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Together, the people, the place and the passion for providing an extraordinary, engaging life for our residents and the remarkable staff who serve them, are at the heart of what makes Ingleside at King Farm a very special place.

Senior Leadership

Our leaders are devoted to keeping Ingleside at King Farm at the leading edge of the retirement living industry.


Christine L. Podles

Michelle F. Kraus, LNHA, MHSA   
Executive Director

"IKF exhibits a group of dedicated and loyal people who form a united community of exceptional residents and staff members."

Michelle is a Senior Executive with over 22 years of experience in Long Term Care. Most recently, Michelle served as Vice President of Operations for Vero Health Management overseeing four long term care facilities in Massachusetts and Georgia. The majority of Michelle's leadership and operations experiences derived from her 18 year tenure as Senior Administrator at Arcola Health and Rehabilitation Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. She consistently achieved operational excellence in areas of Quality Assurance Performance Improvement, CMS Five-Star Quality Ratings, Joint Commission Accreditations, annual Federal/State regulatory survey results, financial profitability, fiscal activity, employee stability and customer satisfaction. Michelle has a proven ability to formulate performance-based business and strategic decisions, and utilize her analytical talents to yield compelling results. Her ability to motivate and lead others stems from a passion to educate, counsel and empower individuals professionally. She believes in valuing the integrity and dignity of others while triumphing in the respectful delivery of person-centered quality of service.

A Graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a Master of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University, she spent the duration of her academic career as an active member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. Michelle has held an active NHA license since 1997. She maintains her certification as a preceptor to mentor and coach administrators who are in training. She is a recipient of the 2008 Administrator of the Year Award from the Health Facilities Association of Maryland. She lead Arcola Health and Rehabilitation Center in achieving the 2012 American Health Care Association (ACHA) Bronze Award-Commitment to Quality. In 2009, Michelle was appointed by the Governor to the Maryland State Board of examiners for Nursing Home Administrators. In 2016, she was selected to act as the Board Chairperson. Michelle is a long term resident of Montgomery County where she resides with her husband and family in the Lakelands/Kentlands community. Michelle’s younger son is a freshman at Quince Orchard High School and her oldest son is currently a freshman in the scholars program at the Smith School of business at the University of Maryland.


Elaine Koubek

Elaine Koubek, CASP
Independent Living Administrator

"I love our staff and the team atmosphere, the excitement of starting something from the beginning and seeing our accomplishments. Most of all the great members we have. It never feels like work to come here every day!"

Elaine has had many positions at Ingleside, starting as the Move-In Coordinator. She has helped members transition into their homes at Ingleside. Currently Elaine holds the position of Assistant Director of Ingleside, handling Resident Services, and overseeing many of the committees at Ingleside. She is a CARF surveyor through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. She holds a degree is advertising and copywriting from the University of Washington. Elaine's father was Japanese and her mother was German. She speaks both languages and lived in Japan for some time.



Anne Ellestad
Interim Chaplain

Anne Ellestad most recently served as the Director of Pastoral Care & Counseling at a local retirement community – where she worked for the past 10 years.  Prior to that she was a Chaplain for Montgomery Hospice.  Anne graduated from Yale Divinity School and is a Board Certified Chaplain.  As Interim Chaplain of Ingleside at King Farm, Anne is available to all members and staff for spiritual support, leadership in weekly Vespers worship, and simply caring when called. Anne and her husband, Chris, live in Damascus with their 3 boys, 2 cats and 11 chickens.


Andrea Hopkins

Andrea Hopkins
Human Resources Manager

"I am honored to be a part to the IKF team! I enjoy connecting with staff and ensuring they have the resources they need to be an integral part of the success of the IKF community! "

Andrea grew up in Rockville, Maryland. She received her degree in Political Science at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro. Andrea previously worked in sales as an Account Executive for a local Herman Miller Furniture Dealership before finding her love of Human Resources and choosing to make Human Resources her second career. While at IKF she has moved from HR Assistant to HR Generalist and currently holds the position of Human Resources Manager where she oversees the human resource functions for the staff at Ingleside at King Farm. She earned her SHRM CP certification in 2016. Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband and twin daughters, her dog and traveling to other countries.


Christine Bair

Christine Bair
Director of Dining Services

"I am excited about being on the Ingleside team.  Everyone I work with is passionate about their job and take pride in what they do."

Christine graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with a degree in dietetic technology and then The University of Maryland University College, with a degree in Business Administration.  For 13 years, she worked as a kitchen manager and dietetic technician at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents in Rockville before making a change to senior living. Christine has worked as a Director at HCR Manor Care in Chevy Chase and Golden Living in Westminster, MD. Christine started her career at Ingleside at King Farm as a Clinical Nutrition Manager, was promoted to Assistant Director of Dining and currently holds the position of Director of Dining Services. Christine loves the interaction with the resident and staff at Ingleside at King Farm, she likes the everyday challenges in her job.


Bryan Bennett

Bryan Bennett
Executive Assistant

"I have never been more content! Wonderful residents and staff, with a rich and abundant choice of activities, providing high quality of living and excellent care. I feel deeply blessed to be part of such a lively team and community here at Ingleside at King Farm"

Bryan was born and raised in the Montgomery County area. He received his degree in Visual Communication/Marketing at Salisbury University. With 3 years' experience in the Health Care industry, Bryan comes to us eagerly and ready to perform. Prior to starting his journey with Ingleside, Bryan was the Human Resources Manager for a home healthcare agency called Senior Helpers. During his time there, Bryan cultivated a deep love for retirement communities and their residents. In his free time, Bryan loves to continue working on his photography, graphic design and caring for his Teapot Yorkshire Terrier.


Kate Kavitski

Kate Kavitski, MA, CDP, RDT
Director of Life Enrichment

"Ingleside at King Farm is brimming with talented, smart, and highly creative individuals. I am thrilled to be a part of this one-of-a-kind community."

A life-long singer, thespian, artist, and lover of poetry, Kate has dedicated her life to the field of creative arts and their important place in the lives of individuals of all ages. She studied theater, music, and visual arts at Ithaca College, the Eugene O'Neill National Theatre Institute, and the St. Petersburg Arts Academy in Russia. Kate began her career in Life Enrichment services in 2011 when she graduated from New York University's Masters in Drama Therapy Program. Kate has since served in various retirement community settings from Connecticut, to New York City, finally settling in Maryland in 2016. She utilizes her training to nurture the creative potential of older adults. As Director of Life Enrichment for Ingleside at King Farm, Kate supports programming in all levels of care, ensuring quality, innovation, and community connection. In her free time, Kate enjoys (surprise!) musical theater, strolling around museums and botanical gardens, and spending time with her wonderful husband and family.


Emmanuel Egei

Abdo Karmouch
Director of Plant Operations

Abdo started his career at our sister community Westminster at Lake Ridge in 2000, beginning with the dining team, working through the different departments, and overseeing the Plant Operations Department. Along with his 16 years of experience in working with HVAC systems, plumbing, electrical and renovations, he is also a Certified Professional Maintenance Manager. Born and raised in Lebanon, he continues to have a passion for cars and collecting watches. Abdo has one son serving in the United States Navy as well as two young daughters. When he is not at Ingleside at King Farm, he enjoys travelling with his children and spending time outdoors with them.



Sheila Walker

Sheila Walker
Director of Sales

Sheila is a senior living professional with over 20 years of experience serving older adults and their families. Her previous roles have included Assisted Living Executive Director and Senior Living Sales Leadership positions. Sheila believes that partnering with prospective residents and their families through the journey of finding a new lifestyle is not only a pleasure, but an honor. Sheila enjoys traveling, family vacations, shopping, and spending time with her husband, 3 sons and 2 dogs.


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