Movers & Shakers — People and Positions for December

It’s beginning to look—and feel—a lot like Christmas, as holiday decorations go up and cold temperatures sweep the nation. But winter weather isn’t enough to stop senior living professionals around the country from being hired, promoted, or honored with industry awards for this month’s edition of Movers & Shakers.

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KTGY Director Gina Nixon Honored with SAGE Award 

National firm KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning recently announced that the 55+ Housing Council, a special interest council of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, has honored KTGY Director Gina Nixon with the SAGE Award for Volunteer of the Year.

Initiated in 1995, the SAGE Awards honor individuals, projects and programs that have made an outstanding contribution to enhancing the quality of life of residents aged 55+ living in Southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

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Nixon brings 25 years of demonstrated strategic planning, sales and marketing success in the home building and land development markets. Crossing the lines from low density, single family, to major master planned communities, to high density, mixed-use projects; she enhances any design team with a key understanding of consumer-driven research, innovative product design and strategies to increase absorption and profitability. She has held senior level positions with regional and national builders and land developers, providing a depth of market knowledge across the nation.

Erickson Living Names Jean Landreville ED at Greenspring

Jean Landreville has been named the new Executive Director at Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va.  She joined Erickson Living in 2005 and has 18 years of experience in the senior housing and health care industries.

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Landreville most recently served as the Associate Executive Director at Fox Run, an Erickson Living community in Novi, Mich.  Prior to that position, she was the Associate Executive Director at Riderwood, Erickson Living’s largest community in Silver Spring, Md.  Landreville also served as both the Assistant Executive Director and Continuing Care Administrator at Fox Run.  At Fox Run, she helped to create one of the most reputable health care neighborhoods in Michigan.

Prior to her experience with Erickson Living, Landreville worked as a nursing home administrator at Detroit Medical Center and Mercy Memorial Hospital.  She serves on the William D. Ford Career Tech Center Advisory Board and was the President of the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Administrators from 2004-2008.

Landreville is a licensed nursing home administrator and received a bachelor’s degree in general dietetics from Madonna College.  She also received a master’s degree in management of aging services from the Erickson School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  As the Executive Director at Greenspring, Landreville will lead the community of nearly 2000 residents and 1000 staff members.

Tommy Miller Named to Board of Trustees of Thanks Mom & Dad Fund

The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund, an Atlanta-based charity created to honor parents, grandparents and mentors by supporting programs and services for the aging population, has recently appointed Tommy Miller, Executive Director of Mount Vernon Towers in Georgia, to its Board of Trustees.

At Mount Vernon Towers, Miller is responsible for operations including the financial planning, physical maintenance, dining services, activities, landscaping, security, and transportation for the Towers. He also oversees staff functions, including human resources, internal accounting, and tax reporting. Miller was previously President of T. Miller & Associates after a long career in banking at BankSouth Corporation. He holds a BBA in Management from Georgia State University.

The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund works to improve the quality of life for older adults and honors the contributions of older adults by raising funds and making grants to agencies providing services to older adults. These services can include, but are not limited to, transportation, home delivered meals for the homebound, adult day care, respite care for caregivers and critical information and assistance for families struggling to sort through the needs of their parents or loved ones.

It was created by the Atlanta Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging and formed in cooperation with The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Senior Living Communities Promotes George Wright to Senior Graphic Designer

Senior Living Communities, an owner/operator of 9 retirement communities located throughout the Southeast and Midwest, is pleased to announce the promotion of George Wright to the position of Senior Graphic Designer.

In his new role, Wright will lead the team of graphic designers responsible for the design, creation, printing and distribution of advertisements, collateral material, event programs, invitations and other promotional materials used by the company.

Wright has more than a decade of experience in graphic and web design. Prior to joining Senior Living Communities as a Graphic Designer in 2011, he served as Senior Graphic Artist and Lead Web Designer with HighReach Learning, a company that provides development appropriate curriculum for children from birth to age 5. He is a graduate of King’s College.

Pamela Haman Joins Greenspring as Associate Executive Director

Pamela Haman has recently joined Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va., as an Associate Executive Director. She comes to the community with nearly 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry.

Since 2003, Haman has served as the Administrator or Executive Director at healthcare centers in Ohio and Massachusetts. She joins Greenspring from Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Highgate where she served as the Area Executive Director for two skilled nursing facilities in Dedham and Walpole, Mass. Prior to that position, she worked with HealthBridge Management as the Administrator for Newton Health Care Center in Newton, Mass. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Tiffin University. Haman is also a licensed nursing home administrator.

As an Associate Executive Director at Greenspring, Haman will assist the Executive Director in all facets of community management including, but not limited to, providing vision and leadership for the community and achieving company-wide objectives for quality care and services.

Creating Results Wins Seven Awards for Retirement Community Marketing

Mature marketing agency Creating Results, LLC has been recognized with seven awards for excellence in marketing and communications produced for older adults.

Reflecting the evolving nature of boomers and seniors themselves, the agency’s 2013 National Mature Media Awards wins included awards for traditional (brochures, direct mail, events) and online (social media, integrated digital campaign, websites) marketing. Creating Results scooped up three bronze, three silver, and one gold award.

“To be successful in retirement communities marketing, you must be able to balance and integrate storytelling and strategy, old and new media channels,” said Todd Harff, President. “It’s an honor to have our efforts recognized.”

The awards program, presented by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for the senior market, is the largest program of its kind. The awards were created to annually recognize the best materials produced for those who are 50 and older, the nation’s fastest-growing population group. Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit awards in 37 categories were chosen from nearly 1,000 entries.

Brookdale Senior Living Hires ED for Ariz. Clare Bridge Community

Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE:BKD) has announced the appointment of Jim Podzius as the new executive director at its 52-bed Clare Bridge memory care community in Sun City West, Ariz.

Podzius formerly was CEO of a home care company in the Northwest Valley for nearly seven years and worked with families affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

He lives in Glendale with his wife, Roberta.

SearStone Hires Wellness Director & Director of Resident Life

SearStone, a CCRC in Cary, N.C., recently announced the addition of Mark Johnson as wellness director and Shannon Hoffman as director of resident life.

Johnson was most recently wellness coordinator for the Glenaire retirement community, where he had also served as wellness assistant and wellness instructor. Prior to that, he was a wellness instructor at Rex Wellness Center.

Johnson is certified as a personal trainer by Interactive Fitness Trainers of America (IFTA) and as a group exercise instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). He is also an aqua arthritis and land arthritis instructor. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in health fitness specialist from East Carolina University.

Hoffman comes to SearStone from Peak Resources – Treyburn, where she was director of activities. Prior to that, she served as director of activities and volunteer coordinator at Rose Manor Healthcare in Durham.

Hoffman received her Bachelor of Science degree in recreation and park management from East Carolina University. After a stint as a park ranger with the city of Columbia, S.C., she embarked on her career in activities management.

SearStone is nearing 90 percent in pre-sales.

Denise Evans Joins Staff of Northstar Rancho Cordova Senior Living

Denise R. Evans has been named community relations director for Northstar Rancho Cordova, an assisted living and memory care community nearing construction completion in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Evans will work with seniors and their families to help determine if Northstar Rancho Cordova is the best option for meeting their long-term care and housing needs. She is also responsible for developing and implementing strategies to attract prospective residents, maintaining working relationships with professional referral sources, serving as a resource about senior living to service groups and health care professionals in the surrounding area, and assisting new residents with the process of moving into the community.

Evans joins Northstar with nearly 30 years’  experience as an accomplished sales and marketing professional. For the past six years, she has focused her talents in the senior living industry. She worked as both a community marketing director and executive director of communities in Carmichael. She began her career in the 1980s and received comprehensive sales training with a large pharmacy chain, first in the Bay Area and later in the Sacramento Region.

Active in professional organizations, Evan is a member of the Carmichael and Fair Oaks Chambers of Commerce, the Alzheimer’s Association and the California Assisted Living Association. She also has received, from the state of California, certification as an administrator of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, the official designation for assisted living communities by the state.

Morning Pointe Names Holly Metcalf Executive Director

Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC and Morning Pointe Assisted Living announced Holly Metcalf is the new executive director for the Morning Pointe of Chattanooga assisted living community.

Metcalf first joined Morning Pointe as business office manager in 2009, where she handled administrative responsibilities and worked closely with the executive director.  In her new leadership role, she will now oversee all of the day-to-day operations of the assisted living community.

The experience and skills acquired throughout Metcalf’s 33 years of working with the State of Tennessee have helped her succeed to her position as executive director, officials said. She spent 21 years with the Department of Correction as the accreditation manager, three years with the Department of Children Services as liaison for regional administrator and nine years as HR analyst with the Department of Mental Health.

Edward SanClemente Promoted to VP of Property Development at LCB Senior Living

LCB Senior Living, LLC, a developer, manager and owner of senior housing communities, has promoted Edward J. SanClemente to Vice President of Property Development. He was previously the company’s Director of Property Development.

In his new position, SanClemente is responsible for the site selection, permitting, development and construction of all projects, and worked to develop the company’s prototype assisted living residence. He is also responsible for the assessment of potential acquisitions, the creation of the rehabilitation plans, and the oversight of the redevelopment of these residences. He also has oversight of the firm’s operations and maintenance functions.

SanClemente has more than 15 years’ experience in the senior housing industry, and was previously with Atria Senior Living and Newton Senior Living, LLC (NSL). NSL was owned and operated by the current LCB management team. SanClemente helped that company grow to be the 16th-largest assisted living company in the nation before it was sold to Atria Senior Living in 2005.

Erickson Living Names Justin Paradis Director of Continuing Care

Erickson Living has named Justin Paradis as the Director of Continuing Care at Linden Ponds in Hingham, Mass.

Paradis has been with Erickson Living for seven years, beginning his tenure with the senior living company as a Physical Therapist at Brooksby Village in Peabody in November 2006.

In March of 2008 he transitioned to Linden Ponds as the Rehabilitation Manager, and was part of the start-up team for the continuing care facility. After completing the AIT Program (Administrator in Training) in December 2012, Paradis assumed the role of Assistant Administrator of Continuing Care in January 2013.

Prior to joining Erickson Living, Paradis served as a Physical Therapist at Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem, Mass. He received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in History at the University of Massachusetts in 2003, and later attended MGH Institution of Health Professions in Boston Mass and received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

Erickson Living’s Robin Arnicar Re-Elected President of NADONA

Robin Arnicar, the Director of Nursing for Continuing Care at Charlestown, a CCRC in Catonsville, Md., has been re-elected President of NADONA (The National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care). She will serve as president for the next two years, in addition to her last two years of service. She was honored in 2007 as the NADONA Nursing Administrator of the Year for both the Northeast region and was the overall National recipient.

Arnicar has been in LTC nursing for 25 years and a Director of Nursing for the past 16 years. She is an active member of the Maryland chapter of NADONA and has served in many roles including Corresponding Secretary, President and as Vice President

Arnicar has served as a member of the National NADONA Board of Trustees as Corresponding Secretary and Vice President. She continues to serve as a mentor to NADONA members throughout the country, as well preparing DONs to take the NADONA Certification examination.