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Meet Our Team

Regina UmanskiyRegina Umanskiy
President & CEO
Regina Umanskiy became the Franciscan Ministries President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2022. Prior to leading the Ministry, she served as Vice President of Operations and Integrated Solutions for Senior Lifestyle Corporation in Chicago. A forward-thinking, strategic operations executive, Regina brings more than two decades of leadership experience in the senior living industry. She is skilled in developing client relations, cultivating business growth opportunities, and implementing programs to drive resident and associate engagement. Regina received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ursuline College. She is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

Karen Larson – Chief Operating OfficerKaren Larson
Chief Operating Officer

Karen Larson joined Franciscan Ministries as Chief Operating Officer in August 2022. Karen is a seasoned senior management professional with over 20 years of progressive leadership in Life Plan Communities with multi-facility not-for-profit organizations. She most recently served as Vice President of Operations for Christian Horizons. Karen has a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois School of Public Health. She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. Additionally, Karen serves on the LeadingAge Illinois Finance Committee and Board of Directors.

Dave PaganoDavid Pagano
Chief Clinical Officer
David joined the Franciscan Ministries team in June 2020 as the Vice President of Clinical Services. He brings over 27 years of experience providing strategic clinical leadership in the multi-facility senior care arena, primarily skilled post-acute care, long term care and assisted living. David has served as Vice President of Clinical Operations for Integrace Health Communities in Maryland, operating skilled, assisted living, independent living and on-site clinics including Copper Ridge, a nationally recognized dementia care facility; Trinity Senior Living Communities, responsible for the clinical operations of 35 health care facilities in Michigan, Iowa, Indiana and Maryland; and as Regional Vice President of Clinical Services for Sava Senior Care, responsible for clinical operations for 148 long-term care facilities. He brings expertise and passion for analyzing, developing, and transforming strategic clinical policy at the organizational level, not only in implementing best practices but in developing and refining models of care. David received his B.S. Nursing degree from D’youville College, School of Nursing in Buffalo, NY.

Monica Simzyk Monica Simzyk
Chief People Officer
Monica Simzyk has served as the Chief People Officer for the Ministry since 2020. In her most recent role, she served as the regional human resources officer at AMITA Health, one of the largest Catholic health systems in Illinois. She brings more than 20 years of progressive human resources experience with a focus on strategic change management and business alignment, organizational effectiveness, talent management and talent acquisition. Monica earned her business degree from Northeastern Illinois University and obtained her MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Dawn Mayer Vice President of Mission Integration and Pastoral CareDawn Mayer
Chief Mission Integration & Pastoral Care Officer

Dawn Mayer joined Franciscan Ministries as Vice President of Mission Integration and Pastoral Care in June 2015. Dawn has over 35 years of ministerial experience in parishes, Archdiocesan administration, and senior services, always striving to create new initiatives to further the mission of the community. Before her arrival at FM, she served as the Director of Mission Integration and Pastoral Care for five years at The Village at Victory Lakes, one Franciscan Ministries’ senior living communities. Dawn has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola University and a Master’s Degree in Religious Education also from Loyola University. She is a Certified Pastoral Associate for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Brad Barnett Vice President of Sales and MarketingBrad Barnett
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Brad Barnett began serving as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Franciscan Ministries in 2021. He brings more than 15 years of executive sales and marketing experience across several industries, including senior living and hospitality. Prior to joining the Ministry, Brad worked as the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Elegance Senior Living where he oversaw sales performance, profitability and sales strategies for 39 communities with a combined revenue of nearly $200 million. Brad’s experience will prove valuable as the Ministry continues to grow and work toward full occupancy in all communities. Brad earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University.

"The friendliness of all the residents and staff. . . the "Good Mornings" and "Good Afternoons" said with a smile. That truly makes my day."

Lee S., resident of Franciscan Communities

"As the song goes "There's no place like home." My place here is "home sweet home." Employees provide service with kindness and there's so many good people to talk to."

Bernard S., Franciscan Communities Resident

"Mt. Alverna has such a friendly and caring personality and atmosphere. The skilled care helped me achieve independence and regain strength. Even the social activities reinforce physical therapy. I am blessed to have been able to rehab at this facility this past Spring."

Rev S., Mount Alverna