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.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Bob Rosenberger joined Franciscan Ministries as Chief Financial Officer in April 2023. He comes to us with more than 25 years of leadership and finance experience. Bob has held senior level financial positions at a variety of hospital and health systems, including Heritage Valley Health System in Beaver, PA; Amita Health in Chicago, IL; Adena Health in Chillicothe, OH; and Centegra Health System in Crystal Lake, IL. In prior roles Bob has improved retention levels of 40% within the Finance Department as well as directed a $200M bond re-financing generating $40M of cash over the first 4 years while decreasing maximum annual debt service by 10%. He has a MBA and BS in Finance from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
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.
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.
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