An Experienced Team

Meet our leadership

Kyle Hreben, NHA

Executive Director
Kyle Hreben joined The Village at Rockville leadership team in April 2018. Committed to achieving results, Kyle brings over 11 years of leadership experience in the senior living industry. As executive director, he oversees day-to-day operations while continuing to support the needs of older adults. Most recently, he served as administrator of housing, responsible for housing operations at Charles E. Smith Life Communities, in Rockville, Maryland. Prior to that, he held the position of administrator at multiple senior living organizations. He was responsible for developing marketing and business plans, implementing various programs, as well as coordinating strategic preferred partnerships with major hospital networks. Kyle is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the state of Maryland, as well as certified assisted living manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication management from the University of Dayton and received his Master of Business Administration in spring 2019.

Erin Wheeler, NHA

Nursing Home Administrator (NHA)
Erin Wheeler is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) in Maryland and the District of Columbia and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University. Prior to joining The Village at Rockville, she served as Health Care Administrator at another senior living community in Montgomery County. She attributes her work ethic and passion for supporting residents in quality living and personalized care to her interest in her parents and grandparents lives as they aged.

Ravi Passi

Medical Director
Dr. Ravi Passi is a Board Certified Physician in internal medicine and has been in practice in Montgomery County, Maryland since 1985. He trained at D.C. General and Georgetown University hospitals. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Certified Medical Director for long-term care. Currently, Dr. Passi serves as a medical director for The Village at Rockville. His areas of interest and specialty include hypertension, diabetes, geriatrics and long-term care. He also serves as a medical consultant at the Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland and speaks English, Hindi and Punjabi.

Omolara “Lara” Popoola

Director of Nursing
Lara began her health care career as a geriatric nursing assistant and serves The Village at Rockville as director of nursing. Throughout her career, Lara has worked for more than 20 years in various health care roles ranging from patient care technician and licensed practical nurse to registered nurse and director of nursing. For the past eight years, she has served in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) in the director of nursing role. She is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and the American Association of Directors of Nursing Services (AADNS). Her academic background includes multiple degrees in her field: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, a Master of Science degree in health care administration, and a Master of Science degree in nursing, all from the University of Phoenix.

Lawren Lankford

Sales Director
With a background in higher education administration, Lawren Lankford brings with her more than 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, and public relations. Prior to joining The Village at Rockville as the sales director in 2013, Lawren spent several years in corporate marketing and fundraising for Strayer University. A former career counselor, Lawren enjoys educating visiting families about residential and service offerings with an emphasis on providing exceptional customer service. She is enjoying leading the sales effort for Glenmere, the community's independent living apartment expansion, which opens in January 2021. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and has also earned a Master of Business Administration.

Rochelle Clarke

Admissions Manager
Rochelle Clarke, who serves in the role of admissions manager, joined The Village at Rockville in 2013 as admissions coordinator and was promoted to her current role in 2018. A graduate of Bennett College, an all-women’s Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in Greensboro, North Carolina, Rochelle majored in mass communications. During her college internship with the American College of Emergency Physicians, she honed her mass media skills and witnessed how research, advocacy and clinical policies can transform health care. In her current role, she impacts the lives of older adults at The Village at Rockville in a variety of ways, including managing the admissions process for each resident or guest who becomes a part of our assisted living, long-term care and short-term rehabilitation neighborhoods.

Alice Benson

Philanthropy Director
Alice Benson, a Certified Fund Raising Executive, has served in the role of philanthropy director since 2017. Prior to that, Alice worked with The Village at Rockville as a regional gift planner with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for 12 years. She has also served as a fundraiser for Bread for the World and a number of other non-profits. Her passion is to help donors fulfill their charitable wishes and make a difference in the world. She finds great joy in getting to know residents and their families. Alice is a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Melissa Blackstone

ConnectedLiving Manager
Melissa Blackstone has worked in the role of ConnectedLiving Manager at The Village at Rockville for the last five years and enjoys being at the helm of the department responsible for creating programming and keeping residents engaged in community life. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from George Mason University. She is a certified dementia practitioner recognized by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and a certified leader in wellness management recognized by the International Council on Active Aging. Her chief interest is in growing a culture focused on improving quality of life for residents by fostering an atmosphere of engagement around the seven dimensions of wellness.

Reverend Charlene Barnes

Chaplain
Chaplain Charlene Barnes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. After college, she worked in information technology as a user support specialist in Maryland and in London, England. She attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (now known as United Lutheran Seminary) where she earned a Master of Divinity degree. Chaplain Barnes’ ministry started with three yoked churches in Kansas: Salem Lutheran in Axtell, New Hope Lutheran in Onaga, and Friedens Lutheran in Home. In Maryland, she served Emmanuel Trinity Lutheran in Frederick and later at St. John's Lutheran in Essex. She is an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Level One coach and working toward becoming a Level Two coach and is receiving her International Coaching Federation credentials. She leads spiritual services for The Village at Rockville and actively provides spiritual support to residents and team members.

Kristina Vaughn, PHR

Talent & Culture Director
Kristina Vaughn joined The Village at Rockville as Talent & Culture Director in 2017. She holds a Master of Business Administration and brings more than seven years of organizational and culture development experience in the health care and non-profit environments. Her areas of expertise include talent acquisition, employee relations and leadership/management coaching. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, Kristina began her human resources career at a faith-based non-profit, where she grew a passion for empowering employees to be successful in their personal career paths. She then became the human resources director for a managed care organization, leading organizational development, employee relations and policy/compliance development. Kristina is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, and enjoys partnering with leadership in training and strategies to develop effective professional relationships and results driven teams. Kristina is excited to return to a faith-based non-profit setting that is focused on direct impact to older adults, and she is also passionate about contributing to the We CARE culture at The Village at Rockville.

Millie Jarrell, CRNP-BC

Care Center Nurse Practitioner
Bio coming soon

Swati Kuthiala, JD PT CKTP

Director of Rehabilitation Services
Bio coming soon