JENKINS TWP. ‚?? After nearly four decades, United Methodist Homes will have a new executive with Olyphant resident Brian Picchini taking over as president and chief executive officer.
Picchini replaces Keith Chadwick, who had served for 36 years as chief executive of the nonprofit‚??s four locations in New York and Pennsylvania, including the sprawling Wesley Village campus just outside of Pittston.
Chadwick, whose parents live at Wesley Village, has retired to spend more time with family and do consulting work.
Wesley Village has 400 residents and 300 staffers at the facility off Main Street, Jenkins Township.
‚??We have a wonderful organization, excellent people who care about seniors and a great reputation,‚?Ě Chadwick said of his years working with United Methodist Homes, which offers independent and assisted living, as well as skilled nursing and other services.
Chadwick announced his retirement nearly a year ago, and has been working with Picchini to make a smooth transition into new leadership.
‚??I strongly believe in our mission and values,‚?Ě Picchini said. ‚??Our (level of) care and reputation are excellent.‚?Ě
Picchini said during the transition he had conducted several meet-and-greet events at each United Methodist Homes location, including a second Pennsylvania campus in Tunkhannock.
Picchini said a goal of the company is to get out into the community to let people know what kind of services United Methodist Homes offers.
‚??I have large shoes to fill,‚?Ě Picchini joked about taking over Chadwick‚??s duties.
Chadwick said he has counseled Picchini on one of the challenges senior facilities face ‚?? health care and budgets.
‚??It‚??s hard to forecast and plan (for the future) when you‚??re fixed on federal and state budgets,‚?Ě Chadwick said.
Picchini, who has a background in accounting, said he realizes the financial aspect is a large part of the business, but that the care and compassion United Methodist Homes offers is second to none.
‚??If you live in independent housing and need therapy, it‚??s all right here on the same campus,‚?Ě Picchini said. ‚??It‚??s close for the residents and their family members. I think it‚??s a great place to live.‚?Ě
The Wesley Village campus will hold an antique car show today from 12 to 3 p.m. (registration is required) and often has appreciation dinners and luncheons for employees and volunteers alike.
Picchini said his new position with United Methodist Homes ‚?? he had previously worked as the company‚??s chief financial officer ‚?? is a long-term commitment.
Picchini said in the future, United Methodist Homes may be repositioning and upgrading its facilities, and may expand in the next few years.
Picchini said that may include new services offered by the company, new buildings and repairs on existing properties.
College: Marywood College, majored in accounting
Work experience: ParenteBeard accounting firm, Wilkes-Barre; previously worked at United Methodist Homes as an external auditor and in the accounting and finance department
Family: girlfriend, Marisa Marsico; children, Isabella, 11 and Caden, 8