Movers & Shakers: People and Positions For Week Of December 30, 2009

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CAHSA Names New Officers and Board of Directors For 2010

The Colorado Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (CAHSA), Colorado’s largest nonprofit association representing providers of aging services, announced its 2009 Officers and Board of Directors at its annual business meeting earlier this month.


Officers elected include:

  • Maureen Hewitt, Total Community Options/Total Longeterm Care, was re-elected as chair
  • Lynn O’Connor, Frasier Meadows Retirement Community, was re-elected as chair-elect
  • Shareen Anderson, Good Samaritan Society Bonell Community, was re-elected treasurer
  • Vennita Jenkins, The Granville Assisted Living Center, was re-elected secretary
  • Russ DenBraber, Christian Living Communities, will continue to serve as past-chair for the board
  • Elisabeth Borden of the Highland Group, David Smart of Eaton Senior Programs and Mark Osweiler of MorningStar Senior Living also were re-elected to board seats.
  • Other board members include: Sharon Caulfield, Caplan and Earnest, LLC; Craig Erickson, Wind Crest; Michael Meehan, Brookdale Senior Living; Stacy Shellenberger, Sunrise Senior Living; Deb Prange, Horizon Bay Retirement Living; and John Zabawa, Seniors’ Resource Center.

“We are excited to have such a diverse, experienced and enthusiastic board of directors guiding CAHSA,” said Laura Landwirth, the association’s president and CEO. “We’ll have a great leadership team guiding us as we tackle the growing challenges in senior housing and care over the next year.”



BIA/SC 50+ Housing Council Announces 2010 President and Board of Directors

The 50+ Housing Council, a special interest council of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, announced the installation of the 2010 Board of Directors and the Council President of the Board, Andy Bowden. Serving as President for a second term, Mr. Bowden is a principle of Land Concern Landscape Architecture in Santa Ana, CA.

“I am honored to serve a second term for this important council.  As our economy rebounds in the coming months and years, the 50+ Council looks forward to continuing a leadership role in the senior housing industry here in Southern California.  Through our vital education programming and networking opportunities, the Council is an excellent forum for professionals in the building and housing industry,” said Mr. Bowden.

The 50+ Housing Council provides networking, education and partnering prospects for Southern California professionals involved in every aspect of building housing specifically for persons aged 50+. Monthly breakfast meetings feature industry experts who share their projects, experiences and insights to educate the industry in the various aspects of housing for seniors.

The 50+ Housing Council also holds the annual SAGE Awards. This program honors talented and successful individuals, projects and programs that have made outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality of life for Southern California residents aged 50+. The competition accepts entries from participating individuals and organizations that represent companies, projects and programs in Southern California from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

In addition to Mr. Bowden, other officers were installed for 2010 and include 1st Vice President, Susan Sirota; 2nd Vice President, Valerie Hardman; Treasurer, Anthony Sandoval and Secretary, Julia Moore.  Returning board members include Andy Bowden, Land Concern Landscape Architecture; Pamela Bashline, Professional Community Management; Brian Dawson, Irwin, Pancake, Dawson Architects; Annie Gerard, Apt Market Research; Valerie Hardman, Outdoor Dimensions; Linda Howard, Linda Howard Interior Designs, Inc.; Scott Hysler, The Merit Companies;  Chuck Kalman, Kalman Development Group, Inc.; Rita Lamkin, PREFACE Inc.50+ Marketing, Julia Moore,

Community Housing Management Services; Anthony Sandoval, Western Seniors Housing, Inc.; Susan Sirota, Market-THINK, LLC; Ralph Spargo, 50+5 Development Group; Janet Welch, Integral Senior Living and Rob Williams, Studio 6 Architects.  The 50+ Council Board also elected new board members David Kent, KTGY Group, Inc.; Gina Nixon, CityView; Dan Ogden, Vintage Senior Living; and Kristie Vikse, Rancho Mission Viejo.


50+ Housing Council in Northern California Elects 2010 Chairs

The newly formed 50+ Housing Council in Northern California recently announced the newly elected 2010 positions that inlcude John Schleimer as Chairman, Vance Graham as 1st Vice Chair and Jo Sterling as the 2nd Vice Chair.   The Council’s mission is to be the primary source of market research, information and education for individuals serving the mature market in the Northern California regions of Sacramento, Modesto and Stockton.


Watermere at Southlake names Kristen Kearnaghan executive director

Kristen Kearnaghan Kristen Kearnaghan has been named executive director of Watermere at Southlake, the master-planned development for homeowners aged 55 plus. The announcement was made by Craig Spaulding, partner of Watermere at Southlake ownership group, Southlake Watermark Holdings LP.  Kearnaghan was promoted to executive director of Watermere at Southlake after serving as executive director for the past two years at Isle at Watermere, the assisted living community on campus.

Originally from San Diego, Kearnaghan began her career in the senior housing sales and marketing industry before transitioning into operations. Kearnaghan has worked with Life Care Services (LCS), the management company of Watermere at Southlake, for more than 7 years, including stints in California, North Carolina, Maryland and Hawaii. She joined Watermere at Southlake after serving as Administrator of Hale Ola Kino in Honolulu. During her tenure, Hale Ola Kino was named one of the 25 best employers in Hawaii by Hawaii Business Magazine.

Kearnaghan earned a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, California, and a master’s degree in Gerontology from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.  In addition to her professional responsibilities, she is a member of Junior League of Dallas.