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Amy Mahoney, LNHA


 I am thrilled to join the Van Duyn team as the Administrator. I recently relocated to the Syracuse area from Central Texas and I am very excited to begin my journey here at Van Duyn. I come to the area with 20 years of experience in the industry and I take great pride in achieving clinical excellence and providing the best quality of care possible.


Audrey Torio

Director of Nursing

Audrey is a graduate of Elmira College with a BSN focused in Registered Nursing. She has over 20 years of RN experience in various settings and is skilled in team building, process improvements, Customer Service, Wound Care, Medicaid, and Case Management.

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Karissa Camerota

Assistant Administrator

I was a social worker in a sister facility for 2.5 years. At an early age I knew that becoming a Nursing Home Administrator was my dream. I have always had a passion for working with people and helping others achieve their golas. I love working with the elderly and I'm so proud to be a part of the Van Duyn team!

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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.

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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!

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Debbie Foster

Business Office Manager

I am excited to be a part of the Van Duyn Center team. I have over 16 years' experience in the industry and look forward to working with such a great team.

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Todd Cramer, MS RRT

Director of Respiratory Care

I have been a Respiratory Therapist for 35 years. For 32 years, I have held leadership roles in Acute Care, LTC and programming across the lifespan from NICU to Palliative Care. I earned an AAS degree in Respiratory Care from MVCC in Utica, a BS in Human Resource Managament from Roberts Wesleyan in Rochester and an MS in Hospital Management from the Milano Graduate School of business of the New School University in NYC. I currently serve as the Group COO of the Board of Directors of Truspine Technologies Ltd., a group of medical device companies chartered in the U.K. Although I have journeyed into industry a couple of times, I always end up "coming home" to my passion, Respiratory Care and building integrated care systems. I am happy to be part of the forward thinking environment at VDRNC


Nancy Harris

Chief Experience Officer

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.

Aiken, Tarana - Concierge

Tarana Aiken


In 2017, Tarana was hired as our 7th floor receptionist. Shortly after this, she started in her new role as our Concierge. Before coming on board as a receptionist, Tarana also assisted in transportation of residents and guests to their therapy appointments within the building.

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John Arnott


I am excited to continue my time at Van Duyn, by joining the concierge team. I'm excited to bring 18 years of management customer service experience. I have a strong commitment to making everyone feel welcomed and loved.


Karleigh Olney


My family and I relocated to the Syracuse area in 2016 from Mohawk, N.Y. I come to Van Duyn with over 10 years experience in customer service management. I am very excited to be part of the concierge team! When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my amazing boyfriend and four beautiful children cheering on our favorite SU teams.

Klump, Max- Director of Social Work

Max Clump

Director of Social Work

Max started with the Van Duyn Center team in January of 2017. Before joining the VDC team as Social Worker in 2017 Max worked as a Recreation Leader in a similar setting. He transitioned to the role of Social Work Director in April of 2019.

Carhart, Caitlyn - Director of Community Relations

Caitlyn Carhart

Director of Community Relations

Caitlyn joined the Van Duyn team in June 2018. As the Director of Community Relations Caitlyn will be making connections with the public and outside companies, marketing, creating our monthly newsletter, as well as hosting fundraisers and coordinating some events.

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Mike Regan

Director of Safety and Security

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

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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.

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Mary O’Neill

Assistant Administrator

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!

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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.


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.

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Richard Fields

Director of  Food Service

Richard Joined the Van Duyn Center team in 2018 and leads our food services team.

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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. 

Travers, Robert - Director of Maintenance

Robert Travers

Director of Maintenance

Robert joined the Van Duyn team in the Spring of 2018. Robert has held the role of Maintenance Director in various living and medical settings since 1992.

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Carolyne Opee

Director of Human Resources

I am pleased to join the team at Van Duyn. I am a passionate and multi skilled human resources professional with over 10 years broad-based management experience, human resource regulations and rules, personnel policies and an ability to apply them at Van Duyn. I have a prior education in General Management Science and Human Resources Management, as well as experience in employee relations, talent aquisition and retention and many other related HR best practices.

Tina Aylward

Tina Aylward

Director of Recreation

Tina has worked with Van Duyn Center since January of 2018 as a Recreation Leader and assisting with Religious services and programs. Tina became the Director of Recreation in June of 2019.






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