Movers and Shakers: People and Positions for December 17, 2010

Who’s been naughty?  Who’s been nice?  SHN got a hold of Santa’s list….and a few of this week’s movers and shakers are on it.  We’d like to thank everyone for their submissions on staffing & people announcements for the year but Movers and Shakers is going on holiday for the rest of 2010.  Don’t worry though… you can keep sending us your announcements and we’ll get them queued up for 2011.  Send them to [email protected]


Senior Lifestyle Brings Jon DeLuca Aboard as President and CEO

Jon DeLuca is joining Chicago-based Senior Lifestyle Corporation as president and chief executive officer, effective January 3.  DeLuca, 48, comes from the post of co-president and chief financial officer at Horizon Bay Retirement Living, a seniors housing manager based in Tampa, Fla. In his new role he will oversee the day-to-day management and strategic direction of Senior Lifestyle and its portfolio of more than 80 properties. Chairman and former CEO William B. Kaplan, who founded Senior Lifestyle more than 20 years ago, will work with him on growth initiatives and strategic planning throughout the country.  Under DeLuca’s leadership, Horizon Bay grew from 24 communities and 4,000 units in 2001 to 90 communities and 16,000 units currently. Previously, he served as chief financial officer for Allied Capital Corporation, a specialist in senior debt and mezzanine finance for small and mid-size companies. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and a certified public accountant, he began his career at the accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand. Today he is a member of the Owner/Operator Advisory Board to the National Investment Center’s Board of Directors and a frequent speaker at seniors housing industry conferences.



Englesman Named Executive Director of Park Place of Elmhurst

Don EngelsmanPark Place of Elmhurst recently announced that Don Engelsman has joined as the new executive director of the Life Care senior living community.  Engelsman is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Park Place of Elmhurst, scheduled to open in late 2011.

Prior to joining the Park Place of Elmhurst team, Engelsman spent more than 13 years with the planned community’s faith-based, not-for-profit sponsor Providence Life Services, in which he held multiple positions, including vice president of marketing for new developments, vice president of risk management and general manager of the Victorian Village campus.  Previously, he spent more than 20 years as owner and manager of Engelsman Insurance Agency and founder and partner of Century 21 Home Pros/Home Realty.


Engelsman is a member of American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging, Life Services Network of Illinois and Assisted Living Federation of America. He serves on the board of directors for the Life Services Network Trust, and is certified as a national administrator for Assisted Living Federation of America. In addition, he has served as the elder and president of the council for Lombard Christian Reformed Church in Lombard, Ill., and executive committee board member of the Timothy Christian Schools in Elmhurst.

Engelsman received a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from North Central College in Naperville, Ill.




Integral Senior Living Names Valentine as Vice President

Integral Senior Living  (ISL) announced that Collette Valentine has joined the senior management team as the Vice President of Operations and Marketing, a newly created position at ISL. Collette brings many years of experience in senior living to her position.  Prior to joining ISL, Collette was with Merrill Gardens for four years, serving most recently as Vice President of Operations. Prior to which she was with Atria Senior Living Group  as a Divisional Operations Director.  Throughout her eight year career at Atria, she held a variety of positions including: Vice President and Regional Director of Operations, Regional Sales and Marketing Director, and Executive Director and Community Sales Director at an Atria community.  She began her career with Harrah¹s Entertainment as a Hotel Sales Manager.  She is a graduate of the University
of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in Business Management and is RCFE certified.


Isaac Dole Named Director, Acquisitions For Aviv REIT

Aviv REIT has named Isaac Dole to the position of Director, Acquisitions for the firm.  Isaac came to Aviv from Marcus and Millichap where he focused on the sale of senior housing and nursing homes, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and New England.  Isaac will be focused on the firm’s initiative to develop new strategic relationships with senior housing and nursing home operators throughout the country.  He will also be focused on sourcing senior housing and nursing home real estate acquisitions.  Isaac is a graduate of Tufts University and is currently pursuing his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business.


Redstone Highlands Welcomes New Vice President for Fund Development

Redstone Presbyterian SeniorCare is pleased to welcome Rev. Lisa M. Dormire to its Christian, non-profit senior living communities as the vice president for fund development.  As a member of Redstone’s leadership team, Dormire will plan and execute strategies in the areas of fund development, external public relations, internal resident relations, and donor relationship development, specifically for Redstone Highlands’ benevolent care fund.

Dormire has more than 16 years of experience in fund development, advancement, public relations and marketing, alumni relations, and seminary relations. Most recently Rev. Dormire served as the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary vice president for seminary relations, a position she held since 2007. In this role, Dormire served as the chief communications officer for internal communications and external public relations, foundation relations, and supervising alumni relations and activities. She also focused on building campus community and enhancing the Seminary’s hospitality toward visitors.

Prior to her role as vice president for seminary relations, Dormire was named vice president for Seminary relations and development at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Dormire joined the Seminary in 1994 where she worked in various areas of the administration including public relations, alumni relations and development.  Dormire holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Arts from Grove City College and a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is an active member of the Redstone Presbytery.


Executive Director Named for Lutheran Memorial Home in Sandusky

Lutheran Homes Society (LHS) has announced the appointment of Angela Powell as Executive Director of Lutheran Memorial Home in Sandusky, an extended care facility in Erie County providing skilled nursing care, rehabilitation services, and respite care.  Mrs. Powell has been with LHS since 2002. Primarily, she has served as Director of Human Resources at Lutheran Home at Toledo. While completing her Administrator-in-Training Program, she served as Associate Executive Director at Lutheran Memorial Home. As Executive Director, Mrs. Powell will be responsible for the ongoing operations, community relations, and business development of Lutheran Memorial Home.  Mrs. Powell is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA) and a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).  She graduated from the University of Toledo with a double major in human resource management and organizational development.


The Legacy at Willow Bend Names Robin Teig Life Enrichment Coordinator for Memory Support

Robin Teig has been named life enrichment coordinator for memory support of The Legacy at Willow Bend, Plano’s first and only life care retirement community. Teig joins The Legacy from North Texas Hillel (UNT and TWU Student Association) where she served as director. Previously, she was the director of business development for René Teig Architect and also served as the executive director for Hadassah, an international, non-profit organization.