Movers & Shakers – People and Positions for April 2012

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Director of Sales – Mather Lifeways

Sales and Marketing Director – Arbor Glen


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Integrated Senior Living Names Larmer Regional Director of Sales and Marketing

Integrated Senior Living (ISL), a senior housing management company, has named Terri Larmer regional director of sales and marketing. Larmer joins ISL from American Baptist Homes of the West where she served as regional health center sales manager and director of sales in marketing for seven years. Previously, she served as corporate marketing director for Barnes Dyer Marketing and also served as advertising and marketing director for Viscom, Inc.

Erickson Living Promotes Landreville to Associate Executive Director for Riderwood in Silver Spring, Md.

Erickson Living has promoted Jean Landreville to Associate Executive Director for Riderwood located in Silver Spring, Md. She joins Riderwood after serving as the Renaissance Gardens extended care neighborhood Administrator for Fox Run, an Erickson Living -managed community in Novi, Mich.  Landreville began her Erickson career more than six years ago, serving first as the Assistant Executive Director before she opened the Fox Run Renaissance Gardens as its first administrator.  In this role, she helped create one of the finest and most reputable health care facilities in the state of Michigan.

Landreville graduated from Madonna University in Lavonia, Mich, with a BS in Dietetics. She is currently seeking her MA in the Management of Aging Services program at the Erickson School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She holds a Nursing Home Administrator’s license from the State of Michigan and has been a nursing home administrator for more than ten years.  She currently serves as Treasurer of the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Administrators.

Oak Grove Capital Names Kelleher to Lead the Firm’s FHA Platform

Oak Grove Capital has announced that Brian T. Kelleher has joined the St. Paul-based firm and will open a Columbus, Ohio office. Kelleher will be responsible for the firm’s FHA Platform and will lead its growth by establishing new offices and adding experienced team members nationwide. Kelleher has been involved with FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac financing for over 23 years. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer for AMI Capital, Inc., a Bethesda, Md.-based FHA and Fannie Mae lender. More recently, Kelleher was with Red Capital Group in Columbus, Ohio, serving in various senior management roles.

Brookdale Senior Living Senior VP Named Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime Foundation Board Chair

Joska Hajdu, senior vice president of dining services for Brookdale Senior Living, has been named chairman of the board of Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to granting life-enriching wishes to older Americans. Hajdu has been with Brookdale for nearly 20 years and is responsible for overseeing all aspect of dining services operations for the company nationwide. A native of the Netherlands, Hajdu began his career as executive chef at The Hallmark on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. Prior to joining Brookdale, he was employed by Classic Residence by Hyatt as Director of Food and Beverage.

Software Veteran Mike Seashols Appointed G5’s Executive Chairman of the Board

G5 has announced the appointment of Mike Seashols as Executive Chairman.  Mike joins G5 with more than 30 years of experience as an executive in the software industry and has been instrumental in the growth and IPOs of several of the software industry’s leading companies, including Documentum and Oracle Corporation.  In addition to serving as Oracle’s first Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Seashols held the position of CEO at Avolent (eBilling), Documentum (Content Management), GoldenGate Software (Database Synchronization), Versant (Object Database), and Evolve Software (Staffing Optimization). Seashols also serves as Chairman of NetBase, a leading social media sentiment analysis software company.

Bayview Manor Retirement Community Welcomes New CEO

Bayview Manor Retirement Community has announced Mary Cordts as their new CEO and Nursing Home Administrator. She takes over for long-time administrator, Rich Tomlinson, who stepped down to pursue his own retirement plans. Cordts’ previous position was the Regional Director for Ecumen, including the duties of executive director of Ecumen’s Parmly LifePointes, a senior housing and community service campus located in Chisago City, Minnesota. She has had over 25 years of experience in these fields, ranging from hands-on health care to senior living administration and planning.  Cordts began her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), later becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) and then a Nursing Home Administrator for senior facilities. She has had over 25 years of experience in these fields, ranging from hands on health care to senior living administration and planning.

Prudential Mortgage Capital Company Hires Casey Moore

Prudential Mortgage Capital Company has announced that Casey Moore has joined the company as a principal on the seniors housing originations team.  He joins Thomas Goodsite, principal, and Karen McGinnity, director, who currently lead Prudential Mortgage Capital Company’s seniors housing lending platform.  Moore is based in the company’s Boston office. Moore spent 10 years as a senior managing director with Red Capital, originating more than $1 billion in loans to finance seniors housing and long-term care facilities. Earlier, he was senior vice president for Health Care Lending at Washington Mutual Bank/Bank United.  Moore earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and an MBA from Boston College.

Presence Health Announces Connie March as New Head of Continuum of Care

Resurrection Healthcare and Provena Healthcare, now joined as Presence Health, has appointed Connie March as President and CEO of its Continuum of Care. March has served as the head of the continuum of Provena Health and its predecessor organizations since 1985, leading their operations in both Illinois and Indiana.  A former Geriatric and Adult Nurse Practitioner, March has authored several articles and books pertaining to long-term care, and has worked in the field of geriacs for most of that time holding various clinical, educator and administrative roles.  March serves on The Joint Commission Board, Illinois Catholic Health Association Board, Life Services Network Board and Northern Illinois University School of Nursing Advisory Board. She previously served on the LeadingAge Board, a national association for senior care providers, and the Catholic Health Association Board.

Isle at Watercrest–Mansfield Names Smith as Director of Nursing

Isle at Watercrest–Mansfield recently named Jana Smith director of nursing. Smith has been a successful long-term care nurse consultant for more than 20 years. She joins Isle at Watercrest–Mansfield from Fort Worth Center of Rehabilitation where she served as director of nursing. Smith also served as a regional nurse consultant for 7 facilities under Trisun Healthcare. Previously, she served Senior Living Properties as director of nursing in a 120-bed facility.

Querencia at Barton Creek Names Weyand Associate Executive Director

Querencia at Barton Creek has named Nate Weyand associate executive director. Weyand joins Querencia from South Carolina, where he served as director of The Cliffs Communities.  Prior to joining The Cliffs Communities, Weyand served as the nursing home administrator for The Goodman Group, managing a 120-bed skilled nursing center in Florida. Weyand received a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Carson-Newman College and will soon complete his MBA coursework from North Greenville University.

Integral Senior Living Names New Chief Operating Officer

Integral Senior Living (ISL) has announced that Collette Valentine has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for ISL. In her new role, Valentine will provide strategic direction and oversight for all the day-to-day operations and marketing for ISL and its 49 communities as well as oversee new development. Valentine came to ISL in 2010 as the Vice President of Operations and Marketing.  Prior to joining ISL, Valentine 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 Regional Vice President of Operations. Throughout her eight year career at Atria, she held a variety of positions including: Divisional Operations Specialist, Regional Director of Operations, Regional Sales and Marketing Director, as well as Executive Director and Community Sales Director at an Atria/ARV community.  She began her career with Harrah’s 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.

Dr. Richard Birkel to Lead NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has announced the promotion of Dr. Richard Birkel of Washington, D.C., to Acting Senior Vice President, Healthy Aging & Director of NCOA’s Self-Management Alliance. Dr. Birkel has been a public health activist and an advocate for families living with chronic illness and disability for more than 30 years. He is a national expert on long-term care, family caregiving, and the implementation of evidence-based practices in health and mental health systems. At the Center for Healthy Aging, Dr. Birkel will lead NCOA’s efforts to encourage and assist community-based organizations serving older adults in developing and implementing evidence-based health promotion/disease prevention programs. Prior to coming to NCOA, Dr. Birkel served as Chief Executive of the Rosalynn Carter Institute and held the Pope Distinguished Chair in Caregiving at Georgia Southwestern State University. Dr. Birkel received his B.A. from Yale and a Master’s in Public Administration and Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Virginia.

Lifespace Communities Names Regional Director of Sales and Marketing

Ann Runkle has joined Lifespace Communities, Inc. as a regional director of sales and marketing. Runkle will oversee marketing and sales operations at six senior living communities in the Midwest. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Ill., where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.

Nancy J. Ulanday Named Director of Health Services for Winchester Gardens

Nancy J. Ulanday, RN, MSN, APN, LNHA, has been named Director of Health Services at Winchester Gardens, a continuing care retirement community in Maplewood, New Jersey.  Ulanday is responsible for overseeing all health-related services and managing the community health care staff for independent and assisted living residents and those with special care needs. Prior to joining the community, Ulanday was associated with the Bergen County Health Care Center, serving  in varied management capacities, most recently as Acting Administrator (2011) and Assistant Administrator since 2005 of the Rockleigh (N.J.)  Center. She also served as Wellness Director for the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center in Hackensack (N.J.).

Previously for Care One, a premier health care company in New Jersey, she served as Clinical Service Coordinator for Pine Rest, a 120-bed nursing home at Paramus (N.J.) and for two assisted living communities, Cupola at Paramus and Morris Assisted Living at Parsippany, as well as Director of Health Services at the Paramus community. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester (N.Y.) and a Master of Science in Nursing as a Clinical Specialist in Primary Health Care of the Aged from Seton Hall University (N.J.). Her current certifications include those as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the American Nurses Association where she continues active membership and is certified in Advanced Nursing Administration.

Cox Named Director of Sales and Marketing for Delray Beach Senior Living Community

Abbey Delray, a not-for-profit senior living community owned by Lifespace Communities, announced Constance Cox as its director of sales and marketing. Cox brings more than 20 years of leadership experience, including positions in the field of senior living. Cox’s experience in the field of senior living prior to joining Abbey Delray include positions with the Alzheimer’s Association, Erickson Communities and most recently, Franciscan Communities, where she served as sales and marketing director.

California Assisted Living Association Names Atria Executive Director “Advocate of the Year”

The California Assisted Living Association (CALA) has announced that Atria Tamalpais Creek Executive Director John Zikmund has received the group’s prestigious “Advocate of the Year” award. Zikmund was recognized for his leadership in building relationships with and educating state and local officials and others on key industry issues. In addition, Zikmund worked to protect the independence of older adults residing in assisted living communities throughout the state by working with aligned groups to clarify important dementia care issues. Zikmund has inspired others involved with the assisted living industry to participate in advocacy efforts as well.  As executive director of Atria Tamalpais Creek, Zikmund manages and oversees the daily operations of the senior living community as well as the sales and marketing initiatives.  Zikmund resides in Napa, California and has been working for Atria for over three years.

Benchmark Senior Living Announces President & COO

Stephanie Handelson has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of Benchmark Senior Living. Handelson joined Benchmark in April 2009 as Chief Operating Officer. Under her leadership as COO, Benchmark has achieved an increase in occupancy of six percent, from 89 percent to 94 percent, and an increase in NOI from $58 million to $77 million.

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