Our Board & Staff

A dedicated, professional Board of Directors.

  • Mrs. Stephen Tully, President
  • Mrs. Paul Auwaerter
  • Mrs. Carlyle Barton, Jr.
  • Mrs. Brian Brooke
  • Ms. Marsha Carroll
  • Mrs. Gordon Croft
  • Mrs. Dennis Finnegan
  • Mrs. Robert W. Flower
  • Mrs. Jane S. Heill
  • Mrs. Carol A. Long Mackay
  • Mrs. William A. Mangels
  • Ms. Carolyn Marshall
  • Mrs. Sandra Ortwein
  • Mrs. Russell P. Rich
  • Mrs. Jack Smith

A dedicated, professional staff

Barry Eisenberg

Executive Director

Barry Eisenberg came to Pickersgill in September 2015 after a long and impressive career, initially in the health care industry and for the past 15 years in senior care. He began his career in the public sector with the New York state government analyzing health policy and then moved to Syracuse where he worked more directly with hospitals in a regional health planning agency. He spent 4 years in health care consulting in the Washington D.C. area and then moved into hospital administration. Barry was at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington D.C., for 21 years as part of the senior management team in a variety of staff and operations positions. During his last nine years at Sibley, he developed, implemented, directed and supervised Sibley’s Post-Acute Division that included the 45-bed Renaissance Skilled Nursing Unit (SNU), 172-unit Grand Oaks Assisted Living, Sibley Senior Association and Link to Life Emergency Response Program.

In 2007, Barry became Vice President for Nursing Home Operations at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, which is part of the Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville, Maryland. After 3 years there, he joined HCR ManorCare as an Administrator of their Silver Spring facility. Most recently, Barry was the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center which is a member of the Baltimore based LifeBridge Health.

Barry graduated from Cornell University in New York with an undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s degree in regional planning with a focus on health policy analysis. He is Board certified in Healthcare Management from the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a Maryland Nursing Home Administrator’s license.

Ken Gerberg

Director of Accounting Services

Ken has been with Pickersgill since 2007. He has a strong, varied business and financial background. Prior to joining Pickersgill, Ken worked at the Wesley Home for nearly seven years and also spent 10 years as a Financial Planner/Broker with Kidder Peabody.

Ken organizes and executes the financial and accounting functions, preparing financial statements, board reports and other related items. He provides accounting/financial information and support for all areas within the organization. Ken is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Ken graduated with his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Western Maryland College, now known as McDaniel University in Maryland. He obtained his CPA Certification from Towson University.

 Jim Strom

Senior Director of Marketing and Development

Jim has been a member of the Pickersgill team since 2013. His previous positions include Director of Marketing and Training for two large NYC based real estate management companies. Prior to this, Jim was a professional fundraiser for nearly seven years working with organizations such as Harbor Hospital and The Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

Jim oversees the marketing, communications and fundraising initiatives at Pickersgill. He is also actively involved in all areas of admissions helping to create policies and procedures that increase efficiency of the department as a whole.

Jim graduated from Loyola University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

 John Goodwin

Director of Support Services

John Goodwin has been with Pickersgill since 2003 and has more than 33 years of experience in the retirement living industry. As Director of Support Services, John oversees the day-to-day operations of the Maintenance/Security, Housekeeping/Laundry, Accounting, Food Service and Personnel departments. John was also actively involved in the management and supervision of Pickersgill’s $23 million renovation from 2006-2009.

John received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and his master’s degree from the University of Baltimore.

Simonne Bisaha

Resident Care Director

Simonne Bisaha has more than 35 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. She has worked in many areas of nursing and brings considerable expertise to her role of Resident Care Director. In this capacity, Simonne is responsible for the oversight of the Assisted Living areas that include assessments, resident care plans and family meetings.

Simonne is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso with a baccalaureate degree in Nursing. Simonne is a certified Delegating Nurse and Dementia Trainer.

Simonne got in married in October 2018 and just bought a new house this past February with her husband and two wonderful stepchildren.

Gina Cooper

Health Care Administrator

Gina Cooper has been with Pickersgill since 2011 and has more than 35 years of experience in long-term care. Gina is responsible for several key departments including nursing, social services and activities in both long-term care and assisted living areas. She is also responsible for ensuring that these areas are compliant with all state and federal regulations. Gina was previously with Pickersgill for seven years in the same position.

Gina attended Towson State University, now known as Towson University, and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the State of Maryland.

Vici Heineman

Director of Nursing

Vici Heineman has been with Pickersgill since 2006 and has more than 35 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. As Director of Nursing, she is responsible for the oversight of all nursing care provided in our skilled nursing facility known as the Decker Center. Vici is a Certified Critical Care Nurse and prior to joining Pickersgill spent 10 years as a Nurse Manager at Baltimore Regional Burn Center, which is now part of Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus. Vici has also taught nursing part time for both Union Memorial Hospital and Johns Hopkins University.

Vici has her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia and her master’s degree in Medical Surgical Nursing-Clinical Specialty from the University of Maryland.

Karen Covahey

Director of Social Work

Karen Covahey has been Director of Social Services at Pickersgill Retirement Community since 2014. Karen was born and raised in Baltimore, she graduated from Notre Dame Prep and attended Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. In 1993 she earned her BA in Sociology and then took classes at UMBC, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW).  She went on to obtain her Master’s Degree from University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1998 and had her LCSW-C since 2001.