Meet Our Experts

Corrine Bellafiore

Corrine Bellafiore

Social Services Coordinator

Corrine, who has a master’s degree in social work, provides therapeutic interventions for the long-term residents of The Springs. Corrine was introduced to diverse populations while earning her master’s, and it was then that she discovered her passion for working with seniors.

Antonella Coniglio

Antonella Coniglio

Social Service Coordinator

Antonella, who is a licensed social worker and has a master’s degree in social work, holds holds a dual role: as discharge planner and social worker. “I work closely with our guests and their families from the time they come to The Springs to planning a safe discharge back home or alternative locations. I coordinate resources for which they may qualify, in order to improve their success at home,” she said. “I take pride in learning the individual needs of our rehab guests and communicating those needs to the appropriate party including our guests, family, home health, doctor, caregiver agencies, or residence in the community.”

Gail Gotsis

Gail Gotsis

Post-Acute Nursing Manager

Gail, who has two decades of experience working in critical care, is the clinical manager for short-term rehab guests. Gail has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in organizational leadership.

Candiss Julian

Candiss Julian

PM Nurse Supervisor

Candiss oversees residents’ medical care during evening hours. She has more than 20 years of experience in long-term care, having started as a CNA and progressing to LPN, RN and RN supervisor as she continued her education and earned higher degrees.

 Gerald Moody

Gerald Moody

Environmental Services Supervisor

The Springs sparkles largely due to Gerald Moody and his team. With more than 30 years of experience in his field, Gerald, who retired from the Veterans Administration, is responsible for overseeing the cleaning and sanitation of The Springs.

 Stacey Schulte

Stacey Schulte

Nurse Practitioner

Stacey, who is on-site every week day, is a board certified adult/gerontology nurse practitioner with vast clinical experience including long-term care and rehabilitation in a subacute setting.

Mark Trnka

Mark Trnka

Executive Director of Monarch Landing

As executive director, Mark is overseeing the community that he has admired since it first opened its doors. In addition to senior living, Mark has extensive experience in health care and management. Working in senior living, Mark said that he especially treasures “the connections and the relationships that you develop over time with the residents.”

Nikki Weydert

Nikki Weydert

Social Services Coordinator

Nikki holds one-on-one counseling sessions sessions for rehab guests at The Springs. Nikki has a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services and is completing her work towards a master’s degree in social work.

Journey

Journey

Therapy Dog

German shepherd/chocolate lab/golden retriever mix, three-year-old Journey is a much beloved presence, who works a traditional Monday-Friday, 9-5 work week at Monarch Landing and The Springs.

Journey is a “graduate” of Bradley University’s Wags for Mags, a branch of Paws Giving Independence. He was trained by Melissa Hegg when she was a student at Bradley, and adopted by her after she became human resources assistant at Monarch Landing.

Journey comes to work when Melissa does. He then spends much of his day at The Springs, visiting residents and guests, and helping out with activities.

The benefits of time with dogs are immeasurable, said Melissa. “Our objective is to improve the lives of our residents. Medical studies show that petting dogs lowers blood pressure, improves mental well-being and brings great pleasure to individuals.”

Samantha Breden

Samantha Breden

Business Development Director

Samantha has the enviable role of sharing the wonderful story of The Springs, the services we provide, and the unique way in which we provide them to potential residents/guests, their families, and health care providers.

Samantha has worked in healthcare for older adults for more than 25 years, initially as a music therapist for seniors with memory loss. She then transitioned to the admissions/marketing role, which she said is particularly rewarding, “because I can explain the different healthcare options available and help people choose what will work best for them.”

Colleen Espinosa

Colleen Espinosa

Administrative Assistant

As administrative assistant at The Springs, Colleen who is often found at the reception desk, greets visitors and guests as they first come through our doors. In addition to being a welcoming presence, Colleen is also responsible for collaborating on projects with management, and helping with admissions.

Corrin Huggins

Corrin Huggins

Community Liaison

Corrin is charged with the responsibility of assisting individuals transition from the hospital to The Springs for sub-acute rehabilitation, respite, or long-term care. With a master’s degree in business administration in leadership, Corrin has more than ten years of experience in long-term care communities.

 Alicia Kubillus

Alicia Kubillus

Admissions Coordinator

Alicia is one of the first friendly faces that prospective rehab guests, residents and their families see or talk to when inquiring about The Springs. She is responsible for planning and coordinating to make sure that new rehab guests’ and residents’ moves go smoothly. Alicia also helps with marketing events and activities, and admissions paperwork.

Maria Nardulli

Maria Nardulli

Life Enrichment Manager

Maria is responsible for planning, structuring, and offering activities for residents of The Springs. In doing so, she said, her objective is to provide “pure daily enjoyment while improving self-esteem, self-awareness, and socialization.” Maria has a degree in therapeutic recreation.

Vi Seng

Vi Seng

Guest Relations Specialist

Vi eases the transition from home or hospital to The Springs. She completes the admission paperwork for our rehab guests, and then continues to check in on and help out guests and their families, handling questions and concerns throughout their stay.

Chad Ulery

Chad Ulery

Plant Operations Supervisor

Closet shelves too high? Light bulb need changing? Need a picture hung on the wall?
No problem—just call Chad. As the plant operations supervisor at The Springs, Chad is responsible for helping manage the maintenance at The Springs, and keeping the building up-to-date with IDPH.

Bob William, MD

Bob William, MD

Medical Director

Dr. William, our medical director, has extensive experience in outreach activities including medical missions and relief efforts. Dr. Williams is a family board certified physician and is affiliated with Edward Medical Group.

JoAnn Colby

JoAnn Colby

Memory Support Program Manager

JoAnn manages and directs the activities programming in assisted living and adult day program. With the nurse manager, she helps coordinate staff training and family interaction. JoAnn has a degree in organizational communication/business administration, and a master’s in health education administration/human resource development.

Adam Funk

Adam Funk

Interim Administrator

Adam, who has a bachelor of science degree, has worked in interim and permanent administrator roles for Life Care Services’ communities across the country. His favorite part of working with older adults he said, is “having the opportunity to impact and improve the lives of seniors.”

Cicily Jones, MD

Cicily Jones, MD

Medical Doctor

Dr. Jones provides medical services to residents at The Springs. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has more than 14 years of clinical practice experience, with a focus on in-patient, out-patient, and long-term care patients with complex medical issues. She is affiliated with Edward Medical Group.

Natalia McIlveen

Natalia McIlveen

Director of Rehabilitation

As the director of rehabilitation, Natalia, who has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s and doctorate degrees in physical therapy, manages physical, occupational and speech therapy services. She has experience across a broad spectrum of care including acute/hospital, outpatient sports/orthopedics, workmans comp, home health, and subacute rehab.

Michele Schmidt

Michele Schmidt

Assisted Living Director/Infection Control Preventionist

Michele oversees our innovative memory support assisted living and also oversees the infection control program for the community. Michele, who is a registered nurse, is Advanced Dementia Care-certified and a certified Dementia Care Practitioner.

Moses Tomacruz, MD

Moses Tomacruz, MD

Medical Doctor

Dr. Tomacruz provides medical services to short-term guests of The Springs. Dr. Tomacruz of Edward Medical Group, is a member of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Beth VanDerWal

Beth VanDerWal

Dining Manager/Registered Dietician

Beth is credentialed as a licensed dietitian/nutritionist and has great experience in acute rehab and as a professor of nutrition, but said that her true passion is geriatric care, with which she’s been involved for nine years.

Erin Willliams

Erin Willliams

Nurse Supervisor

Erin, who has worked with diverse populations, has an associate’s degree in nursing, a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in education with a concentration in health education. She is currently working towards her master’s degree in nursing and doctorate in health education.