Movers & Shakers—People and Positions for November

With Thanksgiving just weeks away, movers and shakers across the senior living industry are giving thanks for new jobs and promotions.

Are you looking for a new career? Check out senior housing employment opportunities nationwide on SHN’s job board, with Omega Healthcare Investors and Sunrise Senior Living among those hiring. 

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Flores-Lacangan Named Residential Health Coordinator at Mount Miguel Covenant Village

Frances Flores-Lacangan, R.N., has been named residential health coordinator at Mount Miguel Covenant Village, a continuing care retirement community in Spring Valley, Calif. 

In her new position, Flores-Lacangan coordinates health care services for Mount Miguel’s 318 residential independent living residents. She provides resident education and preventative screening; coordinates service resources and options; and collaborates with residents, families and the Mount Miguel interdisciplinary team to maximize residents’ whole-person wellness. Flores-Lacangan also supervises the Mount Miguel clinic and home health services staff of three.


Before joining Mount Miguel, Flores-Lacangan worked in home health care as a case manager and registered nurse. She also has experience in the medical-surgical/telemetry unit at Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, Calif.

Flores-Lacangan is a 2012 graduate of San Diego State University, San Diego, with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses; and the Nurses Christian Fellowship, a ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Seth Peters Joins Team Launching North Hill’s New Small House Community

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North Hill, the leading Massachusetts senior living community, has hired Seth Peters as Community Relations Manager for its new Enhanced Living offering, “Vista Terrace.”

Peters most recently worked at the Traditions of Wayland community, where he increased occupancy at the assisted living community and successfully launched a memory support neighborhood.

Vista Terrace is a new Enhanced Living community under construction at North Hill. It features an innovative “household” approach to care, with individual apartments nestled around a household center. This type of design also is known as a “small house” or “green house project.”

Peters will be working with healthcare professionals and families to help them make living decisions for those who need some assistance with daily activities.

He began his career as a business analyst for Tweeter Home Entertainment Group after attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Keenan-Flagler Business School.

A resident of Natick, Peters is the co-chair of the MetroWest Alzheimer’s Partnership.

Signature HealthCARE CEO Joe Steier Joins Caremerge Board of Directors

Caremerge, an innovative communication and care coordination platform for senior living, recently announced the addition of Joe Steier, President and CEO of Signature HealthCARE, to the Caremerge Board of Directors. Steier brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in long-term care innovations to the board of the Chicago-based company.

Steier joined Home Quality Management, now Signature HealthCARE, as president to help grow the small organization into a regional family-based long-term care provider. Today, as president and CEO of Signature HealthCARE, Steier focuses on innovative Quality of Life programs, a thriving interfaith spirituality focus, and aggressive plans for organizational learning to meet the real needs of his residents and stakeholders.

Steier reshaped the aging healthcare industry by helping to establish the International Center for Long Term Care Innovation, aiming to incubate and invest in startup companies that offer technologies that might be used in the aging-care industry.

James Brady Joins Pennrose Management Company as VP of Operations

Pennrose Management Company announced today that James Brady has joined the company as vice president of operations. In this capacity, he manages all aspects of the company’s operational efforts for its more than 150 affordable, market rate, senior and special needs residential communities and fee-based management contracts.

Brady is a seasoned property management executive with more than 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Pennrose, he ran his own property management consulting business. He has served in leadership roles with several industry leaders, including Avalon Bay Communities, Lincoln Property Company and Trammell Crow. His experience includes all classes of market rate, affordable, student, military and public/private ventures, as well as consulting and neighborhood redevelopment endeavors.

Brady is a graduate of John Carroll University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree.

Somerby at St. Vincent Hires Phil Schirle as Director of Dining Services

Phil Schirle has been named director of dining services for Somerby at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen in Alabama where he will be responsible for planning and executing food service functions for the bistro (casual dining) and Chateau Restaurant (fine dining). 

A certified Executive Chef, Schirle was with the Musgrove Country Club in Jasper prior to joining Somerby. A long-time chef in New Orleans, he worked at Commander’s Palace and New Orleans Country Club, and is a member of the American Culinary Federation.  

AdCare Names Barry Somervell SVP Strategy and Development

AdCare Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ADK), recently announced that Barry Somervell has joined the senior management of the company in the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development. Somervell will focus on building strategic long-term relationships with acute care systems in AdCare markets, with the goal of improving the census at facilities and improving the company’s revenue mix.

Somervell is an experienced leader with a strong history of success in growth strategy and infrastructure transformations as well as sales and business development. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Growth for Baptist Health System in San Antonio, Texas.

Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Sales and Business Development for Kindred Healthcare, where he managed the development and execution of sales, marketing and business development strategies for Kindred’s $2.2 billion Nursing Center Division in 224 skilled nursing and transitional care centers and was responsible for a team of over 300 sales reps and nearly 30 sales leaders. Prior to this, he held other sales leadership positions in a variety of post-acute companies.

Somervell has a BS in Communications from the University of Central Missouri.

Senior Living Communities Promotes Andrew Ketchum to VP of Creative Services

Senior Living Communities, an owner/operator of nine retirement communities located throughout the Southeast and Midwest, announced in early November the promotion of Andrew Ketchum to the position of Vice President of Creative Services.

In his new role, Ketchum will organize, create and implement marketing and creative services projects at the home office and community levels. He will lead the creative services team specializing in graphic design, film, web design, project management, media buying, customer service, social media, public relations, and database support.

Ketchum brings more than a decade of broad-based media experience to his new role. Most recently, he worked as the videographer for Senior Living Communities. Prior to that, he spent 10 years with MorningStar Ministries where he served as Media Production Manager. He is a graduate of Full Sail University.

Presbyterian SeniorCare Expands Leadership Team

Presbyterian SeniorCare President & CEO Paul Winkler recently announced a newly created officer position for the organization’s Aging Services Network, which serves more than 6,500 older adults at 56 communities at 44 locations across 10 western Pennsylvania counties. Winkler also named a new Senior Director for the organization’s premier continuing care retirement community, Longwood at Oakmont.

Moving from eastern to western Pennsylvania, senior living veteran Tama M. Carey has been appointed to the new role of Executive Vice President for Service Integration, a position that expands the Presbyterian SeniorCare officer team to six members. She will oversee the Presbyterian SeniorCare portfolio of home and community-based programs as well as lead the integration of service across all lines of business and care management strategies.

Carey had been tapped in January to serve as the interim Senior Director at Longwood at Oakmont while a national search process was underway to fill that vacancy and previously worked as a vice president for a faith-based organization where she supported 10 senior living communities throughout eastern Pennsylvania and Maryland. Throughout her career she has also served as a campus executive director, nursing home administrator and director of nursing.

Winkler also announced the selection of Paul D. Peterson, who will move from the west to east coast to begin his senior management role at the continuing care retirement community by early December.

Peterson will oversee strategic planning as well as direct all aspects of the operations of the Longwood at Oakmont campus. He will work to establish a culture of excellence in customer service which embraces communication with residents, employees, board members and the community.

Peterson earned a degree in Health Care Administration from State University in Fredonia, New York and has a license as a Nursing Home Administrator. He began his career in 1998 with Covenant Retirement Communities serving as a management leadership trainee at Covenant Village of Golden Valley in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From there, he continued his tenure with the company serving as the residential administrator at Covenant Village of Northbrook in Northbrook, Illinois. 

In 2007, Peterson moved to Santa Barbara, CA with his wife and two children, continuing his career at Covenant Retirement Communities by serving as the Executive Director of The Samarkand. 

K&B Underwriters Hires Senior Living Programs Director in Virginia

K&B Underwriters, a program administrator and wholesale brokerage serving agents and brokers for senior living facilities, recently hired Paul Marshall as director of senior living programs.

Marshall has 23 years of experience in the insurance industry, largely focused on long-term care and healthcare professional liability (LTC-HPL) insurance.

Marshall most recently served as vice president of healthcare underwriting at American Safety Insurance. Prior to this post, he served as director of insurance business development at PointRight Inc. He also previously served as vice president of healthcare liability programs at Neace Lukens, while the first 13 years of his career were spent in direct retail insurance agency sales and operations management.

Based in Reston, Va., K&B Underwriters serves insurance agents and brokers for senior living facilities. K&B provides nursing homes, assisted or independent living facilities and other senior living risks with insurance programs and specialized risk management services.

Atria Senior Living Named 2013 Top Workplace in Conn.

For an impressive third year in a row, Atria Senior Living has been named by Hearst Media as a Top Workplace in Connecticut. Atria is dedicated to encouraging a fulfilling lifestyle and promoting independence for seniors through assisted living. Many of their communities offer memory-care services for adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Employee feedback determines the results of the Top Workplaces. The survey is conducted by a research firm, WorkplaceDynamics, LLP. The firm provides research on organizational health and employee engagement. Workers are asked about their opinions on company leadership, future goals within the company, benefits and total job satisfaction. Atria Senior Living has proven to provide high ratings and excellent job satisfaction for three straight years, based on the results of the survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics. According to this study, Atria is among the best places in Connecticut for workers to experience an appreciation from their employer.

Atria Senior Living was chosen out of 35 candidates as a Top Workplace. The private health care company employs over 5,000 people in the US. Employees strive to provide older adults with a community atmosphere, promoting a higher quality of life through activities and social programs.

Springpoint Senior Living Hires Jean Brophy as ED of Stonebridge CCRC

Springpoint Senior Living has welcomed Jean G. Brophy as executive director of Stonebridge at Montgomery, a continuing care retirement community in Skillman, NJ. Brophy’s responsibilities include overseeing Stonebridge’s daily operations as well as the services provided to the community’s 249 residents. Additionally, she will provide leadership to a team of 200 employees.

Brophy brings to Stonebridge more than 35 years of experience working in the senior living industry. She served most recently as executive director for a Sunrise Senior Living community in Pennsylvania.

A resident of Skillman, Brophy is a licensed nursing home administrator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology and a master’s in gerontology. She has served on the boards of LeadingAge and LeadingAge Massachusetts. She has been a member of the California Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators.

Aviv REIT Hires Mark Wetzel as CFO and Treasurer

Aviv REIT (NYSE:AVIV) announced recently the hiring of Mark L. Wetzel as chief financial officer and treasurer of the company, replacing James H. Lyman, who formerly held both those roles.

“We are excited to have Mark join Aviv and we are confident that he will be a significant addition to our already best-in-class executive management team,” said Craig M. Bernfield, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aviv. “We are confident about significantly growing our business in the near-term and we believe that Mark’s credibility in the capital markets, as well as his capabilities, background and experience, will enhance our prospects.”

Wetzel has previous experience as a public REIT executive and was most recently the CFO of DuPont Fabros Technology (NYSE:DFT). 

“We are confident that he will successfully lead all of our capital markets activities as we grow the business,” Bernfield said. “We believe that Mark’s character, personality and leadership will be a great fit for the Aviv culture and we look forward to Mark being an integral part of our long-term success.”

Ecumen Promotes Julie Murray to VP of Sales, Marketing & Business Development

Julie Murray has been promoted to the new role of vice president of sales, marketing and business development at Ecumen, a nonprofit senior housing and aging services company headquartered in Shoreview, Minn.

Murray previously was the vice president of sales, marketing and new ventures at Ecumen. The new position adds business development to her responsibilities, which includes real estate development and new business partnerships.

Murray has 15 years of senior housing experience. She started at Ecumen in 2007 as director of real estate development and led the development of new Ecumen housing in Apple Valley and Maplewood, both winners of the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s “Best in Real Estate” award for senior housing communities. Before that, she worked for Greystone Communities, Inc. in Dallas where she was responsible for the sales and marketing of multiple entry-fee continuing care retirement communities as
a regional director of sales and marketing.

Murray is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management.