Debbie Gleason, General Manager
Deb Gleason is a health care professional. After receiving her Registered Practical Nurse certificate from St. Vincent’s Hospital in Ottawa, Debbie spent 37 years working in the Long Term Care and Assisted Living field. She began her career at Marianhill LTC Home in Pembroke, Ontario for six years before being asked to manage the Ottawa Valley’s first Assisted Care facility at St. Mary’s in Deep River.
After 17 years at St. Mary’s, Marianhill moved the Program to Fairfields in Eganville and shortly after that to Riverview Apartments in Petawawa. Debbie coordinated those two programs for the next fourteen (14) years. Debbie is a strong advocate for Seniors and is dedicated to helping them achieve their goals. She is married with two grown boys of whom she is extremely proud.
Deb loves the outdoors, whether it be boating and swimming in summer or snowshoeing in winter. She is committed to living a healthy lifestyle.”
Catherine Brochu, Director of Care
Catherine Brochu is a Registered Practical Nurse and a Graduate of the Algonquin College Practical Nursing Program, class of 2008. She has 12 year’s experience working in long term care where her passion for Gerontology grew. Her experience includes Palliative/Hospice care and she spent much of her career on a Complex Continuing Care unit assisting Residents with slow stream rehabilitation and restorative care to improve or maintain their abilities and promote their independence. She has certificates in advanced foot care and completed wound care training with CAWC. She is a credentialed RAI MDS Coordinator and for the last 5 years performed as one of the RAI MDS Coordinators at Marianhill Long Term Care Home.
She is also a GPA Coach and assisted in training staff to work with Residents with Dementia and responsive behaviors while maintaining a person centered approach that focuses on personhood and respect for the older adult. In 2019 she completed her Certification in Gerontology from the Canadian Nurses Association, an accomplishment that she is most proud of. Catherine is dedicated to excellent care and strives to remain up to date on new and innovative ways to exceed the expectations of the Residents she assists in caring for.
Catherine is married and a loving mother of 3 young boys. She loves cooking, painting, and playing games with her family.
Tiana Knox, Sales and Marketing Manager
Tiana was born and raised in the Valley with entrepreneurial parents Don and Shirley Middlestadt of the Granary Restaurant. After two dedicated years with Riverview Heights as a receptionist, Tiana’s exceptional personality lead her into her current role as the Sales and Marketing Manager. Tiana is most proud of the special place that Riverview Heights has become for so many residents and would not hesitate to have her own mom and dad call Riverview Heights “Home”, when not at work she enjoys quality time with her husband and two daughters on their hobby farm raising fancy chickens and lots of dogs.
Dave Jonas, Maintenance Manager
Dave Jonas is an energetic people person who enjoys helping others. He has a wide variety of skills in the maintenance field which is beneficial to the duties that he is assigned. He enjoys this position as he interacts with the residents always trying to make their day a bit more enjoyable. In his down time, he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, travel and in the summer kicking’ it back at the cottage.
Joanne Instance Recreation Manager
Greg Biesenthal, Dietary Service Manager / Director of Environmental Services
Born and raised in the Pembroke area, Greg began his career in Food Services working as a dishwasher and pot washer. Upon discovering how a commercial kitchen operated, he became interest in the art of cooking. He then enrolled in a Cook’s Apprenticeship program at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
After completing the required 6000 hours of working as an apprentice, he wrote the Provincial Cook’s exam and graduated with Red Seal status. Further studies continued in the management sector by enrolling in and successfully completing the Food Service Supervisor’s course offered by the Canadian Hospital Association.
Greg was involved in teaching various modules of the Food Service Program for 10 years at Algonquin College in Pembroke.
Greg’s employment at River Heights will expand to being the Director of Environmental Services, expanding on his role and experience working in the health care sector.
Greg enjoys hunting and fishing in the great outdoors but his real passion is restoring Volkswagon Beetles.
We welcome Greg to the team here at Riverview Heights!