Movers and Shakers – People and Positions for June 2012

Summer is starting to heat up along with the job opportunities and movement in senior housing. This week’s movers and shakers are a veritable list of jalapenos, hopping and hot.

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Lancaster Pollard Hires Lacki as Managing Director for Affordable Housing

Lancaster Pollard has announced the hiring of David Lacki as managing director of the firm’s affordable housing group. Lacki will lead a national effort to expand the firm’s investment banking and mortgage banking finance activities for income restricted and subsidized rental properties. He previously served as a director in the Housing Capital Markets Group at RBC.

“We now have national coverage by our health care and senior living groups and are looking to accomplish the same in affordable housing,” said Brian Pollard, Senior Managing Director with the firm. “Our firm’s growth has been largely through our efforts in health care and senior living finance but our affordable housing group, based out of our Columbus, Ohio home office, has been a consistent contributor to our deal flow.”

Assisted Living Concepts Appoints Executive to Lead Health Care Delivery and Regulatory Compliance Programs

Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. (NYSE:ALC) announced Sara Elizabeth Hamm, a 30-year veteran nursing executive with experience as a clinician and educator, has joined the company’s senior leadership team to assume primary responsibility for the delivery of health care and regulatory compliance. Hamm worked at ALC from 2005-2011 as Corporate Vice President of Quality and Clinical Services, has joined the organization as Senior Vice President of Quality Services & Risk Management.

Ms. Hamm earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marquette University and her Master of Science in Educational Psychology and Community Counseling from UW-Milwaukee.

Omnicare Appoints John L. Workman as Interim CEO

Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE:OCR) announced recently that its Board of Directors has appointed President and CFO John L. Workman as interim CEO. Mr. Workman’s appointment follows the Board’s acceptance of John Figueroa’s resignation as CEO and a director of the Company. Mr. Workman will also maintain his current responsibilities as President and CFO.

Omnicare also has appointed Nitin Sahney, Executive Vice President and President, Specialty Care Division, to the additional position of Chief Operating Officer. Sahney’s appointment is effective immediately. Sahney’s new position will include responsibility for the Long Term Care Division.

ProMatura Expands Team at Oxford location

ProMatura Group, LLC, recently announced an expansion of its Oxford, MS offices.

Bill Gulledge has joined the firm as Senior Market Analyst performing statistical analysis and analyzing economic and demographic data. He is also responsible for survey programming and survey results analysis. Gulledge earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering with a minor in mathematics from Mississippi State University. He has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi.

Judith Isacoff joins ProMatura as Vice President, Communications overseeing external communications and for the quality of ProMatura’s written products, including reports, articles, proposals, newsletters and collateral materials. She has experience as a reporter, copy desk chief and city editor at various U.S. daily newspapers, and won a Scripps Howard Foundation award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment. Isacoff has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri.

Cherry Watkins comes to ProMatura as an Executive Administrator whose responsibilities include collecting economic, demographic and industry data that describe or impact the housing market. Watkins joined ProMatura after retiring from the University of Mississippi, where she worked for 26 years in various departments, including five years in the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law and 16 years in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She attended the University of Mississippi, where she studied business.

GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services Appoints Al Aria as Commercial Leader of its Corporate Finance Team

GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services has announced the appointment of Al Aria as senior managing director and commercial leader of its corporate finance lending team.

Aria will report directly to Darren Alcus, president and CEO of GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services. Al will lead a team focused on providing U.S. middle market healthcare companies with critical financing including asset-based and cashflow loans. Aria joined GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services in 2006 and has held various roles within the commercial organization. Most recently he served as team leader of the healthcare sponsor finance team, providing financing to private equity firms for leveraged transactions including buyouts, acquisitions, growth funding and recapitalizations.

Executive Chairman of ISL Sue Farrow Named Finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012

Integral Senior Living (ISL) has announced that Sue Farrow, executive chairman of Integral Senior Living, has been named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 program in San Diego.

Farrow is the Executive Chairman and Owner of Integral Senior Living. She began working at ISL as a single employee in 2002 and has overseen the company grow to management of over 50 communities with over 2,000 employees in ten states. She has been in key leadership positions at senior living companies including Aegis Living, Sunrise Assisted Living and Transamerica Senior Living. Farrow is a Founding Board member and past President of California Assisted Living Association (CALA) and a Board Member of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA). Her education includes a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from National University and successful completion of the CPA exam.

Berkadia Expands Senior Housing Presence in Colorado

The Denver office of Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC recently announced the hiring of Joe Brill as a Senior Vice President with the companyʼs Federal Housing Administration (FHA) division. With more than 20 years of mortgage banking experience, Brill will assist in the origination of FHA-insured loans for both multifamily and seniors housing properties.

Brill, a licensed Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) underwriter, most recently served as senior vice president at Johnson Capital Huntoon Hastings for five years, working in the FHA and government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) lending group. Prior to his work with Johnson Capital, Brill spent time as an underwriter at Berkadia predecessors GMAC/Capmark, and was Director of Acquisitions at ARC REIT in Denver where he oversaw the acquisition of $1.5 billion in manufactured housing assets. Earlier in his career, Brill worked at General Electric in their Astro-Space division, where he was the lead power systems engineer on the Mars Observer interplanetary spacecraft.

New Senior Vice President of Operations for Aegis Living

Aegis Living has announced the hiring of Michael Grisar, Senior Vice President of Operations. Grisar will have operational responsibility for one of Aegis Living’s three west-coast regions and will lead the operations of the multiple senior living communities in his region, overseeing the communities’ Executive Directors and staff.

Grisar spent nine years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide included the role of Director of Six Sigma/Black Belt, overseeing multiple properties in the practices of Six Sigma. Most recently Michael served as Corporate Vice President of Operations for Stations Casinos where he was responsible for the daily hotel operations of 11 hotels in the Las Vegas Valley.

Home Health International, Inc. Announces New CEO

Home Health International, Inc. (PINKSHEETS:HHII) recently announced that it has named Elizabeth Velozo, BSN, MSNH, COS-C as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
 Velozo is the founder of Integrity Health Advisors, a health care consulting firm specializing in highly complex AHCA, Medicare and Joint Commission surveys.

Previously, she was the founder/CEO of Angeles Visitantes, Inc., a Medicare-certified home health agency in Puerto Rico with a 200 patient census, and Trinity Senior Care, Inc., a Medicare/Medicaid certified and Joint Commission accredited home health agency with a 150 patient census. In addition, she served as the CEO of Mi Farmacia, Inc. a compounding pharmacy and DME company serving the entire island of Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebras with a range of 600-2000 patient census.

Oak Crest Hires Chris Giesler as New Sales and Marketing Director

Oak Crest, an Erickson Living retirement community in Baltimore, announced the hiring of Chris Giesler as the new Director of Sales and Marketing. In this leadership position, Giesler will be responsible for day-to-day supervision of the community sales operation.

Giesler volunteers his time with Young Life ministries in Baltimore. Prior to joining Oak Crest, he served as Director of Site Development for Site Link Wireless in Columbia. A resident of Cockeysville with his wife and three children, Giesler earned his bachelorʼs degree in business from James Madison University.

Covenant Solutions Adds Senior Vice Presidents

Covenant Solutions, a retirement community planner and developer, recently announced the addition of Steve Anderson and Paul Aigner as senior vice presidents.

Before joining Covenant Solutions, Anderson was senior vice president of Covenant Retirement Communities where he was responsible for all phases of community operations, reconstruction and master planning for 15 communities nationwide. He has a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles and a master’s in senior services from Nova Southeastern University, Florida. He has completed several master’s level courses in business administration at Pepperdine School of Business, Malibu, Calif.

Aigner comes to Covenant Solutions from Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN, a national health care real estate investment trust. As president of the northwest region, he managed all client relationships, directed new business development and was responsible for executive oversight. Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN is now part of Lillibridge Healthcare Services Inc. Aigner also owned and operated a project management company for 14 years, helping project owners’ bring their visions to reality. Aigner has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science-architecture from the University of Washington.

Integral Senior Living Announces a New Regional Director of Operations

Integral Senior Living has announced that Mike Zeug has joined the management team as a Regional Director of Operations. In this newly created position, Mike will oversee efforts for a number of ISL communities in California and Nevada. Zeug brings over 13 years of senior living executive management experience to the position.

Prior to joining ISL, Zeug was with Atria Senior Living for seven years, as Regional Vice President, Senior Executive Director and Executive Director for the company. Prior to his time with Atria, he was with Sunrise Senior Living. Zeug has an MBA in Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Northridge.

ELS Announces Promotions for Seavey, Linders

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE:ELS) recently announced the appointment of
 Paul Seavey to Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer. Seavey has worked for the Company since 1994 serving in various roles within finance and accounting. He will oversee all finance and accounting activity, and he most recently led the effort to raise debt and equity capital associated with the Hometown America transaction.

Additionally, ELS has appointed Martina Linders has been named Vice President of Investor Relations and Financial Planning. Linders has worked for the Company since 1993 serving in various roles, and will now oversee investor relations and will be responsible for budgeting. Furthermore, effective May 10, 2012, Marguerite Nader was appointed President in addition to her current role as Chief Financial Officer reporting to Chief Executive Officer Thomas Heneghan.

Fleegle joins Asbury Communities System as Executive VP of Mission Development

Asbury Communities has appointed Douglas J. Fleegle to the position of Executive Vice President of Mission Development. In addition, Fleegle will serve as President of The Asbury Group, Inc., a consulting arm of Asbury Communities, Inc. The announcement was made by Ed Thomas, President & CEO of Asbury Communities.

Fleegle served 10 years as president and CEO of United Church Homes and Services, a not-for-profit organization which operates, among other interests, three continuing care retirement communities and seven HUD 202 programs. During that period, Fleegle oversaw the establishment of a four-county, Medicare and Medicaid-accredited Program of All-Inclusive Care (PACE) system, which delivers care to seniors in their homes. Prior to that, Fleegle was an executive director of two senior living communities operated by Presbyterian Homes, Inc., and Homewood Retirement Centers, Inc.

Fleegle holds a masterʼs in business administration from St. Francis College in Pennsylvania, earned his bachelorʼs degree in community health from Slippery Rock University, and is a licensed nursing home administrator in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Lifespace Communities Names New Foundation Director

Ganesh Ganpat has joined Lifespace Communities, Inc. as foundation director. Ganpat’s newly created position will work with each of Lifespaceʼs 12 senior living communities to maximize their charitable effortsGanpat has 23 years of management experience with not-for-profit organizations and 17 years of professional fundraising experience with museums and higher education institutions.

Throughout his career he has focused his efforts on financial management, marketing, fund development, public relations, audience development, employee and volunteer management, and establishing partnerships. Ganpatʼs fundraising experience includes capital campaigns, annual giving programs, major gifts campaigns, special event fundraising and planned giving programs.

Most recently, he served as the executive director of the Des Moines Area Community College Foundation, where he was involved with several capital campaigns, and significantly increased the collegeʼs endowment and scholarship funds. Ganpat began his career with the Science Center of Iowa in museum operations and fundraising.

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