Varis Health Instructors

Ms. Denise VanTassell, RN, BS, LNHA, CALA

Aside from her roles as President of Varis Health Consultants, a company approved by the Department of Health and Senior Services to provide education for Nursing Home Administrators in the State of New Jersey,​ Van Tassell is also a Certified Assisted Living Administrator (CALA) and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA) and the President of Alcoeur Gardens a home-like alternative-living facilities for the memory impaired.

President Varis Health Consultants

Ms. Julie Treadway, BS, CALA, DCPA

Julie is the Director of Operations for Alcoeur Gardens, a homelike community for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as a Certified Assisted Living Administrator, a Certified Boarding Home Operator, a Dementia Care Provider Associate and an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator.

She dedicates herself each day to preserving the dignity and respect of all residents that live within the Alcoeur Gardens locations in Ocean County, New Jersey.  Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she majored in Special Education and pursued a career in teaching.

Director of Operations, Alcoeur Gardens

Mr. James Raphael, CALA, LNHA

James is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA) in both NJ and NY, and a Certified Living Administrator (CALA) in NJ.  James has managed both small and large teams, delivered staff trainings, and completed several NJ Department of Health surveys and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.  He has both a Bachelor in Anthropology from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Theology from Eastern Bible Institute as well as a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Administrator of Straight & Narrow Adult Medical Day Care

Mr. Patrick Duffy, BS/BA, CALA

Patrick is the Executive Director of Leisure Park in Lakewood, New Jersey.   BS/BA, Business Administration/Marketing from Seton Hall University

Executive Director at Five Star Senior Living, Leisure Park Lakewood

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