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Happy New Year to all from Senior Housing News! With 2014 in full swing—and off to a frigid start—senior living professionals are staying warm by moving up the corporate ladder. Find out more about the latest hirings, promotions, and appointments happening across the industry in the announcements below. 

Are you looking for a new career? Check out senior housing employment opportunities nationwide on SHN’s job board, with Cambridge Realty Capital and Contemporary Healthcare Capital among those hiring. 

Employers: Take advantage of our job board to look for some of the best and brightest in the industry. Post a job on the SHN jobs board for less than $1 per day, and attract local and national candidates through our system that leverages these postings throughout the SimplyHired network. Post a job today.

Holiday Names Oscar Cardona as Chief HR Officer

Holiday Retirement recently announced the appointment of Oscar Cardona to the role of chief human resources officer.

Cardona started his career in human resources at Cigna in the 1980s, leaving the company as a vice president for human resources in 1998. He then joined NIKE, serving in a variety of executive roles at its headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., and at the company’s EMEA offices in Amsterdam. Cardona returned to the United States to become a senior HR executive for NIKE in 2008.

Cardona has a J.D. from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, Calif., and a B.A. in political science from Beloit College in Beloit, Wis. He lives in Oregon with his family and has been active in a variety of civic organizations including the Portland Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, his church, and a variety of youth football organizations. Cardona is also on the Board of Trustees for his alma mater, Beloit College.

Tazergy, Inc. Names Larry Kaskel President

Matt Haywood, CEO of Tazergy, Inc., a diverse, low-voltage technology and IT managed services firm concentrating on senior living markets in North America, recently announced the appointment of Larry Kaskel as President.

Kaskel, an industry veteran for several years with Sunrise Senior Living, most recently held the position of Director of Operations at The Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours. Under Kaskel’s term at Bon Secours, the conference center experienced its all-time optimum growth and financial status. 

Sanda Cox Named Director of Field Services at Tazergy Inc.

Tazergy Inc. has appointed Sandra Cox as Director of Field Services where she will be responsible for coordinating all subcontractor/vendor relationships with Tazergy customers. 

Cox most recently served as Infrastructure Services Manager/Service Specialist for AGC Networks from 2011-2013, preceded by multiple customer service and account manager and IT support positions with Xeta/Windstream, Comtech Business Phones and Capetronic USA (HK) Inc.

Donna Galluzzo, CEO of HMS, Named Vice-Chair of CBIA’s Board of Directors

Donna Galluzzo, the president and CEO of HMS Healthcare Management Solutions, Inc., has been elected to the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s board of directors along with three other Connecticut CEOs, James Torgerson, Jr., Rober Sobolewski, and Donald Droppo, Jr.

Prior to founding HMS Healthcare Management Solutions, Inc. in 1996, Galluzzo was the president and CEO of Connecticut VNA, Inc., the largest network of home health agencies in New England. Before that, she was a principal at AccessOne Health System, LLC, a Connecticut state-licensed utilization and case management organization. 

The LaSalle Group Promotes John Barbee to EVP

The LaSalle Group, Inc. has announced the promotion of John Barbee to Executive Vice President – Real Estate. In this capacity, he will lead three divisions of the company as their President: Winfield Design, LLC; MWW Development, LLC; and Lake Superior Contracting, LP.

Barbee joined The LaSalle Group in 2006 as a Project Manager working within the construction division, bringing over 23 years of industry experience. Within two years, Barbee advanced to the role of Vice President of Construction, and in 2012, Barbee’s responsibilities were expanded to also include Vice President of Design and Development.

As Executive Vice President, Barbee will continue to lead these three divisions of The LaSalle Group while also participating as a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, focusing on strategic initiatives for the overall company. Barbee has been instrumental in establishing the unique and successful business model that is in place today and has been an integral part of the growth and future plans for The LaSalle Group.

Timothy Naughton Joins Health Care REIT’s Board of Directors

Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN) announced Dec. 18 that Timothy J. Naughton, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE:AVB), has been named to its board of directors.

Naughton has more than 20 years of experience in the REIT and commercial real estate sectors. AvalonBay Communities, Inc. is a real estate investment trust with $22 billion in enterprise value focused on developing, redeveloping, acquiring and managing high-quality apartment communities in high barrier-to-entry markets of the United States.

Prior to being named CEO of AvalonBay in January 2012, Naughton served as President for seven years, where he was responsible for the performance and coordination of various activities, including development, redevelopment, construction, acquisitions, dispositions, asset management and property operations. Prior to becoming President, Naughton served AvalonBay in a variety of capacities, including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Regional Vice President of Development and Acquisitions. He has been with AvalonBay or its predecessors since 1989.

Naughton received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1987 and earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1983, where he graduated with High Distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), where he serves on the Executive Committee; the Real Estate Round Table; the National Multi-Housing Council, where he serves on the Executive Committee; and the Multifamily Product Council of the Urban Land Institute.

Tim Stuteville Named Associate ED at Querencia at Barton Creek

Querencia at Barton Creek senior living community, a life care resort sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation, has named Tim Stuteville associate executive director.

Stuteville joins the team from Wesleyan at Scenic, Georgetown, Texas, where he was administrator of the 222-bed Medicare skilled nursing facility that also has two memory care units. He has eighteen years experience serving as administrator at communities in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Professions from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

He is a Licensed Texas Nursing Facility Administrator, and he has a Master of Business Administration from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas.

Grandbridge Real Estate Hires Davis as Seniors Housing & Healthcare Finance Group VP

Grandbridge Real Estate Capital has hired Meredith Davis as a vice president in its Seniors Housing & Healthcare Finance Group based in Birmingham, Ala.

Davis brings more than 15 years of experience in the seniors housing and healthcare finance industry to her new role.

The Birmingham, Ala. native earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in business from Auburn University. She is member of the American Seniors Housing Association and an active participant in the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC). Davis has been a featured speaker at numerous seniors housing events including the Senior Care Investor’s audio conference on long-term care initiatives.

Robert Horne Joins REDICO as Senior Vice President – Investments

REDICO, a full-service real estate development and investment company headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, announced recently that Robert D. Horne has joined the company as Senior Vice President – Investments.

Horne has 28 years of experience in commercial development, land development and investment transactions. In this newly created position, he will assist REDICO in expanding its national real estate portfolio in commercial properties. He will also be active in working with REDICO’s affiliate company, American House in the development of its signature senior living communities in select locations throughout the United States.

Joining REDICO from Dodge Capital, LLC in Winnetka, Illinois—a company he founded in 2002—Horne will leverage his vast Midwest real estate network and is establishing REDICO’s first full-time Chicago office in December 2013.

Horne will apply his extensive real estate experience to assist in the execution of REDICO’s strategic acquisition plans while also helping grow the company’s property portfolio in the target areas of the Midwest and Southeast United States. An expert in raising equity, structuring debt and managing all aspects of the development process in retail, office and commercial properties, he will work with Chief Investment Officer Dietrich Knoer.

Prior to founding Dodge Capital Horne served as a Senior Vice President at Jones Lang Lasalle; and Vice President with Arthur Hill & Co. He launched his career in real estate with Homart Development, where he developed both office and retail properties around the country.

Horne earned his M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a B.A. from Boston College. He is a board member of the Chicago Foundation for Education and the Lurie Children’s Hospital Foundation and is active in many civic and professional organizations in Chicago.

Christine Wise-Vazquez to Head N.Y. Assisted Living Board

Christine K. Wise-Vazquez of Middletown, N.Y. has been elected president of the Empire State Association of Assisted Living, New York’s assisted living trade group. 

Wise-Vazquez is vice president of placement management and marketing development for Elant, a Hudson Valley-based senior housing provider. She has nearly two decades of senior- and executive-level leadership experience.

CarePatrol Franchise Systems Announces Jack Owen as New EVP

CarePatrol Franchise Systems has announced the selection of Jack Owen to join the corporate team in a newly created position as Executive Vice President. CarePatrol provides free senior living placement services that enable seniors and their families to successfully evaluate and select independent living, assisted living, nursing homes, or Dementia and Alzheimer’s memory care communities.

Previously, Owen served as Executive Vice President at Pipeline Success, Inc., the nation’s largest senior care lead generation firm. There, he developed new senior care lines of business as well as dental and medical verticals and managed strategic relationships.

Owen has served in leadership roles of fast growth companies as COO of World Avenue and Managing Director of imc2. He has also held executive roles with large corporations including VP of Global Consulting Services for Merant, and VP of Engineering and Fulfillment for Memorex Telex. With a diverse background in sales, marketing, operations, business development, and experience transforming businesses and growing profits, Owen will continue to enhance the rapid expansion of CarePatrol Franchise Systems nationwide.

Erickson Names Christopher Finley as Director of Nursing at Dallas Community

Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the hiring of Christopher Finley, RN as its Director of Nursing.

Finley brings eight years of health care experience, ranging from emergency room to intensive care unit work, to the continuing care neighborhood of Highland Springs. Previously, he oversaw the rehabilitation department at Presbyterian Village North.

In his role as Director of Nursing, Finley will be committed to positive outcomes by providing resident-centered health care and fostering a culture of high-quality service excellence to residents and their families. Staff education will also be a major focus.

Finley is certified in ACLS (Adult Cardiovascular Life Support), trained in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and serves as a Healthcare CPR instructor. He also held a certification as an Oncology Certified Nurse.

A resident of Sachse, Texas, he holds a degree in Nursing from El Centro College in Dallas. He is currently working toward a BSN through Southwest Kingston University.

Jones Lang LaSalle Adds Senior Housing Expert as Demand Grows

Jones Lang LaSalle’s Capital Markets recently announced the firm has hired Alan Ursillo as a Senior Vice President specializing in the sale of senior housing properties. Ursillo will work under the direction of Managing Director and leader of the firm’s Healthcare Capital Markets, Mindy Berman.

Over the course of his career, Ursillo served in various sales positions at several national real estate firms and has garnered more than 25 years of sales experience in the senior housing, retail, office and multifamily sectors. During his career, he has sold more than $150 million in assets. He also served as president of Sportscenter Development, a company that built youth sports centers.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from United States International University/California Western.

NewYork-Presbyterian Names New Senior VP and COO

Dr. Cam Patterson has been appointed senior vice president and chief operating officer at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, effective January 6, 2014. Dr. Patterson arrives from the University of North Carolina, where he served in multiple leadership roles including physician-in-chief at the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care, executive director of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute, chief of the division of cardiology, and associate dean of health care entrepreneurship.

In his new role, Dr. Patterson will be responsible for the strategic direction and management of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, one of the six campuses of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Patterson will report to Dr. Laura Forese, group senior vice president and recently named president of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.

After receiving his medical degree from Emory University, Dr. Patterson served as a resident and chief resident in internal medicine at Emory University Hospital. He then completed a research fellowship in cardiovascular biology at the Harvard School of Public Health and a clinical fellowship in cardiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He also holds a master of business administration from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler School of Business.

Lancaster Pollard’s Harvey Appointed Chair of MBA Multifamily Council Subcommittee

Lancaster Pollard recently announced that Michelle (Shelly) A. Harvey, vice president and servicing manager, recently has been appointed chairperson of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Multifamily Council’s FHA Servicers Subcommittee, according to Brian Pollard, senior managing director of the national investment banking, mortgage banking and investment advisory firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Her term of service is for one year.

The MBA is the national association representing the real estate finance industry. In addition to promoting the nation’s residential and commercial real estate markets and expanding home ownership, it works to extend access to affordable housing to all Americans.

Harvey has led the mortgage servicing department for Lancaster Pollard’s portfolio of construction and permanent loans since 2001. In that capacity, she has been instrumental in the growth and development of the mortgage servicing department by authoring policy and procedure, implementing a sound operating infrastructure, focusing on long-range and strategic planning, implementing advancements in technology and practicing risk mitigation. She has served on the MBA’s Multifamily Council’s FHA Servicing Subcommittee for the past 10 years.

Stuart Lodge Appoints Randy Kelly as Executive Director

Randy Kelly has been named the executive director of Stuart Lodge, a senior living community coming soon to Stuart, Fla. Kelly, who has more than 20 years of senior living management experience, will directly oversee Stuart Lodge’s daily operations after its expected Spring 2014 opening. 

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It’s beginning to look—and feel—a lot like Christmas, as holiday decorations go up and cold temperatures sweep the nation. But winter weather isn’t enough to stop senior living professionals around the country from being hired, promoted, or honored with industry awards this month’s edition of Movers & Shakers. 

Are you looking for a new career? Check out senior housing employment opportunities nationwide on SHN’s job board, with Era Living and Contemporary Healthcare Capital among those hiring. 

Employers: Take advantage of our job board to look for some of the best and brightest in the industry. Post a job on the SHN jobs board for less than $1 per day, and attract local and national candidates through our system that leverages these postings throughout the SimplyHired network. Post a job today.

KTGY Director Gina Nixon Honored with SAGE Award 

National firm KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning recently announced that the 55+ Housing Council, a special interest council of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, has honored KTGY Director Gina Nixon with the SAGE Award for Volunteer of the Year.

Initiated in 1995, the SAGE Awards honor individuals, projects and programs that have made an outstanding contribution to enhancing the quality of life of residents aged 55+ living in Southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego. 

Nixon brings 25 years of demonstrated strategic planning, sales and marketing success in the home building and land development markets. Crossing the lines from low density, single family, to major master planned communities, to high density, mixed-use projects; she enhances any design team with a key understanding of consumer-driven research, innovative product design and strategies to increase absorption and profitability. She has held senior level positions with regional and national builders and land developers, providing a depth of market knowledge across the nation. 

Erickson Living Names Jean Landreville ED at Greenspring

Jean Landreville has been named the new Executive Director at Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va.  She joined Erickson Living in 2005 and has 18 years of experience in the senior housing and health care industries.

Landreville most recently served as the Associate Executive Director at Fox Run, an Erickson Living community in Novi, Mich.  Prior to that position, she was the Associate Executive Director at Riderwood, Erickson Living’s largest community in Silver Spring, Md.  Landreville also served as both the Assistant Executive Director and Continuing Care Administrator at Fox Run.  At Fox Run, she helped to create one of the most reputable health care neighborhoods in Michigan.  

Prior to her experience with Erickson Living, Landreville worked as a nursing home administrator at Detroit Medical Center and Mercy Memorial Hospital.  She serves on the William D. Ford Career Tech Center Advisory Board and was the President of the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Administrators from 2004-2008.

Landreville is a licensed nursing home administrator and received a bachelor’s degree in general dietetics from Madonna College.  She also received a master’s degree in management of aging services from the Erickson School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  As the Executive Director at Greenspring, Landreville will lead the community of nearly 2000 residents and 1000 staff members.  

Tommy Miller Named to Board of Trustees of Thanks Mom & Dad Fund

The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund, an Atlanta-based charity created to honor parents, grandparents and mentors by supporting programs and services for the aging population, has recently appointed Tommy Miller, Executive Director of Mount Vernon Towers in Georgia, to its Board of Trustees.

At Mount Vernon Towers, Miller is responsible for operations including the financial planning, physical maintenance, dining services, activities, landscaping, security, and transportation for the Towers. He also oversees staff functions, including human resources, internal accounting, and tax reporting. Miller was previously President of T. Miller & Associates after a long career in banking at BankSouth Corporation. He holds a BBA in Management from Georgia State University.

The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund works to improve the quality of life for older adults and honors the contributions of older adults by raising funds and making grants to agencies providing services to older adults. These services can include, but are not limited to, transportation, home delivered meals for the homebound, adult day care, respite care for caregivers and critical information and assistance for families struggling to sort through the needs of their parents or loved ones.

It was created by the Atlanta Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging and formed in cooperation with The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Senior Living Communities Promotes George Wright to Senior Graphic Designer

Senior Living Communities, an owner/operator of 9 retirement communities located throughout the Southeast and Midwest, is pleased to announce the promotion of George Wright to the position of Senior Graphic Designer.

In his new role, Wright will lead the team of graphic designers responsible for the design, creation, printing and distribution of advertisements, collateral material, event programs, invitations and other promotional materials used by the company.

Wright has more than a decade of experience in graphic and web design. Prior to joining Senior Living Communities as a Graphic Designer in 2011, he served as Senior Graphic Artist and Lead Web Designer with HighReach Learning, a company that provides development appropriate curriculum for children from birth to age 5. He is a graduate of King’s College.

Pamela Haman Joins Greenspring as Associate Executive Director

Pamela Haman has recently joined Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va., as an Associate Executive Director. She comes to the community with nearly 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry.

Since 2003, Haman has served as the Administrator or Executive Director at healthcare centers in Ohio and Massachusetts. She joins Greenspring from Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Highgate where she served as the Area Executive Director for two skilled nursing facilities in Dedham and Walpole, Mass. Prior to that position, she worked with HealthBridge Management as the Administrator for Newton Health Care Center in Newton, Mass. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Tiffin University. Haman is also a licensed nursing home administrator.

As an Associate Executive Director at Greenspring, Haman will assist the Executive Director in all facets of community management including, but not limited to, providing vision and leadership for the community and achieving company-wide objectives for quality care and services.

Creating Results Wins Seven Awards for Retirement Community Marketing

Mature marketing agency Creating Results, LLC has been recognized with seven awards for excellence in marketing and communications produced for older adults.

Reflecting the evolving nature of boomers and seniors themselves, the agency’s 2013 National Mature Media Awards wins included awards for traditional (brochures, direct mail, events) and online (social media, integrated digital campaign, websites) marketing. Creating Results scooped up three bronze, three silver, and one gold award. 

“To be successful in retirement communities marketing, you must be able to balance and integrate storytelling and strategy, old and new media channels,” said Todd Harff, President. “It’s an honor to have our efforts recognized.”

The awards program, presented by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for the senior market, is the largest program of its kind. The awards were created to annually recognize the best materials produced for those who are 50 and older, the nation’s fastest-growing population group. Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit awards in 37 categories were chosen from nearly 1,000 entries.

Brookdale Senior Living Hires ED for Ariz. Clare Bridge Community

Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE:BKD) has announced the appointment of Jim Podzius as the new executive director at its 52-bed Clare Bridge memory care community in Sun City West, Ariz. 

Podzius formerly was CEO of a home care company in the Northwest Valley for nearly seven years and worked with families affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

He lives in Glendale with his wife, Roberta.

SearStone Hires Wellness Director & Director of Resident Life

SearStone, a CCRC in Cary, N.C., recently announced the addition of Mark Johnson as wellness director and Shannon Hoffman as director of resident life.

Johnson was most recently wellness coordinator for the Glenaire retirement community, where he had also served as wellness assistant and wellness instructor. Prior to that, he was a wellness instructor at Rex Wellness Center.

Johnson is certified as a personal trainer by Interactive Fitness Trainers of America (IFTA) and as a group exercise instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). He is also an aqua arthritis and land arthritis instructor. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in health fitness specialist from East Carolina University.

Hoffman comes to SearStone from Peak Resources – Treyburn, where she was director of activities. Prior to that, she served as director of activities and volunteer coordinator at Rose Manor Healthcare in Durham.

Hoffman received her Bachelor of Science degree in recreation and park management from East Carolina University. After a stint as a park ranger with the city of Columbia, S.C., she embarked on her career in activities management.

SearStone is nearing 90 percent in pre-sales. 

Denise Evans Joins Staff of Northstar Rancho Cordova Senior Living

Denise R. Evans has been named community relations director for Northstar Rancho Cordova, an assisted living and memory care community nearing construction completion in Rancho Cordova, Calif. 

Evans will work with seniors and their families to help determine if Northstar Rancho Cordova is the best option for meeting their long-term care and housing needs. She is also responsible for developing and implementing strategies to attract prospective residents, maintaining working relationships with professional referral sources, serving as a resource about senior living to service groups and health care professionals in the surrounding area, and assisting new residents with the process of moving into the community.

Evans joins Northstar with nearly 30 years’  experience as an accomplished sales and marketing professional. For the past six years, she has focused her talents in the senior living industry. She worked as both a community marketing director and executive director of communities in Carmichael. She began her career in the 1980s and received comprehensive sales training with a large pharmacy chain, first in the Bay Area and later in the Sacramento Region.

Active in professional organizations, Evan is a member of the Carmichael and Fair Oaks Chambers of Commerce, the Alzheimer’s Association and the California Assisted Living Association. She also has received, from the state of California, certification as an administrator of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, the official designation for assisted living communities by the state.

Morning Pointe Names Holly Metcalf Executive Director

Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC and Morning Pointe Assisted Living announced Holly Metcalf is the new executive director for the Morning Pointe of Chattanooga assisted living community. 

Metcalf first joined Morning Pointe as business office manager in 2009, where she handled administrative responsibilities and worked closely with the executive director.  In her new leadership role, she will now oversee all of the day-to-day operations of the assisted living community. 

The experience and skills acquired throughout Metcalf’s 33 years of working with the State of Tennessee have helped her succeed to her position as executive director, officials said. She spent 21 years with the Department of Correction as the accreditation manager, three years with the Department of Children Services as liaison for regional administrator and nine years as HR analyst with the Department of Mental Health.

Edward SanClemente Promoted to VP of Property Development at LCB Senior Living

LCB Senior Living, LLC, a developer, manager and owner of senior housing communities, has promoted Edward J. SanClemente to Vice President of Property Development. He was previously the company’s Director of Property Development.

In his new position, SanClemente is responsible for the site selection, permitting, development and construction of all projects, and worked to develop the company’s prototype assisted living residence. He is also responsible for the assessment of potential acquisitions, the creation of the rehabilitation plans, and the oversight of the redevelopment of these residences. He also has oversight of the firm’s operations and maintenance functions.

SanClemente has more than 15 years’ experience in the senior housing industry, and was previously with Atria Senior Living and Newton Senior Living, LLC (NSL). NSL was owned and operated by the current LCB management team. SanClemente helped that company grow to be the 16th-largest assisted living company in the nation before it was sold to Atria Senior Living in 2005.

Erickson Living Names Justin Paradis Director of Continuing Care

Erickson Living has named Justin Paradis as the Director of Continuing Care at Linden Ponds in Hingham, Mass. 

Paradis has been with Erickson Living for seven years, beginning his tenure with the senior living company as a Physical Therapist at Brooksby Village in Peabody in November 2006.

In March of 2008 he transitioned to Linden Ponds as the Rehabilitation Manager, and was part of the start-up team for the continuing care facility. After completing the AIT Program (Administrator in Training) in December 2012, Paradis assumed the role of Assistant Administrator of Continuing Care in January 2013.

Prior to joining Erickson Living, Paradis served as a Physical Therapist at Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem, Mass. He received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in History at the University of Massachusetts in 2003, and later attended MGH Institution of Health Professions in Boston Mass and received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

Erickson Living’s Robin Arnicar Re-Elected President of NADONA

Robin Arnicar, the Director of Nursing for Continuing Care at Charlestown, a CCRC in Catonsville, Md., has been re-elected President of NADONA (The National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care). She will serve as president for the next two years, in addition to her last two years of service. She was honored in 2007 as the NADONA Nursing Administrator of the Year for both the Northeast region and was the overall National recipient.

Arnicar has been in LTC nursing for 25 years and a Director of Nursing for the past 16 years. She is an active member of the Maryland chapter of NADONA and has served in many roles including Corresponding Secretary, President and as Vice President

Arnicar has served as a member of the National NADONA Board of Trustees as Corresponding Secretary and Vice President. She continues to serve as a mentor to NADONA members throughout the country, as well preparing DONs to take the NADONA Certification examination.


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Heading into Thanksgiving, senior living industry movers and shakers are getting promoted and hired all across the country, while Assisted Living Concepts plans a headquarter move from Menomonee Falls, Wisc. to SHN’s home city, Chicago. 

Are you looking for a new career? Check out senior housing employment opportunities nationwide on SHN’s job board, with Cambridge Realty Capital and CareOne among those hiring. 

Employers: Take advantage of our job board to look for some of the best and brightest in the industry. Post a job on the SHN jobs board for less than $1 per day, and attract local and national candidates through our system that leverages these postings throughout the SimplyHired network. Post a job today.

Emeritus Names Philip Noto Executive Director of New Mass. Community

Emeritus Senior Living has named Philip Noto as Executive Director of the company’s newest senior living community, Emeritus at East Longmeadow, which will open in Spring 2014.

Most recently, Noto served as the Executive Director at The Hearth at Gardenside, an assisted living community in Branford, Conn., which was The Hearth’s highest rated community for resident satisfaction for 2012-2013.

Joining Noto is the community’s new community relations coordinator, Angie Thornton, who has more than eight years’ experience in the senior living field. Previous to her position at Emeritus at East Longmeadow, she held the role of director of marketing for Keystone Retirement Community.

Senior Living Communities Promotes Gary Ventola to VP – Finance

Senior Living Communities, an owner/operator of retirement communities located throughout the Southeast and Midwest, announced recently that Gary Ventola has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Finance for the nine-community portfolio.

Ventola has worked for Senior Living Communities since 2006 in the position of Controller where he directed the financial affairs of and supervised the general accounting, property accounting, internal auditing and budgetary controls for the company’s portfolio. 

Ventola is a seasoned financial executive. His track record includes stints as Vice President of Finance at behavioral health provider IFCS, Inc. and Assistant Vice President of Finance at Sanders Bros., Inc. Prior to that, he served as controller at MicroMagnetic Systems, Inc., Corporate Express, Inc., and Fire Suppression Systems, Inc.

Ventola is a graduate of Virginia Tech with Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance. He has earned his Masters of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and Masters of Accounting from The University of Connecticut.

Omega Healthcare Makes Updates to Board of Directors

Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. has updated its employment agreements with its current board of directors, including with CEO C. Taylor Pickett, COO Daniel Booth, and CFO Robert O. Stephenson. Other executives whose employment agreements were extended and updated include R. Lee Crabill, senior vice president of operations and Michael Ritz, chief accounting officer.

Assisted Living Concepts to Move Headquarters to Chicago

Assisted Living Concepts LLC plans to move its corporate headquarters from Menomonee Falls, Wisc., to Chicago bay the end of 2013. The company has leased 25,265 square feet at 330 North Wabash in Chicago, and beginning this December, the new space will house ALC’s approximately 100 corporate employees, including its executive team. 

“The state’s enduring advantages as a home for companies of all sizes are benefiting its taxpayers and people who seek work,” said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. “Employers who want to be at the epicenter of North American business are driving economic growth throughout the state.”

ALC is eligible for tax credits under the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) program, administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The tax credits, based on job creation, can be used against corporate income taxes to be paid for up to 10 years.

“Chicago is a world-class city for business, with a large and diverse workforce to support ALC’s future growth and easy access to transportation options that will enable us to better serve our residents and employees in communities across the country,” said ALC CEO Jack Callison Jr. “We are looking to hire many talented professionals as the company enters this new growth phase, and I am confident that Chicago is the right place to achieve the ambitious goals we have set for ALC’s next chapter.”

Ken Bowen Joins Oak Grove Capital as SVP

Oak Grove Capital, a leading national provider of real estate financial services, has announced that Ken Bowen has joined the St. Paul-based lender as a senior vice president, focusing on new loan originations for the company’s market rate multifamily debt platform.

Prior to joining Oak Grove Capital, Bowen was president of Red Mortgage Capital, where he spent 18 years focused on multifamily and seniors housing production. His experience includes a wide variety of roles, including chief underwriter, head of multifamily production, and member of the Loan Committee and Asset Management Committee.

Bowen has also served on Fannie Mae’s Affordable Housing Forum, Chief Underwriter’s Forum, and various working groups assisting Fannie Mae in new product developments and enhancements. Before moving to Columbus, Ohio in 1995, Bowen spent two years as chief lending officer of a savings bank in New York City that focused on commercial real estate lending, and 10 years in the fee appraisal business, earning the MAI designation in 1990.

Oak Grove’s Tim Leonhard Honored with Freddie Mac’s Top Originator Award

Tim Leonhard, managing director of the affordable multifamily housing platform at Oak Grove Capital, was recently honored with the 2013 “Top Originator Award” by Freddie Mac. The award was given to Leohnard in recognition of his outstanding contributions to and origination of affordable multifamily housing Freddie Mac financing.

Leonhard has been with Oak Grove Capital and its predecessors since 2007, and has closed more than $4 billion of affordable multifamily housing debt transactions over the course of his 15-year career.

Leonhard also has extensive experience with Fannie Mae and HUD loan programs, and is an expert in the nuances of Agency and GSE lending. He works out of Oak Grove Capital’s Dallas office.

American Realty Capital Properties Appoints Lisa Beeson as COO

American Realty Capital Properties, Inc.  announced in late October that it has appointed Lisa Beeson as its Chief Operating Officer, effective November 7, 2013. Beeson will join Nicholas S. Schorsch, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Brian S. Block, Chief Financial Officer, as part of ARCP’s self-managed executive team.

Joining ARCP from Barclays, Beeson will take over for Brian D. Jones, who will continue to serve as part of the executive leadership team in the American Realty Capital family of companies.Beeson held the position of Managing Director and Head of Global Real Estate M&A at Barclays, and previously occupied that same position at Lehman Brothers. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, she was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and Wachovia Securities.

During her 25 years of investment banking, Beeson has worked on transactions with an aggregate value exceeding $400 billion, including in excess of $150 billion in the lodging, gaming and various real estate sectors. She has been the lead advisor on numerous net lease real estate transactions, including representing Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. in its acquisition of Cole Credit Property Trust II, Inc. and advising Corporate Property Associates 16 – Global Incorporated in its sale to WP Carey Inc.

Magnusson Architecture and Planning Repositions, Hires New Leadership

After nearly three decades of high-quality design, Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) has implemented changes that will benefit their clients at all levels. With a new website, new midtown offices, and additional senior leadership, MAP is well equipped to continue to deliver the excellent projects its clients across the New York City metro area have come to expect. 

MAP has added two staff members to its senior leadership group who demonstrate excellence in design and exceptional client service. Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, was promoted from Senior Associate to Associate Principal, and Christoph Stump, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, was promoted from Associate to Senior Associate.

Villa has more than 20 years of international design experience focusing on sustainability, historic preservation, adaptive re-use and residential projects. At MAP, Villa is the leading designer and specializes in LEED-certified affordable housing and mixed-use developments in New York City and the surrounding area. He has been recently appointed as the co-chair of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Housing Committee.

For more than a decade, Stump has planned urban neighborhoods and designed residential, commercial and community facilities. His projects for MAP include affordable mixed-use developments, senior and multi-family housing, and educational facilities. Stump specializes in passive design that minimizes energy consumption, and in accessible design.

Discovery Senior Living Hires Tammy Kaminski as Director of Project Management

Tammy Kaminski is the new director of project management and construction for all new Discovery Village senior-living communities, announced Thomas J. Harrison, Co-founder and CEO of parent company Discovery Senior Living in Bonita Springs. Kaminski’s first project is Discovery Village At Naples, which is already underway. Discovery Village At The Forum in Fort Myers opened recently, and others will follow throughout the state over the next several years.

Kaminski graduated from Catholic University, Washington, D.C., where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Construction Management. She is a certified general contractor in Florida and a certified inspector for the Florida State Department of Environmental Protection Storm Water and Sedimentation Control. Kaminski also holds ratings as AP, B, D and C in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, a suite of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.

Following graduation from Catholic University, Kaminski began her career with The Whiting-Turner Construction Company of Baltimore where she was a project engineer on assignments including the Burlington Mall expansion and the Coastland Center Mall.

She then became project manager for Owen-Ames-Kimball Company of Fort Myers assigned to projects including McGregor Baptist Church, Florida Gulf Coast University and Chico’s FAS Headquarters, to name a few. In 2002, she joined J. L. Wallace Inc. of Fort Myers as a senior project manager, followed by construction management assignments with Lodge Construction of Fort Myers prior to joining Discovery Senior Living.

Skilled Healthcare Group Appoints New CEO

Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc. (NYSE: SKH) announced recently that Robert H. Fish has been appointed to serve as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its board of directors. Fish, who has served in a variety of executive leadership roles in the hospital and long-term care industries over the past 30 years, is succeeding Boyd W. Hendrickson. Hendrickson, who has served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer since 2002, is retiring effective Nov. 20 but will continue to be available to consult with the company.

During his career, Fish has served as Chairman, President or CEO of a number of successful healthcare companies, focusing his efforts on driving operational improvements and increased shareholder value. From 2008 to 2012 he served as Chairman of REACH Medical Holdings, a regional air medical transport company, from 2005 to 2006 he served as Executive Chairman of Coram, Inc., a large home infusion provider, from 2002 to 2004 he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Health Ventures, a long-term care and institutional pharmacy company.

Fish has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Health System — Sonoma County and Valleycare Health System, both of which are regional hospital systems in Northern California. Fish has served on the board of directors of a number of public and private healthcare companies during his career.

Concurrently with his retirement, Hendrickson is also stepping down from the company’s board of directors, where he has been the Chairman since 2005. Glenn S. Schafer, who has served as a member of the Company’s board of directors since 2006 and currently serves as the Chairman of its compensation committee, has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Board effective immediately.

Mercy Community CEO Elected Vice Chair of LeadingAge CT

William J. Fiocchetta, the president and CEO of Mercy Community, a West Hartford continuing care retirement community, has been elected as an officer for LeadingAge Connecticut. Fiocchetta will serve a one-year term as vice chair for the statewide organization.

LeadingAge Connecticut is a membership organization representing more than 130 non-for-profit mission driven provider organizations serving elderly and disabled individuals across the continuum of care, including nursing homes, residential care homes, housing for the elderly, continuing care retirement communities, adult day centers, home care agencies and assisted living.

Nancy Nshiewat Named Director of Community Relations at Bristal at White Plains

The Bristal at White Plains, an assisted living community that offers memory care support as well as enhanced levels of care, has announced the appointment of Nancy Nshiewat as Director of Community Relations.

As Director of Community Relations, Nshiewat will assist with sales and marketing for The Bristal at White Plains, coordinate tours of the residence, work with partnerships in the community, and lead outreach efforts with area businesses.

Prior to joining The Bristal, Nshiewat was Director of Sales at Sunrise Senior Living in Fleetwood, N.Y. She graduated from Mercy College with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. In 2009, she received a Sales Achievement Award during her internship at Ernst & Young.  

Emeritus at Franklin Names Christine Smith as Executive Director

Emeritus Senior Living has named Christine Smith as Executive Director of Franklin’s newest senior living community, Emeritus at Franklin. This new community will open its doors in spring 2014.

Smith has more than 28 years of experience in healthcare. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director at The Inn at Robbins Brook, an assisted living community in Acton, Mass. Under her leadership, the community received a perfect state survey in 2012.

The Goodman Group Hires John Schwaner as VP of Sales & Marketing

The Goodman Group, a senior living and healthcare community developer and manager, recently announced the appointment of John Schwaner as vice president of sales and marketing, effective December 2, 2013.

In this position, Schwaner will play a key role in overseeing all aspects of sales and marketing for the Senior Living & Health Care and Residential Property Management communities in all markets, across ten states.

His key areas of focus will include marketing research and analysis, development and implementation of sales and marketing plans, overseeing the regional directors of sales and marketing team, managing the company’s advertising, promotion and social media activities.

Most recently, Schwaner was the senior director of National Sales and Marketing for Brookdale Senior Living, overseeing business development, including market assessment and leading the company’s sales activities. Prior to this, he served as vice president of Marketing and Business Development at Senior Vantage Point, including skilled rehab and nursing homes, two hospice and two home health agencies. He has held several other senior management positions in the health care industry including A Place of Mom, Brookdale Senior Living (formerly ARC), American Retirement Corporation (merged with Brookdale), Merrill Gardens, Sunrise Health Care, Inc. and Vencor Health Services, Inc.

He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. He completed the Executive Program at the Yale School of Management Executive Program in New Haven, Conn., and an Executive Mini Masters in Business Administration at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

Jackie Lusson Joins Sun Health Senior Living as Corporate Director of Sales

Sun Health Senior Living announced that Jacqueline “Jackie” Lusson is leading its sales operations for Grandview Terrace, La Loma Village and The Colonnade.

As corporate director of sales, Lusson is responsible for promoting the organization’s independent living options, as well as strategizing direction and training and educating the sales team.

Lusson comes to Sun Health from The Citadel, a continuing care retirement community in Mesa, where she was the general manager of 185 independent living residences and 118 assisted living apartments. This operational experience gives Lusson a unique perspective of how sales and operations can and should work together to enhance the overall effectiveness of the organization.

During her career, Lusson has worked in sales leadership positions for large multi-site national organizations such as American Retirement Corporation (now Brookdale Senior Living) and Classic Residences (now known as Vi). During her tenure, she received numerous accolades including the American Retirement Corporation’s Corporate Performance Award and Marriott’s Pinnacle Award, recognizing outstanding operational performance, an honor she received two years in a row.

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Flores-Lacangan Named Residential Health Coordinator at Mount Miguel Covenant Village

Frances Flores-Lacangan, R.N., has been named residential health coordinator at Mount Miguel Covenant Village, a continuing care retirement community in Spring Valley, Calif. 

In her new position, Flores-Lacangan coordinates health care services for Mount Miguel’s 318 residential independent living residents. She provides resident education and preventative screening; coordinates service resources and options; and collaborates with residents, families and the Mount Miguel interdisciplinary team to maximize residents’ whole-person wellness. Flores-Lacangan also supervises the Mount Miguel clinic and home health services staff of three.

Before joining Mount Miguel, Flores-Lacangan worked in home health care as a case manager and registered nurse. She also has experience in the medical-surgical/telemetry unit at Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, Calif.

Flores-Lacangan is a 2012 graduate of San Diego State University, San Diego, with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses; and the Nurses Christian Fellowship, a ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Seth Peters Joins Team Launching North Hill’s New Small House Community

North Hill, the leading Massachusetts senior living community, has hired Seth Peters as Community Relations Manager for its new Enhanced Living offering, “Vista Terrace.”

Peters most recently worked at the Traditions of Wayland community, where he increased occupancy at the assisted living community and successfully launched a memory support neighborhood.

Vista Terrace is a new Enhanced Living community under construction at North Hill. It features an innovative “household” approach to care, with individual apartments nestled around a household center. This type of design also is known as a “small house” or “green house project.”

Peters will be working with healthcare professionals and families to help them make living decisions for those who need some assistance with daily activities.

He began his career as a business analyst for Tweeter Home Entertainment Group after attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Keenan-Flagler Business School.

A resident of Natick, Peters is the co-chair of the MetroWest Alzheimer’s Partnership.

Signature HealthCARE CEO Joe Steier Joins Caremerge Board of Directors

Caremerge, an innovative communication and care coordination platform for senior living, recently announced the addition of Joe Steier, President and CEO of Signature HealthCARE, to the Caremerge Board of Directors. Steier brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in long-term care innovations to the board of the Chicago-based company.

Steier joined Home Quality Management, now Signature HealthCARE, as president to help grow the small organization into a regional family-based long-term care provider. Today, as president and CEO of Signature HealthCARE, Steier focuses on innovative Quality of Life programs, a thriving interfaith spirituality focus, and aggressive plans for organizational learning to meet the real needs of his residents and stakeholders.

Steier reshaped the aging healthcare industry by helping to establish the International Center for Long Term Care Innovation, aiming to incubate and invest in startup companies that offer technologies that might be used in the aging-care industry.

James Brady Joins Pennrose Management Company as VP of Operations

Pennrose Management Company announced today that James Brady has joined the company as vice president of operations. In this capacity, he manages all aspects of the company’s operational efforts for its more than 150 affordable, market rate, senior and special needs residential communities and fee-based management contracts.

Brady is a seasoned property management executive with more than 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Pennrose, he ran his own property management consulting business. He has served in leadership roles with several industry leaders, including Avalon Bay Communities, Lincoln Property Company and Trammell Crow. His experience includes all classes of market rate, affordable, student, military and public/private ventures, as well as consulting and neighborhood redevelopment endeavors.

Brady is a graduate of John Carroll University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree.

Somerby at St. Vincent Hires Phil Schirle as Director of Dining Services

Phil Schirle has been named director of dining services for Somerby at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen in Alabama where he will be responsible for planning and executing food service functions for the bistro (casual dining) and Chateau Restaurant (fine dining). 

A certified Executive Chef, Schirle was with the Musgrove Country Club in Jasper prior to joining Somerby. A long-time chef in New Orleans, he worked at Commander’s Palace and New Orleans Country Club, and is a member of the American Culinary Federation.  

AdCare Names Barry Somervell SVP Strategy and Development

AdCare Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ADK), recently announced that Barry Somervell has joined the senior management of the company in the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development. Somervell will focus on building strategic long-term relationships with acute care systems in AdCare markets, with the goal of improving the census at facilities and improving the company’s revenue mix.

Somervell is an experienced leader with a strong history of success in growth strategy and infrastructure transformations as well as sales and business development. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Growth for Baptist Health System in San Antonio, Texas.

Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Sales and Business Development for Kindred Healthcare, where he managed the development and execution of sales, marketing and business development strategies for Kindred’s $2.2 billion Nursing Center Division in 224 skilled nursing and transitional care centers and was responsible for a team of over 300 sales reps and nearly 30 sales leaders. Prior to this, he held other sales leadership positions in a variety of post-acute companies.

Somervell has a BS in Communications from the University of Central Missouri.

Senior Living Communities Promotes Andrew Ketchum to VP of Creative Services

Senior Living Communities, an owner/operator of nine retirement communities located throughout the Southeast and Midwest, announced in early November the promotion of Andrew Ketchum to the position of Vice President of Creative Services.

In his new role, Ketchum will organize, create and implement marketing and creative services projects at the home office and community levels. He will lead the creative services team specializing in graphic design, film, web design, project management, media buying, customer service, social media, public relations, and database support.

Ketchum brings more than a decade of broad-based media experience to his new role. Most recently, he worked as the videographer for Senior Living Communities. Prior to that, he spent 10 years with MorningStar Ministries where he served as Media Production Manager. He is a graduate of Full Sail University.

Presbyterian SeniorCare Expands Leadership Team

Presbyterian SeniorCare President & CEO Paul Winkler recently announced a newly created officer position for the organization’s Aging Services Network, which serves more than 6,500 older adults at 56 communities at 44 locations across 10 western Pennsylvania counties. Winkler also named a new Senior Director for the organization’s premier continuing care retirement community, Longwood at Oakmont.

Moving from eastern to western Pennsylvania, senior living veteran Tama M. Carey has been appointed to the new role of Executive Vice President for Service Integration, a position that expands the Presbyterian SeniorCare officer team to six members. She will oversee the Presbyterian SeniorCare portfolio of home and community-based programs as well as lead the integration of service across all lines of business and care management strategies.

Carey had been tapped in January to serve as the interim Senior Director at Longwood at Oakmont while a national search process was underway to fill that vacancy and previously worked as a vice president for a faith-based organization where she supported 10 senior living communities throughout eastern Pennsylvania and Maryland. Throughout her career she has also served as a campus executive director, nursing home administrator and director of nursing.

Winkler also announced the selection of Paul D. Peterson, who will move from the west to east coast to begin his senior management role at the continuing care retirement community by early December.

Peterson will oversee strategic planning as well as direct all aspects of the operations of the Longwood at Oakmont campus. He will work to establish a culture of excellence in customer service which embraces communication with residents, employees, board members and the community.

Peterson earned a degree in Health Care Administration from State University in Fredonia, New York and has a license as a Nursing Home Administrator. He began his career in 1998 with Covenant Retirement Communities serving as a management leadership trainee at Covenant Village of Golden Valley in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From there, he continued his tenure with the company serving as the residential administrator at Covenant Village of Northbrook in Northbrook, Illinois. 

In 2007, Peterson moved to Santa Barbara, CA with his wife and two children, continuing his career at Covenant Retirement Communities by serving as the Executive Director of The Samarkand. 

K&B Underwriters Hires Senior Living Programs Director in Virginia

K&B Underwriters, a program administrator and wholesale brokerage serving agents and brokers for senior living facilities, recently hired Paul Marshall as director of senior living programs.

Marshall has 23 years of experience in the insurance industry, largely focused on long-term care and healthcare professional liability (LTC-HPL) insurance.

Marshall most recently served as vice president of healthcare underwriting at American Safety Insurance. Prior to this post, he served as director of insurance business development at PointRight Inc. He also previously served as vice president of healthcare liability programs at Neace Lukens, while the first 13 years of his career were spent in direct retail insurance agency sales and operations management.

Based in Reston, Va., K&B Underwriters serves insurance agents and brokers for senior living facilities. K&B provides nursing homes, assisted or independent living facilities and other senior living risks with insurance programs and specialized risk management services.

Atria Senior Living Named 2013 Top Workplace in Conn.

For an impressive third year in a row, Atria Senior Living has been named by Hearst Media as a Top Workplace in Connecticut. Atria is dedicated to encouraging a fulfilling lifestyle and promoting independence for seniors through assisted living. Many of their communities offer memory-care services for adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Employee feedback determines the results of the Top Workplaces. The survey is conducted by a research firm, WorkplaceDynamics, LLP. The firm provides research on organizational health and employee engagement. Workers are asked about their opinions on company leadership, future goals within the company, benefits and total job satisfaction. Atria Senior Living has proven to provide high ratings and excellent job satisfaction for three straight years, based on the results of the survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics. According to this study, Atria is among the best places in Connecticut for workers to experience an appreciation from their employer.

Atria Senior Living was chosen out of 35 candidates as a Top Workplace. The private health care company employs over 5,000 people in the US. Employees strive to provide older adults with a community atmosphere, promoting a higher quality of life through activities and social programs.

Springpoint Senior Living Hires Jean Brophy as ED of Stonebridge CCRC

Springpoint Senior Living has welcomed Jean G. Brophy as executive director of Stonebridge at Montgomery, a continuing care retirement community in Skillman, NJ. Brophy’s responsibilities include overseeing Stonebridge’s daily operations as well as the services provided to the community’s 249 residents. Additionally, she will provide leadership to a team of 200 employees.

Brophy brings to Stonebridge more than 35 years of experience working in the senior living industry. She served most recently as executive director for a Sunrise Senior Living community in Pennsylvania.

A resident of Skillman, Brophy is a licensed nursing home administrator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology and a master’s in gerontology. She has served on the boards of LeadingAge and LeadingAge Massachusetts. She has been a member of the California Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators.

Aviv REIT Hires Mark Wetzel as CFO and Treasurer

Aviv REIT (NYSE:AVIV) announced recently the hiring of Mark L. Wetzel as chief financial officer and treasurer of the company, replacing James H. Lyman, who formerly held both those roles.

“We are excited to have Mark join Aviv and we are confident that he will be a significant addition to our already best-in-class executive management team,” said Craig M. Bernfield, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aviv. “We are confident about significantly growing our business in the near-term and we believe that Mark’s credibility in the capital markets, as well as his capabilities, background and experience, will enhance our prospects.”

Wetzel has previous experience as a public REIT executive and was most recently the CFO of DuPont Fabros Technology (NYSE:DFT). 

“We are confident that he will successfully lead all of our capital markets activities as we grow the business,” Bernfield said. “We believe that Mark’s character, personality and leadership will be a great fit for the Aviv culture and we look forward to Mark being an integral part of our long-term success.”

Ecumen Promotes Julie Murray to VP of Sales, Marketing & Business Development

Julie Murray has been promoted to the new role of vice president of sales, marketing and business development at Ecumen, a nonprofit senior housing and aging services company headquartered in Shoreview, Minn.

Murray previously was the vice president of sales, marketing and new ventures at Ecumen. The new position adds business development to her responsibilities, which includes real estate development and new business partnerships.

Murray has 15 years of senior housing experience. She started at Ecumen in 2007 as director of real estate development and led the development of new Ecumen housing in Apple Valley and Maplewood, both winners of the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s “Best in Real Estate” award for senior housing communities. Before that, she worked for Greystone Communities, Inc. in Dallas where she was responsible for the sales and marketing of multiple entry-fee continuing care retirement communities as
a regional director of sales and marketing.

Murray is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management.

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Northstar Rancho Cordova Names Jennifer Willard Director of Sales & Marketing

Jennifer Willard has been named Sales and Marketing Director for Northstar Rancho Cordova, an assisted living and memory care community under construction in Rancho Cordova, Calif. 

Willard joins Northstar with over 25 years in sales and marketing leadership roles. For the past four years, she has worked with local senior communities, dedicating herself to educating families and helping them with residential care decisions. 

Additionally, Willard successfully owned and operated an executive recruiting firm in Sacramento for nearly 15 years, providing sales environment consulting and career guidance.

A native Sacramentan, Willard attended American River College and Folsom Lake College. She currently makes her home in Folsom.

Alan Johnson Named Sales Director at Mount Miguel Covenant Village

Alan Johnson has been named sales director at Mount Miguel Covenant Village, a continuing care retirement community located at 325 Kempton St., Spring Valley. 

In his new position, Johnson will develop and implement a sales program for Mount Miguel’s residential retirement community of 249 residences, including studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and single-family homes. In addition to residential retirement, the continuing care retirement community’s continuum of senior services includes in- and out-patient rehab, assisted living and skilled nursing.

Johnson comes to Mount Miguel from The Arc of Diego where he was business developer for the past four years. He has previous sales experience in machining and operational experience in both machine tool manufacture and vocational training. Formerly a pastor at both Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church, San Diego, Calif., and Highland Community Church, Spring Valley, Calif., Johnson also taught at Christian Junior Senior High, El Cajon, Calif.

A 1984 graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Seminary, San Diego, in 2001. He lives in Spring Valley, Calif.

Integral Senior Living Adds Regional Vice President

Integral Senior Living (ISL), a leader in managing senior living communities, is pleased to announce that Jacque Geer has joined the company as a Regional Vice President of Operations. In her new role, Geer is responsible for the operations of communities ranging from those that offer independent living to memory care for residents.

Most recently, Geer was a Regional Vice President of Operations, Southern California with Merrill Gardens. Prior to her position as Regional Vice President of Operations, Geer served as the Regional Marketing Director for Merrill Gardens. Earlier she worked for Life Care Services as a Regional Director of Sales and Marketing and Corporate Trainer. Greyton Management as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, Executive Director of Town Village Ridgmar, and Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Capital Senior Living.

Geer is California RCFE certified, holds a Texas Administrator license, and is ALFA certified for Risk Management, Recruiting and Hiring and Lifetime Administrator’s. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Operations from DeVry University.

The Douglas Company Hires Edward Hanratty III as VP of Construction

The Douglas Company recently welcomed Edward M. Hanratty III to their Executive Team as Vice President of Construction at its Orlando, Florida office. In his new position, Hanratty will focus on overseeing the success of all Southeast office construction projects, development of project staff and ensuring that all of work performed exceeds the
client’s expectations.

With 34 years of industry experience and expertise in the areas of risk management, scheduling, quality assurance, and cost control, Hanratty is a welcomed addition to
the general contractor’s team of capable associates. He is a demonstrated leader in staff development and hopes to focus this skillset on bringing operational leadership to the project staff. 

The Licensed Florida General Contractor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology and comes to The Douglas Company from his previous position as Vice President/General Manager at Hardin Construction. His first projects with TDC’s Southeast office include Grand Oaks of Jensen, an assisted living facility in Jensen Beach, Florida and Beach House, an assisted living facility located in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

Covenant Village of Florida Appoints Domenica Wehmann as ED

Domenica Wehmann has been named executive director of Covenant Village of Florida, a nationally accredited continuing care retirement community located in Plantation, Fla.

Wehmann is responsible for all operations at Covenant Village, which serves 330 residents. She directs a staff of approximately 200 and reports to Covenant Retirement Communities Executive Vice President of Operations Terri Cunliffe.

Wehmann brings more than 14 years of senior housing leadership to her new position at Covenant Village. Before joining Covenant Village she was executive director of a senior living community in Merritt Island, Fla. She is a licensed nursing home administrator and has extensive experience in marketing and financial management.

A summa cum laude graduate of Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Fla., Wehmann has a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration. She is a member of LeadingAge Florida, the Alzheimer’s Foundation and a hospice volunteer.

Wesley Homes Hires Patrick O’Neill as Campus Administrator

Wesley Homes Retirement Communities and Home Health Services welcomes Patrick O’Neill as the new campus administrator for Wesley Homes Des Moines.

As administrator, O’Neill will oversee a 45-acre community, which consists of three apartment buildings, multiple independent living residences, assisted living apartments and a skilled nursing center. Additionally, he will be responsible for the adult day care center and Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church buildings that are also part of the Des Moines campus.

O’Neill comes to Wesley Homes with a strong background in retirement home leadership as administrator for two retirement communities in Tacoma before becoming president and CEO of a community in Spokane. He is a licensed nursing home administrator in the state of Washington. 

He also has a Master of Science with a Concentration on Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from Northwestern State University.

O’Neill has been a board member and chairman of LeadingAge Washington, board member and chairman of Hospice of Spokane, Washington State delegate to American Association of Housing and Services for the Aging, member of Nursing Home Board of Examiners and member of Rotary Club 21.

Erickson Living Names Director of Development for New Community

Erickson Living has announced the selection of Louis Kiang as director of development where he will play a key role in the company’s future project development, design, and management.

Kiang has more than 25 years of experience working with major national banks and real estate development companies. His expertise includes property acquisition and improvement, development and design, and leasing and sales.

Prior to joining Erickson Living, Kiang held several management positions with development companies. That experience reflects his superior leadership skills and expertise in strategic and talent management, project and investment analysis, transaction negotiations, and business-plan execution.

Kiang’s prior positions have included serving as executive director of BioBat Inc., as a member of the executive management team at Townsend Capital LLC, as a founding member of Wexford Science and Technology LLC, and as a senior vice president at Bank of America.

Kiang holds an MBA in finance and a BA in business/marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a mentor at the University of Maryland Colvin Institute’s Master of Real Estate Development program. He has also served as adjunct professor in the John Hopkins University Real Estate program.

SearStone Adds Medical Director & Director of Nursing

SearStone, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Cary, has announced the hiring of Dr. Wells Edmundson as medical director and Crystal Hays, R.N., as director of nursing. Edmundson and Hays will be coordinating care for residents across a wide spectrum of services as needed, from physical therapy, occupational therapy and home care services to long-term care such as assisted living and skilled nursing. Care will be provided in residents’ homes, as well as Brittany Place, SearStone’s onsite health care center.

Dr. Edmundson has practiced medicine in the Raleigh area since 1983, and has been part of Raleigh Medical Group since 2001. Raleigh Medical Group also partners with sister primary care office Cary Medical Group to provide services. Dr. Edmundson graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1980, and completed his residency at Charlotte Memorial Hospital in 1983. He served as chief of staff of Rex Hospital in 2007, and served as chair of the Medical Executive Committee at Rex Hospital from 2008 to 2009.

Hays has been in nursing for more than 30 years and most recently served as clinical care nurse/case manager-geriatrics at the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Prior to that, she served as clinical manager of the Medical Center’s Wound Care Program, where a majority of her patients were elderly. She has also worked in hospitals, rehabilitation centers and skilled living facilities across Pennsylvania and South Carolina. She earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Harrisburg Community College.

Chelsea Senior Living Hires Elaine Jeffers as VP of Health Services

Registered nurse Elaine Jeffers, has been named vice president of Health Services for Chelsea Senior Living, LLC where she will oversee all resident and employee health programs at Chelsea’s 17 assisted living and special needs communities in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. She will also be in overall charge of compliance with state and federal health regulations, quality improvement and training.

Jeffers, a registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of patient care, has been with Chelsea since 2006, most recently as regional director of Health Services in charge of health services at seven of the company’s properties.

She is a legal nurse consultant, a certified case manager, a certified dementia practitioner and a certified assisted living nurse. She is currently pursuing her master’s in nursing and is the president of The New Jersey Chapter of The American Assisted Living Nursing Association.

Jeffers is a resident of Long Hill Township, where she is a past member of the Board of Health.

Patton Joins Directions in Design as Vice President

Steve Patton has joined Directions In Design, Inc. as vice president and marketing leader for the firm’s residential and senior living design divisions. Previously, Patton and his brother, David, operated Frank Patton Interiors, a well-known furniture store/design center in West St. Louis County. The brothers are in the process of selling the building.

Founded in 1975 by Jane Ganz, DID has a staff of 15 and is prominent nationally in the hospitality (hotels, casinos, restaurants), marine, healthcare, senior living, educational, residential and corporate interiors markets. It has also completed interiors projects for more than 3,500 primary or vacation homes.

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Senior living industry movers and shakers gathered in Chicago this week for the annual investor conference hosted by the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC). Couldn’t make it? Catch up with Senior Housing News’ conference coverage. 

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Aldersgate Names Luke Short as Chief Financial Officer

Aldersgate United Methodist Retirement Community is pleased to welcome Luther (Luke) Short as Chief Financial Officer.

As Chief Financial Officer, Short will be a key member of the organization’s leadership team and maintain responsibility and accountability for the financial affairs of the company.

Prior to joining Aldersgate, Short served as Chief Financial Officer for Epworth Villa, a retirement community located in Oklahoma City, Okla. He has also served as Controller for Medford Leas, a retirement community in Medford, N.J. and as Vice President of Finance at Peninsula United Methodist Homes, a multi-site continuing care retirement community in Hockessin, Del.

Short holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Washington College and a Masters of Business Administration from Wilmington College.

GeriJoy Names Julie Bolt as New Advisory Board Member

GeriJoy announced recently a new member of its advisory board: Julie Bolt, an experienced, executive-level innovator in the senior care industry. Bolt has more than a decade of director-level experience in the senior care industry, having led sales, marketing, and community relations at a variety of senior living organizations, including Benchmark and Epoch, two of New England’s top assisted living chains.

Prior to joining GeriJoy’s board of advisors, Bolt co-founded Mature Caregivers, a homecare company that provides employment opportunities for older adults. She also has experience developing innovative memory preservation and enhancement programs, teaching classes on communication and dementia care, and integrating digital tools to manage individual care plans while improving the caregiver experience.

Bolt holds a Master of Science in Gerontology with Honors from the University of Massachusetts Boston and is a Certified Animal Assisted Therapist.

Westminster at Lake Ridge Names Libby Bush as Executive Director

Westminster at Lake Ridge continuing care retirement community has named Libby Bush as Executive Director, effective Sept. 30.

With more than 20 years of experience in the senior-living industry, Bush comes from Westminster Canterbury in Richmond. As a Vice President for 12 years, she was a key member of its executive team and oversaw four divisions including independent living, assisted living, memory care and nursing. She joined Westminster Canterbury in 1992 as a Personal Care Unit Manager.

Bush holds a B.A. in Sociology from the College of Wooster and expects to earn an M.A. in Management of Aging Services in 2014.

Ecumen Names Judy Blaseg VP of Philanthropy

Judy Blaseg has been named vice president of philanthropy at Ecumen, a not-for-profit provider of senior housing and aging services.

While she has raised money for good causes her entire career, this new job involves fundraising that is especially personal” Blaseg’s mother is now in a dementia and Alzheimer’s care facility, much like those Ecumen operates, as was her now-deceased aunt, who had early onset Alzheimer’s.

Blaseg grew up with an understanding of senior services. Her mother worked for 30 years as an activities director in a long-term care community. So when the Ecumen opportunity came her way, Blaseg felt a compelling convergence of experience and passion.

Blaseg grew up in Hand County, South Dakota. For the past 25 years, she has worked in philanthropy and fundraising for numerous local and national organizations, including Catholic Charities, VocalEssence, and the Jeremiah Program. She has served on many boards including Mill City Summer Opera, Citizens League, DeLaSalle High School and MinnPost.

She and her husband live in Minneapolis and have three children.

Dena Meyer Named Director of Business Development at Ecumen

Dena Meyer has been named director of business development at Ecumen in Shoreview, Minn., a provider of senior housing and senior services in Minnesota and other parts of the Midwest.

Meyer has 15 years of senior housing experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and has developed more than 1,000 senior housing units in the Twin Cities. She recently served as interim housing manager of Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley and was the first director of marketing for that community, overseeing initial sales efforts and opening events. Before that, she was the developer of the award-winning Ecumen Seasons at Maplewood, and she also worked on the development of Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley.

Meyer is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict/St John’s University and lives in Prior Lake.

David Schmidt Joins Walker & Dunlop as Senior Vice President

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE: WD) announced in late September that David Schmidt has joined the Company as senior vice president.

With more than 24 years of diversified real estate experience on a national level, Schmidt has been involved in the origination, processing and underwriting of transactions involving all types of commercial real estate. Throughout his career, he has worked with many commercial mortgage financing sources, with a specialization in multifamily property financing.

Schmidt joins Walker & Dunlop from KeyBank Real Estate Capital, where he was responsible for originating multifamily permanent loan transactions within the central United States. Previously, he was a director for Red Capital Group where he was responsible for the origination of multifamily and senior housing transactions in the Southwest. Prior to that, he served in a similar capacity at AMRESCO/Lend Lease in Dallas.

Schmidt began his career at Carey, Kramer Co. in Miami, Fla. providing commercial mortgage banking services to clients in the Southeast.

GlynnDevins Hires Alyson Langenkamp and Kerry Essmann as Account Supervisors

GlynnDevins Advertising & Marketing announces the addition of Alyson Langenkamp and Kerry Essmann as account supervisors in Client Service for the Overland Park-based marketing and advertising agency, which specializes in the field of senior living.

As account supervisors, Langenkamp and Essmann will be responsible for designing and implementing strategic marketing plans to help a number of senior living communities across the country increase occupancy.

Langenkamp has more than 20 years of marketing experience. She most recently worked as an account supervisor for Stephens & Associates in Overland Park. Langenkamp has also held a management position at Veterinary Learning Systems, and was an account executive for The Zillner Group in Overland Park.

Essmann has been in the field of marketing for more than 27 years. Before joining the GlynnDevins team, she worked as an account supervisor at Trozzolo Communications Group in Kansas City, Mo. She also worked as a marketing communications consultant for Essmann Communications Consulting and spent 16 years at Kuhn & Wittenborn Advertising in Kansas City, Mo.

The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens Names Nancy Hackett as Director of Nursing

Nancy Hackett has joined The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens as the new director of nursing. In her position, Hackett will oversee the nursing staff in the senior living community’s health center, The Village, and offer personalized resident care.

Hackett has more than 25 years of nursing experience. She’s worked as a case manager at Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center, and as a minimum data set (MDS) coordinator for Horizon Health and Subacute Care and California Armenian Home, both located in Fresno. As an MDS, Hackett organized the delivery of care for patients in a long-term care center. Prior to joining The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens team, she worked as the director of nursing for a local senior living community.

Under Hackett’s leadership, The Village received zero deficiencies and a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The award is only given to the top 10 percent of senior health care providers in each state.

In addition to serving as director of nursing, Hackett is working as an instructor in the Vocational Nurse Program at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts in Fresno. She is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, where she earned a master of science degree in nursing education.

Mark Beisler Appointed Chairman of MBA’s Commercial Board of Governors Multifamily Council

Red Mortgage Capital, LLC, the mortgage banking arm of RED CAPITAL GROUP, LLC, is pleased to announce that Mark C. Beisler has been appointed Chairman of The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Commercial Board of Governors Multifamily Council. Beisler is the President and COO of RED.

COMBOG is comprised of MBA member executives representing all aspects of the commercial/ multifamily real estate finance industry. COMBOG leads the strategic development of MBA’s commercial/multifamily policy and initiatives, as well as best practices and standards. 

Beisler has more than 25 years of multifamily/healthcare experience. He has participated in the origination of over $17 billion in Fannie Mae loans, including large structured transactions for many of the nation’s public real estate companies and pension funds. On the FHA side, Beisler has overseen the processing and funding of over $7 billion of FHA insured loans under all of HUD’s various programs, including new construction, substantial rehabilitation and refinances for apartments, affordable housing and healthcare facilities.

Beisler has previously served as Chair of the MBA’s Multifamily Steering Committee and Chair of the Fannie Mae DUS Advisory Council. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors of the National Multi Housing Council in Washington, D.C.

AdCare Adds Michael Fox to Board of Directors

AdCare Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ADK) recently announced that Michael Fox, the founder and portfolio manager of Park City Capital, LLC, a value-oriented investment management firm located in Dallas, Texas has been named to AdCare’s Board of Directors.

Fox brings more than a decade of investment and equity analysis expertise to the Board. He founded Park City Capital, which manages private investment funds exclusively for qualified individuals, family offices and institutional investors, in 2008 and has managed the firm’s investments since. Prior to that, Fox spent eight years in equity research at J.P.Morgan in New York where he served as Vice President and Senior Business Services Analyst and headed the firm’s Business Services equity research group from 2005 to 2008.

From 2000 to 2005, Fox was a member of J.P.Morgan’s Leisure equity research group, which was consistently recognized by Institutional Investor’s All America Research Team. He received a BBA in Finance from Texas Christian University.

Cory Stern Named National Director of Operations at Covenant Retirement Communities

Cory Stern as been appointed national director of operations for Covenant Retirement Communities Inc. In his new position, Stern oversees operations for the company’s 14 communities nationwide.

Among his responsibilities, he has begun implementing a financial projection model that uses budget, expense and census data to refine both short- and long-term financial planning. Using the model, which he developed, communities can more accurately project and maintain their budgets. Stern works from corporate headquarters in Skokie, Ill., and reports to Executive Vice President for Operations Terri Cunliffe.

Stern brings more than 25 years of broad-based experience in senior housing to his new position. He started his senior housing career as a campus accountant with a Covenant Retirement Community in Minnesota and held positions of increasing responsibility for 18 years. He left CRC when named corporate director of finance for Vibrant Living Communities and Services, Downers Grove, Ill., and moved on to become vice president of Prime Associates, Richfield, Minn., a senior living management consulting firm. He returned to CRC in 2012 to lead the financial turnaround at the organization’s community in Florida.

A 1987 graduate of Northwestern College, Roseville, Minn., Stern has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and theater. He lives in Plymouth, Minn.

Betsy Connolly Named Executive Director of Traditions at Wayland

Betsy Connolly has been named Executive Director of Traditions of Wayland, a 76-apartment Independent, Assisted and Memory Care senior community located in Wayland, Massachusetts. Connolly was previously the community’s Business Director. In her new position, she will be responsible for all operations at Traditions.

Traditions of Wayland is managed by LCB Senior Living, LLC (www.lcbseniorliving.com) of Norwood, Mass., and is owned by McNeil Real Estate Group, Inc. of Dedham, Mass.

Connolly has been at Traditions as a volunteer and employee since 2009. She has deep business experience, ranging from management, to human resources and finance, and holds both a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, and a master’s degree in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Cliff Porter Named Head of Government Affairs for AHCA/NCAL

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today announced that Clifton Porter II will serve as its new head of government affairs. Porter will join the Association following an eight-year tenure as Vice President of Government Relations for HCR ManorCare – a national skilled nursing and post-acute care provider.

As Senior Vice President, Porter will oversee all federal, grassroots and public policy functions in the Association’s Government Relations department. He will also serve as top lobbyist on every facet of the organization’s legislative agenda, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements as well as new policy initiatives. Porter will officially join the Association in early January.

Porter possesses more than 24 years of health care management experience, specializing in skilled nursing operations and policy development. He began his career in long term and post-acute care as an administrator-in-training, ascending through nursing center operations with 16 years of progressive responsibility, including new facility openings, turnaround, and multifacility management.

Porter formerly served on the Board of Advisors for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Health Administration Program, and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine.

Susan Lippy New Exec Director of Springpoint Senior Living’s Winchester Gardens 

Springpoint Senior Living has welcomed Susan K. Lippy as executive director of Winchester Gardens, a continuing care retirement community in Maplewood, N.J. Lippy’s responsibilities include overseeing Winchester Gardens’ daily operations as well as the services provided to the community’s 300 residents. Additionally, she will provide leadership to a team of 225 employees.

Lippy comes to Winchester Gardens with 25 years of experience working with seniors. She served most recently as vice president of home- and community-based services at Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, a Pennsylvania senior housing provider and social services organization.

Lippy is a licensed nursing home administrator and holds a BS in Gerontology from Bowling Green State University. She has been a member of the LeadingAge PA Board of Directors and served as President of LeadingAge PA’s Northern Chapter Region.

Care Technology Systems Names Bobby Wamble as COO

Healthcare entrepreneur Bobby Wamble has been named Chief Operating Officer of Care Technology Systems, Inc., a Tennessee-based healthcare company that provides data analytics and remote monitoring to help caregivers improve the safety of aging seniors in their residences.

Wamble was most recently vice president of specialty pharmacy field operations for BriovaRx, a billion-dollar specialty pharmacy company he helped found in 2003 as MedfusionRx. Earlier this year he retired from BriovaRx, which had become the fifth largest specialty pharmacy in the nation.

The new Care Technology Systems COO will oversee daily operations of the company, driving performance measures and allowing President and company Founder Jim Anderson to focus more time on strategy and sales.

In addition to founding MedfusionRx, Wamble has also held pharmacy management positions in Middle Tennessee. He is a 1994 graduate of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.

Wamble joins other members of the leadership team at Care Technology Systems that include Robert Hendrick, chief executive officer, Drew Johnson, chief technical officer and Jonathan Barnes, vice president, sales.

Spectrum Retirement VP Named CREW Denver “Woman of Influence” 

Denver-based Spectrum Retirement Communities, known for senior living communities that deliver luxury at an affordable price, announced that Colorado Real Estate Women (CREW) named its Vice President of Construction, Bernida Egging, one of its “Women of Influence” award nominees at its Oct. 2 luncheon.

Egging, who recently joined Spectrum’s growing team, was named to the esteemed list as an “Achiever,” noting her ability as a problem solver and her commitment to doing whatever it takes to assist Spectrum’s clients and her co-workers and partners for the good of a project. Egging was one of just 16 women named to the list at CREW’s 14th annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon. She was joined at the event by nine of her colleagues – all female.

Egging oversees construction for Spectrum’s National construction projects. The privately-held developer and manager of senior living facilities currently has eight communities under construction in six states.

Cory Stern Named National Director of Operations at Covenant Retirement Communities

Cory Stern has been appointed national director of operations for Covenant Retirement Communities Inc. In his new position, Stern oversees operations for the company’s 14 communities nationwide.

Among his responsibilities, he has begun implementing a financial projection model that uses budget, expense and census data to refine both short- and long-term financial planning. Using the model, which he developed, communities can more accurately project and maintain their budgets. Stern works from corporate headquarters in Skokie, Ill., and reports to Executive Vice President for Operations Terri Cunliffe.

Stern brings more than 25 years of broad-based experience in senior housing to his new position. He started his senior housing career as a campus accountant with a Covenant Retirement Community in Minnesota and held positions of increasing responsibility for 18 years. He left CRC when named corporate director of finance for Vibrant Living Communities and Services in Downers Grove, Ill., and moved on to become vice president of Prime Associates, a Richfield, Minn.-based senior living management consulting firm. He returned to CRC in 2012 to lead the financial turnaround at the organization’s community in Florida.

A 1987 graduate of Northwestern College, Roseville, Minn., Stern has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and theater. He lives in Plymouth, Minn.

Erickson Names Louis Kiang as Director of Development

Erickson Living has selected Louis O. Kiang as its Director of Development. In this new position, Kiang will play a key role in the company’s future project development, design, and management.

Kiang has more than 25 years of experience working with major national banks and real estate development companies. His expertise includes property acquisition and improvement, development and design, and leasing and sales.

Prior to joining Erickson Living, Kiang held several management positions with development companies. That experience reflects his superior leadership skills and expertise in strategic and talent management, project and investment analysis, transaction negotiations, and business-plan execution.

Kiang’s prior positions have included serving as Executive Director of BioBat, Inc.; as a member of the executive management team at Townsend Capital, LLC; as a founding member of Wexford Science and Technology, LLC; and as a Senior Vice President at Bank of America.

Kiang holds an MBA in finance and a BA in business/marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a mentor at the University of Maryland Colvin Institute’s Master of Real Estate Development program. He has also served as adjunct professor in the John Hopkins University Real Estate program.

Northstar Rancho Cordova Names Jennifer Willard Sales & Marketing Director

Jennifer Willard has been named Sales and Marketing Director for Northstar Rancho Cordova, an assisted living and memory care community under construction in Rancho Cordova, Calif. 

Willard joins Northstar with more than 25 years in sales and marketing leadership roles. For the past four years, she has worked with local senior communities, dedicating herself to educating families and helping them with residential care decisions. 

Additionally, Willard has successfully owned and operated an executive recruiting firm in Sacramento for nearly 15 years, providing sales environment consulting and career guidance.

A native Sacramentan, Willard attended American River College and Folsom Lake College. She currently makes her home in Folsom.

Northstar Rancho Cordova is the city’s first large-scale senior community and will offer assisted living as well as specialized memory care. It is slated for a January 2014 opening.


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It’s officially Fall, and as autumn foliage kicks into high gear, so are senior living professionals who are accepting new positions, getting promoted, and being named to boards. 

Looking for a new job, or even a new career? Check out senior housing employment opportunities nationwide on SHN’s job board, with Omega Healthcare Investors and Sunrise Senior Living among those hiring. 

Employers: Take advantage of our job board to look for some of the best and brightest in the industry. Post a job on the SHN jobs board for less than $1 per day, and attract local and national candidates through our system that leverages these postings throughout the SimplyHired network. Post a job today.

The Legacy Willow Bend Names Marilyn Israel Executive Director

The Legacy Willow Bend, a life care retirement community in Plano, Texas, has named Marilyn Israel executive director. The announcement was made by Michael Ellentuck, president of The Legacy Senior Communities.

Israel is a recognized leader with more than 25 years of experience in health care, human services and senior housing. She joins The Legacy Willow Bend from Jewish Home/Jewish Senior Living Group in San Francisco where she served as the executive director and then as the director of strategic projects, working with a team of professionals on the redevelopment of the Jewish Home Campus.

Previously, Israel served as the executive director for Kahala Nui, a $180 million not-for-profit CCRC in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was also the vice president of operations for Balfour Senior Care in Louisville, Colorado, and served as the executive director for The Lodge at Balfour and Balfour Retirement Community.

Joe Anderson Named Chairman of SQLC Charitable Foundation Board

Senior living community developer Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), sponsor of Edgemere retirement resort in Dallas, has named Joe Anderson Chairman of the Board of the SQLC Charitable Foundation.

Anderson has a long history of involvement with charitable organizations. He is currently President of the American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW) Foundation, one of the largest and most successful foundations supporting continuing care and life care communities in the United States.

As President of the ABHOW Foundation, Anderson was instrumental in helping to distribute more than $1.1 million to the ABHOW continuing care communities to provide benevolent support for residents. Anderson also has extensive experience in fundraising, having raised more than $1.5 million for expansions of two ABHOW communities.

Prior to working for the ABHOW Foundation, Anderson served as the President of Seniority, Inc., a for-profit consulting and management services subsidiary owned by American Baptist Homes of the West.

Anderson serves as a member of the Management Committee of the parent company, American Baptist Homes of the West. He is a board member (and former chair) of Senior Helpline Services, a Lafayette, CA-based nonprofit that provides assurance phone calls and transportation for seniors in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. He also serves as Chair of the Endowment Committee at San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church.

Oak Crest Names Ann Marie Reihl Volunteer Program Coordinator

Oak Crest, an Erickson Living retirement community, named Ann Marie Riehl as its Volunteer Program Coordinator. As Volunteer Program Coordinator at Oak Crest, Riehl will support and enhance the current programming calendar and create partnerships with organizations in Baltimore County and beyond.

Riehl brings a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector, most recently with Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in Marriottsville, Md. 

A resident of Reisterstown, Riehl earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She supports the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5k as a training coach and shares her time and talent with the Samaritan Women, Serve Greater Baltimore and Second Chance, Inc.

Beaumont CCRC Appoints Joseph Peduzzi as President

Beaumont at Bryn Mawr today announced the appointment of Joseph J. Peduzzi as President, effective immediately. He succeeds Joseph Fortenbaugh, who retired after 20 years in the top position.

Peduzzi has more than 20 years of experience in the strategic and operational direction of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). Most recently, he served for five years as Executive Director of Walnut Village/Front Porch, where he was responsible for the successful launch of this $141 Million CCRC in Anaheim, California.

Prior to that, Peduzzi served as Executive Director of Claremont Manor in Claremont, California, and as Executive Director and VP of Operations of Simpson Meadows/Simpson Senior Services in Downingtown and Philadelphia, Pa. He holds a M.S. in Healthcare Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and B.S. in Business Administration from the University of West Virginia.

The Terraces as San Joaquin Gardens Announces New Director of Sales

Rod Anaforian has joined The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens as the new director of sales. In his position, Anaforian will oversee marketing and sales operations at the continuing care retirement community located in Fresno, Calif. 

Anaforian has more than 15 years of sales experience, and previously worked as the director of client services for Qforma, Inc. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and as the chief operations officer for Lance-Kashian & Company in Fresno. He also served as a territory, district and regional sales manager for Organon Pharmaceuticals in Roseland, New Jersey.

Anaforian is a graduate of California State University in Long Beach, Calif., where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in social science and a master of arts degree in international relations. He was also elected twice to the Fresno City Council and is co-author of a sales management tip book titled, Rising Above The Crowd.

Golden Pond Assisted Living Names New Executive Director

Golden Pond Assisted Living, an independent lifestyle and assisted living community, named Katy Tavares as its new executive director, effective Sept. 1.

Tavares brings more than 18 years of experience to her post where she oversees the day-to-day operations of the community. Previously, she served as the executive director of Woodbridge Assisted Living in Peabody, and as executive director of Landmark Senior Living in Beverly. She has also served as a private consultant in the industry with a diverse client roster including BaneCare, Marriott (now Sunrise) Senior Services, and Volunteers of America. She began her work in the field at Mystic Valley Elder Services in Malden as a geriatric case manager.

Tavares has a master’s degree in sociology and a graduate certification in gerontology. She is a trained support group facilitator and dementia educator of the “Care for People with Alzheimer’s’ Disease” course through the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts.

CellTrak Adds Healthcare IT Executive to Leadership Team

CellTrak Technologies, Inc. recently announced the addition of Greg Shannon to its executive leadership team. Shannon has been appointed to the role of Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) and VP of Care Delivery Innovation effective immediately. In this role, he will be reporting directly to the President and CEO of CellTrak, Michael K. Wons, and will be a member of the CellTrak Executive Leadership team. 

Shannon is an experienced senior leader with more than 15 years of customer focused cross-functional experience developing and implementing innovative solutions with healthcare stakeholders.

Previously, Shannon advised start-up healthcare companies and has held management positions of increasing responsibility related to product development, sales, marketing, and business development. He was VP of Preventive Care, at leading healthcare manufacturer Medline, and Director of Global Business Development for Fortune 100 healthcare company, Abbott Laboratories. He began his career in healthcare performance improvement practice of management consulting firm.

Shannon holds a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and a M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

LCB Senior Living Names Two New Directors

LCB Senior Living, LLC, a Norwood, Mass.-based developer and operator of independent, assisted and memory care communities for seniors, has announced that Danielle Breton has been named Director of Investments for the company, and that Robert Schiller has been named Director of Market Research.

Breton is responsible for promoting growth of the company’s senior housing portfolio through the evaluation of potential property acquisitions and developments (from initial offer and valuation, through due diligence, debt and equity structuring, and closing). She integrates all company departments in this process, and participates with others in the ongoing investor relationship process, post-closing.

Breton has been involved in the senior housing industry for thirteen years. Prior to joining LCB, she was the Director of Underwriting at Benchmark Senior Living, where she oversaw the underwriting and real estate investment analysis related to acquisitions, developments, value-add renovation projects, portfolio and refinancings. During that tenure, Breton was involved in closing over $2B in 26 recapitalizations and acquisitions, which doubled the size of the company. She previously worked at Epoch Senior Living.

Rob Schiller has nearly 20 years’ experience as a senior living analyst. He specializes in exploring new and existing markets, and determining their viability for acquisition or new development activities. At LCB, Schiller is responsible for all market research-related functions, including real estate/site selection analysis and market feasibility. He has a lead role in identifying and evaluating markets and sites for new developments and potential acquisition opportunities.

Schiller has been involved in the senior housing industry for nearly 18 years. Prior to joining LCB, he was the Senior Director of Market Planning for Benchmark Senior Living for 16 years. He began with Benchmark shortly after its inception in 1997 and helped craft its growth and development initiatives, performing a significant role in growing the company from a start-up to the largest assisted living provider in New England with 46 properties. Prior to Benchmark, he was at National Healthcare Affiliates, a small regional senior housing owner/operator. He began his career at BJ’s Wholesale Club and spent eight years as a market and site analyst near their inception and through its initial growth phase.

Tel-Tron Hires Tom Hurlburt as New President 

Tel-Tron Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of sensor technology and software for senior living, announced on Sept. 13 that the company has hired Tom Hurlburt as its new president. Hurlburt will report to Brian Dawson, the past president and current CEO.

An accomplished executive, Hurlburt was most recently the president of Spraggins Inc., where he led a strategic corporate expansion and diversification effort that resulted in leadership positions in new markets, expanded product offerings, and additional customer channels; all achieved during one of the toughest housing recessions in history.

Prior to his career at Spraggins, Hurlburt served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm with the 101st Airborne Division. He is a graduate of Auburn University. 

SearStone CCRC Announces Two New Hires

SearStone, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) being developed in Cary, has announced the hiring of Mark Poole as director of security and transportation and Jeff Wardenfelt as environmental services director.

Poole is a retired captain from the Raleigh Police Department and spent 10 years as a patrol officer before progressing to management. After retiring from the force and working part-time, he accepted a position at the North Carolina Museum of Art, where he was responsible for the security and safety of visitors, staff and property. Poole is a Raleigh native.

Before joining SearStone, Wardenfelt spent more than 12 years as facilities manager at Carroll Lutheran Village, a CCRC in Westminster, Md., with more than 700 residents. He has also served as maintenance director of a nursing home and district facilities manager for a small chain of seven nursing homes. He and his wife recently moved from Maryland to the Triangle area.

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Football season has officially kicked off, and NFL players aren’t the only ones making plays—senior living professionals are moving around in their field, too, highlighted in this edition of Movers & Shakers. 

Looking for a new job, or even a new career? Check out senior housing employment opportunities nationwide on SHN’s job board.

Employers: Take advantage of our job board to look for some of the best and brightest in the industry. Post a job on the SHN jobs board for less than $1 per day, and attract local and national candidates through our system that leverages these postings throughout the SimplyHired network. Post a job today.

Senior Star Announces New Hires for Wexford Place

Senior Star at Wexford Place, a senior living community in Kansas City, Mo., recently announced the hiring of two staff members as part of the organization’s investment in its assisted living and memory support expansion. Charlene Jaeger joins the community as nurse administrator, and Ann Van Horn will be the community’s assistant administrator. Jaeger and Van Horn bring extensive experience in health care and senior living to Wexford Place Assisted Living and Memory Support.

Jaeger will lead all staff operations at Wexford Place Assisted Living and Memory Support and ensure implementation of the community’s health services and programs. She most recently acted as a consultant for multiple companies in long-term care and home care management. Jaeger’s experience as a health and nursing administrator at various senior living and rehabilitation communities provides Wexford Place Assisted Living and Memory Support with a caring and knowledgeable leader for its expansion.

Van Horn will support the health administration staff’s day-to-day operations at Wexford Place Assisted Living and Memory Support. She was most recently a senior call center nurse, and has more than 17 years of experience in nursing and health care operations management.

Highland Springs Appoints Lana Van Giesen as Director of Resident Life

Highland Springs, an Erickson Living retirement community in Dallas, Texas, recently announced the appointment of Lana D. Van Giesen, M.A. as Director of Resident Life.

Van Giesen holds more than 20 years of experience in the senior living and healthcare fields. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Legacy at Willow Bend in Plano.

In her new leadership position, Van Giesen will partner with the Community Resources, Pastoral Care, Social Work, Home Health and Fitness Center Departments, as well as resident committees, to maximize the benefits of living at Highland Springs.

The Plano resident has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Religion from Hendrix College and a Master of Arts degree in Gerontology from Webster University.

The Congress Companies Announces Three New Hires

The Congress Companies, a construction management and development company specializing in the Senior Living, Health Care, and Multi-Family market sectors throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey, is pleased to welcome three Project Managers to their team. Stephen T. King, Senior Project Manager, Robert M. Mini, Project Manager, and Andrew DiFraia, Assistant Project Manager, recently joined the Peabody-based firm.

As Senior Project Manager, King is the firm’s primary customer contact and interfaces with owners and architects for selected projects. He is also responsible for projects’ overall performance, final cost, and schedule.

In addition to his previous tenure with Congress, King spent five years as a Senior Project Manager for Walsh Brothers, Inc. of Boston where he was responsible for managing an onsite construction management project at the Gillette World Shaving Headquarters in South Boston. He has also served as a Senior Project Manager and Vice President of Operations for numerous Massachusetts construction firms, where he was responsible for all aspects of building construction, overall profitability, and for building relationships with clients and architects.

In his role as Project Manager at Congress, Mini coordinates and oversees completion of activities in all phases of the project cycle for construction projects. He is responsible for the oversight of Project Superintendents’ activities, and serves as the liaison between clients and architects.

Mini brings more than 20 years of experience as a Project Manager and Project Superintendent for various engineering and construction firms in the Boston area. His project management experience includes an impressive list of notable projects including the 240,000 square foot out of ground, four-phased construction of the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. Mini played a key role in the construction of the five-story, 320-room Hilton Garden Inn project in Plymouth, MA, which was completed in 44 weeks. In addition to managing all phases of the Hilton construction schedule, Mini worked closely with the landlord, building owner and local union representatives to help resolve a local labor dispute, allowing the project to be completed on time.

As Assistant Project Manager at Congress, DiFraia is responsible for the management of submittals, schedule updates, quality control documentation, changes in the work, and other construction management and engineering functions.

DiFraia previously worked with Homans Associates as a Mechanical Equipment Application Engineer. In this role, he provided technical support on product specifications, layout, design, and the application of CITY MULTI and unitary systems. He also served as Project Engineer at Total Interior, where he managed all project plans, contracts, subcontracts, purchase orders, shop drawings, and other project-related materials.

Luther Manor Welcomes New Director of Hospice 

Luther Manor, a nonprofit continuing care retirement community, recently welcomed Milly Desnoyers of New Berlin as the new director of hospice. 

Desnoyers has been with Luther Manor as a hospice nurse and also an interim hospice director. She has 30 years of hospice experience.

Stoneridge Creek NAmes Francis Rodgers Executive Director

Francis X. Rodgers has been named executive director for Stoneridge Creek, the new continuing care retirement community in Pleasanton, Calif.

With more than 30 years of experience in the long-term care administrative field, Rodgers will serve as head of staff and have complete oversight of the community, including operations, planning, performance and review of all departments and activities. He will also oversee the financial management of Stoneridge Creek to sustain the community’s long-term economic health and viability.

Rodgers has an extensive background in skilled nursing, assisted living and continuing care retirement communities. He was previously director of operations for La Costa Glen retirement community in Carlsbad, Calif., where he supported various departments and customer service for more than 830 residents.

Prior to La Costa Glen, Rodgers served in various positions with ARV Assisted Living (now Atria Senior Living), Alterra Healthcare Corp., Senior Lifestyle Corp. and Kindred Healthcare. His responsibilities encompassed regulatory compliance, financial analysis, operating standards, acquisitions, resident relations and management of other professional healthcare professionals.

A licensed nursing home administrator, Rodgers is also a certified Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) administrator. He holds a master’s degree in public administration with a certificate in gerontology from the University of Arizona after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the same university. Rodgers is a resident of Livermore, Calif.

Cobblestone Health Center at Park Springs Hires Community Relations Coordinator

Cobblestone Health Center at Park Springs, an Isakson Living CCRC in Georgia managed by Life Care Services, recently announced the hiring of Leslie Chapman as community relations coordinator.

As the Community Relations Coordinator, Chapman will build relationships with civic groups, physician practices, church groups and others to enhance their knowledge of the health care services at Park Springs. She has experience with innovative approaches to programming, especially in the areas of dementia and memory care. 

Cobblestone’s health care services include home care, assisted living care, memory care, and skilled nursing care. 

Prior to joining Cobblestone, Chapman worked with the Arbor Company for more than 13 years, including 12 years as Executive Director of Arbor Terrace at Cascade. She also worked as a consultant implementing senior programming in the Atlanta Public Library System and other senior organizations.

Inc. 5000 Names The Douglas Company a 2013 “Fastest Growing Company”

For the third time in less than a decade, The Douglas Company, a general contractor headquartered in Holland, Ohio, has been named to the Inc. 5000 List of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

For 32 years, Inc. has invited the fastest-growing companies in the country into a very exclusive club, reporting on the firm’s revenue, number of employees and three-year growth percentage. Previously making the list in 2007 and 2009, The Douglas Company’s 2013 position is 3607 out of 5000 thanks to revenues of over $90 million for 2012. The construction company has experienced 84% growth since 2009, while the aggregate growth rate of companies in the construction industry making this year’s Inc. 5000 list was 81%.

According to the list, The Douglas Company is the second fastest growing construction company over 35 years old, and they are the only Ohio-based general contractor to make the list. They are among 14 total companies in the Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan region to secure a spot on the list this year as well.

The Kenney Names Bill Lange as New Interim CEO

William (Bill) Lange is named as the new interim Chief Executive Officer for The Kenney, effective October 1, 2013. Lange assumes this interim role at the time that Ed Mawe, current interim CEO, leaves to take a new position with another retirement organization. Mawe is an employee of Ontrac Management Services and he was hired in July 2012 to act as an interim CEO. Lange is also an employee of Ontrac and has been working in a supportive operations role with Mawe, the Kenney board of directors, and staff over the past year.

Lange has been a Vice President with Ontrac since fall 2011. Prior to that appointment, he served as Executive Director of Covenant Village of Colorado, one of 12 continuing care retirement campuses within Covenant Retirement Communities. Before joining Covenant Retirement Communities, Lange’s career included leadership positions in acute urban, rural and multi-hospital systems, a medical and rehabilitation post-acute care hospital, and three additional continuing care retirement communities.

Lange holds a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Washington University, St. Louis, MO., and is accredited as a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives. In the interim CEO role at The Kenney, Lange remains an employee of Ontrac Management, the organization which has been retained by The Kenney Board of Directors to provide management for the West Seattle retirement community.

The Kenney continues to explore sponsorship by Wesley Homes, based in Des Moines, Washington. Wesley Homes began its due diligence in June and is expected to complete its process in the next several weeks. Due diligence typically involves an in-depth review of the operations, physical plant, legal issues and finances, including discussions with the bank lender. Non-profit sponsors are governed by a volunteer board of directors and within the non-profit sector, the term “sponsorship” is used instead of “ownership.”

Kathy Chambers Named Sales & Marketing Director of LCB Senior Living Community

Kathy Chambers has been named Sales & Marketing Director of the Residence at Watertown Square, a 90-apartment independent living, assisted living, and memory care community located in Watertown, Mass. The project is being developed and will be operated by LCB Senior Living, LLC, based in Norwood, Mass.

Chambers has more than two decades of marketing experience in the senior housing industry, which extends from assisted living communities and CCRCs to long-term care settings.

She was employed in the past by Newton Senior Living (which was founded and eventually sold by LCB Senior Living’s management team), and was involved in the start-up operations at both Longmeadow Place and Merrimack Place. A licensed nursing home administrator and is a licensed social worker, Chambers earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Westfield State University. 

The Residence at Watertown Square is currently under construction and will open in the Fall of 2014.

LCB Senior Living Names Maria Reid as Sales & Marketing Director for New Community

Maria Reid has been named Sales and Marketing Director of the Residence at Riverbend, a 75-apartment independent living, assisted living, and memory care community to be  in Ipswich, Mass. The project is being developed and will be operated by LCB Senior Living, LLC.

Reid has more than more than 15 years’ experience in senior living compliance, sales and marketing, including time at both Sunrise and Atria Senior Living. She has been recognized as a successful liaison with families, helping them find the right living solutions for their loved ones and winning a number of awards in the process. Reid is well-known among the North Shore’s senior living professional community, being part of many local senior professional and advocacy groups including Lahey Clinic’s SEN-NET, the North Shore’s EPNG and Alzheimer’s Partnership.

The Residence at Riverbend is currently under construction and will open in the Fall of 2014.

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Highland Springs Appoints Jerry McDonald as Director of Continuing Care

Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the appointment of Jerry McDonald as its Director of Continuing Care.

Previously with the Legacy at Preston Hollow, McDonald holds over eighteen years of senior living administration experience.

Opened in March, the continuing care neighborhood at Highland Springs features 108 residences, offering assisted living, memory care, post-acute rehabilitation and nursing care services. It incorporates the integrated health care model developed by Erickson Health that includes full-time physicians, electronic medical records and comprehensive employee training.

In his leadership role, McDonald will be responsible for providing clinical services and achieving a high quality resident experience through a holistic, patient-centered care model that reflects the core values of Highland Springs. McDonald, a Plano resident, has a Master’s Degree in Science for Long Term Care Administration from the University of North Texas.

Sarah Coulter Named Director at Evergreen Senior Living

Sarah Coulter, RN, has been named the new director at Evergreen Senior Living in Decatur, Ill., where she will oversee the 93-apartment supportive living facility in addition to the 20-apartment memory support community, The Legacy. 

Coulter has been in health care since 1974, beginning as a certified nursing assistant in Taylorville. She received an associate of nursing degree from Parkland College in Champaign in 1990 and worked as a registered nurse in a hospital and long-term care setting for many years. Coulter furthered her education and experience with a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from the University of St. Francis in Joliet. She acquired her master’s degree in health care administration in 2008 from Southern Illinois University.

Coulter most recently worked at Decatur Memorial Hospital for 15 years, serving as director for a multitude of departments related to care of the senior population. She lives in Macon County with her husband and son.

Evergreen Place is affiliated with Heritage Health in Mount Zion. The day-to-day operations of the Evergreen Place partnership are managed by the Heritage Operations Group LLC, out of Bloomington, Ill.

Lori Smith Named Corporate Sales Manager for Senior Management Advisor

Lori Smith has been named corporate sales manager for Senior Management Advisors (SMA), responsible for sales and management efforts for the company’s independent living, assisted living and Alzheimer’s care residential communities.

Prior to joining SMA, Smith was rehab community liaison for Mease Manor, Dunedin, Fla., a CRC facility; community marketing liaison for Emeritus facilities in Venice, Bonita Springs and Clearwater; and account representative for skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in a seven-county area for Rads Mobile XRay. She also supervised marketing and events for Marriot/Sunrise Living facilities in Pinellas County.

Smith attended Akron University and St. Pete College, where she studied Business Administration.

LCB Senior Living Names Susan Cwieka as Executive Director

Susan C. Cwieka has been named Executive Director of the Residence at Watertown Square, a 90-apartment independent, assisted, and memory care community located in Watertown, Mass. The project is being developed and will be operated by LCB Senior Living, LLC of Norwood, Mass.

Cwieka has more than 20 years’ experience and brings deep expertise in all aspects of senior care. Her career has included practical and managerial experience in nearly every aspect of the industry, and has given her comprehensive expertise in the management of senior housing residences, delivery of care, sales & marketing, human resources, and the legislative issues that impact the business.

Previously, Cwieka worked at Hillhaven, Inc., Essex Enterprises, and Benchmark. She holds a BA in Nursing Home Administration from Simmons College, as well as an MPA with Health Care concentrations from Suffolk University. In addition she is a Certified Nursing Home Ombudsman, and has operated Licensed Nursing Homes in MA and RI. She was previously on the Board of Mass ALFA.

Employer Direct Healthcare Names Thomas Johnston as CEO

Employer Direct Healthcare recently announced that Thomas D. Johnston, J.D., has been appointed as its new CEO. Johnston has more
than26 years of healthcare management experience and a strong track record working with emerging companies.

Prior to joining Employer Direct Healthcare, Johnston most recently served as Vice President at Paragon Health and as a Director at Navigant Consulting’s Healthcare Division. During his tenure at Navigant, he developed and led multiple facets of new healthcare business partnerships, including areas such as overseeing strategies for new business development, managing physician real estate holdings and construction projects while
having responsibilities for profit and loss in many healthcare joint ventures.

Previously, Johnston also gained experience serving as CEO of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeons, PA of Austin, Texas for over 14 years -this group eventually gained national prominence as a partner in the development of the “Heart Hospital of Austin.”

Johnston also served as Vice President of Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., where he managed the integration of several large specialty physician practices working in 10medical clinics throughout the California desert region. He also served as President for both the Texas Medical Group Management Association and Surgical Leadership Alliance,and co-founded the Capital City Medical Group Administrators.

LCB Senior Living Names Kristen Duggan as Executive Director

Kristen Duggan has been named Executive Director of the Residence at Riverbend, 75-apartment independent, assisted, and memory care senior community to be located in Ipswich, Mass. The project is being developed and will be operated by LCB Senior Living, LLC, based in Norwood, Mass.

Duggan has more than 12 years’ experience in the senior housing industry, and previously worked with Hallkean Management and Atria in Newton, MA. Prior to moving into senior housing, she was in the executive recruiting industry, and worked at the Harvard Business School. Duggan attended Framingham State University. 

The Residence at Riverbend is currently under construction and will open in the Fall of 2014.

Covenant Village of Turlock Adds Assistant Executive Director, Sales Director

Covenant Village of Turlock recently appointed Charles W. Johnson assistant executive director and Laura J. Bemis sales director.

In his new position, Johnson will work collaboratively with and report to Covenant Village Executive Director Bob Howell. He will be responsible for managing residential and assisted living operations at the continuing care retirement community.

Johnson has been with Covenant Retirement Communities, the parent of Covenant Village of Turlock, since 2004. Before his current assignment he spent four years leading the organization’s community in Florida. He started his CRC tenure as residential administrator at Covenant Village of Turlock. Before entering the senior service industry, Johnson was editorial director for Focus on the Family Periodicals, the publications department of the Christian ministry headed by Dr. James Dobson. He also worked in education and was principal of Huntington School, San Marino, Calif.

Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, Calif., and a master’s degree in pupil personnel services from Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, Calif. He is California licensed administrator of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly. Johnson and his wife Gwen live in Turlock, Calif.

Bemis will develop and implement a sales program for Covenant Village’s 219 residential retirement apartments and patio homes. In addition to residential retirement, the community’s continuum of senior services includes 52 assisted living residences and a 50-bed skilled nursing center. She will report to Executive Director Bob Howell.

Bemis brings more than 18 years of experience in sales, property management, customer service and administration to her new position. She comes to Covenant Village from Garden Plaza Greenbriar Cove, a retirement community in Ooltewah, Tenn., where she directed sales and managed training.

Having served on the board for nine years, Bemis was president of board of the Plumas (Calif.) Association of Realtors. She has been active in the California Association of Realtors for almost 20 years, having directed its board for three years and served on a variety of special-interest initiatives. Bemis lives in Denair, Calif.

Madison Medical Resort Names Linda Smith Executive Director

Madison Medical Resort, a post-hospital recovery and skilled nursing center, has named Linda Smith, LNHA, executive director. 

Smith joins Madison Medical Resort with more than six years of administrative experience leading senior living communities throughout west Texas. She served as the administrator for Buena Vida Nursing and Rehabilitation, Terrace West Nursing & Rehab, LLP, Permian Residential Care Center and Concho Health and Rehab. Smith also served as a social worker for Deerings Nursing & Rehab Center, LLP, Parks Methodist Nursing & Rehab and Terrace West Nursing & Rehab.

Madison Medical Resort, a $10 million, 43,000 square foot, post-hospital recovery, skilled nursing and long-term care community, is owned and operated by SCC Healthcare Group, headquartered in Garland, Texas.

PMD Advisory Services Opens New Office Location

PMD Advisory Services, LLC., (PMD), a 30-year provider of market feasibility data and analysis and strategic planning for the 55 plus business sector, announced today the opening a new office location in Denver, Co. With this new location, PMD is positioned to meet the growing demands and needs of clients located in the western part of the United States.

Additionally, Managing Director Keith Evans has been appointed to oversee operation of the new office location and ensure the needs of its clients are met.

Evans, a 30-year senior housing industry veteran, previously held the position of Vice President with Spectrum Consultants providing consultant expertise throughout the western region to numerous single-site communities and multi-site organizations such as the Air Force Villages communities in San Antonio, Texas and Lifespace Communities in Des Moines, Iowa. In this role, he assisted communities in developing operation management plans and sales and marketing programs. Prior to joining PMD, he gained valuable experience at Marriott Senior Living Services, Senior Resource Group and Howell Associates Management.

Evans holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Administration from the University of Michigan, and received his Masters in Science and Bachelor’s of Science from Pennsylvania State University in Social and Business Psychology.

Ferguson Partners Announces Erica Hirsen as New Director

Ferguson Partners Ltd. recently announced Erica Hirsen, 31, as a new director based in the company’s Chicago corporate office. Hirsen will focus on developing and serving clients in the healthcare real estate industry, specifically in senior housing. Ferguson Partners Ltd. is a global firm that specializes in providing executive recruiting in real estate, asset and wealth management, hospitality, and healthcare.
Prior to joining Ferguson Partners Ltd., Hirsen served as assistant vice president at GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services. Hirsen holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s of accountancy from the University of Wisconsin. She is also a registered CPA. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband.

Erickson Living Names Lynn Schaffer Finance Director of Kans. CCRC

Erickson Living has named Lynn Schaffer the Finance Director for Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, Kans. She will be responsible for the monthly financial reporting of the 300+-resident community, forecasting for the community and development of the operations budgeting, resident billings and audit support. She will also provide financial training and support to all departments and help lead the strategic planning processes for the community.

Schaffer is a proven leader in the areas of Finance, Accounting and Strategy, bringing nearly 15 years of experience with her from the Telecommunications and Financial Services industries.

Prior to joining Tallgrass Creek, she was Controller of SKC Communication Products, LLC, which is a unified communications company based in Shawnee, Kans. She also served as CFO and Controller for Advance Mortgage Corporation and held various finance positions with H&R Block and Sprint.

Schaffer graduated with honors receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from DeVry University and is a life-long resident of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. She and her husband Chris have three children.

Womack Elected Chair of Methodist Retirement Communities Board

Rev. Jack Womack, pastor of Hope Community United Methodist Church has been elected Chair of the board of Methodist Retirement Communities or MRC.

Rev. Womack has served on various committees and boards within the MRC system for several years and brings his interest in eldercare with him to this position. MRC offers a variety of residential options for seniors including independent living, assisted living, certified memory support, skilled nursing, rehab, home health and affordable housing. With a Christian heritage dating back to 1962, the MRC system has grown to offer services in 10 communities across six Texas cities, and currently serves over 1500 residents.

The Douglas Company Makes Giants 300 List

The Douglas Company, a general contractor specializing in the construction of senior healthcare facilities and multi-family housing, was named one of the top performing contractors in the nation by Building Design + Construction magazine for the first time ever.

Every year, Building Design + Construction magazine releases rankings of the largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the United States. The collection of lists is known as the ‘Giants 300 Report”, and takes into consideration building-type revenue, BIM revenue, green building work, scope of work and much more. Dates used for the contractor list reflects 2012 revenues derived from general contracting, design-build projects, IPD and CM at Risk; information is supplied and verified by the firms in the running.

The Douglas Company is ranked number 89 of 119 construction firms, with total revenue for the 2012 calendar year coming in at $90.27 million. Most of this revenue was a result of several healthcare and multi-family residential jobs. Projects contributing to this impressive number include Toledo VA Outpatient Clinic in Toledo, Ohio; Grand Palms Assisted Living and Memory Care Community located in Orlando, Fla.; and the Lakes of Monclova Health Campus in Maumee, Ohio.

The Douglas Company is proud to have been ranked amongst the top contractors in the nation, and looks forward to another exceptional year. Click here to view the entire list.

Former Ziegler and Sunrise Senior Living Exec Launches Consultant Firm

A husband-and-wife duo have launched Rockwood Pacific, a Berkeley, Calif.-based consultancy firm that will provide development advisory and program management services. Frank Rockwood, a former executive with Ziegler and Sunrise Senior Living, founded the firm with his wife Susan. 

“The status quo value proposition for senior living and health care is being subjected to extraordinary pressures; major changes in underlying demographics and once-in-a-lifetime change in related healthcare policies necessitate a fresh yet disciplined approach to planning and executing capital projects,” said Frank Rockwood. “In particular, we expect the greater emphasis on affordability and effectiveness to change the what, where and who of capital projects.”

Frank’s previous experience includes serving as a development executive with Sunrise Senior Living, Transamerica, and the Walt Disney Company. He was also a finance executive who spearheaded Transamerica’s low income housing tax credit investment program, and most recently served as a banker with Ziegler.

Susan has experience in finance, accounting, and project management and has worked with companies that include Kidder Peabody and BancAmerica Securities. 

Valle Verde Names Jacob Reimber New Executive Chef

Valle Verde has welcomed local chef Jacob Reimer as the executive chef of the senior living community located in Santa Barbara. Reimer has more than 22 years of culinary experience and has served under some of the top French chefs at many four- and five-diamond restaurants.

As a culinary veteran in the Santa Barbara area, Reimer has served under Remi Lavaund at Miro at Bacara Resort and Spa and as executive chef at Wine Cask and Intermezzo. Prior to working at Valle Verde, he worked as a high profile executive chef consultant for many properties including Fauchere, Relais and Chateaux hotels and restaurant groups such as Pierre Lafond.

The community offers a variety of dining options, including an upscale restaurant with room for banquets and private events, room service and a grab-and-go style bistro that is scheduled to open next spring. Valle Verde partners with Sodexo, to ensure the highest quality of food and the best dining experience for residents at the community.

SearStone Hires Chris Romick as Executive Director

SearStone, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) being developed in Cary, has announced the hiring of Christopher T. Romick as executive director. Romick brings more than 13 years of senior housing industry experience, including managing nursing homes, assisted living communities and CCRCs.

Romick received his Bachelor of Arts degree in gerontology administration from Kent State University in Ohio and subsequently became a licensed nursing home administrator. He has progressed through the ranks in various positions in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and, most recently, Connecticut.

SearStone is nearing 90 percent in pre-sales, with only 20 homes remaining. A variety of home sites and styles are still available but are moving fast.

Thomas Wasmoen, AIA Joins BKV Group to Lead New Senior Housing Arm

BKV Group recently welcomed Thomas P. Wasmoen, AIA as its newest associate partner/managing architect. Wasmoen brings 30 years of senior-living experience and design leadership to the firm.

“Tom’s depth of expertise and leadership is a great addition to BKV Group,” said Jack Boarman, chief executive officer at BKV Group. “Not only does he have extensive experience with independent, assisted living, memory and nursing care, but also with training and mentoring architects to deliver designs solutions that solve problems, create caring environments and build long-term asset value.”

Wasmoen is leading BKV Group’s expansion into senior housing. He is also currently working on several multi-family projects for housing developer Dominium throughout the US.

Prior to joining BKV Group, Wasmoen was managing principal/chief executive officer at Firm Ground Architects & Engineers, Inc. He has led integrated design teams on many award-winning projects including the senior-living development Seasons at Maplewood in Maplewood, MN, the rehabilitation of Crosby Mansion for People Incorporated in Minneapolis, MN, the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis, MN, and Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Hinckley. He has also previously worked as the Director of Architecture for the developer Hartford Group, Inc. was a team leader for the architectural staff at Ryan Companies US, Inc., an architect for KKE Architects and Edward Farr Architects, Inc.

Wasmoen is an AIA (American Institute of Architects) and NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) licensed architect and certified interior designer (CID). He earned his bachelor of environmental design and architecture degrees from the University of Minnesota. 

RED CAPITAL Hires Jim Hensley to Head Origination Teams

Red Mortgage Capital, LLC, the mortgage banking arm of comprehensive capital provider RED CAPITAL GROUP, LLC announced recently the addition of James P. Hensley as a Senior Managing Director to its senior management team.

Hensley, based in Atlanta, will play a critical role in overseeing the multifamily originations platform and leading RED’s strategic and aggressive expansion plans in both footprint and services nationwide. With more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, Hensley brings a proven history of agency and FHA platform strategy, business development and lending expertise.

Before joining RED, Hensley most recently served as a Principal with Prudential Mortgage Capital Company. Previously he was a senior account executive with Fannie Mae for a DUS lender in Atlanta.

Foulkeways Board Names D. Michael Peasley as New CEO

The Foulkeways Board of Directors announced that it has selected D. Michael Peasley to succeed Douglas Tweddale as CEO of Foulkeways at Gwynedd Continuing Care Retirement Community. Peasley will assume his new position on January 1, 2014.

The Foulkeways Board has been engaged in a search for a new CEO since Tweddale informed the Board of his intention to retire at the end of 2013. Tweddale joined Foulkeways in 1986 and was named to the position of CEO in 1990. A frequent lecturer on Quality First Health Center Designs and Innovation Long Term Care Designs, he served as an evaluator for the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC), for over 18 years, reviewing operations and standards at continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) nationwide.

Peasley graduated from the George School in Newtown, PA and received his BBA/Management from Temple University in Ambler, PA where he graduated Cum Laude. He is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Jersey, is a Past President of Rotary International in Stephens City, and a member of LeadingAge (the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. He also served on the Board of Friends Services for the Aging (FSA); a Quaker service organization focused on the needs of Quaker CCRCs throughout the country, and has been active in the establishment of the Peace Church Risk Retention group; a self-insurance organization established by members from CCRCs associated with the Church of the Brethren, Mennonites, and Quakers. He is currently living in Medford, New Jersey with his wife, Debra.

Peasley has spent his 30 year career in the Senior Living environment, participating in the growth, excitement and positive changes within the industry. His strengths and extensive experience in long-range strategic planning, operations, resident relations, major construction/project management, and community involvement, along with his demonstrated vision and creativity, lead to the unanimous decision by the Board of Trustees, to name D. Michael Peasley to be the next CEO of Foulkeways at Gwynedd.

BMA Management Names Laurena Carter Administrator of Chicago ALF

Laurena Carter, of Chicago, has been named Administrator at St. Anthony of Lansing, a BMA affordable assisted living community recently developed in southern Cook County.

Before joining St. Anthony, Laurena oversaw Bethel New Life’s Senior Services Division in Chicago and served as the administrator at HCR-Manor Care Services in Indiana. She also has experience in pharmaceutical sales and marketing for nursing and rehabilitation facilities.

Carter earned her bachelor’s degree in health administration from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in business and health administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She holds professional nursing home administrator licenses in several states, including Illinois, Indiana, Georgia and Kentucky.

Wexford Place Names New Community Relations Director

Senior Star at Wexford Place Assisted Living and Memory Support has named John Monty as Community Relations Director for the senior living community in Kansas City, Mo. In his new position, Monty will work with local civic and community leaders and health care professionals to foster relationships with seniors and their families, and inform them about the innovative, holistic services that will be available once the expansion is fully operational in December 2013.

Monty comes to Wexford Place Assisted Living and Memory Support with more than 15 years of experience in health care sales and management. He most recently worked for Mobile Doctors as the director of marketing. Monty’s prior health care experience with seniors and physicians provides a natural transition into conducting community relations for the expansion at Wexford Place Assisted Living and Memory Support.

LCS Announces Several Promotions as Company Grows

LCS recently announced several promotions reflecting the continued growth of the company. LCS companies currently provide management, development and marketing services to 116 senior living communities serving over 32,000 residents nationwide.

Individuals promoted to Senior Vice President are:

Mark Heston, Director of Human Resources, LCS, Des Moines, Iowa
David Laffey, Director of Property Finance, LCS, Boston, Mass.
Dennis Tabor, Director of Risk Management, LCS, Des Moines, Iowa
Brett Logan, Senior Director of Operations Management, Life Care Services, Charlotte, N.C.
Jill Sorenson, Senior Director of Operations Management, Life Care Services, San Diego, Calif.
Kevin Meyer, Chief Operating Officer, CPS, Delray Beach, Fla. 

Individuals promoted to Vice President include:

Tim Cain, Director of Operations Management, Life Care Services, San Diego, Calif.
Suzanne Alford, Director of Operations Management, CRSA, Memphis, Tenn.
Catherine Jenkins, Director of Operations Management, Life Care Services, Hilton Head, S.C.
Cindi Nelson, Director of Marketing and Sales, Life Care Services, Greenwood, Ind.
Karen Hogan, Director of Marketing and Sales, Life Care Services, Old Saybrook, Conn.
Scott Doherty, Director of Operations/Equity Communities, Life Care Services, Des Moines, Iowa
Yvonne Rickert, Director of Human Resources/Operations Management, Life Care Services, Old Saybrook, Conn.
Jason Victor, Controller, Life Care Services, Des Moines, Iowa

CBRE Announces Zach Bowyer, MAI as Managing Director, Seniors Housing Practice Leader

CBRE’s Zach Bowyer, MAI has been named as the Healthcare & Seniors Housing Practice Leader for Valuation & Advisory Services (VAS), effective immediately. In his new role, he will work CBRE’s leadership team in the U.S. and the company’s senior housing experts in Canada.

Specializing in seniors housing and healthcare for more than nine years, Bowyer has completed over $25 billion in aggregate valuations and consulting assignments nationally, specific to this space. His experience includes third-party valuations, market studies and feasibility analyses of single-asset to large portfolio transactions throughout the United States. Clients served include a broad base of local and national investment firms, property owners, development and operating companies, commercial and investment banks, insurance companies and REITs.

Bowyer began his career in commercial real estate as a Commercial Real Estate Analyst at a regional bank. Prior to joining CBRE, he worked as a Director for a national seniors housing specialty firm, managing their operations in the northeast United States. Bowyer graduated from the University of Florida with a major in Business Finance and a minor in Food and Resource Economics.

Erickson Announces Key Staff Hires for CCRC Expansion

Erickson Living has named Jeffery Richardson the Continuing Care Administrator for Mill Vista Lodge, the new continuing care neighborhood opening in October at Wind Crest retirement community in Highlands Ranch, Colo. In addition, Elizabeth Song has been named the Director of Nursing, Micah Peterson has been named the Director of Health Care Sales, and Meghan McLaughlin has been named the Memory Care Manager.

Jeffrey Richardson began his health care career in Boulder, Colo. as an Environmental Services Director with Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan in 1997. While working full time, he completed his college degree in pursuit of his dream to become a licensed administrator. During his 11 years with Good Samaritan he also served as a Regional Facilities Manager supporting 45 communities, as an Executive Director of a startup retirement community in South Dakota, and as a licensed administrator for a community in southern Texas. He joined Wind Crest in 2013 after three years as the Executive Director at Golden Palms, a continuing care retirement community in Harlingen, TX. Prior to entering the health care field, he served in the U.S. Army for six years, both Active and Reserve/National Guard. Richardson and his family live in Centennial, Colo.

Elizabeth Song began her nursing career working in acute care hospital settings including intensive care area, moved on to hospice care for about ten years working for Hospice Care Inc. and Vitas Hospice. She moved to Colorado in 2001 and has been working in long term care management in various roles including the Director of Nursing role for the past 4 years. She has been a registered nurse for 27 years has an associate degree in nursing and associate degree in general education. 

Micah Peterson has been working in health care sales and retirement living since 2007. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal Lutheran University, he relocated back to Colorado to serve in various Sales and Marketing capacities for Brookdale Senior Living. He is actively involved with LeadingAge Colorado and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Meghan McLaughlin graduated nursing school from the University of Maine in 2009 and worked briefly on a medical/surgical floor at a small, rural hospital before taking a role as Wellness Nurse/Director of Residential Care Services at a newly opened stand-alone memory care community in Rockland, Maine. She served in that role for nearly 3 years before moving into the role of Administrator at the same community in 2011. In early 2013, she moved to Colorado from Maine, having had a desire to live in the west for many years. 

Somerby of Alpharetta Names Executive Director

Anthony J. Grieco has been named executive director of the active retirement rental community Somerby of Alpharetta.

Grieco has more than 32 years of administrative experience in the senior living field and prior to joining Somerby of Alpharetta, he was Georgia Operations Director for Premier Senior Living in Alpharetta. He has held Nursing Home Administration licenses in Georgia, Maryland and Delaware.

He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Health Administration and Planning.

Senior Living Communities Names Chris Rio as EVP of Operations

Senior Living Communities, an owner/operator of retirement communities located throughout the Southeast and Midwest, announced today that Chris Rio has accepted the position of Executive Vice President of Operations for the 9-community portfolio.

Rio is an experienced senior housing operator with specialized expertise in real estate development. His track record includes stints as a management consultant with GVA Advantis Company and as a Co-CEO and COO for EDCare Management, located in Durham, N.C. Rio’s career also includes time at Southern Assisted Living Company where he was promoted from the position of EVP of Operations to COO.

Senior Living Communities’ CEO Donald O. Thompson, Jr. says Rio’s background is a unique combination of real estate development and senior housing operations. The company will put that experience to good use with plans to develop a new service line, Wellmore, aggressively over the next two years.

Through an internal promotion, Senior Living Communities also added Katie Huffstetler to the position of Vice President of Operations. Huffstetler, who has previously held positions in communications and as an Interim Executive Director for the company, will assume operational responsibility for the company’s South Carolina properties.

Premier Senior Announces Promotions and New Hires

Premier Senior Living, LLC, an assisted living and memory care provider, has promoted Penny Tremain of Oneonta, N.Y., to the new position of Director of Operations. Tremain’s responsibilities will include overseeing the day-to-day operations of all 11 of premier’s
senior housing communities in New York, Ohio and Florida.

The N.Y.-based senior housing provider has also promoted Charlene Parslow to Executive Director of Hampshire House, an assisted living and memory care facility located in Oneonta, N.Y. Parslow was formerly the Business Office Manager at Hampshire House.

Premier has also hired Kyle Wright, MBA, of Lynnwood, Wash. as its Senior Accountant. Wright has held previous accounting positions with both Emeritus Senior Living and Starbucks Corporation.

Clearview Capital Announces Promotion & New Hire

Clearview Capital, LLC of Old Greenwich, Conn. recently announced the promotion to partner of Anthony J. Veith and welcomed associate Mark A. Adams.

Veith joined the transaction Sourcing Team to cover the eastern U.S. in 2006 and has since assumed additional responsibility for managing Clearview’s marketing and intermediary communications effort. Prior to joining Clearview, he spent ten years at LaSalle Business Credit, Inc. in the New York office. As a Senior Vice President, his primary responsibility was to originate, negotiate and close senior debt financings for lower middle-market companies. 

Before LaSalle, Veith had experience starting up and managing a private company as well as other positions in banking and investment banking. He holds an MBA from City University of New York and received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Arizona.

Adams joined Clearview in 2013 from Stephens Inc., where he worked as a generalist investment banking analyst in its Little Rock office. While an undergraduate, he had internships at Acxiom Corp. and Index Funds Advisors, Inc. Adams graduated with a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Senior Helpers’ CEO Named President of Home Care Association of America

Peter Ross, co-founder and CEO of Senior Helpers, has been named the new president of the board of directors of the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA), an organization that provides programs, resources and services to home care agencies and has a network of more than 1,300 private duty organizations.

On the precipice of anticipated changes to the home care industry regarding the Companion Exemption and the Affordable Care Act, Ross assumes the presidency at a particularly important time. With these changes, it will be more important than ever for organizations like the HCAOA to have strong leadership. Ross will serve as president through 2015.

The Home Care Association of America was founded on the principle that quality private duty home care requires organizations to employ, train, monitor and supervise caregivers, as well as create a plan of care for the client and strive for a safe and secure environment for the person at home. The purpose of the organization is to “provide leadership, representation and education for the advancement of non-medical, private duty home care, and to provide a strong, unified voice to speak to the issues of concern within the private duty home care industry.”

Ross co-founded Senior Helpers with Tony Bonacuse in 2002, after a successful career in business and marketing that included positions at ADP, Ernst & Young and Intuit. Bonacuse opened the first Senior Helpers office in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2002 and Ross joined full time in 2004 with the opening of an additional office in Orange County, California. Today, the company has 262 franchises in 39 states and one in Canada, all offering a wide range of personal and companion care services to assist seniors living independently with a strong focus on quality of life for the client and peace of mind for their families. Ross also sits on the board of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Greenfield Senior Living Announces Leadership Team for Va. Community

Greenfield Senior Living, Inc., a Falls Church, Virginia-based senior living service provider, announced today two key leadership positions have been filled at Greenfield Senior Living of Williamsburg.

Neal Clarke, CALA, Executive Director of Greenfield Senior Living at Williamsburg, brings 20 years of senior living management experience to the community. He understands the expectations of residents making the transition from their lifelong residence to an assisted living where they will be encouraged to continue to remain independent with dignity and respect.

Clarke has opened 3 assisted living properties, most recently in Arlington, Virginia. He has managed upscale retirement communities in New Jersey, New York, California and Washington DC. He has been honored as Gerontologist of the Year by the NJ Society on Aging and a Special Recognition for Service to the Aged by the Seton Hall University School of Social Work. He served as Senator Bill Bradley’s Delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Farleigh Dickinson University. 

Kim Van Eck, MSG joins us as Director of Community Relations at Greenfield Senior Living of Williamsburg. Van Eck is a Gerontologist/Thanatologist who has lived in Williamsburg for 14 years with her husband, Dale.

She holds a Master of Science in Gerontology (MSG) from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development – Human Services from Oakland University in Rochester, MI, and extensive coursework in Accounting and Finance from Canada before moving to the U.S. 25 years ago. Van Eck has national Certification in Thanatology (CT) from the Association for Death Education and Counseling and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

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Hillcrest Health Services Promotes Brendan Bishop to COO

Hillcrest Health Services has promoted Brendan Bishop to chief operating officer. He will oversee the continued expansion and operations of all Hillcrest service lines, which encompass a complete continuum of care for aging adults.

Over the past seven years, Bishop has been instrumental in launching Hillcrest Home Care and Hillcrest Hospice Care, and under his leadership, both agencies became Medicare-certified while achieving record growth for the company.

Bishop joined Hillcrest in 2006 as administrator of home care and was elevated to vice president of home & community services in 2011. Previously, he served as administrator at an international franchise company developing and implementing a new service line that provided non-medical assistance to individuals in their home.

 Bishop received a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s of healthcare administration, both from Bellevue University. He is also a certified nursing assistant (CNA), a certified homecare and hospice executive (CHCE) with the National Association of Homecare and Hospice, a licensed assisted living administrator in Nebraska, and a licensed nursing home administrator (LNHA) in Nebraska. Bishop resides in Papillion with his wife, Pauli.

Holleran Names Nikki Rineer President

Michele Holleran, founder of consulting firm Holleran, recently named Nikki Rineer the president of the company.

Rineer joined Holleran in early 2012 as a Senior Living Consultant after serving for 3 years as President of Hope Within Community Health Center, a non-profit clinic that provides free primary health care services to uninsured residents of Lancaster and Dauphin County communities in Pennsylvania. She was responsible for improving donor and public relations, event management, and strategic planning for growth of the center as well as grant research and management.  

Prior to her time at Hope Within, Rineer spent 13 years at Wellspan Health, the largest health system in York, Pennsylvania. During her tenure with Wellspan, she worked with community members and leaders from the county to better determine the needs of the residents.

Rineer has expertise in creating community partnerships, identifying synergies across organizations, and strategic planning. She is also highly experienced in quality improvement initiatives, systems management, fundraising, and program development.

Rineer will succeed former President, Lisa Scott McCracken, who has made significant contributions to Holleran over the past 13 years. McCracken will be joining Ziegler as Senior Vice President of Research. 

Michael Wooldridge Named Executive Director of Park Springs CCRC

Kevin Isakson, Director of Sales and Marketing at Isakson Living, welcomes Michael W. Wooldridge as the new Executive Director for Park Springs, Atlanta’s premier continuing care retirement community that is owned and operated by Isakson Living, effective July 1.

Wooldridge has more than 10 years of experience in the senior living industry. Most recently, he served as Executive Director for Towne Club Peachtree City. Before that, he was Opening Executive Director for Spring Harbor at Green Island, a CCRC community in Columbus (GA) from 2004 – 2011. There, he managed 196 Independent Apartments and Villas, 30 Assisted Living Apartments, 30 Memory Support Apartments, and 40 private Skilled Nursing rooms.

Wooldridge is a graduate of the University of Houston where he received his BA in Business Administration in the area of Organizational Behavior and Management. He attended college on a football scholarship.

Greenspring Hires Brian Marandola as Director of Dining Services

Brian Marandola recently joined Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va., as the new Director of Dining Services.

Marandola has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining Greenspring, he was the acting Director of Food & Beverage at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, Md. Marandola has held Director-level positions for the past 19 years including ten years with Marriott International and nine years with Disney in both Florida and California.

As the Director of Dining Services, Marandola will lead the dining and culinary service team in ensuring residents have an extraordinary dining experience that includes superior service and healthy, diverse options.

David Tenney Hired as Assistant Director of General Services at Greenspring

David Tenney recently joined Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va., as the new Assistant Director of General Services.

Tenney brings more than 25 years of facility operations and management experience to Greenspring. Previously, he was the Facility Manager for the Gannett/USA Today corporate headquarters
and the Senior Building Manager for NPR (National Public Radio). He has experience working with multiple types of properties including residential, medical, corporate and technical. Tenney has also been an instructor for vocational programs in Fairfax County.

As the Assistant Director of General Services at Greenspring, Tenney will assist in leading and supporting the department which oversees day-to-day operations at the community including security, transportation, and maintenance, among others.

GlyynDevins Promotes Two to Vice Presidents of Client Service

GlynnDevins Advertising & Marketing recently announced the promotions of Candice Yagmin and Lea Ann Hodson to vice presidents of client service for the agency.

As vice presidents of client service, Yagmin and Hodson will be responsible for in-depth engagement and support for individual teams and team members. Each will continue to support and manage current client work, while positioning the department and the agency for future growth.

Yagmin is a 10-year veteran at GlynnDevins with 18 years of advertising experience working with more than 50 senior living communities. Her duties and areas of expertise include leading the development of strategic marketing communications plans and programs designed to help communities reach their occupancy goals.

Hodson has been with GlynnDevins for 11 years and has 20 years of advertising experience. She’s skilled in integrated planning and analytical thinking, and has a passion for creative focus. Hodson is knowledgeable in both operational and development marketing, having managed the marketing/communications programs for many communities nationwide, generating brand awareness and sales activity.

President & CEO of ACTS Retirement-Life Communities to Retire

After nearly nine years as President and CEO of ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Marvin Mashner has announced his plans to retire in June, 2014. Mashner has been with ACTS for 23 years, beginning as Vice President and Treasurer in 1990, and then as President and Chief Operating Officer. During his tenure he has led some of the most dramatic change and growth at ACTS, the largest not-for-profit continuing care retirement community organization in the United States.

“The past 23 years at ACTS have been the most enjoyable and rewarding years of my professional career,” said Mashner. “I’ve had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects that have taken us into the future as we implement new advancements to enhance the lives of our residents. ACTS has become a leader in the industry, and I’m proud of all that our staff has accomplished and excited at what the future holds for this special organization.”

Active in the senior care industry at both the state and national level, Mashner also serves on numerous boards dedicated to health and aging services, including LeadingAge, the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the International Association for Homes and Services for the Aging (IAHSA), and a local hospital foundation.

Mashner will continue to serve as President and CEO until he departs next June. The ACTS board of directors has begun a comprehensive search process to find his successor.

HCP Appoints Brian Cartwright to Board of Directors

HCP (NYSE:HCP) announced the appointment of Brian G. Cartwright to the Company’s Board of Directors. The Board determined that Cartwright qualifies as an independent director under the applicable NYSE and SEC requirements. With his appointment, HCP’s Board has a total of nine members.

Cartwright is a Scholar in Residence at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. From 2006 through 2009 he served as General Counsel of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and from 2009 through 2011 he was a Senior Advisor to Latham & Watkins LLC.

Cartwright graduated from Yale University in 1967 with a B.S. in Intensive Physics, received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1971 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1980 where he served as President of the Harvard Law Review. From 1981-1982 he served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme Court. Between 1982 and 2005 Cartwright was employed at Latham & Watkins LLC where he served in various senior management positions including Member of its Executive Committee.

EPOCH Hires Dawn Johnson as Director of Sales & Marketing

EPOCH Assisted Living at Boylston Place recently announced the hiring of Dawn Marie Johnson as the director of sales and marketing. In her new role, Johnson will provide families and their loved ones with the support they need in choosing the right living situation.

Johnson has more than 15 years’ experience in the senior living industry. Prior to working at EPOCH, she served in similar roles at several regional senior living communities, including Traditions of Dedham and Sunrise of Braintree.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Southern Connecticut State University, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in counseling psychology.

Omnicare Appoints James Carlson to Board of Directors

Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE:OCR) announced recently the appointment of experienced health care executive James Carlson to its Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2013.

Carlson served as Chief Executive Officer of Amerigroup Corporation, a Fortune 500 multi-state managed healthcare company, from 2007 through 2012, becoming chairman of the company’s board of directors in 2008. In December 2012, Amerigroup was acquired by WellPoint, the country’s second largest health insurer, in a transaction valued at nearly $5 billion. Under Mr. Carlson’s leadership, Amerigroup more than doubled the number of state Medicaid programs it served, while growing revenues more than four-fold.

Carlson was the founder of HealthSpring, a physician group practice management company, which was sold to MetraHealth in 1995 (subsequently to become part of United Healthcare). He also served as an Executive Vice President at UnitedHealth Group before leaving to co-found Workscape (later acquired by ADP), a software platform offering Internet applications to help employees understand and manage their health benefits.

Leadership Team Hired for Gateway Senior Living Expansion

Gateway Senior Living is pleased to announce the following team members who have joined the campus in preparation for the new Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation expansion.

Jan Ouellette has been hired as the Clinical Rehab Coordinator. She will oversee clinical operations for short term rehabilitation. Jan brings 36 years of nursing experience to the Gateway team, she has extensive experience in complex medical care and is a Certified Rehabilitation RN as well as Orthopaedic Nurse Certified.

Deb Kallhoff will serve as the Clinical Liaison, directing the admission and discharge process between the campus and the area hospitals, clinics, and health care providers. Kallhoff brings 24 years of health care experience, specializing in case management and discharge planning in both hospitals and nursing homes.

Nancy Holmgren has been hired as the Staff Development Coordinator. She will oversee the development and implementation of staff education, including oversight of the quality assurance programs and services. Holmgren has 33 years of experience in nursing, specializing in acute care, skilled rehabilitation and long-term care, as well as extensive experience managing nursing personnel.

Darcee Fricke will serve as HR/Payroll Coordinator. She will work with team members on benefits, payroll, and team building programs. Fricke has experience working in human resources for a Critical Access Hospital as a payroll supervisor, and clinic coordinator.

Lori Sladek has been hired to serve as the MDS Coordinator for the new skilled nursing campus. She will work directly with residents, families, and the interdisciplinary team to develop individual goals and care expectations. Sladek has 27 years of healthcare experience including over 17 years as an MDS Coordinator.

Courtney Borland has been promoted to manage the nurse staffing coordination and HR Associate role. She will oversee the scheduling and staffing needs for the nursing departments in assisted living, short term rehab, and traditional long term care.

Former Senate Aging Staff Director Joints AHCA/NCAL

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) today announced that Mike Bassett, an experienced advocate for health and public policy initiatives on Capitol Hill, has joined the Association as a Senior Director of Government Affairs. Bassett’s legislative portfolio will include work on both Medicare and Medicaid, in addition to post-acute reforms as well as efforts surrounding hospital readmissions. 

Prior to coming to AHCA, Bassett worked as the Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Bob Corker (R-TN). Bassett also formerly served as Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Aging and as Legislative Assistant to Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL). In 2003, Mike was appointed as Legislative Assistant of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs in the Department of Labor by President George W. Bush.

Bassett received his B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

David Lashar Joins Remedi SeniorCare as Chief Information Officer

Remedi SeniorCare announced in July the addition of David Lashar as Chief Information Offer. With more than twenty years of experience working among leading technology firms, building business cases and driving technology advancements to meet business requirements, Lashar will be an integral addition to the accelerated growth of Remedi’s pharmacy services.

Lashar spent the last nine years with IBM’s Global Business Solutions, developing strategies and executing business transformation programs based on advanced information technologies. As a partner at IBM, he lead the IBM practice for Connected Customers and Connected Vehicles, helping clients define required capabilities, quantify business benefits, select appropriate technologies, and implement systems. He received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and his BA from Dartmouth College.

Greystone Hires Robert Russell as Head of CMBS Production

Greystone recently announced the appointment of Robert Russell as Head of CMBS Production and Managing Director for the firm’s Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac platform. He will report to Joe Mosley, Executive Managing Director of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Lending.

In this newly created position, Russell will coordinate the firm’s production of CMBS loans and originate multifamily Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans for Greystone’s agency platform. He will be based in the New York City office.

Russell brings more than 15 years of real estate experience to Greystone and has executed transactions in excess of $6 billion throughout his distinguished career. Previously, Russell was the Chief Production Officer at Pillar Multifamily, LLC and served as a Managing Director at Wachovia Securities, where his duties included originating and structuring debt/preferred equity transactions in the United States, and establishing Wachovia’s lending operations in Canada. He has also held similar positions at Credit Suisse, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette and Nomura Asset Capital Corporation.

Russell holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and a Juris Doctorate from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He serves on the Advisory Board of the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont.

Highland Springs Appoints Patricia Swan as Associate Executive Director

Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the appointment of Patricia Swan as its Associate Executive Director.

In her leadership position, Swan will oversee the General Services Department as well as compliance and safety operations at the 89-acre community that is home to over 600 residents and 300 employees.

Swan has over twelve years of sales and operations experience in the senior living industry. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of First Colonial Inn, a Kisco Senior Living community in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

She has served as Past President of the Virginia Beach Task Force on Aging and a Board Member of the Virginia Beach Friends School.

A resident of Plano, Texas, Swan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and a graduate certificate from Cornell University.

Rob Reis Named Vice President of Investment at Marcus & Millichap

Rob Reis has been newly elected as a Vice President of Investment for 2013 at real estate investment services firm Marcus & Millichap. Reis, who works out of the firm’s San Francisco office, received the merit-based designation after achieving superior performance in his sales and investment real estate brokerage career.  

Oak Trace Names New Health Services Administrator

Oak Trace senior living community in Downers Grove has named Michelle Hart-Carlson as the new administrator of health services. Hart will oversee all health care services at Oak Trace. Health Services encompasses catered living, skilled nursing, memory support and rehabilitation services.

Hart joins Oak Trace with more than 20 years’ experience in health care services, with a specialty in working with senior living communities and Alzheimer’s care. Most recently, Hart spent three years as an administrator at The Assisi Health Care Center of Clare Oaks in Bartlett, where she worked to increase occupancy by 50 percent and restructured the program, which allowed seniors to utilize more of their Medicare benefits.

Hart joins the growing Health Services team as Oak Trace works to enhance health services and to create innovative programs for the growing number of area seniors. She will take over for Lynn Blakemore, who previously served as the administrator of health services. In the past year, Oak Trace has implemented a variety of new programs to enhance quality of care at the community and educate the community at large about the services offered. Oak Trace has also recently added healthcare outreach liaison Tracy Giglio and Dr. Subhash Shah, the rehabilitation center’s physiatrist.

United Church Homes and Services Names Aimee Reimann COO

Aimee Reimann joined United Church Homes and Services in 2008 as Executive Director of Abernethy Laurels, a continuing care retirement community located in Newton, N.C. In 2011, Reimann was appointed Vice President of Home and Community Based Services for UCHS, where her primary focus was on advancing and implementing new home and community based services to seniors. In 2012, she spearheaded efforts for UCHS’s first PACE Program (Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) in Lexington, N.C.

Reimann holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a licensed nursing home administrator in North Carolina and has successfully led a number of health care centers across the State.

Vitera Heatlhcare Solutions Names Jeremy Muench SVP of Client Operations

Vitera Healthcare Solutions, a provider of ambulatory electronic health records (EHR) and practice management software and services, announced recently that Jeremy Muench has joined the company’s leadership team as Senior Vice President of Client Operations.

Muench brings more than 20 years’ experience and an impressive record of accomplishment in healthcare technology, process improvement and operations management.

A Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Muench spent about eight years with McKesson Corporation in a range of leadership roles. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations for McKesson Provider Technologies, a division of McKesson Corporation, where he focused on operational strategy, process, technology and organizational structure. Before that, he served at GE Healthcare and GE Capital, divisions of General Electric, and at Bain & Company, a strategy consulting firm.

Muench graduated from Harvard University Graduate School of Business with an MBA and earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Hires CFO

Thomas J. Kelly has been named Chief Financial Officer for Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS). Kelly has served as OPRS’ Controller since Jan. 2007.

Prior to his OPRS employment, Kelly served as Chief Financial Officer of Selby General Hospital in Marietta, Ohio. Before June 2000, he held various financial leadership positions with Ohio Health Corporation, a Columbus-based multi-hospital system for seventeen years.

Kelly graduated from Marietta College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a Master’s of Business Administration from West Virginia University. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ohio Health Care Federal Credit Union and a member of the Health Care Financial Management Association.

Senior Solutions Management Group Announces Two New Hires

Senior care provider Senior Solutions Management Group (SSMG) announced in late July the recent hires of Sara Horne and Lisa Harvey, both of whom will serve as Executive Directors: Horne for the Wellspring Assisted Living Community in Powell, Tenn. and Harvey for the Lakewood Place and River Oaks Place Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Loudon, Tenn.

As Executive Directors, Horne and Harvey will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of these communities. Their priority is to ensure that residents receive the highest quality of care, and that the staff are supported and assisted in their daily responsibilities to ensure the expectations of residents and families are exceeded.

Horne comes to the Wellspring assisted living facility, which is dedicated solely to memory and dementia care, with more than 28 years of experience in the healthcare sector working specifically with the geriatric population. In addition to her significant experience working as a nurse in skilled care, Horne brings 13 years of assisted living expertise to the SSMG team and has served in a variety of roles including both Director of Nursing and Executive Director for other assisted living communities in Tennessee. Horne is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

Harvey has served in various leadership roles as the Director for Senior Home Assistance, a Home Health Nurse, and as the Community Relations Director with Amedysis Home Health, all of which have allowed her to become involved in SSMG’s communities. She is a graduate from Roane State Community College in Applied Science and a graduate from Tennessee Technology Center as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Erickson Living Names Louis Varella Associate Executive Director at Md. CCRC

Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the appointment of Louis W. Varella as its Associate Executive Director. In this position, he will work with administration on campus operations as well as workforce training & development at the 120-acre community that is home to over 2,500 residents and 1,400 employees.

Varella has twenty-five years of operations and finance experience in the senior living industry. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of Quincy Village Retirement Community in Waynesboro, Pa. He also held regional positions with Marriott International Senior Living Services.

Varella has served on the Board of Trustees for Capital Hospice and the Board of Directors for Montgomery General Hospital, where he represented the hospital on the State of Maryland Hospital Association Executive Committee.

A resident of Hagerstown, Md., Varella holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management & Industrial Relations from the University of Rhode Island and an Executive MBA from Averette College in Danville, Va.

Rising India Announces Election of Walter Luce as New CEO

Rising India, Inc. (pinksheets:RSII) has announced Walter Luce as the company’s new CEO on July 25. In this role, he will direct the company in the senior living community space.

Luce has been a leader in many corporations as CEO for the development of large scale projects in Florida, Georgia, and California. He is focused on Southern California where demand out-strips supply for new developments in senior living accommodations. Southern California offers the weather and Rising India will offer the communities for the Baby Boomers to retire in their more active senior years. Luce will be focused on the company’s multi-million dollar 161-acre project in the Coachella Valley.

Rising India, Inc. is a holding corporation that develops independent living, assisted living and memory center communities. Rising India’s management specialize in acquiring land, securing entitlements for development, along with building and marketing the proposed project.

Vivian and Mary Tellis-Nayak Named 2013 Champion of Quality Award Recipients

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) recently announced Vivian Tellis-Nayak, PhD, and Mary Tellis-Nayak, RN, MSN, MPH, as the 2013 recipients of the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality award. The couple is being recognized for their contributions to quality in the long term and post-acute care community. 

Though they often function as a seamless team, both Vivian and Mary have individually impacted the profession in a unique way. The couple has been involved from the beginning with My InnerView, by National Research Corporation, a business for which the two continue their work on quality long term care services. Mary serves as the Vice President of Quality Initiatives, and Vivian is the Senior Research Advisor.

Vivian, a renowned long term care researcher, quantitatively proved that Directors of Nursing (DoNs) and Nursing Home Administrators (NHAs) are directly related to skilled nursing care center quality performance. He also provided the first quantitative proof that quality in skilled nursing centers has a positive impact on financial revenue and that DoN and NHA turnover are the single best predictors of poor quality and revenues.

Mary, a nurse by trade, has focused the majority of her professional career on promoting the importance, role, and function of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and other direct caregivers. She authored several groundbreaking sets of standards for dementia care units, sub-acute care, and person-centered care. Mary continues to advocate nationally on the topics of quality, long term care leadership, and performance improvement.

Throughout their careers, Vivian and Mary have blended their areas of expertise to provide a multitude of widely used and well-regarded surveys, leadership tools, and quality resources that focus on the importance of high-quality caregiving on overall performance.

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It’s officially summer, and the pace of career moves is heating up along with the weather. Along with spotlighting all the activity among senior living professionals, this edition of Movers & Shakers is also celebrating the Chicago Blackhawks, who shook up the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup. 

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Brookdale Senior Living Names New COO

Following the previously announced June 15, 2013 retirement of John P. Rijos, co-president and chief operating officer of Brookdale Senior Living, the company’s board of directors has appointed Gregory B. Richard to serve as Brookdale’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective June 16.

Richard has served as Brookdale’s EVP-Field operations since January 2008. 

He previously was the EVP and COO of American Retirement Corporation from about 2003 to 2006 and has held numerous other executive leadership roles in the healthcare field. 

Brenda Bacon, CEO of Brandywine, Named Chairman of ALFA

The Board of Directors of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) recently announced that Brenda J. Bacon, co-founder, president and CEO of Mt. Laurel, N.J.-based Brandywine Senior Living has been named ALFA Chairman of the Board for 2013-2014. Bacon succeeds Mark Ohlendorf, co-president and CFO of Brentwood-Tenn.-based Brookdale Senior Living.

Bacon co-founded Brandywine Senior Living in 1996 and has overseen its growth to serve seniors in 25 locations across five states. Prior to the creation of Brandywine, she served as Chief of Management and Planning, a cabinet-level position under New Jersey Governor James J. Florio from 1989 to 1993 where she oversaw healthcare reform efforts and served as a Senior Advisor to the governor. During this period, Bacon also spent time in Washington, D.C., on loan to the Presidential (Clinton) Transition Team for the transition of the Department of Health and Human Services.

ALFA Announces New Board Members

The Board welcomes newly-elected members: Kai Hsaio, president of Lake Oswego, Ore.-based Holiday Retirement and Chris Hyatt, executive vice president and COO of Seattle-based Emeritus Senior Living, Tiffany Tomasso, founding partner in Reston, Va.-based Kensington Senior Living and Evrett Benton, president and CEO of Salt Lake City-based Stellar Senior Living.

Integral Senior Living Adds Terry Ervin as Regional VP

Integral Senior Living announced in early June that Terry Ervin has joined the company as a Regional Vice President of Operations. In his new role, Terry is responsible for the operations of communities ranging from independent living to memory care.

Prior to his position with ISL, Ervin was a Vice President of Operations with Aegis Living, where he was responsible for the operations of assisted living communities in Northern California.

Prior to his position as Vice President of Operations, Ervin served as the Executive Director of Aegis of Carmichael for five years. Ervin came to Aegis from the hospitality industry where he worked for Marriott International and Sunstone Hotels in a variety of positions including Director of Marketing (Napa Marriott) and General Manager (Sacramento Hilton).

Ervin participates in a variety of industry boards and committees and in 2009 was named to the distinguished NIC Future Leaders Council, a group of handpicked, up and coming, leaders from some of the senior living industries most influential companies. Additionally, he sits on the CALA Service Awards committee and the CALA PAC Board. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Accounting from San Diego State University.

Ziegler Hires Banker Sarkis Garabedian from Piper Jaffray

Ziegler recently announced the hiring of seasoned banker Sarkis Garabedian to join the western region banking team. In his nine years in public finance, Garabedian has participated in more than $2 billion of financings for a wide variety of healthcare, senior living and other not-for-profit organizations throughout the West Coast.

Prior to joining Ziegler, Garabedian was a vice president in Piper Jaffray’s healthcare group, where he worked with a variety of healthcare and not-for-profit borrowers. He has extensive experience within the healthcare sector and is proficient in leading complex tax-exempt and taxable bond offerings and private placements as well as providing credit, financial statement, legal and refunding analysis. In addition, he is also a member of HFMA and serves as a frequent speaker at many industry conferences.

Buffy Howard Joins Prestige Care as Regional Director of Operations

Prestige Care, Inc. announced in early June that Buffy Howard joined the Washington-based senior care provider as regional director of operations for the company’s skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers.

Howard has 20 years of long-term care experience, as well as 15 years as a licensed nursing home administrator in the state of Washington.

Howard joins Prestige Care with a solid reputation of having a positive impact on residents and employees at the communities she has served. At her most recent position at Avalon Healthcare, one of Prestige Care’s hospice and homecare partners, Howard developed a successful outpatient therapy program, established the High Physician Presence Model, kick-started an improvement in employee and resident satisfaction surveys and decreased re-hospitalizations by 35 percent through trending, tracking and root-cause analysis.

In her previous positions, Howard has been recognized for her ability to streamline internal organizational structures in order to cut waste and improve the overall resident experience. As the executive director for Talbot Center for Health and Rehabilitation, Howard brought the center from net loss to net profit in 18 months. She also solidified union relations for her employees and led the way for her facility to earn outstanding evaluations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Howard began her career early, volunteering at a nursing center in junior high. From then on she directed her studies and work toward continuing a successful career in senior care service. She has performed a number of roles, including working as a nursing assistant, activity director, administrator, and the executive director of four health care facilities.

Howard has earned her Nursing Home Administrator License, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She has also been awarded the Baldridge Bronze National Quality Award from the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Future Leader award from the Washington Health Care Administration.

LTC Properties Makes Hiring and Promotion Announcements

LTC Properties, Inc. (NYSE:LTC) announced in early June the hiring of Brent P. Chappell as vice president of investment and portfolio management, effective June 10. Chappell joins LTC with more than 25 years of asset/portfolio management experience, most recently as VP of portfolio management for Nationwide Health Properties, Inc., which was acquired by Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR). He has a Masters of Business Administration degree specializing in Finance from the University of California, Irvine.

LTC also announced that Mark Hemingway, who was previously involved in both asset management and marketing roles for the Westlake Village, Calif.-based REIT, will assume full responsibility for LTC’s marketing initiative as vice president of marketing, effective June 10. 

Michael Starke Reassumes Ownership of PMD Advisory Services

Mature market research and consulting firm PMD Advisory Services, LLC announced in early June that former owner and founder Michael Starke has resumed ownership of the company, a spin-off from Spectrum Consultants. 

Under his management, PMD will operate as an independent consulting and market research firm serving owners and operators of for-profit and not-for-profit senior housing organizations. These organizations include continuing care retirement communities; active adult, independent and assisted living facilities; memory care facilities; nursing home care; adult day programs and home and community-based services.

Headquartered in Hebron, K.Y., Managing Directors Starke and Keith Evans, a 30-year senior living consultant, will oversee an experienced and skilled team including Monica Morgal, Director of Demographic Research and Gary Gezann, Ph.D., Chief Demographer. Current clients include Kisco Senior Living, Senior Living Residences, and Miller-Valentine Group. 

The Shelter Group, Brightview Senior Living Announce Two Promotions

The Shelter Group, a national real estate development and property management company based in Baltimore, announced in early June the promotion of Maria Miller to Vice President for Shelter Development, LLC. In her new role, Miller is responsible for the development, acquisition and financing of affordable housing real estate transactions.

Prior to joining Shelter, Miller was a Senior Vice President for Bank of America, where she ran the bank’s Community Development Corporation in Baltimore. Her career at Bank of America spanned 18 years.

Miller earned a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and completed the Johns Hopkins University Real Estate Development and Investment program. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, a public all-girls charter school. Additionally, Miller was recently appointed to the Columbia Downtown Housing Corporation and the Governor’s Sustainable Housing Task Force.

Brightview Senior Living, a Baltimore-based provider of housing and care for seniors, announced on the same day the promotion of Ross Dingman to Vice President of Operations. In his new role, Dingman will focus on the critical role of working with the development team on the design and operational oversight of new Brightview communities.

A Brightview Senior Living employee for more than 14 years, Dingman has been directly involved in opening 9 of 14 developed communities. During his tenure with Brightview, he has held several positions with increasing responsibility including executive director, regional director of operations, and regional vice president of operations. Prior to joining Brightview, Dingman served as Executive Director at both HCR ManorCare and Deerfield Senior Cay centers.

Dingman is a Certified Assisted Living Administrator with the Assisted Living Federation of America and is a former board member of the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Baltimore County. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. He resides with his family in Towson, Maryland.

Grand Villa Ray Delray West Names Helen Altieri Executive Director

Independent and assisted living community Grand Villa Delray West has appointed Helen Altieri as its executive director. Senior Management Advisors, Inc. (SMA) and ValStone Partners, LLC announced the acquisition of the community, along with an adjacent community now known as Grand Villa of Delray East, earlier this year.

Altieri, a high-performing professional with 20 years of experience in the senior living and healthcare industries, has held management-level positions in all phases of senior living, including memory care/dementia, assisted living, independent living and skilled nursing care. Before joining SMA and Grand Villa of Delray Beach West, she was area director of community relations for Sunrise Senior Living in Boca Raton, overseeing community relations in three communities. Prior to that she was administrator of Westchester Assisted Living in Sunrise; director of marketing, Margate Health Care Center; executive director of Colony Club of Sunrise and general manager of Westbrooke at Inverrary in Fort Lauderdale.

Certified as an Alzheimer’s Level I and II trainer in the state of Florida and in Assisted Living Core Training, she is a member of Alzheimer’s Association S.E. Florida Chapter, Broward Coalition on Ageing, Florida Guardianship Association and Parkinson’s Educational Network. She has been a resident of Delray Beach for 19 years.

Evans Senior Investments Launches New “Under 40″ Group

Evans Senior Investments recently launched a Seniors Housing “Under 40″ business group for industry professionals to meet regularly and discuss key topics.

“The future of the seniors housing industry is obviously going to look very different 10 or 20 years from now and we want to ensure the younger group of professionals in the industry begin networking and discussing key topics on a regular basis,” says Jeremy Stroiman, CEO Evans Senior Investments.

The group is free to join, as long as interested parties meet a couple requirements: be under the age of 40 and work full-time in the senior housing industry. A wide variety of backgrounds are welcome to join, including owners, operators, analysts, mid-level executives, senior level executives, lenders, investments bankers, REITs, reporters, etc. 

Niki Plummer Named New Executive Director at Grand Villa

Grand Villa of Pinellas Park, an assisted living and memory care residential community, has named senior living professional Niki Plummer its executive director.

“We’re pleased to have Niki back in the SMA family,” says Steven Piazza, president of Senior Management Advisors. “She’s a great example of a senior living executive who combines knowledge of our industry with a genuine concern for the health and wellbeing of our residents.”

Plummer, a longtime resident of Pinellas County, began her career in skilled nursing and after 11 years moved to assisted living, where she says her heart is. She worked on the corporate side for SMA, supporting 17 assisted living communities during her five-year tenure. Wanting to be part of a community family, she accepted a position as executive director of a Brookdale senior living facility, where she worked for seven years.

A graduate of the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration, she is a member of Better Living for Seniors, Guardian Association of Pinellas County and Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce.

Stoneridge Creek Hires Move-In Coordinator

Mallory Campeau has been appointed move-in coordinator for Stoneridge Creek, the new continuing care retirement community in Pleasanton, Calif. According to Troy Bourne, vice president of planning for Stoneridge Creek, early move-ins for residents are scheduled to begin later this month.

Campeau and her team will be responsible for assisting the community’s future residents with the entire move-in process, including helping them with interior design selections, providing referrals for packing and moving services, performing final walk-throughs with residents, and coordinating individual move-in days for residents.

Prior to assuming the move-in coordinator position, Campeau served as marketing assistant and office manager for Stoneridge Creek. She was also an administrative assistant at a Northern California law firm. A resident of Lafayette, Calif., Campeau graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology.

Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation Announces Four New Board Members

Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation recently named Joe Anderson, Mike Barron, Dr. David Gobble, and Stan Waterhouse as new board members. 

Joe Anderson serves as President of the American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW) Foundation, one of the largest and most successful foundations supporting continuing care and life care communities in the United States. He has 19 years management experience in the senior living industry. 

Mike Barron brings more than 40 years of varied professional financial, management and information technology experience, including serving as the Deputy State Treasurer for Texas, and the CFO of the Texas Teachers’ Retirement System. Barron currently serves as Senior Vice President and CFO for Texas Mutual Insurance Company. Barron holds a BBA degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and did his post-graduate work in finance and business management at St. Edward’s University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Certificate in Data Processing.

Dr. David Gobble has worked in the health promotion, wellness and aging field for over 40 years as an educator, administrator, direct service provider, consultant and public speaker for a wide range of agencies and organizations. He is Director of the Masterpiece Living Academy and Professor and Director Emeritus for the Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology at Ball State University, where he coordinated the nationally recognized master’s degree in Wellness Management.

Stan Waterhouse serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP), where he leads 500 employees and manages an $85 million annual budget in the pursuit of positioning the organization as the industry’s leader in customer service and innovative development. Prior to joining HACEP, Waterhouse served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Ginn Clubs and Resorts, where he oversaw over $1 billion in hospitality assets.

Remedi SeniorCare Names Carol Slas General MAnager of Michigan Pharmacy

Remedi SeniorCare recently announced that Carol Slas, RPh, has joined its team as the General Manager of the Marshall, Mich. pharmacy. In this role, she will oversee all areas of operation at the Marshall location including their transition to the Paxit automated medication dispensing system later this year.

Slas joins Remedi from Genoa Healthcare where she served as the Director of Pharmacy Implementation. Prior to Genoa, she held a leadership role at NuscriptRx Pharmacy as the Associate Vice President of Implementation and Operations. Earlier in her career, Slas spent 12 years with NeighborCare Pharmacy in various roles ranging from Staff Pharmacist to the Director of Pharmacy Operations. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MBA from Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky.

Wesley Homes Announces Election of Foundation Board of Directors

Wesley Homes Retirement Communities and Home Health Services announced the election of Walter Liang, Morris Chang, Betsy Harasek and Dick Jobst as Foundation board members for the 2013-2014 year after the company’s annual meeting.

Liang has retired from his position as the regional representative of Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao. Liang held the position for nearly eight years. Prior to being named the Department of Labor representative, Liang was a congressional appointee to the U.S. Census Monitoring Board as the western regional representative. He has been a member of numerous boards and advisory councils, and he has received various awards for his work in public service. Liang is a graduate of California State University in Sacramento.

Dr. Chang is a sleep specialist and medical director of the Highline Sleep Center associated with Highline Medical Center. He is the founder and president of Comprehensive Sleep Medicine, Inc. Dr. Chang comes to the Foundation Board through his association with the Wesley Homes Lea Hill campus where he is a member of Friends of Wesley Homes Lea Hill. He is also a member of the Auburn Rotary.

Harasek has traveled the world professionally as a consultant on business legal matters and currently works for Xerox Corporation as the associate general patent counsel. She actively supports her church as well as civic and professional organizations. Harasek founded the New Girls Network and has served on the board of the Women’s Shelter in Detroit. She has also served in leadership roles within her churches.

Jobst is a professor of sociology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, where he has taught for close to 40 years. He received his master’s of arts in sociology from the University of California, Davis. His area of expertise includes growth and density and minority access to healthcare. In 1992, Jobst was honored by Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Pierce County as Trustee of the Year. He joined the Wesley Homes Board of Trustees in 2004 and has served as the liaison from that Board to the Foundation Board of Directors.

United Methodist Retirement Communities Receives Program Excellence Award

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced that United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) is the recipient of the 2013 Richard F. Huegli Award forProgram Excellence.

Building on a foundation of more than 100 years of service, UMRC, based in Chelsea, is a faith-based, non-profit organization that promotes the wellness, dignity and independence of older adults by providing high quality, innovative and compassionate senior residential care services across Southeast Michigan.

The Richard F. Huegli Award for Program Excellence recognizes a nonprofit organization in southeast Michigan that has a history of achieving excellence in human services programming. It celebrates Huegli’s legacy of vision, high standards for programming excellence and belief in human potential. The recipient receives a one-time grant of $5,000 to support its general operations.

Huegli, who passed away in 1988, was an integral figure in the region’s human services sector for nearly half a century, spending 42 years with United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit, now part of the the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. He later helped to establish the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and served as the Foundation’s acting director in its first year of existence.

National Alliance for Caregiving Adds Paul DelPonte to Team

The National Alliance for Caregiving recently announced the addition of Paul DelPonte as the new Director of Programs, Operations, and Development.

DelPonte brings a strong background in advocacy and social marketing to the National Alliance for Caregiving. He was previously Executive Director of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation, where he helped to create Patients Aware, a public education campaign to educate seniors and family members about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

As both a consultant and long-time staff member of the Alliance for Aging Research, he spearheaded Project Independence for Older Americans which led to $1 billion in federal aging research. As a communications consultant he has started two successful public relations firms, where he directed award-winning national health education campaigns to promote increased awareness and access to care. These have included the Community Voices Initiative for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Men’s Health Campaign featuring Morgan Freeman. 

DelPonte lives in Montgomery County, Md., where he is also a Commissioner on Aging. In that role he is helping the county implement, “A Community for a Lifetime”, a plan to meet the needs of a growing older population.

Oak Trace Names Tracy Giglio a Healthcare Outreach Liason

Oak Trace has named Tracy Giglio as the first Healthcare Outreach Liaison at the senior living community in Downers Grove, Ill. In her new position, Giglio will work with local hospitals, physicians and other senior living and assisted living communities looking to discharge residents to a quality short-term rehabilitation program.

In the past year, Oak Trace has implemented a variety of new programs that enhance quality of care at the community and educate the community at large about the services they offer. The Healthcare Outreach Liaison is just one of the new positions in Health Services at Oak Trace; Dr. Subhash Shah signed on as the rehabilitation center’s physiatrist, and the community will soon add a concierge and nurse practitioner.

Giglio has more than 17 years’ experience in health care, the majority with seniors. She most recently worked at Girling Home Health Care in North Riverside for eight years, where she worked closely with patients and oversaw the referral process. In addition, her past experiences as an admissions director for a rehabilitation center and as a human resources director for an extended care center will help her build strong relationships for referrals around the Downers Grove area.

The Barrington of Carmel Names Dawn Such as Marketing Assistant

The Barrington of Carmel senior living community has named Dawn Such as Marketing Assistant. The announcement was made by Dana Shore, director of sales and marketing for The Barrington.

Such brings to The Barrington more than eight years of experience in management. Prior to joining The Barrington, she worked at Universal WorldEvents where she served in various roles from account manager and client liaison to operations data manager and project manager in charge of planning events. Before that, she served as special events manager for Indiana Historical Society/Indiana History Center where she managed advertising and promotions for events as well as provided group and individual tours of the facility for potential rental events.

Having grown up in New Albany, Such received a B.S. in journalism from Ball State University. She has a double major in public relations and advertising with a minor in communications studies.

The Waterford Names New Director of Marketing

The Waterford, a senior living community, recently announced the hiring of Marie Duquette as its new director of marketing.

In her new position, Duquette will be responsible for helping educate active seniors in Juno Beach and the surrounding area about the benefits of choosing a Life Care community. She will replace Madelaine Doyle, who is retiring after nearly 20 years of service at The Waterford.

Duquette comes to The Waterford from NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, a commercial real estate firm, where she spent seven years as a senior property manager. Prior to that, Duquette spent eight years as a property manager at Catalfumo Management and Investment Companies. She received her degree from SUNY Purchase and currently holds her real estate license in Florida.

The Waterford also announced the addition of Nikki Trimble to its sales team as a sales associate. Trimble has worked in senior living for the past three years. Prior to that, she worked in the insurance field.

Varsity Launches Senior Living Sales Consulting Service, Hires Maura Richards

Harrisburg, Pa.-based Varsity, a mature market marketing communications agency, announced on Tuesday a new offering focused on helping senior living communities develop more effective sales strategies that better align with marketing initiatives while also maximizing occupancy goals. Maura Z. Richards, the former head of WESTGREY LLC, has joined the agency as its senior consultant and will be the lead strategist for the new service.

Richards holds more than a decade of experience in managing occupancy goals, budgets, marketing, staffing and customer service issues in the senior living solutions industry. In her new position, she will provide strategic direction and sales oversight for clients in the agency’s senior living practice area, which includes single- and multi-location continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), 55+ housing, and those serving the home health, hospice, independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing markets.

Prior to joining Varsity, Richards founded WESTGREY LLC, a senior living consulting and advisory service specializing in turnaround and greenfield projects for clients such as Covenant Village, Granite Hill Estates and Fairing Way. She formerly held sales management and marketing strategy roles with Retirement Living Services and The Innovation Group.

Varsity’s new consulting service combines a mix of sales assessment, management, staffing, oversight, training and development. The new service enhances the agency’s portfolio of branding, advertising, creative, interactive, public relations and digital media services.

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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 drugstore.com, 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, Freeinternet.com, 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 drugstore.com, where he led and executed all technology initiatives for the health and personal care business. Before his position at drugstore.com, Cancelosi led consulting engagements at Walmart.com and Target.com, and spent seven years at Amazon.com 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.

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Kirsten Marriner to Join Omnicare as SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE: OCR) recently appointed Kirsten Marriner as Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer. She joined the company on March 27, 2013.

Marriner will lead the human resource function across the Company. She will play a critical role in building a human resource function designed to drive operational changes, talent objectives, and strategies for long term growth. Marriner will report to Chief Executive Officer John L. Workman, and President and Chief Operating Officer Nitin Sahney.

Marriner brings to Omnicare a comprehensive background in human resources leadership. For nearly the past ten years, she served in variety of progressive leadership roles for Fifth Third Bank, most recently as Senior Vice President, Director of Talent Management and Development. During her tenure, Marriner also held key leadership positions including Director of Divisional Human Resources and Director of Compensation and Performance Management.

Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, Marriner served in an HR leadership role for KeyCorp and performed consulting work for both Deloitte and KPMG. She holds a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and an MBA from Cleveland State University.

Michael H. Thaman to Chair Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Policy Advisory Board

The Policy Advisory Board of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies convened its first meeting of 2013 recently in Washington, DC under the leadership of its recently appointed Chairman, Michael H. Thaman, Chairman and CEO of Owens Corning.

Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 company for 58 years, is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass fiber reinforcements, and engineered materials for composite systems. A graduate of Princeton University, Thaman joined the company in 1992 and held a variety of leadership positions, including Chief Financial Officer, President of the Exterior Systems Business, and President of the Engineered Pipe Systems Business.

The Joint Center also appointed Jeffrey Mezger the board’s new vice chair. Mezger is the President and Chief Executive Officer of KB Home.

Status Solutions Hires Eric Miller as Director of Technology 

Status Solutions recently announced the hiring of Eric Miller as director of technology based in Columbus, Ohio. Miller’s new role as leader of the innovation team includes responsibility for development, IT, solutions management and customer support.

His focus is on the creative application of emerging technologies, leveraging cloud infrastructure, crowdsourcing, cross-platform mobile frameworks, and complex event processing. 

Miller comes to Status Solutions with more than 13 years of experience in IT development and management with expertise in application lifecycle management, infrastructure and overall solutions management from product inception through delivery and support. His background includes work in the adult education, mortgage and aviation industries, including developing customer-facing, self-paced training software for the Federal Aviation Administration, supporting custom applications for the aviation industry, and integrating disparate systems for the mortgage loan origination process.

A native of Cincinnati, Miller joined the U.S. Army after high school, eventually becoming a U.S. Army Protective Services Battalion (CID) special agent protecting high-ranking civilian and military leaders in Central America from 1989 to 1994. He then attended Le Cordon Bleu in London, working in the fine dining sector for 5 years before completing a bachelor’s degree in IT at the University of Phoenix in 2007.

Miller resides in Columbus with his wife and their three children, two daughters ages 13 and 4, and a son, 2. Still a foodie, his hobbies include glass blowing and playing blues harmonica.

SQLC Names Troy Cannaday Executive Director of The Barrington of Carmel

The Barrington of Carmel senior living community has named Troy Cannaday Executive Director. The announcement was made by Charlie Brewer, President and CEO of Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), which sponsors The Barrington.

Cannaday brings to The Barrington more than 21 years experience working in the senior living industry. Prior to joining The Barrington, he was the Executive Director at The Woodlands at Furman, a CCRC in South Carolina. There he managed the operational budget of the community, opened independent living one month ahead of schedule, and achieved strong resident and employee satisfaction results.

Before that, he served as the Assistant Executive Director for The Cedars of Chapel Hill. Cannaday began his career right here in Indiana, at Methodist Hospital of Indiana and American Village retirement community.

Originally from Indianapolis, Cannaday received a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Gerontology from Lake Superior State University.  He went on to gain his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.  Cannaday is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and is an active member of LeadingAge.  

The Buckingham Names William Shrier Executive Chef

The Buckingham senior living community has named William Shrier Executive Chef. The announcement was made by Julie Fenske, Executive Director of The Buckingham.

working Prior to stepping into the role of executive chef, Shrier worked as dining room manager for The Buckingham.  Before making the move to Houston, Shrier worked for upscale restaurants in New York and in Vail, CO. He is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America.

ProMatura Hires Susannah Myerson as Vice President, Research and Applied Strategies 

ProMature Group, LLC recently announced it has hired Susannah Myerson as vice president of research and applied strategies. 

Myerson formerly headed the strategic planning team at Watermark Retirement Communities, where she was responsible for budgeting, operational analysis and product positioning of Watermark communities throughout the country.

Prior to joining Watermark, Myseron worked with Sunrise Senior Living as a director of finance and market analysis, and with the Fountains Retirement Communities as a senior analyst. She has been in the seniors housing industry since 1999, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona.

Myerson lives with her husband and two young children in Tucson, Ariz., and enjoys hiking, biking and generally being outside. She serves on the boards of several local organizations including the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the Early Childhood Development Group.

Jason Taylor Hired as Agape Senior’s Director of Operations 

Jason Taylor was recently hired as the director of operations of Agape Senior in Aiken, S.C. 

A native of North Augusta, he’s been working with Agape Senior, which is one of the largest senior health care providers in the state, since 2009 at the facilities in Rock Hill, Myrtle Beach and Conway.

Taylor returned to this county to help the newly established Aiken office grow. Taylor said he had wanted to be a teacher initially but working for Agape Senior has given him the opportunity to educate people about dementia and senior care.

Taylor is a Winthrop University graduate, certified in the state and nationally as a assisted living facility administrator and an active member of the S.C. Association of Residential Care Homes and S.C. American College of Health Care Administrators.

White House Announces Long-Term Care Commission Picks

The White House has announced its three picks for the Long-Term Care Commission’s 15-member panel: Henry Claypool, executive vice president of the American Association of People with Disabilities and former aide at the Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Julian Harris, a physician and Massachusetts Medicaid director; and Carol Raphael, the vice chair of the AARP board and former CEO of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. 

The Commission has been charged with the task of proposing solutions to the nation’s long-term care issues, such as how it should be delivered and paid for. 

Scott Clark Named Director of Renovations for Senior Management Advisors

Scott Clark has been named director of renovations for Senior Management Advisors (SMA), returning to the organization that manages 15 independent living, assisted living and Alzheimer’s care residential communities.

Prior to this position, Clark was divisional director of property management for Emeritus Senior Living, responsible for overseeing 64 assisted living communities in the Northeast and supporting the day-to-day operational and financial activities involved with renovations, construction, capital expenditures, maintenance, housekeeping and life safety.

Previously, he had been director of central services for SMA and director of central services for ACG.

A graduate of St. Petersburg College, Clark has more than 30 years of experience in the senior care industry.

Lynne Padilla Joins SeniorCare as Vice President of Clinical Operations

Outcomes Health Information Solutions, LLC (Outcomes Health), a leading healthcare analytics and services provider, announced on March 18 that Lynne Padilla, CPC, had returned to the organization as vice president of clinical operations for sister company SeniorCare. In this new role, Padilla will provide strategic oversight as SeniorCare continues to grow and expand upon its partnerships with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

Padilla brings more than 25 years of industry experience to the new role. Most recently, she served as vice president, coding operations and quality, Medicare Risk Adjustment at Peak Health Solutions. In addition, Padilla served as director of operations, training and quality for Outcomes Health from 2010 to 2011. In this role, she oversaw all HEDIS quality audits and developed and launched online training programs for clinical coders. Along with her deep-rooted experience within technology, Padilla also held positions with clinical and academic organizations.

Padilla is an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, who authored ICD-10-CM Basics, a coding training manual used by online educational programs. She is also a Certified Professional Coder from AAPC, who regularly speaks at national conferences on a variety of topics ranging from transitioning to ICD-10 to data quality.

Stone Ridge at Fieldhome Names Director of Marketing for New IL Community

Helayne Scheier has joined Stone Ridge at Fieldhome as director of marketing. Stone Ridge is a planned independent living community coming to Westchester County, and will offer active, independent seniors a maintenance-free lifestyle with amenities and personal services, along with a complete continuum of care.

Scheier previously worked as director of sales for two continuing care retirement communities in New York. With seven years of sales and marketing experience, she will lead the Stone Ridge sales and marketing team to engage with local seniors and their families to provide key information regarding this new independent living option.

Oak Crest Promotes John Lurz to Continuing Care Administrator

Oak Crest retirement community announced recently the promotion of John Lurz to the position of Continuing Care Administrator. He previously served as the Assisted Living Manager at the Erickson Living community in northeast Baltimore County.

Lurz brings fifteen years of health care administration to his new leadership position. With Oak Crest since 2010, he has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for more than six years. The extended care neighborhood at Oak Crest provides assisted living, respite care, post-acute rehabilitation & nursing care and outpatient rehabilitation services.

Lurz earned an associate’s degree from Essex Community College and his bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from the University of Maryland in College Park. Prior to his career in health care, he served on active duty with the United States Navy for six years.

A resident of Bel Air, Md., Lurz is an active volunteer with Harford County Public Schools and the Harford County Recreation Council. He was born and raised in Middle River, Md. 

Clare Oaks Retirement Community Appoints New Executive DIrector

Beth Welch has been named as new executive director for Clare Oaks, a continuing care retirement community in Bartlett, Ill. In this role, Welch will oversee the daily operations of the community.

Before accepting the position at Clare Oaks, Welch served as administrator at the DuPage County Convalescent Center in Wheaton, Ill. Here, she provided executive leadership and operational guidance for the county-owned skilled nursing and sub-acute 360 bed rehabilitation center. Prior to that, she served as assistant administrator and director of social services for LifeLink Corporation Healthcare Division in Bensenville, Ill. Welch also held positions at HomeCorp Management Inc. and the Ritz Carlton Hotel, both located in Philadelphia.

Welch serves on several local boards, including the Long-Term Care Advisory Committee at the College of DuPage where she is also an adjunct part-time faculty member. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration in marketing from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD., and holds a dual master’s degree in management and public health from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.

Louise Schott Named Corporate Sales Manager for Senior Management Advisors

Louise Schott has been named corporate sales manager for Senior Management Advisors, responsible for participating in sales and management efforts for the company’s 15 independent living, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s care residential communities. 

Schott began her career in the senior living industry 13 years ago and has held positions as sales counselor, sales director, and corporate sales specialist, working with multiple communities for such organizations as The Goodman Group, Horizon Bay, and Brookdale Senior Living. 

Holiday Retirement Names Edward F. Lange, Jr. CEO

Holiday Retirement announced today that Edward F. Lange, Jr. has been named the company’s chief executive officer, succeeding Jack Callison, Jr. Mr. Lange assumes his new role effective immediately.

Mr. Lange has been associated with the residential and senior care industries for more than 20 years. He spent more than a decade as a member of the executive management team of BRE Properties, Inc. (NYSE:BRE), where he joined as chief financial officer and was later promoted to chief operating officer and elected to the board of directors. Prior to joining BRE, he served as the chief financial officer of Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN).

Mr. Lange has held other senior management roles, including chief financial officer of Americold and executive management roles with the Mediplex Group, Inc. and affiliated companies. He earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts.

Broadmoor Medical Lodge Names Tiffany Bishop Director of Rehabilitation 

Broadmoor Medical Lodge, an upscale post-hospital recovery, skilled nursing, and long-term care community that will open soon in Rockwall, Tex., has named Tiffany Bishop director of rehabilitation. 

Bishop received a Bachelor of Science in communication sciences and disorders with a minor in chemistry and a Master of Science in communication sciences and disorders from Baylor University. Prior to joining Broadmoor, she served as the director of rehabilitation at another SCC Healthcare Group community, Royse City Health and Rehabilitation. 

Previously, Bishop has served as a speech-language pathologist for Rehab Pro in Mesquite and other facilities throughout Rockwall. She was also the director of rehabilitation for Daybreak Rehabilitation in Arlington. 

Oak Crest Announces Hiring of Gary Hibbs as Executive Director

Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the hiring of Gary D. Hibbs as its Executive Director.

Since 2005, Hibbs has served as the Regional Executive Director for Erickson Living Management. Previously, he was the Executive Director for sister communities of Oak Crest in Michigan and New Jersey.

In his new leadership position, Hibbs will oversee daily operations at the 90-acre community that is home to over 2,100 residents and 1,000 employees.

Hibbs joined Erickson in 1995 after serving as administrator of Wellington Manor, a long-term care facility in Clinton, Maryland. He previously practiced law with the Senior Citizen Law Project in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Hibbs has worked with older adults in both local and national settings, having served with the Area Agency on Aging in both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland. He worked with Congressman Claude Pepper in Washington, D.C., serving on the staff of the House Aging Committee’s Subcommittee on Health and Long Term Care.

He has previously served as a Trustee for the Chilton Hospital Foundation, Pompton Plains, N.J., Church Chairman for the Sparta Evangelical Free Church, Sparta, N.J.; and a member of the Board of Directors for Veritas Christian Academy, Sparta, N.J. Additionally, Hibbs has had membership in the American College of Health Care Administrators and the Maryland Bar Association.

Hibbs, who holds M.S.W. and J.D. degrees from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, is also a certified L.G.S.W. and a member of the Maryland Bar. He received his nursing home administrator’s license while working with Global Health Management and has been licensed in the states of Maryland and Michigan.

Erickson Living Selects Chris Emmett as Regional Vice President of Operations

Erickson Living has named Christopher J. Emmett as regional vice president of operations. In his new leadership position, he will oversee the company’s
campus operations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan and Kansas.

Emmett began his career with Erickson Living in 1996. He has held several management positions with the company, which reflect his superior leadership skills and expertise in healthcare and strategic management.

For the past eight years, he has served as the executive director at Highland Springs, in Dallas, Tex. Other career positions with Erickson Living include: senior administrator, administrator, and assistant administrator of the continuing care neighborhood at Oak Crest, in Parkville, Md; and, assistant administrator, assisted living administrator, special projects manager and health services business manager at Charlestown in Catonsville, Md.

Emmett holds a graduate degree in aging studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an undergraduate degree in business from Towson University, Md. He is a licensed Maryland nursing home administrator and currently serves on the board of LeadingAge Texas.

Matthew Phillips Joins Senior Lifestyle as Executive Vice President

Seniors housing industry veteran Matthew Phillips has joined Chicago-based Senior Lifestyle Corporation as Executive Vice President.

Phillips’ initial focus at Senior Lifestyle will be the design and development of a state of the art prototype for assisted living and memory care residents. He joins Senior Lifestyle from Integrated Development Group (“IDG”), which he founded in 2006. Senior Lifestyle and IDG have arranged for Phillips to continue to oversee a luxury apartment project under construction at 850 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL and the development of The Club at Briarcliff Manor, a luxury CCRC in Westchester County, N.Y., both IDG projects. Before founding IDG, Phillips was Senior Vice President of Development for Classic Residence by Hyatt (now known as Vi Senior Living). Earlier in his Classic Residence career, he was the General Counsel where he was responsible for legal, regulatory and operational matters in addition to negotiating transactions and financing.

Prior to Classic Residence, Phillips was a Partner at the Chicago law firm of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd (now K&L Gates). He is actively involved with industry associations including the American Seniors Housing Association, National Investment Center and Urban Land Institute. Matt’s deep relationships with professionals and organizations in the legal, real estate, construction, design and seniors housing industries are a key asset.

In addition to Phillips, Senior Lifestyle has added additional resources to the Development team. Nancy Cutter joins as Vice President of Development and Kate DeCoursey joins as Vice President of Finance. Cutter and DeCoursey previously worked with Phillips at IDG.

Cutter will oversee the design and construction of the company’s assisted living and memory care prototype. DeCoursey will serve various roles including the underwriting for new prototype development projects and asset management for Senior Lifestyle’s existing portfolio.

Silverado Senior Living Expands Leadership Team in Austin

As Silverado prepares to open its 43,000 sq. ft. memory care community, the inaugural leadership is taking shape under the leadership of Administrator Rose Vera. Vera will oversee operations at the 90-bed memory care community, with a team of up to 100 associates once fully staffed. As a former nurse, medical consultant and senior living operator, Vera brings with her a broad expertise in resident-centered care. She holds an undergraduate degree in Healthcare Administration and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Baylor University.

As part of their unique approach to memory care, the new Silverado community will offer around-the-clock clinical care to address all levels of need. To provide oversight and guidance for these care services, Medical Director Allen Sonstein, M.D., will also join the local leadership team. Doctor Sonstein is affiliated with the South Austin Hospital and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas.

He is a member of the American Geriatric Society and the Texas Medical Association, as well as Founder and President of the Family Practice Society at Jefferson Medical College. Doctor Sonstein is also certified in Geriatric Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The Cottages Investment Group Hires Community Director

The Cottages Investment Group, LLC recently announced the hiring of Tom Kosman as the new Community Director for their Shawano assisted living facilities.

Kosman will become the Community Director for The Cottages on Golden Pond, a Residential Care Apartment Complex serving 32 tenants and The Cottages Memory Care facility, a newly opened assisted living facility that specializes in Alzheimer care. Both facilities are located at 103 & 113 Madison Way in Shawano, Wisc.

Kosman is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and a Certified Nursing Assistant, originally from Green Bay.

Fla. Governor Appoints Troy Hart to State’s Senior Living Advisory Council

Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced the appointment of Troy Hart, President of SantaFe Senior Living, to serve on the Continuing Care Advisory Council (CCAC). According to the governor’s office, Hart’s appointment is the result of his expertise in the industry and a demonstrated ability to serve with excellence and distinction. Hart succeeds James Emerson on the council and his term continues through September 30, 2014.

In 2007, Hart joined SantaFe HealthCare, a family of not-for-profit health care organizations in Florida. He’s served as president of SantaFe Senior Living since 2009, operating continuing care retirement communities in Gainesville and Cutler Bay (Miami area), as well as a third opening later this year in Bonita Springs. Hart is responsible for the growth and financial stability of the organization and its retirement communities. Under his leadership, he’s also launched a variety of innovative programs and services benefitting thousands of seniors.

Hart’s role on the CCAC for the State of Florida includes acting in an advisory capacity to the governor’s office on matters pertaining to the operation and regulation of continuing care retirement communities, recommending any changes in statutes or rules and, upon request, assist with any corrective action, rehabilitation or cessation of a business plan of a provider.

Clare Oaks Names Ronette Icso as New Director of Sales and Marketing

Ronette Icso has been named director of sales and marketing for Clare Oaks, a continuing care retirement community located in Bartlett, Ill.

In this role, Icso will be responsible for the sales and marketing effort of this senior living continuing care community, which includes independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care.

For the past five years, Icso served as director of marketing and sales for Greenfields of Geneva. There, she was responsible for the start-up of this retirement community beginning with pre-construction sales, as well as following through with the development, construction and operational sales. Leading the marketing team as a selling manager, she also supervised the daily performance and professional development of a team of six sales professionals.

In previous employment, Icso launched and served as marketing manager for VeriSpring, a non-clinical home-based service program in conjunction with Arlington Heights based Lutheran Home & Services. In this role, she collaborated with the Home Health Care team ensuring community residents received needed services. Additionally, she presented and sold membership packages for seniors to receive Personal Advocate Services.

She also worked as a medical sales representative for St. Charles-based Lincare and served as an exercise physiologist/assistant manager for Oak Brook-based Alliance Rehab, where she was responsible for implementing personal training programs for seniors in a post-physical therapy setting.

Icso was awarded a bachelor’s of science degree in Exercise Science with a Concentration in Physiology and Nutrition from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. 

Former Atria VP Launches WTC Public Affairs Advisors, LLC

Wayne T. Curtin announced on April 4 the launch of his new consulting firm, WTC Public Affairs Advisors, LLC. Curtin most recently served as Vice President of Government Affairs at Atria Senior Living, Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., and will retain Atria as a client. Prior to Atria, Curtin held the role of Director of Government Affairs with Harley-Davidson Motor Company and was Vice President of Government Relations with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.

With more than 30 years of government affairs experience in the corporate environment, both with publicly traded and privately held companies, as well with not-for-profit associations, this endeavor better positions Curtin to help guide the senior living industry, and its largest companies, more effectively in addressing public policy opportunities and challenges.

Though the firm will do work in other arenas, WTC Advisors will focus on assisting the senior living industry build meaningful relationships with key stakeholders and successfully manage government affairs initiatives.

Immanuel Lutheran Communities Names Jason Cronk CEO

The Board of Directors for Immanual Lutheran Church recently announced Jason Cronk as the new chief executive officer, effective May 13, 2013.

A fourth-generation Montanan from Harlem, Mont., Cronk has served as a senior executive of retirement communities for over 20 years, most recently as the executive director for Life Care Services (LCS) and its subsidiary company CRSA for the past 13 years. While at LCS-CRSA, Cronk led various retirement communities, which included an assignment in mainland China where he served as CRSA’s on-site representative to the Guangdong Oursjia Retirement Services Company in Guangzhou, China. He served as the chief operating officer for the Chinese company guiding them in the planning phases of opening three retirement communities in mainland China.

Prior to working with LCS-CRSA, Cronk served as the executive director for Our Lady of Peace in Charlottesville, Va., and as the administrator for Samaritan Bethany, Inc., in Rochester, Minn. He has bachelor of arts degrees in business administration and organizational communications, as well as a Hospital Administration Certificate from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and an MBA and a master’s certification in health care administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He is a licensed nursing home administrator in North Carolina, Massachusetts and Georgia, and has been a licensed nursing home administrator in Minnesota, Virginia and Maryland.

The Bristal at White Plains Names Halina McLean as Executive Director

Halina McLean has been appointed executive director of The Bristal at White Plains, a new assisted living community that offers memory care support and enhanced levels of care.

Before joining The Bristal, McLean served as administrator at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick. She also held the administrator position at the Elant Inc. Senior Health and Housing Center in Goshen and also worked there as director of placement management.

McLean also served as assistant admissions assessor/managed care nurse at Valley View Rehab Center in Goshen. In her current role at The Bristal, she will be responsible for overseeing operations of the 148-bed assisted living community.

Bruce Erickson Named Executive Director at Covenant Shores

Bruce Erickson has been named the executive director at Covenant Shores, a Covenant-affiliated retirement community in Mercer Island, Wash., where he will be responsible for all operations of the 300-resident community. 

Erickson has more than 25 years of leadership experience serving senior adult communities. He comes to Covenant Shores from Presbyterian Retirement Communities Northwest, Seattle, where he was interim health services director. Before that, he was president and CEO of Franke Tobey Jones, a continuing care retirement community in Tacoma, Wash. He worked with senior housing providers in Georgia, Maryland and California, where he was health care administrator for Mount Miguel Covenant Village, Spring Valley, Calif. Like Covenant Shores, Mount Miguel is a member of Covenant Retirement Communities’ network.

Erickson graduated magna cum laude from North Park University, Chicago, with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and earned his Master of Health Administration degree from University of Washington, Seattle. He is a licensed nursing home administrator in Washington.

Erickson Living Names Matt Rosewag the Continuing Care Administrator for Md. Community

Erickson Living has named Matt Rosewag the Continuing Care Administrator for Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, MD. He served previously as Continuing Care Administrator for Oak Crest in Parkville, Md.

Rosewag began his career at Erickson Living-managed communities in 2000 at Oak Crest as a Physical Therapist.  After two years there he transitioned to Riderwood in Silver Spring, Md.,  as the Rehabilitation Manager to help the start up process in Continuing Care. 

He later became an Administrator-in-Training and returned to Oak Crest in 2007 as the Assistant Administrator.  Rosewag assumed the role of Administrator in 2011. 

Marty Lanigan Joins Greystone as Executive Vice President

Greystone has appointed veteran real estate finance expert Marty Lanigan as Executive Vice President. Lanigan will oversee Greystone’s Portfolio Lending Group and report to Co-Chief Operating Officer Robert Barolak.

Greystone’s Portfolio Lending Group was established in 2005 to provide clients with readily available, short-term financing during acquisition, stabilization, rehabilitation and repositioning initiatives. In his new role, Lanigan will oversee the PLG, which includes the firm’s successful bridge lending program, while expanding the Group’s special situation lending efforts, including mezzanine lending, second mortgage loans and sponsor loans.

Lanigan brings a long and successful background in commercial real estate finance to Greystone. Prior to his role as Executive Vice President, Lanigan worked at Meridian Capital and as an independent consultant, completing projects such as the recapitalization of a large hospital in Dublin, Ireland. Before that, he founded and led Mezz Cap, a mezzanine lending firm that funded and securitized over 600 mezzanine loans in conjunction with a network of over 20 U.S. and Canadian conduit lenders. Lanigan has also held positions with Freddie Mac, GMAC and Prudential over the course of his career.

Lanigan is a CFA charter holder, and holds an MBA in Finance & Investments and International Business from The George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.

NCMHC Welcomes Policy Director and Director of the Medicaid Resource Center

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) recently announced the arrival of two new staff members working with its affiliate, The National Council on Medicaid Home Care. Michelle Martin, JD is the Policy Director of the Council. Steve Postal, JD takes on the responsibilities of developing and managing the Medicaid Home Care Resource Center.  

As Policy Director, Michelle Martin will be responsible for the development of model program policy standards through the engagement with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Medicaid Access and Payment Advisory Commission (MACPAC), Congress, and Medicaid stakeholders. She will be working on several key priorities in home care standards including transitions to managed care, dual eligible integration, provider qualifications, rate setting, and quality of care.

 Martin comes to NAHC and the Medicaid Council by way of the Medicaid Health Plans of America where she was the Director of its Center for Best Practices. A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Martin also worked as a consultant with the Raben Group and served with several law firms as a health care litigation attorney.

Steve Postal will have primary responsibility for constructing the Resource Center as a comprehensive library of everything involving Medicaid home care including studies, research reports, utilization data, laws and regulation, court decisions and much more. The Resource Center will be fully searchable in all the subject matter contained therein. Postal will also shepherd the news of the day in Medicaid and handle subject matter for the Council web site.

Postal is also an attorney having worked in the health care industry since graduating college, including in consulting, law, and research administration. While serving as an associate at the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, he worked on vulnerable adult cases, and was also a long-term care ombudsman (LTCO) while in law school. Postal went to Bowdoin College, where he majored in history and minored in government, and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he graduated with a health law concentration.

Legend Retirement Corp. Announces Management Changes

Fort Worth based The Covenant Group, and its affiliate Legend Retirement Corp. has announced several management changes and additions to its core team of associates due to the growth of the company and to ensure excellent support for its residents and associates.

Peggy Connelly has been named Director of Memory Care and Programs at Legend Retirement Corp. Her primary role will be to oversee the Memory Care and Lifestyle Programs within Legend. Peggy has over 15 years of experience developing and implementing programs and training within senior housing, specifically in the assisted living and memory care environment. Connelly is nationally certified as a dementia practitioner, instructor, and as an Alzheimer’s educator from the University of South Florida. She is a member of the board of directors for the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, a committee member of the Florida Governors Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative, and involved with many other organizations related to dementia and Alzheimer’s advocacy.

Michelle Rainer has been named Regional Director of Operations for several communities in the Texas region. Her primary role will have her responsible for overall community leadership and building presentation. Rainer has been in senior care for over 15 years and has been involved in numerous openings, acquisitions and challenged community improvement efforts with companies such as Sun Healthcare, National Guest Homes and Garden Terrace. She has familiarity with being a Regional Director from when she was a Regional Director of Sales with Adult Care Management.

Shawn Corzine has been named Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for the Texas region. His primary role will be to help communities obtain, and keep, occupancy as well as ensure sales standards with his team. Corzine has spent time as the Sales and Marketing Director for McKenna Village and most recently served as the Executive Director for Legend’s community Rio Terra in New Braunfels, Texas. 

Pathways Home Health & Hospice Hires Director of Business Development & Sales

Pathways Home Health & Hospice, a home health, palliative care and hospice agency, announced that it has hired John Young as Director of Business Development and Sales.

In his new position, Young will lead a team of account managers working out of regional offices in Sunnyvale, South San Francisco and Oakland. He will be responsible for team development, strategic planning and the overseeing of day-to-day sales contact throughout five Bay Area counties.

Young comes to Pathways with 32 years of experience in the health care industry in business development and senior sales management. He most recently spent three years as Vice President of Business Development at Lifetime Health Diary, Inc. where he was responsible for developing a new market for a patient-owned, electronic medical record system.

Prior to Lifetime Health Diary, Young was the Senior Director of National Hospital Sales for Allergan where he led a 22-member, specialty care sales team. In addition to his professional experience, John served on the volunteer Board of the Orange County Council on Aging for three years.


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Brookdale Appoints Andy Smith as CEO

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) today announced that its Board of Directors has selected T. Andrew (Andy) Smith to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Smith, currently the Company’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, will succeed Bill Sheriff as CEO, who had previously announced his intent to retire after 28 years with the Company and its predecessors.

Smith will assume the new role on the first business day following the filing of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, which the Company expects to occur within approximately the next week.

Smith has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel since joining the Company in October 2006 and as a member of the senior management Executive Committee since its formation. In addition to his role in managing the Company’s legal affairs, Smith has been responsible for management and oversight of the Company’s corporate development functions (including acquisitions and expansion and development activity); corporate finance activities (including capital structure, debt and lease transactions and lender/lessor relations); strategic planning; and risk management.

Prior to joining the Company, Smith was an attorney for nearly 21 years with Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, where he was a member of the firm’s corporate and securities group and served as the chair of the firm’s healthcare group. While at Bass, Berry & Sims, he served American Retirement Corporation (a predecessor company to Brookdale) as outside General Counsel.

NHI CEO #8 on Forbes’ Most Powerful CEOs 40 And Under

Justin Hutchens, CEO of National Health Investors (NYSE:NHI), was ranked No. 8 on Forbes’ Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under list. Hutchens, 38, was on the list last year as well. NHI has a market capitalization of $1.79 billion. 

Nor-Sun Hires New Chief Information Officer/Director of IT Integration & Innovation

Karie Johnson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, joins Nor-Son February 1, 2013. Johnson brings nearly 20 years of expertise applying technology across the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries.

In her role as Chief Information Officer/Director of IT Integration & Innovation, Johnson is responsible for developing, directing, and managing project technology strategy and integration for Building Information Modeling (BIM), Virtual Design & Construction (VDC), and Information Technology & Information Systems (IT/IS). Her focus is leading Nor-Son’s innovation efforts to continually improve the project delivery process for clients.

Johnson serves on the board for AIA Minneapolis and 1006 Summit Avenue Society (the Governor’s Residence Council). She is also a past associate director of AIA Minnesota and the current co-chair of the AIA MN BIM Breakfast Club. In addition, Johnson was recognized as one of “40 Under 40″ for Building Design + Construction, and she has been awarded the President Citation for BIM Education and Advocacy by AIA Minneapolis. She holds a Bachelor degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota and also holds Lean & Six Sigma Green Belt Training from Villanova University.

Ryan Companies US, Inc. Hires Eric Anderson as Vice President of Development

Ryan Companies US, Inc. announced Eric Anderson has been hired as Vice President of Development in the NorthCentral region. In his new position, Anderson is responsible for leading the pursuit of Senior Living Development and Construction projects in the Upper Midwest. Additional responsibilities include site selection and land acquisition, design/construction coordination, financial packaging and partnering with senior living operators.

Prior to joining Ryan, Anderson worked for New Perspective Senior Living and the City of Edina. He developed more than 400 units of integrated senior housing with New Perspectives as their Vice President of Development. At Edina, he helped direct some of the City’s most prestigious real estate developments including Grandview Square and Centennial Lakes. In addition to senior housing, Anderson’s prior development background includes leadership of all the development activities for the $120 million Westin Edina Galleria Hotel and Residences project including city approval, Starwood brand approval, a financing commitment and a successful condo sales launch within a six-month window.

Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts from Hamline University and a Master in Public Administration from University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He is a member of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Alumni Board, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), the International City Managers Association (ICMA), and the Economic Developers Association of Minnesota (EDAM).

Dale Holzer Joins Greystone’s Sales Team

Greystone recently announced the addition of Dale Holzer to the firm’s multifamily lending group. He will report up to Rick Wolf, Senior Managing Director of Greystone’s West Coast Production, and will serve out of the firm’s soon to be opened Newport Beach office.

In his role as Director, Holzer will work to further strengthen the firm’s West Coast presence and production capabilities. Prior to joining Greystone, Holzer served as a Vice President of Originations at Alliant Capital, LLC, where he closed in excess of $50 million in new loan production in 2012.

Additionally, Holzer previously served as a Vice President at George Smith Partners, where his responsibilities included underwriting new transactions, cash flow analysis, structuring debt/equity transactions and capital markets.

Holzer holds a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Always Best Care Senior Services Select VP of Clinical Services

Always Best Care Senior Services, a senior care franchise system founded in 1996, has selected Nancy Frost, RN to be its new Vice President, Clinical Services. With more than 25 years of senior care nursing and nursing management experience, Frost brings the ideal background to help franchise owners develop a skilled care agency and provide quality care to the community.

Based in Roseville, Calif., Always Best Care is a provider of non-medical in-home care, assisted living placement services and skilled home health care. The company delivers its services through an international network of more than 200 independently owned and operated franchises and area representative offices.

Legacy Senior Communities Announces Carol Aaron as Chairman of the Board

The Legacy Senior Communities, a non-profit charitable organization which began serving the Jewish elderly in 1953, has announced Dallas community philanthropist Carol Aaron as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Aaron is known for her love of family, her philanthropic work and her passion for ensuring the future of Dallas’s Jewish community. Most notably, she and her husband Steve Aaron provided the naming gift for the Aaron Family JCC (Jewish Community Center). She has also served the JCC as vice chair and as chair of major fundraising.

She has been deeply involved with the Federation of Greater Dallas as well. She has served as the pacesetter chair, campaign chair, president and chair of the 100th Anniversary Celebration.

Aaron has served on boards and advisory committees for many organizations, including: Chai, The Legacy Senior Communities, Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Solomon Schechter (now Levine Academy), Jewish Medical Center in Denver, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, and Shearith Israel.

The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc. is the parent company of The Legacy Willow Bend, The Legacy Preston Hollow and The Legacy at Home.

Wichita Presbyterian Manor Names Three Marketing and Sales Associates for New Development

Wichita Presbyterian Manor announces three new marketing staff members for The Westerly Residences, the independent living development that will bring new residential choices to the 42-year-old senior living community located at 4700 West 13th Street. Jill Coleman joins The Westerly as sales director, Mike Anderson as senior sales counselor and Caren Remmers as marketing assistant.

Jill Coleman brings successful senior living marketing experience to The Westerly, having previously worked as marketing director for Mesa Springs Retirement Village in Abilene, Texas. In her new role as sales director, Coleman will lead The Westerly sales and marketing team to engage with Wichita seniors at every stage of their decision-making process.

Mike Anderson was most recently in sales and business development for Schowalter Villa in Hesston, Kansas, and has prior experience in real estate sales, property management and pharmaceutical sales. Anderson will apply his experience in sales and in senior living to his position as senior sales counselor for The Westerly.

Caren Remmers most recently worked as operations and controls specialist for Prudential Insurance Company of America, and her expertise lies in agency administration and office management. In her new role as marketing assistant, Remmers will support the sales and marketing team and work with future residents in answering questions and providing key information regarding the new development.

The three new hires join Amy Watson, who will continue serving as the Wichita Presbyterian Manor campus marketing director. The Westerly Residences and Wichita Presbyterian Manor redevelopment will continue to create expanded career opportunities with the Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America organization.

Clearview Capital Announces New Principals, CFO

Clearview Capital, LLC of Old Greenwich, Conn. recently announced the promotions of Matthew Blevins and James Tucker to Principal, and John Cerra to Chief Financial Officer.

Blevins joined Clearview in 2007 as an Associate. As principal, his primary responsibilities are portfolio management, new transaction execution and diligence. He currently serves on the Boards of Pyramid Healthcare, Child Health Holdings and Battenfeld Technologies.

Prior to joining Clearview, Blevins worked as a Senior Consultant in the corporate strategy group of Deloitte & Touche USA, LLP. In that role, he assisted Fortune 500 clients in identifying and implementing strategic initiatives to maximize cash flow and enhance shareholder value.
Blevins holds a B.S.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Central Michigan University.

Tucker joined Clearview in 2007 as Vice President-Business Development. He is responsible for deal sourcing in the Midwest region.

Prior to joining Clearview, Tucker was with LaSalle Bank NA for 13 years as a Senior Vice President. At LaSalle, he was a Division Head and a member of the Leveraged Finance Group. Prior to joining LaSalle he was with American National Bank & Trust Company of Chicago (now part of JP Morgan Chase) for 18 years. While at American he started their Corporate Finance Group and SBIC.

Tucker holds a B.S. in Industrial Management from Purdue University and a MBA from the University of Chicago. 

Cerra joined Clearview in 2010 as a Controller and is now responsible for accounting and SEC compliance.

Prior to joining Clearview, he worked as a Controller at BTS, a global consulting firm, where he managed the firm’s accounting, reporting and compliance functions. In addition to his experience in the private sector, Cerra spent seven years in the public sector as a tax and audit accountant managing business, individual and fiduciary client engagements.

Cerra is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of New Haven.

Integral Senior Living President/CFO Appointed to ASHA Board of Directors

Integral Senior Living’s President and Chief Financial Officer Tracee DeGrande has been named to the Executive Board of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA). The Board is made up of a select group of industry executives that meet three times a year to discuss industry trends and developments, advocacy, research and other strategic initiatives of ASHA.

As president and CFO, DeGrande is in charge of ISL’s transaction business and equity funding, as well as corporate finance, operational accounting, contract negotiations, insurance and strategic planning. She has more than 26 years of finance experience, serving most of those years as a CFO in the senior living industry.

Grandbridge Real Estate Capital Promotes Dupree to Commercial Mortgage Loan Officer

Grandbridge Real Estate Capital has promoted Ben Dupree to commercial mortgage loan officer.

“We are pleased to have Ben rejoin the Seniors Housing production team,” said Richard Thomas, Seniors Housing product manager for Grandbridge. “Ben is responsible for multiple roles that include seniors housing loan production, new client cultivation and support of existing client relationships. His extensive experience with transaction sizing, underwriting and closing procedures will be an asset to the team.”

Dupree most recently spent several years as a senior portfolio manager with Grandbridge’s Asset Management team where he was responsible for asset management and investor reporting for the firm’s Freddie Mac Multifamily and Seniors Housing portfolio and Fannie Mae Seniors Housing portfolio.

A native of Griffin, Ga., Dupree joined Grandbridge in 2003. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in investments and finance and an MBA with a concentration in real estate from the University of Georgia.

The Green House Project Announces New Director

David Farrell, M.S.W., L.N.H.A. has been named director of The Green House Project.

Farrell enters as the organization celebrates its 10th anniversary and moves to spread its model for long-term care that looks and feels like a real home. He brings decades of hands-on healthcare leadership experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, and has catalyzed quality improvement and person-centered care on local, state, and national levels.

Farrell currently serves as both the Director of Organizational Development and Regional Director of Operations for Windsor Healthcare in California. In these roles, he oversees the operations of five skilled-nursing facilities and the implementation of person-centered care in 33 nursing homes across the state. Before that, he served as Care Continuum Director at Lumetra, then California’s federally-funded Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), where he led a team that significantly improved the performance of 125 skilled-nursing facilities. Farrell also chaired California’s Advancing Excellence in Nursing Homes campaign. Earlier in his career, Farrell served as the administrator at a handful of facilities around California.

He holds a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in business administration and gerontology from Boston College, a license in nursing home administration and an undergraduate degree from Stonehill College. He is co-author of the award-winning book “Meeting the Leadership Challenge in LTC: What You Do Matters,” and has co-authored numerous journal articles on quality improvement and culture change.

Green Global Investments Changes Name to Living Ventures, Appoints Exec. Chairman

Green Global Investments, Inc., a fully integrated real estate investment, development and operating company focused on senior housing management, has changed its corporate name to LivingVentures, Inc. and introduced its new trading symbol (OTCBB:LIVV), as approved by FINRA.

The name change is more closely aligned with LivingVentures’ mission to become a leading senior housing management company with a resident-centric service model. As part of its growth strategy, the Company expects to continue to identify compatible acquisitions, development opportunities and mergers, joint ventures and financing channels for seniors housing properties, which will provide further opportunities to manage seniors housing facilities.

Separately, LivingVentures, Inc. announced the appointment and Board ratification of C. Geoffrey Hampson, age 55, to the new position of Executive Chairman. As Executive Chairman, Hampson will work with the Company’s CEO, Rick Asta, in establishing the strategic direction and goals for the business and ensuring that LivingVentures has access to capital sources necessary to execute that plan.

Hampson has been a Director of the Company since 2012. He has a 30-year career as a senior executive and entrepreneur in a variety of businesses at different stages of their corporate development, from start-ups to consolidations and turnarounds. He has also been involved in numerous M&A transactions on both the “buy” and “sell” side, and has experience negotiating international joint ventures in countries such as Brazil, Russia and China.

United Church Homes and Services Names Four New Board Members

United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) announces the appointment of four new board members. The staff and current board of UCHS welcome new board members Naomi East, Kathie Johnson, the Rev. Brad Thie and Dr. Ralph Howell Jr.

East, a native of Tokyo, Japan, has more than 17 years of experience as a nursing instructor in an associate degree nursing program, six years of experience directing and coordinating nationally accredited associate degree nursing education programs and 10 years as associate dean of health sciences. Now retired, East lives in Hickory with her husband Tom.

Johnson is president of Thomasville Medical Center in Thomasville. She brings to the board more than 20 years in the health care industry. Johnson has a BS and MS in Nursing and a PhD in Health Care Administration. She lives in Lewisville with her husband Joe.

Thie is pastor of Friendship United Methodist Church in Newton. He has a BA in Psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, MBA from Jacksonville University in Florida, and Masters in Divinity from Duke University. Thie is currently chairperson of Abernethy Laurels Advisory Council, a UCHS community in Newton. He and his wife Debbie have three children and live in Newton.

Howell is owner of RL Howell DDS & Associates, PC, a large family-operated dental practice in Suffolk, Va. He currently serves as the advisory council chairperson at Lake Prince Woods, a UCHS community. Howell received his BS in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary and his DDS from the Medical College of Virginia.

These four new members join a fifteen-member UCHS board under the chairmanship of Jeff Gilliam of Claremont.

CensusUp’s Brian Alexander Attains LEED Associate Status

Brian Alexander, VP of Construction and Energy Services at CensusUp, recently attained LEED Associate status. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building program that provides building owners and operators with a framework for sustainable design, construction and operations & maintenance. The LEED program was designed to rate the “green” aspects of buildings for owners, operators and occupants.

Alexander has expertise in construction, development and energy projects. With the addition of LEED certification, CensusUp can now more effectively provide LEED services to its clients.

“Building owners and operators are increasingly demanding superior performance from their facilities,” said Alexander. “They want lower operating costs through energy efficiency and healthy buildings for occupants. Owners and operators are also starting to realize that energy efficient and sustainable buildings have lower O&M costs, and increased competitive advantage and asset values. LEED is a valuable tool for realizing these benefits.”

Ryan Companies Hires Todd Novack as Director of Architecture — Housing

Ryan Companies US, Inc. announced Todd Novak has been hired as Director of Architecture – Housing within Ryan’s Architecture and Engineering group. In his new position, Novak acts as the point person responsible for overall design success of all housing projects, from pursuit through turnover. This responsibility includes overseeing conceptual design, the production of design documents, mentoring the staff, leading architectural communications with our clients, and supporting marketing and business development activities.

Novak’s expertise in architecture spans every sector in housing from Adaptive/ re-use, Multi-family, Mixed-use, Student Housing and Senior Housing/Assisted Living. He brings over 15 years experience in a variety of roles, including Project Manager, Lead Designer, and Senior Project Manager.

Novak received a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

The Plaza at The Buckingham Names Feliscity Bassett Director of Nursing

The Plaza at The Buckingham has named Feliscity Bassett Director of Nursing. Prior to joining The Plaza at The Buckingham, Bassett served as MDS Coordinator for The Plaza. Before joining the team at The Plaza, Bassett worked as a Registered Nurse MDS and Medicare Review Nurse for Chadwick Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

Erickson Living CCRC Hires Jennifer Cantu as Director of Healthcare Sales

Eagle’s Trace, an Erickson Living retirement community, has hired Jennifer Cantu as Director of Healthcare Sales for its continuing care neighborhood. Cantu brings nineteen years of senior living experience to Eagle’s Trace.

In her role as Director of Healthcare Sales, Cantu will be responsible for managing a team of three sales professionals and the day-to-day operations of the sales and marketing team, including all admissions into the continuing care neighborhood. In conjunction with the continuing care leadership team, she will also be committed to the delivery of a person-centered approach with the goals of providing exceptional health care and individualized hospitality services.

A resident of Katy, Cantu attended the University of South Florida.

Peconic Landing Promotes Laurelle Cassone to Sales Director

Peconic Landing has announced the promotion of Laurelle Cassone, currently sales manager, to the position of sales director of the not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Greenport.

Previously employed by an Internet provider, Cassone served initially as night receptionist at Peconic Landing. She joined the marketing team as a retirement counselor in August 2003 and was promoted to sales manager in April 2010.

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National Church Residences Welcomes Three to Board of Directors

National Church Residences welcomes Deborah Russell of Chillicothe, Greg Overmyer of Upper Arlington, Ohio, and Dr. Terry Davis, also of Upper Arlington, to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Davis is a member of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he is also associate chief medical officer and the co-medical director of patient safety. He also is a professor of clinical surgery at The Ohio State University’s College of Medicine. Dr. Davis originated and developed the world’s most successful surgical treatment
for Jeune’s Syndrome.

Dr. Davis has served on the Board of Directors at the National Church Residences continuing care retirement community, First Community Village, since 2005 and is currently directing a multi-district Rotary project supporting the Rafiki AIDS Orphanage in Kikuya, Kenya. Dr. Davis received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967. He completed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is certified in Thoracic Surgery.

Overmyer, the founder and CEO of Overmyer Hall Associates, brings the National Church Residences’ board a vast knowledge in commercial and personal property insurance. He previously served a managing partner of Willis from 2008 to 2010 and as president and CEO of HRH, which he joined in 2001. He used his 20 years of experience in the insurance business experience to launch Overmyer Hall Associates in 2011.

Overmyer has served on the boards of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Central Ohio, the American Red Cross of Columbus, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Young Presidents Organization. He is a graduate of the Miami University School of Business Administration and the Wharton Executive program.

Russell has enjoyed an international career in engineering and management, including national and international experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

She most recently served as the vice president and managing director in the Australia/New Zealand markets for the Guidant Corporation. The Guidant Corporation, part of Abbott Labs, designs and manufactures pacemakers, defibrillators, and other cardiovascular medical products. Ms. Russell held various management positions in operations, sales/marketing, regulatory and clinical research at Guidant, including managing director of Guidant Ireland.

Before that, she worked for Eli Lilly and Company in several engineering and operations/ manufacturing management positions. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee and attended the University of Michigan’s Executive Program.

Ms. Russell also serves on the United Way Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors at the Chillicothe Country Club.

Los Angeles Jewish Home Appoints Board Chair

The Los Angeles Jewish Home, a single-source provider of senior housing in Los Angeles, has selected Home board member Jeffrey Glassman as its new board of directors’ chair effective January 1, 2013, it was announced by Molly Forrest, CEO and president of the Home.

Glassman, who succeeds Michael Heslov, is chief executive officer of Covington Capital Management, an independent Registered Investment Advisor. He practiced law for over 30 years, specializing in estate planning, probate and trust administration, and was a principal at the law firm of Riordan & McKinzie for 18 years. Prior to joining Covington, Jeff was a managing director of Bingham Legg Advisors LLC and vice president at Bel Air Investment Advisors.

Dave Rodgers NAmed Principal at Dominion Partners

Dave Rodgers has been named a Principal at Birmingham, Ala.-based real estate development company Dominion Partners.  

Rodgers will lead Dominion’s development platform and direct the firm’s new business opportunities throughout the southeast. He was previously Dominion’s executive vice president.

Rodgers joined Dominion in 2007 as director of development. He has more than 12 years commercial real estate experience including positions with Wilson Holdings in Montgomery and Daniel Corporation in Birmingham.

He earned a master’s degree in business from UAB and an undergraduate degree in business from Auburn University.

Erickson Living CCRC Appoints New Executive Director

Ann’s Choice, an Erickson Living full-service continuing care retirement community, announced recently that it has named Chris Donati the new executive director. Donati previously served as the community’s associate executive director.

Donati has 25-plus years of health care, senior housing and services experience and will be responsible for the overall operation of the 1,500 apartment Ann’s Choice community, which is home for approximately 2,000 residents.

As executive director, he will essentially work to maintain a safe, enjoyable and comfortable lifestyle where residents can enjoy their freedom years. Maintaining strategic direction of Ann’s Choice is essential to leading a successful community, which is one reason Erickson Living appointed Donati executive director.

Prior to coming to Ann’s Choice five years ago, Donati served as executive director at Mercy Ridge, a continuing care retirement community located in Timonium, Md. He also worked as executive director for continuing care retirement communities in Wilmington, Dela. and Stamford, Conn.

Donati graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Health Administration and then he returned to the Penn State to receive his Masters in Health Administration.

Originally from Hazleton, Pa., Donati currently resides in Whitemarsh Township with his wife Andrea and their two boys Charlie and Nicholas. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, the beach, exercising, cooking and completing projects around his home.

Erickson’s Greenspring Community Welcomes Eric Whitson as New Director of Sales

Eric Whitson recently joined Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va., as the new Director of Sales.

Whitson has nearly 30 years of experience working as a sales and marketing leader in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining Greenspring, he had been the Director of Sales and Marketing for the ARAMARK Corporation at The National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Va.

Whitson has also held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing for French Lick Resort Casino (Ind.), The Chattanoogan (Tenn.), The Founders Inn (Va.), and served as the Director of Sales for Lansdowne Resort (Va.). He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and has completed several training and development programs related to leadership and sales management.

As the Director of Sales at Greenspring, Whitson will lead the sales team in achieving and maintaining occupancy goals for the 1404 independent living apartment homes at the community.

Greystone Continues West Coast Expansion, Recruiting for Calif. Offices

As part of a continued effort to strengthen its West Coast presence, and better serve its growing customer base, Greystone, a leading national provider of multifamily and commercial mortgage loans, will be actively recruiting and hiring experienced originators, underwriters and closing staff to its California offices.

Rick Wolf, a member of Greystone’s senior management team will be driving the West Coast expansion. His responsibilities previously included managing production for the Northeast and Midwest offices, as well as product head for Greystone’s small loan program. Wolf joined the team three years ago after ten years with Fannie Mae.

Additionally, the firm will also be looking to open new offices in the region including Orange County, CA and Seattle, WA. Greystone currently has production offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and underwriting support in Los Angeles and Pasadena.

Mary Beth Mansfield Joins Watermark Rehabilitation as Director of Therapy Services

Mary Beth Mansfield, OTR, MA-HSM, has been named Director of Therapy Services at Chesterfield-based Watermark Rehabilitation, a leading provider of geriatric physical rehabilitation therapy services in Missouri and Tennessee. Mansfield oversees Watermark’s rehabilitation staff and services, including patient assessment, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology in skilled nursing and long term care facilities.

Mansfield holds a degree in occupational therapy from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a Masters in Health Services Management from Webster University.

Jim Flood Joins Omnicare as Vice President of Government Relations

Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE: OCR) announced recently that James G. Flood, an experienced healthcare policy advocate, former federal prosecutor and past President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, has joined the Company as Vice President of Government Relations.

Flood will strengthen Omnicare’s government relations team in Washington, D.C. and coordinate with Omnicare executives to help advocate for public policies that provide for improved health outcomes through increased patient accessibility of cost-effective pharmaceutical services.

He joins Omnicare after six years with the national law and government relations firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, where he represented Fortune 500 healthcare companies and trade associations before Congress and the federal government. In this role, he started the Coalition for Patient Safety and Medicine Integrity, a group of pharmaceutical companies, PhRMA, the Pharmaceutical Security Institute and other stakeholders which resulted in the successful enactment by Congress in 2012 of the Safe Doses Act, a new federal criminal law providing law enforcement with new tools and raising penalties for committing large scale medical product cargo theft.

Prior to joining Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, Flood served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia in the Fraud Section investigating and prosecuting white collar crime. Prior to that, he served as Counsel to Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of criminal cases. Flood previously served as a private practice attorney at the healthcare regulatory law firm Reed Smith.

Flood is a Past President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and received his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Senior Quality Lifestyles Corp. Names Susie Ries Herrmann as Sales Counselor 

The Barrington of Carmel senior living community, sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation, has named Susie Ries Herrmann sales counselor. 

A graduate of Carmel High School, with a B.S. in Psychology from Purdue University and a Masters of Social Work from Indiana University, Ries Herrmann brings to The Barrington more than 30 years experience working with people through social work and marketing roles. Prior to joining The Barrington, she worked as a licensed clinical NICU social worker at St. Vincent’s Women‘s Hospital in Indianapolis. Before that, she worked for 17 years as an adoption coordinator and marketing specialist for Adoption Support Center, Inc. in Indianapolis.

Golden Living Names Michael Yao, M.D., SVP of Clinical Affairs & National Medical Director

Golden Living has named Michael Yao, M.D., Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs and National Medical Director. Dr. Yao will oversee and support the Medical Directors and attending physicians working within Golden LivingCenters and AseraCare Agencies.

In addition, Dr. Yao will assist in the evaluation of leading-edge, evidence-based medical practices through the development and expansion of clinical specialty programs.

Dr. Yao has served in a variety of capacities with Golden Living for the past 10 years. Most recently, he was a Regional Medical Director for Golden LivingCenters in Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Eastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, with additional responsibilities as the Medical Director for Golden LivingCenter – Monroeville. Prior to this, he was a Division Medical Director, supporting 86 LivingCenters on the East Coast.

He brings a wealth of educational experience to his new position, having held several teaching positions, including Director of Geriatric Education at the Forbes Family Medicine Residency Program, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Temple University and Drexel University, and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

With more than 20 years of experience in long-term care, Dr. Yao is board-certified in Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, and he is an AMDA Certified Medical Director. In 2011, Dr. Yao was named as a “Top Doctor” in the field of Geriatric Medicine by Pittsburgh Magazine. He was also the past president of the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society for the Western Division.

Dr. Yao earned his Doctorate in Medicine from Thomas Jefferson University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Pennsylvania State University.

Waveny Care Network Names William C. Piper as New CEO

William C. Piper, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Waveny Care Network in New Canaan, Connecticut.

In his new position, Piper will be responsible for managing the strategic growth, operations, development and future direction of Waveny’s comprehensive continuum of healthcare, which includes 76 skilled nursing beds at Waveny Care Center, 53 assisted living apartments for people with memory loss at The Village, 41 independent living apartments at New Canaan Inn, a new Home Healthcare Agency, an active Adult Day Program, the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a team of Geriatric Care Managers, and a state-of-the-art outpatient rehabilitation facility. His appointment concludes a nationwide search launched this summer after Heather Neff, CEO for the previous five years, departed to pursue a new opportunity.

Piper’s work with Masonicare spans nearly three decades and demonstrates progressive growth in scope and responsibility within the statewide organization. Most recently, he served as the organization’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. While spearheading key initiatives in customer service relations, information technology and business development, he was responsible for the direction of a team of 20 executives, 2,400 employees and more than $170 million in revenue. Prior to assuming this role, Piper served as Senior Vice President of Continuum Services, a unique position responsible for the oversight of Masonicare’s five operating affiliates throughout the State. In addition to improving the overall financial performance of the organization, his leadership notably led to increased patient satisfaction in all areas throughout the continuum.

Piper received his undergraduate degree from Western Connecticut State University of Danbury, Connecticut, and holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Quinnipiac University of Hamden, Connecticut.

Home Instead Senior Care Names Caroline Kanso as New Business Performance Manager

A new face has joined the franchise development team at the national office of Home Instead Senior Care in Warrington, Cheshire. Caroline Kanso has been appointed as New Business Performance Manager providing help and guidance for new franchisees as they set up and develop their Home Instead business.

Kanso, born in Paris, France, has a strong background in business and project management. She has most recently worked at the Cooperative bank as relationship banking manager for social enterprise, credit unions and community groups.

BMA Management Names Kelly Ziemer Hillan Administrator of Heritage Woods Community

Kelly Ziemer Hillan of Ridott, Illinois, has been named Administrator of Heritage Woods of Freeport, a BMA affordable assisted living community that is being developed in Stephenson County, Illinois.

The community, which is being developed through a partnership between BMA Management, Ltd., of Bradley, Illinois, and the Stephenson County Nursing Center Foundation, will serve adults 65 and older of all incomes, including those on Medicaid.

Hillan has served as Executive Director of the Senior Resource Center in Freeport since 2007. The agency provides a wide variety of programs and services for adults 55 and older who live in northwest Illinois.

Hillan has more than 20 years of health care experience, including serving as the Family and Health Services Manager for La Voz Latina in Rockford, Illinois; Research Program Coordinator for Swedish American Hospital in Rockford; and Program Manager for the Child Abuse Council in Moline, Illinois.

She graduated cum laude from Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Social Work degree, and earned a Master of Organizational Leadership degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport.

The Heritage Woods of Freeport assisted living community is being developed on more than five acres of property on the southwest corner of West Pearl City Rd. and South Forest Rd. in Freeport. The $12 million development is scheduled to open for occupancy this summer.

Jeffrey Anderzhon Joins EUA as Senior Planner/Design Architect

Jeffrey W. Anderzhon, FAIA has joined Eppstein Uhen Architects, Inc. (EUA), as Senior Planner and Design Architect.

Anderzhon brings extensive experience, and a passion for designing environments for the aging. His career has taken him nationally and globally to create, teach and present on trends in the senior living market. With more than 40 years of experience, Anderzhon helps senior communities to reposition their facilities to not only meet current needs but also accommodate future growth.

His expertise in designing environments for the aging has made him a respected resource within the senior living market. Most recently, Anderzhon spoke at the 2012 LeadingAge National Conference in Denver, Colorado and was featured as the keynote speaker at the 2012 Environment for Aging national conference in Orlando, Florida.

Anderzhon graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture and a secondary emphasis on Community and Regional Planning. Since then he has had the opportunity to work throughout the United States. Before joining the EUA team, Anderzhon started Crepidoma Consulting a solo venture consulting internationally, providing strategic planning, project programming, environ-mental design, “culture change” design and development consulting services.

At EUA, Anderzhon will use his expertise and research to collaborate with clients and continue to push the envelope to ensure that they are receiving the most current and most efficient design options. 

Anderzhon has taught the next generation of designers in Seoul, Korea at Konkuk University and Yonsei University, Iowa Western Community College and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Some of his most recent publications are Design for Aging, Post-occupancy Evaluations and Design for Aging-International Case Studies of Building and Program.

Julie Davis Joins American HealthTech as Vice President of Customer Relations

American HealthTech today announced that Julie Davis has joined the company as Vice President, Customer Relations, reporting to Teresa Chase, President and CEO. Davis comes to American HealthTech with over a decade of executive post-acute leadership experience.

Davis served in a series of strategic executive positions for Kinetic Concepts, Inc., Carolina Power and Light, as well as Proctor and Gamble. For example, in her previous role as Vice President of National Accounts-Post Acute at Kinetic Concepts, Davis applied her deep understanding of the long-term care industry to collaborate with executives and help solve some of their toughest clinical issues

She will be involved in collaborating with customers to adapt and reshape their business models to stay competitive in the evolving, outcomes-driven world of healthcare, specifically in regards to growing measures for quality and new ways of realizing revenue. 

ACHA/NCAL Name Golden Living’s National Director of Quality to Chair of Award Board 

Golden Living announced today that its National Director of Quality, Ed McMahon, Ph.D., has been named Chair of the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) National Quality Award Board of Overseers for a two-year term.

McMahon was part of the initial AHCA Quality Committee that developed the Quality Award Program based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program more than 18 years ago. Since then, McMahon has continued to serve on various quality committees. He also served as an original, senior, and master examiner for the award program. He has more than 33 years of experience in the long-term care profession including Alzheimer’s care development, research and development, sales and marketing, and corporate operations.

He is a pioneer in the development of special care units within skilled nursing facilities. He also designed and developed the first Alzheimer’s care unit within a skilled nursing facility in California.

The 11-member Board of Overseers establishes the award criteria and appropriate policies and procedures to administer, promote, and preserve the credibility of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Awards. The Quality Awards are the industry’s highest honor in the commitment to continuous quality improvement for long-term care services.

Other responsibilities of the Board of Overseers are to evaluate all aspects of the program and how it achieves its mission. The Board of Overseers also produces an annual report for the AHCA/NCAL Board of Governors.

The Health Center at North Hill Hires Adam Goldman as Administrator

The Health Center at North Hill has hired Adam Goldman as its new administrator. Goldman’s career spans nearly 20 years in healthcare. He is known for his passion for customer service excellence.

The Health Center at North Hill provides short- and long-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing. As part of Project True North, the largest initiative in North Hill’s history, the community is beginning construction of a new small-house style Health Center and will launch a new Enhanced Living community on its campus.

Goldman’s nursing home experience includes eight years as a campus administrator for EPOCH Senior Living in Weston, Mass. Originally from London, he received his B.A. from London Guildhall University in communications and marketing. These are skills he feels are critical for helping team members achieve at their highest level and for engaging residents and their family members.

Goldman is a resident of Sharon. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Striar Hebrew Academy of Sharon.

Broadmoor Medical Lodge Names Loava McCarthy Director of Nursing

Broadmoor Medical Lodge, an upscale post-hospital recovery, skilled nursing and long-term care community scheduled to open early 2013, has named Loava McCarthy director of nursing. The announcement was made by Shane Lewis, partner of SCC Healthcare Group.

McCarthy received a bachelor’s degree in business management, as well as a bachelor’s degree in nursing and an associate’s degree in electronics. After a career as an electronic technician and also as a supervisor of postal operations for the U.S. Postal Service, McCarthy took a different path when her daughter was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.

In 2004, she was hired as the director of nursing of a small, long-term care facility and helped the community receive two deficiency-free surveys. In 2008, McCarthy served as a corporate nurse traveling to nine different long-term care communities helping train and educate DON’s on how to best do their jobs. It was in 2010 that she was hired as the director of nursing for SCC’s Royse City Health and Rehabilitation community.

Mike Bell Chosen as LeadingAge’s SVP of Philanthropy

LeadingAge has chosen Mike Bell, executive director of Suncoast Hospice Foundation to serve as the senior vice president of philanthropy.

In his new position, Bell will be responsible for resource development for LeadingAge and its mission, assisting LeadingAge members in developing philanthropic programs to support their missions, and advocacy for the preservation of public policy that supports tax exemption and charitable contributions.

Since 1999, Bell has served as executive director of Suncoast Hospice Foundation in Clearwater, Florida. The Foundation works to advance understanding, participation and support for Suncoast Hospice – the nation’s leading not-for-profit, community-based hospice – and its affiliated organizations: Project GRACE, the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas, Suncoast PACE and Suncoast Hospice Institute. Bell holds a master’s degree in institutional advancement from Vanderbilt University. He currently serves on the boards of the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas, Inc., and Hospice Systems, Inc., and he chairs the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Previously, Bell served as the vice president for community development at Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tennessee, the director of development for Nashville CARES, Middle Tennessee’s leading AIDS services organization, and as the associate director of development and alumni affairs at Father Ryan High School.

He is a past-section leader of the development, public relations and marketing section of the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals.

Bell also served as the chair of the National Hospice Work Group Philanthropy Forum, chair of the LeadingAge Philanthropy Network, and is a former board member of the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay, LeadingAge and LeadingAge Florida.

The Green House Project Announces New Director

David Farrell, M.S.W., L.N.H.A., a prominent, tireless, and lifelong advocate for improving the quality and changing the culture of long-term care, has been named director of The Green House Project.

Having worked at every level of long-term care, from cutting his teeth as a nurses’ aide in his earliest days to turning around struggling inner-city nursing homes as a high-level executive, Farrell knows what it takes to put the visionary principles of a model like Green House into practice. As founder and first chair of the Rhode Island Culture Change Coalition and a board member of the national Pioneer Network, Farrell has traveled the country inspiring long-term care leaders to make meaningful changes to enhance quality.

Farrell currently serves as both the Director of Organizational Development and Regional Director of Operations for Windsor Healthcare in California. In these roles, he oversees the operations of five skilled-nursing facilities and the implementation of person-centered care in 33 nursing homes across the state. Before that, he served as Care Continuum Director at Lumetra, then California’s federally-funded Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), where he led a team that significantly improved the performance of 125 skilled-nursing facilities. Farrell also chaired California’s Advancing Excellence in Nursing Homes campaign. Earlier in his career, Farrell served as the administrator at a handful of facilities around California.

He holds a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in business administration and gerontology from Boston College, a license in nursing home administration and an undergraduate degree from Stonehill College. He is co-author of the award-winning book “Meeting the Leadership Challenge in LTC: What You Do Matters,” and has co-authored numerous journal articles on quality improvement and culture change.

The Peninsula Announces New Director of Sales & Marketing

The Peninsula, an assisted living community located on Hallandale Beach Boulevard, has named Mindy Goldfarb director of sales and marketing.

In this position, Goldfarb is responsible for helping prospective residents and families with all aspects of their transition to the community.

Prior to joining The Peninsula, she worked at the Imperial Club as a marketing and sales associate for the Aventura independent/assisted living community. Also, Goldfarb has over 30 years of experience focused on varied aspects of residential real estate including mortgage lending, construction and renovation.

A graduate of Florida State University, she has a Bachelor of Science degree in communications/public relations and also received a paralegal certification from the Blackstone School of Law in Texas.

Avita Health & Rehab Hires David Goubeaux as Executive Director 

Avita Health & Rehab at Reeds Cove, a newly built, 80-unit skilled nursing facility built at a cost of more than $10 million in Wichita, has signed on David Goubeaux, a professional from Wyoming with roots in Ohio and Wichita, as executive director.

With more than 30-years’ experience, including time at two Fortune 500 companies, Goubeaux is licensed as an Executive Director of Assisted Living Facilities in Wyoming and a Certified Operator of an Adult Care Home in Kansas. He is among only 32% of all administrators who pass the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) test on the first try.  

Goubeaux was most recently an executive director at River Rock Assisted Living, a level-one assisted living facility in Jackson, Wyo. Avita Reeds Cove is the third skilled nursing facility built by Physicians Development Group (PDG) of Wichita, Kan. Avita Reeds Cove is supported by Axiom Healthcare Services (Axiom), an administrative support company.

GlynnDevins Names Terence O’Malley as Senior Communications Manager & Public Speaker

GlynnDevins Advertising & Marketing announces the addition of Terence O’Malley as senior communications manager for the marketing and advertising agency, specializing in senior living.

In his new role, O’Malley will be GlynnDevins’ latest “product offering,” serving as a public speaker for clients and senior living prospects. His colorful and engaging presentations will address a variety of topics tailored for specific audiences, with an emphasis on making seniors and their families comfortable with – and enthused about – continuing care retirement communities.

O’Malley—an attorney and licensed financial advisor—joins GlynnDevins after 12 years in-house with two major insurance enterprises, where he served as first litigation counsel and then marketing director overseeing production of senior insurance products. He has extensive experience managing qualified retirement plans and investment programs, in addition to estate planning.

O’Malley is also an award-winning former broadcast journalist and a former press secretary to the Governor of Alaska and the Alaska House of Representatives. He has a B.A. in English from Loyola University in New Orleans, an M.S. in radio-tv-film from the University of Kansas and a J.D. with Dean’s Honors from Washburn University School of Law. O’Malley is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and an award-winning documentary filmmaker and author, as well as a blues and boogie-woogie piano player.

Lifespace Communities Names Kelly Reed Regional Director of Sales & Marketing

Lifespace Communities, Inc., a nationally recognized not-for-profit senior living provider based in Des Moines, has named Kelly Reed as regional director of sales and marketing. Reed will oversee marketing and sales operations at six senior living communities in the Eastern region.

Reed has more than 10 years of professional sales experience and extensive knowledge of the senior living community market. Prior to joining the Lifespace team, she worked as the director of sales and marketing for Masonic Village at Sewickley in Pittsburgh. Reed has also worked as the director of community relations and director of sales for Sunrise Senior Living in Pittsburgh.

Reed has held sales positions at Lown Home Financial and The Money Tree Financial Corporation in Pittsburgh. She’s a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism. Reed also received certification from the Dale Carnegie Sales Training program. 

Gentiva Health Services Names Rod Windley Executive Chairman

Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTIV) announced today that the Board of Directors named Rod Windley as the executive Chairman of the Board.  Mr. Windley currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board, a position he has held since 2006, and has 35 years of healthcare services experience.  Tony Strange will continue to serve as Gentiva’s Chief Executive Officer and President.

Latessa Morris Appointed Vice President of Life Care Centers’ Eastern Division

Life Care Centers of America, a nationwide skilled nursing and rehab company, recently appointed Latessa Morris as vice president of its Eastern Division.

In this position, Morris now oversees Life Care’s 41 facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia. Morris began her new duties on Feb. 1, 2013.

As regional vice president, Morris oversaw eight skilled nursing and rehab centers in Tennessee. She won Life Care’s 2011 Chairman’s Award for continuing to care for residents in person rather than delegating tasks. In this role, she also developed a successful initiative to streamline facility departments and eliminate unnecessary duties.

Before taking the lead in the River Region, Morris served as executive director at Life Care Center of Crossville, Tenn. The building won the Facility of the Year Award for the Eastern Division in 2010 under her leadership.

Morris also served as executive director at Life Care Center of Centerville, Tenn. She completed her administrator-in-training program at Life Care Center of Collegedale, Tenn., in 2006.

Originally from Sparta, Tenn., Morris began her career in long-term care at Life Care Center of Sparta, serving as a certified nursing assistant and then as business office administrative assistant. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.

Morris was named to Who’s Who Among Women Business Executives in 2008 and 2010. She won several accolades at Life Care Center of Sparta, including 2005 CNA of the Year and monthly Whatever It Takes customer service awards in 2002 and 2005.

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