Generations at Regency has a great staff. When you visit or tour Generations at Regency, you will have the opportunity to meet members of our leadership and management team. Please make a point to stop in or introduce yourself while you are visiting our community. Our staff loves to meet the families and friends of our residents and guests.
Joseph G. Javier
At Regency, the Administrator is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the facility and working closely with residents, their families and the staff from every department. The Administrator’s objective: Ensure that Regency’s residents receive the best care possible. For Generations at Regency, the administrator is Joseph Javier.
Joseph began his career in long-term care as a certified nursing assistant while going to school full-time. After he graduated, he worked in Social Services, moving up to Administrator of a multi-facility organization and spending 14 years there. He then joined Generations at Regency in October 2017.
“Here at Regency, my most important goal is that every single resident is taken care of and provided with great customer service. I want our residents to be healthy when they are discharged home.”
Joseph also reflected on why he loves working in the health care field: “I know it sounds generic, but I like taking care of people. My mom was a registered nurse for 35 years and my father was an accountant in the banking industry for 25 years. I took the best from both worlds and I apply them to my position.”
Joseph received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He then acquired his Master’s in Business Administration from American InterContinental University in Los Angeles.
Lea has been a part of the Generations at Regency family for four years. She began her 20 year career in long term care as social service aide, social service director, admissions director, assistant administrator and is a licensed nursing home administrator. She was previously an administrator for three years at a Recovery and Rehabilitation Center in Chicago. Lea started at Regency as a social service director and after a year she was promoted to the assistant administrator.
“I started my journey in healthcare in high school passing out trust funds as a volunteer.” Lea was with that healthcare company for 15 years. “My entire career has been in healthcare.”
Her job at Regency entails working with the head administrator in managing day-to-day functions in compliance with state, federal and local standards. She maintains quality in patient care, oversees the staff and its development and ensure that all employees comply with facility procedure and protocol.
She loves working in healthcare because, “I love making a difference. I have contributed to the betterment of residents and families lives. The benefit of giving back is rewarding.”
She received her BA in Family Studies and Human Resources with a focus in Gerontology from Arizona State. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her daughter and husband of 25 years.
Director of Nursing
With a background in education, Cydney Mendoza is a natural fit as the captain of Regency’s nursing department.
The director of nursing’s primary task is to continuously assess the quality of Regency’s programs and make improvements where possible. One of Cydney’s main areas of focus is staff training and developemnt.
“The skill in it is the ability to get the information across, where you get people excited about learning,” Cydney said. “I enjoy the teaching part, because my background is in education.”
A native of Chicago, Cydney studied teaching at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She entered the field of nursing after her mother began a battle with cancer; at the hospital where her mother received treatment, Cyd studied how the nurses treated their patients as whole people, not room occupants. She brings this attentiveness to Regency.
Director of Admissions
Having started her education in nursing school, Katie Bryan knows better than most about the emotions and the families that come with the paperwork she processes.
“It’s about being able to help them through that process,” she said.
A native of Schaumburg, Katie is the admissions director for Generations at Regency. As the new residents’ guide through all the forms and papers, she speaks with hospital representatives, walks families through their options, helps coordinate roommate arrangements and more.
Katie expected to work in the most hands-on side of skilled care, and started her education at Harper College’s school of nursing. She found an appeal in the power of moving data and files around, earned a master’s degree in health care management.
“When you’re able to make a transition like this easier for someone, it makes you feel like you’ve done what you’re supposed to do,” Katie said.
When not doing that, Katie is likely to be found with her husband and son at their cabin in northern Wisconsin.
Marketing and Community Relations
Anna will celebrate 10 years at Generations at Regency in March 2018. At regency she started as a coordinator and progressed to marketing and communications relations, as well as overseeing the Polish program. The Polish Program ran by Anna at Regency entails using her native language to coordinate with residents and families helping Polish residents feel right at home. She also coordinates programs that honor Polish traditions; oversee the celebrations of national and religious holidays; contributes to the Polish food menus and coordinates social groups for the Polish community.
Anna reflects on her position, “I enjoy working with various people and making their life better. I love engaging with my community and letting them know about Regency and how we can benefit them.”
She received her law degree in Poland and in her spare time she loves walking, exercising, reading and traveling.