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Meet Our Experts

Mark Trnka

Mark Trnka

Executive Director of Monarch Landing

As executive director, Mark is overseeing the community that he has admired since it first opened its doors. In addition to senior living, Mark has extensive experience in health care and management. Working in senior living, Mark said that he especially treasures “the connections and the relationships that you develop over time with the residents.”

Richard Nolden

Richard Nolden

Administrator, The Springs at Monarch Landing

Richard is responsible for the community’s health care operations. He is a licensed nursing home administrator with extensive experience in a range of health care settings for older adults, including rehabilitation, skilled nursing, home health and hospice. Richard believes the key to success is developing and maintaining a strong team of professionals who share the common goals of quality care and first-rate customer service.

Cicily Jones, MD

Cicily Jones, MD

Staff Physician

Dr. Jones provides medical services to residents at The Springs. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has more than 14 years of clinical practice experience, with a focus on in-patient, out-patient, and long-term care patients with complex medical issues. She is affiliated with Edward Medical Group.

Beth VanDerWal

Beth VanDerWal

Dining Manager/Registered Dietician

Beth is credentialed as a licensed dietitian/nutritionist and has great experience in acute rehab and as a professor of nutrition, but said that her true passion is geriatric care, with which she’s been involved for nine years.

Nikki Weydert

Nikki Weydert

Social Services Coordinator

Nikki holds one-on-one counseling sessions sessions for rehab guests at The Springs. Nikki has a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services and is completing her work towards a master’s degree in social work.

Corrine Bellafiore

Corrine Bellafiore

Social Services Coordinator

Corrine, who has a master’s degree in social work, provides therapeutic interventions for the long-term residents of The Springs. Corrine was introduced to diverse populations while earning her master’s, and it was then that she discovered her passion for working with seniors.

Dulce Dangis

Dulce Dangis

Director of Nursing

As the director of nursing, Dulce is focused on providing the highest level of quality care at
The Springs. She has degrees in both nursing and law, and has worked in both fields. Dulce came to the U.S. from the Philippines in 2006, having been sponsored by a long-term care provider. In the U.S., she started out as a floor nurse, moving through the ranks to p.m. supervisor, assistant director of nursing and director of nursing.

 Gerald Moody

Gerald Moody

Environmental Services Supervisor

The Springs sparkles largely due to Gerald Moody and his team. With more than 30 years of experience in his field, Gerald, who retired from the Veterans Administration, is responsible for overseeing the cleaning and sanitation of The Springs.

Journey

Journey

Therapy Dog

German shepherd/chocolate lab/golden retriever mix, three-year-old Journey is a much beloved presence, who works a traditional Monday-Friday, 9-5 work week at Monarch Landing and The Springs.

Journey is a “graduate” of Bradley University’s Wags for Mags, a branch of Paws Giving Independence. He was trained by Melissa Hegg when she was a student at Bradley, and adopted by her after she became human resources assistant at Monarch Landing.

Journey comes to work when Melissa does. He then spends much of his day at The Springs, visiting residents and guests, and helping out with activities.

The benefits of time with dogs are immeasurable, said Melissa. “Our objective is to improve the lives of our residents. Medical studies show that petting dogs lowers blood pressure, improves mental well-being and brings great pleasure to individuals.”

Colleen Espinosa

Colleen Espinosa

Guest Relations Specialist

Colleen eases the transition from home or hospital to The Springs. She then continues to check in on and help out guests and their families, handling questions and concerns throughout their stay.

Maria Nardulli

Maria Nardulli

Life Enrichment Manager

Maria is responsible for planning, structuring, and offering activities for residents of The Springs. In doing so, she said, her objective is to provide “pure daily enjoyment while improving self-esteem, self-awareness, and socialization.” Maria has a degree in therapeutic recreation.

Bob William, MD

Bob William, MD

Medical Director

Dr. William, our medical director, has extensive experience in outreach activities including medical missions and relief efforts. Dr. Williams is a family board certified physician and is affiliated with Edward Medical Group.

Chad Ulery

Chad Ulery

Plant Operations Supervisor

Closet shelves too high? Light bulb need changing? Need a picture hung on the wall?
No problem—just call Chad. As the plant operations supervisor at The Springs, Chad is responsible for helping manage the maintenance at The Springs, and keeping the building up-to-date with IDPH.