Movers & Shakers People and Positions for October 2012

Change is in the air and this installment of Movers and Shakers finds that leaves are not the only thing changing. Many senior living operators and service providers are making moves planning for next year already. Check out who is on the move below. 

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Deerfield Retirement Community Names Hilbert to Sales and Marketing Director

Deerfield Retirement Community has named Angela Hilbert as director of sales and marketing for the continuing care retirement community in Urbandale Iowa. Hilbert has 15 years of experience in marketing and sales. Prior to joining Deerfield, Hilbert was the chief development officer for Easter Seals Iowa.  Hilbert is dedicated to serving the greater Des Moines community. She is involved with Blue Ribbon Foundation, Dress for Success and Saint Pius X. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications. 

Wind Crest Hires Winoka Clements as Director of Human Resources

Wind Crest recently announced the hiring of Winoka Clements as the Director of Human Resources. Clements has been employed with Erickson Living since 2010. She was most recently the Senior Human Resources Manager for the continuum of care neighborhood at Greenspring, a sister community in northern Virginia.

Clements holds a Bachelors degree in Human Resources from Baker College and a Masters degree in Instructional Development & Design from Bellevue University. She also earned a Certificate in Human Resources from University of Maryland, University College and a Profession in Human Resources (PHR) certification. Clements is currently studying for the Strategic Profession in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and its local chapter and serves on two of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) task forces (Performance Management Standards and Health Care Skill Standards).


Thomas Mitchell Joins Harbor Retirement Associates as CFO

Harbor Retirement Associates announced Thomas Mitchell has joined the executive management team as Chief Financial Officer of the Vero Beach, Fla.-headquartered company.  Mitchell, a graduate of the University of Maryland and a Certified Public Accountant, is an entrepreneurial financial executive with broad experience in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions and raising capital for both public and private companies engaged in real estate development, hospitality, life sciences-biotech, retail/consumer finance and banking. As co-founder and CFO he helped lead a start-up specialty retailer/consumer financing company to become the 4th fasted growing U.S. Company on the “INC 500” list, with 90 locations in 11 states.

Baldwin Joins Salus Valuation Group

Michael Baldwin, MAI has joined Salus Valuation Group as Executive Vice President and leads the firm’s Chicago, Ill. and Miami, Fla. offices. Baldwin has more than seven years of healthcare real estate appraisal and market analysis experience. Prior to joining Salus, Baldwin recently served as Executive Vice President of Principle Valuation, where he led the firm’s seniors housing group. He has also worked as an appraiser and market analyst at another national seniors housing valuation firm and as an accountant in an acute care hospital. 

Constant Care Family Management Names Tarpley VP of HR

Constant Care Family Management, the property management company for Autumn Leaves-branded memory care communities, has named Sherrie Tarpley vice president of human resources. Tarpley brings 30 years of human resources experience to a company enjoying phenomenal growth—staff has nearly tripled over the past two and a half years, expanding from 250 to more than 780 employees throughout the United States. Tarpley joins Constant Care Family Management from Orthofix Inc. where she worked for more than 11 years, serving most recently as human resources vice president. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Texas State University, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). 

eCaring names Jane Fields Vice President of Care Management

eCaring, an in-home care management company, announces today that Jane Fields, R.N., former president and CEO of Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, will join the company as vice president of care management. Fields brings a broad range of care management experience. As a managing partner for S&R Consulting Healthcare Solutions, she has developed and implemented innovative national models for effective home and community-based care. She has been senior vice president for community services at Jewish Home Lifecare System, vice president for community health services at Nyack Hospital and director of community outreach for Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center. Fields holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester, a Master of Science in Nursing in Community Health Nursing from Boston University and a Master of Science in Management from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. 

Waterstone at Wellesley Names Kenney as Sales Director

Waterstone at Wellesley recently announced that Kristen Kenney has been named as a sales director.  Kenney previously worked as the marketing director at EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton and has recently transferred to EPOCH Senior Living’s newest community, Waterstone at Wellesley. Prior to joining the EPOCH Senior Living team, she worked as a marketing and sales director at a large retirement community outside of Boston. She holds a degree in economics from Bridgewater State University and has worked in economics, sales and marketing.

Montani Named Director of Corporate Accounts

Bob Montani, Regional Sales manager for Harbor Linen, LLC, has been selected as the company’s new Director of Corporate accounts. He will work in the Healthcare Division to identify and evaluate new business opportunities. Montani has been with Harbor Linen for eight years and has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare textile industry.  Harbor Linen is the institutional linen division of Bed, Bath and Beyond.   

AHEPA Promotes Parsons to Regional Manager

AHEPA Management Company, a property management firm based in Fishers, Ind. which provides onsite management for affordable senior housing communities nationwide, has announced the promotion of Dale Parsons, COS, AHM to the position of Regional Manager for Region III. In his new role, Parsons oversees the property managers and operations for 14 affordable senior apartment properties in Indiana and Ohio that are managed by AHEPA Management Company. He is responsible for financials, daily operations, maintenance upkeep, yearly budgets, inspections and property visits.  

With more than nine years of experience in property management since joining AHEPA Management Company in 2003, Parsons most recently served as Property Manager of AHEPA 232 & 232-II Apartments in Indianapolis and Regional Manager in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prior to his association with AHEPA Management Company, he worked for Republic Steel Corporation in Canton, Ohio for 25 years. He has also been employed as a real estate agent and as a certified home inspector. Parsons holds the Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS) designation from NCHM, the National Center for Housing Management. He earned the Assisted Housing Management (AHM) certification from Quadel, and maintains his Certified Home Inspector certification. Parsons attended Hondros College, Kent State, Stark State. 

Mirador Names Denovellis as Executive Director

Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation recently named Aaron DeNovellis as Executive Director of the newly-opened Mirado senior living community in Texas. DeNovellis is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and has more than 10 years experience in the senior living industry. He joins Mirador from Edgemere in Dallas, Mirador’s sister community, where he served as associate executive director. Before moving to Texas, DeNovellis was the executive director for a Kindred senior living community in Washington state, during which time he was given the 2009 Executive Director of the Year award. DeNovellis is a graduate of Colorado State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science.

Charlestown Names Dean Crawford as Medical Practice Manager

Charlestown, an Erickson Living retirement community, announced the hiring of Dean Crawford as its Medical Center Practice Manager.  In this role, Crawford will oversee the daily operations of the medical center that features board-certified physicians, nurses and other health professionals who practice solely at Charlestown.  Prior to joining Charlestown, Crawford managed the Owings Mills location of Advanced Center for Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and also served as Medical Practice Manager for Clinical Associates for ten years. A resident of Reisterstown, Crawford attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

Hicks Named New Executive Director of Somerby at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen

Tim Hicks has been named Executive Director of Somerby at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen, in suburban Birmingham, Ala. where he previously served as the Assistant Executive Director. Hicks has more than 20 years of senior care experience and was previously with Brookdale at University Park, also in Birmingham, for three years as Assisted Living and Memory Care Director. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Business Administration and is a member of the Alabama Assisted Living Association.

Connected Living Names Technology Veteran Tom Racca as President and COO

Connected Living, a mission-based organization helping senior citizens live richer, more connected lives through the use of technology, recently announced that Tom Racca has been named president and chief operating officer. Racca has a wealth of experience in the technology industry and recently served as president and CEO of BurstPoint Networks. Prior to BurstPoint, he held several executive positions, including at Hewlett-Packard’s ProCurve division, which he joined as part of the acquisition of Colubris Networks. He also held key executive positions at Chantry Networks (acquired by Siemens), Digital Equipment Corporation, Avid Technology, Proteon, and Prime Computer.

Debbie Laycock Joins ARA as Managing Director

ARA National Seniors Housing Group announced the addition of seniors housing professional Debbie Laycock to the team as its Managing Director. She will be based in the ARA National Seniors office located in Dallas, Tex. Laycock has more than 10 years of experience in providing financing solutions to the senior housing industry and a total of more than 25 years in the banking industry as a whole. She was previously the Managing Director of the Healthcare Finance Group at Guaranty Bank that specialized in providing construction, interim, and permanent financing for CCRCs, independent living, assisted living and dedicated Alzheimer’s facilities. Laycock has been involved in numerous industry organizations, including serving as a Board member of the National Investment Center (NIC) for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry and on the Executive Board of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA).  

Leslie Fried to Serve as NCOA Policy Director

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) announced that Leslie Fried of Washington, D.C., has been named Policy Director to help advance the policy goals of NCOA’s benefits access and healthy aging teams. Previously, Fried worked with the American Bar Association, Commission on Law and Aging as the Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Medicare Advocacy Project. She advocated for improved Medicare coverage of services for beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease and elimination of barriers to Medicare coverage based on diagnosis of dementia. Her successes included working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to prohibit the automatic denial of claims for medical services based solely on the diagnosis of dementia and other progressive neurological conditions, and securing fast-track disability determinations from the Social Security Administration for individuals with dementia under the Compassionate Allowance Initiative.

Integral Senior Living Announces a New Regional Marketing Director

Integral Senior Living (ISL) has announced that Jeffery Smith has joined the management team as a Regional Marketing Director. In this newly created position, Smith will oversee the marketing for a number of ISL communities.  Most recently, Smith was with Merrill Gardens as a Regional Marketing Director. Previously, he was with Team West Realty Group, Atria Senior Living Group, and Roxbury Properties in a variety of management positions. Smith has Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Sacramento.  

Greenspring Names Mitchell as Director of Human Resources

Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va., recently named Tamika Mitchell as the new Director of Human Resources. Mitchell was a Senior Human Resources Manager at Greenspring from 2006-2010. Since then, she has worked as the Director of Human Resources for Wind Crest, Greenspring’s sister community located in Denver, Co. Mitchell also has prior work experience at IKON Office Solutions, Primedia, and The Clayton Group. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications and Management from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Bridgeport. She is currently working toward completing her Master of Business Administration degree from Trinity University.

AHEPA Names Angela Clements as Regional Manager

AHEPA Management Company has announced the promotion of Angela Clements, CPO, to the position of Regional Manager for Region 2. Clements has more than 10 years of experience in property management supervision. Previously, she served as Property Manager for Coordinated Service Management of Roanoke, Va., where she managed senior housing, Section 202 properties, assisted living facilities, and Alzheimer care facilities. She has also been a Realtor for Coldwell Banker and worked at Marriott International, Courtyard by Marriott as Front Desk Supervisor, and Towne Place Suites as Assistant General Manager. Clements holds her Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO) designation from the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA.) She majored in Hotel & Restaurant Management at Johnson and Wales University of Providence, R.I.

Senior Living Communities Names Simmons VP of Healthcare Marketing

Senior Living Communities, an owner/operator of 12 retirement communities located throughout the Southeast and Midwest, announced today the hiring of Aimee Simmons as Vice President of Healthcare Marketing. Simmons is an experienced former administrator and marketing professional who will oversee the healthcare marketing efforts at Senior Living Communities’ properties. In her new position, Simmons will report to the Vice President of Clinical Services, and work closely within the clinical workgroup to improve and enhance health care services throughout Senior Living Communities’ portfolio.

West Named Director of Nursing at Highland Springs

Highland Springs has announced that Texolla West has been named Director of Nursing  Ms. West brings nearly twenty years of health care experience, ranging from acute care to geriatrics, to Highland Springs. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA). West is a Certified Director of Nursing Administrator (CDONA) and a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. In 2010, West received the Nursing Director of the Year Award for the Southwest Region of NADONA and was nominated for Director of Nurses of the Year through the Texas Health Care Association. West is also a member of LeadingAge Texas through Highland Spring.

Morningside of Fullerton Names New Executive Director

Gary Stork  has been named executive director for Morningside, the continuing care retirement community in Fullerton, Calif. Stork was previously the administrator for ParkVista, the on-site health center for Morningside featuring 54 assisted living units and a 99-bed skilled nursing facility with a special care unit. While at ParkVista, Stork was named Administrator of the Year by the Southern California Association of Activity Professionals (SCAAP). Stork was also the administrator of Nohl Ranch Inn in Anaheim Hills, Calif., an assisted living facility, and served as executive director for a continuing care retirement community in San Diego County. A licensed nursing home administrator, Stork is also a licensed preceptor for administrators-in-training and a licensed Retirement Community for the Elderly (RCFE) administrator. In addition, he served as chair of the California Association of Homes & Services for the Aging/South Coast Region. Stork graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in communications from California State University, Fullerton.

Watermere at Southlake Names Moccasin Community Relations Director and Catering Coordinator

Watermere at Southlake, a master-planned development for homeowners aged 55-plus, has named Danielle McCasin as community relations director and catering coordinator.  McCasin has served as the concierge for Watermere at Southlake for a couple of years, managing all the daily activity and ensuring homeowner satisfaction. She previously served Cameron Hughes Wine as a wine sales representative. McCasin also worked in customer service and member services for Central Market and Bellingham Tennis Club and Fairhaven Fitness.

Pickhardt joins Asbury to Expand Home & Community-Based Services

Asbury, a not-for-profit organization that manages five continuing care retirement communities in three states, has hired William Pickhardt as Senior Vice President of Home and Community Based Services. Pickhardt joins Asbury from Life Care Services’ Home Care Division, where he served as Vice President, Operations Management, overseeing seven markets that included home care and certified home health services and operated clinics. Pickhardt joined Life Care in 1993 as an accounting director and has a master’s in business administration from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. 

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