Movers and Shakers – People and Positions for Week of May 8, 2011

So much to celebrate….Older Americans Month, Cinco De Mayo and an ever expanding world of career opportunities in senior living.  Don’t forget to check out SHN’s job board that has a plethora of job opportunities from across the US.  Post a job $50 for 60 days which is posted throughout the SimplyHired Network.

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ParenteBeard Appoints Wendy Price Kiser Senior Living Consulting Director


ParenteBeard LLC (ParenteBeard) is pleased to announce that Wendy Price Kiser has joined the firm as Director of the Operations Assessment Service Line in the Senior Living Consulting Practice. Ms. Kiser will be based in Toledo, Ohio but will serve clients across the country as part of its national practice.  Ms. Kiser’s expertise is focused on strategic analysis and planning, business development, repositioning, culture change transformation and corporate compliance, among other things, for not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining ParenteBeard, Ms. Kiser was a senior executive team member of a leading, multi-site, not-for-profit long term care provider.  Ms. Kiser earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio and her Bachelor of Nursing from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

The Buckingham Names Long Associate Executive Director

The Buckingham senior living community has named Crystal Long as associate executive director.  Long is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and brings to The Buckingham more than 10 years experience in the senior living industry.  She joins The Buckingham from Garden Terrace Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, where she served as the executive director.  She holds multiple licenses, including Certified Long Term Care Specialist, Certified Assisted Living Manager and Certified Nursing Home Administrator.  Long is a graduate of Baylor University and holds a bachelor’s degree in social work.  She is currently pursuing her MBA at St. Joseph’s College.


“We are so excited to have Crystal join our team,” said Fenske.  “We are lucky to have her, as she has proven herself very well in her previous positions.  I know she will be a great liaison between our residents and staff, and I look forward to building on the relationship we’ve established.”

Health Dimensions Group Brings Padilla to Team

Health Dimensions Group (HDG) has announced that Paula Padilla has assumed the role of senior housing consultant.  Padilla will provide support to HDG’s senior housing consulting projects with operational needs including executive leadership and operational management, staff management and motivation, program development, and financial planning oversight.

Padilla has more than 25 years of experience in the development and management of assisted living and residential treatment facilities, from hospital alternatives to independent HUD housing. Padilla’s work also included service at community mental health centers and the Mental Health Association of Colorado.  Prior to providing consulting services, Padilla began working for Health Dimensions Group at Marycrest Assisted Living during the facility’s construction stage and was instrumental in the development of the facility’s program. Marycrest Assisted Living is an HDG managed facility in Denver, CO.

Los Angeles Jewish Home Announces Appointment of Fundraising Veteran Ira Schreck

The Los Angeles Jewish Home is pleased to announce the appointment of fundraising veteran Ira Schreck to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Jewish Home Foundation.  An experienced fundraising professional, Schreck recently was the principal of Schreck & Associates, a non-profit consulting company.  Prior to establishing Schreck & Associates in 1995, he   served for twelve years as Vice President for Development at the University of Judaism (now the American Jewish University) in Los Angeles, and six years as Director of Israel Bonds in Boston, Massachusetts.  Schreck has served on the boards of such non-profit organizations as Brandeis-Bardin Institute, Los Angeles Hebrew High School, and the Wildwood School.  He is currently a lecturer in the MBA program at the American Jewish University.  Schreck earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from City College of New York.

“I am happy to join the Jewish Home team as we face the challenges of caring for a rapidly growing senior population,” said Schreck.  “I look forward to my work with the board, staff, volunteers, and residents to further the Home’s mission of providing exceptional care for our community’s seniors.  Los Angeles is blessed to have a visionary Jewish Home that continues to expand and adapt to meet the needs of our community.  To be part of such an organization is a privilege.”

The Stayton at Museum Way Names Bates Associate Executive Director

The Stayton at Museum Way has named Teresa Bates associate executive director. Bates brings more than 16 years of management experience to her new position with The Stayton, where she will play an instrumental role in the community’s opening this fall.  Before joining The Stayton team, she was associate executive director at Edgemere, The Stayton’s sister community in Dallas.  Bates holds a M.S. degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas and a B.B.A. degree in finance from Southern Arkansas University.

“We are very excited to have Teresa join our team,” said Spooner.  “She has been an asset at our sister community, Edgemere, and now brings her wealth of knowledge in senior living management to The Stayton.  I am very pleased to be working alongside such a professional as Teresa.”

Mather LifeWays Names Roger E. Lumpp as New Board of Directors Chair

Mather LifeWays recently announced the election, effective March 14, 2011, of Roger E. Lumpp II as chair of its board of directors, succeeding Jeff Reed, who served as board chair since 2006.  Roger E. Lumpp II joined Mather LifeWays board of directors in 2007.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.  A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Lumpp is a director with KPMG, an international audit, tax and advisory services firm.  Mr. Lumpp has over twenty years of executive-level experience in the financial services industry with two publicly held insurance-centered corporations.  Prior to joining KPMG, Mr. Lumpp was managing director at BearingPoint and a partner with Arthur Anderson’s business consulting group.  He currently serves on the board of trustees of Seabury Western Theological Seminary and the board of directors of Skokie Country Club.

“Mr. Lumpp’s executive experience, leadership, and passion for achieving Mather LifeWays mission will be key in furthering our innovative practices and successes in the areas of research, senior living residences, and community outreach.” said Mary Leary, president and CEO of Mather LifeWays.

D2 Architecture Names Jess Rodriguez Project Architect

D2 Architecture, a Dallas-based firm that specializes in active aging solutions for senior living communities, recently named Jesse Rodriguez as project architect. Previous to his position at D2 Architecture, Rodriguez was a project architect with Buchanan Architecture in Dallas, where he provided pre-design through construction administration on both commercial and residential projects. Prior to that position, he served as an architectural assistant with Foster + Partners, based in London, England, which designed the Winspear Opera House in Dallas.  Earlier firms in his job history include SERVO (an architectural model company) and Pugh and Scarpa Architecture—both in California. His earliest job was as a general contractor’s assistant with Joplin Brothers Contractors, located in Texas.  Rodriguez holds a masters degree in architecture from the University of California at Los Angeles and is NCARB certified.