Movers and Shakers: People and Positions For Week of October 22, 2010

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National Council on Aging Announces Two New Board Members

Cass Wheeler has been named to the board of the National Council on Aging.  Previously, he was CEO of the American Heart Association from 1997 to 2008, where he launched the award-winning Go Red for Women Campaign to raise awareness about heart disease in women. He also worked with the William J. Clinton Foundation to create the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to fight childhood obesity.  Wheeler is a past board chair of the National Health Council and currently serves on the boards of the American Legacy Foundation, Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, the Advisory Councils of the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research, and the University of California at San FranciscoCenter for Tobacco Control Research. Wheeler runs a consulting practice in Austin, TX.


Additionally, Carol Zernial wasalso named to the board and she currently serves as executive director of the WellMed Charitable Foundation and is vice president of community relations for WellMed Medical Management. Prior to that, she was director of the Bexar County Area Agency on Aging in San Antonio, TX, and vice president of the Texas Association of Area Agencies on Aging (T4A).  In 2008, Ms. Zernial received the Outstanding Professional in Aging Award in Texas for her contributions to the field.

Steele Group Architects Announces New Office

William_Steele William P. Steele, Jr., AIA, LEED AP,  Carlos G. Sanchez, LEED AP, International Assoc. AIA, and Matthew Rodda, AIA, LEED AP are proud to announce the formation of Steele Group Architects, PLLC.  Located in the Burke House at 939 Burke Street in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, we are a full service architecture firm dedicated to the design and management of distinctive and sustainable places for people to live and work. Our staff has over 85 collective years of experience focusing on the design of sustainable Senior Living, Multi-family, Commercial and Mixed-use Retail projects throughout the Southeast.




Firstlight HomeCare Names Gina Kaurich as Executive Director of Client Care Service

FirstLight HomeCare announced the addition of Gina Kaurich to its corporate team as executive director of client care services.  Kaurich, a registered nurse, professional geriatric manager and certified master coach and trainer in the healthcare industry, brings more than 35 years of experience to her new position with FirstLight.  Kaurich has progressed in positions as clinical administrator for a hospital system, director of nursing in a continuing care community and vice president of clinical operations in home care.

Promantra Names Kile as VP of Sales

Promantra Synergy Systems, Inc. has announced the addition of Terry C. Kile as Vice President-Sales.  In this role, Kile will be responsible for the support of Long Term Care facilities as they further focus their mission on providing care and moving away from non-mission functions such as medical coding, A/R management, billing and denials management.    Promantra serves acute care facilities, long term care, hospice and other health care providers.  Kile’s past experience in Long Term Care includes high level consulting around development, design and construction of CCRC facilities, sales training for senior housing sales professionals and financial services including working with institutions and private equity firms to fund and support senior care investments.  Kile is a graduate of Millersville University and former President of the Millersville University Alumni Association.

Redstone Highlands President and CEO Named 2010 Pacesetter

John R. Dickson IV, president and CEO of Redstone Presbyterian SeniorCare, was recently named a 2010 Pacesetter by Smart Business Pittsburgh. Smart Business, a management journal providing insight, advice and strategy for C-level executives of fast-growth, middle-market and large companies, honored Dickson at the 24th annual St. Barnabas CEO Leadership Conference at the Kean Theatre in The Washington Place in Gibsonia, Pa.  ince becoming president and CEO in 2001, Dickson has been an essential part of Redstone’s growth and success. With Dickson’s proactive leadership and inspiring team, Redstone was the first in the United States among 5,600 not-for-profit, long-term care organizations to endorse the Quality First covenant with the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AASHA). This endorsement is a testament to Redstone’s embracement of the highest standards for aging services. Dickson also helped Redstone receive its first CARF/CCAC accreditation in October 2009 — a five-year term of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities Continuing Care Accreditation Commission.

Watercrest at Bryan Names Martin Howard Executive Chef

Watercrest at Bryan recently named Martin Howard executive chef. Howard graduated from Le Cordon Bleu University in Austin, Texas, and has served as chef at several upscale restaurants in Bryan and has more than 10 years industry experience with an eye for detail expected in the finest of dining venues.