The Presby’s Inspired Life Senior Executive Team
The Presby’s Inspired Life Executive Leadership team is composed of individuals who share a unique desire to use their talents, skills and gifts to advance our mission of providing exceptional living experiences for adults 62 and better, from independent living to personal care to memory care, from short-term rehabilitation to skilled care to Affordable Housing. Each of the Presby’s Inspired Life executives is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all those we serve.
Judee M. Bavaria, President & CEO (2005-2019)
President Emeritus, Effective January 2020
Judee M. Bavaria is president and CEO of Presby’s Inspired Life (Presby), a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry that provides continuing care and Affordable Housing to adults 62 and better throughout the greater Philadelphia area. With a net operating revenue (2015) of $86.1M, Presby serves over 3,000 individuals within 30+ communities. Judee joined the multisite organization as chief operating officer in July 1999, and in January 2005, she was appointed president and CEO. Prior to joining Presby, Judee was corporate compliance officer and vice president of operations for Lutheran Services Northeast, a multisite social ministry in northeastern Pennsylvania. She also served in a variety of leadership capacities for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare. Judee’s leadership at Presby is marked by significant strides in meeting the critical need for Affordable Housing for economically disadvantaged seniors. During her tenure, the Affordable Housing ministry has grown from 12 communities in 1999 to more than 30 today, in both sponsored and managed sites. Judee’s achievements also include the execution of several strategic plans to expand and improve Presby’s Life Plan Communities (formerly known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities, or CCRCs) so that they may better meet residents’ evolving needs. Her progressive oversight of capital improvement initiatives for existing retirement communities, as well as the development of new communities, has enabled increased viability for the organization, setting the stage for its continued growth and securing its place in the active senior living market. Judee’s reputation as an accomplished leader has led other senior housing and care organizations to seek her expertise. She currently serves on the board of University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) in Philadelphia. She served as chair of Catholic Senior Housing and Health care Services in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for 12 years, before resigning from the post in 2014. Additionally, Judee has served as co-chair of the LeadingAge Leadership Circle; member of LeadingAge’s Nominating Committee; previous member of the LeadingAge PA Board of Directors; and frequent presenter at various state and national senior living conferences. She also holds the honor of being selected from among her statewide peers as the 2007 PANPHA Leader of the Year. A registered nurse and licensed nursing home administrator, Judee also holds a B.S. in secondary education from East Stroudsburg University and an M.S. in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Scranton. She is a graduate of Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing.
Tama Carey, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Tama Carey joined Presby’s Inspired Life in November of 2014. She brings more than three decades of experience to her role as chief operating officer, having served most recently as the executive vice president of service integration at Presbyterian SeniorCare in Western Pennsylvania. In this position, she supported home care, the development of a Medicare-licensed home health agency and Longwood at Home, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) “without walls.” Prior to her time at SeniorCare, Tama held various leadership positions with other not-for-profit organizations in Pennsylvania. As executive vice president and chief operating officer, Tama provides leadership and direction in the planning, development and operations of all of the 30+ Presby’s Inspired Life communities, and she belongs to a team that designs and delivers the strategic vision for Presby. Tama holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a licensed nursing home administrator. She has been active in LeadingAge PA, the state association of nonprofit senior care providers, where she previously served as chair of the board of directors. Currently, Tama is a coach for the LeadingAge Larry Minnix Leadership Academy, a leadership development program offered by LeadingAge, the national association.
Jennifer Kappen, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer Kappen is executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) for Presby’s Inspired Life, a role she assumed in May 2016. In this capacity, Jennifer leads the finance, information technology and materials management disciplines and a staff of 27 professionals. Jennifer is responsible for managing $86 million in annual revenues from the management of 30+ communities that are home to more than 3,000 older adults. These communities include four market rate retirement communities, including two Life Plan Communities and over 30 managed and sponsored Affordable Housing sites. Jennifer also handles $370 million in net assets, including $133 million in cash and investments. Prior to her current position, Jennifer served as vice president of finance at Presby for eight years. Notable hallmarks in Jennifer’s tenure at Presby include the successful procurement of $55 million in financing for a comprehensive repositioning project at Presby’s Rydal Park Life Plan Community in 2009; attaining a Fitch investment grade rating (BBB-) in 2010 (a first in the organization’s history); attaining an upgrade to the Fitch Rating to BBB in 2012; the 2010 re-financing of $40 million in variable rate demand bonds (VRDB) with fixed rate bonds; the implementation of organizational strategic plans that called for standardization, process improvement and updates of systems that provided for enhanced organizational efficiencies; and assisting in the acquisition and development of two Affordable Housing communities. Before joining Presby, Jennifer was the business development & financial planning manager for Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, a nonprofit organization that offers senior living communities and a range of services for children, youths, families and older adults in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. Before joining the senior living industry, Jennifer was senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Shippensburg University, Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a license as a certified public accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Michelle T. Bryk, Vice President of Human Resources
A seasoned health care human resources professional, Michelle is responsible for strategic direction and implementation of human resources initiatives that include recruitment and retention, team member recognition, training and development, benefits and compensation, team member and labor relations, regulatory compliance, and policy development and interpretation. She also serves as the organization’s chief compliance officer. Prior to joining Presby, Michelle served as director of employee relations for ACTS Retirement-Life Communities Inc., West Point, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was human resources director for ManorCare Health Services in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Michelle holds a Master of Business Administration degree from DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania; a Master of Science degree in health care administration, with a concentration in community health, from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; and a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. She holds the Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRM–SP) designation from the Society for Human Resources Management and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the Human Resources Certification Institute. Michelle is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management, LeadingAge and LeadingAge PA (serving on the board of directors at the state and local level) and has been a member of the Greater Valley Forge Human Resources Association and the public speaking organization, Toastmasters International, among others.
Lynn Marie Johnson-Porter, Vice President of Philanthropy & Mission Support
Among her many hallmark achievements with Presby is Lynn’s design and execution of our first-ever capital campaign, which was launched to raise charitable support for the Joseph C. Scott Medical Center at Rydal Park. Lynn’s leadership of this initiative laid the groundwork for its ultimate success, surpassing our $5 million goal. Additionally, she conceptualized and orchestrated the Campaign for Compassionate Care in 2015 to attract charitable support for benevolent assistance and life enrichment programs across the market rate and Affordable Housing communities. The fund has raised more than $750,000 in gifts and pledges. From June 2011 to June 2014, Lynn served as executive director of major gifts and clinical support for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she led a team of major gift officers. Her seasoned leadership skills were responsible for her department’s significant achievement in raising $20 million during her three-year tenure. Lynn’s other career highlights include fundraising leadership posts at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania State University, The University of Pennsylvania and West Chester University. She is also past executive director of the Philadelphia branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Lynn launched her career as a writer and producer at KYW– TV3, now CBS-3, after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Temple University and an Associate of Arts degree in journalism from The Pennsylvania State University.
Bill Canteen, Executive Director of Affordable Housing
Bill Canteen is the Executive Director of Affordable Housing at Presby’s Inspired Life, based in Lafayette Hill, PA, just outside of Philadelphia. In this role, Bill oversees Presby’s entire 38-community affordable housing portfolio, which features 30 properties within Philadelphia’s city limits, five in the surrounding suburbs of Delaware and Bucks Counties and one in Wilmington, Delaware. Bill also directly manages multiple assistant housing directors and on-site community managers. During Bill’s time at Presby, the organization’s affordable housing portfolio has grown with his guidance and expertise from 23 properties to 38 properties. Prior to joining Presby, Bill was a Regional Property Manager at Pennrose Property Management, a Philadelphia-based developer of tax credit, HUD and market-rate properties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. During his time at Pennrose, Bill maintained the budgets of the organization’s affordable housing portfolio while overseeing government inspections and managing a wide-ranging team of site managers. Bill also spent a number of years as the Director of Property Management for the Greater Germantown Housing Development Corporation in Philadelphia, where he headed a property management division that included tax credit, market rate, Section 8 and commercial space properties. Bill’s property management career began when District Property Manager at Interstate Realty Management Company in Southern New Jersey starting in 1994. He oversaw 15 sites that totaled over 1,800 Section 8 and tax credit units. A graduate of Benedict College (Columbia, South Carolina), Bill earned degrees in both Economics and Business Administration. He is also is a certified housing credit professional, a certified assisted housing manger and has his New Jersey real estate license.
Vidhi Anderson, Executive Director of Housing & Land Development
Vidhi Anderson is the executive director of housing & land development, a critical leadership post designed to advance Presby’s Affordable Housing. Vidhi is responsible for strategically expanding the footprint of Presby’s Affordable Housing ministry in greater Philadelphia. Her responsibilities include seeking potential development opportunities, securing tax credits, local, state and federal funding and operating subsidies. She oversees the development of new affordable housing projects, acquisitions and refinancing of Presby’s existing HUD portfolio. Vidhi’s exceptional real estate acumen and strong knowledge of the complex affordable housing funding processes, particularly tax credits, make her an invaluable asset to the Presby’s Inspired Life Affordable Housing ministry. Vidhi continues to successfully expand and enhance Presby’s housing portfolio by securing new financing as well as overseeing the refinancing of HUD communities. The most recent project, Cantrell Place, was nominated by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the “Best Real Estate Deals” in greater Philadelphia in 2018. Dedicated to revitalizing the Philadelphia housing landscape, Vidhi spent the first decade of her career with city-based firms specializing in housing development, with a focus on HOPE VI and LIHTC communities. Vidhi holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning, with a concentration in community and economic development, from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India. She is a sought-after speaker and panelist and a trusted resource for area journalists reporting on the trends of real estate and senior living. She is also on the Steering Committee of Women in Housing & Finance PA.
Tracey Cavacino, Corporate Director of Quality Assurance & Clinical Risk Management
Tracey joined the Presby’s Inspired Life team with close to three decades of experience in the senior living arena. She is a registered nurse and holds a nursing home administrator’s license in three states, including Pennsylvania. Tracey has spent the last 10 years in multifacility management roles for communities up and down the East Coast. Prior to joining Presby, Tracey was a regional director of operations for a national provider of health care based in Maryland. Tracey also has multi-facility experience in clinical operations, corporate compliance, risk management and quality assurance and improvement. Tracey is responsible for fostering a culture of safety that continually improves services and outcomes throughout the organization. She engages team members in the design and implementation of innovative solutions to ensure ongoing regulatory compliance and to promote superior customer satisfaction. She works with team members to make certain that Presby’s clinical strategies are in alignment with area hospital partnerships in the era of accountable care organizations and the new bundled payment system being implemented by CMS. Tracey also plays an integral role in the nine-member senior executive team. Tracey received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Gwynedd Mercy College and her master’s degree in management from Troy State University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.
Sarah Jolles, Executive Director of Sales & Marketing
Sarah Jolles is executive director of sales and marketing at Presby’s Inspired Life. In this capacity, Sarah designs and implements branding, marketing, advertising and sales initiatives to increase exposure and occupancy across the organization’s portfolio of communities for adults 62 and better. Sarah joined the Presby’s Inspired Life family early in 2013 and has subsequently spearheaded her teams to record-breaking results, earning the respect of those she values most: her residents and colleagues. Sarah’s career in the Life Plan Community field is marked by significant advancements in exceeding occupancy expectations. Prior to joining Presby, Sarah’s related experience included serving as director of sales at The Hill at Whitemarsh, a Life Plan Community in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania; working as regional director of sales & marketing for a national senior living consulting firm; and serving as the director of sales & marketing for The Evergreens, a Life Plan Community in Moorestown, New Jersey. An award-winning marketing & communications leader, Sarah Jolles also brings a wealth of experience in corporate communications to her role, having owned and operated her own marketing & communications consultancy agency. She is the recipient of multiple marketing communications awards, including two Public Relations Society of America Pepperpot awards, five ADDY awards, two Billy Awards for Advertising Excellence and four Philadelphia Club of Advertising Women awards. Sarah is a magna cum laude graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in the dual majors of advertising and French, with a minor in Spanish. A passionate advocate for older adults, Sarah believes that people should live self-directed lives regardless of age or income, and is very proud to work for an organization that aligns so directly with her personal values.