Meet our Team!

Executive leadership embraces our strong belief system.

Brad Bodie
Executive Director

Brad Bodie has proudly served as the Executive Director at Covenant Living of Florida sine 2019. In his opinion, our campus in sunny South Florida is Covenant Living’s most beautiful campus.  Prior to joining the Covenant Living family, Brad was the Health Care Administrator at a Five Star Senior living community located in Pompano Beach, Florida. 

Brad is a graduate of Florida International University and holds a Masters in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts Having relocated from Maryland to Florida over 20 years ago, Brad has deep roots as a long-standing member of Miami Shores Presbyterian Church. Faith is a major part of what motivates Brad to serve the Covenant Living community with the utmost respect, kindness and caring both for residents and staff members. 

Currently residing in Weston, he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Jessica and two teen-age children. When not at the office or spending time with his family, Brad can be seen renewing his energy as he cycles in the area.

Ardeen Vissey
Associate Executive Director

Ardeen began working with Covenant Living of Florida in 2008 and has over 20 years of experience working in the healthcare industry. Holding a Master’s degree in Nursing from Perdue University, she began her tenure here as a floor nurse, transitioning into multiple roles including Nurse Supervisor, Assisted Living Director and presently as Associate Executive Director.  Ardeen has a passion for caring for others and helping those that may not be able to advocate for themselves. 

Ardeen is a mother of two school-aged children and enjoys exercising and taking her American Akita dog named Thanos on long walks. 

Mykelle Henry
Healthcare Administrator

Mykelle joined Covenant Living of Florida in 2017 oversees our skilled nursing Care Center. She has worked in the healthcare industry for over 13 years. Her previous positions included an assisted living facility director and assistant administrator.  Born and raised in Florida, she holds a BS in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology from the University of Florida and an MBA with a concentration in healthcare from Florida International University. 

In her free time, Mykelle enjoys traveling to new countries, spending time with family, exploring new restaurants and enjoying outdoor activities. She reflects that the best part of her day is when she steps away from behind the desk to visit the residents and hear their stories.

Kimberly Iturrioz (Bio and photo coming soon!)
Director of Sales

Rachel Eachen
Resident Life Director

Rachel Eachen joined the Covenant Living team in 2020.  She serves as Resident Life Director. Rachel has a diversified background including 20 years in senior living and the healthcare field. Rachel shares the Covenant Living story and is a firm believer in leading a dynamic lifestyle and enriching our residents’ lives. Rachel's dedication to creating the best opportunities for our residents is evident every day in the care and compassion she shows them. Her proactive leadership style helps in planning, solving, and building a fun-filled community. In her spare time, she also embraces living a vibrant life of traveling, trying new things, and being outside.

Chris Darmstaetter (Photo coming soon!)
Director of Dining Service

Chris began his career in fine dining, having studied Italian, American and Nuevo Continental style cuisine at a young age in Chicago, where he received three out of four stars in the Chicago Tribune. His background is varied, from owning his own restaurant to consulting to running a bed and breakfast. He has even cooked for Presidents, movie stars and rock stars.  Since 2010, Chris has been serving the senior living population and joined our community in 2019.  

Chris believes in volunteerism and has always been involved with local soup kitchens since he was a small boy. On Thanksgiving, if he is not working, you will find him cooking and serving at a local shelter. He also volunteers with local veterans’ organizations. He is married to his lovely wife, Mayra. Together they explore life in an RV, traveling when they can as well as sharing a passion for motorcycle riding.

John Davis
Director of Facilities Management

John joined Covenant Living of Florida in 2019 and loves serving this great community. He brings over 30 years of experience, with positions at Nova Southeastern University, the Miami Dolphins, and the Casino/Resort business. John holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering as well as several certifications: Certified Plant Engineer, Aquatic Facility Operator, Engineer in Maintenance Automation, Villanova Project Management, Facilities Engineer Management, Class A HVAC contractor and Class A&B UST Certified.

“The residents and staff here at Covenant Living of Florida are great and I love coming to work every day. I show up with a smile and leave with the same smile.”  John is married to his lovely wife, Amy and shares five children and six grandchildren.  He cherishes every minute he gets to spend with his family. In his spare time, John enjoys fishing, hunting and traveling.  

Brad Boydston

Dr. Brad Boydston, an ordained Evangelical Covenant Church minister, leads our chaplain team. He has served as a local-church pastor, missionary, denominational leader, university administrator, and continues to teach practical theology at Pacific Islands University on Guam, where he and his wife Cheryl lived for three years. They now live only a few blocks from campus and frequently bikes to work. Chaplain Brad plays the ukulele, has a tropical fruit garden at home, and grows tomatoes in his campus office. He and Cheryl have three adult children and one grandson. While the Brad loves to teach and preach, he really enjoys hanging-out and listening to residents and staff share their stories.

Cheryl Lawko (Photo coming soon!)
Director of Philanthropy

Cheryl came to Covenant Living in 2021 after serving as Senior Director for Planned Giving at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation (NCHF). She has over 25 years of professional development experience in planned and major gifts, including capital campaigns. Her extensive background includes work in higher education, healthcare, human services and the arts

Cheryl has served on the board of Philanthropy Miami since 2004 and is an active member of the Estate Planning Councils of Greater Miami and Palm Beach Counties as well as a member of several southeast Florida Chambers of Commerce. 

She is the mother of two adult sons and enjoys nature, particularly the ocean and tending to her orchids as well as being involved in the arts.

Francesca Vittoria (Photo coming soon!)
Regional Human Resource Director

Francesca brings over ten years of experience in Huma Resources to Covenant Living of Florida. Throughout her career she has built collaborative work cultures and encouraged positive change to achieve organizational goals, focusing on continually optimizing processes and giving employees the tools and confidence required to perform effectively. Francesca was born and raised in sunny South Florida and is the first-generation American in her family. She holds a Masters in Human Resources Management. In her free time, she enjoys exercising at a High-Intensity Interval (HIIT) Training bootcamp and enjoys bike riding with her family.  

Karla Sanchez (Photo coming soon!)
Human Resources Manager

Karla Sanchez joined Covenant Living of Florid in 2021 bringing over 10 years of experience in Human Resources with positions at the Archdiocese of Miami, including San Isidro Church and Catholic Charities.  Karla holds a BA from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s degree from St. Thomas University, along with certification in Human Resources.  She is bilingual and versed in building multi-cultural teams.  Karla can always be seen wearing a smile and spreading warmth.

Karla is married to Edgar and has two school-age boys that keep her busy in her off-hours.  Along with her family, she also cares for a wild green parrotlet and a chihuahua puppy named Chalita.  When she has free time, Karla enjoys the beach, reading and photography.