Meet the SeniorBridge Pittsburgh Team
Rita Shindnes, RN, MPA
Regional Executive Director
Rita has more than 18 years experience in the healthcare field with an extensive background in sales, marketing and patient care, a strong skill-set that has allowed her to develop relationships with families and the professionals who serve them. Prior to joining SeniorBridge, Rita was Administrator and Director of Patient Services at St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children Community Care Professionals, LHCSA in Elmhurst, New York. Throughout her time there she oversaw all aspects of the Licensed Home Care Services Agency, maintained community relations and developed long and short-term strategic plans. Among her achievements, she spearheaded the growth, development, management and clinical oversight as Branch Administrator at Premier Home Health Services, Inc. and implemented a High Risk Disease Management program specific to network providers as Providers Services Manager at Healthways, Inc. Rita earned a Registered Nurse degree from Rabin Medical Center, Hasharon School of Nursing in Israel, a Bachelors of Arts degree in Healthcare Systems from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire and a Master of Public Administration degree in Healthcare Systems from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Rita holds licensure in the states of New York and New Jersey as a Registered Nurse and holds certification in PRI. She is a member of the New York City chapters for Case Management Society of America and National Association of Professional Geriatric Case Managers and is fluent in English, Russian and Hebrew.
Regional Director of Professional Relations
David brings more than 15 years experience in the healthcare field with an extensive background in sales, marketing and operations to his role as Regional Director of Professional Relations. His strong skill-set has allowed David to develop long-term relationships and strategically set up business plans throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Prior to joining SeniorBridge, David served as District Director of Sales Development for Kindred Healthcare where he developed sub-acute specialty clinical programs, forecasted and attained census targets for 23 skilled nursing facilities and was responsible for sales initiatives for hospital and medical staff. Other career highlights include creating and delivering a consultative sales training program as Owner and Sales Consultant of 6 Degree Network Consulting and executing a successful turnaround strategy through aggressive strategic planning as Vice President of NP Care. David earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Marketing from University of Connecticut.
Nicole Bundy, RN, BSN
Nicole’s commitment to excellence encompasses all areas of her work as Care Manager including strong client care and advocacy. She began her nursing career working at Council Care Adult Day Services, a division of the Jewish Association on Aging (JAA). Throughout her time there she provided assessments for all new patients as part of admission to the program, was responsible for the daily medical care of all patients, supervised and trained all support/assistive staff and provided education to families. Prior to joining SeniorBridge, Nicole served as Case Manager for QRS Rehabilitation Services and Associates In Rehab working with physicians and the insurance company to coordinate the care of injured workers. Other career highlights include medical record review while working at Tri-Rivers Surgical Associates and providing daily care to a patient with a progressive neurological disease at Three-Rivers Center for Independent Living. Nicole completed her education at the Community College of Allegheny County and then went on to earn her Bachelors in Science degree Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. She holds licensure in the state of Pennsylvania as a Registered Nurse.
Deanna Ferrella, RN
Deanna's was previously a Registered Nurse at Asbury Heights in Mt. Lebanon, where she assessed and implemented care plans, and educated patients on skilled nursing, intermediate and dementia units. Before that, she was Nurse Supervisor in charge of quality assurance and infection control at the Ronald Reagan Atrium I in Pittsburgh, a 160-bed long-term care facility. Her responsibilities included supervision and management of the facility, assessment, and staff development and education. Deanna also served as Registered Nurse for Triage and Back Office Coordinator at Mercy Hospital's Primary Care Network, providing nursing care for a multiple-site Internal Medicine practice, assessment and patient care plans and education. She received her Registered Nurse license after competing training at the Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing in McKees Rocks and studied at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh.
Marilyn W. Long
Marilyn began her career as a 4th-grade teacher in the Ipswich, Massachusetts public schools, taught children at St. Edmund's Academy in Pittsburgh and also taught adults for over 10 years. In 2001 she devoted herself to care management work, working as a Social Service Assistant at Sterling Care Counseling, a provider of eldercare services that had been acquired by SeniorBridge. Marilyn received her Bachelor of Science degree from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.