Movers and Shakers: People and Positions For May 14, 2010

The outlook is beginning to brighten on the employment horizon.  A senior member of the House stated at a recent breakfast meeting that he expects employment to have positive job growth numbers through the rest of the year…he tempered his statement by saying don’t expect huge gains but just positive numbers.  Good for him (re-election), good for America and good for job seekers.  More jobs being posted to the job board at the beginning of next week from around the country… now on to this weeks movers and shakers.  Want to announce your key hires and promotions….email them to us at [email protected].

Christian Companion Senior Care Names Vann President

Christian Companion Senior Care named Tony Vann president of the Oklahoma City-based national franchising company. Vann’s role will be to lead the overall direction of the corporation and continue to develop the Christian Companion franchise network.  Vann has served as vice president of communications as well as executive vice president for Christian Companion Senior Care since July 2008. He has more than 15 years of experience in management, public relations and marketing. Previously Vann has served as executive director of Frontier Country Marketing Association, the communications director for former Lieutenant Governor Mary Fallin, as well as development director for the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Vann and his wife make their home in Edmond, Okla. where he is active in various civic organizations and is a graduate of Leadership Edmond.


"Tony has shown dedicated leadership and grown Christian Companion Senior Care from two locations to more than 29 territories in seven states," said Joe Bowie, Christian Companion Senior Care Chairman. "The future growth of Christian Companion Senior Care as well as franchise systems and support will be strong and dynamic under his direction."


Health Policy Expert Mark McClellan to Chair Aging Technologies Commission

Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. has been named chair of the Commission of the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), an international coalition dedicated to the development, evaluation, and adoption of emerging technologies that can transform the aging experience.


In this role, McClellan will help to drive research and education around key policy issues to advance aging services technologies, as well as support efforts that educate health care professionals on how health information technology (IT) can benefit older adults and their caregivers. A former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, McClellan is now director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform and Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair of Health Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.

"Health IT has the potential to greatly improve patient health and quality of life outcomes, but its success is far from automatic," McClellan said. "The CAST Commission will lay the foundation for better understanding how health IT and other technologies can be adopted effectively and lead to improved care for older adults – no matter where that care is received."

AAHSA CEO Larry Minnix welcomed McClellan’s leadership on the Commission. "CAST could not find a better ambassador for aging services technologies than Mark McClellan," Minnix said. "Mark is a respected thought leader who understands technology’s potential to improve the quality of older adults’ care and life. I am confident his leadership will ensure that long-term and post-acute care improvement is considered an essential element of national health IT initiatives."


Watercrest at Bryan Names Janice McAlister Manager

Photo by James Nowak, Specialties Photography Watercrest at Bryan, Bryan/College Station’s newest gated resort-style community for active adults, has named Janice McAlister manager. The announcement was made by Rick Simmons, president and CEO, Integrated Real Estate Group, developer of Watercrest at Bryan.

Most recently McAlister worked with Integrated Real Estate Group for a community in Austin before being transferred to Bryan. McAlister also served as a regional property supervisor for JH Management where she was in charge of all phases of community operations for seven residential projects throughout Southern California. In 2001, McAlister moved to Texas and was appointed director of human resources for AIMCO. At AIMCO, McAlister was responsible for recruiting and training more than 300 employees in 40 residential properties in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee. Her career in senior living includes serving as business manager for Primrose at Shadow Creek and as executive director for Conservatory Senior Living.

“I am excited to be a part of such a wonderful community and have brought together a marvelous team who is passionate about enriching people’s lives,” said McAlister. “Watercrest features outstanding services and amenities, and Bryan/College Station has no other community that can even compare.”


One Eighty Announces Key Leadership Changes

One Eighty, parent company of Leisure Care Retirement Communities and other hospitality-based companies, announced a number of changes to the executive suite at their downtown Seattle headquarters. 

Bob Westermann has been promoted to President of One Eighty International Holdings, LLC.  Bob has been with the company for 20 years with a primary focus on operations.  For the last three years, Mr. Westermann has been focused on growing One Eighty’s business outside the U.S.  “Bob has done an amazing job of building interest for our senior housing products and services outside the United States.  This was an initiative that Bob brought to the table several years ago and it is exciting to watch it come to fruition,” said Dan Madsen, One Eighty Chairman and CEO. 

Tana Gall was announced as the new President of Leisure Care.  Mrs. Gall joined the company 15 years ago in the public relations department and has more recently been focused on growing Leisure Care’s domestic business and day-to-day operations.  While the company has been operating for nearly 35 years, Gall is only the third person to hold the post of President at Leisure Care.  “Tana has played a huge roll in helping to grow this company.  She has an unparalleled passion for the people that work here and a clear vision for the future.  As the Chairman and CEO, you have to put the right people in the right place to succeed.  You do that by watching momentum.  Tana has so much momentum now and has for quite awhile.  I am so excited for her and the company,” said Madsen. 

Hoyt Scott was promoted to Vice President of Development.  Mr. Scott has had a huge impact on One Eighty’s business in Mexico and India.  “Hoyt has grown tremendously in the last couple years.  He has built a terrific development team here at One Eighty and is primed for even more success in the years to come,” said Madsen. 
Jason Childers was promoted to Senior Vice President of Leisure Care.  Jason joined the company eight years ago in the market research department and has more recently been focused on One Eighty’s brand strategy efforts.  “Jason has been very involved in the strategic development of many of our company’s businesses and strategies for several years now.  He is a strong leader and I am confident that, along with Tana, Leisure Care is in very good hands,” said Madsen.

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