Lisa Perla, RN, BSN
Lisa is from the Berwick area. She graduated from Berwick Area High School and then earned an associate degree in dietetics. She raised her two children and when they were older, she began nursing school and obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wilkes University. She has experience working in hospitals and home health and specialized in mental health. She was seeing residents in Heritage Hill when she fell in love with the wonderful family atmosphere. She has been working at Heritage Hill since June of 2013. She absolutely loves working with seniors and enjoys the fulfillment she receives from her position.
Director of Activities
Born in Hazleton and raised in Weatherly, Pennsylvania, Deb graduated top 10 of her graduating class at Weatherly High School. She has two sons. Deb is a very organized and detailed oriented individual with an outgoing personality. She takes pride in her work and knowing she is making a difference in someone's quality of life gives her the satisfaction to continue working in this environment. Deb has been a member of Heritage Hill's care team since 2007.
Food Service Director
BJ has been a part of the Heritage Hill care team since 2004. She is a graduate of Weatherly High School and has lived in Weatherly her entire life. She is married to her husband, Tom, and has two sons. BJ enjoys cooking and reading.
Rachael was born and raised in Weatherly, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Weatherly Area High School and attended Gettysburg College. After college, she spent a year in China teaching English. When she returned from China, she relocated to the Lehigh Valley and has made it her home ever since. She has been working in the senior services industry for over nine years, and it has been an honor to hold the position of Heritage Hill Marketing Director since October of 2015. It is very fulfilling to work with seniors and their families and help them transition to a senior living community. In her spare time, Rachael likes to be active and she enjoys hiking, bicycling, yoga, running and other sports.
Business Office Manager
Jody graduated from Weatherly Area High School and is a native of Weatherly, Pennsylvania. She is organized, detail oriented and very passionate about her work, and takes pride in her time working with employees, residents and their families. Jody was a family member of our community before joining our care team in 2011. Since joining the team, she has taken the lead on several employee and resident appreciation programs. Jody is married with two children. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Director of Maintenance, Housekeeping, and Laundry
Steve has over 24 years of experience serving the senior living community needs. He has extensive training and knowledge in maintenance, housekeeping and laundry operations in health care communities. Steve’s passion is creating a homelike environment for our seniors. His active involvement in the leadership is well focused on raising the standards of excellence for Heritage Hill and the seniors we serve. He is married, has two children and resides in Weatherly, Pennsylvania. His hobbies are camping, fishing and building.
Resident Care Director
M.J. (Mary Jane) Montefour, RN, CDP, stepped into the role of Resident Care Director in September 2020, coming to our community after serving, most recently, St. Luke’s University Health Network as an ICU and Med Surg Manager. Previous to that experience, M.J. was a part of the Heritage Hill family and a proven leader as Memory Care Director. It was during that tenure in our Shepherd’s Garden that M.J. developed a strong partnership with Lisa Perla, our present Executive Director, and the two made a formidable team putting resident needs and healthcare first. When asked why she accepted the invitation to return to Heritage Hill, M.J. will tell you that she enjoys the individualized care she is able to provide to each resident, and to meet the many different needs of our families. She is a “hands-on” nurse and loves the feeling of having improved someone’s life at the end of each day. Our families appreciate her ability to develop positive, trustworthy relationships.
Known by her team as an excellent mentor, M.J. was nominated by her peers and awarded the 2017 Nurse Excellence Award for Exemplar Preceptor in Clinical Practice. As a Certified Dementia Practitioner and an involved member of the Monroe NICHE team, she has also been chosen to participate and complete the Nursing Leadership Fellowship.
A gifted baker and imaginative crafter, M.J. loves lending her talents to our residents (and staff!) by baking, crafting, and developing stimulating activities with them. Through her “whole-person” approach to care, M.J. fulfills her passion for attending to every resident’s unique needs.
M.J. was raised in Harleigh, before raising her two daughters right here in Weatherly. When she isn’t working, she is an avid outdoor enthusiast – often swimming, hiking, canoeing, or walking her 3 dogs with her wonderful partner, Charles. Her greatest treasure and favorite way to spend her time, she’ll tell you, is with her awesome grandson, Elijah.