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.
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.
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).