Senior Living. Redefined.

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.

Management Team

Our management team is staffed with highly experienced, qualified and compassionate individuals who have dedicated their professional lives to making our residents feel comfortable, secure and cared for during their time at The Merion. Say hello to your extended family!


David A. Sherman

Director of Operations

David Sherman is a seasoned property management executive with a unique background in urban vintage and historically significant multi-family, retirement, mixed-use and boutique hotel properties. David is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and former Senior Vice President of IRMCO Properties which formerly managed the original North Shore Retirement Hotel. David has been closely involved with the property since 1990 and, as Director of Operations, is now responsible for all aspects of The Merion’s operation.


Mark Zullo

Director of Marketing

Mark has been passionate about senior living for more than 25 years, and has effectively utilized his extensive marketing and sales skills working for top senior communities. “What I enjoy most about my work is developing and implementing creative strategies not only to help the communities I work for achieve and maintain high occupancy, but even more, helping older adults attain the vibrant and engaging lifestyle that they so richly deserve.”


Vicki Botefuhr

Property Manager

As Property Manager, Vicki oversees the day to day operations of The Merion. Her duties include managing all operations staff, including housekeeping, maintenance, laundry and front desk personnel. Vicki has over 30 years of experience in the senior living industry and joined The Merion in March of 2009.


Tammy Potts

Social Director

Tammy’s infectious enthusiasm is the perfect inspiration for resident participation 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.


Alberto Riquelme

General Manager - Dining Services

A private club dining manager for many years, Alberto Riquelme most recently managed the dining operations of Ravinia Green Country Club in Riverwoods, IL and has also served the Lobos Club, Harrison Conference Center and Deer Path Inn. Alberto's focus is to ensure that our guests receive an extraordinary level of service and hospitality while enjoying our venue.

Culinary Team

We handpicked our culinary team with a specific focus on high-end dining, while at the same time, not overlooking the important health and nutritional needs of our senior residents.

Executive Chef

Anthony Krause

Executive chef Anthony J. Krause, a graduate of the Culinary School of Kendall College in Evanston, brings years of fine dining experience from area restaurants and country clubs. At The Merion, Chef Anthony oversees creating and planning menus, training new staff, and working with local purveyors to ensure consistently high quality ingredients. He is dedicated to making sure that residents of The Merion are pleased with their fine dining experience, each and every day.