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Our Associates

Our Associates

The entire staff at Santa Marta is dedicated not simply to meeting the needs of our Residents, but to anticipating them. All Associates receive detailed training with an emphasis on creating a culture of hospitality for Residents.

 

As a result of our positive and appreciative culture, Santa Marta has one of the lowest turnover rates in our industry. So our Residents, and their family and friends, can truly develop lasting relationships with our Associates.

Staff Bios

Chet Surmaczewicz, Executive Director
Through leading by example, Chet has earned the respect of Santa Marta employees and residents. He enhances the lives of residents by serving their needs and preferences through memorable dining experiences, engaging wellness programs and a multitude of personal services.

Chet has developed relationships with many residents and their family members. He believes a hands-on approach makes residents’ living experiences more pleasurable.

His highly successful hospitality program applies to senior living the same ideas of customer service from Chet’s work at exclusive restaurants and hotels. He has trained and inspired his employees to provide the same exceptional service, and residents and staff members alike enjoy the results. Chet currently holds a registration as an Adult Care Home Operator.

 

Bob Woody, Managing DirectorBob Woody, Managing Director
Bob joined the Santa Marta team in 2007 prior to the community opening. He has 38 years of experience in the senior living industry, from working with management companies to consulting coast to coast. Bob has a vast amount of experience in building planning and maintenance, and knows how to keep the community running smoothly behind the scenes.

 

 

Marsha Anderson, Sales and Marketing DirectorMarsha Anderson, Sales and Marketing Director
Marsha joined Santa Marta in 2016 with a ten year history in the not for profit senior living and hospice industries.  She has a commitment to helping families and new residents find solutions and a faith based fulfilling lifestyle.  Her journey along the way to securing services for her parents has led her to the most rewarding chapter in her sales career.  Nothing compares to the sincere gratitude expressed by families who have found peace of mind and a new future at Santa Marta.

 

Toni DiFolco, Independent Living Sales ManagerToni DiFolco, Independent Living Sales Manager
Tony has been in the senior living profession for over 12 years, managing sales and marketing on both community and corporate levels. He developed his love of working with seniors as a hospital social worker, where he guided seniors and their families in many complex late-life issues. Throughout his career, Tony has always been an advocate for seniors, with the goals of ensuring all seniors live full and dignified lives and that their families are secure in knowing their loved ones will receive the best care possible through a continuum of high-quality services.

 

 

Kate Davison, Sales and Marketing CoordinatorKate Davison, Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Kate loves helping others and her work in senior living allows her to help people every day. She also has firsthand experience with senior living. Kate saw the positive effect an active lifestyle had on the body, soul and mind of her grandmother, who lived in a Colorado retirement community for more than 20 years. Kate graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s in human development and family life.

 

 

Brian Haase, AdministratorBrian Haase, Administrator
I’ve been skilled in nursing facilities for 9 years, I began while still attending college at K-State as a manager in the Alzheimer’s/Dementia unit at Meadowlark Hills in Manhattan, KS. I obtained my License as a Nursing Home Administrator in 2012 and have been working primarily in standalone skilled nursing facilities in western, KS and one here locally for the last 3 years. My grandmothers rehab stay in a skilled nursing facility was my first experience with long-term care and I’ve been drawn to it ever since. I’m always trying to help educate people on the care we provide and trying to get rid of the bad stigma that sometimes surrounds our industry. The best way to do that is to provide the best care that we can and give every resident we care for the best experience possible so that they can help educate others.

 

Kelli Demaline RAC-CT, Director of NursingKelli Demaline RAC-CT, Director of Nursing
Kelli has worked with seniors her entire career, starting in 1992 as a CNA before becoming a nurse. For Kelli, a hands-on approach works best for creating relationships with employees, residents and family members. As a child, Kelli helped care for her grandmother who had multiple medical conditions, as well as her grandfather who had Alzheimer’s disease. She credits this as the motivation to devote her life to helping seniors. She has a strong background in nurse leadership, which enables her to educate employees on ways to provide excellent care and customer service to our residents.

 

Christina Bertrand, Health Care Sales ManagerChristina Bertrand, Health Care Sales Manager
Christina has worked in health care for over 20 years. She started her journey caring for her grandparents, which led her to become a CNA. She has worked alongside physicians, families and other health care professionals in hospital and office settings. She takes great pride in building relationships and providing support for patients and their families when navigating through their health care needs. Christina looks forward to continuing to her role as an advocate and guide to families and residents looking for assisted living and memory support solutions.

 

 

Kelli Bailey, Community Outreach LiaisonKelli Bailey, Community Outreach Liaison
Kelli has worked in senior living in the Kansas City metro area for over 25 years. With a degree in social work, she served as a social worker in skilled nursing communities and hospice for over 15 years. She then accepted the opportunity to work in a continuing care retirement community as the independent living director of Resident services. There she gained experience helping Residents transition through levels of care and enhancing life by utilizing home health, private duty, hospice and other services. That knowledge enabled her to successfully move into her first role as a community liaison helping families and residents understand and transition to the short-term rehabilitation setting. Now Kelli comes to Santa Marta with 10 years of experience in the liaison role and shares she is excited to be part of such a professional and hospitality-focused community.

 

Kristina Berkovich, Director of Social ServicesKristina Berkovich, Director of Social Services
Kristina joined Santa Marta in November 2017. Kristina received her master’s in social work in 2015 and then immediately obtained her licensure in the state of Kansas. Prior to Santa Marta, Kristina worked at Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph helping veterans. She has a strong passion for helping others and enjoys getting to know people.

 

 

Gina Zwickel, Director of Resident Services/FitnessGina Zwickel, Director of Resident Services/Fitness
Gina has been fortunate to work in senior living for the past 16 years, and has been at Santa Marta since 2008. She has an extensive background in fitness and senior exercise programs, and has a special appreciation for seniors and keeping them active. She works hard to provide a variety of activities, and is always attentive to new ideas and requests from the residents, delivering them in new and creative formats. Gina currently holds a registration as an Adult Care Home Operator.

 

Marvie Dirks, Director of Human ResourcesMarvie Dirks, Director of Human Resources
Marvie comes to Santa Marta with over 20 years of human resources experience in Kansas City. She has a strong focus on serving her “customers” – the associates – believing that when the associates are taken care of, they’ll provide the best service for Santa Marta’s residents.

 

 

Mark Canant, Director of FinanceMark Canant, Director of Finance
Mark Canant is currently the Director of Finance at Santa Marta Retirement Community. He joined the organization in 2017.  Mark has spent over 10 years in non for profit accounting within the health care industry. He has extensive knowledge of grant management, streamlining accounting processes, and financial audit procedure. His prior employers include American Academy of Family Physicians and the Johnson County Health Department.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Accounting and Management from Park University.

Our Leadership Sets the Standard.

Our sincere thank you to our Board of Directors, which is composed of community volunteers and members of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Carol Ahlvers, PhD.
Debra Blecha
Tom DeBacco
Catherine Erkmann
Ed Herman
Theresa Hursh
Randy Kancel
Rick Lane
Paul Malir
Daniel McKean
Doug Moorman
Michael Payne
Kevin Petracek
Andy Schmidt
Monsignor Thomas Tank
Tim Urban
Radd Way
Jane Zaccardi
Archdiocese Support

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