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Ownership Group

The Merion is part of Horizon Realty Group’s portfolio of residential residence buildings. Family owned and operated in the Chicagoland area for over thirty years, Horizon Realty Group brings the pride of ownership, attention to detail, and commitment to standards that can only be found in a local, small business operation.

Meet the People Who Make Our Community Special

Our day-to-day management team includes experienced, dedicated individuals who have extensive experience in the field of senior living.


David Sherman

Director of Operations


Found behind the scenes, David’s guiding hand keeps our community running smoothly.
A seasoned property management executive, he has unique experience with historically significant retirement and boutique hotel properties. Closely involved with The Merion since 1990, David was part of the senior management team for the original North Shore Retirement Hotel.
Fun fact: David has three Labrador retrievers, and loves to hike and spend time with his family.


Vicki Botefuhr

General Manager


Vicki oversees all operations of The Merion, including The Crystal Ballroom and Lounge.
She works closely with her team to provide a safe and secure environment for the residents, families and visitors. Vicki has worked in all levels of care in the senior living industry for close to 40 years. She has been a member of the Merion team since 2009.
Fun fact: Vicki recently became a first-time grandma and is loving every minute of it!


Maria Hammer

Director of Sales and Marketing


Maria brings more than 30 years of management and sales experience in the hospitality and health care industry to her role at The Merion. She has unique insight into the boutique hotel and luxury residential market through her years as national sales manager for the Continental Companies Hotel Management Group, and as sales manager at the Grand Bay Hotel, Miami’s
5-star CIGA Luxury Collection Hotel and Sheraton Hotels. Maria and her team provide an expert and seamless client experience. Their mission is to ensure that all current and prospective residents of The Merion receive excellent health care and matchless luxury service, hallmarks of the community.
Fun fact: Maria enjoys outdoor sports such as rock climbing, hiking and fishing.


Jutka Kis

Residency Counselor


As the Residency Counselor Jutka brings to The Merion over a decade of experience, knowledge, and expertise within the Senior Living and Healthcare Industry. In addition to her diverse background, Jutka also has the ability to communicate and speak fluently in three different languages. Her sincere passion for this industry enables her to counsel, educate, and advise current and future prospective residents to find, develop, and establish the perfect fit within our Merion community. Jutka always welcomes everyone to the Merion and is really available to fulfill and meet all of your retirement living needs.
Fun Fact: Jutka enjoys Traditional Folk Dancing, Swimming, Gardening, and Barre Classes.....and can truly bring fun, and laughter to almost everything

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Ashley Perkins

Sales Coordinator


Ashley has more than 5 years of health care experience; she specializes in serving seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Her care and bedside manners are gentle and warm. Ashley loves making a personal connection with prospective residents. With experience in senior living, her supportive spirit helps new residents transition into their new normal.
Fun fact: Ashley loves the theater and shopping!


Tammy Potts

Social Director


Tammy’s infectious enthusiasm inspires everyone to participate in new and exciting events. She comes to The Merion with a rich background in resident services. Tammy’s goal is to help create special-interest groups, programs and events to reflect the myriad interests of the residents. You can find Tammy organizing events, socializing with residents and brainstorming more fun events. Fun fact: Tammy loves to cook and entertain friends and family in her home.