Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations
Over the course of more than forty years, Maryellen has distinguished herself in the field of Assisted Living, and has maintained a particular focus on enhancing operations in Independent and Adult Care Facility Management. At times, Maryellen has simultaneously overseen over 29 communities throughout the Northeast. She was awarded Administrator of the Year in 1990 by the Empire State Association – being recognized for upholding quality care, compassion and high professional standards – and has become a visible and respected authority in the field. Throughout her tenure with the Association, she has also co-chaired its Assisted Living Services Committee along with its Conference Committee.
Maryellen joined Engel Burman in 2001 and helped establish Ultimate Care NY, LLC, the team responsible for the development, construction and daily management of eighteen upscale Assisted Living communities grouped under the well-known and highly respected name of The Bristal. A committed advocate and sought after speaker for the cause of senior living issues, Maryellen has served on the Board of ESAAL (Empire State Association of Assisted Living) since 2002, and today, she continues to play high-profile roles in many of the Association’s most important initiatives and influential committees.
Ellen Antonucci, Vice President of Marketing
Ellen brings to the table over twenty years of experience in the sales and marketing of various real estate properties, multi-use developments and single- and multi-family residential homes and communities. In that time, Ellen has personally sold over 1,200 properties. She possesses a deep understanding and a focused specialization in the senior living segment – particularly, with Assisted Living and 55+ Active Adult communities – which makes her, of course, an invaluable asset to our organization. Ellen is familiar with what families need in senior living, and she is able to convey with clarity and confidence the life-enriching qualities that residents can expect to experience at The Bristal.
Ellen completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at Union College, and continually attends conferences and seminars to continue expanding her education and training. She is also CAASH-certified — Certified Active Adult Specialist in Housing. Familiar to many families and professionals across LI for her work with The Bristal as well as other numerous community initiatives, Ellen is frequently recognized for her commitment to the industry, and has been honored by the JCC (Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center) in Roslyn, NY. She has been with The Bristal and Ultimate Care Management since their inception.
Randy Tremble, Vice President of Food and Beverage
The importance of having true gourmet food at an Assisted Living community simply cannot be overstated. We fundamentally understand this at Ultimate Care, which is why we hired Randy Tremble to oversee the dining experience at The Bristal. Few resumes in this industry come as solid and comprehensive as his, culminating in over 30 years of experience in the culinary arts. Formally trained in the US Air Force, Randy has served the private sector now for decades, and has worked alongside some of the world’s best chefs, both nationally and abroad.
His many and impressive credentials include being twice-decorated for meritorious service, he earned participation in the esteemed Hennessey Trophy, a worldwide cooking competition across all branches of the Military, and he has won Best in Show for culinary display; the list goes on. This massive talent and global expertise all translates into a consistently exceptional Resident Dining Program for residents of The Bristal. His uncompromising attention to detail, his understanding of senior nutrition and his love for the culinary arts have all been instrumental in making The Bristal second-to-none when it comes to dining.
Erik Anderson, Vice President of Human Resources
With over 30 years of experience in Human Resources, and with nearly 25 of those years in direct service to the healthcare industry, Erik brings a depth and breadth of expertise to The Bristal that sets him apart in the field. His extensive knowledge of the strategically functional areas of legal and regulatory compliance, as well as employee relations, performance management and more, all result in a caliber of guidance and support that ensures the development of “best-in-class” practices across the organization. Erik is deeply committed to upholding these standards at all communities of The Bristal, ensuring the 5-star Assisted Living experience that has come to define our organization.
Nationally, Erik is recognized among peers as a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM-CP, designations reserved for those with substantial industry knowledge and skills — and ones he has held for over 17 years. Erik’s results-oriented career has been driven by a simple but proven principle: The most talented, engaged and committed staff members produce the highest quality of care, a degree of excellence that manifests itself tangibly in the daily lives of our residents. With critically focused recruitment, training and performance development practices, infused with a genuine caring for each member our team, Erik helps create a fulfilling and rewarding experience for both employee and resident of The Bristal. In addition to his schooling at The University of Vermont, Erik strengthens his skills with continuing HR education and ongoing program re-certifications.
Eileen Rainer, Vice President of Finance
For over a decade, Eileen Rainer has brought impeccable and dependable expertise to Ultimate Care Management in the areas of accounting and finance. She possesses the hands-on knowledge for managing day-to-day financial issues with confidence; and yet, she brings both creativity and an enthusiastic vision for tomorrow, to help pave the way to a strong and stable future. Eileen has been honing these management and analytical skills specifically within a Senior Living setting since 1995.
She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from State University of New York at Fredonia, and quickly climbed the rungs of success – first beginning as a staff accountant and eventually working her way up to serve in the capacity of a VP of Finance, which she does for us today. Augmenting her financial credentials, Eileen is also proficient on numerous software platforms. Her exceptional management, evaluation and forecasting skills have been essential in keeping The Bristal on solid ground, and she continues helping to position the organization for steady and healthy growth.
Brian White, Vice President of Environmental Services
The build-out, expansion or renovation of a senior living community is no standard project – nor are the countless maintenance, refurbishment and construction tasks required on a daily basis. No one knows this better than Brian White and his team. There is a complex balance that must be maintained between functional need, design aesthetics, and resident safety and comfort. One of the differentiating aspects of The Bristal Assisted Living is how well these dynamics are executed and managed every day.
With over twenty years of hands-on experience in the environmental maintenance and construction fields – and with a specific concentration in senior living settings – Brian brings this unique expertise to the communities of The Bristal. With unquestioned integrity, a sharp eye for quality and an extensive knowledge of New York State Department of Health codes for Assisted Living facilities, his work helps ensure the quality of life of every resident of The Bristal.
Maureen Scalesi, Vice President of Health Care
Maureen Scalesi comes to us with over 25 years of experience in senior care with a special emphasis in assisted living and resident services. During her career she has been promoted through the ranks from nursing home admission coordinator to serving as regional director for an assisted living organization, giving her broad, first hand experience and making her an expert in her field. Her meticulous attention to detail and deep understanding of residents’ needs enable her to develop policies and procedures that help empower The Bristal management to provide the most commendable, consistent and compassionate resident care.
Maureen is well known and well respected within the senior living community. She is an active participant and presenter at conferences, seminars and other events, sharing her experiences and mentoring. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Gerontology from Molloy College and a Masters in Public Administration from Long Island University – CW Post, both with highest honors. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyra Sosnow, Vice President of Corporate Projects
Kyra has been with the organization since June 2003, and during that time she has continued to be instrumental in the Grand Openings of several communities of The Bristal as well as daily operation across all communities. In many respects, Kyra is the administrative IT glue that keeps Ultimate Care Management up and running. Among her many responsibilities are included configuring and maintaining our various hardware and software platforms to ensure the operational integrity and security of our network. She manages the provisioning of all server and PC applications and oversees IT operations for our employee and resident populations.
Kyra serves as the liaison between in-house operations and our numerous information systems vendors, as well as construction and development partners, ensuring all aspects of expansion, build-out and renovation align with our IT goals, objectives and daily operation. In terms of education, Kyra received both her Bachelors in Sociology and her Masters in Business Administration from SUNY at Albany; her Masters has a concentration in Human Resources Information Systems.