Movers and Shakers: People and Positions for October 1, 2010

Did you feel the earth trembling the last few weeks?  Lots of moving and shaking last few weeks…don’t worry, we’ll get to you soon enough.  Patience is a virtue…for those with patience and wishing to share announcements on staffing announcements, email us at movers-shakers@seniorhousingnews.com.

Sunrise Senior Living Announces Executive Promotions for Neeb and Haddock

Sunrise Senior Living (NYSE: SRZ) announced the promotion of Greg Neeb, Sunrise’s chief investment officer, to the position of chief investment and administrative officer, and the appointment of David Haddock to the position of general counsel and secretary. Both appointments will be effective October 1, 2010.  Mr. Neeb has served as Sunrise’s chief investment officer since December 2008. He joined the Company as senior vice president of capital markets and investments in April 2008. Previously, Mr. Neeb served as chief investment officer of The Mills Corporation until the Company was acquired by Simon Property Group and Farallon Capital in 2007. Prior to The Mills, he worked as a manager for real estate consulting firm Kenneth Leventhal & Company. Mr. Neeb is a graduate of the University of Michigan.  Mr. Haddock joined Sunrise as associate general counsel in July 2005 and was later named deputy general counsel. Mr. Haddock came to Sunrise from the law firm Baker Botts L.L.P., having previously served as in-house counsel to publicly traded companies and practicingat the law firm Hogan Lovells. Mr. Haddock is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Emeritus Announces New Board Member

Emeritus Corporation (NYSE: ESC) announced the appointment of Mr. James R. Ladd to its Board of Directors.  Mr. Ladd has served as the Senior Vice President for Finance & Operations for the Institute for Systems Biology since October 2009 and as a Partner in the consulting firm of Tatum, LLC since 2004. He is chairman of the boards of directors of both Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Washington Society of CPAs and also serves on the board of directors of Sparling, Inc. Mr. Ladd is a certified public accountant, was a managing partner of the Seattle and Tokyo offices of Deloitte & Touche, LLP, and has served in other executive finance and operations management positions during his career.

Mr. Ladd’s appointment was effective September 17, 2010. He will fill one of the Board positions vacated by Mr. Charles P. Durkin and Mr. David W. Niemiec, each of whom has resigned from the Board in order to devote more time to other business and investment activities.

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Watermere at Southlake Names Andrew Gabriele Director of Food and Beverage

Watermere at Southlake recently named Andrew Gabriele director of food and beverage. Gabriele joins the Watermere at Southlake team with an extensive background in the food and beverage industry. Before moving to Texas, Gabriele served as food and beverage director for seven years for two sister communities, both managed by Life Care Services in Cincinnati, Ohio. Additionally, Gabriele served 16 years as corporate executive chef for a Cincinnati-based restaurant. He later became national food and beverage director for a chain of tennis country clubs. After studying culinary arts at the Midwest Culinary Institute in Cincinnati, Gabriele became a Certified Executive Chef with the American Culinary Federation and later received the “1999 Chef of the Year” award from the Greater Cincinnati chapter. Before exploring the culinary world, Gabriele earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

“I am so privileged to be given the opportunity to work with a community with the quality of standards as Watermere at Southlake,” said Gabriele. “I want to cater to the residents’ needs and preferences to further enhance their experience at Watermere. The happier the residents are, the happier I am.”

 

SeniorNet Adds Two New Members to Its Board of Directors

SeniorNet, a nonprofit technology educator of older adults, announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Daniel Wilson and Slava Vero will join the SeniorNet board effective September 17, 2010.

Daniel Wilson is the Director of Policy and Program Development for the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged (NCBA), an organization that works to improve living conditions for elderly Americans. As the Policy Director, Wilson advocates for aging issues on Capitol Hill. The NCBA develops programming in conjunction with corporations and foundations to aide the senior population, including: the Senior Community Service Employment Program; the Healing Zone; and providing housing to seniors in the Washington D.C. area and around the country.

Slava Vero joins the SeniorNet board after volunteering with the organization and receiving the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in 2008 and 2009. Vero is the Co-Coordinator of the Huntington, New York SeniorNet Center in Long Island, New York. She was one of the founding members of the center after joining in 1999. Through her dedicated work, the Long Island Center has become one of SeniorNet’s flagship centers.

Vero’s biggest and most successful efforts have been the opening of the East Yaphank Annex, another SeniorNet center in Long Island, New York, and the “Homebound Remote Learning Project.” The East Yaphank Annex center focuses on providing computer education to the underserved in the community. The "Homebound Remote Learning Project" provides computer training to homebound seniors and veterans with disabilities.

 

Marsh’s Edge Takes Important Step towards Revamping Healthcare with New Executive Director

Marsh’s Edge, a continuing care retirement community on St. Simons Island, Ga., announced the appointment of Barbara Foster as the community’s new executive director.  Foster will oversee operations and also introduce new programs in healthcare as the community’s acting administrator.

Foster has more than 22 years of experience in senior care.  Prior to her position at Marsh’s Edge, she served as regional operations manager for Spectrum Retirement Community in Denver, Colo., and vice president of senior services for the Christian City Convalescent Center located in Atlanta.  She has a Bachelor’s in Social Work and Psychology, finished her Masters in Counseling and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) and Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and Ohio.  

 

The Stayton at Museum Way Names Justin Spooner Executive Director

Justin Spooner has been named executive director of The Stayton at Museum Way.  Spooner brings his expertise in senior living management from The Stayton’s sister community, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, where he has served as associate executive director since 2007.  His career in senior living began in 2002 when he was an operations associate at SQLC’s strategic partner, Greystone Communities, Inc. From 2004 to 2006, Spooner’s role was director of resident services at the Dallas sister community, Edgemere.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.  Spooner is currently pursuing his M.B.A. from Texas Christian University’s Neely School of Business and will graduate in December.