Timbers of Shorewood
Timbers Staff December of 2016

Meet the Staff

Timbers of Shorewood
  • Faith Varga, executive director

    Faith Ann Varga

    Executive Director

    “After helping my parents with the transition to a senior living community, I decided to change my career so I would be able to work with seniors every day. I love my job, and I love working with seniors.”

    Faith joined the Timbers in 2004 as the Director of Marketing. In 2010 she was promoted to Executive Director. Varga manages all aspects of The Timbers’ operations and management. In addition she is responsible for the Timbers’ marketing and sales efforts. Prior to her work with The Timbers, Varga worked as marketing director for an independent and supportive living facility in Chicago. She has also served as CEO of a credit union.

  • Linda McCluskey

    Linda McCluskey

    Director of Activities

    “I am inspired every day by the older adults who live at the Timbers. I am planning lots of new activities and events that hopefully will please everyone. There’s so much out there – travelogues, music, dance, health topics and more. It’s a joy to plan exciting events.”

    Linda joined the Timbers in 2015 as the Director of Activities. She will choose, plan and coordinate a variety of events and activities for the residents of the Timbers. Many of the events are open to the public as well. She comes to the Timbers with an abundance of experience. Most recently, she was the life enrichment coordinator with a retirement community in Ottawa. Prior to that, she was the recreation supervisor for the Village of Shorewood. She received a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and an MBA, both from University of St. Francis, Joliet. Linda and her family live in Crest Hill.

  • Nekisha Smith, Homecare Director

    Nekisha Smith, LPN

    Homecare Director

    “From my first day at The Timbers, I could feel the friendly atmosphere and how everyone is treated like family.”

    Nekisha joined The Timbers in May, 2016. As Homecare Director, she supervises the certified nursing assistants (CNA). A high priority for her is emphasizing the need to treat the residents and family members with kindness and respect. She has been a licensed practical nurse (LPN) for 19 years earning her license at Summit College in Colton, California. She also has experience in home health, hospice and assisted living. As part of community service, Nekisha helps with evaluations at local hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. Her family and she enjoy movies, roller skating, bowling and paint ball events.

  • Sheila Reyes Leasing Coordinator

    Sheila Reyes

    Leasing Manager

    “Every resident touches my heart and becomes a part of my Timbers family. I especially enjoy touring prospective residents; I love to see the excitement in their faces when they find out just how flexible and caring we truly are. Working at the Timbers helped influence my current major and made me a better, more patient, loving and caring person.”

    Sheila joined the Timbers in 2007 as a receptionist and is now responsible for touring prospective residents and their families. She also updates services for residents and helps residents and their family members choose the appropriate care package that is right for them.

  • Kevin Young

    Kevin Young

    Business Development Liaison

    “The interaction with the residents and staff makes everyone feel like they are part of a community. The reward is seeing a senior thrive because of all the socialization and activities available at the Timbers.”

    Young created the position in business development for the Timbers. He is responsible for marketing, leasing and business development. Prior to joining the Timbers, he worked as a medical social worker at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago. Young is a resident of Plainfield, and he enjoys biking, running and spending time with his two teenage sons. He also works with the Chicago Lab Rescue as a foster, transportation and screening for adoption.

  • Diane Dastych, Nurse

    Diane Dastych, RN

    Staff Nurse

    “I really like the friendly atmosphere at The Timbers. My favorite part of my job is meeting the residents and interacting with them.”

    Diane joined The Timbers in March, 2017. She became acquainted with The Timbers, when her mother was a resident. She sets up medication planners for those who request the service, and she works with the nursing director coordinating case management and care plans. Past positions have been in ICU management, home health and medical unit and case management. Diane earned a bachelor of science degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, and a master of science degree in Health Care Administration from the University of St. Francis, Joliet. She is a lector for her church – St. Mary Nativity in Joliet. She also enjoys hiking, cycling, reading and bowling.

  • Jodi Zableckis, Business Manager

    Jodi Zableckis

    Business Manager

    “I have always loved working with the residents and staff at The Timbers,” she said. “I enjoy working in a lively environment where I am always building and strengthening bonds with everyone while growing in a job I love.”

    Joining the Timbers in 2003, Jodi began her career at 19 years old as a receptionist, and later, she was promoted to administrative assistant. In her position as Business Manager she is responsible for human resources, payroll and management of the front desk staff.

  • Pam Stortz Restaurant Manager

    Pam Stortz

    Restaurant Manager

    “For many residents, dining is a social hour. So, we’re always striving to create a fun, relaxed environment in the restaurant. Seeing the smile on the residents faces when they’re enjoying themselves – for instance, when we deliver a birthday cake and sing – is priceless. I’m always looking for ways to make things fun while providing the best service possible!”

    Pam joined the Timbers as restaurant manager in 2006. She began visiting the Timbers as a volunteer in 2003. Pam was initially in charge of welcome baskets and soon started running the Timbers’ annual craft show. She is now responsible for ensuring the appearance and sanitation of the dining room and meeting the needs of the residents. She also keeps the restaurant servers motivated and working as a team. Pam is a member of Kiwanis of Shorewood, Shorewood Chamber of Commerce and Minooka Chamber of Commerce.

  • Eustolia (Toya) Dorado, Housekeeping Supervisor

    Eustolia (Toya) Dorado

    Housekeeping Supervisor

    “I sincerely enjoy working with seniors. My goal is to do my best for the residents every day. It is an honor to work at The Timbers which, to me, is like family.”

    Toya joined The Timbers in 2012 as part of the housekeeping staff. Promoted to Housekeeping Supervisor, she manages the department and oversees nine housekeeping employees.

  • Gerardo Porras Maintenance Supervisor

    Gerardo Porras

    Maintenance Supervisor

    “I like working at the Timbers because every day is different, and I especially enjoy all the residents and my co-workers. This feels like my second home.”

    Gerardo joined the Timbers in 2013. He is in charge of the maintenance department which includes all aspects of the building and grounds. He makes certain all residents’ needs are dealt with efficiently and in a timely manner. Prior to the Timbers Gerardo was the supervisor of a Bally’s Total Fitness Facility for 12 years. He lives in Berwyn, IL.

  • Lucia Varga

    Lucia Varga

    Chief Happiness Provider (CHP)

    “My mission in life is love and affection. And boy oh boy, do I get both around here! I love the residents, and well, what can I say…they love me! “

    Lucia doesn’t face Monday mornings like the rest of us. She can’t wait to get to work! She accompanies Faith Varga, executive director of the Timbers, who thinks every retirement community should have a pet. Of course, the minute she gets to work, Lucia (not Faith) takes a long morning nap followed by a nice long scratch. Gentle and sweet, Lucia gives the residents much happiness as she follows Faith through her day. When people are touring the Timbers, they say they hope little Lucia comes with the apartment.