Movers & Shakers – People and Positions for April

April showers bring May flowers, the saying goes, and unless you’re located in the Midwest you probably think the deluge of rain and reports of snow are an April Fool’s joke. All the inclement weather is no joke, however— and neither are all these senior living professionals who have been making waves in the industry as they assume new roles by joining new companies and organizations or getting promoted.

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Kirsten Marriner to Join Omnicare as SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE: OCR) recently appointed Kirsten Marriner as Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer. She joined the company on March 27, 2013.

Marriner will lead the human resource function across the Company. She will play a critical role in building a human resource function designed to drive operational changes, talent objectives, and strategies for long term growth. Marriner will report to Chief Executive Officer John L. Workman, and President and Chief Operating Officer Nitin Sahney.


Marriner brings to Omnicare a comprehensive background in human resources leadership. For nearly the past ten years, she served in variety of progressive leadership roles for Fifth Third Bank, most recently as Senior Vice President, Director of Talent Management and Development. During her tenure, Marriner also held key leadership positions including Director of Divisional Human Resources and Director of Compensation and Performance Management.

Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, Marriner served in an HR leadership role for KeyCorp and performed consulting work for both Deloitte and KPMG. She holds a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and an MBA from Cleveland State University.

Michael H. Thaman to Chair Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Policy Advisory Board

The Policy Advisory Board of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies convened its first meeting of 2013 recently in Washington, DC under the leadership of its recently appointed Chairman, Michael H. Thaman, Chairman and CEO of Owens Corning.

Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 company for 58 years, is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass fiber reinforcements, and engineered materials for composite systems. A graduate of Princeton University, Thaman joined the company in 1992 and held a variety of leadership positions, including Chief Financial Officer, President of the Exterior Systems Business, and President of the Engineered Pipe Systems Business.

The Joint Center also appointed Jeffrey Mezger the board’s new vice chair. Mezger is the President and Chief Executive Officer of KB Home.

Status Solutions Hires Eric Miller as Director of Technology 

Status Solutions recently announced the hiring of Eric Miller as director of technology based in Columbus, Ohio. Miller’s new role as leader of the innovation team includes responsibility for development, IT, solutions management and customer support.

His focus is on the creative application of emerging technologies, leveraging cloud infrastructure, crowdsourcing, cross-platform mobile frameworks, and complex event processing.

Miller comes to Status Solutions with more than 13 years of experience in IT development and management with expertise in application lifecycle management, infrastructure and overall solutions management from product inception through delivery and support. His background includes work in the adult education, mortgage and aviation industries, including developing customer-facing, self-paced training software for the Federal Aviation Administration, supporting custom applications for the aviation industry, and integrating disparate systems for the mortgage loan origination process.

A native of Cincinnati, Miller joined the U.S. Army after high school, eventually becoming a U.S. Army Protective Services Battalion (CID) special agent protecting high-ranking civilian and military leaders in Central America from 1989 to 1994. He then attended Le Cordon Bleu in London, working in the fine dining sector for 5 years before completing a bachelor’s degree in IT at the University of Phoenix in 2007.

Miller resides in Columbus with his wife and their three children, two daughters ages 13 and 4, and a son, 2. Still a foodie, his hobbies include glass blowing and playing blues harmonica.

SQLC Names Troy Cannaday Executive Director of The Barrington of Carmel

The Barrington of Carmel senior living community has named Troy Cannaday Executive Director. The announcement was made by Charlie Brewer, President and CEO of Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), which sponsors The Barrington.

Cannaday brings to The Barrington more than 21 years experience working in the senior living industry. Prior to joining The Barrington, he was the Executive Director at The Woodlands at Furman, a CCRC in South Carolina. There he managed the operational budget of the community, opened independent living one month ahead of schedule, and achieved strong resident and employee satisfaction results.

Before that, he served as the Assistant Executive Director for The Cedars of Chapel Hill. Cannaday began his career right here in Indiana, at Methodist Hospital of Indiana and American Village retirement community.

Originally from Indianapolis, Cannaday received a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Gerontology from Lake Superior State University.  He went on to gain his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.  Cannaday is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and is an active member of LeadingAge.

The Buckingham Names William Shrier Executive Chef

The Buckingham senior living community has named William Shrier Executive Chef. The announcement was made by Julie Fenske, Executive Director of The Buckingham.

working Prior to stepping into the role of executive chef, Shrier worked as dining room manager for The Buckingham.  Before making the move to Houston, Shrier worked for upscale restaurants in New York and in Vail, CO. He is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America.

ProMatura Hires Susannah Myerson as Vice President, Research and Applied Strategies 

ProMature Group, LLC recently announced it has hired Susannah Myerson as vice president of research and applied strategies.

Myerson formerly headed the strategic planning team at Watermark Retirement Communities, where she was responsible for budgeting, operational analysis and product positioning of Watermark communities throughout the country.

Prior to joining Watermark, Myseron worked with Sunrise Senior Living as a director of finance and market analysis, and with the Fountains Retirement Communities as a senior analyst. She has been in the seniors housing industry since 1999, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona.

Myerson lives with her husband and two young children in Tucson, Ariz., and enjoys hiking, biking and generally being outside. She serves on the boards of several local organizations including the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the Early Childhood Development Group.

Jason Taylor Hired as Agape Senior’s Director of Operations 

Jason Taylor was recently hired as the director of operations of Agape Senior in Aiken, S.C.

A native of North Augusta, he’s been working with Agape Senior, which is one of the largest senior health care providers in the state, since 2009 at the facilities in Rock Hill, Myrtle Beach and Conway.

Taylor returned to this county to help the newly established Aiken office grow. Taylor said he had wanted to be a teacher initially but working for Agape Senior has given him the opportunity to educate people about dementia and senior care.

Taylor is a Winthrop University graduate, certified in the state and nationally as a assisted living facility administrator and an active member of the S.C. Association of Residential Care Homes and S.C. American College of Health Care Administrators.

White House Announces Long-Term Care Commission Picks

The White House has announced its three picks for the Long-Term Care Commission’s 15-member panel: Henry Claypool, executive vice president of the American Association of People with Disabilities and former aide at the Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Julian Harris, a physician and Massachusetts Medicaid director; and Carol Raphael, the vice chair of the AARP board and former CEO of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

The Commission has been charged with the task of proposing solutions to the nation’s long-term care issues, such as how it should be delivered and paid for.

Scott Clark Named Director of Renovations for Senior Management Advisors

Scott Clark has been named director of renovations for Senior Management Advisors (SMA), returning to the organization that manages 15 independent living, assisted living and Alzheimer’s care residential communities.

Prior to this position, Clark was divisional director of property management for Emeritus Senior Living, responsible for overseeing 64 assisted living communities in the Northeast and supporting the day-to-day operational and financial activities involved with renovations, construction, capital expenditures, maintenance, housekeeping and life safety.

Previously, he had been director of central services for SMA and director of central services for ACG.

A graduate of St. Petersburg College, Clark has more than 30 years of experience in the senior care industry.

Lynne Padilla Joins SeniorCare as Vice President of Clinical Operations

Outcomes Health Information Solutions, LLC (Outcomes Health), a leading healthcare analytics and services provider, announced on March 18 that Lynne Padilla, CPC, had returned to the organization as vice president of clinical operations for sister company SeniorCare. In this new role, Padilla will provide strategic oversight as SeniorCare continues to grow and expand upon its partnerships with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

Padilla brings more than 25 years of industry experience to the new role. Most recently, she served as vice president, coding operations and quality, Medicare Risk Adjustment at Peak Health Solutions. In addition, Padilla served as director of operations, training and quality for Outcomes Health from 2010 to 2011. In this role, she oversaw all HEDIS quality audits and developed and launched online training programs for clinical coders. Along with her deep-rooted experience within technology, Padilla also held positions with clinical and academic organizations.

Padilla is an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, who authored ICD-10-CM Basics, a coding training manual used by online educational programs. She is also a Certified Professional Coder from AAPC, who regularly speaks at national conferences on a variety of topics ranging from transitioning to ICD-10 to data quality.

Stone Ridge at Fieldhome Names Director of Marketing for New IL Community

Helayne Scheier has joined Stone Ridge at Fieldhome as director of marketing. Stone Ridge is a planned independent living community coming to Westchester County, and will offer active, independent seniors a maintenance-free lifestyle with amenities and personal services, along with a complete continuum of care.

Scheier previously worked as director of sales for two continuing care retirement communities in New York. With seven years of sales and marketing experience, she will lead the Stone Ridge sales and marketing team to engage with local seniors and their families to provide key information regarding this new independent living option.

Oak Crest Promotes John Lurz to Continuing Care Administrator

Oak Crest retirement community announced recently the promotion of John Lurz to the position of Continuing Care Administrator. He previously served as the Assisted Living Manager at the Erickson Living community in northeast Baltimore County.

Lurz brings fifteen years of health care administration to his new leadership position. With Oak Crest since 2010, he has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for more than six years. The extended care neighborhood at Oak Crest provides assisted living, respite care, post-acute rehabilitation & nursing care and outpatient rehabilitation services.

Lurz earned an associate’s degree from Essex Community College and his bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from the University of Maryland in College Park. Prior to his career in health care, he served on active duty with the United States Navy for six years.

A resident of Bel Air, Md., Lurz is an active volunteer with Harford County Public Schools and the Harford County Recreation Council. He was born and raised in Middle River, Md.

Clare Oaks Retirement Community Appoints New Executive DIrector

Beth Welch has been named as new executive director for Clare Oaks, a continuing care retirement community in Bartlett, Ill. In this role, Welch will oversee the daily operations of the community.

Before accepting the position at Clare Oaks, Welch served as administrator at the DuPage County Convalescent Center in Wheaton, Ill. Here, she provided executive leadership and operational guidance for the county-owned skilled nursing and sub-acute 360 bed rehabilitation center. Prior to that, she served as assistant administrator and director of social services for LifeLink Corporation Healthcare Division in Bensenville, Ill. Welch also held positions at HomeCorp Management Inc. and the Ritz Carlton Hotel, both located in Philadelphia.

Welch serves on several local boards, including the Long-Term Care Advisory Committee at the College of DuPage where she is also an adjunct part-time faculty member. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration in marketing from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD., and holds a dual master’s degree in management and public health from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.

Louise Schott Named Corporate Sales Manager for Senior Management Advisors

Louise Schott has been named corporate sales manager for Senior Management Advisors, responsible for participating in sales and management efforts for the company’s 15 independent living, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s care residential communities.

Schott began her career in the senior living industry 13 years ago and has held positions as sales counselor, sales director, and corporate sales specialist, working with multiple communities for such organizations as The Goodman Group, Horizon Bay, and Brookdale Senior Living.

Holiday Retirement Names Edward F. Lange, Jr. CEO

Holiday Retirement announced today that Edward F. Lange, Jr. has been named the company’s chief executive officer, succeeding Jack Callison, Jr. Mr. Lange assumes his new role effective immediately.

Mr. Lange has been associated with the residential and senior care industries for more than 20 years. He spent more than a decade as a member of the executive management team of BRE Properties, Inc. (NYSE:BRE), where he joined as chief financial officer and was later promoted to chief operating officer and elected to the board of directors. Prior to joining BRE, he served as the chief financial officer of Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN).

Mr. Lange has held other senior management roles, including chief financial officer of Americold and executive management roles with the Mediplex Group, Inc. and affiliated companies. He earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts.

Broadmoor Medical Lodge Names Tiffany Bishop Director of Rehabilitation 

Broadmoor Medical Lodge, an upscale post-hospital recovery, skilled nursing, and long-term care community that will open soon in Rockwall, Tex., has named Tiffany Bishop director of rehabilitation.

Bishop received a Bachelor of Science in communication sciences and disorders with a minor in chemistry and a Master of Science in communication sciences and disorders from Baylor University. Prior to joining Broadmoor, she served as the director of rehabilitation at another SCC Healthcare Group community, Royse City Health and Rehabilitation.

Previously, Bishop has served as a speech-language pathologist for Rehab Pro in Mesquite and other facilities throughout Rockwall. She was also the director of rehabilitation for Daybreak Rehabilitation in Arlington.

Oak Crest Announces Hiring of Gary Hibbs as Executive Director

Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the hiring of Gary D. Hibbs as its Executive Director.

Since 2005, Hibbs has served as the Regional Executive Director for Erickson Living Management. Previously, he was the Executive Director for sister communities of Oak Crest in Michigan and New Jersey.

In his new leadership position, Hibbs will oversee daily operations at the 90-acre community that is home to over 2,100 residents and 1,000 employees.

Hibbs joined Erickson in 1995 after serving as administrator of Wellington Manor, a long-term care facility in Clinton, Maryland. He previously practiced law with the Senior Citizen Law Project in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Hibbs has worked with older adults in both local and national settings, having served with the Area Agency on Aging in both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland. He worked with Congressman Claude Pepper in Washington, D.C., serving on the staff of the House Aging Committee’s Subcommittee on Health and Long Term Care.

He has previously served as a Trustee for the Chilton Hospital Foundation, Pompton Plains, N.J., Church Chairman for the Sparta Evangelical Free Church, Sparta, N.J.; and a member of the Board of Directors for Veritas Christian Academy, Sparta, N.J. Additionally, Hibbs has had membership in the American College of Health Care Administrators and the Maryland Bar Association.

Hibbs, who holds M.S.W. and J.D. degrees from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, is also a certified L.G.S.W. and a member of the Maryland Bar. He received his nursing home administrator’s license while working with Global Health Management and has been licensed in the states of Maryland and Michigan.

Erickson Living Selects Chris Emmett as Regional Vice President of Operations

Erickson Living has named Christopher J. Emmett as regional vice president of operations. In his new leadership position, he will oversee the company’s
campus operations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan and Kansas.

Emmett began his career with Erickson Living in 1996. He has held several management positions with the company, which reflect his superior leadership skills and expertise in healthcare and strategic management.

For the past eight years, he has served as the executive director at Highland Springs, in Dallas, Tex. Other career positions with Erickson Living include: senior administrator, administrator, and assistant administrator of the continuing care neighborhood at Oak Crest, in Parkville, Md; and, assistant administrator, assisted living administrator, special projects manager and health services business manager at Charlestown in Catonsville, Md.

Emmett holds a graduate degree in aging studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an undergraduate degree in business from Towson University, Md. He is a licensed Maryland nursing home administrator and currently serves on the board of LeadingAge Texas.

Matthew Phillips Joins Senior Lifestyle as Executive Vice President

Seniors housing industry veteran Matthew Phillips has joined Chicago-based Senior Lifestyle Corporation as Executive Vice President.

Phillips’ initial focus at Senior Lifestyle will be the design and development of a state of the art prototype for assisted living and memory care residents. He joins Senior Lifestyle from Integrated Development Group (“IDG”), which he founded in 2006. Senior Lifestyle and IDG have arranged for Phillips to continue to oversee a luxury apartment project under construction at 850 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL and the development of The Club at Briarcliff Manor, a luxury CCRC in Westchester County, N.Y., both IDG projects. Before founding IDG, Phillips was Senior Vice President of Development for Classic Residence by Hyatt (now known as Vi Senior Living). Earlier in his Classic Residence career, he was the General Counsel where he was responsible for legal, regulatory and operational matters in addition to negotiating transactions and financing.

Prior to Classic Residence, Phillips was a Partner at the Chicago law firm of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd (now K&L Gates). He is actively involved with industry associations including the American Seniors Housing Association, National Investment Center and Urban Land Institute. Matt’s deep relationships with professionals and organizations in the legal, real estate, construction, design and seniors housing industries are a key asset.

In addition to Phillips, Senior Lifestyle has added additional resources to the Development team. Nancy Cutter joins as Vice President of Development and Kate DeCoursey joins as Vice President of Finance. Cutter and DeCoursey previously worked with Phillips at IDG.

Cutter will oversee the design and construction of the company’s assisted living and memory care prototype. DeCoursey will serve various roles including the underwriting for new prototype development projects and asset management for Senior Lifestyle’s existing portfolio.

Silverado Senior Living Expands Leadership Team in Austin

As Silverado prepares to open its 43,000 sq. ft. memory care community, the inaugural leadership is taking shape under the leadership of Administrator Rose Vera. Vera will oversee operations at the 90-bed memory care community, with a team of up to 100 associates once fully staffed. As a former nurse, medical consultant and senior living operator, Vera brings with her a broad expertise in resident-centered care. She holds an undergraduate degree in Healthcare Administration and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Baylor University.

As part of their unique approach to memory care, the new Silverado community will offer around-the-clock clinical care to address all levels of need. To provide oversight and guidance for these care services, Medical Director Allen Sonstein, M.D., will also join the local leadership team. Doctor Sonstein is affiliated with the South Austin Hospital and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas.

He is a member of the American Geriatric Society and the Texas Medical Association, as well as Founder and President of the Family Practice Society at Jefferson Medical College. Doctor Sonstein is also certified in Geriatric Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The Cottages Investment Group Hires Community Director

The Cottages Investment Group, LLC recently announced the hiring of Tom Kosman as the new Community Director for their Shawano assisted living facilities.

Kosman will become the Community Director for The Cottages on Golden Pond, a Residential Care Apartment Complex serving 32 tenants and The Cottages Memory Care facility, a newly opened assisted living facility that specializes in Alzheimer care. Both facilities are located at 103 & 113 Madison Way in Shawano, Wisc.

Kosman is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and a Certified Nursing Assistant, originally from Green Bay.

Fla. Governor Appoints Troy Hart to State’s Senior Living Advisory Council

Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced the appointment of Troy Hart, President of SantaFe Senior Living, to serve on the Continuing Care Advisory Council (CCAC). According to the governor’s office, Hart’s appointment is the result of his expertise in the industry and a demonstrated ability to serve with excellence and distinction. Hart succeeds James Emerson on the council and his term continues through September 30, 2014.

In 2007, Hart joined SantaFe HealthCare, a family of not-for-profit health care organizations in Florida. He’s served as president of SantaFe Senior Living since 2009, operating continuing care retirement communities in Gainesville and Cutler Bay (Miami area), as well as a third opening later this year in Bonita Springs. Hart is responsible for the growth and financial stability of the organization and its retirement communities. Under his leadership, he’s also launched a variety of innovative programs and services benefitting thousands of seniors.

Hart’s role on the CCAC for the State of Florida includes acting in an advisory capacity to the governor’s office on matters pertaining to the operation and regulation of continuing care retirement communities, recommending any changes in statutes or rules and, upon request, assist with any corrective action, rehabilitation or cessation of a business plan of a provider.

Clare Oaks Names Ronette Icso as New Director of Sales and Marketing

Ronette Icso has been named director of sales and marketing for Clare Oaks, a continuing care retirement community located in Bartlett, Ill.

In this role, Icso will be responsible for the sales and marketing effort of this senior living continuing care community, which includes independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care.

For the past five years, Icso served as director of marketing and sales for Greenfields of Geneva. There, she was responsible for the start-up of this retirement community beginning with pre-construction sales, as well as following through with the development, construction and operational sales. Leading the marketing team as a selling manager, she also supervised the daily performance and professional development of a team of six sales professionals.

In previous employment, Icso launched and served as marketing manager for VeriSpring, a non-clinical home-based service program in conjunction with Arlington Heights based Lutheran Home & Services. In this role, she collaborated with the Home Health Care team ensuring community residents received needed services. Additionally, she presented and sold membership packages for seniors to receive Personal Advocate Services.

She also worked as a medical sales representative for St. Charles-based Lincare and served as an exercise physiologist/assistant manager for Oak Brook-based Alliance Rehab, where she was responsible for implementing personal training programs for seniors in a post-physical therapy setting.

Icso was awarded a bachelor’s of science degree in Exercise Science with a Concentration in Physiology and Nutrition from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

Former Atria VP Launches WTC Public Affairs Advisors, LLC

Wayne T. Curtin announced on April 4 the launch of his new consulting firm, WTC Public Affairs Advisors, LLC. Curtin most recently served as Vice President of Government Affairs at Atria Senior Living, Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., and will retain Atria as a client. Prior to Atria, Curtin held the role of Director of Government Affairs with Harley-Davidson Motor Company and was Vice President of Government Relations with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.

With more than 30 years of government affairs experience in the corporate environment, both with publicly traded and privately held companies, as well with not-for-profit associations, this endeavor better positions Curtin to help guide the senior living industry, and its largest companies, more effectively in addressing public policy opportunities and challenges.

Though the firm will do work in other arenas, WTC Advisors will focus on assisting the senior living industry build meaningful relationships with key stakeholders and successfully manage government affairs initiatives.

Immanuel Lutheran Communities Names Jason Cronk CEO

The Board of Directors for Immanual Lutheran Church recently announced Jason Cronk as the new chief executive officer, effective May 13, 2013.

A fourth-generation Montanan from Harlem, Mont., Cronk has served as a senior executive of retirement communities for over 20 years, most recently as the executive director for Life Care Services (LCS) and its subsidiary company CRSA for the past 13 years. While at LCS-CRSA, Cronk led various retirement communities, which included an assignment in mainland China where he served as CRSA’s on-site representative to the Guangdong Oursjia Retirement Services Company in Guangzhou, China. He served as the chief operating officer for the Chinese company guiding them in the planning phases of opening three retirement communities in mainland China.

Prior to working with LCS-CRSA, Cronk served as the executive director for Our Lady of Peace in Charlottesville, Va., and as the administrator for Samaritan Bethany, Inc., in Rochester, Minn. He has bachelor of arts degrees in business administration and organizational communications, as well as a Hospital Administration Certificate from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and an MBA and a master’s certification in health care administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He is a licensed nursing home administrator in North Carolina, Massachusetts and Georgia, and has been a licensed nursing home administrator in Minnesota, Virginia and Maryland.

The Bristal at White Plains Names Halina McLean as Executive Director

Halina McLean has been appointed executive director of The Bristal at White Plains, a new assisted living community that offers memory care support and enhanced levels of care.

Before joining The Bristal, McLean served as administrator at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick. She also held the administrator position at the Elant Inc. Senior Health and Housing Center in Goshen and also worked there as director of placement management.

McLean also served as assistant admissions assessor/managed care nurse at Valley View Rehab Center in Goshen. In her current role at The Bristal, she will be responsible for overseeing operations of the 148-bed assisted living community.

Bruce Erickson Named Executive Director at Covenant Shores

Bruce Erickson has been named the executive director at Covenant Shores, a Covenant-affiliated retirement community in Mercer Island, Wash., where he will be responsible for all operations of the 300-resident community.

Erickson has more than 25 years of leadership experience serving senior adult communities. He comes to Covenant Shores from Presbyterian Retirement Communities Northwest, Seattle, where he was interim health services director. Before that, he was president and CEO of Franke Tobey Jones, a continuing care retirement community in Tacoma, Wash. He worked with senior housing providers in Georgia, Maryland and California, where he was health care administrator for Mount Miguel Covenant Village, Spring Valley, Calif. Like Covenant Shores, Mount Miguel is a member of Covenant Retirement Communities’ network.

Erickson graduated magna cum laude from North Park University, Chicago, with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and earned his Master of Health Administration degree from University of Washington, Seattle. He is a licensed nursing home administrator in Washington.

Erickson Living Names Matt Rosewag the Continuing Care Administrator for Md. Community

Erickson Living has named Matt Rosewag the Continuing Care Administrator for Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, MD. He served previously as Continuing Care Administrator for Oak Crest in Parkville, Md.

Rosewag began his career at Erickson Living-managed communities in 2000 at Oak Crest as a Physical Therapist.  After two years there he transitioned to Riderwood in Silver Spring, Md.,  as the Rehabilitation Manager to help the start up process in Continuing Care.

He later became an Administrator-in-Training and returned to Oak Crest in 2007 as the Assistant Administrator.  Rosewag assumed the role of Administrator in 2011.

Marty Lanigan Joins Greystone as Executive Vice President

Greystone has appointed veteran real estate finance expert Marty Lanigan as Executive Vice President. Lanigan will oversee Greystone’s Portfolio Lending Group and report to Co-Chief Operating Officer Robert Barolak.

Greystone’s Portfolio Lending Group was established in 2005 to provide clients with readily available, short-term financing during acquisition, stabilization, rehabilitation and repositioning initiatives. In his new role, Lanigan will oversee the PLG, which includes the firm’s successful bridge lending program, while expanding the Group’s special situation lending efforts, including mezzanine lending, second mortgage loans and sponsor loans.

Lanigan brings a long and successful background in commercial real estate finance to Greystone. Prior to his role as Executive Vice President, Lanigan worked at Meridian Capital and as an independent consultant, completing projects such as the recapitalization of a large hospital in Dublin, Ireland. Before that, he founded and led Mezz Cap, a mezzanine lending firm that funded and securitized over 600 mezzanine loans in conjunction with a network of over 20 U.S. and Canadian conduit lenders. Lanigan has also held positions with Freddie Mac, GMAC and Prudential over the course of his career.

Lanigan is a CFA charter holder, and holds an MBA in Finance & Investments and International Business from The George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.

NCMHC Welcomes Policy Director and Director of the Medicaid Resource Center

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) recently announced the arrival of two new staff members working with its affiliate, The National Council on Medicaid Home Care. Michelle Martin, JD is the Policy Director of the Council. Steve Postal, JD takes on the responsibilities of developing and managing the Medicaid Home Care Resource Center.

As Policy Director, Michelle Martin will be responsible for the development of model program policy standards through the engagement with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Medicaid Access and Payment Advisory Commission (MACPAC), Congress, and Medicaid stakeholders. She will be working on several key priorities in home care standards including transitions to managed care, dual eligible integration, provider qualifications, rate setting, and quality of care.

Martin comes to NAHC and the Medicaid Council by way of the Medicaid Health Plans of America where she was the Director of its Center for Best Practices. A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Martin also worked as a consultant with the Raben Group and served with several law firms as a health care litigation attorney.

Steve Postal will have primary responsibility for constructing the Resource Center as a comprehensive library of everything involving Medicaid home care including studies, research reports, utilization data, laws and regulation, court decisions and much more. The Resource Center will be fully searchable in all the subject matter contained therein. Postal will also shepherd the news of the day in Medicaid and handle subject matter for the Council web site.

Postal is also an attorney having worked in the health care industry since graduating college, including in consulting, law, and research administration. While serving as an associate at the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, he worked on vulnerable adult cases, and was also a long-term care ombudsman (LTCO) while in law school. Postal went to Bowdoin College, where he majored in history and minored in government, and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he graduated with a health law concentration.

Legend Retirement Corp. Announces Management Changes

Fort Worth based The Covenant Group, and its affiliate Legend Retirement Corp. has announced several management changes and additions to its core team of associates due to the growth of the company and to ensure excellent support for its residents and associates.

Peggy Connelly has been named Director of Memory Care and Programs at Legend Retirement Corp. Her primary role will be to oversee the Memory Care and Lifestyle Programs within Legend. Peggy has over 15 years of experience developing and implementing programs and training within senior housing, specifically in the assisted living and memory care environment. Connelly is nationally certified as a dementia practitioner, instructor, and as an Alzheimer’s educator from the University of South Florida. She is a member of the board of directors for the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, a committee member of the Florida Governors Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative, and involved with many other organizations related to dementia and Alzheimer’s advocacy.

Michelle Rainer has been named Regional Director of Operations for several communities in the Texas region. Her primary role will have her responsible for overall community leadership and building presentation. Rainer has been in senior care for over 15 years and has been involved in numerous openings, acquisitions and challenged community improvement efforts with companies such as Sun Healthcare, National Guest Homes and Garden Terrace. She has familiarity with being a Regional Director from when she was a Regional Director of Sales with Adult Care Management.

Shawn Corzine has been named Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for the Texas region. His primary role will be to help communities obtain, and keep, occupancy as well as ensure sales standards with his team. Corzine has spent time as the Sales and Marketing Director for McKenna Village and most recently served as the Executive Director for Legend’s community Rio Terra in New Braunfels, Texas.

Pathways Home Health & Hospice Hires Director of Business Development & Sales

Pathways Home Health & Hospice, a home health, palliative care and hospice agency, announced that it has hired John Young as Director of Business Development and Sales.

In his new position, Young will lead a team of account managers working out of regional offices in Sunnyvale, South San Francisco and Oakland. He will be responsible for team development, strategic planning and the overseeing of day-to-day sales contact throughout five Bay Area counties.

Young comes to Pathways with 32 years of experience in the health care industry in business development and senior sales management. He most recently spent three years as Vice President of Business Development at Lifetime Health Diary, Inc. where he was responsible for developing a new market for a patient-owned, electronic medical record system.

Prior to Lifetime Health Diary, Young was the Senior Director of National Hospital Sales for Allergan where he led a 22-member, specialty care sales team. In addition to his professional experience, John served on the volunteer Board of the Orange County Council on Aging for three years.