Sodalis Senior Living is thrilled to welcome onboard several of our hardworking, experienced team members at Sodalis Largo. Formerly Princeton Village Largo, our community joined the Sodalis team earlier this year on January 1, 2021. Meet some of our department heads here at Largo’s prime Assisted Living and Memory Care community!
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Michelle Abrahante, Executive Director
Originally from Hialeah, Florida, Michelle has lived in Florida her entire life. Michelle launched her career in the senior living industry in 2015 and has since enjoyed working across a broad-spectrum of care in Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a BS in Long Term Health Care Administration. Since 2016, she has been core-trained and licensed as an assisted living administrator.
Much of Michelle’s career has been dedicated to serving others with strong accounting and human resources experience. Michelle followed that passion to further her career in senior living and the healthcare industry. Michelle brings her commitment to providing high quality customer service to our residents and staff. She is committed to providing a hospitable environment and strongly believes that every resident deserves to be treated with care, compassion, and respect.
AnnMarie Hirsch, Health & Wellness Director
AnnMarie was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to a huge Italian family, several of whom were nursing professionals themselves. Her family’s nursing experience inspired her to begin her own journey in the senior living industry when she was only 15 years old, when she began working as a server in an Independent Living dining room. Over the years AnnMarie worked her way to becoming a CNA, followed by a med-tech, ultimately settling into a role as the supervisor of CNAs in a detox program where she remained for 13 years. From there she attended nursing school and went onto skilled nursing for four years until she followed a friend into the world of Assisted Living, where she thrived and eventually became the Health & Wellness Director. She has been a part of the Sodalis Largo family since February 2020. AnnMarie is passionate about serving residents and being their advocate, which she says is her calling in life.
Grace Miller, Life Enrichment Director
Born and raised in Largo, Florida, Grace is the youngest out of five biological siblings with an adopted younger brother. She has been working in healthcare at Sodalis Largo for a total of 10 years. During that time, she has worn many hats with experience in dietary, reception, and activities. Grace’s favorite part about working with residents is becoming the family member or friend that they need and rely on. She loves helping residents flourish in the golden years of their lives. Many people believe that when they move into a retirement home that their life stops there, but Grace is determined to be a part of changing that mindset. In her spare time Grace enjoys traveling throughout the United States, and in 2016 she went to Kenya for a month where she worked in a clinic and school.
Alice Van Dyk, Community Sales Director
Alice Van Dyk is the newest addition to our team at Sodalis Largo! Alice was born in South Africa and moved to the United States in 1997. Alice has a varied and impressive resume, having served as the Financial Coordinator to the VP of an IT company called Infoplan, a respected realtor for Maurits Blignaut and Associates, owned a small fashion design company called Rags by Alice, and later owned an interior decorating store called Alice Art Interiors. In 2000, Alice was also a Property Manager of 140 units at Sunpointe Place in Largo. Alice discovered her passion and purpose in senior living when she entered the industry in 2013. She realized that not only is she providing resources and information, but she is truly making a difference in the residents’ and their families’ lives. Watching a resident flourish and participate in activities as well as providing families with peace of mind is incredibly rewarding for Alice. Outside of work, Alice loves art and music in any form. She started a hiking club in South Africa despite her fear of heights. She has slid down muddy hillsides, jumped over gaps in cliffs, swam across rivers, slept out in the open and has enjoyed every minute.
Matthew Halada, Culinary Director
Matthew was born in Long Island, New York and moved to Florida when he was 5 years old. His mother and stepfather are chefs, and they opened a restaurant called Scarfone’s Italian Bistro in Dunedin, Florida when he was 16. Inspired by his family’s culinary skills, Matthew himself started cooking when the restaurant opened. He especially loves cooking Italian food. Matthew began his career in senior living when he took a job at an Independent Living community where he stayed for 4 years. From there Matthew went on to Windsor Reflections Memory Care of Lakewood Ranch where he remained for another four years. Matthew joined the Sodalis Largo team in January of 2021. He loves working with seniors especially during the COVID-19 pandemic since the residents have been unable see their loved ones living outside the community. Having never been close to his grandparents in the past, Matthew feels like now he has one hundred grandparents! In his spare time, he loves vacationing and has traveled abroad to England, Germany, Italy and Sweden. He loves sports, particularly football, basketball, hockey and baseball.
Connie Harris, Director of Resident Relations
Connie is originally from Davenport, Iowa, but has lived in Florida for over 30 years. During her time in Florida, she has consistently worked in healthcare. She loves traveling internationally and has been to Canada and Europe several times. She now enjoys traveling to US National Parks.
William Walton, Maintenance Director
William was born and raised in Michigan. Prior to joining the senior living industry, he operated his own painting business for 26 years. In fact, William invented the one coat paint with Sherwin Williams! He has been in construction work all his life. He loves to be active on the go, and snowmobiling is his getaway. He loves building houses and coming to work. We invite you to stop by Sodalis Largo and meet our dedicated team members! Contact us today if you are looking into senior housing options in Largo, Florida! We would love to give you a tour and show you why so many Largo seniors choose to call Sodalis Largo home.