Movers and Shakers: People and Positions For Week of April 23, 2010

View our weekly list of job changes around the senior housing and living industry to keep track of friends and foes.  Have a job announcement that your organization is proud of?  Send them our way at [email protected].

Splendido Retirement Community Adds Life Enrichment Manager to Team

Beth Ernst to Oversee Wellness Consultation and Classes for Tucson Community’s Residents


ernst-beth Fitness professional Beth Ernst has been named as the new Life Enrichment Manager for Splendido, an upscale continuing care retirement community in Tucson.  In her new position, Ernst provides fitness consultation, wellness education programs and classes for residents. She also oversees the community’s Saluté Spa & Fitness Center and Wellness Resource Center.

Ernst brings more than 12 years of fitness and personal training experience to Splendido. Her previous professional experiences include positions with Missouri Bone and Joint in St. Louis, Mo., Northwest Medical Center in Tucson and Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa in Sedona, Ariz. She also has taught anatomy, physiology and kinesiology courses at Pima Community College in Tucson.  Ernst received her master’s degree in kinesiology from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill. and her bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Missouri in St.Louis, Mo. In addition to her many years of specialized training, she is a certified personal trainer, wellness practitioner, senior fitness and aquatic arthritis instructor and massage therapist.



Watermere at Southlake Names Art Debaca Director of Plant Operation

arts pic Watermere at Southlake recently named Art DeBaca director of plant operations. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Art comes to Watermere with a background in senior living.  After serving our country in the United States Army, DeBaca joined HCR Manor Care in Arizona, as a Maintenance Director in 1999.  After 2.5 years, Art was relocated to Hollywood, Florida where he excelled as a Plant Operations Manager overseeing 36 nursing home facilities and the entire West Coast of Florida. DeBaca transferred to Texas in 2006 with HCR Manor Care where he was in charge of the North Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arizona markets.


Charles W. Harry, Jr. Named to Head NIC’s Research Efforts

Charles ("Chuck") W. Harry, Jr., has been named research director by the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC). He will lead the research efforts of the organization, including the analysis function of the NIC MAP® service that provides quarterly data and analysis on the top 100 metro markets for the senior living industry.

Mr. Harry comes directly from Cushman & Wakefield, San Francisco, where he held the positions of managing director, Investment Strategies, and managing director, Analytics. In addition to forecasting and monitoring economic and real estate market trends in support of the Global Capital Markets Group, he helped establish global infrastructures to facilitate cross-border transactions and the firm’s emerging investment management operations.

Prior to that, Mr. Harry worked at the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF) in Chicago as director of real estate. While there, he expanded the association’s product lines with new indices and developed public outreach as well as market education programs. Earlier positions included director of research at Glenborough Realty Trust and vice president, director of marketing, at SSR Realty Advisors/Metric Realty, both in the San Francisco Bay area. Mr. Harry began his career at The RREEF Funds, San Francisco. Mr. Harry received his Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of City Planning from the University of Virginia, School of Architecture.