Movers and Shakers – People and Positions for August 18, 2011

It’s a steamy summer out there but this week’s Movers and Shakers are a cool and collective group.  Got staffing annoucements you want to share with the world? Send those staffing announcments to us at

Looking for top notch talent in the senior living industry?  SHN’s job board has got options for you job seekers and for those looking to bring on the best and brightest.  With hundreds of jobs in senior care, living and housing across the country, you can beat the diversity or the price.  $50 for 60 days…..less than $1 per day.  Check it out now


Legacy at Home Names Mason Home Health Administrator

Elizabeth Mason has been named home health administrator of The Legacy at Home, a licensed home health agency offering skilled and private duty home health services. The healthcare agency will undergo CHAP accreditation and become certified by Medicare, in preparation for their launch this fall. The announcement was made by Michael Ellentuck, president of The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc.

“We are thrilled to announce The Legacy at Home and even more excited that Elizabeth will lead the operation,” said Ellentuck. “Her many years of experience in the nursing field as well as in management will enable her to provide for the many seniors we plan on serving throughout the Dallas metroplex.”

Mason, a healthcare nurse manager, has more than 17 years of leadership in home health operations. She joins The Legacy from Outreach Health Services where she served as Medicare administrator for the north central Texas region. Previously, she served NurseCore Management Services as regional vice president and also as director of clinical operations. A graduate of Northeastern Oklahoma State University, Mason was the regional director of clinical services for HealthForce Corporate office. She also served as a public health nurse for the Oklahoma State Department of Health Children First Program.


Rob Pfauth Joins Rice Fergus Miller

Rob Pfauth (AIA, NCARB) recently joined Rice Fergus Miller as an architect, with over thirty years’ experience in diverse practice settings and project types. His concentration has been in design for aging for well over half his career. During this time, he has been intimately involved in the programming, planning, and design of numerous renovations, repositioning, and new construction projects across the entire continuum of care. His work exhibits a rigorous attention to detail and consistent commitment to quality. Rob’s strengths lie in cultivating and nurturing dynamic professional relationships, analyzing and conceptualizing solutions to complex planning challenges, and building and motivating teams of talented and dedicated individuals.

Recommended SHN+ Exclusives

New Executive Director Named for Lutheran Memorial Home in Sandusky

Lutheran Homes Society (LHS) has announced the appointment of Deanna Dothard as Executive Director of Lutheran Memorial Home in Sandusky, a LHS ministry in Erie County providing skilled nursing care, rehabilitation services, and respite care.  As Executive Director, Mrs. Dothard will be responsible for the ongoing operations, community relations, and business development of the Sandusky campus.

For the past two years, she served as Associate Administrator at Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek, the LHS ministry in Holland, Ohio. She oversaw assisted living, independent living, the Village Store, and was volunteer coordinator for the campus. Prior to her LHS employment, she worked several years for the Saber Healthcare Group.  Mrs. Dothard is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA). She graduated from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, near Cleveland with a bachelor’s degree in long-term care administration.

“Deanna is uniquely qualified to lead our Sandusky ministry,” stated David Roberts, LHS President/CEO. “She was at our Wolf Creek ministry when we renovated the facility and helped implement our person-centered care initiative. Part of her new responsibilities will be to oversee the structural renovations of the Sandusky facility and the cultural change to person-centered care.”

Legacy at Preston Hollow Appoints Thorton Wilson to Director of Social Services

The Legacy at Preston Hollow, a family service-oriented community, has named Julie Thornton Wilson director of social services. Jerry McDonald, executive director of The Legacy at Preston Hollow, made the announcement.   Wilson is a licensed master social worker and has had many years of experience in the social services field. Before joining The Legacy at Preston Hollow, she served as manager of family services for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Dallas of Collin and Denton County.    She gained experience in the senior living field at JEA Senior Living where she served as regional marketing director. Wilson also worked for the Dallas Home for Jewish Aged on the campus of the Golden Acres as the assistant director of social service.

“Julie has a deep understanding of the senior living world as well as the Dallas Jewish community, especially in her experience with The Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged,” said McDonald. “Her senior living knowledge coupled with her many years in social work will be an asset to the community of The Legacy at Preston Hollow.”

Springpoint Senior Living Promotes Linda Rose to Senior Vice President, Health Services

Springpoint Senior Living has promoted Linda Rose to Senior Vice President of Health Services. Ms. Rose oversees health care services at Springpoint’s continuing care retirement and assisted living communities.  Since joining Springpoint 11 years ago, Ms. Rose has earned recognition nationally, locally and from her peers for innovative nursing practices that promote exceptional resident care. Ms. Rose is a sought-after speaker and resource for senior groups across New Jersey. She was named LeadingAge New Jersey’s 2011 Professional of the Year.  Ms. Rose holds masters and bachelor’s of science degrees from Rutgers University. A resident of Jackson, NJ, Ms. Rose is an advanced practice nurse specializing in geriatrics. She is also a licensed nursing home administrator.

New Executive Director Named for Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek

Lutheran Homes Society (LHS) announces the appointment of Angela Powell as Executive Director of Lutheran Village of Wolf Creek, a retirement community located at 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Road in Holland, Ohio.  Mrs. Powell has been with LHS since 2002. Most recently, she served as Executive Director at Lutheran Memorial Home, LHS’ long-term care ministry in Sandusky, Ohio. She completed her Administrator-in-Training program at the Sandusky facility while serving as Associate Executive Director. She also has served as Director of Human Resources at Lutheran Home at Toledo.

As Executive Director of the Wolf Creek campus, Mrs. Powell will be responsible for the ongoing operations, community relations, and business development of the retirement community, which is a ministry of LHS in partnership with St. Luke’s Hospital. The campus offers independent living, assisted living, long-term and short-term nursing care, rehabilitation services, and respite care.  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.

Stewart-Jones to Join Omnicare as EVP, Human Resources

Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE: OCR) has announced Priscilla Stewart-Jones has been appointed Executive Vice President, Human Resources, and will join the Company effective September 5, 2011. Ms. Stewart-Jones will oversee and lead the human resource function across the Company and will report directly to John Figueroa, Omnicare’s Chief Executive Officer.  For the past ten years, she served in various leadership roles for McKesson Corporation, most recently as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for its U.S. Pharmaceutical Group. Prior to joining McKesson Corporation, Ms. Stewart-Jones served in an HR leadership role for Coca-Cola Enterprises and Hyatt Hotels Corporation.  Ms. Stewart-Jones holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis and an MBA from Saint Mary’s College.

“Priscilla is a highly accomplished HR executive who has extensive history within organizations renowned for their human resources practices,” commented Mr. Figueroa. “She will be a key member of our executive team, providing additional leadership to the organization that will be essential as we continue to further invest in our people and position the company for future growth.”

Stayton at Museum Way Names Martinez to Administrator Role

The Stayton at Museum Way senior living community has named Freddie Martinez administrator of The Plaza Health Services at The Stayton. The announcement was made by Justin Spooner, executive director of The Stayton.  Martinez joins The Stayton from The Forum at Park Lane in Dallas where he served as nursing home administrator. He brings to The Stayton more than eight years experience in the senior living industry, with a focus on providing administrative judgment and advice to ensure seniors receive the best care possible. Martinez received a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from McMurry University and is a certified Licensed Nursing Facility Administrator.

New Vice President of Human Resources Named at Legend Retirement

The Covenant Group and Legend Retirement Corp. are pleased to announce the appointment of James Hull as Vice President of Human Resources.  Hull will be responsible for leading the Human Resources Department and playing a significant role in helping The Covenant Group and Legend Retirement Corp.  James returns to The Covenant Group and Legend Retirement Corp. after working with Capital Senior Living for the past six years as the Director of Employee Relations.  While at Capital, James was responsible for overseeing all issues as they related to employee relations as well as developing company policy, recruiting corporate and field staff and conducting training for new Executive Directors and Regional Management.

James commented, “I am excited about returning to The Covenant Group and Legend Retirement.  It is great to be back working with so many talented people who are committed to changing the lives of those we serve.”