Dr. Ricky Heath

Medical Director


Dr. Ricky Heath, Cedar Haven’s Clinical Medical Director, provides high-quality direct care for our residents.  He and his team make rounds at Cedar Haven and are available on-call when they are not in the building. Hear from Dr. Heath: “In high school and throughout college I worked in a nursing home as a nurses aide. During that time I developed a passion for working with the elderly and decided to purse a career as a Geriatrician.” Dr. Heath graduated from the Ross University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in Geriatrics at John Hopkins Hospital.

Justin R. Kulp, NHA

Executive Director

Jarrod Sprecher, RN

Director of Nursing

Jarrod is currently serving as the Director of Nursing at Cedar Haven. He is a graduate of The Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences. Jarrod has experience assisting with cardiovascular and thoracic surgeries. He transitioned to long term care as a nightshift supervisor. Jarrod earned his Bachelors in the Science of Nursing through Chamberlain College of Nursing where he is continuing his education in graduate school to obtain his Masters in Family Nurse Practitioner. At Cedar Haven Jarrod has been the nightshift supervisor and Assistant Director of Nursing.

Jarrod is engaged to Kelly Troutman, and they have two children Mason and Mika. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his friends, playing with his kids, and traveling with his family.

Sue Bensing, RN

Assistant Director of Nursing

Susan is currently serving as Assistant Director of Nursing at Cedar Haven. She is a graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College, where she received an Associate Of Science in Nursing degree and a graduate of the Lebanon Vocational Technical School for a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employed with Cedar Haven since 1979 she has been a nurse’s aide, LPN charge nurse, RN charge nurse, nurse shift supervisor, wound team member, and unit manager.

Susan was born and raised and lived all of her life in Lebanon County. She has 2 children, a son and a daughter, and 2 grandchildren. She currently helps her parents who are in their 80’s and maintains her own home with her 2 cats. She enjoys reading, needlework, and time at the beach.

Kris Halye, RN

Director of Infection Control

Kris is currently serving as the Director of Infection Control at Cedar Haven. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Pennsylvania State University. Kris has a second bachelor’s degree from Penn State in Life Science with a focus in human biology and related sciences. Kris started at Cedar Haven as a RN Unit Manager before taking on his current role. He came to Cedar Haven with critical care / intensive care unit experience. 

Kris is from a small town north of Reading, Pennsylvania. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and two German shepherds. He also enjoys spending time outdoors, watching or playing various sports, and he loves the Eagles, Phillies, and Sixers. 

Kimberly Santiago, RN

Director of Nursing Development

Kimberly is currently serving as the Director of Nursing Development at Cedar Haven. She is a graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College, where she received an Associate of Science in Nursing. Employed with Cedar Haven since 2004 and over the course of 12 years, Kimberly expanded her knowledge and experience at Cedar Haven and within the nursing field by working in various departments such as dietary, therapy, therapeutic recreation. Kimberly’s nursing career began as an RN Charge Nurse and Administrative Nursing Supervisor. Her continued involvement and dedication to the lives of the residents at Cedar Haven is evident in her performance and character.

Kimberly is a Brooklyn native who is fluent in her native Spanish language. She is married to Mr. Joey Santiago, and they have two sons, Kaiden and Kruz. She is an active member in her church and enjoys spending her time with friends, family, cruising throughout the Caribbean, and taking part in DIY projects.

Crystal Arment, LPN

Director of Care Management

Crystal has been with Cedar Haven since August 2018 and has been an LPN since 2008. Having worked in Admissions for many years, Crystal brings a wealth of knowledge to this department. She lives in Manheim with her husband Brian. Together they have two children and love playing with their dog Bob. She enjoys traveling, spending time at the bay, outings with her family and hanging out with friends. 

Kelly Gehman

Therapy Program Manager

kelly_gehmanKelly Gehman, COTA/L, is the Therapy Program Manager at Cedar Haven Healthcare Center.

She has been a Licensed, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant since 2002 with a degree from Penn State University. Kelly has continued to grow and expand her knowledge with continuing education in areas such as Fall Prevention strategies, Fall Related Brain Injury in older adults, Dementia Staging, Continence Management, Independence and Mobility as it relates to ADLS, CMI and Medicare Changes, and Documentation in Long Term Care

Prior to joining the team at Cedar Haven in 2005 Kelly’s experience included long term care and post-acute rehab at Reading Hospital. Since joining the Cedar Haven Therapy team, she has moved from Staff Therapist, to Assistant Manager, to Program Manager. Kelly has now been the Program Manager for almost 9 years, managing a large and diverse staff, organizing all therapy services, ensuring open lines of communication between therapists/family/staff/physicians, providing therapy education in-services within the facility to residents, families and staff, and serving in the community with admissions as a liaison for Cedar Haven at Health Fairs, Sr. Centers and community events. Kelly also provides supervision of students from Penn State and Central Penn College Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs, and has assisted in data collection for Elizabethtown College Occupational Therapy program research projects.

Kelly is married to her husband Brian. Together they have 2 sons, Hank and Grant. She volunteers as a coach for their sons’ little league baseball teams. She also enjoys bike riding, fishing, sports, shopping, singing and crafts.

Melinda Peiffer

Director of Human Resources

mindyMelinda Peiffer has been employed at Cedar Haven for 17 years as the Director of Human Resources. During her employment at Cedar Haven she has been involved in several in-house committees such as the Safety Committee and Advisory Committee for the Nursing Assistant Trainees.

Melinda graduated from Mansfield University and was a member of the field hockey team. In her spare time she enjoys staying active and spending time with family and friends.

Theresa Simaska

Director of Talent Acquisition

Theresa Simaska joined the Cedar Haven team in April of 2005. Theresa completed the Nurse Aide Trainee program and additionally worked as scheduling coordinator before becoming Director of Talent Acquisition.

Theresa is a 2005 graduate of Abeka Christian Academy. She has a daughter, Starlette and they both reside in the Lebanon area. They enjoy the beach, vacationing, dining out, shopping, spending time outdoors and several after-school activities. Theresa enjoys volunteering and has a strong passion for helping others. She is a member of Hershey Free Church.

Gary Lehman

Director of Finance

gary_lThe Director of Finance of Cedar Haven Healthcare Center is Gary Lehman who has been overseeing the business operations of the Facility since 1983; having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Lebanon Valley College that same year. He has witnessed and been a part of many changes over these 32 years – not just in the Facility but also in government regulations which affect nursing home reimbursement. When not at work, he may be seen gardening at his home in South Lebanon Township. He enjoys listening to “the oldies”, especially the Beatles, and solving the most challenging Sudoku puzzles. He has been happily married for 31 years to “his better half” Kim, and has 2 lovely daughters, Breyana and Erika who live and work in the Washington D.C. area.

Mary Carsey

Business Office Manager

Mary Carsey joined the Cedar Haven Team in June 2018 as Business Office Manager.  She received her Master’s Degree in Community and Economic Leadership in 2012 from Alvernia University and her undergraduate in Business Management from Albright College in 2004.  She has worked in Corporate Finance for the past 20 years and is enjoying the change of pace working with the residents and their families. 

Mary lives in Schuylkill Haven with her two children.  In her free time she is the Music Director at her church where she directs 3 choirs.  She enjoys being a Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, camping – basically anything to do with her family.

Kelly Troutman

Director of Social Services

kelly_tKelly was born and raised in Pine Grove, PA. She attended Kutztown University post graduating Pine Grove Area High School to pursue a degree in Psychology. Kelly graduated Kutztown University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology. Kelly has worked in the long term care field for over 10 years. Prior to coming to Cedar Haven, Kelly had worked as a Social Service Director for HCR ManorCare in Pottsville, PA for over 7 years. Kelly began her position at Cedar Haven on July 6th 2015 and is very excited to be here and very thankful for this new opportunity.

Marie Anderson

Director of Therapeutic Recreation

marie_aMarie Anderson is the Director of Therapeutic Recreation at Cedar Haven Health Care Center. She is a 2001 graduate Of Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in applied behavioral science. She is a certified validation group practitioner and currently pursuing activities director certification. She has been employed with Cedar Haven since 2009 and is focused on the quality of life of life for our residents.

Kathy Carpenter

Director of Central Supply

Kathy Carpenter has worked at Cedar Haven for the past 20 years. Her employment began in the Therapeutic Recreation department, where she worked for 3 years before transferring to the Maintenance Department. After 11 years in Maintenance, Kathy moved to Central Supply, where she has made significant contributions to the success of Cedar Haven.

Kathy has been married for 42 years. She has 3 sons and 6 grandchildren, as well as 2 dogs. Her spare time is spent enjoying the outdoors with her grandchildren. Her family particularly enjoys fishing, kayaking, hiking, and vacationing in the mountains.

Debra Muraira

Director of Health Information

debra_mDebra Muraira has been employed at Cedar Haven for 40+ years because of the loyalty and pride that she has for the facility. She is currently the Director of Health Information. Prior to this position Debra worked in the Medical Records and Central Supply Departments.

She has two sons, Colton who will be entering his last year of law school in August 2015 and Slade who is a Crew Chief with the USAF stationed in South Carolina. Debra also has a grandson, Shawn.

Debra has lived in Lebanon County all of her life and is a member of the Avon United Methodist Church where she has various responsibilities. She enjoys being active and is an avid cyclist.

Derek Hartranft

Director of Buildings and Grounds

Derek Hartranft joined Cedar Haven in January 2019. Derek has over 15 years of experience working in the nursing home field. Derek’s began his career in skilled nursing as a dietary assistant, then went on to being a maintenance assistant and was promoted to maintenance director, the title he has held for the past 7 years. Derek is a hands-on leader who you will see throughout Cedar Haven, assisting his department. In Derek’s spare time, you can find him training/coaching at the gym, as he is also a certified powerlifting coach. Derek enjoys spending time with his family, dogs and enjoys being outdoors or riding his motorcycle.

Camelia Popa, MD

Clinic Physicians, Mental Health

cameliaPosition: Psychiatrist for Senior Adult Services at Mt. Gretna

Education: M.D. – University of Craiova, Romania

Employed at Philhaven: 2010

Clinical Specialties: Board Certified in General Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry

Provides care at our in-house clinics

Dr. Alley

Clinic Physicians, Optometry

Provides care at our in-house clinics

Dr. Kyran Mitchell – Vohre Wound Team

Clinic Physicians, Wounds

Provides care at our in-house clinics

Eugene Smolens, DPM

Clinic Physicians, Podiatry

Dr. Smolens received his degree as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his Podiatric Surgical Residency at Oxford Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and has practiced Private Podiatric Medicine with a Podo-Geriatric specialty since 1978. Dr. Smolens is licensed to practice Podiatric Medicine in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Jacob Form, DPM

Clinic Physicians, Podiatry

Dr. Jacob Form received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He received his post-doctoral training at the Tri-county Hospital in Springfield, PA. Dr. Form has help hospital staff membership at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, the Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital, and Horsham Clinic. Dr. Form joined Lifecare Podiatry in 2006.

Jahangir Habib, DPM

Clinic Physicians, Podiatry

Dr. Jahangir Habib received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, OH. He is board certified by the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners and is an Associate of the American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA). Dr Habib is also a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), the Pennsylvania Podiatric Medical Association (PPMA) and the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management (AAPPM).