Movers and Shakers: People and Positions for March 25, 2011

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Senior Star Announces New Senior Vice President- General Counsel

Senior Star has announced Donald L. Detrich has joined the company as Senior Vice President- General Counsel. Mr. Detrich has served as legal counsel for the owners of Senior Star, Robert and William Thomas, through their continuing ventures since 1976. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science and his law degree from The University of Tulsa.


“My interest in supporting the senior housing industry has grown from the work and relationships I’ve built through Senior Star,” said Detrich, “while I’ll miss working with Phil and the members of the firm, I am excited for this new venture.”

Legacy Senior Communities Names Louise Dunkerley Director of Sales and Marketing

NewImageThe Legacy Senior Communities, Inc. has named Louise Dunkerley Director of Sales and Marketing.Dunkerley has more than 10 years of experience in senior living sales, marketing, and community relations. Prior to joining The Legacy, she was Regional Director of Sales for Sunrise Senior Living, where she oversaw sales and marketing activities for 15 senior communities across the country. Previously, Dunkerley served Sunrise Senior Living as Director of Community Relations for Sunrise at Sterling Canyon in Valencia, California, and as Director of Sales and Marketing for Pueblo Norte in Scottsdale, Arizona.


She gained additional senior living experience with American Retirement Corporation as Community Relations Coordinator for Freedom Inn in Scottsdale. She also served Marriott Senior Living as Director of Sales for Village Oaks in Mesa, Arizona, and Sunterra Resorts as Marketing Manager.

“Louise has a wealth of experience in all aspects of senior living, which makes her ideally suited to the role she will play with The Legacy Senior Communities,” said Ellentuck. “She is an invaluable asset to our corporate team as well as to both of our communities – The Legacy at Willow Bend and The Legacy at Preston Hollow. We look forward to the leadership she brings to her position.”

CareAnyware CEO Honored As Triangle Top Catalyst Entrepreneur

NewImageCareAnyware, Inc. announced that CEO and President Rich Guerin was selected as one of 2011’s Triangle Top Catalyst Entrepreneurs by Business Leader Media. This prestigious award was presented to Mr. Guerin at a formal awards dinner on March 3, 2011 at Events at Newton Square in Raleigh, NC. Top Catalyst Entrepreneur Awards honor “dynamic and outstanding business professionals” whose innovative contributions to the business community “help revitalize the local economy, create job opportunities, and generate strong company revenues.” Mr. Guerin, a graduate of Harvard’s MBA program, founded CareAnyware, Inc., in 2002 after leading the Home Health Care division for Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Anne Lewis Joins Health Dimensions Group as Project Manager for Home- and Community-Based Services

Health Dimensions Group (HDG) is pleased to announce that Anne Lewis has joined the organization as project manager for home- and community-based services. Lewis will assist with all aspects of the Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) including operations for prospective and operational PACE programs, evaluating PACE feasibility, development of provider applications, and complete implementation assistance. In addition, Lewis will contribute to a variety of strategic and operational assessments of post-acute care service delivery for health systems and long-term care providers.

Lewis’s 25-plus years of experience in health care includes more than twelve years at Billings Clinic in Montana, where she led the start-up of the first PACE program in Montana and served as the PACE program director. In addition, she served as director of continuing care services, overseeing the nursing home and assisted living facilities. Lewis was also the director of medical case management and social work, and director of psychiatric services.

“Anne’s broad spectrum of experiences will lend themselves well as we look to enhance our PACE related project and strategic work,” said HDG CEO, Craig Abbott.

Personal Touch Home Care Announces Promotion of David N. Slifkin to CEO

Personal Touch Home Care has promoted Mr. David N. Slifkin to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Slifkin joined the company in 1991 and has previously served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Development Officer. Prior to joining the company, he held senior management positions in NASDAQ-traded home health care companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant and began his career with the accounting firm of Ernest & Young.

Dr. Felix Glaubach and Mr. Robert Marx, co-founders of Personal Touch Home Care, stated, “Mr. Slifkin has a deep concern for the well-being of our patients and employees and we have complete faith in his ability to continue to navigate the company in a complex and uncertain environment. We will both continue to be actively involved in the business and guide our company forward.”
Friendship Village Tempe Names New Executive Director

NewImageFriendship Village Tempe named Cole Marvin as its new executive director of the leading life care community in the East Valley, home to more than 900 seniors. Marvin is replacing Darrell Jensen, who recently retired after serving 20 years at the community. Marvin joined Friendship Village Tempe in 2007 and has served four years as the community’s administrator. In his new position, he is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the 50-acre campus.

“Friendship Village Tempe is my ‘home away from home.’ It’s fun and energetic, and the residents truly bring our community to life. Our staff provides some of the best service and hospitality in the Phoenix area,” said Marvin. “In my new role, I want to continue to evolve the community, offering an attractive lifestyle to seniors for years to come.”

Prior to joining the Friendship Village Tempe team, Marvin spent nearly 10 years as an administrator for multiple retirement communities in Honolulu and Kaneohe, Hawaii. Marvin currently serves as a board member for the Arizona Association of Homes and Services for the Aging in Tempe. He received a bachelor of science degree in long-term healthcare administration from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Ron Schaefer Named ABHOW Executive Director of the Year

NewImageSchaefer has been named executive director of the year for 2010 by the continuing care division of ABHOW, which operates 11 continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) in California, Arizona, Nevada and Washington. This is the second time Schaefer has received the award, having also been honored in 2008.

“Valle Verde is known for its consistent levels of excellence and outstanding stewardship and Ron is a big reason why,” said Jeff Glaze, senior vice president and chief operations manager for ABHOW. “He’s described by his peers as an innovative thinker, willing to advocate on their behalf and support them when needed. He’s also built a strong leadership team, which has provided support to other ABHOW CCRCs