Our Team

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Ellie Baum
Executive Director

Ellie brings over 15 years of experience in senior living including independent living, assisted living, supportive living and memory care. She is a pioneer of the supportive living program and began working with the program in 2002. Ellie has served on the board of directors for supportive living organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration and is in the process of completing her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration.

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Missy Wierzgac, CDP
New Day Administrator

Missy is an accomplished, licensed long term care administrator with a track record of success in Memory Care. She is a highly skilled Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) in the administration and programming of dementia care, training of dementia care providers, resident assessments, and family support. We are excited to have Missy join our team and enhance the programming and care in our New Day Community. In her spare time, she loves to garden and train her new puppy, Holly.

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Brittany Celestin
Wellness & Health Director

As Wellness & Health Director I have 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. I have worked in Assisted Living, Supportive Living and Home Health Care. I plan to build a relationship with each and every resident. I want them to know they have someone in their home that they can trust. I want to encourage residents to make goals for themselves to live life to their fullest potential. My goal is to keep the residents educated on their physical health, disease management, and to encourage them to keep their independence by making decisions for healthy eating, good hygiene, complying with their medication regime and exercise. Family is important to me; I enjoy spending the holidays together and traveling with my family.

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Tanya Jennings
Regional Director of Nursing

As Regional Director of Nursing, Tanya brings over 13 years of experience in the Health Care industry. As a former Director of Nursing she has a wealth of experience in Supportive Living and Long Term Care. Tanya travels between communities overseeing the nursing departments and caring for the residents. In addition to her busy career she is the mother of 2 teenagers keeping her on the go.

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Peg Spear
Regional Supervisor

As Regional Supervisor with over 25 years in Marketing, Sales and Sales Management, Peg brings the personal touch when it comes to working with residents and their families to transition to Assisted Living. In addition, she oversees our Activity Department, always striving to find new and varied programs for the residents and their families to enjoy.

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Samantha Vander Vliet
Marketing Director

Samantha comes to us with an extensive background in Assisted Living and Memory Care. As Marketing Director, Samantha plans to bring innovative ideas and events to the community. With a strong background in sales and marketing, she will seek out new opportunities to promote The Pointe at Kilpatrick while working closely with Activities to provide events that focus not only on the promotion of the building; but also provide, an opportunity for our residents to enjoy the event as well. This collaboration and team work focus will seek to improve the experience of our current and future residents. We are excited to have her on the management team.

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Angie Garbaczewski
Director of Resident Relations

Angie Garbaczewski is the Director of Resident Relations at The Pointe and started in January 2010. Angie’s tireless pursuit of finding new activities, events and outings to attend has given the residents a multitude of experiences to choose from. Whether it be a fishing trip on a sunny day or watching local dancers and singers perform live in our community lounge, Angie has made sure there is never a dull moment. Born in Chicago and raised in Brighton Park, Angie is familiar with all of the wonderful things this large area has to offer. When she is not at The Pointe, she can usually be found at her husband’s restaurant helping out.

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Colleen Pratl
Business Office Manager

Colleen is a graduate of Western Illinois University, where she received her degree in Health Services Management. She served her required internship at The Pointe during her last semester During that time, she was able to observe every aspect of the operations, from administration to dining services and everything in between. She took on the role of Business Office Manager with enthusiasm as she rises to meet the challenges of the ever changing health care industry and the Medicaid Managed Care Program.

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Vaness Clay
Financial Compliance Supervisor

After earning an Associates Degree at Tranico Business School in Chicago, Vaness discovered her passion for working with older adults while working with a physician in private practice. It was this new passion that lead Vaness to accept a position as the Office Manager in an assisted living community. Wanting to work directly with the residents, Vaness later became an MDS Coordinator at a skilled nursing facility where she was responsible for organizing and updating resident charts and files and later became an Admissions Director. As a the Family Liaison at The Pointe, Vaness is the principal contact between families and The Pointe in regards to moving in and business matters. She contacts families to retrieve the necessary documents that are needed for Medicaid applications and the Tax Credit program. She also assists the Marketing Department in giving tours, returning calls and the overall process of moving a resident into the building.

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Priscilla Garcia
Managed Care Director

Priscilla Garcia has been in the medical industry since 2001. She obtained her medical billing and coding certificate from Richard Daley College. She has over 16 years of experience in medical billing which includes long term care, physician and therapy, to name a few. She loves what she does and always does it with a smile.

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Vilius "Willie" Backus
Maintenance Supervisor

Willie joins us with a wealth of experience in Maintenance and Building Management. He has a long history in working in Senior Living Communities ensuring that our residents will find him to be quite accommodating. Customer Service and the top notch upkeep of the community are his number one priorities. With the addition of Willie to our Staff, our residents will be provided with a smooth running and efficient residence. In addition, safety will be a primary focus to be sure that every step is taken to keep all systems fully functioning and safeguard our residents in their homes.

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Karl Hill
Director of Dining

Karl has served as a food service manager for nearly 30 years. His experience includes various areas of healthcare including assisted living, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. Karl graduated from Florida State with a degree in Food and Nutrition Management. His family is very important to him and includes his wife of 17 years, one daughter and twin sons. We are excited to have Karl at The Pointe at Kilpatrick!