Executive Team

David B. Wildgen, MPA, LNHA, Interim Executive Director



The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the community, and serves at the direction of the Board of Directors. Mr. Wildgen assumed the duties of Interim Executive Director in June 2018 and will remain in place while an extensive search is underway for a new Executive Director. Prior to joining FPH, he served as a Consultant, Administrator, CEO, President and Executive Director of various Continuing Care Retirement Communities, including Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing facilities. Mr. Wildgen has over 35 years of experience as a health care executive with not-for-profit, faith-driven corporations and is multi-state licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator. During his illustrious career, he has lived in Michigan, Arizona, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Florida. Mr. Wildgen possesses senior-level experience in strategic planning, construction, policy and procedure development, marketing and fiscal control. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Social Science/Education and Psychology from Michigan State University, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Arizona, with a specialty certificate in Gerontology. Mr. Wildgen will use his extensive background and skill set to create and maintain positive, interactive and goal-centered management here at Florida Presbyterian Homes.

Maria E. Rivera, Administrator


The Administrator is responsible for the efficient operation of the Assisted Living Facility and the Skilled Nursing Facility, supervising the staff and ensuring compliance with all applicable State and Federal laws and regulations. Also serves as Risk Manager. Ms. Rivera was hired by Presbyterian Nursing Center in 1992 as a staff nurse shortly after moving to Florida. She later became the evening supervisor followed by the unit manager for the sub-acute wing. She was promoted in 1996 as the Director of Nursing when FPH built a new Skilled Nursing Facility on campus. Ms. Rivera assumed the duties of Administrator in 2007. The Polk County Organization of Nurse Executives recognized Ms. Rivera as Nurse Manager of the Year in 2012. She received her B.S. in Nursing from the City College of New York. Ms. Rivera is an active member of the Florida Health Care Association and the Florida Pioneer Network.

“It has been a ministry working here almost 20 years. The love and honor for our elders is seen on a daily basis from all departments. The love between staff, residents and family truly makes it a home. I can not think of a better place to serve.”

Patty M. Fekete, Director of Finance


The Director of Finance is responsible for the maintenance of the financial records of FPH in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The Director of Finance reports to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors regarding the historical, current and projected financial condition of FPH. She is also responsible for managing the activities associated with accounting, budgeting and human resources, and for ensuring the accurate and timely dissemination of financial management reports including, but not limited to, internal and external monthly financial statements, annual audits and budgets and annual Medicare and Medicaid cost reports. Ms. Fekete assumed these duties in January 2008. She received her B.S. from West Liberty State College, West Virginia, and her M.B.A. from Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL. Her background includes 20+ years in healthcare accounting positions.

“FPH is a great place to be – it is a pleasure to work with the dedicated staff and a privilege to serve our residents!”

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