With more than 150 years combined experience, the Leadership Team is keeping Ingleside at King Farm on the edge of the retirement living industry.
Christine L. Podles, MA, LNHA, CASP
"I love the level of resident expertise and involvement."
An accomplished Heath Care Aging Services Leader with the vision and insight to strategically plan, direct and facilitate company operations to capitalize on emerging business opportunities, Christine L. Podles has over 20 years' experience as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Her keen expertise has led re-design efforts to support business growth, implement and manage change to drive organizational performance and enhance revenue streams. Christine's proficiency in providing leadership to achieve strategic realignment and organization drove the prior 17 years she spent with Catholic Charities of Baltimore, Maryland, managing the daily operations of The Neighborhoods at St. Elizabeth and overseeing of The Green House Residences, a state-of-the-art project of cultural change in aging services, created by Dr. Bill Thomas, founder of The Eden Alternative. She holds a Masters of Arts degree from the prestigious Erickson School for the Management of Aging Services and Bachelors of Science in Communication and Marketing from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Newlyweds, merging four young-adult children, Christine and her husband enjoy outdoor activities and spending time with family.
Elaine Koubek, CASP
"I love our staff and the team atmosphere, the excitement of starting something from the beginning and seeing our accomplishments. Most of all the great members we have. It never feels like work to come here every day!"
Elaine has had many positions at Ingleside, starting as the Move-In Coordinator. She has helped members transition into their homes at Ingleside. Currently Elaine holds the position of Assistant Director of Ingleside, handling Resident Services, and overseeing many of the committees at Ingleside. She is a CARF surveyor through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. She holds a degree is advertising and copywriting from the University of Washington. Elaine's father was Japanese and her mother was German. She speaks both languages and lived in Japan for some time.
Adaeze "Dezy" Ikeotuonye, CASP
"I enjoy the dedication and sense of ownership exhibited by staff, as well as serving a group of receptive members."
As the Healthcare Administrator for Ingleside at King Farm, Dezy oversees the daily operations of Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and the Wellness Center. Dezy graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a Bachelor's degree in Health Administration with a concentration in Public Policy. Dezy moved with her family at age 3 to Nigeria, and then moved back to the United States at age 18 to attend the University.
Frank Romonoski, CASP
"I love being a part of a team that is helping to shape and mold a comfortable, safe, and desirable community for today and the future. It is both fulfilling and humbling."
Frank is a 25 year veteran in the Continuing Care Retirement Community industry. He holds an associate’s degree in dietetics and a bachelor’s degree in business. Frank has a passion for hospitality and service excellence. An entrepreneur at heart, Frank developed, branded and operated a 5 star rated bed and breakfast. In his role as General Manager he brings a hospitality and customer service focus to the community operations. Frank is responsible for the oversight of environmental services, plant operations and maintenance, housekeeping, dining services, grounds and security. Frank enjoys biking, backyard barbecues and traveling.
"Pleasures are plentiful here; what pleases me most are the open hearts and caring spirits who populate Ingleside at King Farm—a terrific place to work and live!"
A graduate of Princeton Seminary, Richard Thayer has served congregations large and small, from New York City to San Francisco Bay. His thirty year career has included campus ministry at Stanford University, Hospice Chaplaincy with Capital Caring, and leading churches in both Virginia and Maryland. As Chaplain of Ingleside at King Farm, he serves all of our members and staff with spiritual support, leadership in weekly Vespers worship, and simply caring when called. Erstwhile sailor and fly-fisherman, Richard currently spends time away from Ingleside not on the water, alas, but renovating the townhouse where he and wife Myra raised three children into adulthood: they are at last making the place their own.
Heidi Hudson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Director of Human Resources
"I am honored to work with this amazing team of people who have an eye on their vision and mission each and every day. The team is dedicated, they love the members and enjoy their jobs. Members praise the team; that they are the very best! I look forward to each day, and helping lead Ingleside at King Farm into the future"
Heidi Hudson has enjoyed over 20 years in the hospitality and service industries providing exceptional Human Resources management. She has years of applied knowledge in employee and management development, employee relations, training and benefits administration. Heidi has a passion for tackling the daily challenges of Human Resources while delivering first-rate customer service. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Supervision from Purdue University and she has been a member of the Society for Human Resources Management since 1998 and is certified Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR). Heidi is pleased to continue her journey at Ingleside at King Farm as the Director of Human Resources. Heidi loves listening to the musical talents of her two boys. She comes from a family of very creative and artistic people and enjoys many different types of arts and crafts.
Director of Memory Support Programs
"I love being of service and assuring the provision of person-centered programs within our Memory Care communities. Listening to and learning from every person, affirms for me the heart-felt value of what we do. There is no greater joy than knowing how much we all make a difference."
Pamela has a passion for working in the aging services field, serving for over 20 years, primarily in long term care and assisted living communities as a Life Enrichment professional. She holds a Master's Degree in the Management of Aging Services from UMBC, a professional license as a Recreation Therapist and is a certified Dementia practitioner and staff trainer. Away from work she enjoys spending time with her husband, his daughter, 3 cats, a dog and their host of chickens; as well as multiple creative and outdoor activities, including writing, painting, hiking, and kayaking.
"I am passionately committed to making a positive impact in the lives of others. Having a career with Ingleside at King Farm affords me the privilege of connecting with wonderful residents and serving the community. Who can ask for more?"
A graduate of James Madison University, Johnny has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems. Johnny has a 26-year proven track record of success that spans all aspects of IT management, including network administration, integration, implementation, strategic planning, and project deployment. Johnny possesses a unique talent for delivering highly complex technical information into terms and concepts that the end users can readily grasp. In his spare time, one can find Johnny spending time with his family, listening to music, participating in or watching sports, and tinkering with old computers.
Director of Sales
"I consider it a privilege to partner with individuals and families as they research senior living options. The greatest gift I receive is when the right match is made and an exciting, new chapter of life starts to be enjoyed."
Kristina Paré is a certified marketing professional with more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the CCRC industry. A native Washingtonian, Kristina earned her BS degree in Health Science/Community Health Education from Towson University. She also studied at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England. Kristina was the Director of Development first and later the Director of Marketing and Admissions for The Presbyterian Home of the District of Columbia now known as Ingleside at Rock Creek. Kristina relocated to Charlottesville, VA to work for a growing not for profit CCRC. She held several marketing positions including Marketing Director. Recently, Kristina pre-marketed and opened a new community as Marketing Director in Crozet, VA. She also became an Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) instructor for the University of Virginia, teaching a popular course on navigating senior living options. The chance to rejoin the Ingleside organization brought Kristina back to Maryland and "city life".
"I am delighted to be part of the Ingleside Team and work with such a vibrant and engaged community."
Carole came to the US from the UK to work at the British Embassy in Washington DC. Originally here for a three year period, she fell in love with the US and twenty years later is still here. While at the Embassy she worked in several different areas, including the Defense Trade Office and the Press and Public Affairs Department. She has also worked in film, television, theatre and real estate. During a transitional period, she volunteered for Meals on Wheels in her neighborhood. In her free time, she likes to garden, hike and dance.
"I am pleased to be part of a growing, service oriented organization that values innovation and excellence in all areas of a continuing care community. The staff is dedicated and caring and it is truly a beautiful and special place."
Beth's responsibilities include financial accounting and reporting as well as helping the directors plan new initiatives. Beth is a Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years of experience. She has an MBA/MS in Accounting from Pace University in NY. She previously worked for Random House, Inc., BDO USA LLP and CW Financial Services and has been a contractor for Con Edison and United HealthCare. On weekends Beth, her husband and twin boys enjoy visiting parks, botanical gardens and aquariums.