Arboria of Long Grove Staff

Get to know the talented individuals that help make our community great.


Toby Pearson

Toby Pearson

Director of Culinary Services

Arboria residents and families spent countless hours looking for that perfect place to settle down. They deserve and expect a quality dining experience that stimulates their body and mind. This is where I come in! My name is Toby Pearson, I am the Director of Culinary Services. Arboria allows me the opportunity to ensure that our residents get great tasting food and the best possible service. I am trained and very capable of preparing various types of modified diets and thickened liquids due to dysphagia. We can also help our residents manage different types of food allergies to prevent anaphylaxis. I fell in love with the ability to put smiles and joy in the lives of those I cook for and have never looked back. I am a veteran of the Armed Forces, I have three children and am married to a wonderful (and very patient) woman! I love Chicago and all the different dining options the city has to offer, it continuously inspires me in my craft throughout the kitchen!

Jerry McCraw

Jerry McCraw

Director of Plant Operations

I come to Arboria with an extensive background in management and hospitality. I have a diverse background and I worked in the hotel and construction field before exploring my passion for building operations. I feel this gives me a well-rounded path which allows me to see all aspects of my job from various perspectives. I am passionate about serving others and providing outstanding service. Here at Arboria I oversee the building systems which include mechanical, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire and life safety. I make it a priority to ensure the safety and comfort of each and every family. I have three boys, a beautiful wife and an adorable rat terrier named Jersey. In my free time I love to volunteer with my sons athletic organizations, fishing and barbeque.

Jada Higareda

Jada Higareda

Business Office Manager

My name is Jada Higareda and I am so excited to be a part of the fabulous team we have here at Arboria. My background like many others on our team is quite diverse. I originally went to school to peruse my passion for baking and to receive my certificate as a lead baker. I have 11 years experience in the healthcare field and began working as a business office manager in 2015. I originally started in the dietary/culinary department while attending college and was given multiple opportunities for advancement with different areas of the healthcare field, making my way up to administration. I loved having the opportunity to be able experience healthcare from so many different perspectives. I was very excited to join the team at Arboria, as I have never been a part of a brand new building and it felt like a fresh revitalizing start!

Pam Weeks RN, LCSW

Pam Weeks RN, LCSW

Director of Health and Services

Hello I am Pam Weeks! I grew up in Rochester, New York and have two children a boy and a girl in their mid-twenties. I attended Valparaiso University in Indiana for my BSN and University of Illinois Chicago for my Masters in Social work. I have spent the majority of my 30 year nursing career working in the psychiatric field with teenagers with psychiatric or addiction struggles. I moved my career path to the geriatric population when my children were teenagers six years ago! The common thread between the two populations is that, for the most part, either group won’t hesitate to tell you what they are truly thinking or feeling. I love learning from my senior’s life experiences and I very much enjoy listening to their stories. I chose to become part of the team at Arboria because I wanted to be part of a team that was dedicated to laying the fundamental ground work and setting high expectations for how our residents will be cared for. I can train our team with skills but you can not teach them compassion. They either have it or they don’t and I am proud to say that my team has PLENTY of compassion and they share it routinely with our residents.

Callie Zurek CTRS, CDP

Callie Zurek CTRS, CDP

Director of Life Enrichment

“Spread love everywhere you go, let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”- Mother Teresa. This is a quote I have kept with me my throughout my career. My name is Callie Zurek and I am our Director of Life Enrichment at Arboria. I have been in healthcare for almost a decade now and have spent 7 years of that dedicated to the geriatric population. I received my Bachelor’s of Science from Indiana University in Recreational Therapy. I am a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. I love working with the geriatric population because there is so much opportunity and potential to help seniors continue to explore and enjoy their passions through adaptability. I am local to the area having grown up in Palatine and am now building my own home in Fox River Grove. Although I do not have any children yet, I do have 2 very special “boys” in my life, my husband who I have known since high school and “Knox” who is my Medical Alert Service Dog. We are quite the pair around Arboria and hard to miss- as he is a Great Dane! I am truly passionate about providing the most innovative and cutting edge adaptable care to all of the seniors that I serve.

Brad Jacobsen

Brad Jacobsen

Executive Director

Hello and thank you for visiting our team page. My name is Brad Jacobsen, I am the Executive Director of Arboria of Long Grove. Over the past 15 years I have passionately grown my career in skilled nursing, hospice care, assisted living and memory care. My career path has also been intertwined in a variety of industries previously (mutual funds, big box startups, Mom n Pop retail) all with a with a customer service focus. I currently hold a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a minor in Education. I was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to the Midwest in the late 90’s. I have a beautiful wife, three daughters and four sons. My wife and I are excited to finally be empty nesters and enjoy being able to dedicate even more of our time to our careers in the healthcare field. I am truly proud to call Arboria the future of active senior lifestyle living. It is my belief that it is the team we have here, that builds the foundation of gratitude, hospitality and willingness to serve that makes Arboria “home” to all who enter through our doors. It is my passion to serve seniors with kindness, respect and professionalism. In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

Judy Romo

Judy Romo

Community Relations Counselor

Hi! I’m Judy and I am the Community Relations Counselor here at Arboria of Long Grove. Every day I am excited to walk in through the doors of Arboria knowing the team I get to work alongside and the residents I get to share memories with. I have been in this field for more than 10 years and still become inspired each day by the residents I am thankful to serve. I am married to my adoring husband who is an incredible chef and have 3 wonderful sons and 7 grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy reading, taking long walks and playing Candy Crush on the computer. I am truly ecstatic to be a part of such a special and diverse team here at Arboria. When I first drove up to Arboria it was clearly surrounded by acres of such beautiful forestry, to this day it always reminds me, “if speaking kindly to plants helps them grow, imagine what speaking kindly to people can do.”

Carrie Burke-Svendson

Carrie Burke-Svendson

Director of Community Relations

My name is Carrie Burke Svendson, Director of Community Relations at Arboria of Long Grove. I am a CMP (Certified Marketing Professional) and hold a degree in Business Administration from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. I have proudly worked in the marketing and healthcare field for nine years. I love working with the older adult population! Seniors have walked many different paths and each experience transformed them into the person they are. They are a wealth of information and we have so much to learn from them. Having dedicated nearly a decade of my career to the marketing industry, I am truly passionate about working for a company and a team who share the same hospitable nature, values and ethics that I do. When I was asked to become a team member at Arboria, it was an easy YES! Beyond the beautiful setting of its 10 wooded acres and swan inhabited pond, its attractively designed building (inside and out), Arboria’s team is what beamed so brightly I couldn’t imagine a better future for my career. We have an amazingly, compassionate staff. Our residents’ come first and foremost where their care is concerned. I look forward to growing Arboria with our bright team and loving residents.