Kyle Garifo MA, LCPC, 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, CDP, Executive Director
Jennifer is married to Dan and they are excited to welcome their son, Matthew the first week of June. Jennifer has three step-children, Cassidy, Hayley and Zach. 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.
Glaiza "Coco" Dalangin, BSN, RN Director of Health and Wellness
Steven Weddig, Culinary Manager
Steven has worked with food his whole life; growing up he was always present at his family's restaurant, skipping out on school was always allowed to help out with lunch service. Steven has held numerous roles throughout the restaurant industry and accumulated many accolades along the way. He has a self-proclaimed servant's heart and whether it's making the perfect cup of coffee or cooking a beautiful meal for our residents he strives to do it to the best of his abilities as if he were serving his own family. Cooking with fresh, locally sourced ingredients are always a top priority for Steven, and the numerous award-winning farmer's markets in the McHenry County area make this possible.
His love of cooking and food is only surpassed by his love for his family, originally from Wisconsin, he moved to Illinois to marry his wife Marisa and they have a beautiful daughter Arya and a dog named Addie. He enjoys kayaking and golfing during the summer months and taking weekend trips to Galena. He loves to be involved with his church and serves as a board member of the church's preschool that his daughter also attends.
Rhonda Kalitowski, NP-In Home Medical Group
In Home Medical Group (IHMG) is a medical services provider that offers high-quality, compassionate and responsive primary care and psychiatric services in a variety of environments including post-acute facilities, assisted living communities and patient homes. IHMG also offers medical oversight and consulting services to insurance companies and medical facilities to manage and improve population health and ensure regulatory compliance.