The Villas at Presbyterian Village North

Where people come to thrive.

Exceptional lifestyle, services and amenities,
and care in a faith-based environment.

That, in a nutshell, is life at Presbyterian Village North. It is, in fact, why we exist.

As a not-for-profit senior living community, we believe the right moral decision is the right business decision. That philosophy leads to this being a friendly place, where residents truly enjoy each other’s company and regard each other with respect. Here you’ll find a physical environment that truly does present itself as a village, with winding walkways, green spaces and a variety of residential options in view, all beautifully situated within 66 wooded acres. It is a place designed and built to help those who live here thrive, no matter what phase of life they are in. 

We invite you to look closer when you have the chance. You’ll always be welcome at PVN.  

Campus Map

Use this handy bird’s-eye view to survey the landscape of our community campus.

Leadership Team

Dustin Allen

Dustin Allen, Executive Director

As Executive Director of Presbyterian Village North, Dustin brings more than 16 years of senior living leadership experience to the Forefront Living family.

Prior to joining Forefront Living, Dustin held various leadership roles at Tradition Senior Living in Dallas, Texas, including executive director, regional director of healthcare, and healthcare director. His responsibilities encompassed multi-site operations for the entire Tradition community and oversight of more than 350 residents and 200 employees.

Dustin’s credentials include earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Texas.  Long passionate about quality of care and maintaining a strong sense of community between residents and teammates, Dustin works to thoughtfully build a strong rapport with the members of the Presbyterian Village North family.

An Oklahoma native, Dustin enjoys watching sports, especially football, and baseball, and working in the yard. He and his wife, Lili, are newlyweds and were married in April 2022.

Katia Xiong

Katia Xiong, Associate Executive Director

Katia Xiong, Associate Executive Director, joined the PVN team in May 2023 with over 15 years’ experience in the senior living industry working in both rental and entrance deposit communities. Obtaining her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration, Kat has a passion for serving PVN residents and teammates with professional goals that include modeling an attitude of service and leadership while sharing her talents to strengthen a great community. Kat is passionate about making an impactful difference in the lives of our residents. She says, “For me, it’s all about creating a wonderful environment for others!” 

Kat is the first generation of her family to be born in France. On the weekend, she enjoys spending quality time with her family doing absolutely nothing and everything in the DFW area. She loves exploring new places and strives to expose her children to museums and a variety of cultural experiences.

Estee Cahani

Estee Cahani, PT, DPT, Director of Rehabilitation

Born and raised in New Orleans, Estee received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of New Orleans. In 2008, she moved to Dallas to attend the Texas Woman’s University Doctor of Physical Therapy program. It was while there, through completing a clinical at the former Grace Presbyterian Village, Estee became familiar with Forefront Living. “I fell in love with their culture and mission and vowed that I’d work there someday after I graduated,” she said. Upon earning her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2011 and after gaining experience, Estee returned to Grace as an Outpatient Physical Therapist in 2014. In 2017, Estee was named Assistant Director of Rehabilitation at Presbyterian Village North and then Director of Rehabilitation in 2020, a position she still holds today. Estee is married and is the mother of 2 young and energetic sons that keep her extremely busy!

Lisa Englander

Lisa Englander, Director of Residential Services

Lisa entered senior living 16 years ago after her dad passed away from lung cancer. During the last weeks of his life, she saw how wonderfully the caregivers and then the hospice “angels” took care of her dad and her family. It was in those final moments with her dad that Lisa realized she had to make a career change from retail management to helping seniors live their best lives.  She feels so blessed that thru a sad time in her life came the best career move for her. 

“The residents truly nourish my soul and fill my heart with joy each and every day.”   

As the director of resident services, Lisa oversees the community life department, the receptionists and transportation.  Most importantly, she has wonderful interactions with the independent living residents and their families. I help them stay as Independent as they can and when that need comes for a higher level of care, I am there for the residents and their families to make those necessary changes if needed. “I truly learn from my residents each day — it touches my heart when I give them a hug and they say thanks for just listening to them. I truly feel blessed that I was called to this role and am thankful every day for this opportunity to truly make each moment matter!” 

Lisa is married to Steven, and they have two adult married daughters, two awesome sons-in-law that have given her the best gift: 4 gorgeous grandsons. She loves playing mah-jongg, reading, cooking, entertaining family, and friends alike and her favorite pastime is playing with the grandsons when she can and, she has a passion for traveling. 

Mary Ann Gerberman

Mary Ann Gerberman, Director of Nursing

Mary Ann moved to United States from the Philippines in 1990 and has been a resident of Texas for 32 years calling the city of Flower Mound, home. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and graduated Cum laude and with high honors from Arellano University in the Philippines. Mary Ann has served in the senior living industry as Director of Nursing for 15 years and in the healthcare field for over 30 years. Mary Ann finds joy in building a bond and emotional connection with the residents and patients. She finds that there are many lessons to be learned from their experiences and stories.  

When she is not at work, Mary Ann has a passion for cooking and antiquing. Currently, she is learning how to play the violin and the French language!

Vangie Gonzalez

Vangie Gonzalez, Director of Housekeeping

Vangie is a native Texan, born in Dallas and raised in Arlington. In addition to providing housekeeping expertise and oversight, Vangie is a Medical Assistant NCT. She began her journey in senior living 4 years ago and she knew from the start this is where she was supposed to be.  

As the Director of Housekeeping, Vangie oversees all PVN and most importantly, she values the wonderful interactions with residents and their families. Vangie loves being able to help each resident with cleaning needs and leaving them with a smile. She and her staff are always ready to make each moment matter. “The residents truly fill my heart with joy, and I love talking to them about life experiences while sharing stories and laughter.”  

Vangie comes from a very large family and is married with a blended family of 5 young adults and 7 beautiful grandchildren. She has a great love of traveling and family dinners. 

Christina Martinez

Christina Martinez, Business Office Director 

As Business Office Director, Christina has over 11 years’ experience in senior living. She began her career in 2011 as a receptionist in Assisted Living and fell in love with the community, the residents, and the culture. Over the years Christina continued to use her resources to develop and learn and was promoted to Assisted Living Administrative Assistant and then in October of 2021 to Business Office Assistant Manager. In January of 2023 Christina was named the Business Office Director. 

Christina recently married in 2020 and has one daughter and three bonus children, all over the age of 18. In her free time, she loves to working in the yard, playing wither dogs and travel the country with her husband and kids. 

Denise Odom

Denise Odom, Director of Spiritual Life 

Denise, PVN’s Director of Spiritual Care, brings more than 20 years of ministry experience and leadership to our PVN family. She has served PVN for more than 6 years in our Spiritual Care department.  

Prior to joining PVN, Denise served in several churches as Pastor, that she served as the Executive Director for a non-profit Arts organization, a chaplain of both a hospital and a non-profit, and even worked in advertising for many years before going into the ministry. 

Denise holds a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Southwestern University. She received four units of Clinical Pastoral Education. She is a Positive Approach to Care Certified Consultant and Trainer (Dementia Care) and a Certified Assistant Living Manager.  

“I have long loved working alongside seniors in all the places I have been. I enjoy helping build relationships and strengthening people’s faith. Our spiritual side needs to be nourished and strengthened just like our physical. That is one of many things I hope to provide here at PVN.”  

When not at work, Denise enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family – her husband Andy and their two teenage girls.

Heather Porch

Heather Porch, Director of Sales and Marketing

As Director of Sales and Marketing for Presbyterian Village North, Heather oversees all efforts in engaging new residents to the community. With more than 17 years of experience in the senior living industry in both Oklahoma and Texas, Heather began her career in senior living at a Life Care community in Oklahoma City. There, she excelled in hospitality and managing first impressions of the community.   

In 2013, Heather moved back to the Dallas area, where she was born, and began working for PVN as a marketing assistant, working her way up through the department to her current position where she thrives on team leadership and future resident relations. With growth as a constant theme, Heather has been responsible for the sales and marketing of two start-up CCRC’s and two major community expansion projects.  

When Heather is not working, she spends much of her free time with her family, friends, and her orange tabby cat, Penny. Additionally, she enjoys traveling and exploring new places. 

Shannon Radford

Shannon Radford, Director of Wellness

With over 18 years in the health and fitness industry, Shannon Radford is passionate about helping residents maintain quality independence as long as possible. Shannon began her career in cardiac rehabilitation before transferring over to the world of senior living. Throughout her career at PVN, Shannon has grown the Fitness and Wellness program from three group exercises classes per week in independent living, to over 75 classes per week across the entire campus. Shannon also brought the “Get Fit” program to life by offering individualized cognitive and exercise maintenance plans to residents, as well as personal training services. 

As the Director of Wellness, Shannon oversees the Jim and Bess Blanchette Lifestyle Fitness Center, the Lifestyle Spa, salons and clinic, and the fitness and wellness programs throughout Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing. Shannon’s passion for providing high quality services to all residents is evident in each of these areas. She was recognized at the 2016 Each Moment Matters Luncheon for her hard work and dedication to serving others. Under Shannon’s leadership, PVN received the 2019 ICAA Nustep Pinnacle Award for Top 5 Wellness Program in North America, the 2020 Leading Age Texas Innovative Care and Services Award and the American Heart Association’s Healthy Living Certification. 

Shannon received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University with a focus in Applied Exercise Physiology. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM and holds various group exercise certifications, including water fitness, Spinning and TRX suspension training. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Assistant Living Manager. Although she is involved in areas all over campus, you can still find her teaching a few fitness classes per week – building relationships and connections with the residents. Outside of PVN, Shannon enjoys an active lifestyle with her husband, two children and yellow lab, Buck. 

Savannah Rogers

Savannah Rogers, Director of Culinary Services 

Savannah has been working in the culinary industry for almost 10 years with 8 years of service in senior living. During this time, she has worked her way through the various roles – from server to private chef and even running her own catering business. Savannah graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a Culinary Degree and has been building her knowledge of the culinary industry ever since. She had a taste of the hospitality industry as a cook at Ocean Prime in Denver, Colorado during culinary school and after graduating, she began working at the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort in Dallas. 

After Savannah’s time at the Four Seasons, she was asked to return to senior living as a sous chef, then quickly rose through the ranks to become an Executive Chef and Director of Hospitality. Savannah joined the PVN team in January 2023 and has had the opportunity to use her experience and passion for seniors, food and team building to make improvements within the culinary department. Savannah’s passion for food began in the kitchen with her grandmother when she was just old enough to hold a whisk, followed by her passion for senior adults during her first job serving at a senior living community where her grandparents lived.  

Jay Sentino

Jay Sentino, Director of Security

Jay is a Louisiana native that was born and raised in New Orleans.  After the devasting damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, he relocated to Dallas in 2005 where he continued his security career.  As a Director of Security, Jay brings over 24 years of security experience and expertise in different fields of security such as government, armored cars, hotel security and contract security.  Jay joined PVN in August of 2022 after a 10-year career with The Ritz Carlton Dallas and Marriott international.  Outside of Presbyterian Village North, Jay competes in poetry/ spoken word/slam poetry competitions across the United States and he’s a 3-time city of Dallas Poetry Grand slam Champion. Jay is also a father of four children, three girls and one boy. 

Erik Stephens, Director of Building Services 

Erik began his career as a swimming pool contractor in Southern California before selling his business to begin his 15-year Marriott International career. It’s there that Erik opened 3 new hotels and ran 4 others as the Director of Engineering where he was the leader in the hotel market for engineering scores and budget scores. Erik’s knowledge background is in MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing).  In May of 2022, Erik joined the PVN family, and he embraced the community and culture. 

Erik is married and has 2 boys that he enjoys coaching in sports. Erik’s hobbies are watching sports and spending time with his family.

Laura Strickland

Laura Strickland, Human Resources Director 

Laura joined PVN in December of 2022 bringing over 12 years’ experience in the senior living industry. She oversees the Human Resources team where, together, their mission is “Serving those who Serve our Residents”. Laura believes it is critical that our employees know they are provided the support and environment where they can thrive, which in turn allows our residents to live and thrive their way throughout the community.

When Laura is not working, she spends most of her free time with what she affectionately calls her “Farmily”. She lives on 14 acres southeast of the Dallas area and enjoys spending time gardening and taking care of her farm animals.