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.”

 

Nicole Burchell, Director of Care

Nicole Burchell is a registered practical nurse with over fifteen years experience in the nursing profession. She began her career as a nurse in Nova Scotia and is very knowledgeable, respected and competent in many aspects of nursing.  She has worked in a hospital setting, for a family doctor, a plastic surgeon and also has many years experience in community nursing. Her passion is enriching the lives of her residents and maintaining or improving their overall health. She is dedicated, hard working and loves coming to work to support all her wonderful residents. She and her family moved to Petawawa six years ago and fell in love with the area. When not at work she loves to travel to warm destinations, watch comedies and spend time 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.

Darlene Morgan, Recreation Manager

Darlene hails from the East Coast where fun and great hospitality are always part of life.   Since graduating with an Honors Diploma in Gerontology: Recreation and Leisure, she has held various customer service positions in Ottawa and Petawawa.  Darlene has become a familiar and friendly face during her two years as a receptionist at the Riverview Heights front desk. Darlene takes a personalized, thoughtful and educated approach to fulfilling the recreational needs and wishes of the people who live at Riverview Heights.  She strives to plan and offer active, healthy and fulfilling leisure choices and looks forward to her new role with great enthusiasm.

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!