Meet Debra Bertacchini
What are your professional accomplishments and credentials?
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University, a Master of Science degree in Immunology and Cellular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a Master of Arts in Health Administration from Cardinal Stritch University. I hold certifications in Geriatric Care and Programming, Non-Profit Grant Writing and Development, and I am a Certified Alzheimer's Disease Program Specialist. I am also a Writer and Format Contributor for Your Aging Parent Magazine.
When did you join Regency?
How long have you been in this line of work?
What adjectives do people use most to describe you?
Passionate, empathetic, enduring, dedicated, loyal.
Describe what you do in a nutshell.
As the Administrator of the ProHealth Regency Senior Communities I oversee the operations of our three campuses in Waukesha County, meeting the needs of over 600 seniors daily. My role is unique in that I am tasked with managing a business while never losing focus on our residents. I work in their living room and everything I do impacts them. They are my main purpose every day, all day. Their care and safety are my responsibility and I take that very seriously.
What do you like most about your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is the ability to positively impact the lives of others. Whether I am working on developing a new service or program for our residents or creating an educational program for our families, my efforts are seen in those we serve as they can live life more fully.
Do you belong to any organizations?
Yes! I stay very connected to the industry and residents through my involvement in Leading Age Wisconsin, Wisconsin Assisted Living Association, Elder Care Advisors Association, and the New Berlin Senior Taxi Board of Directors.
When you're not at work, where would we find you?
You'll find me in the garden. I love the outdoors and getting things to grow. Whether it be vegetables, herbs, fruits, perennials, or annuals, each has value as it beautifies our space. My latest quest has been an attempt to grow blueberry bushes! So far so good as my two young shrubs have endured the winter and are sprouting leaves. I also support my daughter's equestrian activities by grooming and caring for her horse at show events and while at home.