Our Team

Leading the way in compassionate and expert memory care

Built on a foundation of proven leadership. A vision for dynamic and innovative care.

Terra Vista is designed and managed by a team of experts in dementia care, who possess keen insight on how a community’s layout, development and staffing can enrich the lives of its residents.

Our leadership team has owned and operated more than 42 healthcare facilities with close to 7,000 beds throughout Illinois. We’ve consistently led the industry with our compassionate approach, founded on integrity, innovation and commitment.

In fact, many of our programs have been adopted as “best practices” by other providers – for example, transitioning assisted living communities into “person-centered” programming as well as providing ongoing dementia education to the general community. You can rest assured that your loved one is in good hands with our proven expertise, best care standards and award-winning record of superior caregiving.

Terra Vista, located in the western suburbs of Chicago is easily reachable by all major highways and O’Hare Airport.

Nancy McCaffrey

Director of Senior Housing Development

A recognized senior housing leader renowned for creating successful new developments and turning around troubled properties, Nancy McCaffrey boasts over 23 years experience in retirement, assisted living and dementia care. Nancy is a past President of the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition (AALC), the Supportive Living Program’s State Association. McCaffrey is a member of Leading Age Illinois, the Assisted Living Federation of America and is an Ambassador Advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association. Nancy is a graduate of Purdue University.

Thirty years ago, Nancy’s maternal grandmother Maggie was diagnosed with dementia. In order to keep grandma Maggie safe, she was moved into the family home and care was split between a visiting caregiver, Nancy and the rest of the family. Nancy would later find out Maggie’s episodes of elopement and periods of agitation and combativeness were the results of a condition called sundowning. The McCaffrey family suffered a tremendous burden. Since then, Nancy has devoted her 20+-year career to geriatrics, specializing in dementia care.

Natalie McFarland, BSN, RN

Executive Director

Natalie has compiled over ten years experience providing outstanding care to people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In addition to being a certified Alzheimer’s and dementia care trainer, McFarland is a licensed continued education instructor for nurses and social workers through the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations. She has also developed several Alzheimer’s research partnerships. Included in those projects were Dr. Virginia Cruz, Ph.D., RN, Associate Professor of SIUE and Dr. George Grossberg, M.D., Medical Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at Saint Louis University. Natalie is a graduate of Southern Illinois University.

As a child, Natalie loved visiting her grandma and grandpa’s home. She and her siblings eagerly looked forward to family gatherings at grandma’s. As her grandma aged, she became more forgetful, less focused and eventually, was diagnosed with dementia. Her grandparents were forced to sell their home and move closer to the family as her grandma’s need for more hands-on care increased. Natalie knows from experience that a diagnosis of dementia affects everyone in the family. Today, her career is dedicated to keeping families affected by dementia connected.