Movers and Shakers: People and Positions For Week of July 16, 2010

Movers and shakers is back from vacation and the inbox is flooded with announcement.  No worries though, we’ll get through them.  This weeks group represents the wide range of industry participants reflecting the range of readers and participants in the SHN community.  Got staff announcements?  Email us at [email protected]

NCOA’s Nancy Whitelaw Named President-Elect of The Gerontological Society of America

Nancy Whitelaw, PhD, senior vice president, and director of NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging has been named President-elect of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Dr. Whitelaw is a nationally recognized leader in the design and implementation of evidence-based health programs for seniors and in the dissemination of best practices in elder health promotion.


"We look forward to advancing GSA’s mission during Nancy’s presidency," said James Appleby, executive director of GSA. "Her leadership and expertise will ensure a strong focus on important issues in the field of aging."


Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute Names West Virginia Health Innovator as Director of the Alzheimer’s Outreach and Registry Program

The Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI) announced the appointment of Helen Matheny as director of its Alzheimer’s Outreach and Registry Program (AORP). Matheny joins a dynamic team of leaders in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, brought together by BRNI, the West Virginia Medical Foundation; the Alzheimer’s Association’s West Virginia Chapter; and the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services.


"We are thrilled for Helen to join the BRNI team as director of this important project," said Shana Phares, Chief Executive Officer, the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute. "Together, we will make strides in fighting Alzheimer’s and ensure we have the best information possible about the horrific disease."


Wolf New Director of Sales at Pikesville Senior Living Community

North Oaks, a Senior Living Community in Pikesville, has added Cindy Wolf as its new Director of Marketing and Sales. She was formerly Marketing Director for Fox Hill Senior Living Community, a project of Sunrise Senior Living.  In her new position, Ms. Wolf will oversee and manage all marketing, advertising, special events programming, public relations and sales activities for the Senior Living Community. Her functions include overseeing the creative development of marketing and advertising materials, devising and executing targeted special events, managing media relations and internal and external communication activities and serving as a liaison to local businesses and community-based organizations.  Ms. Wolf brings more than 15 years of direct and diversified management and sales experience in the senior living industry to North Oaks. In addition to her work with Fox Hill, she served as Marketing Director for Atrium Village and held various management positions with The Mayhood Company.

"Cindy was specifically selected to lead the roll-out of our comprehensive marketing strategy that will incorporate a number of new initiatives targeting the various audiences of North Oaks," said Mark E. Pressman, Executive Director of North Oaks.


Colliers International Taps Silver To Lead National Seniors Housing Practice Group

Colliers International announced today the formation of its Seniors Housing Practice Group, continuing its expansion and investment into best-in-class service lines with a national reach. In addition, Colliers International has recruited renowned real estate executive Mark Silver as National Director to lead the group’s formation and management.

Operating out of the New York office, Silver will oversee the day-to-day management and business development for this specialty group, build its profile on a national basis and leverage Colliers International’s capabilities to serve clients in the senior housing sector across all U.S. markets.

"Mark Silver is a tremendously talented professional with a long history of service excellence in the Seniors Housing sector. His experience and leadership will be instrumental in leading this national practice group," said Dylan Taylor, CEO of Colliers International in the U.S. "Mark takes a partnership approach when servicing clients, and has the personal integrity and personality that dovetails with our corporate culture. He is yet another example of the type of professional Colliers International continues to recruit: client-focused, solution oriented and one who has passion and enthusiasm for his work."

Silver was most recently Managing Director at Jones Lang LaSalle and co-Head of the National Seniors Housing Group. He also previously served as a Senior Director and an integral member of the Seniors Housing Group at Cushman & Wakefield.  Silver received his Bachelor of Science degree from Quinnipiac University School of Business in Hamden, CT, and is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York. He has also served on several civic organizations as a committee member.


The Legacy at Preston Hollow Names Copeland Executive Chef

The Legacy at Preston Hollow, a family service- oriented senior living community, recently named Michael Copeland executive chef. The announcement was made by Michael Ellentuck, president of The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc.  Copeland has more than 20 years in the food industry with experience in food preparation, serving, ordering, teaching, and management. He joins The Legacy at Preston Hollow from Le Cordon Bleu restaurant in Dallas where he served as the chef instructor for two years. Copeland also spent 3 years at Eurest Dining where he was executive chef, sous chef, and lead cook. In 1999 he started the Tranquility Catering Company where he also served as head chef.

“We at The Legacy are excited to have Chef Copeland join the community as our new chef,” said Ellentuck. “Dining is such an important aspect to our residents’ experience here, and I am confident Chef Copeland will meet both their daily dietary needs and their culinary desires. His skill makes him a great asset to The Legacy.”