Our Team

Your Team

For us, you are everything. How you feel, how you spend your day, what makes you laugh, what you need, what you love to eat—we embrace all of it, because we are a community. We support one another and make the most of every single day, together.

Meet Our Team

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Daniel Hass
Daniel Hass
Executive Director

Dan joined the team of Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth in February of 2020, but has been with Five Star Senior Living since 2012. His passion for senior living began over 18 years ago when he started volunteering at a local retirement community. He feels it is his calling to work in Senior Living and finds it a privilege to support families as they trust Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth to care for their loved ones. His favorite aspect of his job is getting to know the residents and their family members. In 2009, he received his Bachelor’s degree from La Roche College. When Dan is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, serving in his church, and traveling when he gets the chance. 

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Lisa Wisniewski
Lisa Wisniewski
Bridge to Rediscovery Director

Lisa began her career with Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth over 20 years ago. She began her career as a nurse’s aide until she was promoted in 2011 to the role of Director of the Bridge to Rediscovery Program. Her desire to not only help those around her, but those with dementia shines in the work she does so proudly. Lisa is an active participant in the Alzheimer’s Association and advocate for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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Billie Joe Sokolowski
Billie Jo Sokolowski
Lifestyle360 Director

13 years ago Billie Joe was a Project Manager for Westinghouse when her grandfather moved into Mt. Vernon of Elizabeth. After visiting every day and interacting with the residents she was asked to apply for the position of Lifestyle360 Director. Even though times have brought much change to Mt. Vernon one thing remains true, her gratitude and the love she has for her career, she finds it to be the most rewarding job she has ever had.

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Maura
Maura Bernarding
Sales Director

Maura has been with Five Star since January, 2016. She not only has experience in Sales & Marketing in the healthcare industry, but has spent over 12 years doing sales in the hospitality industry. She loves being able to help families feel assured that their loved one is going to be safe and well taken care of when they come to live with us. Maura feels that it is a privilege to be trusted with helping resident’s and their families during the decision making process. In her spare time she enjoys hiking the trails of Pennsylvania.

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Marsha
Marsha Kukulka
Business Office/Human Resource Manager

Marsha started her career with Five Star Senior Living in 2010. She held the position of Receptionist in the Concierge Department. In 2015, she was promoted to Business Office Manager. She loves seeing all of the residents and their families, and being able to truly get to know them as part of her work family. Marsha loves spending time with her family and enjoys traveling. Disney is one of her favorite destination spots.

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Nina Burgess
Nina Burgess
Food Service Director

Nina began following her passion for the culinary arts as a young child, shadowing her aunt in the kitchen. Her passion and desire never left, and she enrolled in culinary classes. Nina joined the Five Star team ten years ago as a server and jumped at the opportunity to become Lead Cook in 2016. We are happy to have her on our team as our Food Service Director. In Nina’s own words, “I love knowing how happy my cooking makes our residents and staff – especially when I serve my lasagna and ‘Pittsburgh-style’ meals. I’m excited to continue growing with my Five Star family by my side”.

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John Byers
John Byers
Maintenance Director

John has been doing maintenance for over 30 years now. In his spare time he likes spending time with his wife and their fur family, hunting, fishing, and riding his motorcycle.

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