Movers and Shakers: People and Positions for Week of October 15, 2010

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P. Christopher Dirr Joins The NRP Group

The NRP Group LLC is pleased to announce the addition of P. Christopher Dirr to the position of Vice President – Development. In this role, Mr. Dirr will be responsible for originating affordable housing and diverse multi-family housing development opportunities throughout New York, Pennsylvania, and other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States.


In his 20 years of diverse experience, Mr. Dirr’s job responsibilities included working as a developer and consultant with national and local for-profit and not-for-profit developers of multi-family housing, including affordable housing utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits (“LIHTC”).  During the past ten (10) years, he has developed over 400 affordable units and 200 market rate units for twelve (12) developments with total project costs in excess of $60 Million.  Mr. Dirr is a licensed real estate broker in the State of New York. He is a graduate of The School of Law, SUNY at Buffalo, where he received his Juris Doctor, with a Certificate in State and Local Government Law.  Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, with a concentration in Latin American Studies, from SUNY – University Center at Binghamton.



Riderwood Names Giardino as its Director of Human Resources and Arnicar as its Renaissance Gardens Director of Nursing

Shelli Giardino has been with Maryland-based Erickson Living, the manager of Riderwood, since September 2003 when she was brought on board at Charlestown in Catonsville, MD,  as a Senior Human Resources Manager.  After four years at Charlestown, she moved to help open Erickson Living’s Kansas property, Tall Grass Creek, and worked on the Executive Team at this new and upcoming community supporting Human Resources, but many other departments as well.   In October 2009 she transferred to Riderwood as a Senior Human Resources Manager to support Renaissance Gardens, Rehabilitation Services and the Medical Center, and has been an active participant on the Riderwood HR and Leadership team ever since. 

Robin Arnicar brings to Riderwood 23 years of long-term care experience in chronic hospital, freestanding skilled nursing, and continuing care retirement community settings.  She has 14 years experience in the Director of Nursing role, and most recently served Grace Healthcare as a Regional Director of Clinical Services, providing oversight and consultation to nursing facilities from Maryland to Michigan. 

Arnicar’s leadership throughout her career has extended beyond the nursing home, to include Corresponding Secretary for the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA), past President of the Maryland Chapter of NADONA, past President of the Tri-County Long Term Care DON Association, editorial board member for the American Medical Directors Association periodical Caring for the Ages, and member of the Maryland Nursing Home Coalition’s Advancing Excellence campaign steering committee, to name a few.  She has published articles and presented nationally on topics such as pain management, building a nursing team, osteoporosis management, and antithrombotic therapy in LTC. She also has been a contributor to various clinical practice guidelines developed by the American Medical Directors Association. 


David Dillard Takes Helm and Grant Warner Named Principal at D2

D2 Architecture has announced David Dillard as president and is also founder and one of the principals in the new firm, which has grown rapidly since late 2009.  He was lead architect on a number of highly successful senior living communities in Dallas and around the nation, such as Edgemere in Dallas, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, and The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, scheduled to open in fall 2011. Some of his more notable local projects also include Prestonwood Court, Caruth Haven Court, Presbyterian Village North, Signature Point, and The Veranda, to name a few.  Dillard was formerly president of CSD Architects and has more than 15 years of experience designing continuing care retirement communities and other forms of housing for seniors. Dillard and his team at D2 sustain a small running portfolio of projects outside the realm of senior living.

Grant Warner has recently been named as principal at D2 Architecture, a Dallas-based firm that specializes in senior living design solutions. Warner joins D2 with more than 16 years of experience in architecture—most of it in senior living design—but also including projects in the commercial, residential, and adaptive re-use sectors.

"This new firm’s size and structure let’s me stay on the drawing board, which I love, and at the same time guide our team across the kaleidoscopic field of senior living,” said Dillard. “We are a single-location firm for the foreseeable. As we grow – and I think we will – it will be smart and slow. If nothing else this economy has taught us all to travel light, stay lean, and pivot quickly."


Watercrest at Mansfield Names Kelly and Garcia For Manager and Director of Marketing and Leasing

Watercrest at Mansfield recently named Candice Kelly director of marketing and leasing and Carrie Garcia manager. The announcements were made by Rick Simmons, president and CEO, Integrated Real Estate Group, developer of Watercrest at Mansfield.

Kelly joins Watercrest with more than ten years of property management experience and most recently served as director of property operation of Integrated Real Estate Group. Additionally, Kelly served as property manager of Western Rim Property Services in Coppell, Texas. Kelly received a bachelors degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

Garcia joins Watercrest with years of experience in management. Prior to joining Watercrest, Garcia served as community director of Integrated Real Estate in Fort Worth, Texas. She also served as community director of Milestone-Mgt. in Plano, Texas.


Ramona Watkins Mainess Named Director of Dining

Ramona Watkins Mainess has been named director of dining services for the active retirement community Somerby at St Vincent’s One Nineteen in suburban Birmingham, Ala.  Ms. Mainess has 30 years experience in the hospitality field and was previously with Noland Health Care and Café Ramona, both in Birmingham.  She is working toward a graduate degree in nutrition from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. and holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry and nutrition from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala.