Christine joined the Pathway to Living® team in July of 2017 as the Executive Director of Aspired Living® of Prospect Heights.
With 25 years of senior living experience, it’s clear that Christine’s passion is caring for, assisting and supporting seniors – especially those with cognitive impairments. She is a Certified
Dementia Practitioner® and also a Certified Trainer®. Christine has received her dementia accreditation from the Alzheimer’s Association® and has also facilitated dementia support groups.
In her role as Executive Director, Christine has solidified a wonderful team of managers and front-line staff that provide the very best care and customer service to residents and families. She has also been instrumental in supporting families during the difficult transition of moving a loved one into an Assisted Living community. Christine leads by example and demonstrates the VIVA!℠ culture of “live your best life” every day at the Aspired Living® of Prospect Heights. Christine enjoys creating relationships with residents and families and is often found throughout the community engaging with them.
Christine enjoys reading and traveling, as well as skiing and all outdoor activities. Christine lives in Palatine with her husband, who she’s been happily married to for 25 years, her sons and her dog, Marley.
Business Office Manager
Marjorie serves as the Business Office Manager at Aspired Living® of Prospect Heights and states that Aspired Living® is a special place where she is able to apply her business experience with the love that she has for seniors within the community.
After moving to Illinois two years ago, Marjorie’s desire grew to become part of Aspired Living once she saw it was being built down the street from her home. She has a deep aspiration to make a difference in the lives of seniors and feels heartfelt joy, privilege and honor that she is part of the Aspired Living team.
Over the years, Marjorie has volunteered for many nonprofit organizations and cared for seniors within her community, taking them to communion and spending time. She also served as a caregiver to her own mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Memory Support Manager
A graduate from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management, Megan has found her passion as a leader in programming within senior living.
Megan discovered this calling for senior living through the opportunity to make someone else’s days not only easier but happier. She finds it very important to connect with each resident who walks into Aspired Living® and loves fostering connections and making sure residents feel comfortable in their new home. Megan strives to create an engaging calendar filled with life-enriching programs, and makes it her personal mission to find each resident's “voice” to make their days brighter. Before her promotion to Memory Support Manager, Megan worked with residents in the VIVA!℠ Life Coordinator role.
Megan loves to spend her free time traveling and with her family. She loves to jump into the culture of new places and explore life, and has studied abroad in Costa Rica, as well as worked on a cruise ship as an Event Programmer.
VIVA!℠ Life Coordinator
A graduate from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education, Katie originally joined our management team as the Community Life Manager for Memory Support and worked with A Knew Day® residents in the Memory Support neighborhood.
As VIVA!℠ Life Coordinator, Katie plans, administers and engages residents in programs, which is imperative to their cognitive well-being. Katie firmly believes in making every single day her residents’ best day yet, using both her personality and the VIVA!℠ philosophy to get residents motivated, active and living a purposeful life. It is her goal to learn as much as she can about each resident in order to make each day fun-filled and special.
Katie studied abroad for a semester in Nicosia, Cyprus, where she fell in love with traveling and the field of healthcare. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Resident Care Manager
Tanya originally joined the Pathway to Living® team in April of 2017 as a floor nurse, when it was formally known as Grandbrier® of Prospect Heights. She had a baby girl and took some time off to spend with her children at home.
Tanya has recently come back to Aspired Living® and was promoted to Resident Care Manager in December 2018. She comes to Aspired Living with her nursing degree from Ambria College of Nursing in Hoffman Estates. Tanya cares for each and every resident as a unique individual and will go above and beyond to care for them the best she can.
Tanya enjoys spending time with her family, especially her husband and two kids. She enjoys being a nurse and mom.
Erica became a member of the Aspired Living® team in August of 2017, serving as our Move-In Coordinator. In this role, Erica’s main goal is to make future residents and their families feel comfortable before and after their move and to create an easy, worry-free transition.
Erica received her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, and has over 12 years of experience working in a variety of settings with diverse populations. More specifically, she has worked with seniors and their families for five years, which is where she feels she belongs.
Erica moved to Illinois from Pennsylvania two years ago with her husband, two children and her four-legged babies: two dogs and two cats. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, going to the movies and spending time with her family.
Culinary Experience Manager
Gary Fugate is a professionally trained pastry chef and baker whose restaurant and culinary experience spans 34 years. He’s worked in the kitchens of some of Chicago and Lake Forest’s most notable restaurants and even opened his own restaurant in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
He enjoyed serving seniors who frequented his establishment and, after joining the Aspired Living family, those passions have been reaffirmed. Gary is a valued member of the community and deeply admired by all residents.
Outside of the kitchen, Gary is an Assistant Scout Master for a Kenosha Boy Scout Troop. After proudly watching his son achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, Gary now dedicates his free time to helping children accomplish their scouting goals.