Meet our team at The Birches at Harleysville

Elijah Brisbone
Executive Director

Elijah attended Glassboro State College, earning a degree in Business Administration. He is a licensed Personal Care Administrator in four states, as a long standing member on the Board of Directors for VALA. Elijah has been in the Senior Living industry for more than fourteen years, working in various roles. His passion is working with Seniors, while building strong, cohesive teams. Elijah was born in New Jersey and enjoys spending time with his wife of ten years hiking and traveling the east coast. He has five children and two granddaughters.

Annette Kennedy, LP
Director of Resident Care

First and foremost, working in senior living is my true passion. I decided at a young age to commit my education and career aspirations to serving seniors. I went to school and graduated as a LPN. From there I completed my Personal Care Home Administrator course at Penn State University. My goal was to learn in depth the regulations and laws that affect the community of seniors that I have served for half of my life. I have several years of clinical experience as an LPN in the skilled, assisted living and personal care environments. I am both an advocate for patient health and patient rights, and I primarily focus my education, patient, and caregiver training on issues geared to improve the physical and psychological outcomes of the residents I serve.

Alyssa Staudt from The Birches at Harleysville in Harleysville, Pennsylvania

Alyssa Staudt
Marketing Director

Alyssa is the Marketing Director at The Birches. She earned her B.S. degree from Temple University in marketing. Alyssa began her working career at the young age of 16 assisting her parents with running their family-operated real estate and insurance business. After graduating from Temple University, Alyssa began working as a Marketing Associate at Arbour Square Independent Living. In 2015, Alyssa joined the The Birches Personal Care Community as Marketing Manager. She enjoys welcoming prospective families and residents to the community and seeing them flourish in a safe and caring environment. Alyssa currently lives locally in Telford with her husband. She loves to spend her free time venturing into Philadelphia, running, playing with her rescue dog, Kona, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Tracey Aungst from The Birches at Harleysville in Harleysville, Pennsylvania

Melissa Gancarz
Activities Director

Melissa is the Activities Director at The Birches. Melissa has a passion for working with the geriatric population. She has worked in several personal care communities performing various roles such as direct care, overseeing staff and life enrichment for the past 10 years. She strives to ensure that each resident's needs are met spiritually, physically, cognitively, emotionally, socially and environmentally. Melissa enjoys getting to know residents and their hobbies, interests, passions and heritage. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, crafting, baking, cooking, reading and spending time with her friends and family. She currently resides in Levittown, Pennsylvania, with her boyfriend. Melissa has two cats, two birds, and a dog named Dexter. Dexter has been assisting Melissa in enriching residents’ lives by making frequent visits to the community.


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Lisa Washington, LPN
Daybreak Director

Lisa has over two decades of experience as a practical nurse and ten years’ experience in healthcare administration, supporting at-risk and special needs populations. As a teenager, she began working in the healthcare field as a nursing assistant, went to school for Practical Nursing at age 35, and recently graduated with honors from Pierce College with a B.S in Health Care Administration. Lisa, a die-hard Trekkie and believes learning is a life-long event. She has one son and resides in Lansdale with her Shih-Tzu Ginger. In her free time, Lisa enjoys swimming, bicycling, gardening and is an avid photographer.

William Delany from The Birches at Harleysville in Harleysville, Pennsylvania

William Delany
Maintenance Director

Bill Delany is the Maintenance Director at The Birches. He is responsible for overseeing building repairs, work order requests and laundry/housekeeping. Bill graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University. He began his career in senior living as director of Environmental Services at Valley Manor Nursing and Rehab Center. Bill was also an operations manager at Probes Unlimited. He lives locally in Harleysville. Bill enjoys playing slow-pitch softball and watching college football and basketball.

Kikanza Sanders from The Birches at Harleysville in Harleysville, Pennsylvania

Kikanza Sanders
Dining Service Director

Kikanza is the Dining Service Director at The Birches. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts and began her career in the hotel industry. For over 10 years, she worked for the Hyatt Corporation and worked her way up from an apprentice to sous chef. Over the past five years, Kikanza has spent her career in the senior living industry. Kikanza resides in Abington, Pennsylvania, with her husband, who is also a chef. Her daughter attends Columbia College of Chicago. She also has two stepsons. Kikanza enjoys traveling, crafting and trying new restaurants.

Alexis Ball at The Birches at Harleysville.

Daisy Perez
Wellness Nurse

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