Maria Iavarone, MPA

Executive Director, Lutheran Senior LIFE at Jersey City

Maria Iavarone joined Lutheran Senior LIFE at Jersey City in May of 2016 as Quality Assurance Coordinator. She was promoted to the Center Director role in January 2017, and was named Executive Director in late Fall of 2021.

As Executive Director, Iavarone oversees all aspects of the LIFE program. She works with community partners and serves as a liaison to spread the word about LIFE and the services the program provides, including coordinated care and health coverage for senior citizens who desire to age in place. “PACE is the best model of care out there for seniors,” Iavarone shares. “As Executive Director, I know that at the end of the day, I’m making a difference in people’s lives by helping provide the services that keep them in their homes.”

Maria has worked with the elderly for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Lutheran Senior LIFE, Maria worked in long term care as a social worker and a nursing home administrator.

Maria is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Work, earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Healthcare from Keane University, and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

When not at work, Maria enjoys spending time with family and relaxing at home with her beloved dog.