Merrill Gardens Hires Two Top Leisure Care Execs

Seattle-based Merrill Gardens announced on Monday the hiring of Tana Gall as president and Jason Childers as senior vice president, effective immediately. Both Gall and Childers were formerly the president and senior vice president, respectively, of Leisure Care, also based in Seattle.

Merrill Gardens’ former president Bill Pettit has moved on to lead R.D. Merrill Company, the parent company of Merrill Gardens and Pillar Properties, which owns and operates apartment residences in Washington state.

Prior to joining Merrill Gardens, Gall worked at Leisure Care for 19 years. Childers was with the company for 11 years. Dan Madsen, Leisure Care’s CEO, has resumed the role of president, according to a spokesperson.

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“We wish them the best,” said Madsen of Gall and Childers. “They will always be family.”

Merrill Gardens owns and operates 56 retirement communities in nine states and is celebrating its 20th year of operations in 2013.

“Tana and Jason’s expertise will be critical as we build the platform for our operating systems for the future,” said Pettit in a statement. “They will be leading the way as we transform the company through technology and innovate new ways to best serve our senior population. We are very fortunate to have them join our team and I look forward to the opportunities their continued partnership will provide to Merrill Gardens.”

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Written by Alyssa Gerace

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