East Haven Staff

You can depend on our compassionate staff during these critical life moments to provide the peace of mind you and your loved ones deserve.

Gracy Varghese
Gracy Varghese RN, MS, LNHA

Gracy Varghese joined East Haven as the Director of Nursing in July 2001 and has served as the nursing home administrator since 2002. Ms. Varghese oversees and directs all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the facility.

Prior to joining East Haven, Ms. Varghese has worked as a clinical Instructor at the Dorothea Hopfer School of nursing in Mount Vernon, Certified ICU Nurse at New Rochelle Hospital, New Rochelle, Director of Nursing at Shalom Nursing home, Mount Vernon and a Geriatric Care Consultant provided supporting services to elders and their families. She has extensive knowledge and experience in both clinical and management areas.

Besides holding a BS degree in Nursing and gerontological certification, Ms. Varghese is a 1998 graduate of Iona College, New Rochelle, NY where she received a Masters Degree in Health Administration. Ms. Varghese is licensed as both a Nursing Home Administrator and a Registered nurse in the State of New York. Ms. Varghese is a member of ACHCA and NYSHFA.

Mr. Israel Schreiber
Mr. Israel Schreiber
Assistant Administrator
Since Mr. Schreiber's appointment in August 2011, East Haven has benefitted in both technical and personal ways. As an assistant to the administrator, Mr. Schreiber helps ensure the smooth sailing of the day-to-day running of the nursing home as well as overseeing many new projects and construction. Mr. Schreiber's warm and friendly nature is felt by all residents and staff of the East Haven Family.
Doctor Riddle
Dr. Albert Riddle MD
Medical Director
Herschel Friedman
Herschel Friedman
Director of Operations
Mr. Herschel Friedman has been Director of Operations for the past 17 years. Over his expansive career he has overseen all maintenance, housekeeping, and safety areas for this impressive 200 bed facility. Mr. Friedman has thorough knowledge of building and fire safety and workplace / enviormental standards. His Jovial and engaging personality makes him have an immediate connection with all residents and families.
Una Stewart
Una Stewart RN, BSN, DON
Director of Nursing
Una Stewart has been working at East Haven Nursing and Rehab Center since January 2011. She joined the organization with years of experience working with the Geriatric population and is trained in Person Center Care. She has worked in Nursing Homes and Hospitals in the training and upgrading of CNA'a to Patient Care Technicians. Mrs. Stewart Graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Bronx Community College then went to further her studies at the college of New Rochelle.
Patrick Fontanosa
Patrick Fontanosa RPT
Director of Rehab Services
Patrick Fontanosa, Director of Rehab Services, is a registered Physical Therapist of NYS since 2005. Mr. Fontanosa has more than 8 years of clinical experience including out-patient setting and Skilled Nursing Facility both sub-acute and long-term care. He joined Easthaven since 2011 with one goal in mind, to apply his skilled expertise in helping residents achieve the highest quality of life.
Elka Roth
Elka Roth
Director of Admissions
Elka Roth has been working at East Haven since 1999. Her 15 years of experience in Long Term and Short Term Care has given her an extensive knowledge in all facets of the Admission Process. Over her career at East Haven she has fostered strong working relationships with many community partners and medical Centers. She is an expert in insurance coverage, benefit assistance and estate planning. Contact her today for any questions about your loved ones needs.
Sheela Alexander
Sheela Alexander LMSW
Director of Social Work
Sheela Alexander has been in the field of geriatric social services for ten years. She has experience as a community advocate working with the elderly in the community and for the past seven years has put her skills to use in Long Term Care. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from New York University with minors in Anthropology, History, Asian Studies and Women's Studies and a Masters in Science from Columbia University in Social Work. She is a licensed social worker in the state of New York. Ms. Alexander's main areas of focus are resident/ family advocacy, mental health, economic and social issues affecting the aged population.
Rachel George
Rachel George RD
Ms Rachel George is a Registered Dietician. She joined East Haven in 2002 and has 30 years experience in nursing homes. Ms. George has earned her Masters Degree in Human Nutrition from Bridgeport University. Ms George meets with each resident to ensure nutritious, well balanced and tasty meals.
Mr. Avi Methal
Mr. Avi Methal
Dietary Manager
Sophia Thompson
Sophia Thompson
Director of Recreation
Jannie Diaz
Jannie Diaz
Admissions Coordinator
Jannie Diaz is working in the Admissions Department at East Haven since 2011. Born and Bread in the Bronx, Jannie is fluent in Spanish and has a degree in Health Service Administration. Jannie is hailed for her skill in assisting with all parts of the admission process, from giving tours, to setting up rooms and working with families and residents with the Medicaid Process. Jannie's bright smile and helpful nature helps make the admissions process a positive one.
Esti Hirsch
Esti Hirsch
Director of Medical Records