About Us



More than 200 people enjoy the benefits of living at Montgomery Place, which offers a vibrant, stimulating urban lifestyle that’s as engaging as it is enriching.

Our apartments overlook Lake Michigan and the Museum of Science and Industry. And our resident-directed programs make us the cultural center of East Hyde Park, located near the University of Chicago campus and just down the Drive from downtown Chicago’s attractions and resources.

Our Mission

At Montgomery Place, our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those who choose to live here—to support each person’s social, intellectual, physical, cognitive and spiritual needs. By staying true to that mission, we have succeeded in building one of Chicago’s most diverse, inclusive communities of people who are 62 and older.

Our mission and our work continue to be inspired by the unshakeable values that we strive to embody each day: integrity, dignity, engagement, caring and quality.

Our Vision

At Montgomery Place, we work to maintain our standing as the Chicago metropolitan area’s preeminent provider of quality services to older adults and those who care for them, both within our residential community and in the broader community.

Intrinsic to that vision is the belief that mind, body and spirit can work in harmony with the joys and wonders found in one of the world’s great and most influential cities.

Our Values






Our Heritage

Montgomery Place is grounded in an act of kindness. In 1888, an Episcopalian pastor purchased a house to provide a safe, secure life for three older women in his Hyde Park parish. In 1915, this generous impulse spurred the construction of a building to accommodate 80 residents.

Our current structure took shape when The Church Home, our predecessor organization, purchased the lakeside property for $3 million and contributed another $3 million to help underwrite construction costs.

still provides ministers on our campus to this day, and Montgomery Place carries forward the mission, values and vision of our predecessors.

The federal government recognizes Montgomery Place as a charitable organization with 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status. This determination exempts Montgomery Place from paying property and sales taxes, extending a considerable savings to residents.

Our Executive Team

Quality starts at the top. Montgomery Place is led by our team of seasoned professionals, all with proven experience in the field of senior living as well as in their individual areas of expertise. They are united by a promise to provide the most rewarding experience for everyone living and working here.

Deborah E. Hart
President and CEO

Art Carr
Chief Financial Officer

William Jansma
Administrator, Healthcare Center

John Rurka
Human Resources Manager

Paul Zappoli
Director, Resident Engagement

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors comprises volunteer business and healthcare leaders as well as community advocates and advisers. They provide an unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise, and they bring a personal commitment to the well-being of the entire Montgomery Place neighborhood.

 Volunteer business, community and healthcare leaders, who comprise the Board of Directors for Montgomery Place, provide an unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise as well as their personal commitment to the well-being of all residents and employees.

  • Michael M. McGarry, Chair
  • Gregory L. Gleason, Vice Chair
  • Deborah C. Franczek, Secretary
  • Scott Williamson, Treasurer
  • Constance Bonbrest, M.D.
  • Margo Brooks-Pugh
  • Suzanne Dutcher
  • Morag Fullilove
  • Susan Levy
  • Bryon Rosner, M.D.

Montgomery Place is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It complies with applicable Federal Civil Rights Laws and does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender identity, national origin,  religion or race.