Mary Ann Curley McDonough (RN)
Registered Nurse Patient Advocate
Nurse Life Care Planner
Patricia Hanson, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) has helmed IKOR of Western Pennsylvania as its Co-Managing Director since 2011. Drawing from her master’s in professional counseling from Carlow University and specialized certifications in Gestalt Psychotherapy and Life Care Planning, Patty brings a blend of therapeutic wisdom and innovative leadership, ensuring seniors, the disabled, and children with special needs receive deeply personalized and compassionate care.
Patty’s visionary leadership led to the inception of the “Solutions for Dignity” programs. Designed to address significant gaps in the care community, these initiatives not only focus on medical and psychosocial needs but also recognize the intricate roles that the Legal, Trust, and Financial sectors play in holistic care management. By integrating these crucial areas, “Solutions for Dignity” ensures a multifaceted approach to care that upholds the quality of life and the best interests of clients at its core.
Within IKOR’s walls, Patty has cultivated an environment where collaboration is paramount. Leading a multidisciplinary team, including Registered Nurse Patient Advocates, Personal Needs Coordinators, and Financial Advocates, she ensures that every strategy crafted is a reflection of the client’s holistic well-being.
Outside IKOR, her leadership and influence resonate widely. As a past President of the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh and a founding board member of the nonprofit Senior Partners of Pittsburgh, her impact on care management is undeniable. Further, active memberships in renowned associations like the Aging Life Care Professional Association and the Employee Assistance Professionals Association speaks to her dedication to continuous learning and excellence in her field.
In every endeavor, community or professional, Patty’s leadership shines brightly. Patricia Hanson isn’t just a leader; she is a beacon of innovation, commitment, and the gold standard of care acting as passionate advocate the area of Care Management and Fiduciary Services.
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With over a quarter of a century of legal experience and fiduciary services, Michael Hanson’s role as the Managing Director of IKOR of Western Pennsylvania stands as a testament to his commitment towards holistic client support. While his legal acumen is substantial, Michael’s role at IKOR goes beyond that of a traditional attorney. As a leader, he shapes the organization’s direction, ensuring that every facet of a client’s life – especially the legal and financial dimensions – are not just addressed, but harmoniously integrated.
His responsibility at IKOR is multifaceted. Michael doesn’t just oversee the broad strategy; he’s hands-on in supporting all sectors of the organization. He works closely with a diverse team of professionals, fostering an environment where legal and financial experts, as well as professionals in the realms of care and daily living, collaborate seamlessly. The goal is to ensure that every client of IKOR experiences a quality of life where their legal and financial concerns are addressed while factoring in the impact of their medical and social / environmental status on these concerns.
His tenure at prominent establishments, including renowned insurance firms such as Erie Insurance Group, Nationwide Insurance Company, and State Farm Insurance Company, has equipped him with a deep understanding of how intricate legal and financial frameworks operate in relation to seniors and disabled individuals. In addition to obtaining his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Akron School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, Michael further augments his credentials with specialized certifications like the Certified Senior Advisor, National Certified Guardian, and Certified Property Casualty Underwriter.
However, what truly distinguishes Michael’s role with at IKOR is his unique ability to combine his legal knowledge with the ability to communicate and empathize with all individuals throughout the client relationship. He ensures that every stakeholder, from clients to legal professionals, feels understood, valued, and aligned with IKOR’s mission of providing comprehensive, empathetic, and favorable solutions for every facet of a client’s life.
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For more than three decades, Noel Saccameno has been a guiding light in the field of nursing and healthcare management. As the Director of Operations at IKOR of Western Pennsylvania, she marries her vast clinical experience with an innate talent for operational excellence, setting the bar high for healthcare standards in the region.
Beginning her journey with an AAS degree in Nursing, Noel further honed her skills with an emphasis on Policy and Public Health. Her roles over the years have been as diverse as they have been impactful. From a range of clinical positions to an instrumental role in Case Management in acute care settings, her dynamic career path is a testament to her adaptability and expertise.
A key milestone in her career was her contribution to the establishment of Pittsburgh’s first Long Term Acute Hospital. This innovative endeavor showcased her forward-thinking approach and dedication to elevating healthcare delivery. Her transition to leadership roles in Hospice and Home Health further underscored her commitment to optimizing patient outcomes and ensuring dignity throughout the aging process.
In her pivotal role at IKOR, Noel oversees the seamless integration of clinical and operational processes, ensuring both efficiency and the highest standards of care. Her certifications from AAQUARP in Case Management and Oncology Nursing are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her qualifications. More importantly, she brings to the table a deep understanding of community resources and a wide network within the medical community.
Beyond her professional obligations, Noel is a passionate contributor to various professional networking organizations. Her dedication also extends to her Faith Community, where she actively volunteers, embodying a holistic commitment to service and community development.
A key figure in the IKOR Leadership team, Noel Saccameno epitomizes the blend of clinical acumen and operational excellence. Her leadership ensures that IKOR of Western Pennsylvania not only provides top-tier care but does so with unmatched operational efficacy, making her an invaluable cornerstone of the company.
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With a career spanning over 45 years, Mary Ann Thacik stands as a paragon of nursing excellence and dedication. Her credentials, anchored by a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Education from La Roche College, have been the foundation of her illustrious journey in the medical field.
Mary Ann’s vast and diverse experience encompasses a range of settings that attest to her adaptability and comprehensive understanding of healthcare. Her tenure in psychiatric nursing gave her profound insights into mental health, while her work with adults and children with intellectual disabilities showcased her compassionate and patient-centered approach.
Her contributions to rehabilitation and long-term care settings further deepened her expertise. As a director of the gastrointestinal laboratory on a renal unit and in medical/surgical intensive care, she has demonstrated leadership qualities that have not only elevated patient care but have also set benchmarks in operational excellence.
Mary Ann excels in interdisciplinary care, bridging the gaps between various healthcare professionals to craft cohesive and effective care plans. Her meticulous mental and physical assessments, coupled with her prowess in plan of care development, ensure that every client receives holistic and tailored care.
What sets Mary Ann apart, even more, is her uncanny ability to collaborate under challenging client circumstances. Her advocacy is not just about addressing medical needs; it’s about understanding the person behind the patient, ensuring their rights are upheld, their needs met, and their voices heard.
As an RN Patient Advocate at IKOR of Western Pennsylvania, Mary Ann Thacik embodies the essence of nursing: a seamless blend of skill, compassion, and unwavering dedication to improving the lives of those in her care.
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With a rich tapestry of professional experiences spanning over four decades, Larry Enright stands as a paragon of financial and operational excellence at IKOR of Western Pennsylvania. As the Director of Finance, Larry’s expertise casts a significant influence, ensuring fiscal responsibility and strategic oversight for the organization.
Larry’s journey in the realm of finance is both extensive and varied. A former owner of an independent IKOR unit in eastern Pennsylvania, he has directly served client needs with distinction. During this period, he amassed a plethora of certifications and designations from esteemed institutions such as the National Guardianship Association, the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators, the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, and the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, among others.
Before diving into IKOR, Larry pursued and thrived in a myriad of entrepreneurial endeavors. From accounting, financial management, insurance, and mortgage services to retail sales, his diverse professional background brings an invaluable blend of hands-on experience and strategic insight. This culmination of 43 years in operational management, financial oversight, and business ownership positions Larry as an indispensable asset to IKOR.
Adding academic rigor to his practical know-how, Larry holds a master’s degree in business administration from Richard Stockton University. Notably, his commitment to service transcends the business world, as evidenced by his honorable tenure as a veteran of the United States Air Force.
At IKOR of Western Pennsylvania, Larry’s role is more than just numbers and balance sheets. He embodies a commitment to operational integrity, financial transparency, and visionary leadership, fortifying the organization’s mission to provide unparalleled care and advocacy.
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Spanning a career across Banking, Wealth Management, and the Fiduciary sectors, Diana has carved a niche driven not just by profession but by an authentic passion for assisting clients and trust beneficiaries. From her strategic roles at BNY Mellon to the tenure as Vice President and Relationship Manager at Huntington National Bank, where she specialized in handling Special Needs Trusts, Diana’s heart-centric vision has consistently shaped and refined wealth management paradigms.
Taking a brief respite in 2020, it was her bond with her vocation and the lives she has impacted that called her back into service. Having been a customer refereeing clients to IKOR herself, Diana understood the benefit of their services, this propelled her to join IKOR of Western Pennsylvania as a Relationship Manager and Fiduciary Advisor. In her capacity as a Relationship Manager, Diana’s role transcends mere advisory; she meticulously crafts bridges of trust and empathy, ensuring tailored financial solutions that resonate with IKOR’s referral sources and clientele.
Diana’s esteemed CTFA (ret) title and her academic laurels from Robert Morris University underscore her relentless pursuit of blending heartfelt service with technical acumen. Diana generously invests her time and expertise as a board member of the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh, echoing her commitment to foster and elevate the broader financial fraternity.
At IKOR, Diana’s journey is testament to her unwavering commitment to older adults and those with special needs. Her heart-led approach solidifies her stature not merely as an expert but as a veritable pillar of trust and assurance for both her clientele and the broader IKOR community.
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Bridging the essential elements of operations, sales, marketing, and customer service, Jessica Parsons is the linchpin that ensures the seamless functionality of IKOR of Western Pennsylvania. Tasked with supporting both our management team and our advocates, Jessica plays a pivotal role in orchestrating the daily operational choreography, ensuring that every facet runs like clockwork.
Not just limited to operations, Jessica’s versatile skill set extends to the realms of sales and marketing. She wears multiple hats with grace, further elevating her role as a Concierge for our clients, ensuring that every interaction is personalized, efficient, and heartwarming.
Jessica’s academic foundation is as diverse as her role at IKOR. Armed with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design, and associate degrees in both Graphic Design and Communications Technology, she has honed her creative skills over two decades. Her professional journey with esteemed firms like Trib Total Media and Pixelkeet – (Crypto UX + Products Design + NFT Strategy + Art Creation) as a Graphic and Web Designer showcases her commitment to visual excellence and functional design.
But at her core, Jessica’s passion lies in supporting and enhancing the lives of seniors and those with disabilities. This passion drove her to work part-time at a Personal Care Home, where she forged meaningful connections with seniors, offering them support and companionship. Now at IKOR, Jessica seamlessly marries her diverse skills and genuine passion, making her an invaluable asset to the team and, most importantly, to the clients she serves with unwavering dedication.
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Deborah “Debbie” Moses, with her impressive track record spanning three decades, stands as a cornerstone of financial acumen at IKOR of Western Pennsylvania. Serving dual roles as a Financial Advocate, Daily Money Manager and Power of Attorney, Debbie seamlessly bridges her vast financial background to assist clients with routine bill payments and power of attorney services, ensuring optimal financial wellness and security.
Before joining IKOR, Debbie carved an indelible mark in the investment advisory and financial planning sector. Holding esteemed positions as Vice President and Investment Manager, she rendered her expertise to financial giants like PNC Financial and BNY Mellon. Her latest endeavor before IKOR was with McKinley Carter Wealth Services, where she donned the hat of a Financial Advisor, providing strategic counsel to individuals, families, and nonprofit entities.
An alumna of Carnegie Mellon University, Debbie earned her master’s in public policy, underscoring her commitment to understanding the broader socioeconomic impacts on individual financial decisions. Furthermore, her credentials as a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) reinforce her dedication to addressing the unique financial challenges faced by the senior community.
In every capacity, Debbie’s unwavering dedication to her clients’ financial health, coupled with her vast experience, makes her an invaluable asset to the IKOR team and the clients she serves. Her rich career history offers her a deep understanding of Fiduciary Services and support to our Power of Attorney clients. Her commitment to ethical service is testament to her stature in the financial domain.
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For nearly two decades, Nancy Payne Rupert has been a touchstone of financial foresight and expertise. Adding to her multifaceted skillset, Nancy also honed her expertise as a Paralegal working alongside Attorney John Payne.
Nancy’s prowess doesn’t stop at conventional financial guidance. She is adept in crafting advanced long-term care plans through the utilization of Trusts, diversified financial products, and strategic Medicaid Spend Down mechanisms, especially for those navigating crisis scenarios. When it comes to the intricate labyrinth of Elder and Estate Law, Nancy proves instrumental in connecting clients with apt attorneys, ensuring they receive guidance that is both seasoned and specialized. Moreover, her proficiency extends to aiding clients in securing Medicaid and Veteran’s benefits, a testament to her broad-spectrum knowledge in the financial care realm.
A passionate educator at heart, Nancy actively collaborates with Wealth Advisors to bolster the ‘Planning for Dignity Program.’ Through this initiative, she plays a pivotal role in educating and assisting clients in devising comprehensive plans for long-term care, underscoring her dedication to ensuring financial well-being for clients across stages.
An alumna of Grand Valley State University, where she secured a Bachelor of Science Degree, Nancy’s commitment to financial excellence is evident not just in her credentials but also in her consistent, client-first approach. Through every role, Nancy champions a holistic view of financial advocacy, making her an invaluable pillar of support for the IKOR clientele.
Paula McKinley, BSN, RN, CMM, CDMS, CNLCP, stands out as a beacon of expertise in the medical and healthcare landscape with over 30 years of dedicated service. As a Certified Nurse Life Care Planner (CNLCP) at IKOR of Western Pennsylvania, Paula leverages her comprehensive background to deliver holistic care plans that are tailored to each individual’s unique needs.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, Paula’s professional journey has seen her thrive in diverse medical terrains. With certifications as a Nurse Case Manager (CMM) and Disability Management Specialist (CDMS), she has offered her prowess in Complex Claims Units, playing a pivotal role in insurance medical reviews and intricate case management scenarios.
Paula’s vast experience spans from Rehabilitation care to home health nursing, echoing her adaptability and commitment to patient-centered care. Moreover, she has showcased her nursing expertise in high-stakes environments such as Medical-Surgical Emergency, Intensive Care, and Progressive Care Units in leading hospitals.
In every role she undertakes, Paula’s primary aim remains consistent: to ensure the best possible outcomes for her patients while maintaining the highest standards of care. This commitment, combined with her extensive qualifications and hands-on experience, makes her an invaluable asset to the IKOR team and the broader healthcare community.
With a steadfast dedication to the field of mental and behavioral health, Danielle DeRose brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role as a Personal Needs Coordinator at IKOR of Western Pennsylvania. Her journey in this realm began in 2005 with Mercy Behavioral Health, where she honed her skills and deepened her understanding of the intricacies and nuances of individualized care.
Holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Danielle possesses a strong educational foundation that seamlessly integrates with her practical expertise in therapeutic support. This duality allows her to provide holistic care that caters to both the mental and logistical needs of her clients.
Danielle’s in-depth awareness of both public and private programs equips her to tap into a broad spectrum of resources, ensuring that individuals under her care receive tailored support that aligns with their unique circumstances and aspirations. Her role demands not just a comprehensive knowledge of available resources but the ability to navigate them efficiently and effectively – something Danielle excels at with her signature “get-it-done” approach.
Beyond her professional capabilities, what truly distinguishes Danielle is her innate interpersonal and mental health skills. These allow her to forge deep connections with clients, truly understanding their challenges and desires, and advocating for their best interests.
As a Personal Needs Coordinator at IKOR of Western Pennsylvania, Danielle DeRose embodies the very essence of compassionate, individualized care. Her unwavering commitment to enhancing the quality of life for her clients makes her an indispensable pillar in the IKOR organization.
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Kathleen Dahl has carved a niche for herself in the realm of nursing with a dynamic career that spans over 25 years. A graduate of Carlow University where she earned a BSN, Kathleen began her professional journey at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Pittsburgh. Within this establishment, she demonstrated versatility by seamlessly transitioning through roles in Oncology, Transplant, Medical-Surgical units, and made significant contributions to Hospice and Primary Care.
Kathleen’s pursuit of professional excellence knows no bounds. Her fervor for nursing inspired her to explore a myriad of roles. She made her mark as a charge nurse in a Drug and Alcohol Detoxification unit, steered operations in Dialysis with finesse, and showcased her leadership acumen as an Assistant Director of Nursing. Beyond these roles, she also spearheaded Social Service initiatives in a skilled nursing facility and adeptly managed responsibilities as an RN Case Manager in Home Healthcare. Throughout these transitions, Kathleen emerged as a mentor, guiding and nurturing graduate nurses, thereby molding the next generation of nursing professionals.
Now, as an esteemed RN Advocate for IKOR of Western Pennsylvania, Kathleen epitomizes dedication. Her commitment to superior care, her continuous stride towards professional enrichment, and her collaborative spirit solidify her reputation as an invaluable member of the IKOR team. Kathleen’s dedication transcends her professional duties, resonating in the impactful relationships she cultivates within her professional network.
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With a heart full of compassion and a mind honed by rigorous training, Valerie Kirik serves as Registered Nurse Advocates at IKOR of Western Pennsylvania. Her extensive clinical background combined with a deep-seated passion for advocating on behalf of seniors, people with disabilities, and children with special needs places Valerie in a unique position to offer comprehensive and personalized care strategies.
Valerie embarked on her nursing journey, earning her RN license at the South Side Hospital School of Nursing in 1979. Throughout her years in the medical field, she has gathered experiences from diverse settings – from acute care hospitals to rehabilitation centers and long-term care. These experiences not only refined her clinical acumen but also strengthened her interpersonal skills, preparing her for the multifaceted role of an RN Advocate.
At IKOR, Valerie’s role transcends the conventional boundaries of nursing. Highly skilled in mental health and Long-Term care settings, she dives deep into medical, environmental, and psychosocial assessments and needs, ensuring that every care plan she crafts resonates with the individual needs of her clients. She adeptly navigates the complexities of the healthcare system, ensuring that her clients receive the best care, treatment, and resources available.
Furthermore, Valerie’s advocacy extends beyond healthcare. With direction and support from the IKOR Leadership team Valerie plays an instrumental role in bridging the gap between the medical and legal spheres, collaborating with financial planners, attorneys, and trust officers to holistically manage her clients’ needs. Her integrated approach ensures that everyone’s well-being is cared for from every angle, be it medical, financial, or legal.
Valerie’s commitment to continuous learning keeps her abreast of the latest in healthcare developments and advocacy techniques. She regularly attends seminars and workshops to enhance her skill set.
In her interactions, Valerie’s clients often commend her empathetic nature, diligence, and unwavering dedication. She not only upholds IKOR’s standards but continuously pushes its boundaries, driving forward the mission of providing exceptional care and advocacy.
In and out of IKOR, Valerie’s commitment shines, embodying the essence of a true advocate and becoming a beacon of hope for many in the Western Pennsylvania community.
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A tapestry of skills, a passion for perfection, and a heart full of compassion – this is Robert “Bob” Hengstenberg in essence. As the Home Maintenance Specialist for the “Solutions for Dignity Home Maintenance Program powered by IKOR of Western Pennsylvania”, Bob isn’t confined to a single craft. He’s a jack of all trades, effortlessly transitioning between roles, ensuring homes stand tall, and hearts remain warm.
Whether he’s working with vendors to correct a plumbing issue or changing light bulbs and furnace filters Bob’s extensive skill set is only rivaled by his dedication. He’s not just making sure homes are maintained; he’s preserving memories, restoring comfort, and safeguarding the cherished nooks and crannies of every residence he touches.
But Bob’s talents aren’t just restricted to his toolbox. His jovial nature and innate ability to strike a chord with anyone he meets make him the “all-around nice guy” in every sense. This combination of professionalism and personable nature is a rarity, making him an invaluable gem in any setting.
In the community, Bob is more than just a Home Maintenance Specialist. He’s a beacon of trust and reliability, a pillar offering support not only through his multifaceted skills but also through his generous spirit. His interactions resonate with genuine care, and his actions echo his commitment to excellence.
Bob’s versatility doesn’t end with his technical prowess. Every smile he shares, every problem he solves, every hand he extends in support makes it evident – he’s not just mastering trades; he’s mastering the art of making a difference in the lives of our clients. In the world of home care and community, Bob Hengstenberg is the true embodiment of a jack of all trades and, undoubtedly, a master of many.
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