The Cardinal Team

We believe in providing exemplary service to our residents, associates and partners delivered with integrity, dignity and compassion, all in a warm, secure and friendly environment. It is our goal to enhance lives every day, in every way. Get to know more about members of our leadership team.

Betsy Sykes, Senior Sales Director

Betsy Sykes

Senior Sales Director

With more than twenty years of senior living experience in Raleigh, Betsy leads the Sales team at The Cardinal at North Hills. She has been with Kisco since 2000, serving as both Sales Director and Area Business Development Director. Betsy is a three-time winner of the Kisco President’s Club Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sales. She enjoys working with prospective residents and their families, helping to educate them about senior living options and discover all that The Cardinal has to offer.

Allison Rouse

Sales Director

Allison joins The Cardinal with 20 years of sales experience, 10 of those years focused on seniors transitioning to a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Recently, Allison was the Director of Sales and Marketing at a local CCRC. She enjoys sharing her vast knowledge about the advantages of living at The Cardinal with potential residents and their families and believes working with a team of experts and professionals adds value to the overall experience of residents living at The Cardinal.

Erika McMillin

Sales Director

Erika joins The Cardinal with more than six years of experience in senior living with Kisco. Prior to Kisco, Erika worked in the hospitality industry for over fourteen years in hotels and wedding & event planning. She enjoys meeting with families and future residents to help them navigate through the senior living process. She is passionate about educating and providing options for them to enhance their quality of life. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband Mark, two young children Charlotte & Jackson, and their dog Cashew.

Theresa Weigan, Director of Nursing Services.

Theresa Weigand

Director of Nursing Services

With over 22 years in skilled health care experience, Theresa leads the healthcare team in providing excellent care in The Pines Healthcare Center. Theresa is wound care certified and has over 15 years of management experience in the skilled setting. From admission to discharge, it is the goal of Theresa and her team to assist in every possible way.

Brad Itzkowitz, Dining Director

Brad Itzkowitz

Dining Director

Brad is a 1985 graduate of Johnson and Wales University’s Culinary Arts program in Providence, RI and holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree from New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan. He did his culinary internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando FL.
He brings 29 years of culinary expertise to The Cardinal working at various restaurants and owning a kosher catering company in Long Beach, NY. He was even a part of the inauguration culinary team for President George H. Bush in 1989.

Chris Fryar

Facilities Director

Chris has over 12 years of experience working in the senior living industry, 8 of which have been with Kisco. His career has included several leadership roles within the environmental services department ranging from Housekeeping Supervisor, Maintenance Team leader, and now Director. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from North Carolina Central University and is OSHA certified. Chris’ favorite part about working at the Cardinal is interacting with the residents and learning about the lives they have lived.

Abby Peters

Human Resources Generalist

With the Cardinal since 2021, Abby is a SHRM - Certified Professional in HR, and directs all aspects of Human Resources at the Cardinal at North Hills, from onboarding to associate engagement, and much more. Originally from Montana, Abby attended college in Virginia at Roanoke College, where she majored in Communications with a concentration in Human Resources Management. Abby enjoys working with associates on a wide range of inquiries and creating a positive and open Human Resources department.


Armondo Balotti

Wellness Director

Armondo is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University. His background covers cardiac rehab, personal training, and coaching. He and his team are responsible for implementing the Sic Dimensions of Wellness into their variety of programming at The Cardinal. Armondo is passionate about helping others and brings a positive attitude to the community each and every day. Outside of work, Armondo is a National Level Coach in Olympic Weightlifting, his goal is to coach at an international competition for Team U.S.A.

“Our associates live each day by our Principles, Values and Beliefs, which are based on integrity, dignity and compassion.”

Tom FordExecutive Director