Our Staff

Our Staff

Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care recognizes the importance of retaining experienced staff in all departments. Their longevity reflects job satisfaction and a strong commitment to our residents.

We are pleased that our turnover rate remains far below the staggering national average of 45% or more annually for long-term care workers. Our experienced leadership team always keeps the needs of Bethesda residents at the forefront.

For two years running, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have awarded Bethesda 4 stars for staffing and 5 stars for RN staffing.
Meet our dedicated Directors & Coordinators:
Julie Boggess, MPA, LNHA | Chief Executive Officer & Administrator 
Julie has been with Bethesda since 2003. She has over 20 years of Illinois nursing home administration experience. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois and her master’s degree from Roosevelt University. She also serves as a nursing facilities cabinet member for Leading Age Illinois. 
Rich Lanis, CPA, MBA | Chief Financial Officer 
Rich joined the Bethesda team in December 2014. Rich is a financial executive with extensive strategic knowledge. He has small, mid, and large size multi-national experiences in financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and distribution. He is currently a volunteer Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter, working within the 4th Congressional District of Illinois to raise awareness and funding for the research and public programs serving people with dementia. 
Eric Bobila, RN, BSN | Director of Nursing 

Erica Trimuel, LSW, MSW | Director of Social Services 
Erica has a long history with Bethesda. She initially came to Bethesda back in 2001 as a part-time receptionist. Erica left Bethesda in 2006 to pursue higher education. Erica has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology & Sociology and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Dominican University. Before joining the Bethesda team, Erica worked in a hospital and skilled nursing facility where she gained experience in case management, discharge planning, and counseling people throughout all levels of their care. 
Sharon Blazek, LCSW | Director of Admissions 
Sharon joined Bethesda in 2015. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Carthage College and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She has been working with seniors and their families for over 25 years in a variety of settings including Adult Day Care, Case Management, and nursing homes. Her joy comes in the contact she has daily with the residents and families. Sharon understands the stress and turmoil families are going through when transitions need to be with a family member and wants to make it as easy as possible for everyone involved. 
Brittany Boomershine, RN  | Nurse Liaison
Brittany joined Bethesda in 2016. 
Mary Anne Ojeda | Director of Business Development 
Mary Anne joined Bethesda in 2015. She has over 12 years of business development and marketing experience. Previously she worked in health care clinics and higher education prior to joining Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care. She has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma and is currently completing her Master's of Public Health, with a concentration in Health Services Management, from Northern Illinois University. Mary Anne’s passion for seniors started at a young age when she volunteered with her mother at nursing homes and hospitals in Oklahoma. 
Nadine Kadus, SPHR | Director of Human Resources 
Nadine began her career in banking, where she spent 23 years. Nadine progressed from line supervisor to trainer to business analyst, responsible for policies and procedures development. She then managed human resources in the manufacturing industry before joining Bethesda in 2005. 
Melissa Barnett | Director of Life Enrichment 
Melissa joined Bethesda in 2014. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Northeastern Illinois University and has a Baking and Pastry Certificate from Kendall College. Melissa lived in Europe and worked in restaurants and bakeries in Chicago until she found that she loved gardening, baking, and playing with seniors. She has been in the Life Enrichment field for over 10 years. 
Barbara Grzeszczak | Director of Dining Services 
Barbara is our Director of Dining Services. She is a Certified Dietary Manager and has a degree in Culinary Arts. She has over 20 years of experience as a chef, a food service management professional in senior living, and many facets of the hospitality industry. She and her talented team enjoy providing great food and service to our residents and enhancing their dining experience. 
George Green | Director of Environmental Services 
George joined the Bethesda team in 2013, and has been committed to keeping our facility at its absolute best ever since.
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