Staff Members

Patrick M. Deptula, MS, LNHA, FACHCA

Patrick Deptula, a native of Syracuse, proudly became the Administrator of Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in September 2016. He has enjoyed a wonderfully progressive career in health care, ranging from achieving a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University, to a direct care service provider, to positions in senior and executive management. He brings to Van Duyn over 40 years of experience in operations and successful management of residential health care facilities and community based services.

Scott Murphy
Assistant Administrator

Twenty-five years as a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Past responsibilities have included departmental oversight of such departments as Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies, Recreation, Health Information Management, Recreation, Social Services and Central Services. Served on numerous committees such as: Quality Assurance, Safety, Pharmacy and Infection Control. Served as facility representative on the LTCEC’s Mutual Assistance Disaster Planning Committee. Responsible for investigation and reporting of incidents which meet criteria for NYSDOH reporting criteria. Liaison to resident, family members and staff on issues related to facility operations and regulatory issues, responsible for development and submission of annual NYSDOH plan of correction. Bachelors in Health Services Management from SUNY-Utica Rome May 1988 Masters in Health Services Management from New School University May 1998.

Karissa Camerota
Assistant Administrator
Stephanie Bratt
Medical Records Administrator
Roberta Boteler
Advanced Learning Project Manager

Following a long global career in the petroleum industry, Roberta was welcomed in the Medical Records Department as an intern at Van Duyn Center, while studying at Alfred State. She in due course went on to graduate magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Professional Studies in Health Information Management and is credentialed with AHIMA as a Registered Health Information Administrator. In keeping with the Van Duyn heritage rooted deeply in continuous improvement, Roberta advanced from an entry-level position in the Medical Records Department to the administrator role. At home in Oswego county, Roberta is an active member of Fulton Lions dedicated to sight and hearing projects for those in need.

Kathi Burke
MDS Director

I have been Registered Nurse for 36 years. Prior to obtaining my RN I worked at Van Duyn in 1979 as a nursing assistant. For the last 18 years I have worked in long term care with a focus on Medicare, Reimbursement and the MDS with certification as a Resident Assessment Coordinator. I returned to Van Duyn in July of 2014.

Thomas Chekan
Director of Central Supply

I came to Van Duyn 4 years ago with over 33 years of healthcare experience. The last 17 years as Purchasing Manager of a large healthcare organization, overseeing the procurement of products and services from Assisted Living to Long Term care. Gaining experience over those years with the supplies and equipment used in the care of our population, experience working with a variety of process improvement, product and supplier evaluation teams, I bring that knowledge to Van Duyn.

Lisa DeAngelo
Short Term Rehab Concierge

I received an Associate’s Degree in Human Services from SUNY Morrisville and in 2015 completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bryant & Stratton College. My employment background has previous work in customer service, program development and implementation as well as building rapport with clientele. Though I have never worked in short term or long term care prior to this position, I have jumped right in taking this opportunity to learn about our residents and their needs! I grew up in Syracuse, I enjoy spending time with my niece and nephew as well as getting my hands on DIY projects!

Kevin Edgarton
Director of Maintenance
Daniel Ellithorpe
Director of Dietary
Nancy Harris
Director of Community Relations

I am excited to be a part of the Van Duyn Center Team. I have previously been an Admissions Director and Vice-President of Community Relations in Skilled Nursing. I have over 30 years experience in the CNY community. I have a B.S. Degree from Syracuse University from the College for Human Development.

Lynn Holstein
Director of Process Improvement

Lynn has worked in health care in Central New York for over 30 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education from SUNY Cortland and Master of Public Service in Health Care Administration from the New School for Social Research.

Divya Joshi
Physical Therapy Director - 2nd Floor

I joined Van Duyn in August 2016. I have been working as a physical therapist for the last 10 years. I grew up in India and completed my Bachelor’s degree from India in 2006. I moved to Syracuse, NY in 2010 and have been working in skilled nursing facilities since then. I completed DPT in 2014 from Utica College. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient settings but most of my experience lies in SNF assisting patients under long term care.”

Justin Joyce
Director of Maintenance

Having a grandfather and father that also worked in the Van Duyn maintenance department you could pretty much say I grew up here. I have been working here for over 16 years. Starting from the bottom and working my way up through the positions I have acquired a diverse expanse of knowledge here at Van Duyn.

Jenee Kawejsza
Physical Therapy Director - 7th Floor

I grew up in Ithaca, NY and attended Northeastern University in Boston where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1997. I have been a physical therapist for 19 years working in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, home care and the acute care setting. After working as a physical therapist in New Hampshire for 10 years my husband and I decided to move back to Central New York in 2007 with our 3 children to be closer to family. I joined Van Duyn in July 2016 as the Director of Rehab on the 7th floor.

Alicia Kehoskie
Social Work Director
Kellie Martin
Corporate Director of Admissions

I have been working in Admissions for two years and manage both Van Duyn as well as Crown Park in Cortland. I am a graduate of Le Moyne College with a BA in Psychology and have experience in mental health, marketing, and community education and outreach. I was born and raised in Syracuse, and enjoy running, hiking, and reading in my spare time.

Mary O’Neill
Director of Recreation Therapy

I come to Van Duyn with over 20 years of experience as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Director of Recreation Therapy and Executive Director of a memory care community. Over the years I have worked extensively with dementia/ Alzheimer care. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Therapy from SUNY Brockport and was certified under the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. I was born and raised in Buffalo and remain a loyal Buffalo Bills Fan, however living here for 20 years have become a die-hard SU Fan too!

Mike Regan
Director of Safety and Security

I am a native of the Syracuse area and Retired from Law Enforcement after 22 years.

Mitch Schreiber
Human Resources Director
Lauri Wentland
Director of Nutrition

I oversee the nutritional care of the residents. I have 37 years in the Food Service/Nutrition Industry; Employed at Community General Hospital, Rosewood Heights, Nottingham RHCF, Onondaga County WIC and 15 years at Van Duyn. AAS Degree Restaurant Management SUNY Delhi 1984, BS Degree Nutrition Syracuse University 1998, Dietetic Internship ’98-’99 Syracuse University.