Meet The Birches Assisted Living Staff


James K. Curto

Executive Director, CEO

"I've been with Birches since we purchased the land back in 1997. It's sure been an exciting run, so far! We've had other partners over the years, but right now we are an entirely family-owned concern.

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My three-mile daily commute from Western Springs, where Mary and I have lived since 1992, is a pleasure. Our son, Will, is a student at Denison University in Ohio, my alma mater.
I'm very proud of my wonderful staff of 70+ and the company we've built to serve our seniors and their families. We strive to grow and always improve.
Thank you for your confidence in us!

Carol Weigel

Director of Marketing & Development

“I have more than 20 years experience in the senior housing market and eight years with The Birches. I am so grateful to be a part of this remarkable community.

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Here I utilize my experience, understanding and compassion to assist families in their life-changing decisions. The key to success is listening attentively to both the family and the new resident, and then I provide information and options in senior living that will best suit the needs of all concerned. At The Birches we work as a team to create a seamless transition for a new resident. I hope I have the opportunity to welcome you to The Birches soon!”

Jacqueline M. Foss

Assistant Executive Director

“In 2008, I landed an internship at The Birches while I was pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration at Northern Illinois University.

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During and after the internship, I knew there was something special about The Birches. I could see myself continuing my career here, and that’s exactly what happened. Right after graduation, I was offered a full-time opportunity to learn the business operations and gain invaluable management experience. These are the gifts The Birches has given me. What I am learning here will help me, I hope, excel in the senior living industry.”

Jackie Raschke

Director of Encore & Memory Care

“I have been the Director of Encore and Memory Care Services at The Birches since 2002. I enjoy working with a very professional staff in our memory care area (Encore).

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We work very hard to provide a comfy and safe home for the residents, and I treasure the relationships I have with each resident and his or her family. Besides overseeing the day-to-day operations in Encore, I enjoy sharing my passions with the residents such as party planning, being creative, gardening, playing games and building friendships. Working with older adults who teach me so much on a daily basis is priceless to me.”

Chimee Anderson, RN

Nurse Manager

"My goal as Nurse Manager, is to provide the highest quality of care for the entire Birches family. The Birches is a great place to work!

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 I have been afforded a great opportunity being promoted to Nurse Manager. My tenure began as a Resident Assistant. While being a Resident Assistant I continued my education. I obtained my License Practical Nursing licensure, associate degree and Registered Nurse licensure. 
I look forward to furthering my education so I may continue to share  the most recent advances in the nursing field."

Diana Subacuite

Dining Services Director

“Personalized care is our motto. Everyone - from server to manager – understands this very well.

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We are proud of what we do in The Birches’ kitchen, because everyone goes the extra mile in order to meet our residents’ personal needs.”

Yvonne A. Dempsey

Associate Executive Director

"I started at The Birches in 1999. At that time The Birches was under construction. Over the years, I have watched The Birches grow into a wonderful community for seniors.

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The caring staff that we have hired over the years has made The Birches what it is today. We care about our residents like they were our own parents or grandparents. Over the years I have enjoyed being a part of this assisted living community, and I will be looking forward to being a part of our team for several years more."

Bob Bickert

Maintenance Director

"I have been with The Birches since 2005. Being in the repair/maintenance field has given me extensive knowledge about what needs to be done to keep this building running properly.

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It gives me a good feeling knowing that turning a screw or tightening a bolt matters to the residents even if they are unaware of such tasks. The staff works together to make residents truly feel at home. There is great personal care, friendly staff, lots of activities and entertainment, and some of the best meals you can eat anywhere. I consider The Birches my second family.”

Cheri Gorgol

Office Manager

“Originally, I was hired as a part-time evening receptionist, and today I am The Birches’ Office Manager.

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Truly, this is a great place to work and live, and I’m proud to say I’ve been here for more than nine years. I can’t say how many residents and family members have touched my heart in ways I never could have imagined. These are the memories I will cherish forever.”