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Our mission is to provide seniors with distinctive homes and exceptional services that respect their faith traditions, support their independence and enhance their well-being. Simply put, at Friendship Village, friendship is at the core of everything we do.
Our vision is to be nationally recognized as an exemplar of senior-centered services through innovation, perseverance and growth. As an expression of friendship, we extend our expertise and resources to our partners, affiliates and the broader community.
Our values encompass faith, integrity, community, service, stewardship and growth. We uphold an exceptionally high standard of excellence.
Established in 1974 as a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (also known as a Life Plan Community), Friendship Village, located in Schaumburg, is the largest community in Illinois. We provide exceptional living along with a lifetime continuum of care for adults ages 62 and older. We offer independent living, home care, assisted living, memory support, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and skilled nursing care.
Friendship Village welcomed our first residents in 1977 and since then have helped thousands of older adults create a viable, reliable plan for the future while enjoying an unrivaled lifestyle focused on well-being, wonderful amenities and services, and high-quality healthcare. We believe in reinvesting money back into the community to ensure the best possible lifestyle and care for each of our residents.
Meet the extraordinary individuals who lead the operations and ensure the health and vitality of the entire Friendship Village community. Our board of directors includes prominent business owners and leaders in the local community who share a dedication to provide the best services along with superior lifestyle options for seniors; and who are committed to our mission, to provide seniors with distinctive homes and exceptional services that respect their faith traditions, support their independence and enhance their well-being.
Kathy Rivera - Chair
President Executive Producer
FirstStar Digital Media, Inc.
Barrie and Associates
CBS Messenger Service
IMS Global Corporation (Retired)
CEO, President and Managing Director
Schaumburg Park District (Retired)
Secretary and Treasurer
President and Chief Executive Officer
During the past 20 years, Stephen A. Yenchek served in a variety of positions at Friendship Village and Friendship Senior Options. Mr. Yenchek was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of Friendship Senior Options in November 2009. In this position, he is responsible to the Board of Directors for the strategic leadership and future development of the organization.
Mr. Yenchek formerly served as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Operations and Corporate Development. Prior to joining the organization, Mr. Yenchek served as a consultant for strategic planning, marketing and operational effectiveness, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital as Vice President Professional Services, John F. Kennedy Medical Center as Vice President-Operations, and Maryland Health Care System as Director of Administrative Services.
Mr. Yenchek is a graduate of Boston College with a B.S. in Economics and Biology, and a Masters of Health Administration from Duke University.
He is a Certified Aging Services Professional from the Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services and serves on their Board of Advisors. He is a frequent contributor to state and national organizations through their educational programs. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
VP and Chief Financial Officer
Michael A. Flynn is a senior executive with over 29 years experience with 23 years in the long-term care field. Mr. Flynn rejoined Friendship Senior Options in August 2012 to provide leadership and direction for all aspects of the financial operations for the parent and all affiliate organizations.
Prior to his latest position at Friendship Senior Options, Mr. Flynn was appointed Chief Executive Officer at Smith Senior Living where he was responsible for the day-to-day leadership and strategic development of organization, which serves two CCRC campuses in the southwest sector of Chicago and suburban areas. He has played key financial and operating roles with regard to sound fiscal management, tax-exempt financing, and regulatory and corporate compliance, among other issues.
Prior to joining Smith Senior Living, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Friendship Village of Schaumburg. Prior to joining Friendship Village, he worked for manufacturing organizations in the positions of Internal Auditor and Controller.
Mr. Flynn is a graduate of DePaul University with a B.S. in Accounting, and he received an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. Mr. Flynn is a Certified Public Accountant.
He currently serves as the Chair of the CARF/CCAC financial advisory panel. Mr. Flynn has conducted surveys for CARF/CCAC for the past 23 years. He is a Retirement Housing Professional. He serves on the Finance Committee for Health Resources Alliance. He is chair elect of the LSN Board, and he is a member of the LSN Finance Committee. Mr. Flynn is a frequent speaker at national and state association meetings.
Benjamin Gilchrist joined Friendship Senior Options in August 2012 as Vice President of Operations at Friendship Village in Schaumburg. In this position, Ben provides the executive leadership for Friendship Senior Options at Friendship Village and has overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the community.
Mr. Gilchrist brings 15 years of experience in nursing homes and senior living communities throughout Ohio to round out the executive team. He served as the Vice President of Operations at the Vrable Health Care Company, and he served as the Vice President of Health Care and Community Services and Administrator of Health Care Services for Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. Prior to those positions, Mr. Gilchrist was the Administrator at the Laurels of Massillon, a nursing home and rehabilitation facility, and the Administrator of Concord Care Center of Milan.
Mr. Gilchrist received an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. Mr. Gilchrist is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Ohio.
VP, Planning and Marketing
Patricia Mash was hired as Vice President of Planning and Marketing in March 2011. In this position, she leads the strategic planning, marketing, branding, communications and sales for Friendship Senior Options and Friendship Village.
Ms. Mash's experience offered Friendship Senior Options a new approach to marketing and sales in the senior living business. Prior to joining Friendship Senior Options, Ms. Mash held numerous positions in marketing. She spent 20 years at United Airlines where she served in various marketing positions including President of Mileage Plus Marketing, Inc. and Vice President of Revenue Management. She also served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Equity Residential in Chicago and Senior Vice President of Marketing for Riverstone Residential Group in Dallas, TX.
Ms. Mash is a graduate of Binghamton University where she received an MBA, with a concentration in Marketing, and St. Lawrence University where she received a B.A. in Sociology. She is also a Certified Marketing Professional.
Corporate Director, Human Resources
Patty Sanches joined Friendship Senior Options in January 2004 as Human Resources Manager. In December 2005, Patty began serving as Director Human Resources, responsible for the strategic planning and overall administration of the Human Resources function that provide services and programs for all associates of Friendship Senior Options and its subsidiaries. Patty is a Human Resources professional with over 35 years of HR experience with 18 years in the long-term care field. Prior to joining Friendship Senior Options, Patty was a Human Resources Manager for Woodstock Senior Living Communities, Human Resources Consultant for Leading Edge Consulting Group and Human Resources Specialist for Pace Suburban Bus Service. Patty is a Senior Certified Professional, SHRM-SCP, through Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, SPHR, through the Human Resources Certification Institute. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management as well as the Northwest Human Resources Council. She currently is a member of the Workforce Advisory Group for Leading Age Illinois.