Movers and Shakers – People and Positions for July 21, 2011

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Skyline at First Hill Gets New Executive Director


Skyline at First Hill has named Rob Liebreich as the new executive director. Liebreich brings more than nine years of extensive experience in senior living background to his new position at the Life Care community, sponsored by Presbyterian Retirement Communities Northwest (PRCN).  Liebreich most recently served as the associate executive director for a continuing care, not-for-profit community in Parkville, Md., where he was responsible for managing a team of 1,170 employees and serving more than 2,150 residents.  Prior to his experience in senior living, Rob spent five years as corporate director of marketing and sales for The Shelter Group, establishing and implementing strategic marketing plans for an organization that grew through start-ups and acquisitions from six to sixteen senior living communities across the country.

Liebreich holds a bachelor of science degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C., with a double major in international business and marketing. He earned a master of business administration degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., with a concentration in senior care and housing.

Aegis Living Announces New Vice President of Sales & Marketing


Aegis Living recently announced that Mary Van Orman has joined the company as Corporate Vice President of Sales.  In her role, she will be responsible for increasing the company’s growth in target markets, leading development of sales strategies, programs and analysis and building and managing a ‘best in class’ sales force.  Mary has over 20 years experience in sales management, strategic development, product launch, customer service and sales.  She spent 13 years with Levi Strauss & Company as Director of Strategic Development and Vice President of Sales Operations managing large sales teams, increasing sales revenue and exceeding sales goals on a consistent basis.  She most recently worked for Brady Marketing in Walnut Creek, California leading the sales force to exceed sales targets and launching new product lines.

Somerby at St Vincents One Nineteen Brings Meehan onto Team

Tim Meehan has been named Community Outreach Manager for the active retirement community Somerby at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen in suburban Birmingham, Alabama.  He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a member of the Business Network International and the Hoover Chamber of Commerce.

Monique Spruill Named Regional Executive Director of Senior Management Advisors

Monique Spruill has been named to the newly-created position of regional executive director of Senior Management Advisors (SMA), responsible for marketing and operations for Brentwood Senior Living in St. Petersburg, Grand Villa of Altamonte Springs and Grand Villa of Melbourne.  As regional executive director, Spruill will work closely with the executive directors and staff of Brentwood Senior Living, Grand Villa of Altamonte Springs and Grand Villa of Melbourne.  Spruill has been an administrator with SMA for nine years, previously serving as executive director of Grand Villa of Largo and then as executive director of Brentwood Senior Living. Before joining SMA, she worked as a business analyst for The Hartford Insurance Company.

Spruill is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science degree in healthcare administration. She is secretary of the Board of Directors for the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Assisted Living Association and a member of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Better Living for Seniors, Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, Beaches Chamber of Commerce and Guardian Association of Pinellas County.

Carlton Senior Living Names Marketing and Sales Directors

Pam McDonald and Paul Peck have joined Carlton Senior Living as Marketing Director and Sales Director respectively.

With over 20 years’ experience in senior living, Ms. McDonald has responsibility for developing the company’s advertising, communications and public relations policies and strategies. She also provides training and assistance in these areas to Carlton’s eight premier senior communities. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Ms. McDonald graduated from Chabot College, Hayward, where she studied journalism. She attended Trinity College in Washington, D.C., studying public administration. She made her home in Sacramento for over ten years but will be relocating to the Martinez area.

For the past 15 years, Ms. McDonald has served as a public relations/marketing consultant to a wide variety of senior living providers in northern California. She had already gained a substantial public relations and communications background having worked with the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging in Washington, D.C.; Vesper Memorial Hospital, San Leandro; and Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco.  Mr. Peck directs Carlton’s sales teams and efforts by providing training, coaching, supervision and resources. He brings to the post a 25-year background in sales to seniors.  For the past ten years he has served in the senior living industry. He was a community marketing director for Brookdale Senior Living for over six years and most recently was the northern California regional sales director with Vintage Senior Living.

Leisureworld Appoints Manny DiFilippo as CFO

Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation announced the appointment of Manny DiFilippo as Chief Financial Officer, effective July 11, 2011.  Mr. DiFilippo’s most recent role was as Senior Vice President, Internal Audit & Risk Management for George Weston Limited. He had a 19 year career with the Weston/Loblaw organizations, in a progression of increasingly senior leadership roles, including Vice President, Risk and Strategic Initiatives, and President of Glenhuron Bank. Prior to joining the Weston organization, he spent nine years with KPMG Chartered Accountants, including a role as senior manager in KPMG’s audit practice.  Martin Liddell, Leisureworld’s CFO since 2006, is leaving the Company effective June 30, 2011.

“Manny DiFilippo brings a broad range of skills and experience gained in financial leadership roles at a major Canadian public company,” said David Cutler, Chief Executive Officer of Leisureworld. “His expertise in M&A, internal audit, financial controls, risk management and financial reporting are a great fit for Leisureworld. His direct experience leading cross functional teams with mandates in both M&A and process and control improvement is particularly important to our company today.”

Tim Canning to Join Omnicare as Chief Marketing Officer

Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE: OCR) has appointed Tim Canning to Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer and will join the Company effective June 27, 2011.  Mr. Canning will oversee and lead the marketing function across the Company, while also taking full responsibility for Omnicare’s retail pharmacy operations.  He will report directly to John Figueroa, Omnicare’s Chief Executive Officer.

With nearly thirty years of healthcare experience, Mr. Canning brings to Omnicare an extensive industry background.  For the past nine years, he served in various executive roles for McKesson Corporation, most recently as president of its Health Mart pharmacy business.  In this role, Mr. Canning had full operational responsibility for the Health Mart franchise, including the development and implementation of its long-term strategic plan.  Mr. Canning has also served in an executive marketing role for Pharmacia Consumer Healthcare (currently Pfizer Consumer Healthcare), as well as in brand management for several products in the Wyeth Consumer Healthcare portfolio (currently Pfizer Consumer Healthcare).  Mr. Canning holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Marquette University.

Redstone Brings On New Marketing and Sales Associates for Planned Senior Living Development

Redstone announces Shirley Turner and Vienna Garcia as new sales and marketing associates for the first planned senior living community coming to the San Gabriel Valley in over 20 years.  Shirley Turner joins Redstone as the Director of Sales, responsible for helping potential residents discover all that Redstone has to offer, and find the lifestyle options that will work best for their future needs. Prior to joining the Redstone team, she worked as a sales specialist in a corporate position coaching and training sales professionals in over 25 senior living communities throughout California.  Vienna Garcia joins Redstone as a Marketing Assistant, responsible for community relations and helping future residents determine how Redstone can best help them reach their goals. Prior to joining the Redstone team, she worked in the field of senior living in a variety of positions, from dining services to activities assistant.

University General Health System, Inc. Appoints Donald W. Sapaugh as New President

University General Health System, Inc. (“University General”) (otcqb:UGHS) (pinksheets:UGHS) has announced the appointment of Donald W. Sapaugh to serve as President of the Company, succeeding Dr. Hassan Chahadeh. Mr. Sapaugh was also appointed as a member of University General’s board of directors effective June 28, 2011. Dr. Hassan Chahadeh remains University General’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Sapaugh is an experienced business executive in the healthcare industry. With a background of industry service in financial management, he has served as Chief Financial Officer of numerous general acute care and psychiatric hospitals. For ten years beginning in 1986, Mr. Sapaugh served as Chief Executive Officer of Rapha Treatment Centers, one of the largest faith-based psychiatric management companies in the U.S., which managed 49 hospitals in 18 states. In 1996, he founded PremierCare, a company that partnered with more than ten hospitals in six states to help senior adults avoid costly inpatient hospitalizations, before selling his interests in order to focus on senior living. In 2000, Mr. Sapaugh founded TrinityCare Senior Living, a developer and manager of senior living facilities that provides independent living, assisted living and memory care services to seniors, where he continues to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer. Last week, University General announced its acquisition of TrinityCare Senior Living.

Springpoint Senior Living Names James S. Vaccaro as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Springpoint Senior Living has named James S. Vaccaro as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  Mr. Vaccaro comes to Springpoint with more than 20 years of executive leadership. He served most recently as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Central Jersey Bancorp in Ocean Township. Prior to that he was Chairman and CEO of Monmouth Community Bank in Long Branch.

Mr. Vaccaro serves on numerous boards and committees throughout New Jersey. He is a trustee for Monmouth University, Monmouth Medical Center, St. Barnabas Corporation and VNACJ Health Group, among others. He is on the advisory board of Interfaith Neighbors, an Asbury Park organization that works with low-income people. He is also on the leadership cabinet of Prevention First, an Ocean Township group that works with children and families.  Mr. Vaccaro holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Ursinus College and an advanced certificate from Harvard Business School.

Springpoint Senior Living Welcomes Jessica Fogg as Vice President of Sales

Springpoint Senior Living has welcomed Jessica Fogg as Vice President of Sales with responsibility for sales management of Springpoint’s continuing care retirement communities.  Ms. Fogg comes to Springpoint with more than 19 years of sales and marketing experience in all areas of the senior housing industry, including independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing. She most recently held the position of Regional Marketing and Sales Director for Life Care Services, a national developer and manager of senior housing communities.  Ms. Fogg holds a BA in International Business from the Florida International University in Miami.

Life Care Services Administrator Honored with Prestigious Award

The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honored Kyle Exline, administrator of Rolling Green Village in Greenville, S.C., with the 2011 American College of Health Care Administrator’s Facility Leadership Award.

“This is a great accomplishment for Kyle and we are proud to have him on our team,” says Brett Logan, Vice President and Senior Director of Operations at Life Care Services™. “While we have been aware of his strong commitment to the residents, staff and partners of Rolling Green Village, the high recognition from a third-party organization validates his work.”

ACHCA is a nonprofit professional membership association promoting excellence in leadership among long-term care administrators. This annual award recognizes administrators of nursing homes who have met superior health care standards. Selection of those receiving the award was based upon reported skilled nursing facility resident data that reflects the care and services provided. In addition to meeting stringent patient care and life safety code standards, recipient’s organizations must have an average occupancy above 90 percent.

Exline has been the Administrator of Rolling Green Village, a Life Care Services™ community, for more than two years. In this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Rolling Green Village Skilled Nursing facility and Assisted Living facilities. He ensures that Rolling Green Village is providing the highest level of care while meeting the federal and state nursing home and assisted living regulations.