Meet the leadership team behind Gulf Coast Health Care.
People are the key to Gulf Coast Health Care’s excellent care and reputation for dedication, elevated life and heartfelt compassion. Meet the caring, committed professionals who lead our teams and help us deliver a uniformly positive, rewarding experience for everyone in our care. These are true hands-on caregivers with long tenure in caring for seniors.
Brett W. Barnett
Brett Barnett brings more than 23 years of experience with skilled nursing centers/rehabilitation centers. He has held various positions within the profession throughout his career, including administrator for 11 years and director of operations for 10 years. Employed with GCHC since 1999, Mr. Barnett served as vice president of operations since September 2015 and was promoted to President in 2019.
Mr. Barnett worked in retail and mortgage banking prior to health care. He served on the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators as chairman and vice chairman for more than 8 years. Mr. Barnett also provided oversight of many of the board’s committees, including the Administrator-in-Training program. He has also owned several businesses.
Mr. Barnett currently holds both a State and Federal Nursing Home Administrator license. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Financial Management and Marketing from the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) and a Master of Business Administration degree from Samford University. Mr. Barnett also attended the Commercial Credit and Lending Program at Regions Bank.
Chief Financial Officer
Sheryl Wolf brings more than 25 years of experience to her position as Chief Financial Officer of Gulf Coast Health Care. Prior to joining the GCHC team, from 2013 to May 2015, she served as AdCare Health Systems, Inc.’s vice president, controller and chief accounting officer and later as senior vice president and principal financial and accounting officer. From 2011 to 2013, Ms. Wolf served as consulting director of The Intersect Group Finance Transformation Practice. From 2009 to 2011, she served as vice president of finance of Fresenius Medical Care. From 2005 to 2008, she served as senior vice president and chief accounting officer of Feldman Mall Properties, Inc. From 1991 to 2005, Ms. Wolf served as vice president and controller of Brookdale Living Communities, Inc.
Ms. Wolf has a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Aurora University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northern Illinois University.
Director of Operations — Mississippi Region
Jennifer Pope is a Director of Operations at Gulf Coast Health Care, where she oversees eight skilled nursing centers and is responsible for the growth and profitability for the organization within these centers. Her role includes staff management, department supervision, outcomes, and production of services delivered to the associates and patients at each center.
Ms. Pope has worked with reputable companies in long-term care for eleven years. She started as an admissions coordinator as her first position, then to a business office manager while entering into the AIT program in Tennessee, where she obtained her Nursing Home Administrator license. She is currently licensed in MS, TN, TX, and FL.
Ms. Pope has a two-year-old son named Tatum who she is enjoying all of her time outside of work with. Her hobbies include working out, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Director of Operations – Panhandle Region
Alex Terentev brings 16 years of experience with skilled nursing centers. During his 13-year career with Gulf Coast Health Care he worked as an administrator at various centers throughout the state of Florida until he was promoted to Director of Operations in 2013.
Alex served as treasurer prior to his current role as president of the Florida Health Care Association. He is known to be a voice in many key networks in long-term care and has been a speaker at the American Health Care Association’s National Convention in 2006, 2008, and 2010. Looking toward the future, Alex is actively working to improve the hiring process for future leaders as a member of the advisory board for the Long-Term Care Administration Program at the University of South Florida and as an examiner for Florida’s NHA Board Exam. Having received the AHCA National Quality Award three times, Alex is also a Master (Gold) Examiner for the award with the American Health Care Association. He holds a Master degree in health care administration.
Director of Operations – Western Region
Kathleen Wesolowski began her health care career in 1982 as a dishwasher in a 240-bed nursing home. Within 6 months, she was promoted to night cook, and then a year later she was promoted to day cook. She went to night school to get her Dietary Manager’s certification and became a CDM in 1985. Ms. Wesolowski received a degree in Health Services Administration in 1991 and became a licensed nursing home administrator the following year. She worked as an administrator for 14 years, including 2 years at Margate Health and Rehabilitation Center, a Gulf Coast Health Care center. During her career as an administrator, Ms. Wesolowski had the pleasure to serve as a preceptor for five students pursuing their NHA license. In 2006, she was promoted to Director of Operations for the Western Region.
Director of Operations – Eastern Region
Chantelle Kocik is a south Florida native and has lived in Miami, Florida since 1976. Her bicultural background and focus on serving others, following the philosophy that we are people caring for people, has led her to a number of leadership roles. Her background includes over 10 years of long-term care experience, originating as a director of operations for a long-term care pharmacy and 7 years of NHA. In 2015, she took on the role of Director of Operations of the Eastern Region for Gulf Coast Health Care and is responsible for the operational oversight of seven centers.
Ms. Kocik earned an MBA in entrepreneurship with a specialization in health care from Nova Southeastern University. She plans to continue her academic development and utilize her leadership skill-set to grow her professional life with Gulf Coast Health Care.
Angela Cooper, RN, BSN, RAC-CT
Director of Clinical Services
Angela Cooper is the Director of Clinical Services for Gulf Coast Health Care and has worked with the company for almost 17 years. She is licensed as a registered nurse in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Mrs. Cooper comes to us with more than 22 years of experience in long-term care. She has served as director of nursing, nurse consultant, and director of clinical support services for PointClickCare for Gulf Coast Health Care prior to becoming director of clinical services. Mrs. Cooper works with the nurse consultants, clinical educators, and the corporate clinical from GCHC to handle policy and procedures, oversee electronic medical records, provide survey management and trending/tracking of survey data as well as support any clinical initiatives that are being rolled out to include reducing hospital readmissions.
Mrs. Cooper has her MDS certification (RAC-CT) through the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC). She received her Associate of Arts in nursing degree from Northwest Mississippi Community College in 1995 and her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Delta State University in 1998. She sat on the Mississippi LTC Nursing Coalition and is a current member of the MHCA/Licensure & Certification Committee. Mrs. Cooper currently serves on the Nurse Executive Council, a group of nurse executives advocating for best practices regarding long-term care from across the nation.
Director of Business Office Services
Brett Nelson brings more than 6 years of long-term care experience to his position as Director of Business Office Services. Prior to joining the Gulf Coast Health Care team, from 2010 to 2016 he served as a financial healthcare consultant for NFS.
Mr. Nelson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Binghamton University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Central Florida.
Director of Community Integration
Originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Brooke Hicks has called the Gulf Coast of Florida home since moving there in 1996. With more than 15 years in the senior housing industry, she currently holds the role of Director of Community Integration for Gulf Coast Health Care, where she oversees census and strategic development across the organization. She began her career as an admissions assistant at Bay Breeze, later becoming admissions director, before taking a role with Blake Management. In December 2013, she rejoined Gulf Coast Health Care. Ms. Hicks carries an Assisted Living Administrator License with experience in start-up developments. Her level of enthusiasm and professionalism is evident in her work and in every volunteer and community activity she supports.
Finding joy in her faith, family and friends, and in making a difference in her community, Ms. Hicks volunteers with many community organizations—Baptist Women’s Board, MANNA, Pensacola Symphony & Orchestra Guild and Covenant Hospice—just to name a few. She has served on the board for Covenant Alzheimer’s Services and Baptist Women’s Board. Ms. Hicks is also a graduate of Leadership Pensacola (2011), was recognized as one of Pensacola’s “Rising Stars” in 2010, and was awarded the pristine Baptist Hollinger Award.
Director of Clinical Strategic Initiatives
Cheryl Kelsch brings more than 30 years of experience to her position as Director of Clinical Strategic Initiatives. Ms. Kelsch began with Delta Health Group as a rehab consultant, assumed the position as director of PPS in 1996, and the role of Director of Clinical Strategic Initiatives in 2012. Ms. Kelsch has a BS degree in physical therapy from Medical University of South Carolina and has experience in short-term and long-term rehab, sports medicine, home health, education, and management. She has been with Gulf Coast Health Care for more than two decades.
Ms. Kelsch is currently responsible for all resources, education, and overall management for Medicare, managed care, and rehospitalization as well as overseeing contract therapy services. She is integral to the ongoing development of the culture of care at Gulf Coast Health Care, and she derives enjoyment from helping to maximize our centers’ life-enrichment programs and the satisfaction of both patients and associates. Ms. Kelsch emphasizes the development of patients toward their goals through the highest-quality clinical care. She is also tendered as an expert witness in rehab in the state of Florida.
Tommy Hulsey, RN
Director of Risk Management
Tom Hulsey brings more than 27 years of clinical experience to his position as Director of Risk Management for Gulf Coast Health Care. He directs all aspects of risk management for the company. In addition, he serves on the Technology Committee, which directs the use and deployment of technology for the company and assists with all clinical functions for Gulf Coast Health Care.
With over 27 years of clinical experience in acute and long-term care, Mr. Hulsey provides a sound clinical and risk foundation for Gulf Coast Health Care.
Mr. Hulsey is very active with all governing agencies and has an ADN and RN in nursing from Jones College in Ellisville, Mississippi.
Tony Farinella, NHA, MHSA
Director of Transitional Care & Physician Services
Tony Farinella is the Director of Transitional Care & Physician Services for Gulf Coast Health Care. He supports 44 Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. His primary focus includes analyzing local markets and developing post-acute care strategies with physicians, hospitals, managed care and APM’s. In addition, he is the lead for GCHC’s tele-health initiatives and supports the organization’s four new developing centers.
For most of his 22-year career in health care, Mr. Farinella has been the administrator of various skilled nursing centers in south Florida, responsible for daily operations. These responsibilities included clinical care, regulatory compliance, human resources, fiduciary responsibilities and many others. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Florida International University.
Mr. Farinella possesses Bachelor and Master Degrees in Health Services Administration. He is also a graduate of Dale Carnegie Training. In addition, Mr. Farinella served in the United States Army and National Guard for 6 years, where he received numerous meritorious achievement medals along with a good-conduct medal.
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