By Colleen M. Algeo
Carol Berster, president/CEO of the Peter Becker Community since February 2006, will be retiring in March 2015. She plans to move to Delaware to be closer to her family. Peter Becker is a Church of the Brethren-related continuing care retirement community in Montgomery County, Pa.
During her tenure, the Maplewood Estates apartments were completed, the Healthcare Center received a total renovation, renovations are underway to the common areas of Ridgeview Estates, and business systems have been improved.
Berster has served in five different senior services organization since 1976: Peninsula United Methodist Homes and Ingleside Homes in Delaware; Presbyterian Homes in the Presbytery of Huntington, Presbyterian Homes Inc., and Peter Becker Community in Pennsylvania.
When asked about her time at Peter Becker Community, she replied, “I will always be thankful to the Board of Directors for giving me this opportunity to be in service in this wonderful place. I have worked for five different senior services organizations over the past 38 years and by far Peter Becker is the most loving and caring place that I have served.”
The board has appointed Mennonite Health Services Alliance to lead the search to begin seeking the next CEO. The community also is planning opportunities for staff, families, and constituents to honor Berster for her years of service.
-- Colleen M. Algeo is public relations coordinator for the Peter Becker Community.