The Cherry Blossom Team is committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate care to aging adults. Each day, we lead with expertise and empathy.
As Executive Director, Dr. Nicholas Joseph leverages his clinical and business background to ensure Cherry Blossom PACE provides exceptional care and makes a meaningful impact. Throughout his career, he has witnessed the positive impact PACE has on communities. This fuels his drive to build and expand these programs, be a voice for the vulnerable, and create innovative care that is mission-driven and operationally sustainable.
After graduating with a degree in accounting and business management, Dr. Joseph spent his early years providing business and tax strategy plans for Fortune 100 companies. Recognizing a passion to serve the underserved, he left business to pursue a career in medicine. He attended medical school at Wayne State University and completed his residency in internal medicine at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. He completed his training with a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at Yale University before returning to Michigan to join a metro Detroit PACE program, where he oversaw the development of six clinics and 1,200 participants as Medical Director.
Dr. Joseph’s passion for serving the community extends beyond healthcare. He also participates in educational initiatives focused on improving literacy rates and mentoring within the community.
Bryan Cordeau is the Vice President of Cherry Blossom PACE Finance. His focus is to ensure the financial success and longevity of the program to better serve the members and the community of Northern Virginia.
Cordeau has over a decade of experience working in healthcare at both Kaiser Permanente and CVS/Aetna. During his time at Kaiser Permanente, he oversaw Medicare Advantage for five states and the District of Columbia. Prior to that he had increasing levels of responsibility at CVS/Aetna. Having worked at one of the largest integrated health systems in the country, Cordeau believes the PACE model is the best way to serve seniors.
When not working, he enjoys golfing, skiing, reading a good book, and walking his Bernese mountain dog, Albert.
Vanessa Hunter-Sims is a dedicated and goal-oriented healthcare professional with over 18 years of experience implementing, managing, and assessing quality management and compliance programs. As Cherry Blossom PACE's Director of Quality Improvement and Compliance, she is responsible for developing and implementing the annual Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Plan (QAPI), leading quality and service initiatives, and overseeing the compliance program.
Prior to joining Cherry Blossom PACE, Hunter-Sims worked with an array of healthcare providers within the private and public sectors. She is a member of the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), American Society for Quality (ASQ), and Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA).
She received her Master of Health Services Administration from Mississippi College and her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from Jackson State University. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family by watching movies, traveling, bowling, and walking on scenic trails.
With over 25 years of experience in hospital operations, process improvement, strategic planning, and patient advocacy, Bernie Loren is the Day Center Manager for Cherry Blossom PACE. He is responsible for the management of personnel and coordination of services within the center.
Loren has proven his administrative leadership in four separate hospitals within one of the country’s largest healthcare systems. He assisted the organization in the development of its first senior care nursing unit specifically designed to meet the healthcare needs of seniors. This experience brought to light the unique needs of seniors and led Loren to join a PACE program in Michigan as the Day Center Manager.
His personal experience helping to keep his parents, both in their mid-80s, living independently has added to his passion to provide quality care to seniors. He is married and is the proud father of two daughters who are both working in healthcare.
Dr. Racheli Schoenburg is very excited to join the PACE team as Medical Director. She will provide primary care to participants alongside the rest of the PACE team. In her role, she will focus on communication within the team as well as with other medical specialists to make sure participants receive care that best matches their health care goals and needs. She will also provide clinical guidance to the PACE team and work to ensure quality of care for the program.
Dr. Schoenburg attended at Georgetown University School of Medicine. At Georgetown, she was able to explore her passion for promoting health, focusing on social justice and healthcare policy. This led her to the Boston area, where she completed her family medicine residency at Tufts University-Cambridge Health Alliance. During residency, she became even more passionate about working with older adults and pursued a geriatrics fellowship through the Harvard Medical School Multicampus Geriatric Fellowship Program.
Dr. Schoenburg also has clinical interests in integrative medicine, particularly how to integrate mind-body practices into primary care; she completed a 200-hour course through the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. She believes in team-based care and the importance of community building in order to nurture strong relationships among staff and participants. As a geriatrician, her focus is on helping her patients maintain function and independence as long as possible.
She grew up in Northern Virginia and is excited to be closer to her family and friends. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and cooking.
With over 15 years of human resources experience, Robrette Vaden strives to create an engaging and collaborative workforce. Vaden is acutely aware of the needs and desires of those served through Cherry Blossom PACE and is excited to cultivate a team of passionate, energetic, devoted team members.
She has supported both for-profit and nonprofit organizations in multiple industries. Her experience includes labor and employee relations, benefits administration, performance management, training, and policy and procedures.
Vaden earned a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University and certification from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP). She loves to travel, is an aspiring sommelier, and loves animals.