Kyle Garifo, Chief Executive Family Board Member
Kyle has been involved in assisted living since 2014. He has a masters degree in Counseling Psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology and has been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 2003 focusing on family therapy. He has a passion for helping people and enjoys spending time with The Heathers residents learning more about their life experiences. After witnessing his grandmother live in various assisted living facilities, Kyle felt there had to be a better, more personalized approach for caring for our loved ones. Kyle is thrilled to have his parents working alongside of him in providing a new and different way of doing senior living.
Kyle is married to his wife Kristin for over 20 years and has three children Ava, Zack, and Easton. In his downtime, he enjoys sports including golf and is active in coaching in the local community for football and baseball for the youth programs as well as at the high school level. He also enjoys cruises and spending time with family and friends on the beaches in warmer climates.
Sandy and Larry Garifo, Family Board Members
Sandy spent her entire career teaching in HS District 214, with the last eleven years helping to develop and operate an alternative program for “at risk” teens in the district. Much of her time was focused on creating and implementing a community service program in which the teenage students spent part of every school day helping out at assisted living residences, nursing homes, hospitals and elementary schools. She regularly witnessed how beneficial this interaction was, not only for the residents, but also for the teens themselves, who grew in compassion as well as confidence. She will be establishing a program with the local high school students in bringing youthful energy to our residents. Sandy was compelled to enter the Senior Living field after watching her mother quickly lose her cognitive abilities and zest when she entered a large facility in Minnesota. She was safe and comfortable, but certainly not thriving. With others in her family, she developed a passion for doing Senior living (both assisted and memory care) differently. The Heathers honors that passion.
Larry has been in the IT and Human Resource industries for the past forty years, managing large IT projects until his retirement. Upon retiring, Larry joined his son Kyle in pursuing real estate ventures. During one of those opportunities, he became interested in the senior living industry through his wife Sandy’s unsatisfactory experience with her mother at a large senior living facility in Minnesota. Other family members had seen the same situation with their spouses’ relatives and this situation became a frequent topic of conversations within the family.
Not ready to truly retire, and with the family’s encouragement and promise of support, Larry decided to delve into the research and determine what the experts were saying about the future of the industry. He discovered what the family had all become passionate about—smaller is better for a myriad of reasons, all related to concern for the residents’ physical, mental and emotional health. He spearheaded the project that is now The Heathers Senior Homes and continues to enthusiastically participate in its development and growth.
Jennifer Bohyer, Executive Director
Jennifer Bohyer comes to The Heather Senior Homes with a wide scope of senior living experience including programming, care giving, and management. She has held important roles such as Memory Care Director and VP of Operations for a Home Health Agency and brings many years of healthcare leadership experience as a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Jennifer’s experience with independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled care, and hospice provide a strong skill set to bring to our resident’s care. Her broad range of personal experience also allows her to understand the importance and value of each part of end of life care, comfort and dignity.
Jennifer is married to Dan and has three step-children, two girls and a boy. Time with her family is her greatest joy and reward. She also enjoys her three dogs and cat, an outdoor walk and a good movie. Her faith and family are the cornerstone of her passion and love for senior healthcare. Jennifer’s philosophy of senior living is to create a home that brings purpose, dignity, and beauty for all life to the very end; and to walk alongside families with love, compassion, and direction through life’s challenging decisions.
Cierra McCain, Director of Community Relations
Dr. Paul Nguyen, The Heathers Senior Homes Physician
Dr. Paul Nguyen is a board-certified cardiologist. After graduating from medical school in 1997, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Chicago. His dedication to higher education led him to continue pursuing his knowledge and training in medicine at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he furthered his expertise in Cardiovascular Medicine. From there, he attended the prestigious Mid-America Heart Institution in Kansas City and received his fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology (Heart Rhythm Disorders).
In 2008, Dr. Nguyen founded Elite Cardiology, LLC, where he currently practices Cardiovascular Medicine. In correspondence with Elite Cardiology, Dr. Nguyen collectively works and consults with patients at Presence Health Mercy Hospital in Aurora, Presence St Joseph’s Hospital in Elgin, Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, and at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb.
In 2012, Dr. Nguyen and his wife, Dr. Rubina Nguyen, founded S.C.A.R.F., a non-profit organization in response to overwhelming need for public education and awareness of sudden cardiac arrest/death. Sudden cardiac arrest kills more people annually than many major cancers combined, yet most people don’t realize it. The mission of S.C.A.R.F. is to raise public awareness about sudden cardiac death and empower the community, support cardiovascular research, and to educate the next generation as well.
Dr. Nguyen is, and will always be, a lifelong student and teacher in the ambitious pursuit to spread his experience of health, hope, and life within his community.