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Nine of the biggest senior living companies are working with Harvard Medical School researchers to examine the sector’s role in the changing healthcare system.

Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE:BKD), Atria Senior Living, Elmcroft Senior Living, Emeritus Corporation (NYSE:ESC), Erickson Living, HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP), Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN), Sunrise Senior Living, and Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) have all pitched in to create a $150,000 Assisted Living Sector Healthcare Policy Research Fund.

“This support allows us to examine what role senior living providers have in the new models of care that have emerged under health care reform,” David Grabowski, PhD, a professor of health care policy at HMS who is leading the research study, said in a statement.

The research is based on the premise that senior living community residents often need an array of health and supportive services in order to maintain the best quality of life, but many times they receive fragmented care from multiple providers and payers.

This can result in unnecessary healthcare expenditures and lower quality of care, so Grabowski and his team will examine whether providing more comprehensive, coordinated services in the senior living sector reduces the need for Medicare-reimbursed services and Medicaid-financed nursing home care.

The United States’ ability to meet the needs of its aging population is an important political, economic, clinical, and social imperative, says Will Clark, Brookdale’s senior vice present of strategy and brand, and a member of the HMS Health Care Policy Advisory Council.

“Harvard’s reputation for tackling some of health care’s biggest challenges and generating meaningful insights that shape our nation’s policy is unparalleled,” said Clark. “We are confident Dr. Grabowski and his colleagues’ research will be influential in determining the appropriate role senior living can and should play in our evolving health care system.” 

Goals of the research initiative include creating awareness for the potential senior living has to positively impact the health, well-being, and overall cost of care for seniors; identifying barriers to creating more integration among senior living and the healthcare system; influencing policy; and identifying innovative models that integrate senior living with  the healthcare system, says Brookdale.

The two-phase study will begin with analyzing the role of assisted living in new payment-delivery models, and presenting a conceptual model of how an intergrated model might work, as well as the opportunities and challenges associated with such an approach. Then, with the results of the first phase as a foundation, the second phase of the project will consist of primary data work and potentially the development of a pilot program. 

Brookdale has previously taken part in a pilot deploying the INTERACT program in senior living settings after winning a $7.3 million grant in partnership with the University of North Texas Health Science Center from an Affordable Care Act initiative funding healthcare innovators. 

Written by Alyssa Gerace


An investor who specializes in distressed real estate recently bought an unfinished senior housing complex in Hilliard, Ohio for a fraction of what it cost former owner Erickson Retirement Communities LLC to develop.

Alex Dorsey, owner of The Windsor Companies, placed the winning—and sole—bid of $8.26 million for Hickory Chase, a retirement community with a nearly-completed $34 million first phase, reports the Columbus Business First.

A previous attempt to sell the 87-acre site at public auction this past summer failed because a minimum reserve bid of $9.99 million was not met. This time, the minimum bid was lowered to $7.99 million, which Dorsey exceeded by $27,000.

Erickson Retirement Communities, now known as Erickson Living following its 2009 acquisition by Redwood Capital, was forced to halt development on Hickory Chase due to the worsening economy.

Originally planned as a 1,529-unit high-end continuing care retirement community, according to the journal, the complex currently has about 145 unfinished residential units that cost Erickson about $34 million. 

Erickson had purchased the site in early 2008 for $11.9 million before suspending construction in 2009, when the property ultimately fell into foreclosure. 

Redevelopment plans are in the works, Dorsey told Business First. 

“We will work with the city of Hilliard on a complementary development on that site,” he said, adding that while he does expect to complete the first phase of the senior housing development, the complex will not follow Erickson’s original plans. 

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Written by Alyssa Gerace


Senior living professionals have been moving on up the ladder, with several promotions in this edition of Movers & Shakers along along with new appointments and hires. 

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Ventas Announces Several Promotions

Ventas, Inc. (NYS: VTR) recently announced the following promotions:

John D. Cobb was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, from Senior Vice President. Cobb, who joined Ventas in 2010, is responsible for the Company’s extensive acquisition and investment activity, including seniors housing, medical office buildings and other healthcare properties.

Before joining Ventas, Cobb was President and Chief Executive Officer of Senior Lifestyle Corp., and earlier in his career, he held various positions with GE Healthcare Financial Services, a division of GE Capital Corp, which is a subsidiary of General Electric Corp. Cobb is on the Board of Directors of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry (NIC) and is a member of the Executive Board of the American Seniors Housing Association. He holds a BA in Finance from Lehigh University.

Lori B. Wittman was promoted to Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Investor Relations, from Vice President. As head of capital markets, Wittman is responsible for managing the Company’s debt and equity raising activities, investor relations and relationships with its capital partners. Wittman joined Ventas in 2011.

Previously, she was the CFO and managing principal of Big Rock Partners, a real estate private equity firm. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer for General Growth Properties. She sits on the board of Hedge Funds Care where she co-chairs the granting committee. She has a BA in Geography and Sociology from Clark University, a Master of City Planning from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Joy L. Butora was promoted to Vice President, Asset Management, from Director. In her current position, she is responsible for financial oversight and analysis of the Company’s seniors housing operating portfolio and managing relationships with third-party management companies. Butora joined Ventas in 2007 as an asset manager.

Previously, she was employed in various positions in the healthcare and senior living industries. Butora holds an MBA in Finance from Saginaw Valley State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan – Flint.

Will Germain was promoted to Investment Officer, Medical Office Buildings, from Director. In his position, Germain is responsible for originating, underwriting and executing medical property acquisitions and development opportunities. Previously, he held various positions with Ventas. Before joining Ventas in 2006, Germain worked at GE Capital Corp., a subsidiary of General Electric Corp. He received a Bachelor of Finance from the University of New Haven.

AdCare Appoints Ronald Fleming as New CFO

AdCare Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ADK) announced on May 1 that Ronald W. Fleming will join the company’s senior management team as Chief Financial Officer, effective May 15, 2013, replacing former CFO Martin Brew who announced his resignation in mid-April in relation to extensive accounting errors that impacted the company’s financial statements for all of 2012.  

Fleming, a certified public accountant, has over 25 years’ experience as a seasoned healthcare financial executive.

Most recently Fleming held the position of CFO for the largest oncology physician practice in Georgia with more than 25 locations, 45 physicians, and annualized revenue approximating that of AdCare. Prior to that, he was CFO of a skilled nursing startup that grew from $15 million to more than $100 million through acquisitions in less than one year.

The bulk of Fleming’s experience was as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Mariner Health Care, Inc. and its predecessors, which at the time was a publicly held post-acute provider with more than 400 long-term care facilities, 175 rehabilitation clinics, 40 long term care pharmacy branches and 1,200 therapy service contracts in 45 states.

“We are pleased to welcome Ron, a financial executive with deep experience and talent, to the Company,” said Boyd P. Gentry, AdCare’s Chief Executive Officer. “In his career, he has created and led financial organizations in rapidly growing multi-location, multi-state operations, including the successful integration of acquisitions. His background includes initial public offerings, financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, and he has experience interfacing with board members, investors, and debt holders. His expertise will serve AdCare well at this important inflection point in the Company’s growth initiatives.”

Integral Senior Living Promotes from Senior Management Team

Integral Senior Living (ISL), a leader in managing senior living communities, is pleased to announce that it has promoted Jason Engelhorn, and Mandy Hampton each to the role of Divisional Vice Presidents of Operations. In addition it has promoted Mike Zeug to Regional Vice President of Operations.

Jason Engelhorn joined ISL in 2010 as Regional Operations Director. In 2012 he was named Regional Vice President of Operations. He has more than 15 years experience working in the senior housing industry.

Mandy Hampton joined ISL in 2005 as a Business Office Director. She epitomizes the ISL success-story, progressing her career within the company where she became a Regional Operations Director in 2009 and a Regional Vice President of Operations in 2012.

Mike Zeug joined ISL in 2012 as a Regional Director of Operations. Zeug brings over 14 years of senior living executive management experience to the position.

The Shelter Group, Brightview Senior Living Promote Five to Management Positions

Andrea Griesmar, Alan Siegfried, Andrew Teeters, Brian Engle, Leslie Robinson, and Judy Paschkusz-Weiss all in new management roles

The Shelter Group, a national real estate development and property management company based in Baltimore, announced Wednesday the promotion of Andrea Griesmar to Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Shelter Properties and Brightview Senior Living. As Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Griesmar has broad human resources oversight for the organization including 23 full-service senior living communities in Brightview Senior Living, 46 multi-family and senior apartment communities in Shelter Properties, and a full scale development organization in Shelter Development.

Prior to joining Shelter, Griesmar served for more than eight years as Senior Vice President, Human Resources for The Columbia Bank, a regional bank headquartered in Columbia, Md. In addition, she has held human resource, training and development and operations management positions with a variety of financial services companies and has consulted with both public and private sector organizations. Griesmar is a graduate of Purdue University and resides in Eldersburg, Md.

Also on Wednesday, The Shelter Group announced the promotion of Alan Siegfried to Vice President of Project Management for Shelter Development, LLC. In this position, Siegfried is responsible for managing the design development and project management functions for all new-build assisted living and active senior communities, as well as the company’s market-rate and affordable community development programs. In addition, he is responsible for the ongoing development of all Senior Living design standards for the company.

Siegfried has more than 34 years experience in retail, commercial, health care, hospitality and residential property development and construction management. Prior to joining Shelter, he was the lead Project Director for Marriott International, responsible for the design and project management of corporate-owned select-service hotel properties located throughout the eastern United States.

Siegfried earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering degree from Lehigh University. He resides in Woodbine, Maryland.

The company also announced the promotion of Andrew Teeters to Vice President. As Vice President, Teeters is responsible for the site selection and development of new Brightview Senior Living communities.

Brightview Senior Living is a senior-focused part of The Shelter Group. Brightview communities offer independent living, assisted living and Alzheimer’s care options. There are twenty-five Brightview communities in nine states: Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.

Prior to joining Shelter, Teeters was a land acquisition manager for two national homebuilders, responsible for the land acquisition and development of residential properties across Maryland. Teeters earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He resides in Bethesda, Md.

Another promotion announced by Brightview Senior Living was that of Brian Engle, who has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations. As Senior Vice President, Mr. Engle leads an expanding team of regional directors and subject matter experts who are responsible for delivering service to residents and families. He oversees the operations at all the

 Engle joined Brightview Senior Living in 1993. Over the years, he has been an integral player in virtually every aspect of building the Brightview SeniorLiving brand – from input into site selection, product design and offerings, organization deployment, brand standards, customer service, and associate retention.

Prior to joining Brightview, Engle held positions in finance and accounting. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Gannon University, Mr. Engle continued taking graduate courses at the University of Baltimore and John’s Hopkins University, where he completed the Senior Living Operations Management course. He resides in Lutherville, Md.

Brightview Senior Living also promoted Leslie Robinson to Regional Vice President of Operations. As Regional Vice President, Robinson is responsible for oversight of existing as well as start-up communities within Brightview Senior Living’s markets in Maryland and Virginia.

Robinson has more than 24 years experience in the senior care and housing industry. Prior to joining Brightview Senior Living in 2006, she worked for Life Care Services in several capacities including executive director and corporate operations director. She is a licensed nursing home administrator in Maryland and Delaware. In addition, she is an active member of LifeSpan Network, serving as Secretary on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

Robinson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Planning & Administration with a minor in Individual and Family Studies from Penn State University. She resides in Crownsville, Md. 

The Shelter Group also promoted Judy Paschkusz-Wiss to vice president of financial and market analysis for Shelter Development, LLC. She will be responsible for the financial analysis supporting development and acquisition activities. 

Paschkusz-Weiss has extensive experience in all areas of financial analysis and management reporting with over fifteen years in the healthcare industry. Most recently, she was Director of Financial Analysis and Budgeting for NeighborCare Pharmacy, Inc. Prior to that, she served as Director of Finance and Business Analysis for ManorCare Inc. Pashckusz-Weiss earned a BS degree in Accounting from Brooklyn College and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She resides in Pikesville, Md.

Richard Yannone Joins Remedi SeniorCare as Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis

Remedi SeniorCare has named Richard Yannone as the Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis. In this role, Yannone will serve as a key member of the corporate financial leadership team and as an integral interface between pharmacy General Managers, senior operational management and corporate management.

Yannone will be responsible for providing value-added business analysis as well as defining meaningful financial and operational metrics that lead to insightful, accurate business decision-making. He will be responsible for overseeing a financial planning organization that has a comprehensive understanding of all key business drivers and sophisticated financial models.

Yannone joins Remedi after serving as a consultant to Apria Healthcare and Applied Medical. He held previous positions as Vice President, Finance, at AMN Healthcare and the Executive Director Financial Planning and Assistant Treasurer at Watson Pharmaceuticals in Corona, California. His MBA was earned at University of California, Irvine and his Bachelor of Science in Finance at San Diego State University.

Erickson Living Names Matt Neville Executive Director of Highland Springs

Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the appointment of Matt Neville as its Executive Director. With oversight of Resident Life and General Services, Neville has served as the Associate Executive Director at Highland Springs since 2010.

In his new leadership position, Neville will oversee daily operations at the 89-acre community that is home to over 600 residents and 300 total employees. Neville has over twenty years of operations and finance experience. He joined Erickson Living in 2005 as Finance Director of the Chicago-based community. In 2007, he relocated to Denver to assist with the opening of Wind Crest while serving as Regional Finance Director, responsible for the western-based Erickson Living communities.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University and holds a CPA designation. Neville resides in Frisco, Texas with his wife, Kelly, and two children.

Mainstreet Hires Scott White as Executive Vice President—Finance

Mainstreet Property Group recently announced that Scott White has joined the senior management team as Executive Vice President — Finance. In this role, White will focus on driving the fundraising and capital markets needs for Mainstreet’s rapidly growing business.

White most recently served as a Senior Vice President in the Private Funds Group of Brookfield Asset Management. Prior to that, he held senior roles in Citigroup’s Investment Bank covering both health care companies and alternative asset managers at various points in his career. White also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

White holds a BA and MBA from Rutgers University as well as a JD from University of Pennsylvania Law School.

James F. Boris, III Joins Centerline Capital Group to Expand FHA Lending Platform

Centerline Capital Group, a provider of real estate financial and asset management services for affordable and conventional multifamily housing and a subsidiary of Centerline Holding Company, announced recently that James F. Boris, III has joined the firm to expand its FHA lending platform. Boris has extensive experience in financing multifamily and senior living communities across the country.

Named Director in the Affordable Housing Debt division, Boris will operate out of Centerline’s Chicago office and will report to Philip Melton, Senior Managing Director. He will be responsible for originating and closing loans nationwide.

Prior to joining Centerline, Boris was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Illinois-based Paradise Senior Communities, LLC, a firm that managed luxury, private pay assisted living and memory care facilities located throughout suburban Chicago. Before that he was Founder and Managing Member of Tanzanite Development Company, LLC, a company that strategically acquired and re-zoned sites for senior housing developments.

Earlier in his career, Boris held key positions with American Mortgage Solutions, LLC, Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC, GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corporation, Cambridge Realty Capital and Coldwell Banker.

He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in real estate and finance from Eastern New Mexico University.

Healthcare Leaders Goode & Neff Form Renaissance Healthcare Partners, LLC

Healthcare leaders Brian C. Goode and Stephen H. Neff have founded Renaissance Healthcare Partners, LLC, which aims to acquire, operate and manage skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers throughout the New England region. The team created the company in response to the need for solutions and leadership in a rapidly changing healthcare marketplace.

“Healthcare is changing and the pace of change will accelerate. The leadership of skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers must align with physicians, hospitals and insurance companies and be a meaningful player in a complex healthcare ecosystem. Brian and I see this future and will lead Renaissance to do a great job for our patients and residents in our fast changing healthcare world,” says Neff.

Goode is a healthcare leader who founded and recently sold Excella Healthcare, Inc. prior to becoming a Partner at Renaissance. Excella operated in five states and provided outstanding Medicare certified home health and rehabilitation services. Goode is best known for his skills in reimbursement, quality, automation, productivity and information technology. He was also the Chief Financial Officer of Therapy and Homecare Company, served on the CFO board of directors of Covenant Health Systems and was the Manager of Corporate Budget and Forecasting for Mediplex Group.

Neff brings over three decades of experience to his role as Partner at Renaissance. He was most recently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aviv Centers for Living. Prior to his post at Aviv, Neff was the President and Chief Executive Officer of New Island Hospital in New York, as well as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Affinity Health Alliance in Maryland. Neff also was the Chief Financial Officer for both Jewish Social Service Agency of Greater Washington and Hadley Memorial Hospital. 

The Palace Management Group Hires New Entertainment Director

The Palace Management Group, one of South Florida’s foremost companies specializing in senior living, has named Susan Waitzman, director of entertainment for The Palace Royale, the catered-living community at the Palace Kendall campus.

Waitzman has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment and cruise ship industries and is responsible for creating and facilitating a comprehensive activity calendar for residents. She also arranges and coordinates entertainment, speakers and instructors.

Her diverse career encompasses varied experience in theatrical arts and performing and as a talent agent. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality, Tourism Destination Business Management from Niagara University and an associate’s degree from American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

Mark Goldberg Appointed COO of American Senior Services Incorporated

American Senior Services Incorporated (ASSI) announced recently that Mark Goldberg, a leader in the long-term care planning field, has joined as Chief Operating Officer.

Goldberg started his career in the long-term care planning field as a top agent at Amex Life in 1991, and later moved into sales management. In 1996, he transitioned to Transamerica to support the company’s desire to create an independent national career force for long-term care insurance agents. Transamerica merged with ACSIA in 1998, which was sold in 2000 to Conseco, a Fortune 100 company. Goldberg was appointed to Vice President, which he held until 2002 until he left to support Prudential with its new long-term care insurance career program.

Goldberg returned to ACSIA in 2004 as National Sales Manager, and was later appointed President in 2007, where he remained until 2013, leading the company to eight consecutive years of double-digit growth.

Legend Retirement Announces Name Change and Rebranding Initiatives

The Covenant Group, based in Fort Worth, Texas, and its affiliate Legend Retirement Corp. has announced rebranding efforts, including a name change, new logo and new website for its operations company. Effective April 25, Legend Retirement Corp. has been renamed to Sagora Senior Living. The name Sagora was created by combining two words: Sage, meaning wisdom or wise, and Agora, meaning a gathering place.

“We chose the name Sagora to symbolize our Resident First Philosophy and our commitment to serve our residents,” states Bryan McCaleb, President.

Legend Retirement Corp currently operates 14 independent living, assisted living and memory care communities in Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama and Florida.

Bill Vaughan Joins Remedi SeniorCare for LTC Education, Consulting Platform

Remedi SeniorCare has named Bill Vaughan as the new Vice President of Education and Clinical Affairs. In this new role, Vaughan will serve as a key clinical resource for Remedi customers, partners and industry professionals. He will work to further Remedi’s footprint throughout the industry, contributing thought leadership through educational and consulting engagements at key venues, Remedi pharmacies and in the media.

Vaughan’s area of focus will include the promotion of Remedi’s innovative, leading-edge pharmacy solutions—including Paxit  automated medication dispensing—in conjunction with industry best practices to address the complex clinical and regulatory challenges in long-term care. He will also work with Remedi customers and partners to improve the regulatory oversight of healthcare facilities and advance person-centered care across the board.

Vaughan recently retired after a 25 year career with Maryland’s regulatory agency, the Office of Health Care Quality. After spending 14 years as a Health Facility Surveyor, he was promoted to Chief Nurse of the Office in 2001. In this position, he provided clinical guidance and oversight to the agency’s 120 surveyors. Prior to his work with the state, Vaughan held various leadership roles in nursing. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

NIC Expands Product Sales & Service Team for NIC MAP

The National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC) is pleased to announce the arrival of John Blumer, who joins NIC as National Sales Director and Kristen Joy, Senior Sales Director, NIC MAP.

Blumer and Joy bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the NIC team. In this new position, Blumer will provide strategic direction of the NIC MAP® Data service and Joy will focus on expanding the subscriber base.

Blumer was previously Regional Sales Director at CoStar Group and Managing Director of CBRE’s Baltimore office. He has a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from John Hopkins University, where he has been a member of the Real Estate Advisory Board for twenty years.

Joy brings seventeen years of commercial real estate sales and marketing experience gained as a Sales Director at CoStar Group and as Director of Marketing at the Trammell Crow Company in Baltimore. Kristen is a graduate of Towson State University.

Rob Young Named VP Sales & Marketing at Covenant Retirement Communities

Rob Young has been appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Covenant Retirement Communities Inc. In his new position, Young oversees corporate sales and marketing strategies, policies and resource services for the company’s 14 communities nationwide. He will work from corporate headquarters in Skokie, Ill., and report to
Executive Vice President for Operations Terri Cunliffe.

Young brings more than eight years of sales experience in senior living and luxury home sales to his new position. Before joining Covenant Retirement Communities, he was vice president of sales and marketing for Century Park Associates, Chattanooga, Tenn., a privately owned developer/operator of 48 continuing care retirement, independent and assisted living communities for senior adults. Young also has six years of VP and sales management experience in the commercial, hospitality, residential and second-home real estate arenas.

He began his career in TV news and has worked in five U.S. markets. While at KGMB-TV, Honolulu, he won an Emmy Award from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences for a one-hour special on the 60th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Active in his local community, Young managed charitable initiatives for Hawaii Food Banks, Habitat for Humanity, literary education initiatives and reading to students.

Young graduated from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, in 1988, with a bachelor’s in television broadcast journalism and a minor in Spanish. He and his family will relocate from Atlanta to Chicago.

Piper Jaffrey Hires Healthcare Investment Banker Romy McCarthy

Piper Jaffray (NYSE: PJC) announced recently the addition of industry veteran Romy McCarthy as a managing director in its public finance investment banking group. McCarthy is based in the firm’s Milwaukee office, focused on clients in the healthcare and senior living sectors.

McCarthy brings more than 21 years of healthcare finance experience to Piper Jaffray. She joins the firm from Ziegler, where she spent 19 years as a public finance investment banker within the healthcare and senior living groups.

McCarthy has specialized in both hospital and senior living finance in the Midwest region. Within these sectors, she has completed more than 90 financings in excess of $3.2 billion for clients. McCarthy has worked with an array of senior living clients including nursing homes, assisted living providers and continuing care retirement communities. In 2009, a transaction led by McCarthy was awarded The Bond Buyer’s “Midwest Deal of the Year”. McCarthy earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Carroll University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Marquette University.

Bill Johnston-Walsh Named AARP’s State Director in Pennsylvania

AARP today announced the appointment of Bill Johnston-Walsh to the position of state director. In his new role, Johnston-Walsh will lead advocacy, community outreach and education work throughout Pennsylvania for AARP.

Johnston-Walsh has worked for AARP for seven years, most recently as Manager of State Operations for the association’s Pennsylvania office. He also served as Interim State Director of AARP Massachusetts for nine months in 2012. Johnston-Walsh began his AARP career as an Associate State Director for Advocacy for AARP Pennsylvania in 2000.

Before re-joining AARP in 2008, Johnston-Walsh spent six years as a Deputy Secretary in the Pennsylvania Department of Aging under Governor Ed Rendell where he managed much of the agency’s day to day operations. His previous work in the public sector also includes directing the Public Education and Information Unit for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office where he was responsible for fraud education and protecting older Pennsylvanians, and serving as Executive Director of the Older Americans Caucus for the United States House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Aging.

Throughout his career, Johnston-Walsh has worked closely with elected officials, non-profit and aging organizations throughout Pennsylvania. He was recently appointed Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Aging by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and previously served as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Council on Aging.

Lenity Architecture Hires Lee Gwyn as Associate Architect

Lenity Architecture, an industry-leading firm with a combined history of over 35 years in commercial and senior housing property planning, development and architecture, has hired Lee Gwyn as Associate Architect.

Lee brings 22 years of diverse experience in projects with values ranging from $200,000 to $15 million. His experience in design, production and administration include areas of education, retail, automotive, corporate, public buildings, assisted living, industrial and housing.

Laurie Nussbaum Joins Fountainview at Gonda Westside

Laurie Nussbaum, a longtime member of the Los Angeles Jewish community, has been named Director of Marketing for Fountainview at Gonda Westside, the future luxury continuing care retirement community (CCRC) coming to Playa Vista.

As head of the on-site marketing team, Nussbaum will coordinate marketing, sales and outreach to introduce The Los Angeles Jewish Home’s newest continuing care community and serve as liaison for prospects, depositors, design consultants and community members during its development stages.

Nussbaum most recently directed community relations for Belmont Village Westwood, a senior residential community on the Wilshire Corridor. She established a collaborative relationship between Belmont Village and UCLA that created an innovative university/senior housing model to integrate joint intellectual programming between Belmont Village and various UCLA factions, including the UCLA Emeriti/Retiree Relations Center and the UCLA School of Nursing.

Nussbaum and her husband Paul are active members of the Stephen S. Wise Temple. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Nussbaum holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

A former Board Member of Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles and co-chair of the organization’s 150th anniversary gala, Nussbaum served as President of the Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation of Orange County, receiving the organization’s Jerusalem Leadership Award.

The Buckingham Names Thomas Holland Business Office Manager

The Buckingham senior living community has named Thomas Holland Business Office Manager.

Holland holds a bachelor of science in accounting from DeVry University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in accounting from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Holland has more than 11 years accounting and financial management experience. He joins The Buckingham from Edgemere, where he has six years experience managing finances in the senior living industry. During his time at Edgemere, he was responsible for developing, coordinating, and reviewing the yearly budget, acted as liaison to the group purchasing company, assisted in gathering audit requirements and coordinating requests, handled cash management, as well as other duties.

Edgmere Names Bridgette Hornbeck Associate Executive Director

The Edgemere senior living community has named Bridgette Hornbeck associate executive director.

Hornbeck is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and brings to Edgemere more than 10 years experience in the senior living industry. She joins Edgemere from Senior Care Centers in Irving, Texas where she served as nursing home administrator. Before moving to Texas, Hornbeck worked for senior living communities in Tennessee and was given a personal certificate of appreciation from Governor Haslam for “Outstanding service in the best interests and the highest traditions of the State of Tennessee.”

Hornbeck holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska – Omaha, where she also received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Gerontology Certificate. She is MDS competency certified and has completed training through the Alzheimer’s Association in the following courses: Train the Trainer, Building Creative Dementia Caregivers, and Memories in the Making.

GlynnDevins Names Mark Johnston as Vice President, CRM & DATA Analytics

GlynnDevins Advertising & Marketing announces the addition of Mark Johnston as vice president, CRM and data analytics for the marketing and advertising agency, specializing in senior living.

Johnston has more than 20 years in data analytics and brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the marketing field. In his new role, Johnston will integrate and leverage marketing data, drive strategies based on data-driven insights and deliver actionable intelligence to clients. He’ll also lead all CRM initiatives, including testing and contact strategies, segmentation and targeting methodologies, and lifecycle management and marketing automation.

Johnston previously served as vice president, data strategies and analytics at MMGY Global and vice president, director of knowledge management at Barkley in Kansas City, Mo. He’s a graduate of Washington State University, where he received his bachelor of science degree in management information systems.

Asbury Names Henry Moehring New Executive Director of Md. CCRC

Henry Moehring of Germantown was named Executive Director of Asbury Methodist Village, a continuing care retirement community in Gaithersburg, Md., effective May 2, 2013. The appointment was made by Asbury, a Germantown-based not-for-profit organization that manages five continuing care retirement communities in three states.

Moehring served as Asbury Methodist Village’s Associate Executive Director for six years, helping lead the community through an expansion of its campus and a challenging economic downturn with outstanding results. Moehring also oversaw several major projects for the 1,300-resident community, including redesigning leadership teams to enhance resident engagement and satisfaction, as well as improve long-range organizational planning.

Prior to joining Asbury Methodist Village in 2006, Moehring served for nine years as administrator for Collingswood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. His diverse 32-year healthcare career includes service as a Navy Hospital Corpsman during Operation Desert Storm. A licensed nursing home administrator in Maryland, he holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from Wayland Baptist University.

Forte Public Relations Names Amy Jones Senior Vice President

Amy Jones has been named senior vice president-media relations for Forté Public Relations, Inc. The announcement was made by Beth Wilbins, president and CEO.

Jones will continue to lead the Forté team in her new role as senior vice president, media relations, and will take on responsibility of overseeing all of Forté PR’s senior living and healthcare clients. She will direct the team on how to develop and maintain best practices for media relations. Jones will also provide support and guidance to Forté PR’s account leaders. Jones will continue to assist the Forté team with strategic planning of news opportunities for clients, and will develop new goals for client coverage. Having worked as a television reporter for over 13 years, Jones’s unique perspective has attributed to increased client coverage and the company’s growth.

Prior to joining Forté, Jones worked nine years for KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City as a general assignment reporter, investigative reporter and anchor. She began her career at KFMB in San Diego in 1998 and worked at various television stations across the country.

Jones has been nominated for and received numerous awards throughout her television career, including an Emmy nomination in 2011 for politics and government reporting.

A Place for Mom Expands Executive Team, Hires CFO & CIO

A Place for Mom (APFM), the nation’s largest senior living referral service, announced today an expansion of its executive team with the appointments of Tracy Knox (Wright) as Chief Financial Officer and Clifford Cancelosi as Chief Information Officer.

Both new hires will strengthen the company’s leadership as it continues significant growth within the senior living industry and further establishes itself as a leading service for families in need of senior housing and care in the United States.

Tracy Knox (Wright), Chief Financial Officer

Knox is a seasoned financial executive with over 20 years of experience in global finance, investor relations and business development. As Chief Financial Officer, Knox is responsible for overseeing the company’s operating and capital plans, in addition to assisting with development of the company’s strategy.

Most recently, she served as Chief Financial Officer of UIEVOLUTION, a market-leading digital platform for businesses worldwide, where she oversaw finance and human resources operations of the company. Prior to joining UIEVOLUTION, Knox spent over eight years at, serving as Chief Finance Officer and Vice President for over three of those years and playing an instrumental role in the company’s acquisition with Walgreens. Previously, she held financial leadership roles at Western Wireless International,, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana University.

Clifford Cancelosi, Chief Information Officer

Cancelosi is an experienced leader with a 20-year history of successfully building and operating technology solutions. In his role as Chief Information Officer at A Place for Mom, Cancelosi is responsible for the strategic vision, operations and overall management of the company’s technology division.

 Prior to joining A Place for Mom, Cancelosi served as Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Technology at, where he led and executed all technology initiatives for the health and personal care business. Before his position at, Cancelosi led consulting engagements at and, and spent seven years at as a senior leader in the fulfillment operations and merchant technologies divisions. Cancelosi holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in computer science from the University of Washington.

Extendicare Appoints Dylan Mann as New CFO

Extendicare Inc. (TSX:EXE) announced in May that Dylan Mann will be appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer to replace Doug Harris upon his retirement on July 5, 2013.

Mann is a former executive of Extendicare’s wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Extendicare Health Services, Inc. (EHSI). He joined EHSI in August 2006 as Director of Internal Audit and was promoted to Vice President and Controller in May 2011, a position he held until his departure in August 2012. Since leaving EHSI in 2012, Mann has been serving as the Vice President, Controller at Brookdale Senior Living.

Mann holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with an Accounting major from the University of Rhode Island and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Brightview Promotes Mary Ellen Horan to Regional VP of Sales

Brightview Senior Living, a Baltimore-based provider of housing and care for seniors, announced today the promotion of Mary Ellen (Mel) Horan to Regional Vice President of Sales.

As Regional Vice President of Sales, Horan is responsible for supervising all of the sales and marketing functions associated with the opening of new communities, from market research to staffing and training the sales and marketing forces. In addition, she will continue to oversee Brightview’s community in Branford, Connecticut.

Horan joined Brightview in 2006 and has held positions with increasing responsibility, including regional sales manager, regional director of sales and home office director of sales. Prior to joining Brightview Senior Living, Horan served as marketing director for Freedom Bay and marketing director for Aquidneck Place, both in Rhode Island. She is a graduate of Salve Regina University and resides in Newport, R.I.

Somerby Senior Living Names Montgomey VP of Advertising & Communications

Ryndell L. Montgomery has been named Vice President of Advertising and Communications for Somerby Senior Living, where she will oversee and execute all communications tactics, acquisition and maintenance of key marketing partnerships, create and implement strategic marketing programs, and overall brand management for all of the Somerby communities. 

Montgomery has more than 15 years of marketing experience in the senior living industry. Prior to joining Somerby, she was vice president of client relations at GlynnDevins Advertising and Marketing. 

She earned a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science degrees with an emphasis in advertising from the college of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University. 

Somerby Senior Living currently owns and operates four senior living communities in Alabama and Georgia, with a fifth community under construction in Georgia. 

Family Caregiver Alliance Gives 2013 Leadership award to Dr. Susan Reinhard

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is pleased to honor Susan C. Reinhard, RN, Ph.D, with its 2013 Leadership Award. Dr. Reinhard is Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the AARP Public Policy Institute.

The award recognizes the extraordinary contributions Dr. Reinhard has made in the fields of long-term care and caregiving. The award was presented May 9 at FCA’s Second Annual Thought Leader Roundtable and Award Dinner, “Caregiving at a Crossroads: New Models, New Opportunities.” Attendees at the event represented organizations and leaders involved in research, policy, new business models, venture investing and other innovations in caregiving.

Throughout her career, Dr. Reinhard has been a champion for family caregivers and has incorporated their needs and issues in public policy development, in curriculum and nursing instruction, and in state administration of health and senior services.

Dr. Reinhard, a nationally recognized expert in health and long-term care policy, has extensive experience in conducting, directing and translating research to promote policy change. Previously, she served as Professor and Co-Director of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, directing several national initiatives with states to help people with disabilities of all ages live in their communities.

Matt Eyles Joins Avalere as Executive Vice President

Avalere Health announced today that Matthew D. Eyles will join the firm as executive vice president. As a member of the senior leadership team, Eyles will guide the firm’s focus on Reform, Health Plans, Providers, and Avalere’s celebrated data and analytics group.

Eyles joins Avalere from Coventry Healthcare, where he oversaw policy, government relations and corporate communications, and was central to crafting the firm’s strategy on Exchanges, Medicaid, and Medicare. Prior to Coventry, Eyles directed worldwide policy at Wyeth, and he began his career as a healthcare analyst at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

MDI Achieve Appoints Chief Clinical Officer

MDI Achieve, provider of MatrixCare™, the market-leading, certified Electronic Health Record solution for the long-term care and senior living continuum, today announced the appointment of Denise Wassenaar as its Chief Clinical Officer. She brings more than 20 years of clinical leadership experience and will help drive continued clinical innovations in the industry-leading MatrixCare EHR platform.

Wassenaar is a licensed registered nurse and a nursing home administrator and holds a Master’s Degree from Purdue University. She is a frequent national and regional presenter on current clinical and regulatory topics. Wassenaar will report to MDI Achieve President, John Damgaard, and will be focused on providing leadership, guidance and support for the company and its clients in clinical and operational long-term care matters.

Nairy Flores Hired as Activities Director at The Palace Gardens

The Palace Management Group, one of South Florida’s foremost companies specializing in senior living, has named Nairy Flores activity director for The Palace Gardens, the company’s assisted living community in Homestead.

Formerly a recreation leader with Miami-Dade Parks’ Disability Services-Leisure Access Center, Flores is responsible for creating and facilitating the monthly activity program for residents. She also arranges and coordinates entertainment and instructors.

Flores earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Sports Management from Florida International University and supplemented her education with extensive volunteer opportunities including A.D. Barnes Park Leisure Access Center, Coral Reef Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Charter School of Waterstone.

Leslie Takahashi-White Joins EUA as Project Assistant

Leslie Takahashi-White has joined Eppstein Uhen Architects, Inc. (EUA), as Project Assistant for the Living Environments studio with an emphasis on working with Senior Living projects.

Leslie graduated from MSOE with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural and Building Construction. Since then she has worked in various design centered roles in the architectural industry in the greater Milwaukee area.

Leslie is joining the firm as Project Assistant to support ongoing design efforts for Living Environments with an emphasis on Senior Living. She will collaborate with our teams and provide support on projects such as Continuing Care Campus Design, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care facilities and other multi-family projects. 

EUA’s Living Environments studio has seen a recent positive trend in the repurposing of existing Senior Living Campuses. Bringing Leslie on board will ensure EUA is supporting our project teams and providing our clients with the highest level of service.

In addition to her focus on architectural design, Leslie utilizes her artistic background to pursue new and interesting design techniques such as graphic design and oragami. She is also currently teaching herself the art of sign language.

Alice Franks Named a 2013 Fellow in LSN Ill. Leadership Program

Alice Franks of Riverside has been named a 2013 Fellow in the Life Services Network (LSN) of Illinois Leadership Program. Franks was recently promoted to Director of Campus Living for Cantata Adult Life Services in Brookfield, where she oversees operations of the not-for-profit organization’s independent and assisted living apartments for seniors.

One of the visions for LSN’s Leadership Fellow Program is to develop change agents who will elevate the quality and reputation of aging services in Illinois and beyond. By choosing passionate, empowered and visionary professionals, LSN hopes to evoke excellence within other senior care organizations. The curriculum for this year’s fellowship program requires that Franks travel throughout the state of Illinois to work directly alongside other trailblazers in the aging services field.

Franks has spent 20 years helping older adults live their best lives. After serving as a volunteer coordinator for PeopleCare, a non-profit that provides visitation programs to the homebound elderly, Franks joined Cantata as a Social Service Designee and later went on to become their first Admissions Coordinator. In 2003, she was named Director of Assisted Living, and in early 2013 was promoted to Director of Campus Living. Franks also serves as the campus safety committee chairperson, holds a Medical Records Accreditation and is certified in Dementia Assessment Care and Management, as well as Geriatrics and Gerontology.


Construction: Planned

Kisco Senior Living to Build Senior Campus in Utah

Kisco Senior Living plans to build an independent living, assisted living and memory care community in Daybreak in South Jordan. 

Sagewood at Daybreak will break ground late April, the company announced, with the 201-unit community scheduled to open for resident move-in during summer 2014. 

Sagewood will include 100 independent living units offering residents dining facilities as part of their monthly fee, with access to meals and other services such as housekeeping, linen service, transportation, and social and recreational activities. 

The community will also include 78 assisted living units that provide additional supportive care from trained employees to residents who are unable to live independently and require assistance with activities of daily living.

Additionally, the community will include 23 assisted living “plus” units catering to memory care residents. 

Sagewood will be located on a site across the street from Daybreak’s SoDa Row retail district, and next to the Crossing at Daybreak Apartment community. 

Landmark Homes to Develop 55+ Community in Pa. 

Landmark Homes is planning the development of an $8 million living community for adults ages 55 and older in the Susquehanna Valley.

The Crossings at Sweetbriar—located just outside of Lebanon, Pennsylvania—will feature single-family homes in both one- and two-story designs, reflecting the low taxes and cost of living in Lebanon County.

Project construction will be completed in four phases, the company said, with 50 home sites being built during the first phase.

In total, the four phases will build 292 homes with the concept of aging in place, including wider entrances, no-step entries, and all floor plans featuring the owner’s suit and laundry on residence’s the first floor. 

The homes will also feature views of the countryside, ample amenities, and a pedestrian-style neighborhood, the company said. 

The $8 million Landmark estimates for the project does not include engineering and land costs. 

Developers Plan $6 Million Hotel-to-Senior Living Renovation

The owners and developers of a former hotel complex in South Toledo, Ohio, are planning to convert the site into a 138-unit senior living community, according to the Toledo Blade.

Genesis Village is expected to open this summer, with one- and two-bedroom “moderately priced” apartments for active seniors aged 55 and older.

Jim Oedy, a local businessman, and his parter Dr. Nathan Hill bought the site for $3 million in January from a Toledo church, says the article. The two estimate it will cost about $6 million to renovate the former hotel, built in 1968, into senior living accommodations. 

The site was operated as a Quality Hotel until 2004, when the church began operating it as a hotel and conference center. It was originally a Holiday Inn, and then a Ramada Inn. 

Upon completion, the Genesis Retirement LLC complex will have amenities including a pool, whirlpool, sauna, locker rooms, fireside cafe, fireplace lounge, a multimedia center with a theater-size screen, a beauty salon, wellness center, fitness center, atrium for games and activities, two courtyards, a vegetable garden, and a five-acre green-space, according to the Toledo Blade. Residents will be provided with three daily chef-prepared meals.

Oedy has experience building and running three other senior living communities, and believes the project’s resort-style amenities will help attract residents and their families. 

$30 Million Senior Living Community Planned in S.C.

Economic Development leaders in Tega Cay, South Carolina say that despite the recession, the youngest city in York County managed to fare “quite well,” reports local radio WRHI.

While the city’s population has grown over the last several years—now hovering around 8,000—according to Tega Cay’s Planning and Development Director Susan Britt, the epicenter of that growth is in the Stonecrest Development. 

The 130-acre site contains a four-acre shopping center and will soon be home to a $30 million senior living community known as Wellmore. 

The commercial development side did take a hit during the recession, says Britt, but the city still managed to average about 100 new building permits a year.

Wellmore will be comprised of six buildings, two-story independent living apartment-style buildings, says Britt, which will take on a sort of campus-style reflected in the architecture. 

The community will also include a wellness center, a therapeutic pool, as well as gourmet dining amenities. 

Wellmore is expected to break ground this summer.

Construction: In the Process

KTGY-Designed Senior Living Community Breaks Ground in Calif.

Resources for Community Development (RCD) has broken ground on Berrellesa Palms, an affordable senior living community in Contra Costa County, California. 

Designed by KTGY, Berrellesa Palms will incorporate the latest in green building design to improve operations performance of the property, help reduce resident utility bills and promote resident health through non-toxic material choices.

The building will provide 48 affordable one-bedroom apartments to frail seniors 62 years of age and over, with incomes between 20%-30% of the area’s median income. 

Residents will be able to benefit from on-site resident services which will be provided by Jewish Family & Children’s Services, specialists in providing essential social services to undeserved seniors in the East Bay. 

Additionally, Contra Costa County Aging and Adult Services Bureau will provide In Home Supportive Services (IHSS), individual case management and other social services. Educational workshops and social events will also be provided by RCD. 

The community will feature a large meeting/community room, library, computer center, fitness room, laundry facilities, landscaped patio, courtyard garden and raised planting beds for resident gardening. 

With an emphasis on an environmental sustainability, Berrellesa Palms is located near transit, shopping, services, entertainment, recreation, employment opportunities and encourages walk-ability. 

Berrellesa Palms will be located in the City of Martinez, at the corner of Berrellesa and Buckley streets.

Estimated completion date is June 2014. 

Construction: Completed

Erickson Living Opens North Dallas CCRC

Highland Springs, an Erickson Living retirement community in North Dallas, recently opened a continuing care neighborhood. 

The continuing care retirement community (CCRC) features 108 residences, offering assisted living, memory care, post-acute rehabilitation and nursing care services. 

Amenities include common rooms, in-room dining options, screened-in porches and gardens to provide residents with a holistic approach to health and wellness. 

Highland Springs incorporates the integrated health care model developed by Erickson health with full-time physicians, electronic medical records and training for all resident-serving employees. 

REES Associates served as the project architect, with the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company serving as the project’s general contractor. 

New Perspective Opens Wisconsin Senior Living Community

New Perspective Senior Living’s newest project, Lighthouse of Sun Prairie, welcomed its first residents Monday, the Wisconsin State Journal reports

Currently the sixth in Wisconsin, the Sun Prairie community is New Perspective’s largest project yet, according to the State Journal, with 144 units and 152 beds to accommodate seniors looking for a range of living arrangements including independent living, assisted living and memory care.

The community will offer 152 apartments including studio, one- and two-bedroom units within 60 independent living units, 48 assisted living units and 44 memory care units. 

The 185,000-square-foot community located in downtown Sun Prairie will feature restaurant-style dining, salon, library, computer room, fitness area, warm water therapy pool, pub, bistro, community rooms, private family dining spaces and a number of outdoor patio spaces.


Construction: Planned

Virginia Senior Living Community Adding Services, Expanding

Brandermill Woods, a senior living community in Brandermill, Va., is expanding by adding additional rental units and enhancing its services and amenities, reports the Times Dispatch.

The 65+ continuing care campus currently features rental cottages and apartments attached to a clubhouse along with healthcare facilities for those with more acute care needs. The expansion will add 93 independent living apartments in one- and two-bedroom units to add to the campus’s existing 66 apartments. 

Brandermill Woods will also get a new wellness center with a fitness room, arts and crafts room, library, and indoor pool, and the clubhouse will be expanded as well. 

The existing 60-bed nursing home will be renovated to turn semi-private rooms to private, and remodel shared private rooms and common spaces into a more homelike environment, says the article. The community’s healthcare facility will also add a 22-bed wing for short-term rehabilitation care. 

Construction on the expansion is expected to start this spring and take about two years to complete. 

Miller-Valentine Group to Develop Affordable Senior Housing Community in Indiana

Miller-Valentine Group is planning the development of an affordable senior apartment complex as part of a larger mixed-use development in Bloomington, Ind.

Patterson Pointe Senior Residence will be a 61-home community with one- and two-bedroom garden-style homes featuring amenities such as energy-efficient design and appliances and large walk-in closets. There will also be a community clubhouse with a fitness center, theater rooms, and a business center.

The development is designated for those aged 55 and older and will have income requirements. 

Erickson Living Plans Rhode Island CCRC

An application to build a continuing care retirement community in Providence, Rhode Island by Redwood-ERC New Providence, LLC (an Erickson Living affiliate) has been approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment, reports  

While construction on the project must begin by June 4 of this year and be completed within 30 months, according to the terms of the resolution, Erickson said a date had not yet been finalized.

The planned CCRC will have 275 independent living units and up to 85 assisted living and skilled nursing beds. The community will also feature restaurants, health and fitness facilities, and spas, among other amenities, such as a club license for residents and guests of the community. 

There will also be three underground levels of parking with 278 spaces for residents and another 137 above-ground parking spots. 

Sumter Retirement Residence to Develop Fla. Senior Care Community

Vancouver, Wash.-based Sumter Retirement Residence LLC is planning a three-story, 54,128-square-foot assisted living and memory care community in Wildwood, Fla., reports The Daily Commercial

Site plans for the 103-unit property have been approved by city commissioners, and the development will be located close to a three acre site where Sumter Retirement Residence plans to build 24 independent retirement cottages.

The assisted living and memory care development would include three daily meals, housekeeping, laundry services, and private bus transportation. Residents will be able to obtain access to medication administration assistance, bathing, grooming, dressing, and assistance with other activities of daily living. 

The planned Oxford Retirement Cottages for independent seniors will consist of six four-plexes featuring two-bedroom units with full kitchens, storage space, and a single car garage. Residents of the cottages will have the option of including meal service, housekeeping, and laundry services as part of their monthly rental package. 

Lutheran SeniorLife Collaboration Plans Senior Living Community

Lutheran SeniorLife and Heritage Valley Health System are planning to build a senior living community on a former hospital site after C.J. Betters Enterprises donated the land for the development, reports the Ellwood City Ledger

The project is for a Greenhouse-model nursing care development that will be an extension of LIFE Beaver County.

Construction is expected to begin this spring on the four houses that will comprise the community and be completed by about January of 2013. Each house will be 7,000 square feet and house 10 residents in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, and will have a shared living room and dining room. 

Construction: In the Process

Life Care Opening $16 Million Rehab Center in Tenneesee

Life Care Centers of America is opening a $16 million rehabilitation center next month in Ooltewah, Tenn., reports the Times Free Press.

The 120-bed Life Care Center of Ooltewah is located adjacent to a shuttered 153-bed former nursing home that Life Care closed in 2009 after it was cited by the state health inspectors for numerous problems. 

The new rehab center has a high-tech rehabilitation gym, library, private dining room, beauty salon and spa, and a doctor’s suite where an in-house physician can provide medical care. 

Next to the 75,562-square-foot building, a Life Care Centers affiliate, Century Park Associates, is building a three-story, 100-unit assisted living community. 

According to the article, Life Care is among the first companies in Tennessee benefiting from a new state law that allows in-house physician care at nursing homes for patients who opt to receive it from the facility’s doctor. A similar model in Florida helped cut the number of rehospitalizations from 43% of patients to just 8%. 

Construction: Completed

Erickson Community Opens New, Expanded Fitness Center

Charlestown, an Erickson Living retirement community in Catonsville, Md., recently opened its newly expanded gym and aquatics center as part of the community’s modernization project. 

The fitness center’s total area is nearly triple in size of the community’s previous gym and allows for trainers to have plenty of room to provide personalized instruction. The gym has more than 2,200 square feet of space for new cardio and strength-training equipment, along with a studio for group classes like spinning and Zumba, and expanded locker rooms. 

The center also features iPod hook-ups, two 50-inch HDTVs, and treadmills with television monitors. 

“More than ever, our residents are pro-active in taking a holistic approach to their health, making the fitness center one of the most-heavily utilized amenities at Charlestown,” said Jeff Watson, Director of Operations for Resident Life for Erickson Living.

A 6,000-square-foot aquatics center is scheduled to re-open this spring. 


Construction: Planned

CNL Healthcare Trust to Invest $21.5 Million Ga. Senior Housing Development

Senior housing and care REIT CNL Healthcare Trust will invest $21.5 million in the development of Dogwood Forest of Acworth, a senior housing community planned for Acworth, Ga. about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta.

The community will be a three-story building with about 85,000 square feet. It will have 92 units: 46 assisted living apartments and 46 memory care suites. Out of the memory care units, 22 will be designated for residents in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, while the remaining units will be reserved for residents requiring specialized memory care.

Dogwood Forest of Acworth will feature a bistro, barber/salon and media room, along with a dining room, common area living room, and sitting areas located throughout the community. 

Solomon Senior Living Holdings, LLC will develop the project, and Trinity Lifestyles Management, Solomon’s affiliated management company, will manage the community under a long-term agreement with CNL Healthcare Trust. 

Erickson Living to Build Continuing Care Building at Kans. Campus

Erickson Living’s Tallgrass Greek retirement community in Overland Park, Kans. will soon begin construction to add a continuing care building to its 65-acre campus in Spring 2013. 

The expansion project will add 28 assisted living apartments, 28 memory care apartments, and 44 skilled nursing rooms, for a total of 100 new units and 104 licensed beds.

A building permit has been issued to manager and developer Erickson Living by the City of Overland Park, and a request for construction bids will be issued to several construction companies, to be awarded in early 2013. 

Lantz-Boggio of Englewood, Colo., will provide architecture and design services.

The first phase of construction will include a common area building that will be the center of the continuing care development, along with a commercial kitchen that will serve all higher levels of care, and an assisted living area that is expected to be ready for operation by December 2013. The second phase will include the addition of long-term care and skilled nursing, as well as memory care. The final phase of building is expected to be completed approximately three months following the opening of the assisted living units. 

The LaSalle Group to Build $11.1 Million Memory Care Community

The LaSalle Group is planning to build a 29,000-square-foot, $11.1 million memory care community in South Barrington, Ill. through its partnership with Silverado Interest. 

Autumn Leaves of South Barrington will be designed specifically with the needs of those with cognitive impairments in mind. The design team uses the most recent Alzheimer’s and dementia research when planning the interior, from the light fixtures to the number of windows to the type of artwork, carpet, paint, and furniture.

The community will include a variety of life enrichment and sensory programming and will also offer free programs to the public including seminars, support groups, memory testing, and free respite care for five hours on Wednesdays to give caregivers a break. 

Autumn Leaves of South Barrington will be managed by Constant Care Family Management, an affiliate of The LaSalle Group, and is expected to open in the first quarter of 2014. 

Construction: In the Process

Senior Care Collaboration Breaks Ground on $59 Million Wisc. Development

The Racine Dominican Sisters and Lincoln Lutheran of Racine senior services agency have broken ground today on a $59 million senior housing development located on 47 acres along Lake Michigan in Racine, Wisc., reports the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

The collaboration between the two groups, Siena on the Lake Inc., will develop land that currently is home to the Dominican Sisters’ Siena Retreat Center, the sisters, and several of their ministries. 

Both organizations’ headquarters will be located in the development along with a range of senior living options from independent living apartments to skilled nursing beds for the Dominican sisters and residents of the Racine community. 

Amenities will include a swimming pool, fitness center, and dining facilities. 

The first phase of the project, with an expected completion date of Fall 2013, will cost about $17.5 million and will include a 47,000-square-foot residence facility for the sisters along with a 48,000-square-foot retreat center. 

The existing Siena Center, described by the Journal Sentinel as an “aging religious community,” is home to about 60 Dominican sisters. The sisters had been seeking a partner to develop the property, allowing them to remain at the site and continue their religious ministries. The partnership with the Lutheran senior services agency was announced last fall. 

First Phase of Extensive Kenyon Senior Living Renovation Commences

The first phase of a renovation at Kenyon Senior Living’s Kenyon Sunset Home can move forward now that the project has received adequate funding, reports the Kenyon Leader

Donations for an extensive renovation and remodeling project to keep the senior living community up-to-date have reached more than $173,000. There’s also a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

There will be two “threshold projects,” the first of which will take about a year and have nine phases, according to the article, although some phases may be combinable. The first project will renovate the east and west wings of Kenyon Sunset Home and will include installing a new, required sprinkler fire protection and alarm system; asbestos abatement; new paint; and new flooring. Lighting, electrical, and plumbing upgrades are also planned, along with a new nurse call system that’s tied into the home’s portable radio set-up. 

Other phases of the project will include general renovations and updates to common spaces and resident rooms. The exterior of Kenyon Sunset Home will also receive some attention in the form of drainage and damp proofing, brick tuck pointing, stucco repair, painting, and the removal of a chimney. 

Clark Developers Breaks Ground on Affordable Senior Housing Project

Clark Developers recently broke on a $60 million senior housing project in New Jersey, reports the local Patch.

Plans for the 55+ development include four, four-story buildings with 329 units comprised of one- and two-bedroom apartments. Per Coalition on Affordable Housing rules, 20% of the units must be designated as low-income housing. One of the buildings will contain a 4,500-square-foot community space. 

Construction: Completed

Senior Solutions Management Group Opens Tenn. ALF

Senior service and care provider Senior Solutions Management Group recently help a grand opening for Wellspring Senior Living, an assisted living and memory care community in West Knoxville, Tenn.

The new community is run by one of just a few Tennessee assisted living providers offering complete assisted living services without a leveling fee attached, through all-inclusive rates.

Wellspring Senior Living offers studio suites and one and two-bedroom apartments, with amenities that include around-the-clock caregivers, a licensed nursing staff, medication management services, state-of-the-art pharmacy services, home-style cuisine, housekeeping, linen and laundry services, beautician and barber services, and scheduled transportation.

There’s also a partnership between the community and Additions Therapy to provide internal outpatient therapy options to residents. 


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Margaret Wylde Chairs ULI’s Senior Housing Council

Margaret A. Wylde, president and CEO of ProMatura Group, LLC, is the new chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Senior Housing Council. Wylde, who has been involved with the council for eight years, will be at the helm in 2013-2015.

As chair, Wylde is responsible for the direction of the Council and ensuring that members get value from it. Overall, ULI’s product councils (of which the Senior Housing Council is one) “play a key role in ULI’s mission of providing leadership in the responsible use of land and creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide,” according to

Wylde said she appreciates the opportunity to further the goals of the Council, including applying research to innovative applications in land-use planning and participating in the exchange of information on the “state of the art” in the development in the development field.

Housing Colorado Welcomes Elisabeth Borden to Board of Directors

Elisabeth Borden, Principal of The Highland Group, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Housing Colorado, a statewide membership organization in support of affordable housing. Housing Colorado is the “unified resource in the state for affordable housing education, information, and advocacy.” Housing Colorado’s annual conference attracts over 500 attendees. The Highland Group is a market research and development planning firm based in Boulder, Colorado, focused exclusively on seniors housing and care communities. 

Silverado Senior Living Appoints New SVP of Community Operations

In her tenth year with Silverado, Michelle Egerer, M.A.Ed. assumes the role of Senior Vice President of nationwide operations for Silverado’s Memory Care Assisted Living communities. Egerer’s career in healthcare spans more than 30 years and includes management of startup and turnaround operations, involvement in mergers and acquisitions, and more than 20 years in executive management roles for a variety of behavioral healthcare organizations.

Egerer’s interest and involvement with dementia grew from personal experience with her grandmother’s progression through memory loss. She joined Silverado in 2002 as Administrator of Silverado’s Memory Care community in Costa Mesa, California, where she received numerous company recognitions including Silverado Community of the Year and Administrator of the Year.

She then continued onto successive roles as Senior Administrator, Regional Administrator and Regional Vice President, where she played an integral role in the startup of Los Angeles and Orange County-area Silverado communities and in the acquisition of Silverado communities from previous providers in other locations.

In addition to her impactful tenure at Silverado, Egerer volunteers on community and state Boards. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County Chapter, she is on the Board of the California Assisted Living Association and is active at a national level with the Assisted Living Federation of America.

Daniel Schwartz Joins New Perspective Senior Living as COO

Daniel Schwartz has joined New Perspective Senior Living, developer and operator of the Lighthouse senior living communities, as chief operating officer (COO) and a partner. Schwartz brings more than 20 years’ experience in health care operations including new development, turn-around and public, private and not-for-profit models. As chief operating officer, he is responsible for the business operations of 12 Lighthouse communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Schwartz comes to New Perspective Senior Living from Addus Healthcare, Inc., Palatine, IL, a home based healthcare company, where he was COO. Prior to Addus, Schwartz was senior vice president of North American Operations at Sunrise Senior Living, McLean, VA, a senior living company with 400 communities.

He earned a Master of Health Care Administration and a BA in psychology from George Washington University, Washington, DC.  He is adjunct professor at George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services. Schwartz belongs to several professional associations, including: National Long Term Care Emerging Leaders Summit Steering Board; founding member of the National Association for Private Duty Home Care and the Pennsylvania and Indiana Assisted Living Associations. He also is a well-known speaker at national professional forums.

Georgia CCRC Park Springs Welcomes Three Top Professionals to Management Team

Isakson Living recently welcomed three new team members to Park Springs, a continuing care retirement community in Atlanta, Ga. owned and operated by Isakson Living.

Jason R. Cronk is the new Executive Director, and he is joined by Stephanie Peoples, Park Springs’ new Director of Nursing, and Reggie Porter, Manager of the community’s state-of-the-art on-site Fitness Center.

Cronk has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Most recently, he served as Interim Executive Director for CRSA LCS Management, a division of Life Care Services in Des Moines, Ia., after spending a year as Senior Director of Operations for CRSA in Guangzhou in the People’s Republic of China.

Peoples, a graduate of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University, has served as Director of Nursing with Briarcliff Haven Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta for two years and before that, as VP of Health Care Services at Lenbrook CCRC.

Porter, who received his B.S. and M.S. in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University, has worked in many areas of the fitness industry, including a position in the cardiac rehabilitation center at St. Joseph’s/Candler Medical Center.

Greater Yield Hires Diana Hueter as Senior Knowledge Leader

Diana Hueter has joined Greater Yield as a Healthcare Senior Knowledge Leader, bringing to the table a level of expertise in the ever-evolving field of healthcare. As a strategic business consulting firm, Greater Yield looks at businesses from an enterprise-wide perspective, analyzing the structures, tools, processes, management styles and other behaviors to identify and solve problems within the organization. Hueter will join Greater Yield’s new healthcare division team.

With more than 30 years in the field, Hueter has extensive knowledge of the healthcare sector, and experience implementing enterprise transformation solutions that achieve best-in-class operational performance. She has worked in workforce health, productivity, quality of care, and cost savings through compliance with evidence-based guidelines that deliver significant bottom-line results.

Prior to joining Greater Yield, Hueter worked with executives from Caterpillar, Dow, Ford Motor Company, Pfizer Health Solutions and Toyota Motors, implementing healthcare improvement initiatives. In addition, she facilitated a national think tank in the development of value-based healthcare processes, and produced an employer health asset management roadmap designed to help organizations execute better employee health initiatives.

American Seniors Association Retains Jeri Thompson as National Policy Director & Spokesperson 

American Seniors Association Holding Group, Inc. (AMSA:PK) today announced it has retained Jeri Thompson as its National Policy Director and Spokesperson.

Thompson is a prominent national political strategist with extensive experience in public policy, lobbying and public relations. Her career highlights include past assignments with the Republican National Committee, the Senate Republican Conference and, in the private sector, with global public relations firm Burson Marsteller. She is also a frequent commentator on politics, current events and family issues for a number of news organizations including Fox News, the American Spectator and the Washington Examiner.

Thompson signed a three-year agreement with American Seniors that includes strategic consulting, media relations, alliance building and governmental relations. She lives in McLean, Va. and is the mother to two children, Hayden and Samuel. She is married to former U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate Fred Thompson. She was born in Hastings, Neb. and raised in Naperville, Ill.

Constant Care Family Management Hires Community Relations Director 

Autumn Leaves of Sugarloaf, an Alzheimer’s and memory care community under construction in Metro Atlanta, has named Divine Taylor community relations director. Taylor will expand her focus as the company develops an additional five or more Alzheimer’s and memory care communities in the Atlanta area. Taylor brings more than 10 years of experience in sales with effective relationship-building skills and a portfolio of success.

Taylor is joining Constant Care Family Management from PQC International, a management consulting firm for which she most recently served as the director of sales and client relations for four years. There she managed a national sales team covering North America in four regions with sales representatives in each. Taylor earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in communications from Bowie State University.

Autumn Leaves of Sugarloaf is currently under construction and scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2013. The nearly $10 million project is the result of a partnership between The LaSalle Group, The Frost National Bank and Silverado Interests, and it will create 200 jobs.

Constant Care Family Management Names New VP of Sales & Marketing

Constant Care Family Management, the property management company for Autumn Leaves memory care communities, has named Laura Kislowski vice president of sales and marketing. Kislowski brings more than 25 years of senior housing and health care experience to the team. Kislowski will oversee the sales and marketing operation at the more than 25 Autumn Leaves Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Communities across the country.

Kislowski joins Constant Care Family Management from Springpoint Senior Living where she most recently served as senior vice president. Kislowski spent five years with the company, and prior to that role, she spent 25 years working in the senior living industry. Kislowski has a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton where she graduated Cum Laude.

Smith Senior Living Names New Chairman, Board Members

George E. Petraitis has been elected to a five-year term as board chair of Smith Senior Living, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving seniors since 1924.
He succeeds Robert A. Berghoff. The Smith board also elected Steven J. Murphy vice-chair and named Anne Z. Schaible, M.D. a new board member.

Petraitis joined the board of Smith Senior Living more than 10 years ago. As president of LaMantia Architects Inc., a division of LaMantia Design and Construction Company in Brookfield, he has shared his experience in architecture, design and sales during a period of unprecedented growth and expansion for Smith retirement communities. He studied architecture at University of Illinois in both Champaign-Urbana and Chicago.

Ashby Ponds Announces Susan Fix as New Dining Services Director

Susan Fix recently joined Erickson Living’s Ashby Ponds retirement community as the new Director of Dining Services. As the Director of Dining Services at Ashby Ponds, she will oversee a staff of 180, as well as the operations in the two dining establishments at the community. Some of those staff include high school students from Loudoun and Fairfax counties who work in a variety of dining service capacities including as servers, restaurant assistants, utility workers, and service coaches. 

Fix has more than 30 years of experience working in the hospitality industry. During her 18 years with Marriot, she worked as the General Manager of food services at Marriott’s International Headquarters in Bethesda. From there, she became a District Manager for Sodexo Marriott in Northern Virginia where her primary focus was strengthening the retail and dining services on the AOL campus in Dulles, Va., as well as for 20 other Fortune 500 corporations in the area.  Following her tenure with Marriott, Fix spent four years as the Resident District Manager for Sodexo USA at Western Washington University.  

Fix graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and English, along with postgraduate work in Business Administration. She holds multiple certifications from Sodexo including Customer Service Excellence, Spirit of Diversity, Clients for Life, Mentoring, and EEO & Affirmative Action. She also has a ServSafe certification.

Saratoga Retirement Community Appoints Cathy Schumacher as Executive Director

Saratoga Retirement Community, a 37-acre, not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in the Silicon Valley, is pleased to announce that Cathy O. Schumacher, RN, BSN, MBA, has been appointed to the position of executive director. 

Schumacher earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Portland, Oregon, and acquired her Master of Business Administration degree from California State University Long Beach. For the last 10 years, she has worked in retirement community management, first as Director of Nursing, then Risk Manager, and finally as Executive Director of a not-for-profit CCRC in southern California. Previously, she served as a nurse for 17 years, including a position as lead and staff nurse at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in southern California, and later worked for seven years in her own geriatric care management firm.

Rob Pfauth Joins EUA As Senior Project Manager

EUA is pleased to announce that Rob Pfauth has joined the firm as a senior project manager in the firm’s growing Living Environments studio.

Pfauth comes to EUA with an extensive background in senior living and has a commitment to cultivating and nurturing client relationships and a passion for serving our aging community. He brings national experience and has worked on projects across the continuum of care in ten states encompassing over two thousand dwelling units/beds.

Pfauth’s growing list of awards, publications and speaking engagements are a testament to his talent and expertise. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments (SAGE), and has been active in the AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community. His most recent speaking engagements include “What the Development Team Sees in Today’s Markets,” for LeadingAge Washington and “Going Green: Greening Your Budget,” for LeadingAge Florida.

Pfauth received a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University and a Master of Architecture from the UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Prior to joining EUA, Pfauth headed LifePLACE Designs, an independent senior living consultancy. Some of his most recent project engagements include Phase Two improvements at Emerald Heights in Redmond, Wash., expansion of the Glenmoor Health Center in St. Augustine, Fla., and the Felician Village repositioning in Manitowoc, Wisc.

Nova Witkowski Hired as Leo A Daly’s Director Business Development for Atlanta Office

The Atlanta office of international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm Leo A Daly welcomes Nova Witkowski, ACHE, LEED® AP, as director of business development. In this role, Witkowski will be responsible for initiating and maintaining contacts with key clients and industry representatives in the local market.

Previously, Witkowski worked in business development and design-build project management for GMK Associates Inc., a planning, design and construction project management firm based in Columbia, S.C., where she managed healthcare opportunities and fostered partnerships among dozens of owners, designers and construction teams. Her client portfolio includes Duke University, Durham, N.C.; Laurens County Health Care System, Clinton, S.C.; Colquitt Regional Medical Center, Moultrie, Ga.; and Floyd Medical Center, Rome, Ga.

Witkowski received her Associate of Applied Science degree in architecture from Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, N.Y., and Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and served on the Atlanta Board of Directors from 2010-2012, and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and the American Hospital Association.

Lifespace Communities Hires Sales Associate for Deerfield Retirement Community

Deerfield Retirement Community has named Dan Reeves as sales associate for this continuing care retirement community, owned and operated by Lifespace Communities, based in Des Moines. Reeves is responsible for educating purpose-driven seniors about the benefits of choosing a Life Care community.

Reeves has more than 35 years of experience in marketing and sales. Prior to joining Deerfield, Reeves was an independent insurance agent, specializing in Medicare Advantage, Supplement and Special Needs plans. He has also worked at Citi Home Equity, and owned and operated Grooms and Reeves Associates, Inc., a commercial and residential property management and cleaning business.

Reeves is a graduate of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts.

Matt Summerville Named as Executive Director of Autumn Leaves of Sugarloaf 

Autumn Leaves of Sugarloaf, an Alzheimer’s and memory care community under construction in Metro Atlanta, has named Matt Summerville executive director of the community. Summerville’s role will expand regionally with the development of additional Autumn Leaves communities in the area. In his position, Summerville will assume responsibility for charting the company’s entry and growth in a new market, developing brand awareness, supervising community operations, and meeting the needs of seniors and their families.  Autumn Leaves of Sugarloaf exclusively serves families living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Prior to joining Autumn Leaves of Sugarloaf, Summerville was the executive director for Emeritus, a senior living community in Sandy Springs, where he led regional move-ins and total consensus growth. Earlier in his career, Summerville also served as community relations manager for Atlas Healthcare and Hospice. Summerville studied economics at the University of Georgia.

Ziegler Hires Senior Living Investment Banker

Ziegler recently announced the hiring of Tad Melton, who is joining the investment bank’s senior living investment banking team as a director in the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic region, operating from Ziegler’s newly established wealth management office in Richmond, Virginia.

Melton joins Ziegler after a highly successful career in healthcare and senior living finance with BB&T and UBS Paine Webber; bringing more than 16 years of investment banking experience to the Ziegler team. In that time, Melton has served as a day-to-day banker on approximately $2.75 billion of financings for CCRCs, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals, including startups, repositionings, refinancings, acquisitions and divestitures. A lifelong Virginian from Harrisonburg, Melton is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College, where he studied Economics and History.

The Heritage at Brentwood Welcomes New Executive Chef Jonathan King

The Heritage at Brentwood, a Life Care Services community, has named hospitality and fine-dining expert Jonathan King as Executive Chef. King brings a lifelong passion for cooking and more than 10 years of culinary experience to developing menus and creating exceptional cuisine for residents and guests at the independent senior living community.

The Heritage’s food and beverage team provide residents with several options to share meals and special occasions with friends and family, including room service, parties in private dining rooms and unique menus for special occasions.

King began cooking as a child, experimenting in the kitchen and watching cooking shows. After earning his degree in culinary arts at Volunteer State Community College, he completed a three-year apprenticeship at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention through the American Culinary Federation. King continued with Gaylord in various positions, as junior sous chef at Cascades American Café, senior sous chef and executive chef in room dining and Jack Daniel’s, and executive chef at Solario, Gaylord’s Mexican-theme venue, before overseeing culinary operations for the restaurants in the Delta Atrium. King also worked as sous chef at the popular Nashville restaurant Bound’ry.

The Palace Group Promotes Josh Cabrera to Executive Director for Newest Community

The Palace Group has promoted Josh Cabrera to the role of executive director of the new Palace at Coral Gables which will open in spring, 2013.

In this position, Cabrera will supervise the luxury community’s varied department managers including hospitality and food service, operations, maintenance and activities. He is responsible for implementing the policies and procedures established by The Palace Group to assure residents the highest level of customer service and care.

Cabrera brings nearly 15 years of senior housing experience to this leadership position having joined the company in 1999. He began his career at The Palace while attending Florida International University where he received a degree in business administration. He is also a licensed assisted living administrator.

Most recently Cabrera was the general manager of The Palace Gardens in Homestead, one of the company’s assisted living communities, having been promoted from Director of Administration and Customer Service for The Palace Renaissance, the company’s Kendall assisted living community. Cabrera has been the recipient of the company’s prestigious Manager of the Year award seven times.

UMRC Welcomes New Executive Director for Heritage Foundation

United Methodist Retirement Communities, Inc. (UMRC) a nonprofit leader in senior residential and healthcare services, has selected Wendy Brightman as the Executive Director of its charitable arm, the UMRC Heritage Foundation.

In her new position, Brightman will lead fundraising efforts and oversee the Foundation’s staff. The UMRC Heritage Foundation focuses on raising funds to support the benevolent care program for residents in need of financial assistance to remain in their UMRC home and to support additional operating needs of UMRC.

Brightman brings more than 12 years of fundraising and leadership experience to UMRC. Most recently, she served as Managing Director of Ele’s Place in Ann Arbor. Her previous experience focused on healthcare, social service and education development roles in Michigan and Ohio.

Oak Grove Capital Welcomes Paul Barrett as SVP in New Boston Office

Oak Grove Capital, a leading national provider of real estate financial services, announced that Paul Barrett has joined the St. Paul-based mortgage lender as senior vice president. Barrett will focus on new loan originations and will lead a new office that Oak Grove is opening in the Boston market.

Barrett’s experience over the past 25 years has bridged both the public and private sectors, ranging from community and business development, to economic policy, to capital markets and fund development. Prior to joining Oak Grove Capital, Barrett was the Northeast director for the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, a $4.5 billion fund that invests in multifamily housing developments across the country. Barrett has also previously held positions as the director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Rhode Island State Secretary of Economic Development, and the chairman of Bank Malden.


Construction: Planned

Flintridge Partners to Begin Construction on Calif. Community

Flintridge Partners is planning to break ground on a new senior living community in Laguna Niguel, Calif., in early 2013. 

Crestavilla will be a resort-style community offering independent living, assisted living, and memory care services. The development, located on 11.5 acres, will also feature restaurants, a spa, theaters, and a spiritual resource center. The community is located near major transportation corridors, shopping centers, medical, cultural, and recreational venues. 

The 80,000-square-foot project will feature studio and one- and two-bedroom residences.

Methodist Retirement Communities to Open Memory Support Community in Texas

Methodist Retirement Communities will soon open a memory support wing in an existing retirement community in the Hunstville area of Texas—the first and only such community offering dementia and Alzheimer’s care in the region. CreekSide Retirement Community is owned and operated by Methodist Retirement Communities of The Woodlands and will be completed in early 2013.

The community will include 18 memory support units on the bottom floor of a 3-story structure that already offers independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing services. 

US Memory Care to Open Two New Senior Care Locations

US Memory Care, LLC has two more memory care projects in the works in Texas.

The North Dallas/Plano project will be an estimated $14 million, 57,000-square-foot community on 4.4 acres with 75 memory care beds. It’s expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2013.

The second project is located in the 650-acre “Vintage,” a master-planned community in northwest Houston. This project will also cost approximately $14 million and will be 57,000-square-feet with 75 memory care beds, and also has a projected opening date in the fourth quarter of 2013. 

Both communities are developed around a “Main Street” themed common area with a beauty salon and barber shop, town hall for movies, private dining area, relaxation room, music hall, and sweet shop. 

The developments will include private and semi-private rooms in three secure neighborhoods designed to match residents’ needs based on their level of cognitive impairment. 

America Development, a Dallas-based healthcare facility developer, has been selected to partner with US Memory Care for both projects. 

Construction: In the Process

Christian Care Communities Begins $2.6 Million Renovation Project

Christian Care Communities recently began a $2.6 million renovation project to take its downtown Louisville senior living community green, reports The Lane Report.

The renovation and energy savings project will provide the community’s three buildings, Chapel House, Friendship House, and Christian Health Center with a more energy-efficient campus. Planned improvements include brighter, energy-efficient lighting; new boilers and improved air conditioning; additional insulation; and water conserving plumbing fixtures. 

Johnson Controls will manage the renovation, with has already begun. Future energy savings are expected to be significant: Current utility costs at the community average about $47,000 per month, which will decrease to $34,000 a month following the completion of the project, guaranteed by a 15-year energy saving performance contract with Johnson Controls. 

United Bank & Trust Company in Georgetown, Ky., provided financing for the renovation. 

Assisted Living of Arizona, LLC Breaks Ground on ALF

Assisted Living of Arizona, LLC recently broke ground on phase one of Heritage Village Assisted Living in Mesa, Ariz., with three additional phases planed over the next two years. 

Upon completion, the community will have eight single-level luxury homes and one medical office building. Each approximately 6,500-square-foot home will accommodate 20 residents, and the community will have capacity for 160 residents. Resident will have private rooms and bathrooms in a home-like environment. 

The individualized homes are meant to allow the community to designate buildings for any age group with those suffering from latent stages of disease such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s, and diabetes, said Stan Hosac, the community’s director of management and operations. 

Gary Crosby, a local builder/developer who owns the project, is involved with the development, which will provide assisted living for those with specific needs such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, and hospice, along with the other services named above. 

Erickson Living Begins Construction on Continuing Care Neighborhood

Erickson Living’s Ashby Ponds retirement community in Loudoun County, Va. recently began construction on its continuing care neighborhood to complete its goal of providing all levels of healthcare at one site.

The four-story, 120,000-square-foot building will have 132 residences offering assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation, and skilled nursing services. The private apartments will have full private baths and showers, walk-in closets, and granite countertops, and residents will have access to the amenities and services offered by Ashby Ponds.

Lantz-Boggio Architects designed the project, and Whiting-Turner has been selected as general contractor. Ashby Ponds’ independent living residential building opened in April of this year and has 80 apartment-style homes that are fully occupied.

Construction on the continuing care neighborhood is expected to be completed in early spring 2014.

The Hollinger Group Breaks Ground on $13.5 Million Senior Care Community 

The Hollinger Group, based in Cumberland County, Pa., recently began construction on a medical rehabilitation and senior living community near Mechanicsburg, Pa., reports the Central Penn Business Journal

The senior housing and care provider is partnering with Vibra Healthcare LLC (headed by the same CEO) for the project, which will cost an estimated $13.5 million. The VibraLife development will be comprised of a 48-bed rehabilitation center, along with Vibra Senior Living, offering 36 personal care beds and 10 memory care beds.

The community is expected to open in Fall 2013. 

Construction: Completed

Bloomfield Senior Living Completes S.C. Memory Care Community expansion

Bloomfield Senior Living recently completed its expansion of Belfair Gardens, a memory care community in Bluffton, S.C. designed to accommodate those with Alzheimer’s and dementia care needs. 

The state-of-the-art, 25-unit addition opened in December, comprised of both private and “companionship” suites. Licensed for 45 more residents, the expansion makes Belfair Gardens South Carolina’s largest Alzheimer’s and dementia care program. 

The community features a low staff-to-resident ratio, sensory-based programming, personalized attention, and resident-centered healthcare. 


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Gensler Named Vice President of Business Development

Scott Gensler, Erickson Living’s Vice President of Financial Planning, Analysis and Reporting, has been selected as the company’s new Vice President of Business Development. In this new leadership position, Gensler will work within the company’s Corporate Affairs Division to identify and evaluate new business opportunities. Gensler has been with Erickson for more than 15 years and has an impressive knowledge of key aspects of the business, says the company, including Finance, Sales and Marketing, and Operations. 

OnShift Announces Vice President of Customer Success

OnShift recently announced Paul Chilensky as the company’s Vice President of Customer Success. Chilensky has more than 25 years of experience building and managing global service and support organizations for software companies, and has successfully grown service revenue and customer satisfaction to record levels with each organization. His healthcare background includes the long-term care industry, having led and implemented services strategies for sustainable customer satisfaction in a leading pharmaceutical systems company. Chilensky will lead OnShift’s customer implementation, services and support organization, ensuring that clients maximize their financial, operational and clinical outcomes with the use of OnShift. 

Ventas Names John Hart Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) has appointed John K. Hart to the newly created position of Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer reporting to the Company’s Chief Financial Officer.

Hart joined Ventas from CME Group Inc. where he worked for 16 years, most recently as Managing Director of Technology. At the CME, where he supervised a team of 200 IT professionals, Hart was responsible for managing the exchange’s enterprise architecture, business systems, security, telecommunications, networking, help desk and operations. Earlier in his career he was an assistant vice president at First Options in Chicago, and prior to that he was a senior network architect with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Hart received his Bachelor of Industrial Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and his MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

AHEPA Management Company Names Solberg as Assistant Director of Compliance

AHEPA Management Company, a property management firm providing onsite management for affordable senior housing communities nationwide, has announced the promotion of Amy Solberg to the position of Assistant Director of Compliance. In her new role, Solberg ensures that AHEPA senior affordable apartment properties are in compliance with various state and federal funding programs. She also provides compliance oversight for HUD and other regulatory policies as they pertain to programs, AMC property manager training, Yardi software support, and Fair Housing compliance.

Solberg has nine years of experience in property management and subsidized housing. She joined AHEPA Management Company in 2006 as Property Manager for AHEPA 113 Apartments in Beavercreek, Ohio. Previously, she was Property Manager for subsidized housing management firm Gorsuch Management in Lancaster, Ohio.

Clara Parker Named Executive Director of Charlestown

Erickson Living has named Clara Parker as the Executive Director of Charlestown, the continuing care retirement community in Catonsville, Md. Parker has more than 25 years of not-for-profit experience. In 2005, she began her career with Baltimore-based Erickson Living as the Director of Finance at Oak Crest. Most recently, Parker served as the Vice President-Regional Finance Director for Erickson Living communities throughout the country. As Executive Director, Parker will be responsible for the daily operations and major capital projects of the 110-acre campus that is home to more than 2,000 residents served by 1,100 employees. 

Prior to joining Erickson Living, Parker served as the Senior Director of Finance for the American Red Cross at its national headquarters in Washington D.C. A resident of Severna Park, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from Towson University and attended the Executive MBA Program at Loyola University in Maryland.

Beech Street Capital Hires Sherman as EVP of Seniors Housing

Beech Street Capital, LLC has hired James Sherman as Executive Vice President of Seniors Housing to continue building the company’s seniors housing practice. Sherman comes to Beech Street from RED Capital Group, where he was a senior managing director leading the senior housing and long-term care group.  He is a recognized leader in the industry, having served on the boards of many professional organizations, including a term as president of the National Association of Seniors Living Industries. Sherman was also president and CEO of Churchill Estates, an assisted living provider. Announces Expansion of Executive Management Team recently added three new executives to its management team. Rob Frerichs was hired as Vice President of Business Development and Deborah King as Director of Care Advising. In addition, the company promoted Ron White, Vice President of Sales, to direct the Account Management team. The new management team was put into place to oversee’s rapid business expansion and growing staff.

The site’s Vice President of Sales, Ron White, took over leadership of the Account Management team in April 2012. White will oversee the maintenance and expansion of current business relationships. For more than 10 years, White has been a leader in the internet marketing and advertising industry. Rob Frerichs was brought on as the Vice President of Business Development in May 2012. Prior to joining, Frerichs was directly responsible for creating winning sales strategies that have built recurring revenue streams for Market Leader and numerous startups. Deb King was promoted to Director of Care Advising in June 2012. 

Walker & Dunlop Hires SVP of FHA Finance Division

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE:WD) announced that Michael B. Vaughn has joined the Company as senior vice president & head of the Company’s FHA Finance Healthcare department. Mr. Vaughn will manage origination, underwriting, and quality control of all Healthcare loans.

Prior to joining Walker & Dunlop, Vaughn held several positions at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Most recently he was Director of the Office of Residential Care Facilities, part of the Office of Healthcare Programs. While there, Vaughn was directly responsible for origination and asset management activities related to the $17.5 billion portfolio of Section 232 Insured Mortgages on Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities. Under his leadership, the LEAN (Section 232) program reached a level of production of over 800 loans a year, $6 billion in commitments and issued approvals on the largest nursing home portfolio ever processed by HUD. Earlier at HUD, Vaughn was personally responsible for a large number of Mark-to-Market, Mixed-Finance public housing and tax credit transactions.

Previously, in the private sector, Vaughn was a senior vice president of the Bank of New York’s Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Multifamily lender, ARCS Mortgage. He received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and his MBA from Yale University’s School of Public and Private Management.

Integral Senior Living Announces a New Regional Director of Operations

Integral Senior Living has appointed Roxanne Gooding as a Regional Director of Operations. In this newly created position, Gooding will oversee operations for a number of ISL communities. Gooding brings over 18 years of senior living executive management and healthcare experience to the position. In her new role, she will be responsible for providing operational guidance and support to many of ISL’s communities.

Most recently, Gooding was a RCFE consultant. Prior to consulting, she was with Westmont Living in a variety of positions including Regional Director of Operations, Executive Director and Resident Services Director. Before her time at Westmont, she was with Seniorcare Communities, Atria Senior Living, Addus Healthcare and Koerick Sterling Communities. Gooding is a licensed Vocational Nurse, and has a RCFE Administrator Certificate and an A.A. in Business Management.

Remedi SeniorCare Names Michael Freedman Regional Sales Manager

Remedi SeniorCare has named seasoned industry executive Michael Freedman as its new Regional Sales Manager. Freedman is responsible for Remedi’s long-term care customers throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Northern Delaware and will drive growth via Remedi’s innovative offerings, including the Paxit 24-hour unit-dose medication administration system, Connexit electronic data interchange, the My Remedi customer portal and Remedi’s RapidResponse(SM) service delivery model. Among his initial focus is to support and deepen Remedi’s preferred provider relationship with Kairos Health Systems, a leading Group Purchasing Organization to the non-profit senior housing industry.

Most recently, Freedman was an account executive with AmerisourceBergen Technology Group, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical services companies. There he was responsible for the sales of automated pharmacy packaging devices to the long-term care and retail pharmacy market. Freedman holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Penn State University in Health Planning Administration.

Flores Named Executive Director at Carlton Plaza Elk Grove

Mrs. Lindsey Flores has been promoted to executive director of Carlton Plaza Elk Grove in Elk Grove, Calif. Flores has gained extensive experience overseeing community operations since joining the company in 2005 at Carlton Plaza of Sacramento where she headed the resident activities program for several years and most recently was director of resident care first for Carlton Plaza Sacramento and then for Carlton Crown Plaza Sacramento, which specializes in enhanced assisted living.

Flores was participating in Carlton’s Senior Executive Training program when she was selected to open Carlton Plaza Elk Grove as executive director. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from California State University of Sacramento and is certified by the State of California as an administrator of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs).

National Housing Conference Announces Hire of N.C. Housing Coalition’s Chris Estes

The National Housing Conference (NHC), the nonprofit affordable housing advocacy group known as the United Voice for Housing, today announced that Chris Estes will join the 81-year-old housing organization as its new president and CEO. Estes is currently the executive director of the N.C. Housing Coalition, a post he has held since 2003. In his new position, Estes will lead NHC’s policy and advocacy work both in Washington and throughout the country. He will also work closely with NHC’s research affiliate, the Center for Housing Policy, to make the case for affordable housing and develop effective housing policy solutions. In making the announcement, NHC Chair John L. Kelly cited Estes’ record of successful leadership and organization-building expertise.

Estes already had extensive experience in economic development, smart growth advocacy, welfare reform, workforce development, affordable housing development and asset-building research before joining the N.C. coalition as its executive director in September 2003. He holds masters degrees in Social Work and in City and Regional Planning, both from UNC-Chapel Hill. 

RED CAPITAL GROUP, LLC Hires Kathryn Burton Gray

RED CAPITAL GROUP, LLC is expanding its health care and seniors housing platforms with the hiring of Kathryn Burton Gray to lead the effort nationwide. Burton Gray will play a key role in RED’s continued expansion in the industry. With over 25 years of experience, Burton Gray brings a proven history of strategic business development, lending expertise, and market share growth. She previously served as a managing director with CIT’s health care unit.

Highland Springs Hires Cecilia Saucedo as Director of Continuing Care

Highland Springs announced the hiring of Cecilia Saucedo as its first Director of Continuing Care. Saucedo has more than 22 years of professional experience in the senior living industry, mainly with skilled nursing facilities. In 2003, she earned her licensure as a Nursing Facility Administrator. Saucedo received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Wesleyan University. The Texas native is a member of the Texas Health Care Association. 

United Methodist Retirement Communities Hires New Health Services Administrator at Chelsea Retirement Community

United Methodist Retirement Communities, Inc. (UMRC) has hired Lee Karson as the new Health Services Administrator at Chelsea Retirement Community. In his new position, Karson will be responsible for the day-to-day functions of Kresge Rehabilitation Center on the Chelsea Retirement Community campus. Karson’s previous experience involves more than 35 years of administration in the healthcare sector. Most recently, Karson was the Grand Blanc Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Administrator in Grand Blanc, Mich. where he worked in all aspects of clinical and operational outcomes and assisted in the development of annual budgets. 

Presbyterian Retirement Communities NW Welcomes New Corporate Director of Human Resources

Presbyterian Retirement Communities Northwest (PRCN) has announced that Larry Dart has joined the organization as Corporate Director of Human Resources. Dart brings years of experience in the areas of finance, human resources and operations. He will oversee the Human Resource department of PRCN and its three senior living communities: Exeter House, Park Shore and Skyline at First Hill.

Most recently, Dart worked for the Youth Hostel Association of New Zealand, where he managed the day-to-day operations in the largest business for the #1 budget accommodation provider in New Zealand. He led a team of 25 people across two properties with 330 beds and $2 million in sales. Previously, Dart was a Human Resources consultant where he provided strategic and operational direction to clients in the food service industry. Dart has a Bachelor of Science from Millikin University from Decatur, Ill. 

AHEPA Names Cavanaugh as Regional Manager

AHEPA Management Company has announced the promotion of Judy Cavanaugh to the position of Regional Manager for Region 7. In her new role, Ms. Cavanaugh oversees the property managers and operations for 10 affordable senior apartment properties managed by AHEPA Management Company, including financials, daily operations, maintenance upkeep, yearly budgets, inspections and property visits. Region 7 properties include AHEPA 35 Apartments in Nashua, NH; Penelope 35 and 35-II Apartments in Bloomington, MN; AHEPA 39 Apartments in Haverhill, MA; AHEPA 53, 53-II, and 53-III Apartments in St. Louis, MO; Penelope 120 Apartments in Peabody, MA, and AHEPA 343 Apartments in LaVergne, TN.  She joined AHEPA Management Company in 1998 and holds the Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS) designation, the Certified Manager of Maintenance (CMM) designation and the Assisted Manager of Housing (AMH) through Quadel designation from NCHM, the National Center for Housing Management.

Jeffrey R. Leeds Appointed Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Brookdale

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE:BKD) recently announced that Brookdale’s Board of Directors has appointed Jeffrey R. Leeds to serve as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board.  Leeds has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Company’s Audit Committee since November 2005. He retired as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GreenPoint Financial Corporation and GreenPoint Bank in October 2004, in which capacities he served since January 1999. Prior to that, Leeds was Executive Vice President, Finance and Senior Vice President and Treasurer of GreenPoint.

HouseWorks Announces New Executive Director in Greater Washington

HouseWorks has announced the hire of its new Executive Director of GreaterWashington, Joan Hyman. Hyman spent four years as Senior Vice President of Development and MemberServices at the Beacon Institute—Lifespan’s education arm—focusing on the establishment ofcutting-edge programs and enhancing value-based services for health care providers. Prior toLifeSpan, Hyman worked in a variety of settings including the Charlestown Continuing Care Retirement Community in Catonsville, Md., HCR Manorcare in Silver Spring, Md., and the Gladys Spellman Specialty Hospital and Nursing Center in Cheverly, Md.

Capitol Lakes Promotes Feldbruegge to Sales Director and Hires Czekalski as Marketing Coordinator

Capitol Lakes has promoted Debra (Deb) Feldbruegge to the position of Sales Director. She has been with Capitol Lakes since 2008, previously serving as Marketing Representative.In addition to her four years’ experience at Capitol Lakes, Feldbruegge contributes 10 years’ experience in real estate sales and extensive experience in accounting and retail management. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Marketing, has an active state of Wisconsin real estate license, and maintains an avid interest in current market conditions and real estate trends in Dane County.

Morgan Czekalski has been hired to become the new Marketing Coordinator at Capitol Lakes, working closely with Feldbruegge. In 2009, Czekalski earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Marketing from Chippewa Valley Technical College, and she graduated from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Communications.