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Bob Van DykBob Van Dyk - President and CEO

PRESIDENT AND CEO 

Bob Van Dyk has served as President and CEO of Van Dyk Health Care since 1994. His award-winning company owns and operates two skilled nursing and post-acute care facilities, an assisted living community with a specialty memory impairment program, a rehab company, a home care company and a soon-to-be-launched memory day care company.

Under Mr. Van Dyk’s leadership, Van Dyk Health Care has earned vast recognition for providing quality care at the highest levels. The company’s growing list of prestigious awards includes America’s “Best Nursing Homes” by U.S. News & World Report, National Quality Award by American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, and Excellence in Action by the National Research Corporation.

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Van Dyk Health Care has implemented several innovative programs in specialty care. The Reflections program offers extensive care to assisted living residents with dementia, as well as personalized support for their families. HeartWays is a unique cardiac clinical pathway program for patients with Congestive Heart Failure, directed by a certified cardiologist and administered by an advanced nurse practitioner. JustBreathe is another innovative clinical program, managed by a respiratory therapist and nurses, that provides respiratory support for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Van Dyk Health Care often admits highly complex patients, who would otherwise remain in the hospital, to benefit from these successful post-acute programs.

Prior to his tenure at Van Dyk Health Care, Mr. Van Dyk spent 15 years in various leadership roles in health care – managing an acute care hospital, two nursing homes, an assisted living facility, low income senior apartments, a medical day care program, a psychiatric hospital, two partial day hospitalization programs, and an outpatient mental health and counseling center.

As the past Chairman of the American Health Care Association and the past Chairman of the National Center for Assisted Living, Mr. Van Dyk currently chairs AHCA’s Public Education and Communications Committee.

Mr. Van Dyk was named the recipient of the 2017 Jan Thayer Pioneer Award by the National Center for Assisted Living for his leadership and contributions to the senior care profession nationwide.

Among his many state and federal appointments, Mr. Van Dyk served on the White House Conference on Aging in Washington DC, as well as New Jersey’s Policy Committee for Assisted Living regulations.

Mr. Van Dyk serves on the Board of Directors of Columbia Bank, The Valley Hospital Foundation, and St. Helena Hospital Foundation, as well as the Advisory Board of Brown University’s Center for Long-Term Care Quality & Innovation. He is also the past Chairman of the Houghton College President’s Advisory Board.

A tireless advocate for the elderly, Mr. Van Dyk founded Van Dyk Family Wines to honor the old vines of society and raise money for Alzheimer’s and memory care nonprofits. His inaugural wines – the 2010 Dignity (Cabernet Sauvignon) and the 2011 Respect (Chardonnay) – were named in support of his family’s motto of “Celebrating Our Elderly with Dignity and Respect.” He recently added the 2015 Le Bel Age (Pinot Noir), which means “The Beautiful Age.”

Mr. Van Dyk holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University, as well as a Master’s Degree from George Washington University in Health Care Administration. He received a Doctor of Letters from Houghton College for his leadership in senior health and housing.

Michael Wissot

Michael Wissot

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Michael Wissot has worked with Van Dyk Health Care since 2010 in various roles. As Chief Operating Officer, he oversees the strategic management of the company’s revenue-generating entities, taking an active role in marketing, communications, strategic planning and business development. Wissot works closely on the framework and activation of Van Dyk’s Continuum of Care – the company’s exclusive network of care services. He advocates passionately for Mr. Van Dyk’s longstanding commitment to staff engagement, supporting the company’s reputation as one of New Jersey’s most esteemed employers.

Among other executive roles, Wissot served as CEO of Dentistry.com, a dental referral company that he sold to 1-800-DENTIST® in 2006. He co-authored The 10 People Who Suck – A Positive Prescription for Improving Communication in the Workplace. Wissot received a Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University, a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Arizona, and a Master of International Management degree from Thunderbird.

Donna Melchionda

Donna Melchionda

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

As Chief Financial Officer, Donna Melchionda directs the financial health and well-being of Van Dyk Health Care, including managing and monitoring the steady growth of our facilities. Melchionda came to Van Dyk Health Care in 2006, bringing with her a hands-on approach and strong work ethic that resonates among her team. Her team manages financial controls and reporting, budget development and analysis, payroll processing, billing and collections, accounts payable, cash flow adequacy and audits, along with banking and investment partner relationships.

With over 30 years of experience in accounting and over 22 years managing the financial operations and assets of long-term care and rehabilitation facilities, Melchionda’s ‘get it done,’ methodical approach is key to the success of Van Dyk Health Care’s cross-facility financial systems management and development. She graduated from Montclair State with a bachelors in business administration and accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Nancy Soto

Nancy Soto

VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING & HUMAN RESOURCES

Nancy joined Van Dyk Health Care in 1996 as Director of Human Resources, expanding her role to Project Development and Strategic Planning. In her current role, she is responsible for managing the culture, systems and training used for leadership development and employee engagement. Nancy also oversees the company’s marketing strategy, managing a fully integrated marketing department across Van Dyk’s continuum of care.

An avid fan of Disney management principles, Nancy has attended Disney Institute Courses in Customer Solutions, Customer Service & People Management. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management and a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing at Binghamton University. Nancy is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is licensed by the NJ Department of Health as a Certified Assisted Living Administrator (CALA) and NJ Department of Banking & Insurance as a Life & Health Producer.

Kevin Brendlen

Kevin Brendlen

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, VAN DYK PARK PLACE
VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

Kevin Brendlen brings over 30 years of comprehensive experience in sales and customer service to Van Dyk Health Care. As executive director of Van Dyk Park Place, Kevin oversees all areas of marketing, community relations, hospitality and dining, staff development and training, regulatory compliance, activities, program development and overall operations of Van Dyk’s award-winning assisted living community. As a member of Van Dyk’s executive leadership team since 2008, Kevin is responsible for helping the company launch specialty programs in cardiac care and pulmonary care, as well as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Kevin entered the Assisted Living profession in 1999, working for Marriott Senior Living and then Sunrise Senior Living. He first earned his New Jersey Certified Assisted Living Administrator license in 2001 and has remained closely involved with Van Dyk’s work with the National Center for Assisted Living, the Alzheimer’s Association, The Valley Hospital Foundation, Alzheimer’s New Jersey, and many other organizations. As Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Kevin has forged strong relationships with leading hospitals, physicians and other health care professionals throughout the North Jersey area. His entrepreneurial background fosters a positive, service-oriented atmosphere at Van Dyk, including a strong sense of integrity, honesty and responsibility. He attended Bergen Community College, where he majored in liberal arts.

Pam Tokarczuk, LNHA, CALA, CPD

Pam Tokarczuk, LNHA, CALA, CPD

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, VAN DYK MEMORY CARE CENTER

Pam Tokarczuk serves as the Executive Director for Van Dyk Memory Care Center. Pam is the former Administrator of Van Dyk Health Care at Ridgewood, a Post- Acute Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility, a 5- Star facility and recognized by the US News and World Report for 5 years and Van Dyk at Bald Eagle Commons Assisted Living and Senior Apartments in West Milford, NJ which included a dedicated unit for Alzheimer’s and dementia. Pam has managed the quality and consistency of care services and operations, maintaining quality standards and compliance for 18 years with Van Dyk Health Care. As a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Pam is known for her compassionate care and patient advocacy. She is family focused, maintaining best practices through personal integrity and supervising leadership. Pam continually seeks new program development following medical research and up to date dementia practices. She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with both bachelors and master’s degrees, and has since earned nursing home administrator license, assisted living license for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and is certified with the National Council of Dementia Practitioners. Passionate about health care Tokarczuk has had various leadership roles over 30 years in long term care, assisted living, residential health care and independent senior living. Mrs. Tokarczuk serves on the NJ LTC Culture Change Committee, HCANJ Best Practice Committee and Convention presenter for “Changing the Culture of Dementia Care to Reduce the Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotic Medication”. She continues to serve on AHCA Survey and Regulatory Committee and the HCANJ Education and Convention committees. An advocate for the certified caregivers, Pam has nominated caregivers for various awards who have received deserving recognition from the National Association of Health Care Assistants and from HCANJ the state association for health care facilities. In 2009, Pam received the YMCA – Twin Award “Tribute to Women in Industry”.

Christine Sanchez

Christine Sanchez

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AT HOME WITH VAN DYK
VICE PRESIDENT, HOME CARE SOLUTIONS

Christine Sanchez brings dynamic leadership to the Van Dyk family. As executive director of At Home With Van Dyk, Christine oversees all areas of customer service, business development, marketing, staffing, strategic partnerships and regulatory compliance on behalf of the agency. She previously served nine years at Freedom Home Healthcare, culminating with her role as Regional Director of Home Care Services. Christine believes strongly in building talented leaders within an organization — a core value of the Van Dyk family for decades. Her sincere desire to make a positive impact on families and colleagues is felt at all times. Christine has dedicated her entire career to the home care profession, starting with her position at the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication from Rutgers University.

Lauren Campana

Lauren Campana

DIRECTOR OF NURSING, VAN DYK PARK PLACE

Lauren joined the Van Dyk family in 2018 after building extensive credentials in the senior care profession. She served four years as Regional Director of Resident Care, overseeing the clinical operations of 15 assisted living communities in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New Castle County. In that role, Lauren directed training programs and policies to improve safety and clinical needs. Her prior leadership as a health care coordinator and wellness nurse for 120 residents resulted in exceptional improvements in overall care, proper medication and patient education. Lauren believes firmly in the importance of communication across her entire nursing team at Park Place, and she leads by example. She is a licensed nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and she is a Certified Assisted Living Administrator. Lauren remains an active member of the Nursing Student Organization at Bergen Community College, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree and her Applied Science Nursing Degree. Save & Exit

Carmen Dalton

Carmen Dalton

DIRECTOR OF NURSING, AT HOME WITH VAN DYK

Carmen brings over 20 years of nursing experience, 12 years in home care, to the Van Dyk family. As Director of Nursing, she is the chief clinical leader of Van Dyk’s home care division, overseeing the company’s coordination of care and delivery of care.  She helps maintain compliance with all regulatory commissions.  Carmen began her medical career as a volunteer EMT.  She worked as an LPN before eventually becoming a registered nurse. Carmen dedicated herself to a wide range of health care settings, spending 22 years in medical, surgical, ER, telemetry, mental health and geriatric care.  Carmen discovered her passion for home care while working as a field nurse supervisor for a hospital, prompting her to switch exclusively to home care where she has remained for the last 12 years. She is a member of the Organization of Nurse Leaders of New Jersey. She earned her Nursing degree from Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing in Montclair.

Nicole Greco

Nicole Greco

DIRECTOR OF SALES & MARKETING, VAN DYK PARK PLACE

Nicole Greco joins the Van Dyk family with over 17 years of experience in sales, marketing and community relations. She has dedicated the last eight years of her career in senior care, building extensive relationships throughout North Jersey and the greater NYC metro area. As director of sales and marketing at Van Dyk Park Place and a member of the company’s leadership team, Nicole manages all admissions, brand strategy, analytics, advertising, communications and community relations. Her energy, warmth and compassion are well known to families and health care professionals. Her commitment to exceeding expectations and helping families find solutions has made Nicole a true leader in this profession. She has developed innovative sales and marketing strategies to reach maximum occupancy in several high-profiled assisted living communities, cultivating strong relationships with residents, families and strategic partners. Nicole began working in senior care as a community relations advisor for A Place For Mom, helping families find senior living solutions throughout the NYC metro area. She has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, remaining in the top 10% of sales production throughout her tenure and developing close ties with primary care physicians, neurologists, rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons and pediatricians. Nicole earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Monmouth University.

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