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

Halloween is fast approaching, and while some are scrambling to come up with the perfect costume, senior living industry movers and shakers are donning new job titles and career positions.

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Northstar Rancho Cordova Names Jennifer Willard Director of Sales & Marketing

Jennifer Willard has been named Sales and Marketing Director for Northstar Rancho Cordova, an assisted living and memory care community under construction in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Willard joins Northstar with over 25 years in sales and marketing leadership roles. For the past four years, she has worked with local senior communities, dedicating herself to educating families and helping them with residential care decisions.


Additionally, Willard successfully owned and operated an executive recruiting firm in Sacramento for nearly 15 years, providing sales environment consulting and career guidance.

A native Sacramentan, Willard attended American River College and Folsom Lake College. She currently makes her home in Folsom.

Alan Johnson Named Sales Director at Mount Miguel Covenant Village

Alan Johnson has been named sales director at Mount Miguel Covenant Village, a continuing care retirement community located at 325 Kempton St., Spring Valley.

In his new position, Johnson will develop and implement a sales program for Mount Miguel’s residential retirement community of 249 residences, including studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and single-family homes. In addition to residential retirement, the continuing care retirement community’s continuum of senior services includes in- and out-patient rehab, assisted living and skilled nursing.

Johnson comes to Mount Miguel from The Arc of Diego where he was business developer for the past four years. He has previous sales experience in machining and operational experience in both machine tool manufacture and vocational training. Formerly a pastor at both Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church, San Diego, Calif., and Highland Community Church, Spring Valley, Calif., Johnson also taught at Christian Junior Senior High, El Cajon, Calif.

A 1984 graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Seminary, San Diego, in 2001. He lives in Spring Valley, Calif.

Integral Senior Living Adds Regional Vice President

Integral Senior Living (ISL), a leader in managing senior living communities, is pleased to announce that Jacque Geer has joined the company as a Regional Vice President of Operations. In her new role, Geer is responsible for the operations of communities ranging from those that offer independent living to memory care for residents.

Most recently, Geer was a Regional Vice President of Operations, Southern California with Merrill Gardens. Prior to her position as Regional Vice President of Operations, Geer served as the Regional Marketing Director for Merrill Gardens. Earlier she worked for Life Care Services as a Regional Director of Sales and Marketing and Corporate Trainer. Greyton Management as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, Executive Director of Town Village Ridgmar, and Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Capital Senior Living.

Geer is California RCFE certified, holds a Texas Administrator license, and is ALFA certified for Risk Management, Recruiting and Hiring and Lifetime Administrator’s. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Operations from DeVry University.

The Douglas Company Hires Edward Hanratty III as VP of Construction

The Douglas Company recently welcomed Edward M. Hanratty III to their Executive Team as Vice President of Construction at its Orlando, Florida office. In his new position, Hanratty will focus on overseeing the success of all Southeast office construction projects, development of project staff and ensuring that all of work performed exceeds the
client’s expectations.

With 34 years of industry experience and expertise in the areas of risk management, scheduling, quality assurance, and cost control, Hanratty is a welcomed addition to
the general contractor’s team of capable associates. He is a demonstrated leader in staff development and hopes to focus this skillset on bringing operational leadership to the project staff.

The Licensed Florida General Contractor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology and comes to The Douglas Company from his previous position as Vice President/General Manager at Hardin Construction. His first projects with TDC’s Southeast office include Grand Oaks of Jensen, an assisted living facility in Jensen Beach, Florida and Beach House, an assisted living facility located in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

Covenant Village of Florida Appoints Domenica Wehmann as ED

Domenica Wehmann has been named executive director of Covenant Village of Florida, a nationally accredited continuing care retirement community located in Plantation, Fla.

Wehmann is responsible for all operations at Covenant Village, which serves 330 residents. She directs a staff of approximately 200 and reports to Covenant Retirement Communities Executive Vice President of Operations Terri Cunliffe.

Wehmann brings more than 14 years of senior housing leadership to her new position at Covenant Village. Before joining Covenant Village she was executive director of a senior living community in Merritt Island, Fla. She is a licensed nursing home administrator and has extensive experience in marketing and financial management.

A summa cum laude graduate of Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Fla., Wehmann has a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration. She is a member of LeadingAge Florida, the Alzheimer’s Foundation and a hospice volunteer.

Wesley Homes Hires Patrick O’Neill as Campus Administrator

Wesley Homes Retirement Communities and Home Health Services welcomes Patrick O’Neill as the new campus administrator for Wesley Homes Des Moines.

As administrator, O’Neill will oversee a 45-acre community, which consists of three apartment buildings, multiple independent living residences, assisted living apartments and a skilled nursing center. Additionally, he will be responsible for the adult day care center and Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church buildings that are also part of the Des Moines campus.

O’Neill comes to Wesley Homes with a strong background in retirement home leadership as administrator for two retirement communities in Tacoma before becoming president and CEO of a community in Spokane. He is a licensed nursing home administrator in the state of Washington.

He also has a Master of Science with a Concentration on Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from Northwestern State University.

O’Neill has been a board member and chairman of LeadingAge Washington, board member and chairman of Hospice of Spokane, Washington State delegate to American Association of Housing and Services for the Aging, member of Nursing Home Board of Examiners and member of Rotary Club 21.

Erickson Living Names Director of Development for New Community

Erickson Living has announced the selection of Louis Kiang as director of development where he will play a key role in the company’s future project development, design, and management.

Kiang has more than 25 years of experience working with major national banks and real estate development companies. His expertise includes property acquisition and improvement, development and design, and leasing and sales.

Prior to joining Erickson Living, Kiang held several management positions with development companies. That experience reflects his superior leadership skills and expertise in strategic and talent management, project and investment analysis, transaction negotiations, and business-plan execution.

Kiang’s prior positions have included serving as executive director of BioBat Inc., as a member of the executive management team at Townsend Capital LLC, as a founding member of Wexford Science and Technology LLC, and as a senior vice president at Bank of America.

Kiang holds an MBA in finance and a BA in business/marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a mentor at the University of Maryland Colvin Institute’s Master of Real Estate Development program. He has also served as adjunct professor in the John Hopkins University Real Estate program.

SearStone Adds Medical Director & Director of Nursing

SearStone, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Cary, has announced the hiring of Dr. Wells Edmundson as medical director and Crystal Hays, R.N., as director of nursing. Edmundson and Hays will be coordinating care for residents across a wide spectrum of services as needed, from physical therapy, occupational therapy and home care services to long-term care such as assisted living and skilled nursing. Care will be provided in residents’ homes, as well as Brittany Place, SearStone’s onsite health care center.

Dr. Edmundson has practiced medicine in the Raleigh area since 1983, and has been part of Raleigh Medical Group since 2001. Raleigh Medical Group also partners with sister primary care office Cary Medical Group to provide services. Dr. Edmundson graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1980, and completed his residency at Charlotte Memorial Hospital in 1983. He served as chief of staff of Rex Hospital in 2007, and served as chair of the Medical Executive Committee at Rex Hospital from 2008 to 2009.

Hays has been in nursing for more than 30 years and most recently served as clinical care nurse/case manager-geriatrics at the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Prior to that, she served as clinical manager of the Medical Center’s Wound Care Program, where a majority of her patients were elderly. She has also worked in hospitals, rehabilitation centers and skilled living facilities across Pennsylvania and South Carolina. She earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Harrisburg Community College.

Chelsea Senior Living Hires Elaine Jeffers as VP of Health Services

Registered nurse Elaine Jeffers, has been named vice president of Health Services for Chelsea Senior Living, LLC where she will oversee all resident and employee health programs at Chelsea’s 17 assisted living and special needs communities in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. She will also be in overall charge of compliance with state and federal health regulations, quality improvement and training.

Jeffers, a registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of patient care, has been with Chelsea since 2006, most recently as regional director of Health Services in charge of health services at seven of the company’s properties.

She is a legal nurse consultant, a certified case manager, a certified dementia practitioner and a certified assisted living nurse. She is currently pursuing her master’s in nursing and is the president of The New Jersey Chapter of The American Assisted Living Nursing Association.

Jeffers is a resident of Long Hill Township, where she is a past member of the Board of Health.

Patton Joins Directions in Design as Vice President

Steve Patton has joined Directions In Design, Inc. as vice president and marketing leader for the firm’s residential and senior living design divisions. Previously, Patton and his brother, David, operated Frank Patton Interiors, a well-known furniture store/design center in West St. Louis County. The brothers are in the process of selling the building.

Founded in 1975 by Jane Ganz, DID has a staff of 15 and is prominent nationally in the hospitality (hotels, casinos, restaurants), marine, healthcare, senior living, educational, residential and corporate interiors markets. It has also completed interiors projects for more than 3,500 primary or vacation homes.

Beech Street Capital Names Ginger Petroff VP of Originations

Beech Street Capital, LLC, announced recently that it has named Ginger Petroff vice president of originations. Based in Chicago, Petroff will help build Beech Street’s seniors housing portfolio.

A fifteen-year veteran of the industry, Petroff joins Beech Street from the Red Capital Group, where she was director of health care lending.

Petroff understands the industry from a number of perspectives and is experienced in both agency and balance sheet finance. She began her career as director of equity investments for Sunrise Senior Living and subsequently held positions of responsibility with GE Healthcare Financial Services, Healthcare Capital Group, and Wells Fargo.