CAROLANN GARAFOLA Executive Director

Ms. Garafola is a professional educator with extensive experience in schools specializing in autistic and developmentally disabled students. She has more than 20 years of experience in public service in Warren, NJ, as a member of the governing committee, Mayor and Deputy Mayor. More about Carolann.

HERBERT HEFLICH Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Heflich and the Chelsea name have been synonymous with health care for more than 40 years. His companies have owned or operated nursing homes, assisted living and independent living residences in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. He is also Chief Executive Officer of Chelsea Senior Living.


Mr. Scheer has over 20 years of experience developing and managing programs for children and adults with autism. He is founder and Executive Director of the Children’s Center of Monmouth County, the largest day school for disabled children in New Jersey with more than 400 students.


Mr. Bernier is a recognized leader and expert in the assisted living model of care upon which the Mt. Bethel concept is based. As President and Chief Operating Officer of Chelsea Senior Living, he is a sought-after speaker and chairman of the Workforce Committee of the National Center for Assisted Living and a member of the Board of Directors of the Health Care Association of New Jersey.


Ms. Kaes, a board-certified registered nurse, has expertise in developing and maintaining standards of care for nursing homes and assisted living residences. She has more than 20 years experience as an administrator and is currently Vice President of Health Services at Chelsea Senior Living. She is also the grandmother of an autistic child.

DR. PAUL ABEND Board Member

Dr. Abend has devoted his life to treating, educating and bettering the lives of autistic children and adults. Founder of the Comprehensive Autism Medical Assessment and Treatment Center of New Jersey, Dr. Abend is a 2011 winner of the New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Award for Health Care. He is the father of a boy with autism.

Construction update

April 17, 2012
April 17, 2012

Project financed by

Two River Community Bank

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