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Theresa Bulone MHA, RN, LNHA


With over 22 years of healthcare experience, I am pleased to lead the team at VanDuyn Center. I have been a Register Nurse for 13 years and have served as a Director of Nursing (DON) for the past 6 years. I have a combined administrative experience of an administrator and DON over the past few years that allow me to bring a multi-focal perspective to VanDuyn and their management team. I have two lovely children and a K9 kid (Meatball - the Jack Russell and Irish Terrier mix) that are my world. My children, Emily and Salvatore, are both very involved with athletics. Emily is a promising Division 1 prospect in softball and plays 12 months out of the year in both softball and soccer. Salvatore plays hockey and is now going to pick up baseball. If I am not at VanDuyn then I am at a sports game or practice. I obtained my Associate's Degree in Applied Science in Nursing from Crouse School of Nursing, my Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management from Cortland State University, and my Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration from Utica College. My family has been in healthcare for generations, so you can say that it is in my blood. I started in an acute care setting but found that long-term care is my calling. I am grateful and honored to be leading the VanDuyn Team in ensuring quality and compassionate care for our loved ones.

Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY

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.

Thomas, Michelle - Director of MDS

Michelle Thomas

MDS Coordinator

I've been a nurse since 1992 and came to Van Duyn with experience in Long-term Care and Pain Management. I have been doing MDS throughout the years, since 1995. I joined the Van Duyn team in 2013 and have taken on the role as Director of MDS in June of 2019. I am also a loving mother to one daughter, two rottweilers, and three cats!


Nicole Scheel

Director of Nursing

Nicole’s initial career choice was to become a teacher, but quickly found that it was not her calling when she started her first job at Upstate Medical Center in dietary. In her first day on the job she immediately fell in love with the environment of a health care facility and made it her goal to become a Nurse. Within a few years, Nicole had completed her nursing prerequisites, graduated from Crouse with a Degree in Nursing. On her academic journey, Nicole worked full time as a Nursing Assistant(HCT) @ Upstate Medical University Hospital on the night shift while going to school full-time. Nicole has three beautiful children with her loving and supportive husband. Nicole has worked in many areas in the healthcare field as a nurse, including oncology/hematology, pediatrics, homecare and orthopedic surgery. She found her nursing niche when she joined Bishop as their 4th floor St. Joseph’s Rapid Rehab manager. Nicole’s newfound love for providing quality care to patients and residents in LTC and rehab continued to grow as she joined our team in February, 2022 as the Director of Investigations. Soon after Nicole was promoted to an Assistant Director of Nursing and then to Director of Nursing. Nicole is a lifelong learner with a strong desire to guide, support and empower nurses. Her vision and goal is to foster respect, education, growth, commitment and pride in caring for our loved residents and patients here at Van Duyn Center.


Patricia Terranova

Assistant Administrator

With over 20 years of long-term care experience, I joined the VanDuyn team in May of 2021 as Director of Operations. Prior to joining VanDuyn, I worked as Director of Social Services in long-term care facilities. I am excited to be a part of a great team here at VanDuyn as the Assistant Administrator. The residents are why I do what I do. I treat each resident as if they were family. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time in my gardens and with my family. My husband and I met while working in a nursing home. I have two wonderful daughters, one who lives in Ohio and the other who is in middle school. I can’t forget my fur babies, two dogs and one cat. I strive every day to make a difference in the lives to the residents here at VanDuyn.

Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY

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.

Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing nursing home in Syracuse, NY

Stephanie Bratt

Medical Records Director

Stephanie joined the Van Duyn team in 2014 in the Staffing Office and Human Resources, transitioning to the role of Medical Records Director in the Summer of 2017. Her prior educational background is in the field of Medical Records/Health Information Systems. Stephanie also ran her own day care business for many years.


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. After some time in this role Roberta transitioned into a new role as Advanced Learning Project Manager as a support to the Education Department.


Laura Wratten

Director of Human Resources

With a career rooted in Healthcare, I have spent the last 14 years growing and learning in various areas of Long-Term Care. I grew up in a small town and my father was a Dietary Director at the local nursing home. I volunteered there often and discovered my passion for helping others. I have extensive training in memory care by the Alzheimer’s Association, many years of experience in therapeutic recreation as an Activities Director, and a strong background in Human Resources. I am a mother of three beautiful children and enjoy spending time outdoors gardening and working on my house. By joining Van Duyn, I hope to bring positivity to the workplace and to motivate my peers in all their endeavors. I also hope to attract new talent to an already incredible place. My journey in healthcare has led me here, and I can’t wait to be a part of Van Duyn’s success!


Marisa Ciola

Director of Concierge Services

I started out working as a medical assistant and soon went on to finding my love for skilled nursing. I have over 22 years experience in long term care and rehabilitation. I then went on to working in nursing education as an administrative assistant/coordinator, where I was able to help nursing students achieve their goal in becoming a CNA. Recently I was blessed with the wonderful opportunity to join the Van Duyn team as the Director Of Concierge. I am excited to be here to make a difference and advocate for our residents and families.






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