Our Team

Meet our experienced team dedicated to providing the highest level of quality care for our patients and residents.
Our Team
Meet our experienced team dedicated to providing the highest level of quality care for our patients and residents.
Our Team

Israel Nachfolger, RN, ASN, BS, NR-EMTP

Owner & CEO

Israel brings a unique mix of clinical and operational experience to Pinnacle, having worked in healthcare as both a practitioner and in various administration roles for over a decade. In addition to his role as CEO, Israel continues to practice as a Registered Nurse and volunteer Paramedic while managing multiple Skilled Nursing Facilities on the East Coast.
Israel lives in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains in the Hudson Valley in Monsey, NY with his wife, Miriam, and 6 children. An avid lover of music, Israel enjoys honing his skills as a musician at the piano and practicing his passion as a recording engineer in his free time.
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Anne Ambler-Cote, RN, BSN, LNHA

Administrator

Anne has worked in the field of long-term care for nearly 30 years, most of them at Pinnacle Sanford, where she has served in a variety of capacities.

Anne started at Pinnacle Sanford in 1988 as a Resident Assistant and became a Certified Nursing Assistant the same year. In November of 1989, she became a Geriatric Nurse Assistant in Pharmacology (now known as a CNA-Medication technician). She then received an Associate’s Degree in nursing from the University of New England in 1994 and continued working at Pinnacle Sanford as a Nurse Manager. She also worked at Pinnacle Sanford as the Director of Nursing Services for 10+ years.

Anne received a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from the University of Southern Maine in 2011, she began the 6 month Administrator in Training (AIT) program at Pinnacle Sanford in September of 2012 and obtained her Administrator’s license in June of 2013, she has worked in the latter capacity at Pinnacle Sanford ever since.

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Lisa Benevento, RN

Director of Nursing

Lisa is a Registered Nurse who has worked in long term care for over 25 years in many different capacities. Lisa received her certificate as a Licensed Practical Nurse from Essex Technical School in 1994. Lisa graduated from North Shore Community College with an associate’s degree in nursing in 1999. Lisa is also a certified hypnotist. Lisa loves the personal relationships she builds with residents, families and colleagues. Lisa has been a Director of Nursing since 2007 and she loves her work.

Lisa grew up in Massachusetts on the North Shore and moved to Maine in August 2021.

Lisa has two adult children (they live in Massachusetts and New Jersey). Lisa is engaged to be married in 2022. Lisa’s hobbies include travel, gardening and yoga.

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Beth Matthews Peterson

Activities Director

Beth recently transitioned to Pinnacle Sanford in March 2018. Prior to working at Pinnacle Sanford, she was the Director of Activities at Village Crossing Assisted Living in Cape Elizabeth. Beth is also a licensed LMT and previously owned her own Therapeutic Massage Business where she specialized in injury therapy.

Beth lives in Biddeford with her husband and two cats Lucy and Angel.

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James MacPhee, PTA

Director of Rehabilitation

15+ Years of Service. Jim has been with Pinnacle Sanford for 18 years and is currently our Director of Rehabilitation.

Jim attended UMASS Amherst and Bay State College.

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Tracy Hirst, LSW

Social Services Director

Tracy Hirst, Director of Social Services, has worked for the past five years within social services. She started out working with children with Autism through a school setting and continued to child protective services at the Department of Health and Human Services here in Maine.

She received her bachelors in clinical psychology and is attending UNE for her Masters in Clinical Social Work. Tracy has 10+ years of customer service experience.

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Mark Craft

Director of Environmental Services

20+ Years. Mark was hired in 1993 as the Director of Maintenance. He transitioned to the Director of Environmental Services, overseeing the Maintenance, Laundry, and Housekeeping departments in 2009.
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Troy Fields

Food Service Director

Troy has over 25 years as a Food Service Director in the area. He was also Pinnacle Sanford’s FSD back in the 90’s.

Troy has degrees in Culinary Arts, Dietetics as well as Communications.

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David Harmon

Front Office Manager/Human Resources

5+ Years of Service. Dave has been at Pinnacle Sanford since 2009. He has been the Administrative Assistant since 2014. He previously worked 7 years as a freelance videographer specializing in real estate. He was an administrative specialist (71L) in the United States Army Reserve.

David studied history at the University of Maine at Farmington, class of 03′.