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.

We enhance each resident’s lifestyle by:

  • Responding immediately to their needs and concerns
  • Offering high-quality, creatively designed programs
  • Encouraging independence
  • Promoting a sense of community and friendship
  • Embracing The Art of Living Well® in every aspect of community life

Get to know more about members of our leadership team here.

Tom Ford

Executive Director

With more than 29 years of healthcare management experience, Tom leads our full-service retirement community. He facilitates leadership with our associates and ensures successful financial and organizational management, business development, and quality customer services. Tom received the Kisco President’s Award and ALFA “Best of the Best” Innovation Award.

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.

Mary Casey

Assistant Executive Director

With over 16 years of senior living industry experience, Mary is responsible for ensuring all aspects of service excellence in Resident Relations, Dining and Wellness are delivered at The Cardinal. A valuable source of information and resources, Mary is passionate about creating meaningful relationships and building trust with residents, their family members and associates alike.

Chris Jamgochian

Culinary Services Director

Chris attended the Culinary Institute of America for his formal culinary and chef training. He is a Food & Beverage specialist with over 30 years of experience in Hotels, Restaurants, Catering and Culinary Arts. Chris and his Team are passionate about delivering exemplary service and excellent food in all three of our dining venues, Health Care and at all Community Events.

Ernest Kastner

Facility Services Director

Ernie and his team provide for the care of the buildings, apartments, emergency systems and grounds on our campus. Their goal is to maintain the community’s highest standards for service. They perform preventative maintenance, asset registration, predictive maintenance and housekeeping. Ernie holds eight professional certifications in environmental services and management.

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.

Ashley Stokes

Wellness Director

Ashley and her team are responsible for the development and implementation of creatively designed programs to promote all dimensions of wellness and engagement within the community. Incorporating Kisco's The Art of Living Well® principles, the wellness team provides an assortment of programs, including fitness classes, lectures, outings, entertainment and many more high quality experiences.

Lynn Lowe

Sales Director

With over 28 years of sales and management experience and 10 years in senior living sales, Lynn is responsible for building meaningful relationships with prospective residents and their families, while guiding and educating them as they consider the benefits of choosing a Life Plan community like The Cardinal. She also works closely with members of The Cardinal operations team to ensure that five star services and amenities are being delivered to the residents, families and guests of The Cardinal.

Abby Romaine

Sales Director

With career experience focused solely on sales and marketing, Abby found her calling in senior living. The Cardinal provides an opportunity for Abby to live out her passion for delivering exemplary service and she loves to share the unique lifestyle found at The Cardinal with prospective residents, families, and guests. Abby believes deeply in Kisco’s foundational principles, values, and beliefs and she enjoys working closely with team members who hold themselves to a high standard for excellence.

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.

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

Tom FordExecutive Director