19-year long-term care veteran to oversee state veterans cemeteries, homes
AUSTIN – John Berkely, a Navy Veteran with 19 years experience in long-term care administration, took on the role of Deputy Commissioner for the Texas State Veterans Homes and Cemeteries Program on Monday.
“I’m thrilled to have John on board,” said Jerry Patterson, Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB). “His background and experience will help us to provide even greater service for our veterans and their families.”
Prior to joining the VLB, Berkely was executive director of Grace Presbyterian Village, a 308-unit senior home in Dallas.
Berkely understands veterans well, having served the country in the U.S. Navy from 1987-1992. His first job out of the service was Administrator of Air Force Village 1, a 114-bed nursing center in San Antonio.
Other positions held during his 19-year career include General Manager of Marriot Brighton Gardens in San Antonio, Director of Resident Services for Buckingham’s Choice in Frederick, Maryland, and several leadership positions with Lutheran Social Services of the South.
Berkely holds a Certified Assisted Living Manager Certificate and a Texas Nursing Home Administrator’s License. He is currently a member of LeadingAge Texas, a trade association for not-for-profit retirement and nursing homes.
Texas veterans are the best and deserve the best. That’s why the Texas Veterans Land Board provides quality, skilled, long-term nursing care for Texas veterans and their spouses throughout Texas at eight Texas State Veterans Homes. The VLB also manages four State Veterans Cemeteries – places of honor and rest exclusively for Texas veterans, their spouses, and dependent children.