Leadership team at new Berks County senior living community has local roots

The Residence at Village Greens will bring 131 units, nearly 100 jobs to region.

As a Berks County native and longtime resident of Sinking Spring, Terri Sanelli approaches her role as the Executive Operations Officer of The Residence at Village Greens as an opportunity to improve the lives of senior residents while giving back to her hometown.

Sanelli heads the leadership team at the senior living community, currently under construction and set to open this summer. The community’s welcome center is located at 3809 Penn Avenue in Sinking Spring. Pennsylvania-based IntegraCare will operate The Residence at Village Greens as well as 17 other senior living communities in three states.

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“Western Berks County is in great need of Independent Living without a buy-in option and really needs a quality memory care neighborhood,” Sanelli said. “There haven’t been any new communities built in Western Berks County in 20-plus years, which makes this addition even more significant. There is a brand-new, fresh community in a state-of-the-art building. The exceptional values of IntegraCare are mixed with a beautiful building.”

The 130,000-square-foot Residence at Village Greens will include 131 units – 60 apartments in Independent Living, 51 in Personal Care and 20 in Memory Care. The site of the new building will be at 4400 Haines Street.

IntegraCare projects 75 to 100 new job opportunities will be created in the senior living community, which will be situated on historic property in Sinking Spring. The building will sit on the site of the former Village Greens Golf Course that was built in 1965. The Residence at Village Greens will be adjacent to the historic Mull Mansion constructed in 1802.

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“I absolutely love IntegraCare,” said Sanelli, who previously led IntegraCare’s Exton Senior Living team in Chester County for two years. “I believe the organization shares my values of providing the highest quality of services for seniors. This opportunity combines my love of IntegraCare with my own personal commitment to provide excellence in senior living in my hometown.”

Sanelli has decades of experience in senior care and has been a nurse for 30 years. She is a graduate of Reading Area Community College Nursing Program. Sanelli is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and she received her administrators license in 2000.

“I’ve been working with seniors since I was 15 years old,” Sanelli said. “As a 15-year-old I worked in dining services at a skilled nursing community and became a nursing assistant at age 17.”

New Community Relations Director Kim Kostival will join Sanelli on the leadership team at The Residence at Village Greens. Kostival has 30 years of experience in senior living care.

“I once was asked why I enjoy being in senior living,” Kostival said. “My answer was simple. I love seeing the joy in the faces of the residents and their family members when they become a part of the community. It is all about the quality of life. The seniors deserve to have their best life now.”

A graduate of Kutztown University, Kostival also has a background in art education. Her teaching background has served her well over the years.

She enjoys speaking in the community on senior health topics at senior living clubs and community organizations. Kostival also is locally known as a Pysanky, Ukrainian egg artist. She holds craft shows, art-related presentations and art classes in her free time.

Kostival enjoys spending time with her husband and two grown children. She is involved in the music ministry of her church as a soloist and choir member.

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