Movers & Shakers – People and Positions for February 2013

It may be the shortest month of the year, but the list of senior living industry professionals who are movin’ on up keeps getting longer. 

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National Church Residences Welcomes Three to Board of Directors

National Church Residences welcomes Deborah Russell of Chillicothe, Greg Overmyer of Upper Arlington, Ohio, and Dr. Terry Davis, also of Upper Arlington, to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Davis is a member of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where he is also associate chief medical officer and the co-medical director of patient safety. He also is a professor of clinical surgery at The Ohio State University’s College of Medicine. Dr. Davis originated and developed the world’s most successful surgical treatment
for Jeune’s Syndrome.


Dr. Davis has served on the Board of Directors at the National Church Residences continuing care retirement community, First Community Village, since 2005 and is currently directing a multi-district Rotary project supporting the Rafiki AIDS Orphanage in Kikuya, Kenya. Dr. Davis received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967. He completed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is certified in Thoracic Surgery.

Overmyer, the founder and CEO of Overmyer Hall Associates, brings the National Church Residences’ board a vast knowledge in commercial and personal property insurance. He previously served a managing partner of Willis from 2008 to 2010 and as president and CEO of HRH, which he joined in 2001. He used his 20 years of experience in the insurance business experience to launch Overmyer Hall Associates in 2011.

Overmyer has served on the boards of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Central Ohio, the American Red Cross of Columbus, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Young Presidents Organization. He is a graduate of the Miami University School of Business Administration and the Wharton Executive program.

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Russell has enjoyed an international career in engineering and management, including national and international experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

She most recently served as the vice president and managing director in the Australia/New Zealand markets for the Guidant Corporation. The Guidant Corporation, part of Abbott Labs, designs and manufactures pacemakers, defibrillators, and other cardiovascular medical products. Ms. Russell held various management positions in operations, sales/marketing, regulatory and clinical research at Guidant, including managing director of Guidant Ireland.

Before that, she worked for Eli Lilly and Company in several engineering and operations/ manufacturing management positions. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee and attended the University of Michigan’s Executive Program.

Ms. Russell also serves on the United Way Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors at the Chillicothe Country Club.

Los Angeles Jewish Home Appoints Board Chair

The Los Angeles Jewish Home, a single-source provider of senior housing in Los Angeles, has selected Home board member Jeffrey Glassman as its new board of directors’ chair effective January 1, 2013, it was announced by Molly Forrest, CEO and president of the Home.

Glassman, who succeeds Michael Heslov, is chief executive officer of Covington Capital Management, an independent Registered Investment Advisor. He practiced law for over 30 years, specializing in estate planning, probate and trust administration, and was a principal at the law firm of Riordan & McKinzie for 18 years. Prior to joining Covington, Jeff was a managing director of Bingham Legg Advisors LLC and vice president at Bel Air Investment Advisors.

Dave Rodgers NAmed Principal at Dominion Partners

Dave Rodgers has been named a Principal at Birmingham, Ala.-based real estate development company Dominion Partners.  

Rodgers will lead Dominion’s development platform and direct the firm’s new business opportunities throughout the southeast. He was previously Dominion’s executive vice president.

Rodgers joined Dominion in 2007 as director of development. He has more than 12 years commercial real estate experience including positions with Wilson Holdings in Montgomery and Daniel Corporation in Birmingham.

He earned a master’s degree in business from UAB and an undergraduate degree in business from Auburn University.

Erickson Living CCRC Appoints New Executive Director

Ann’s Choice, an Erickson Living full-service continuing care retirement community, announced recently that it has named Chris Donati the new executive director. Donati previously served as the community’s associate executive director.

Donati has 25-plus years of health care, senior housing and services experience and will be responsible for the overall operation of the 1,500 apartment Ann’s Choice community, which is home for approximately 2,000 residents.

As executive director, he will essentially work to maintain a safe, enjoyable and comfortable lifestyle where residents can enjoy their freedom years. Maintaining strategic direction of Ann’s Choice is essential to leading a successful community, which is one reason Erickson Living appointed Donati executive director.

Prior to coming to Ann’s Choice five years ago, Donati served as executive director at Mercy Ridge, a continuing care retirement community located in Timonium, Md. He also worked as executive director for continuing care retirement communities in Wilmington, Dela. and Stamford, Conn.

Donati graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Health Administration and then he returned to the Penn State to receive his Masters in Health Administration.

Originally from Hazleton, Pa., Donati currently resides in Whitemarsh Township with his wife Andrea and their two boys Charlie and Nicholas. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, the beach, exercising, cooking and completing projects around his home.

Erickson’s Greenspring Community Welcomes Eric Whitson as New Director of Sales

Eric Whitson recently joined Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va., as the new Director of Sales.

Whitson has nearly 30 years of experience working as a sales and marketing leader in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining Greenspring, he had been the Director of Sales and Marketing for the ARAMARK Corporation at The National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Va.

Whitson has also held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing for French Lick Resort Casino (Ind.), The Chattanoogan (Tenn.), The Founders Inn (Va.), and served as the Director of Sales for Lansdowne Resort (Va.). He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and has completed several training and development programs related to leadership and sales management.

As the Director of Sales at Greenspring, Whitson will lead the sales team in achieving and maintaining occupancy goals for the 1404 independent living apartment homes at the community.

Greystone Continues West Coast Expansion, Recruiting for Calif. Offices

As part of a continued effort to strengthen its West Coast presence, and better serve its growing customer base, Greystone, a leading national provider of multifamily and commercial mortgage loans, will be actively recruiting and hiring experienced originators, underwriters and closing staff to its California offices.

Rick Wolf, a member of Greystone’s senior management team will be driving the West Coast expansion. His responsibilities previously included managing production for the Northeast and Midwest offices, as well as product head for Greystone’s small loan program. Wolf joined the team three years ago after ten years with Fannie Mae.

Additionally, the firm will also be looking to open new offices in the region including Orange County, CA and Seattle, WA. Greystone currently has production offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and underwriting support in Los Angeles and Pasadena.

Mary Beth Mansfield Joins Watermark Rehabilitation as Director of Therapy Services

Mary Beth Mansfield, OTR, MA-HSM, has been named Director of Therapy Services at Chesterfield-based Watermark Rehabilitation, a leading provider of geriatric physical rehabilitation therapy services in Missouri and Tennessee. Mansfield oversees Watermark’s rehabilitation staff and services, including patient assessment, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology in skilled nursing and long term care facilities.

Mansfield holds a degree in occupational therapy from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a Masters in Health Services Management from Webster University.

Jim Flood Joins Omnicare as Vice President of Government Relations

Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE: OCR) announced recently that James G. Flood, an experienced healthcare policy advocate, former federal prosecutor and past President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, has joined the Company as Vice President of Government Relations.

Flood will strengthen Omnicare’s government relations team in Washington, D.C. and coordinate with Omnicare executives to help advocate for public policies that provide for improved health outcomes through increased patient accessibility of cost-effective pharmaceutical services.

He joins Omnicare after six years with the national law and government relations firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, where he represented Fortune 500 healthcare companies and trade associations before Congress and the federal government. In this role, he started the Coalition for Patient Safety and Medicine Integrity, a group of pharmaceutical companies, PhRMA, the Pharmaceutical Security Institute and other stakeholders which resulted in the successful enactment by Congress in 2012 of the Safe Doses Act, a new federal criminal law providing law enforcement with new tools and raising penalties for committing large scale medical product cargo theft.

Prior to joining Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, Flood served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia in the Fraud Section investigating and prosecuting white collar crime. Prior to that, he served as Counsel to Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of criminal cases. Flood previously served as a private practice attorney at the healthcare regulatory law firm Reed Smith.

Flood is a Past President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and received his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Senior Quality Lifestyles Corp. Names Susie Ries Herrmann as Sales Counselor 

The Barrington of Carmel senior living community, sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation, has named Susie Ries Herrmann sales counselor. 

A graduate of Carmel High School, with a B.S. in Psychology from Purdue University and a Masters of Social Work from Indiana University, Ries Herrmann brings to The Barrington more than 30 years experience working with people through social work and marketing roles. Prior to joining The Barrington, she worked as a licensed clinical NICU social worker at St. Vincent’s Women‘s Hospital in Indianapolis. Before that, she worked for 17 years as an adoption coordinator and marketing specialist for Adoption Support Center, Inc. in Indianapolis.

Golden Living Names Michael Yao, M.D., SVP of Clinical Affairs & National Medical Director

Golden Living has named Michael Yao, M.D., Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs and National Medical Director. Dr. Yao will oversee and support the Medical Directors and attending physicians working within Golden LivingCenters and AseraCare Agencies.

In addition, Dr. Yao will assist in the evaluation of leading-edge, evidence-based medical practices through the development and expansion of clinical specialty programs.

Dr. Yao has served in a variety of capacities with Golden Living for the past 10 years. Most recently, he was a Regional Medical Director for Golden LivingCenters in Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Eastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, with additional responsibilities as the Medical Director for Golden LivingCenter – Monroeville. Prior to this, he was a Division Medical Director, supporting 86 LivingCenters on the East Coast.

He brings a wealth of educational experience to his new position, having held several teaching positions, including Director of Geriatric Education at the Forbes Family Medicine Residency Program, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Temple University and Drexel University, and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

With more than 20 years of experience in long-term care, Dr. Yao is board-certified in Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, and he is an AMDA Certified Medical Director. In 2011, Dr. Yao was named as a “Top Doctor” in the field of Geriatric Medicine by Pittsburgh Magazine. He was also the past president of the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society for the Western Division.

Dr. Yao earned his Doctorate in Medicine from Thomas Jefferson University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Pennsylvania State University.

Waveny Care Network Names William C. Piper as New CEO

William C. Piper, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Waveny Care Network in New Canaan, Connecticut.

In his new position, Piper will be responsible for managing the strategic growth, operations, development and future direction of Waveny’s comprehensive continuum of healthcare, which includes 76 skilled nursing beds at Waveny Care Center, 53 assisted living apartments for people with memory loss at The Village, 41 independent living apartments at New Canaan Inn, a new Home Healthcare Agency, an active Adult Day Program, the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a team of Geriatric Care Managers, and a state-of-the-art outpatient rehabilitation facility. His appointment concludes a nationwide search launched this summer after Heather Neff, CEO for the previous five years, departed to pursue a new opportunity.

Piper’s work with Masonicare spans nearly three decades and demonstrates progressive growth in scope and responsibility within the statewide organization. Most recently, he served as the organization’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. While spearheading key initiatives in customer service relations, information technology and business development, he was responsible for the direction of a team of 20 executives, 2,400 employees and more than $170 million in revenue. Prior to assuming this role, Piper served as Senior Vice President of Continuum Services, a unique position responsible for the oversight of Masonicare’s five operating affiliates throughout the State. In addition to improving the overall financial performance of the organization, his leadership notably led to increased patient satisfaction in all areas throughout the continuum.

Piper received his undergraduate degree from Western Connecticut State University of Danbury, Connecticut, and holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Quinnipiac University of Hamden, Connecticut.

Home Instead Senior Care Names Caroline Kanso as New Business Performance Manager

A new face has joined the franchise development team at the national office of Home Instead Senior Care in Warrington, Cheshire. Caroline Kanso has been appointed as New Business Performance Manager providing help and guidance for new franchisees as they set up and develop their Home Instead business.

Kanso, born in Paris, France, has a strong background in business and project management. She has most recently worked at the Cooperative bank as relationship banking manager for social enterprise, credit unions and community groups.

BMA Management Names Kelly Ziemer Hillan Administrator of Heritage Woods Community

Kelly Ziemer Hillan of Ridott, Illinois, has been named Administrator of Heritage Woods of Freeport, a BMA affordable assisted living community that is being developed in Stephenson County, Illinois.

The community, which is being developed through a partnership between BMA Management, Ltd., of Bradley, Illinois, and the Stephenson County Nursing Center Foundation, will serve adults 65 and older of all incomes, including those on Medicaid.

Hillan has served as Executive Director of the Senior Resource Center in Freeport since 2007. The agency provides a wide variety of programs and services for adults 55 and older who live in northwest Illinois.

Hillan has more than 20 years of health care experience, including serving as the Family and Health Services Manager for La Voz Latina in Rockford, Illinois; Research Program Coordinator for Swedish American Hospital in Rockford; and Program Manager for the Child Abuse Council in Moline, Illinois.

She graduated cum laude from Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Social Work degree, and earned a Master of Organizational Leadership degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport.

The Heritage Woods of Freeport assisted living community is being developed on more than five acres of property on the southwest corner of West Pearl City Rd. and South Forest Rd. in Freeport. The $12 million development is scheduled to open for occupancy this summer.

Jeffrey Anderzhon Joins EUA as Senior Planner/Design Architect

Jeffrey W. Anderzhon, FAIA has joined Eppstein Uhen Architects, Inc. (EUA), as Senior Planner and Design Architect.

Anderzhon brings extensive experience, and a passion for designing environments for the aging. His career has taken him nationally and globally to create, teach and present on trends in the senior living market. With more than 40 years of experience, Anderzhon helps senior communities to reposition their facilities to not only meet current needs but also accommodate future growth.

His expertise in designing environments for the aging has made him a respected resource within the senior living market. Most recently, Anderzhon spoke at the 2012 LeadingAge National Conference in Denver, Colorado and was featured as the keynote speaker at the 2012 Environment for Aging national conference in Orlando, Florida.

Anderzhon graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture and a secondary emphasis on Community and Regional Planning. Since then he has had the opportunity to work throughout the United States. Before joining the EUA team, Anderzhon started Crepidoma Consulting a solo venture consulting internationally, providing strategic planning, project programming, environ-mental design, “culture change” design and development consulting services.

At EUA, Anderzhon will use his expertise and research to collaborate with clients and continue to push the envelope to ensure that they are receiving the most current and most efficient design options. 

Anderzhon has taught the next generation of designers in Seoul, Korea at Konkuk University and Yonsei University, Iowa Western Community College and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Some of his most recent publications are Design for Aging, Post-occupancy Evaluations and Design for Aging-International Case Studies of Building and Program.

Julie Davis Joins American HealthTech as Vice President of Customer Relations

American HealthTech today announced that Julie Davis has joined the company as Vice President, Customer Relations, reporting to Teresa Chase, President and CEO. Davis comes to American HealthTech with over a decade of executive post-acute leadership experience.

Davis served in a series of strategic executive positions for Kinetic Concepts, Inc., Carolina Power and Light, as well as Proctor and Gamble. For example, in her previous role as Vice President of National Accounts-Post Acute at Kinetic Concepts, Davis applied her deep understanding of the long-term care industry to collaborate with executives and help solve some of their toughest clinical issues

She will be involved in collaborating with customers to adapt and reshape their business models to stay competitive in the evolving, outcomes-driven world of healthcare, specifically in regards to growing measures for quality and new ways of realizing revenue. 

ACHA/NCAL Name Golden Living’s National Director of Quality to Chair of Award Board 

Golden Living announced today that its National Director of Quality, Ed McMahon, Ph.D., has been named Chair of the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) National Quality Award Board of Overseers for a two-year term.

McMahon was part of the initial AHCA Quality Committee that developed the Quality Award Program based on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program more than 18 years ago. Since then, McMahon has continued to serve on various quality committees. He also served as an original, senior, and master examiner for the award program. He has more than 33 years of experience in the long-term care profession including Alzheimer’s care development, research and development, sales and marketing, and corporate operations.

He is a pioneer in the development of special care units within skilled nursing facilities. He also designed and developed the first Alzheimer’s care unit within a skilled nursing facility in California.

The 11-member Board of Overseers establishes the award criteria and appropriate policies and procedures to administer, promote, and preserve the credibility of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Awards. The Quality Awards are the industry’s highest honor in the commitment to continuous quality improvement for long-term care services.

Other responsibilities of the Board of Overseers are to evaluate all aspects of the program and how it achieves its mission. The Board of Overseers also produces an annual report for the AHCA/NCAL Board of Governors.

The Health Center at North Hill Hires Adam Goldman as Administrator

The Health Center at North Hill has hired Adam Goldman as its new administrator. Goldman’s career spans nearly 20 years in healthcare. He is known for his passion for customer service excellence.

The Health Center at North Hill provides short- and long-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing. As part of Project True North, the largest initiative in North Hill’s history, the community is beginning construction of a new small-house style Health Center and will launch a new Enhanced Living community on its campus.

Goldman’s nursing home experience includes eight years as a campus administrator for EPOCH Senior Living in Weston, Mass. Originally from London, he received his B.A. from London Guildhall University in communications and marketing. These are skills he feels are critical for helping team members achieve at their highest level and for engaging residents and their family members.

Goldman is a resident of Sharon. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Striar Hebrew Academy of Sharon.

Broadmoor Medical Lodge Names Loava McCarthy Director of Nursing

Broadmoor Medical Lodge, an upscale post-hospital recovery, skilled nursing and long-term care community scheduled to open early 2013, has named Loava McCarthy director of nursing. The announcement was made by Shane Lewis, partner of SCC Healthcare Group.

McCarthy received a bachelor’s degree in business management, as well as a bachelor’s degree in nursing and an associate’s degree in electronics. After a career as an electronic technician and also as a supervisor of postal operations for the U.S. Postal Service, McCarthy took a different path when her daughter was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.

In 2004, she was hired as the director of nursing of a small, long-term care facility and helped the community receive two deficiency-free surveys. In 2008, McCarthy served as a corporate nurse traveling to nine different long-term care communities helping train and educate DON’s on how to best do their jobs. It was in 2010 that she was hired as the director of nursing for SCC’s Royse City Health and Rehabilitation community.

Mike Bell Chosen as LeadingAge’s SVP of Philanthropy

LeadingAge has chosen Mike Bell, executive director of Suncoast Hospice Foundation to serve as the senior vice president of philanthropy.

In his new position, Bell will be responsible for resource development for LeadingAge and its mission, assisting LeadingAge members in developing philanthropic programs to support their missions, and advocacy for the preservation of public policy that supports tax exemption and charitable contributions.

Since 1999, Bell has served as executive director of Suncoast Hospice Foundation in Clearwater, Florida. The Foundation works to advance understanding, participation and support for Suncoast Hospice – the nation’s leading not-for-profit, community-based hospice – and its affiliated organizations: Project GRACE, the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas, Suncoast PACE and Suncoast Hospice Institute. Bell holds a master’s degree in institutional advancement from Vanderbilt University. He currently serves on the boards of the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas, Inc., and Hospice Systems, Inc., and he chairs the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Previously, Bell served as the vice president for community development at Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tennessee, the director of development for Nashville CARES, Middle Tennessee’s leading AIDS services organization, and as the associate director of development and alumni affairs at Father Ryan High School.

He is a past-section leader of the development, public relations and marketing section of the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals.

Bell also served as the chair of the National Hospice Work Group Philanthropy Forum, chair of the LeadingAge Philanthropy Network, and is a former board member of the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay, LeadingAge and LeadingAge Florida.

The Green House Project Announces New Director

David Farrell, M.S.W., L.N.H.A., a prominent, tireless, and lifelong advocate for improving the quality and changing the culture of long-term care, has been named director of The Green House Project.

Having worked at every level of long-term care, from cutting his teeth as a nurses’ aide in his earliest days to turning around struggling inner-city nursing homes as a high-level executive, Farrell knows what it takes to put the visionary principles of a model like Green House into practice. As founder and first chair of the Rhode Island Culture Change Coalition and a board member of the national Pioneer Network, Farrell has traveled the country inspiring long-term care leaders to make meaningful changes to enhance quality.

Farrell currently serves as both the Director of Organizational Development and Regional Director of Operations for Windsor Healthcare in California. In these roles, he oversees the operations of five skilled-nursing facilities and the implementation of person-centered care in 33 nursing homes across the state. Before that, he served as Care Continuum Director at Lumetra, then California’s federally-funded Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), where he led a team that significantly improved the performance of 125 skilled-nursing facilities. Farrell also chaired California’s Advancing Excellence in Nursing Homes campaign. Earlier in his career, Farrell served as the administrator at a handful of facilities around California.

He holds a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in business administration and gerontology from Boston College, a license in nursing home administration and an undergraduate degree from Stonehill College. He is co-author of the award-winning book “Meeting the Leadership Challenge in LTC: What You Do Matters,” and has co-authored numerous journal articles on quality improvement and culture change.

The Peninsula Announces New Director of Sales & Marketing

The Peninsula, an assisted living community located on Hallandale Beach Boulevard, has named Mindy Goldfarb director of sales and marketing.

In this position, Goldfarb is responsible for helping prospective residents and families with all aspects of their transition to the community.

Prior to joining The Peninsula, she worked at the Imperial Club as a marketing and sales associate for the Aventura independent/assisted living community. Also, Goldfarb has over 30 years of experience focused on varied aspects of residential real estate including mortgage lending, construction and renovation.

A graduate of Florida State University, she has a Bachelor of Science degree in communications/public relations and also received a paralegal certification from the Blackstone School of Law in Texas.

Avita Health & Rehab Hires David Goubeaux as Executive Director 

Avita Health & Rehab at Reeds Cove, a newly built, 80-unit skilled nursing facility built at a cost of more than $10 million in Wichita, has signed on David Goubeaux, a professional from Wyoming with roots in Ohio and Wichita, as executive director.

With more than 30-years’ experience, including time at two Fortune 500 companies, Goubeaux is licensed as an Executive Director of Assisted Living Facilities in Wyoming and a Certified Operator of an Adult Care Home in Kansas. He is among only 32% of all administrators who pass the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) test on the first try.  

Goubeaux was most recently an executive director at River Rock Assisted Living, a level-one assisted living facility in Jackson, Wyo. Avita Reeds Cove is the third skilled nursing facility built by Physicians Development Group (PDG) of Wichita, Kan. Avita Reeds Cove is supported by Axiom Healthcare Services (Axiom), an administrative support company.

GlynnDevins Names Terence O’Malley as Senior Communications Manager & Public Speaker

GlynnDevins Advertising & Marketing announces the addition of Terence O’Malley as senior communications manager for the marketing and advertising agency, specializing in senior living.

In his new role, O’Malley will be GlynnDevins’ latest “product offering,” serving as a public speaker for clients and senior living prospects. His colorful and engaging presentations will address a variety of topics tailored for specific audiences, with an emphasis on making seniors and their families comfortable with – and enthused about – continuing care retirement communities.

O’Malley—an attorney and licensed financial advisor—joins GlynnDevins after 12 years in-house with two major insurance enterprises, where he served as first litigation counsel and then marketing director overseeing production of senior insurance products. He has extensive experience managing qualified retirement plans and investment programs, in addition to estate planning.

O’Malley is also an award-winning former broadcast journalist and a former press secretary to the Governor of Alaska and the Alaska House of Representatives. He has a B.A. in English from Loyola University in New Orleans, an M.S. in radio-tv-film from the University of Kansas and a J.D. with Dean’s Honors from Washburn University School of Law. O’Malley is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and an award-winning documentary filmmaker and author, as well as a blues and boogie-woogie piano player.

Lifespace Communities Names Kelly Reed Regional Director of Sales & Marketing

Lifespace Communities, Inc., a nationally recognized not-for-profit senior living provider based in Des Moines, has named Kelly Reed as regional director of sales and marketing. Reed will oversee marketing and sales operations at six senior living communities in the Eastern region.

Reed has more than 10 years of professional sales experience and extensive knowledge of the senior living community market. Prior to joining the Lifespace team, she worked as the director of sales and marketing for Masonic Village at Sewickley in Pittsburgh. Reed has also worked as the director of community relations and director of sales for Sunrise Senior Living in Pittsburgh.

Reed has held sales positions at Lown Home Financial and The Money Tree Financial Corporation in Pittsburgh. She’s a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism. Reed also received certification from the Dale Carnegie Sales Training program. 

Gentiva Health Services Names Rod Windley Executive Chairman

Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTIV) announced today that the Board of Directors named Rod Windley as the executive Chairman of the Board.  Mr. Windley currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board, a position he has held since 2006, and has 35 years of healthcare services experience.  Tony Strange will continue to serve as Gentiva’s Chief Executive Officer and President.

Latessa Morris Appointed Vice President of Life Care Centers’ Eastern Division

Life Care Centers of America, a nationwide skilled nursing and rehab company, recently appointed Latessa Morris as vice president of its Eastern Division.

In this position, Morris now oversees Life Care’s 41 facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia. Morris began her new duties on Feb. 1, 2013.

As regional vice president, Morris oversaw eight skilled nursing and rehab centers in Tennessee. She won Life Care’s 2011 Chairman’s Award for continuing to care for residents in person rather than delegating tasks. In this role, she also developed a successful initiative to streamline facility departments and eliminate unnecessary duties.

Before taking the lead in the River Region, Morris served as executive director at Life Care Center of Crossville, Tenn. The building won the Facility of the Year Award for the Eastern Division in 2010 under her leadership.

Morris also served as executive director at Life Care Center of Centerville, Tenn. She completed her administrator-in-training program at Life Care Center of Collegedale, Tenn., in 2006.

Originally from Sparta, Tenn., Morris began her career in long-term care at Life Care Center of Sparta, serving as a certified nursing assistant and then as business office administrative assistant. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.

Morris was named to Who’s Who Among Women Business Executives in 2008 and 2010. She won several accolades at Life Care Center of Sparta, including 2005 CNA of the Year and monthly Whatever It Takes customer service awards in 2002 and 2005.