Remarkably Dedicated Team
When you choose the Peter Becker Community, you can be sure that you will be served by a compassionate, integrated team of professionals and caregivers. Our team receives the finest training available, resulting in our selection of the “best of the best” to serve our residents. In addition to specialized training, staff members in all areas complete ongoing continuing education programs designed to augment and broaden their skills. Beyond the skills required in caring for residents, our caregivers–RNs, LPNs, nursing assistants, therapists, dietary specialists, life-enrichment and housekeeping personnel–possess a remarkable level of dedication and sensitivity to their residents’ well-being.
Senior Leadership Team
President/Chief Executive Officer
Suzanne Owens was hired as the President/Chief Executive Officer of Peter Becker Community in January of 2015. She has over 23 years in experience in management of senior living communities.Suzanne has been active for years in advocating for residents’ rights at both the state and national levels through senior living associations. She is passionate about providing quality customer service to all residents and guests of Peter Becker Community. Her goal at Peter Becker Community is to ensure that the community remains a wonderful place to live and to work. Suzanne is a licensed Pennsylvania Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA) and holds a Pennsylvania Personal Home Administrator certificate.
Prior to Suzanne’s role at Peter Becker Community, she served as an Operations and Marketing Consultant for MHS Alliance | Consulting. In this role, Suzanne worked with senior living organizations to enhance operational performance through the identification and implementation of strategies that helped improve operational efficiency.Suzanne also served as Senior Vice President of Operations for a Pennsylvania-based senior living organization for over 20 years. ln this role, she provided operations oversight for five sites that serve over 1,000 residents in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She hired, trained and supervised Executive Leadership teams for the five campuses and managed annual operating budgets that totaled more than $48 million. During her tenure, she led the development and implementation of repositioning strategies on several campuses.
Suzanne has presented at many state and national meetings for senior living providers and served on the following boards and committees: North Penn YMCA board and executive committee, Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce, Anabaptist Providers Group CHAPA board, Lifespan Board of Directors, LifeSpan PAC, Lifespan Policy Committee, Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), and Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association (PALA). Suzanne earned a Master’s degree from Penn State University in University Park, PA, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR.
Barbara A. Keller
Vice President of Marketing and Sales
Barbara Keller joined the Peter Becker team in June of 2013. She is responsible for planning, managing and implementing the marketing sales and communication functions of the organization. She has over 30 years of experience in community, regional and corporate marketing rotes in senior living with a strong focus on nonprofit organizations. Barbara serves on the Professional Advisory Committee for Grand View Hospital Home Care and is a member of the lndian Valley YMCA Board of Managers. She is a member of the Tri-County Community Network and the Marketing and PR Society.
David A. Merrick
Vice President of Mission Support
David Merrick is Vice President of Mission Support at Peter Becker Community. David joined Peter Becker Community in April of 2016. David oversees the strategic planning, development, implementation, and administration of Peter Becker Community’s fundraising programs and activities His management and oversight of the Advancement staff and Mission Support Committee lead the effort to secure sustained support for Peter Becker Community and all the people it serves.
David has over 35 years of experience in fundraising in a broad range of senior development and management positions in secondary and higher-education institutions, senior resident communities, nonprofit and corporate organizations. Special areas of focus include capital campaign planning and implementation through knowledge of development programs and operations, strategies for cultivating and engaging leadership gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. Special areas of focus include capital campaign planning and implementation through knowledge of development programs and operations; strategies for cultivating and engaging leadership gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations; assessment of development and communication programs.
David received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Planned Giving Council of Greater Philadelphia.
Chief Operating Officer/Nursing Home Administrator
Marina Hacking began her service at Peter Becker Community in August of 2020. Although new to Peter Becker Community, she has over 25 years of experience in the health care field and holds a degree in Business Management and Psychology. She is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Personal Care Home Administrator, overseeing all levels of living. Marina is very passionate about quality of care, staff development and ensuring that our residents live their best lives possible.
Vice President of Facility Operations
Jonathan Simon was hired by Peter Becker Community as the Vice President of Facility Operations in September of 2020. As a formal Regional Director of Operations for 26 buildings, Jonathan currently oversees the daily facility operations, renovations, regulatory requirements and construction at Peter Becker Community. Jonathan has over 25 years of experience with day-to-day CCRC operations, construction, regulatory requirements, and emergency planning. He is detailed-oriented and thrives on customer satisfaction and communication. His door is always open, and he encourages residents and staff to contact him with needs or concerns.
Vice President of Human Resources
Samantha is a health care professional with a 20-year foundation in Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, Health care Management and Consulting. She brings with her valuable experience from some of the nation’s largest and region’s most recognized health systems. Samantha’s work with Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Einstein Healthcare Network, UHS/Universal Health Services, Lehigh Valley Health Network & Lehigh Valley Physician Group, and, most recently, Saint Luke’s Physician Group prepared her to support Peter Becker Community’s Human Resources Strategic Initiatives.
Samantha holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Arts and Science from Penn State University with a concentration in Business. A Master’s degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations from Penn State University rounds out Samantha’s educational accomplishments. She completed Villanova University’s Human Resource Management program and was certified by the HR Certification Institute® in 2008. Samantha has maintained her SPHR certification through continuing education, conferences and seminars. Additionally, she achieved LEAN Practices certification through Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Organizational Development program.
Locally, Samantha supports Indian Valley Country Club by serving on their Human Resources Committee and recently served as a Director of Human Resources for Derstine’s foodservice distributors.