Movers & Shakers — People and Positions for September, Part II

It’s officially Fall, and as autumn foliage kicks into high gear, so are senior living professionals who are accepting new positions, getting promoted, and being named to boards. 

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The Legacy Willow Bend Names Marilyn Israel Executive Director

The Legacy Willow Bend, a life care retirement community in Plano, Texas, has named Marilyn Israel executive director. The announcement was made by Michael Ellentuck, president of The Legacy Senior Communities.

Israel is a recognized leader with more than 25 years of experience in health care, human services and senior housing. She joins The Legacy Willow Bend from Jewish Home/Jewish Senior Living Group in San Francisco where she served as the executive director and then as the director of strategic projects, working with a team of professionals on the redevelopment of the Jewish Home Campus.


Previously, Israel served as the executive director for Kahala Nui, a $180 million not-for-profit CCRC in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was also the vice president of operations for Balfour Senior Care in Louisville, Colorado, and served as the executive director for The Lodge at Balfour and Balfour Retirement Community.

Joe Anderson Named Chairman of SQLC Charitable Foundation Board

Senior living community developer Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), sponsor of Edgemere retirement resort in Dallas, has named Joe Anderson Chairman of the Board of the SQLC Charitable Foundation.

Anderson has a long history of involvement with charitable organizations. He is currently President of the American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW) Foundation, one of the largest and most successful foundations supporting continuing care and life care communities in the United States.

As President of the ABHOW Foundation, Anderson was instrumental in helping to distribute more than $1.1 million to the ABHOW continuing care communities to provide benevolent support for residents. Anderson also has extensive experience in fundraising, having raised more than $1.5 million for expansions of two ABHOW communities.

Prior to working for the ABHOW Foundation, Anderson served as the President of Seniority, Inc., a for-profit consulting and management services subsidiary owned by American Baptist Homes of the West.

Anderson serves as a member of the Management Committee of the parent company, American Baptist Homes of the West. He is a board member (and former chair) of Senior Helpline Services, a Lafayette, CA-based nonprofit that provides assurance phone calls and transportation for seniors in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. He also serves as Chair of the Endowment Committee at San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church.

Oak Crest Names Ann Marie Reihl Volunteer Program Coordinator

Oak Crest, an Erickson Living retirement community, named Ann Marie Riehl as its Volunteer Program Coordinator. As Volunteer Program Coordinator at Oak Crest, Riehl will support and enhance the current programming calendar and create partnerships with organizations in Baltimore County and beyond.

Riehl brings a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector, most recently with Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in Marriottsville, Md. 

A resident of Reisterstown, Riehl earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She supports the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5k as a training coach and shares her time and talent with the Samaritan Women, Serve Greater Baltimore and Second Chance, Inc.

Beaumont CCRC Appoints Joseph Peduzzi as President

Beaumont at Bryn Mawr today announced the appointment of Joseph J. Peduzzi as President, effective immediately. He succeeds Joseph Fortenbaugh, who retired after 20 years in the top position.

Peduzzi has more than 20 years of experience in the strategic and operational direction of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). Most recently, he served for five years as Executive Director of Walnut Village/Front Porch, where he was responsible for the successful launch of this $141 Million CCRC in Anaheim, California.

Prior to that, Peduzzi served as Executive Director of Claremont Manor in Claremont, California, and as Executive Director and VP of Operations of Simpson Meadows/Simpson Senior Services in Downingtown and Philadelphia, Pa. He holds a M.S. in Healthcare Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and B.S. in Business Administration from the University of West Virginia.

The Terraces as San Joaquin Gardens Announces New Director of Sales

Rod Anaforian has joined The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens as the new director of sales. In his position, Anaforian will oversee marketing and sales operations at the continuing care retirement community located in Fresno, Calif. 

Anaforian has more than 15 years of sales experience, and previously worked as the director of client services for Qforma, Inc. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and as the chief operations officer for Lance-Kashian & Company in Fresno. He also served as a territory, district and regional sales manager for Organon Pharmaceuticals in Roseland, New Jersey.

Anaforian is a graduate of California State University in Long Beach, Calif., where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in social science and a master of arts degree in international relations. He was also elected twice to the Fresno City Council and is co-author of a sales management tip book titled, Rising Above The Crowd.

Golden Pond Assisted Living Names New Executive Director

Golden Pond Assisted Living, an independent lifestyle and assisted living community, named Katy Tavares as its new executive director, effective Sept. 1.

Tavares brings more than 18 years of experience to her post where she oversees the day-to-day operations of the community. Previously, she served as the executive director of Woodbridge Assisted Living in Peabody, and as executive director of Landmark Senior Living in Beverly. She has also served as a private consultant in the industry with a diverse client roster including BaneCare, Marriott (now Sunrise) Senior Services, and Volunteers of America. She began her work in the field at Mystic Valley Elder Services in Malden as a geriatric case manager.

Tavares has a master’s degree in sociology and a graduate certification in gerontology. She is a trained support group facilitator and dementia educator of the “Care for People with Alzheimer’s’ Disease” course through the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts.

CellTrak Adds Healthcare IT Executive to Leadership Team

CellTrak Technologies, Inc. recently announced the addition of Greg Shannon to its executive leadership team. Shannon has been appointed to the role of Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) and VP of Care Delivery Innovation effective immediately. In this role, he will be reporting directly to the President and CEO of CellTrak, Michael K. Wons, and will be a member of the CellTrak Executive Leadership team. 

Shannon is an experienced senior leader with more than 15 years of customer focused cross-functional experience developing and implementing innovative solutions with healthcare stakeholders.

Previously, Shannon advised start-up healthcare companies and has held management positions of increasing responsibility related to product development, sales, marketing, and business development. He was VP of Preventive Care, at leading healthcare manufacturer Medline, and Director of Global Business Development for Fortune 100 healthcare company, Abbott Laboratories. He began his career in healthcare performance improvement practice of management consulting firm.

Shannon holds a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and a M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

LCB Senior Living Names Two New Directors

LCB Senior Living, LLC, a Norwood, Mass.-based developer and operator of independent, assisted and memory care communities for seniors, has announced that Danielle Breton has been named Director of Investments for the company, and that Robert Schiller has been named Director of Market Research.

Breton is responsible for promoting growth of the company’s senior housing portfolio through the evaluation of potential property acquisitions and developments (from initial offer and valuation, through due diligence, debt and equity structuring, and closing). She integrates all company departments in this process, and participates with others in the ongoing investor relationship process, post-closing.

Breton has been involved in the senior housing industry for thirteen years. Prior to joining LCB, she was the Director of Underwriting at Benchmark Senior Living, where she oversaw the underwriting and real estate investment analysis related to acquisitions, developments, value-add renovation projects, portfolio and refinancings. During that tenure, Breton was involved in closing over $2B in 26 recapitalizations and acquisitions, which doubled the size of the company. She previously worked at Epoch Senior Living.

Rob Schiller has nearly 20 years’ experience as a senior living analyst. He specializes in exploring new and existing markets, and determining their viability for acquisition or new development activities. At LCB, Schiller is responsible for all market research-related functions, including real estate/site selection analysis and market feasibility. He has a lead role in identifying and evaluating markets and sites for new developments and potential acquisition opportunities.

Schiller has been involved in the senior housing industry for nearly 18 years. Prior to joining LCB, he was the Senior Director of Market Planning for Benchmark Senior Living for 16 years. He began with Benchmark shortly after its inception in 1997 and helped craft its growth and development initiatives, performing a significant role in growing the company from a start-up to the largest assisted living provider in New England with 46 properties. Prior to Benchmark, he was at National Healthcare Affiliates, a small regional senior housing owner/operator. He began his career at BJ’s Wholesale Club and spent eight years as a market and site analyst near their inception and through its initial growth phase.

Tel-Tron Hires Tom Hurlburt as New President 

Tel-Tron Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of sensor technology and software for senior living, announced on Sept. 13 that the company has hired Tom Hurlburt as its new president. Hurlburt will report to Brian Dawson, the past president and current CEO.

An accomplished executive, Hurlburt was most recently the president of Spraggins Inc., where he led a strategic corporate expansion and diversification effort that resulted in leadership positions in new markets, expanded product offerings, and additional customer channels; all achieved during one of the toughest housing recessions in history.

Prior to his career at Spraggins, Hurlburt served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm with the 101st Airborne Division. He is a graduate of Auburn University. 

SearStone CCRC Announces Two New Hires

SearStone, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) being developed in Cary, has announced the hiring of Mark Poole as director of security and transportation and Jeff Wardenfelt as environmental services director.

Poole is a retired captain from the Raleigh Police Department and spent 10 years as a patrol officer before progressing to management. After retiring from the force and working part-time, he accepted a position at the North Carolina Museum of Art, where he was responsible for the security and safety of visitors, staff and property. Poole is a Raleigh native.

Before joining SearStone, Wardenfelt spent more than 12 years as facilities manager at Carroll Lutheran Village, a CCRC in Westminster, Md., with more than 700 residents. He has also served as maintenance director of a nursing home and district facilities manager for a small chain of seven nursing homes. He and his wife recently moved from Maryland to the Triangle area.