nalco Co. In his various roles at Nalco he always enjoyed working alongside other staff and customers to address mechanical, operational, biological and chemical challenges in water using systems. Marv was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan; graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan; resided for a time in Costa Mesa, California, Laguna Hills, California, Nashville, Tennessee and now lives in Western Springs with his wife Amy and their three children.

Elizabeth Asperger

Elizabeth Asperger

2nd Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors

Liz received a degree in political science from Miami University (Ohio), and earned a law degree from Notre Dame Law School. She enjoyed the practice of law for 16 years, specializing in real estate development. In 1996 Liz resigned her law firm partnership and began to devote more time to community service. She served as a Trustee on the La Grange Village Board from 1996-2005, and then as President of the Village of La Grange from 2005-2013. Liz and her husband, Jonathan, have resided in La Grange since 1983, and have one adult son, Kyle.

Mark Cloghessy

Mark Cloghessy

Mark is a retired institutional investor. Mark was senior vice president for Allstate Investments, where he served in various capacities for 21 years. Prior to that, Mark served in a regulatory capacity for 12 years with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He holds a BA in Business from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and an MBA in international finance and economics from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He lives in Western Springs with his wife and two daughters.

Dr. Kent F. W. Armbruster, M.D.

Dr. Kent F. W. Armbruster, M.D.

Kent F. W. Armbruster is a nephrologist. He lives in Westmont with his wife and they have three children. He served in the Air Force, went to medical school at the University of Illinois, and did his residency at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago. Kent practiced Nephrology for 42 years and was Vice President of Medical Affairs at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Illinois from 1992 until 2016. He is now Physician Advisor at Little Company of Mary Hospital and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Chicago Medical School.

Carly Stucklen-Sather

Carly Stucklen-Sather

Rev. Carly Stucklen-Sather has been the Pastor for the First Congregational Church of LaGrange since March, 2014.  Originally from Massachusetts, Carly holds an Accountancy degree from Bentley University, a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Heidelberg University, a Masters of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary, and  Doctorate of Ministry work at Drew University. Carly has also studied with Eden Theological Seminary, the Beeson Leadership Institute and the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.  Carly is married to Rev. Daniel Sather and they have 2 adult sons who have blessed them with lovely spouses and a precious granddaughter. Carly enjoys gourmet cooking, biking, cabinet making, and all things wood.

Harriet VerGowe

Harriet VerGowe

Harriet VerGowe has served as the volunteer coordinator at the Community Nurse Association in LaGrange. Harriet and her husband, Wayne, moved to Western Springs 24 years ago. As the head of IBM’s worldwide education center for large systems she directed IBM’s first Internet Consulting Business Unit, assisting businesses to establish a strategy and presence on the Internet. She took an early retirement opportunity in 2001 to spend more time with her two sons. Harriet is a University of Illinois Alumna with a Marketing degree and post-graduate training at Harvard University.

Dr. Larry LaPalio

Dr. Larry LaPalio

Dr. Larry LaPalio is the emeritus and founding director of Adventist Midwest Geriatrics. He attended medical school at St. Louis University and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois. He has advanced training in Geriatrics as the Robert Woods Johnson mid-career fellow in 1988 at the University of California at Los Angeles. He holds board certification in internal medicine, Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Care. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, has published many articles and given many presentations at local and national meetings in his related fields. He has been a leader in medical education and has had a career of medical executive experience, including serving as the Director of Geriatrics from 1988 to 1994 at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.

Thom Serafin

Thom Serafin

Thom is the founder and CEO of Serafin & Associates, Inc. He has created a unique space in the world of public affairs in Chicago and across Illinois, where his counsel, strategic planning and crisis management skills are widely sought by businesses, government agencies, nonprofits and the news media. Thom earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Film Making from the University of Illinois/Springfield. Thom serves on the University of Illinois Alumni Board. He is also active in the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce, where he is a past board member.

Laura Weyrauch

Laura Weyrauch

Laura Weyrauch is a consultant for construction project programming, management and owner representation for the senior housing industry. She has over twenty-five years of experience as a registered architect and project manager. Laura is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia. She is currently Vice Chair of the Village of La Grange Plan Commission, and a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments. Laura and her husband have three adult sons and live in La Grange.

Mike Thiessen

Mike Thiessen

Mike has a B.S. in Economics and Political Science and a Masters of Management. He has worked in political campaigns and as a Washington, D.C. staffer. After moving to the Chicago area over two decades ago, Mike worked for Mesirow Financial before opening his own consulting practice. Mike specializes in public private partnerships in the real estate field. Mike also teaches a Masters level program in the business of sports at Northwestern University. Mike is married with two children and lives in Western Springs.

John Barrett, HR-NIR

John Barrett, HR-NIR

John has a B.S. and M.S. from Loyola University, Chicago in Psychology and Human Resource Management, respectively. He is currently working as Vice President of Administrative Affairs at Franciscan Health – Dyer Hammond Munster, a three-campus hospital entity in Northwest Indiana that is part of the 14 Hospital Franciscan Alliance System, serving patients in Indiana and South Suburban Chicago.  Prior to that, John has worked in management consulting doing executive search, design of compensation systems, and as an executive coach; and for over twenty years in senior human resource leadership positions at Rush Medical Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital  and Loyola University Medical Center.  John has served on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago and Aspire of Illinois. John lives in Westchester, IL.

Louise H. Starmann, MSW, LCSW

Louise H. Starmann, MSW, LCSW

Louise Starmann completed her Master of Social Work degree at Jane Addams College of Social Work. She served as Social Service Director at Aging Care Connections for 16 years and previously supervised elder abuse and case management programs. She has worked in the field of aging for 25 years providing community based assessments, elder abuse investigation and case work, information and referral, and family resources to caregivers of older adults before assuming the role of Director of Social Service. Currently, Ms. Starmann is serving on the State of Illinois Older Adult Services committee and is an Adjunct Professor at Jane Addams College of Social Work teaching Social Work and Aging. Louise is working as a consultant to aging service providers in the development of strategic initiatives related to aging services and has a private practice consulting with older adults and families on long term care options.

Jan S. McDermed

Jan S. McDermed

President of the Residents’ Council

Jan grew up in Mendota, IL, graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College, Northfield, MN and an M.L.S. from Dominican University, River Forest, IL. Her professional career began in the Camp Lejeune Base Schools and then assistant librarian at Thomas Ford Library, Western Springs, IL and head librarian at LaGrange Public Library, LaGrange, IL. She then moved to the Continental Bank of Chicago, IL as manager of Information Services followed by a career managing many administrative and operating divisions. She retired in 1993 as Managing Director of corporate banking services, now Bank of America. Jan was a 52-year resident of Western Springs before moving to Plymouth Place in 2012, the year her husband, Bill, died. She has two children and three stepchildren. Jan was very active in her community and was named Western Springs Citizen of the Year in 2001. Reading, birding, hiking and music are her passions, plus her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She served on the Plymouth Place Board for seventeen years in separate terms, and was Chairman of the Board when the decision was made to build the new Plymouth Place Senior Living. She is currently President of the Residents’ Council

Sally Hadley

Sally Hadley

Vice President of the Residents’ Council

Sally grew up in central Indiana. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Evansville College (now University of Evansville) and an MFA from the University of Georgia. After teaching high school at NIU, she spent the remainder of her career at College of DuPage as an Instructor of Speech and later as both an Associate Dean and Dean of English, Journalism and Speech. Sally served on the Board of Directors of Marklund, was an officer for the College of DuPage Retirees Association Board, and currently serves on the College of DuPage Foundation Scholarship Committee. As a resident of Plymouth Place, she has served on the Friendship Committee and now serves as Vice President of the Residents’ Council.