At The Highlands at Wyomissing, our passion for exceptional care starts at the top and continues through every department and team member.
With a leadership team of highly-skilled and knowledgeable professionals from a variety of backgrounds, we use an interdisciplinary approach when managing our community. This allows us to approach situations and opportunities in a unique and creative way that leverages our decades of experience together.
Our leadership team is passionate about helping both residents and fellow team members, nurturing a family-like workplace which encourages longevity.
Kevin P. DeAcosta, President and CEO, joined The Highlands in September 2000, and was promoted to the positon of CFO in January 2004, served as Interim President and CFO from January 2012 through March 2013, and was appointed President and CEO effective March 2013. Mr. DeAcosta received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Alvernia University in Reading, PA. Prior to coming to The Highlands Mr. DeAcosta spend ten years in the banking and public accounting industries. At The Highlands Mr. DeAcosta plans, directs and manages all operations of The Highlands. He develops and maintains effective business and professional relations with members of the Board of Directors, residents, clients, industry organizations, hospitals and churches. Additionally, he works in cooperation with the Governing Board in developing the strategic vision for the organization.
Curt comes to The Highlands at Wyomissing with over 30 years’ experience in senior living, most recently as a Chief Operating Officer of a leading retirement care organization. Curt has a Master’s of Science, Jurisprudence (MSJ) with a Certificate in Healthcare and Hospital Law. He is an active member of his community, serving on local boards and committees. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Curt has direct oversight and management of the Maintenance, Dining, Support Services, Transportation, and Home Care Departments.
Jodi Gibble, Director of Marketing, joined The Highlands at Wyomissing in 2009. Prior to The Highlands from 2004-2009, Mrs. Gibble served as the VP of Marketing & Community Relations for Luthercare in Lititz, Pa overseeing the sales and marketing efforts of three retirement communities and five childcare programs. Mrs. Gibble was previously employed as the Regional Marketing Director of Newton Senior Living from 2002-2004 and the Regional Director of Marketing for Genesis Elder Care from 2000-2002 developing and facilitating marketing & sales strategies for assisted living communities. She also served in an operational role as an Executive Director of Mifflin Court (Genesis Eldercare), Shillington, Pa from 1997-2000. Mrs. Gibble holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pa.
Lorena Lazarchick, Director of Community Life and Engagement, joined The Highlands at Wyomissing in November of 1987. Mrs. Lazarchick provides leadership, oversight, management, development, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations for the following departments/areas: Residential Living Programming, Security, Fitness Center, Pastoral Care, and Social Services. She also serves as the liaison between the Board of Directors and Administration.
John has served as the Manager of Support Services at The Highlands since November 2016. Previously, he spent 25 years with H&R Block as a District Manager, leading a team in the Central PA area, and as a Franchise Operations Consultant, with operations spanning from New Jersey to North Carolina. John is a graduate of Bristol Community College in Massachusetts with a major in Business Administration. He is a licensed Personal Care Administrator in the state of PA. He resides in York, PA, with his wife, Tammy, and twin cats. He enjoys activities including photography, fishing, live theater and cooking.
Mrs. Pessognelli, Chief Financial Officer, joined the Corporation in July 2013. Mrs. Pessognelli brings 30 years of experience in health care financial management. Mrs. Pessognelli was previously employed by Barclay Friends, a Kendal affiliate, as Director of Finance. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware and a Master’s in Business Administration from West Chester University, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Pessognelli oversees resident and medical billing, accounts receivable and payable, preparation of the financial statements, risk management, budget preparation, cash and investment management, external reporting and analyzing strategic initiatives.
Kristen Santangelo is Administrator of Skilled Nursing and Compliance Officer for The Highlands at Wyomissing. In this role, Kristen is responsible for planning, organizing and administering the daily operations of The Highlands’ Skilled Nursing Center; overseeing the administration of all therapy services; maintaining a professional level of confidentiality in all organizational, employee and resident issues; providing high quality care; and maintaining compliance with all regulatory requirements, budgetary guidelines and policies and procedures established by The Highlands at Wyomissing. Kristen is a member of the Senior Leadership team that plans, develops, supports and implements strategic initiatives. Prior to joining The Highlands, Kristen served as an NHA with ManorCare. She also spent part of her career as the Vice President of Operations for Genesis Healthcare. Kristen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Kutztown University and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator (NHA).
Todd Saylor is the Director of Dining Services for The Highlands at Wyomissing. Todd comes to The Highlands with more than eight years’ experience in senior living, most recently as Director of Dining Services and Executive Chef at Phoebe Ministries. He has his Associate’s Degree in Food Service and is Serve Safe Certified. Todd began his career as a chef with the Wood Company, honing his craft and his love of cooking.