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

Heading into Thanksgiving, senior living industry movers and shakers are getting promoted and hired all across the country, while Assisted Living Concepts plans a headquarter move from Menomonee Falls, Wisc. to SHN’s home city, Chicago. 

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Emeritus Names Philip Noto Executive Director of New Mass. Community

Emeritus Senior Living has named Philip Noto as Executive Director of the company’s newest senior living community, Emeritus at East Longmeadow, which will open in Spring 2014.

Most recently, Noto served as the Executive Director at The Hearth at Gardenside, an assisted living community in Branford, Conn., which was The Hearth’s highest rated community for resident satisfaction for 2012-2013.


Joining Noto is the community’s new community relations coordinator, Angie Thornton, who has more than eight years’ experience in the senior living field. Previous to her position at Emeritus at East Longmeadow, she held the role of director of marketing for Keystone Retirement Community.

Senior Living Communities Promotes Gary Ventola to VP – Finance

Senior Living Communities, an owner/operator of retirement communities located throughout the Southeast and Midwest, announced recently that Gary Ventola has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Finance for the nine-community portfolio.

Ventola has worked for Senior Living Communities since 2006 in the position of Controller where he directed the financial affairs of and supervised the general accounting, property accounting, internal auditing and budgetary controls for the company’s portfolio. 

Ventola is a seasoned financial executive. His track record includes stints as Vice President of Finance at behavioral health provider IFCS, Inc. and Assistant Vice President of Finance at Sanders Bros., Inc. Prior to that, he served as controller at MicroMagnetic Systems, Inc., Corporate Express, Inc., and Fire Suppression Systems, Inc.

Ventola is a graduate of Virginia Tech with Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance. He has earned his Masters of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and Masters of Accounting from The University of Connecticut.

Omega Healthcare Makes Updates to Board of Directors

Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. has updated its employment agreements with its current board of directors, including with CEO C. Taylor Pickett, COO Daniel Booth, and CFO Robert O. Stephenson. Other executives whose employment agreements were extended and updated include R. Lee Crabill, senior vice president of operations and Michael Ritz, chief accounting officer.

Assisted Living Concepts to Move Headquarters to Chicago

Assisted Living Concepts LLC plans to move its corporate headquarters from Menomonee Falls, Wisc., to Chicago bay the end of 2013. The company has leased 25,265 square feet at 330 North Wabash in Chicago, and beginning this December, the new space will house ALC’s approximately 100 corporate employees, including its executive team. 

“The state’s enduring advantages as a home for companies of all sizes are benefiting its taxpayers and people who seek work,” said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. “Employers who want to be at the epicenter of North American business are driving economic growth throughout the state.”

ALC is eligible for tax credits under the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) program, administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The tax credits, based on job creation, can be used against corporate income taxes to be paid for up to 10 years.

“Chicago is a world-class city for business, with a large and diverse workforce to support ALC’s future growth and easy access to transportation options that will enable us to better serve our residents and employees in communities across the country,” said ALC CEO Jack Callison Jr. “We are looking to hire many talented professionals as the company enters this new growth phase, and I am confident that Chicago is the right place to achieve the ambitious goals we have set for ALC’s next chapter.”

Ken Bowen Joins Oak Grove Capital as SVP

Oak Grove Capital, a leading national provider of real estate financial services, has announced that Ken Bowen has joined the St. Paul-based lender as a senior vice president, focusing on new loan originations for the company’s market rate multifamily debt platform.

Prior to joining Oak Grove Capital, Bowen was president of Red Mortgage Capital, where he spent 18 years focused on multifamily and seniors housing production. His experience includes a wide variety of roles, including chief underwriter, head of multifamily production, and member of the Loan Committee and Asset Management Committee.

Bowen has also served on Fannie Mae’s Affordable Housing Forum, Chief Underwriter’s Forum, and various working groups assisting Fannie Mae in new product developments and enhancements. Before moving to Columbus, Ohio in 1995, Bowen spent two years as chief lending officer of a savings bank in New York City that focused on commercial real estate lending, and 10 years in the fee appraisal business, earning the MAI designation in 1990.

Oak Grove’s Tim Leonhard Honored with Freddie Mac’s Top Originator Award

Tim Leonhard, managing director of the affordable multifamily housing platform at Oak Grove Capital, was recently honored with the 2013 “Top Originator Award” by Freddie Mac. The award was given to Leohnard in recognition of his outstanding contributions to and origination of affordable multifamily housing Freddie Mac financing.

Leonhard has been with Oak Grove Capital and its predecessors since 2007, and has closed more than $4 billion of affordable multifamily housing debt transactions over the course of his 15-year career.

Leonhard also has extensive experience with Fannie Mae and HUD loan programs, and is an expert in the nuances of Agency and GSE lending. He works out of Oak Grove Capital’s Dallas office.

American Realty Capital Properties Appoints Lisa Beeson as COO

American Realty Capital Properties, Inc.  announced in late October that it has appointed Lisa Beeson as its Chief Operating Officer, effective November 7, 2013. Beeson will join Nicholas S. Schorsch, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Brian S. Block, Chief Financial Officer, as part of ARCP’s self-managed executive team.

Joining ARCP from Barclays, Beeson will take over for Brian D. Jones, who will continue to serve as part of the executive leadership team in the American Realty Capital family of companies.Beeson held the position of Managing Director and Head of Global Real Estate M&A at Barclays, and previously occupied that same position at Lehman Brothers. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, she was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and Wachovia Securities.

During her 25 years of investment banking, Beeson has worked on transactions with an aggregate value exceeding $400 billion, including in excess of $150 billion in the lodging, gaming and various real estate sectors. She has been the lead advisor on numerous net lease real estate transactions, including representing Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. in its acquisition of Cole Credit Property Trust II, Inc. and advising Corporate Property Associates 16 – Global Incorporated in its sale to WP Carey Inc.

Magnusson Architecture and Planning Repositions, Hires New Leadership

After nearly three decades of high-quality design, Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) has implemented changes that will benefit their clients at all levels. With a new website, new midtown offices, and additional senior leadership, MAP is well equipped to continue to deliver the excellent projects its clients across the New York City metro area have come to expect. 

MAP has added two staff members to its senior leadership group who demonstrate excellence in design and exceptional client service. Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, was promoted from Senior Associate to Associate Principal, and Christoph Stump, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, was promoted from Associate to Senior Associate.

Villa has more than 20 years of international design experience focusing on sustainability, historic preservation, adaptive re-use and residential projects. At MAP, Villa is the leading designer and specializes in LEED-certified affordable housing and mixed-use developments in New York City and the surrounding area. He has been recently appointed as the co-chair of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Housing Committee.

For more than a decade, Stump has planned urban neighborhoods and designed residential, commercial and community facilities. His projects for MAP include affordable mixed-use developments, senior and multi-family housing, and educational facilities. Stump specializes in passive design that minimizes energy consumption, and in accessible design.

Discovery Senior Living Hires Tammy Kaminski as Director of Project Management

Tammy Kaminski is the new director of project management and construction for all new Discovery Village senior-living communities, announced Thomas J. Harrison, Co-founder and CEO of parent company Discovery Senior Living in Bonita Springs. Kaminski’s first project is Discovery Village At Naples, which is already underway. Discovery Village At The Forum in Fort Myers opened recently, and others will follow throughout the state over the next several years.

Kaminski graduated from Catholic University, Washington, D.C., where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Construction Management. She is a certified general contractor in Florida and a certified inspector for the Florida State Department of Environmental Protection Storm Water and Sedimentation Control. Kaminski also holds ratings as AP, B, D and C in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, a suite of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.

Following graduation from Catholic University, Kaminski began her career with The Whiting-Turner Construction Company of Baltimore where she was a project engineer on assignments including the Burlington Mall expansion and the Coastland Center Mall.

She then became project manager for Owen-Ames-Kimball Company of Fort Myers assigned to projects including McGregor Baptist Church, Florida Gulf Coast University and Chico’s FAS Headquarters, to name a few. In 2002, she joined J. L. Wallace Inc. of Fort Myers as a senior project manager, followed by construction management assignments with Lodge Construction of Fort Myers prior to joining Discovery Senior Living.

Skilled Healthcare Group Appoints New CEO

Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc. (NYSE: SKH) announced recently that Robert H. Fish has been appointed to serve as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its board of directors. Fish, who has served in a variety of executive leadership roles in the hospital and long-term care industries over the past 30 years, is succeeding Boyd W. Hendrickson. Hendrickson, who has served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer since 2002, is retiring effective Nov. 20 but will continue to be available to consult with the company.

During his career, Fish has served as Chairman, President or CEO of a number of successful healthcare companies, focusing his efforts on driving operational improvements and increased shareholder value. From 2008 to 2012 he served as Chairman of REACH Medical Holdings, a regional air medical transport company, from 2005 to 2006 he served as Executive Chairman of Coram, Inc., a large home infusion provider, from 2002 to 2004 he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Health Ventures, a long-term care and institutional pharmacy company.

Fish has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Health System — Sonoma County and Valleycare Health System, both of which are regional hospital systems in Northern California. Fish has served on the board of directors of a number of public and private healthcare companies during his career.

Concurrently with his retirement, Hendrickson is also stepping down from the company’s board of directors, where he has been the Chairman since 2005. Glenn S. Schafer, who has served as a member of the Company’s board of directors since 2006 and currently serves as the Chairman of its compensation committee, has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Board effective immediately.

Mercy Community CEO Elected Vice Chair of LeadingAge CT

William J. Fiocchetta, the president and CEO of Mercy Community, a West Hartford continuing care retirement community, has been elected as an officer for LeadingAge Connecticut. Fiocchetta will serve a one-year term as vice chair for the statewide organization.

LeadingAge Connecticut is a membership organization representing more than 130 non-for-profit mission driven provider organizations serving elderly and disabled individuals across the continuum of care, including nursing homes, residential care homes, housing for the elderly, continuing care retirement communities, adult day centers, home care agencies and assisted living.

Nancy Nshiewat Named Director of Community Relations at Bristal at White Plains

The Bristal at White Plains, an assisted living community that offers memory care support as well as enhanced levels of care, has announced the appointment of Nancy Nshiewat as Director of Community Relations.

As Director of Community Relations, Nshiewat will assist with sales and marketing for The Bristal at White Plains, coordinate tours of the residence, work with partnerships in the community, and lead outreach efforts with area businesses.

Prior to joining The Bristal, Nshiewat was Director of Sales at Sunrise Senior Living in Fleetwood, N.Y. She graduated from Mercy College with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. In 2009, she received a Sales Achievement Award during her internship at Ernst & Young.  

Emeritus at Franklin Names Christine Smith as Executive Director

Emeritus Senior Living has named Christine Smith as Executive Director of Franklin’s newest senior living community, Emeritus at Franklin. This new community will open its doors in spring 2014.

Smith has more than 28 years of experience in healthcare. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director at The Inn at Robbins Brook, an assisted living community in Acton, Mass. Under her leadership, the community received a perfect state survey in 2012.

The Goodman Group Hires John Schwaner as VP of Sales & Marketing

The Goodman Group, a senior living and healthcare community developer and manager, recently announced the appointment of John Schwaner as vice president of sales and marketing, effective December 2, 2013.

In this position, Schwaner will play a key role in overseeing all aspects of sales and marketing for the Senior Living & Health Care and Residential Property Management communities in all markets, across ten states.

His key areas of focus will include marketing research and analysis, development and implementation of sales and marketing plans, overseeing the regional directors of sales and marketing team, managing the company’s advertising, promotion and social media activities.

Most recently, Schwaner was the senior director of National Sales and Marketing for Brookdale Senior Living, overseeing business development, including market assessment and leading the company’s sales activities. Prior to this, he served as vice president of Marketing and Business Development at Senior Vantage Point, including skilled rehab and nursing homes, two hospice and two home health agencies. He has held several other senior management positions in the health care industry including A Place of Mom, Brookdale Senior Living (formerly ARC), American Retirement Corporation (merged with Brookdale), Merrill Gardens, Sunrise Health Care, Inc. and Vencor Health Services, Inc.

He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. He completed the Executive Program at the Yale School of Management Executive Program in New Haven, Conn., and an Executive Mini Masters in Business Administration at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

Jackie Lusson Joins Sun Health Senior Living as Corporate Director of Sales

Sun Health Senior Living announced that Jacqueline “Jackie” Lusson is leading its sales operations for Grandview Terrace, La Loma Village and The Colonnade.

As corporate director of sales, Lusson is responsible for promoting the organization’s independent living options, as well as strategizing direction and training and educating the sales team.

Lusson comes to Sun Health from The Citadel, a continuing care retirement community in Mesa, where she was the general manager of 185 independent living residences and 118 assisted living apartments. This operational experience gives Lusson a unique perspective of how sales and operations can and should work together to enhance the overall effectiveness of the organization.

During her career, Lusson has worked in sales leadership positions for large multi-site national organizations such as American Retirement Corporation (now Brookdale Senior Living) and Classic Residences (now known as Vi). During her tenure, she received numerous accolades including the American Retirement Corporation’s Corporate Performance Award and Marriott’s Pinnacle Award, recognizing outstanding operational performance, an honor she received two years in a row.