A Catholic senior community that’s welcome to people of all faiths.
Villa St. Benedict is nestled in 47.5 acres on the grounds of the Sacred Heart Monastery in Lisle, Illinois. This not-for-profit, faith-based community has all the amenities and services you’d expect at one of America’s premier continuing care retirement communities, including:
- A wide variety of floor plans.
- Activity programs, services and amenities that enhance residents’
well-being, comfort and enjoyment.
- Integrated healthcare and wellness services.
Residents can choose from independent living arrangements , assisted living or memory care. With all choices, they free themselves from the tedious tasks of everyday life, and have more time and energy to cultivate new interests, travel and enjoy family and friends. Visit, and you’ll find that we offer everything needed to live an independent lifestyle filled with countless possibilities.
Ours is a mission-based community.
Villa St. Benedict is co-sponsored by two faith-based organizations, the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart and Benedictine Health System. Their individual missions form the foundation of our day-to-day operations.
Founded in 1895, the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart have a long tradition of commitment to serving the local community through education, parish work helping the homeless and caring for seniors. The Sisters envision Villa St. Benedict as an extension of their mission of Hospitality. Caring for seniors is the corporate commitment of the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart, who founded and also minister in the Benedale Center for Assisted Living, which is part of Villa St. Benedict.
Benedictine Health System (BHS) is a healthcare organization sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, Minnesota. Through their co-sponsorship of Villa St. Benedict, BHS strives to provide a high-quality living environment built on the core values of hospitality, stewardship, respect and justice where seniors can maintain meaning and fulfillment in their lives. BHS owns and/or manages 40 long-term care facilities throughout America.
Meet The Leadership at Villa St. Benedict
Kathy DiCristina R.N.,
CEO & Administrator
Kathy brings 16 years of prior healthcare management experience in acute care and homecare with an emphasis in geriatrics when Kathy joined Villa St. Benedict in 2001 as Director of Nursing and Assistant Administrator. Kathy played a significant role in the preparation for Benedale Center assisted living licensure in 2003 and Abbey Lane memory care unit in 2007. In 2011 she joined Benedictine Health System when she was appointed CEO/Administrator. Kathy is a registered nurse in the state of Illinois and also holds basic life support certification for healthcare providers. Active in her profession, she serves as a member of the CCRC Cabinet of the Life Services Network, an Illinois eldercare association. Kathy earned a nursing degree from Morton College in Cicero IL.
Sister Mary Bratrsovsky O.S.B.,
Mission Integration, Pastoral Care
Sister Mary, Prioress of Sacred Heart Monastery, infuses the Benedictine Core Values of Hospitality, Stewardship, Respect and Justice throughout the Villa St. Benedict campus. She and other Sisters on the Villa St. Benedict staff oversee the spiritual aspects of staff and residents. Prior to her ministry at Villa ST. Benedict, Sister Mary was a member of the faculty at Benet Academy for 37 years. Sister Mary earned a BA in Home Economics and Secondary Education from St. Benedict's College in Minnesota, and an MA in Religious Education from Loyola University, Chicago.
Director of Facilities
Russ Britton is employed with Crothall Support Services, which oversees Villa St. Benedict's facility management and plant operations. Prior to coming to Villa St. Benedict, Russ worked in the health care community for over thirty five years serving in various positions throughout his career from Operating Engineer to the Director of Plant Operations at a 500 bed hospital on the north side of Chicago. He also managed the Engineering Department for the one of the foremost institutes in the world for rehabilitation, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Russ is a licensed stationary engineer in the city of Chicago.
Kelli M. Cox, M.S., L.N.H.A.,
Director of Resident Services
Kelli has over 15 years experience working with seniors, and continues her dedication to them at Villa St. Benedict since October 2007. Under her direction are the Concierge and Programs Teams, the Volunteer Program, and the Villa St. Benedict Gift Shop. She also oversees the Resident Quality Programs for Villa St. Benedict. Kelli has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Western Illinois University, a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from the University of St. Francis and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator for the state of Illinois.
Lori D’Auben R.N.,
Director of Nursing
Lori D'Auben has been in the Nursing field for over 25 years. Before coming to Villa St. Benedict, she worked in various medical venues, including hospitals, clinics, home health, and most recently at a family practice. In her role as the Director of Nursing she is responsible for the direction and supervision of the Nursing Care and Social Services for residents on campus. Lori also manages Abbey Lane, our memory care community. She is the liaison for wellness programs, rehab, and medical resources offered at Villa St. Benedict. Lori received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois and is a registered nurse in the state of Illinois.
Jo Jerak, S.P.H.R.,
Director of Human Resources and the Villa St. Benedict Foundation
After a 25-year management career in the financial services industry, Jo started at Villa St. Benedict in May 2001. Under her direction are Human Resources and Mission Integration. Jo was recently appointed the Director of the Villa St. Benedict Foundation, which is committed to supporting Villa St. Benedict in fulfilling its mission to provide our residents with homes and care steeped in our Core Values. She graduated from DePaul University, with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Jo is also certified as an SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources).
Mia Siomos, M.S., M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N.,
Director of Culinary Services
Mia is employed by Morrison Senior Living which provides Villa St. Benedict's culinary services. Prior to being appointed the Director of Culinary Services at Villa St. Benedict she was with Morrison Senior Living for 5 years in a variety of roles including Assistant Director of Dining Services, Director of Dining Services and Regional Dietitian. In addition to overseeing the Culinary Operations at Villa St. Benedict, Mia also coordinates dietetic intern programs with Benedictine University. Mia received her Bachelor's of Science Degree from Benedictine University in Nutrition and Dietetics, a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness in conjunction with her dietetic internship at Benedictine University. In addition to her education Mia has had experience in restaurants since childhood, working closely with her family's restaurant business.
Karen S. Sherman, C.P.A.,
Director of Finance and Operations
Karen joined Villa St. Benedict in 2009 with more than 14 years of financial management experience. After several years in public accounting she held various financial positions with fiscal responsibility for operations of $80 to $250 million. Karen directs and oversees all of the financial activities for Villa St. Benedict along with the oversight of the organizations operations She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northern Illinois University.