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Meet the Ann’s Choice Leadership Team

Get to know the executive team that governs our community.

Christopher Donati, Executive Director (2007)

Chris joined Ann’s Choice in 2007. He has over 20 years’ experience working in senior housing. Prior to joining Erickson Living, he was an executive director for Cooperative Retirement Services of America (CRSA) at Mercy Ridge, Inc., a 455-unit continuing care retirement community located in Timonium, Maryland. Chris also opened and managed life care communities for Marriott Senior Living Services and Sunrise Senior Living Services in Wilmington, Delaware, and Stamford, Connecticut. He is a licensed nursing home administrator in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Connecticut. Chris graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in health planning and administration, as well as a master of health administration degree.


Chad Couture, Associate Executive Director (2018)

Chad joined Erickson Living in February 2017 as the second associate executive director at Maris Grove. His focus was in supporting the Dining Services, General Services, and Resident Life teams. In November of 2018, Chad transferred to Ann’s Choice as the associate executive director. Prior to Erickson Living, Chad spent 22 years in the hospitality industry with a specialty in managing luxury hotels and resorts around the U.S. and Canada. Chad earned his bachelor of science degree in Ottawa, Canada at Algonquin College majoring in hotel and restaurant management.


Vincent Scala, Director of General Services (2016)

Vincent joined Ann’s Choice in 2016. He has over 20 years’ experience in leadership and operations. Prior to joining Erickson Living, he spent 12 years at the Empire Education Group, most recently serving as vice president of field operations. Vincent helped Empire Education Group grow from 37 schools in 9 states (2004) to over 100 schools in 21 states (2010). Vincent graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor's degree in business administration.


Deborah Olcese, Director of Marketing (2002)

Deborah joined the Ann’s Choice team as the director of sales in December of 2003. She transferred from Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, where she also held the director of sales position beginning in 2002. Prior to joining Erickson Living, she was the personal care administrator at Twining Village, a CCRC in Holland, Pennsylvania, for 11 years. Deborah, a licensed practical nurse, attended nursing school at Bullard Havens Technical School with clinical training at Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut and maintains her nursing licenses in numerous states. She received her personal care administrators certification from Temple University. She also maintains a real estate broker’s license in North Carolina.


Tom Walsh, Director of Finance (2003)

Tom joined the Ann’s Choice team as director of finance in 2003. Prior to joining Erickson Living, he worked as the chief financial officer for Preferred Care, Incorporated, and Preferred Care Life Insurance Company, a managed care entity in the Philadelphia area. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Temple University and his M.B.A. from Philadelphia University. As director of finance, Tom’s responsibilities include enterprise risk management, budget establishment and compliance, internal audits, and monthly financial preparation and reviews.


Chris Babst, Director of Dining Services (2003)

Chris joined the Ann’s Choice team as restaurant manager for our first clubhouse and was promoted to director of dining services in 2006. Prior to coming to Ann’s Choice, he worked for the Great American Restaurants group in Virginia. Chris also owned and operated the Mill Race Inn in Holland, Pennsylvania, and owned a catering company in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. He is a certified food service manager, ServSafe instructor, food management professional (FMP), and dietary manager (CDM). He is also adult CPR/AED certified. Chris received his bachelor of science in hotel, restaurant, and institutional management from Pennsylvania State University.


John Marcelis, M.D., Medical Director, Regional Medical Director (2003)

Dr. Marcelis joined the Ann’s Choice team as the first doctor of our medical center. Prior to joining Erickson Living, he served 10 years with the University of Pennsylvania’s Clinical Care Associates as a practicing geriatrician. He was also a member of their Institute on Aging and Medical Director for a local CCRC and subacute ventilator unit. He completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry with honors from Temple University and then went on to complete his medical school training, internship, and residency at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Marcelis is responsible for the operations of the medical center, provision of medical services, policy and procedure oversight, and integration of medical center activities within a seamless continuum of care.


Bethany Mangin, Director of Human Resources (2007)

Bethany began her career in human resources working for a large west coast retailer. She then transitioned into health care working for a behavioral health facility in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, before coming to Ann’s Choice in 2007. Bethany worked at Ann’s Choice as a human resources manager and senior human resources manager, before being promoted to human resources director in 2013. Bethany holds a bachelor’s degree from Montana State University in organizational communications and a master’s degree from Villanova University in human resource development. She is certified as a professional in human resources (PHR) and teaches human resources management to undergraduate students as an adjunct professor at Eastern University..


Sharon McDermond, Director of Continuing Care (2017)

Ann’s Choice welcomed Sharon to the team in September 2017. Prior to joining Ann’s Choice, Sharon spent 17 years working with Genesis Healthcare, first as an admission director and later as a nursing home administrator. She has received various awards for her involvement as an advocate for patient care. Sharon has a bachelor of arts degree in health administration from Beaver College (Arcadia University) and is licensed by the State of Pennsylvania as a nursing home administrator. She is also the vice chairperson of the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Administrator Board of Examiners.


Victoria Barrella, Practice Manager (2017)

Vicki has been the practice administrator since December 2017. She began her career in health care over 25 years ago, working as an employee benefits specialist at a local hospital before becoming an office manager at various local medical practices. Most recently, she was a practice manager for Abington Jefferson Health’s physician network. Having grown up in the Warminster area, Vicki is happy to be part of the Ann’s Choice health team.


Denise Cattalo, Director of Nursing (2008)

Denise has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, working in various positions in acute care, sub-acute care, and trauma. She joined Ann’s Choice in 2008 as a charge nurse in continuing care and was promoted to clinical manager in 2010. In 2014, she was promoted to assistant director of nursing and staff development coordinator. Most recently, she was promoted to director of nursing. Denise holds a registered nurse degree from Frankford School of Nursing and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. She is an 8-year member of the Pennsylvania Director of Nursing Association and is board-certified in infection prevention.