Barclay Friends Announces Appointment of Maria Santangelo as Chief Executive Officer

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Maria Santangelo as the community’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective April 3, 2024. Maria takes the helm following Linda Sterthous, who will retire after seven years of outstanding service to the community.

Maria Santangelo

Maria Santangelo brings over 20 years of experience in senior living and has distinguished herself as a leader dedicated to the mission-driven values of non-profit organizations. Her most recent role as Executive Director of Pine Run Retirement Community saw her manage a life care community with excellent results, and her wealth of knowledge extends to strategic planning and community development.

From her earlier work in children’s services, including a stint with the Peace Corps in Nepal, Maria has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to service, which seamlessly translates into her passion for elevating the lives of older adults. With a master’s degree in occupational therapy, she has honed a skillset that is well-aligned with the offerings and culture of Barclay Friends.

Board Chair Ellen Gilbert expresses her enthusiasm, “We are truly inspired by Maria’s energy, expertise, and alignment with Quaker values. We believe she is the ideal choice to continue to move Barclay Friends forward.”

Maria’s appointment comes at a crucial time as Barclay Friends continues to enhance its services and living offerings to meet the community’s future needs. Her clinical experience, positive energy, and commitment to fostering relationships with residents, families, and teams will remain integral to the organization’s mission.

Vassar Byrd, CEO of The Kendal Corporation, expresses, “Kendal welcomes Maria to the Kendal System and appreciates that she has chosen to share with her commitment to mission-driven organizations and clinical, strategic planning, and renovation experience with Barclay Friends.”

On her appointment, Maria shared, “I am thrilled to lead Barclay Friends and build upon its remarkable legacy of care. I look forward to joining and serving this vibrant community as we continue to provide exemplary service to residents and their families.”