Movers and Shakers: People and Positions Week of May 28, 2010

Did you know that Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day?  Interesting tidbit but nevertheless a great day to remember heroes past and present.  May your burgers be grilled this weekend and your chicken fried. 

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Keith Joins LivHOME as Executive Director in San Jose, CA

DonnaKeith LivHOME, Inc. announced that Donna Keith has joined the company as Executive Director in San Jose, Calif.  In her new position, Keith is responsible for overseeing the company’s Silicon Valley area operations. LivHOME has been active in the area since 2004, when it acquired Campbell-based AdvoLife.

Keith, a Sunnyvale resident and registered nurse, joined LivHOME from Stanford Hospital & Clinics, where she served as Director of Interventional Services and Pre- and Post-Procedural Units. Prior to that, held a variety of nursing and management positions at El Camino Hospital, Mountain View.

Keith holds a BSN in nursing and public health from San Jose State University, a RN diploma from the St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing/Assumption College, Worcester, Mass., and an associate’s degree in science from Fisher Junior College, Boston.


Michael King Named President and CEO of Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America, one of the nation’s oldest and largest human service organizations, announced today that Michael (Mike) King has been named national president and chief executive officer. He will lead the 114 year-old faith-based organization as it continues to expand its existing services to needy Americans while also implementing a new strategy focused on innovative services for older people.

Since 2005, King has served as CEO of Volunteers of America Texas, based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and one of the organization’s 38 local offices. The Texas organization provides services throughout the state – with an emphasis on low-income families and youths, developmentally disabled clients and those recovering from substance abuse – with regional offices in Houston, Austin and San Antonio. In this role, King oversees a statewide operation with an annual budget of more than $30 million and 550 employees.

King has more than 35 years experience working as a leader in the nonprofit sector. He has previously held executive positions with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the Volunteer Center of Dallas, ChildCareGroup and Volunteer – The National Center. King holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Christian University and a Masters degree in civic affairs from the University of Dallas. He is also a minister with the Disciples of Christ, Christian Church. In addition, King is a past recipient of the President’s Outstanding Volunteer Action Award, presented to him by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. He won the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Speaker of the Year Award in 2003.


Granger Cobb Assumes Chairmanship of Assisted Living Federation of America

The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) announced this week that Granger Cobb, president and co-chief executive officer of Emeritus Senior Living, is the new chairman of the ALFA Board of Directors.  Cobb succeeds Tiffany Tomasso, former COO of Sunrise Senior Living, who served as ALFA chairman for the past two years. “Granger is extraordinarily in tune with the challenges affecting senior living and the numerous opportunities that lie ahead for the organization and its members,” said Tomasso.

“ALFA’s growth and success during the past few years is due to the tireless efforts of people like Tiffany, who have solid convictions about advocating for choice, independence, dignity and quality of life,” said Cobb. “A growing number of seniors and their families are turning to senior living for assistance. I look forward to working with ALFA’s experienced leadership to serve our members and highlight matters important to our field during this extraordinary time.”


Watercrest at Mansfield Names Michelle Buchanan Resident Lifestyle Director

Michelle Buchanan Watercrest at Mansfield has named Michelle Buchanan resident lifestyle director. The announcement was made by Rick Simmons, president and CEO, Integrated Real Estate Group, developer of Watercrest at Mansfield.

Buchanan is an architecture/interior design major from Texas Tech University. She joins Watercrest from Ready Real Estate in Waxahachie where she worked as a licensed realtor.  Previously, Buchanan served as the sales director at My Patio Place in Fair Oaks Ranch where she managed and assisted the sales team. Buchanan also has experience as a property manager at A.G. Spanos Companies in Ft. Worth, overseeing a team of nine employees.