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

April showers bring May flowers (or so the saying goes), and what do May flowers bring? …Well, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but we can say that the senior housing industry saw plenty of new hires, team expansions, and promotions in the second half of the month.

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Capital Senior Living Hires Carey Hendrickson as CFO

Capital Senior Living recently announced that Carey P. Hendrickson, 51, will join the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Hendrickson will report to Chief Executive Officer Lawrence A. Cohen and succeeds Ralph A. Beattie, who will retire on May 16, 2014 from his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, but will continue as a consultant to the Company until February 28, 2015.

Hendrickson has held numerous positions in finance and administration over 22 years at Belo Corp., which owned and operated multiple television stations and newspapers across the country. He served as Belo’s Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and a member of Belo’s Management Committee from 2010 until the company was sold to Gannett Co., Inc. in December 2013. Prior to that, Hendrickson served in various roles at Belo including Senior Vice President/Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President/Human Resources, Vice President/Investor Relations and Corporate Communications and Vice President/Strategic and Financial Planning.


Hendrickson is an honors graduate of both Baylor University and the University of Texas at Arlington. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Baylor in 1985 and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1995. Hendrickson also earned his Certified Public Accountant designation.

Connor Doherty Joins Blueprint Healthcare as Associate

Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors announced in mid-April that Connor Doherty has joined the firm as an associate. At Blueprint, Doherty’s main focus will be providing real estate solutions for both investors and operators of independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and CCRC properties in Ohio and surrounding markets.

Doherty brings an established real estate track record to Blueprint, having exclusively listed more than 150 properties for clients and generated more than $150 million in investment sales since 2011. Prior to his position at Blueprint, Doherty was an investment manager at Chicago-based Pearson Realty Group.

Doherty resides in Chicago and has a degree in Urban Planning from Miami University,

Damien Cavicchi Joins The Blake as Regional Director of Culinary Operations

The Blake at Flowood and The Blake at Township—two Jackson-area assisted living and memory care communities in Mississippi—recently welcomed Chef Damien Cavicchi as Regional Director of Culinary Operations.

Cavicchi joins The Blake with extensive experience in high-end restaurants under his belt, most recently at the historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, where he served as Corporate Executive Chef for five years. He also owned his own Asheville restaurants, Clingman Café and also Sugo, which specialized in modern Italian cuisine.

At The Blake, Cavicchi says his goal is to provide “straightforward, honest cooking with a seasonal sensibility that captures the spirit of the region and resonates with residents. The senior living industry is becoming just as much about providing hospitality as it is about medical care,” he says.

Cavicchi wants his fare to appeal to the residents as well as their families. He has even developed a “culinary council,” where residents will gather to give feedback on the meals they are being served. With a background in Italian cuisine, Cavicchi relies on simple methods and ingredients to create the most appealing food.

The Corridor Group Appoints New CEO, Leadership Positions

The Corridor Group (TCG), a national provider of compliance, consulting, coding, talent and education solutions to post-acute healthcare organizations, recently announced the appointment of Des Varady as Chief Executive Officer.

As part of this transition, Jeannee Parker Martin will move to the role of Vice Chairman and Principal of TCG and will continue to help guide TCG’s strategic development by working closely with Varady and his team. Martin will also continue to represent TCG and its commitment to home care and hospice through her many industry leadership efforts.

Varady joined TCG as its President and Chief Operating Officer in early 2013 and has led key operational and market initiatives, including the launch of TCG Coding Solutions via the acquisition of Daymarck in December 2013, the execution of TCG Compliance Solutions and the expansion of TCG Education Solutions. He has more than 25 years of successful executive leadership in healthcare and technology, and experience in delivering business strategy, operational effectiveness, compliance improvement, complex information technology deployment, and quality assurance for some of the nation’s largest healthcare delivery and payer organizations.

Varady will continue to develop and promote the strategic vision of TCG and will work with the executive team to execute the company’s ongoing transformation and growth plans.

Erickson Community Appoints Dr. Patti Dickson as Social Worker

Highland Springs, an Erickson Living retirement community, recently announced the appointment of Patti Dickson, Ph.D. as a new social worker.

Most recently, Dr. Dickson worked with the Maurice Barnett Geriatric Wellness Center in Collin County. She also has experience as a Social Work Manager for an Adult Day Care program in Long Beach, Calif. and a Preceptor at California State University Long Beach School of Social Work.

After moving to Texas, Dr. Dickson became the Manager of Education for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Dallas where she was active both locally and nationally in providing training in areas related to dementia. She is highly regarded as a professional speaker on these topics.

A resident of Plano, Dr. Dickson earned a Ph.D. in Gerontology from the University of North Texas and holds a Masters in Social Work from California State University and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Psychology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Prestige Care Appoints David Henderson as President

Prestige Care recently announced that David Henderson has been named president of Prestige Care Inc. and Prestige Senior Living, LLC, effective March 10. Henderson joined Prestige in 2005, most recently serving as vice president and chief operating officer (COO).

He will continue in his role as COO in addition to now leading the senior living and skilled nursing organization as its president.

Throughout his tenure, Henderson has lead the company through the acquisition of new skilled nursing and assisted living buildings, crafted new partnerships with health care providers, and paved the way for numerous Prestige locations to receive top marks from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and state-led health agencies. Henderson’s strategic operations oversight has allowed the organization to continue its expansion across the Western United States.

Henderson brings more than 25 years of diverse leadership experience to his roles at Prestige. Before joining the company, he served on the executive team of organizations in both the public and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, he was senior vice president of operations for Kindred Healthcare, a Kentucky-based provider of services across the senior care continuum.

Henderson attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. He has also completed Advance Leadership Excellence Training from Yale University.

Lenbrook Expands Enrichment Services, Hires Lisa Kiely as New Director

Lenbrook, a continuing care retirement community in Atlanta, Ga., is expanding its resident enrichment services and has named Lisa Kiely to the position of Director of Enrichment. Kiely will be responsible for the design and implementation of whole-person wellness and resident-centered programs to serve the varied interests of Lenbrook’s nearly 500 residents.

In her new role, Kiely will oversee all enrichment services from the programs and events department and salons to the fitness center and onsite chaplaincy programs.

Kiely brings more than 20 years’ experience to Lenbrook, most recently consulting on retirement community life services and whole-person wellness programs for Life Care Services and its multiple senior living communities. During her tenure with LCS, she also served as Director of Wellness and Community Life Services for one of its largest continuing care retirement communities.

Prior to LCS, Kiely was Activities Director for Lake Forest Good Samaritan Village for four year and Wellness Director with the Decatur YMCA for 10 years. Kiely currently serves on the boards of the Georgia Institute on Aging and the Emory University Center for Health in Aging. A graduate of Texas Woman’s University, Kiely is also a Certified Activities Director, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.

Kay Green Joins CSG’s Healthcare & Human Services Practice

CSG Government Solutions, a company that provides government program modernization, recently announced that Kay Green has joined its Healthcare and Human Services practice.

Green is a nationally recognized Medicaid expert with over 30 years of experience working within state and federal healthcare and human services programs. She was the former Director of Federal Programs, Division of Developmental Disabilities for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, where she worked directly with the State Medicaid Agency and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the conceptualization and approval of Medicaid Waivers.

Robert Kirkwood Joins Lancaster Pollard as COO

Lancaster Pollard recently announced that Robert (Bob) T. Kirkwood has joined the firm’s senior leadership as chief operating officer.

As COO, Kirkwood will take part in planning the strategic direction of the entire firm. He will be responsible for directing the Mortgage Servicing, Information Technology, Accounting and Human Resources departments.

Kirkwood, a Worthington resident, brings to the position more than 10 years of experience in the real estate and banking industries. He came to Lancaster Pollard from the Red Capital Group where he worked from 2004-2013, most recently as chief financial officer and senior managing director. In this position, he was responsible for all financial and fiscal aspects of operations, including accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting and treasury management.

Kirkwood has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. He holds a Series 27 license from FINRA as a financial operations principal and also is an inactive certified public accountant.

Covenant Retirement Communities Names Marco Hetterich Dining Services Director

Marco Hetterich was named dining services director at Windsor Park, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities. Employed by Windsor Park’s dining services provider Sodexo, Hetterich reports to Windsor Park Executive Director Karen Larson.

Hetterich oversees all food and beverage operations at the senior living community, including casual and formal dining settings in the residential community and dining operations in assisted living, memory support and health care. He also manages the community’s internal and external catering.

Hetterich is the former operations manager at Proveno Saint Joseph Medical Center, Joliet, Ill., where he also served as executive chef. He was executive chef for Wheaton College’s food service Bon Appetit and worked through the ranks—from sous chef to executive chef—at hotels run by Hilton Hotels Corp., Chicago.

Hetterich graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute in Germany as a commis de’ cuisine in 1992. He studied cooking Latin American cuisine at the Culinary Institute of America, New York. Prior to moving to the United States, he exercised his culinary talent at hotels and restaurants in Germany and England.

New Sales Team at Brookdale Senior Living Community in Fla.

Brookdale’s West Melbourne campus announced recently that a new sales and marking team is in place at the assisted living communities of Sterling House I, Sterling House II, and the Clare Bridge Alzheimer’s and dementia community.

Cynthia Cooler, sales and marketing manager for Sterling House I, started the revitalization of the team by joining in October 2013. She has more than 20 years of customer service and leadership experience in operations and sales management.

Danielle Sapienza, sales and marketing manager for Sterling House II, joined the team in February 2014. Sapienza brings with her 10 years of sales and marketing experience. Before moving to Florida in 2008, Sapienza primarily worked at marketing and public relations agencies representing clients in various industries. Since then, she has worked for Melbourne-area health care organizations; most recently, TEPAS Healthcare and Home Instead Senior Care. Her proven track record for increasing organizational awareness through community relations and branding, as well as a solid sales record, will be assets to those she works with to identify appropriate solutions.

Sales and marketing director for Clare Bridge, Kate Masi, joined the team in March 2014 after serving in a similar role for more than two years at Wynwood at Forsgate, a Brookdale senior living community in Monroe Township, N.J. There, she supervised the concierge staff and two sales managers, helping to increase residency and revenue. Prior to joining Brookdale, Masi worked for more than 18 years as a community manager, responsible for operating the day-to-day business of associations for 55 + communities ranging in size from 400 to 1,500 units.

Prestige Care Promotes Tanya Fox to Clinical Director

Prestige Care recently promoted one of its regional nurse consultants, Tanya Fox, to clinical director.

Fox joined Prestige Care in August 2011 as a regional nurse consultant, where she worked to ensure that the skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in her care were in compliance with state and federal safety guidelines; developed protocols for continuous performance improvement; and promoted consistent, quality care across the entire Prestige Care team.

In her 10 years as a director of nursing services, Fox has led her communities to achieve marked success and improvement in care and quality ratings. Under her guidance, her nursing centers earned five deficiency free surveys, and before joining Prestige, she executed strategic quality improvements to a nursing center, which took it off of the state’s special focus facility watch list. Fox was also an integral part of the creation and opening of a new skilled nursing center.

In addition to being a director of nursing services, Fox is a certified activities director in Oregon state, and is credentialed through the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators in the Minimum Data Set 3.0 (MDS), which empowers her to assess nursing centers and help staff identify quality and safety problems.

Fox began her career in nursing at a very early age by volunteering as a teenager at hospitals and long term care centers where her mother worked. She became a certified nursing assistant immediately after graduating high school, and then worked part-time while going to college to become an emergency medical technician (EMT).

After finishing training as an EMT, Fox decided to further her education and become a nurse. She graduated college as a nurse in 1999, and quickly moved up the ranks to become the director of nursing services at her first skilled nursing & rehabilitation center.

The LaSalle Group Names Sherry Daughtery as Director of Finance

The LaSalle Group has announced the recent appointment of Sherry Daughtery as the company’s Director of Finance. Daughtery will play a significant role in The LaSalle Group’s ongoing growth by helping the company to expand its portfolio of memory care communities across the nation. She brings extensive experience and strong interpersonal skills to help manage all aspects of commercial real estate financing for all of The LaSalle Group’s projects.

As Director of Finance, Daughtery’s primary focus is to source debt and equity for new construction developments and to secure bridge and permanent financing for existing properties.  She will also oversee a team of financial analysts which provide analytical support for all of The LaSalle Group’s divisions, including expansion initiatives, diversification, and special projects.

To this position, Daughtery brings more than 20 years of experience in finance, accounting and asset management in the commercial real estate development business. Her experience includes ten years in the Capital Markets division of Fairfield Residential Company LLC in Irving, Texas as the Director of Financial Reporting and Client Relations. She also served as Assistant Vice President – Asset Manager at Oak Grove Capital in Grapevine, Texas.

Daughtery earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at Texas A&M University in College Station. She has also completed coursework for the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and is a Mortgage Bankers Association Certified Property Inspector.

LCS, Harrison Street Name Doug Oliver Senior ED for Arkansas Community

Doug Oliver has been named senior executive director of Clarity Pointe Fayetteville, an assisted living community in Arkansas specializing in memory care and a joint venture between LCS and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital.

Oliver comes to Clarity Pointe Fayetteville from Clarity Pointe Knoxville, where he served as executive director during the community’s construction and startup phases. Previously, he was associate executive director and chief operating officer at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington, a senior living community in Pittsboro, N.C.

He has held a variety of senior level positions including director of Nursing Service, nursing home administrator and chief operating officer for standalone skilled nursing, assisted living and continuing care retirement communities.

The Goodman Group Appoints Valerie James Hunter as ED of The Peaks

The Goodman Group recently appointed Valerie James Hunter as executive director for The Peaks, a skilled nursing facility it manages in Flagstaff, Ariz. As executive director for the skilled nursing facility, Hunter plays a key role in overseeing the management of all departments and processes, and skilled nursing care for the residents.

Hunter brings 20 years of experience in Public Health Administration and teaching to her new position. She started her career as a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Arizona and served as a program manager for Arizona Department of Health Services. She has served in several key administrative management roles within several public health projects, and was an advocate/senior support services provider and consultant for more than seven years.

Most recently, she worked at Aidan Health Services, Inc., a skilled nursing facility in a rural critical care access hospital in Oregon. She has presented information in Oregon to the Governor’s Commission on Seniors on rural health care delivery and challenges.

She is also an experienced educator. She was part of the Instructional Faculty for the University of Phoenix, Apollo Group Southern Arizona Campus, for Health Sciences for bachelor and graduate level adult learners focused on Nutrition, Health Education, Healthcare Policy, Healthcare Administration and Infrastructure. Hunter has a master’s degree in Public Health and a bachelor’s of science degree from The University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz.

Erickson at Oak Crest Appoints Catherine Cohen as Director of Res Life

Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the appointment of Catherine Cohen as its Director of Resident Life. She previously served as the Senior Social Work Manager at Oak Crest, where she first began in 1996 as a Resident Services Coordinator.

As Director of Resident Life, Cohen will oversee a myriad of services offered to residents of Oak Crest, including community activities, home health & home support, pastoral ministries, the social work team, the community television network, volunteer programs and the wellness programs originating from the fitness and aquatics center.

Cohen is a licensed clinical social worker and has served the older adult population for more than twenty years. Since 2004, she has been a member of the National Association of Social Workers and holds the specialty certification of Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager.

A resident of Cockeysville, Ms. Cohen holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the State University of New York and also a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland.

Erickson at Highland Springs Names Charles Thomas Director of General Services

Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community in North Dallas, announced the appointment of Charles Thomas as the Director of General Services, where he will provide daily leadership to Maintenance and Operations of the General Services Department as well as its Security Division.

Thomas has worked his entire career in Facilities Management for five major universities and two large school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. He has served for seven years as the Assistant Superintendent for Facility Services for Arlington ISD and five years as Executive Director of Maintenance and Operations for Richardson ISD.

He is a member of the Texas Energy Managers Association (TEMA), American Public Works Association (APWA), Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) and the North Texas Maintenance & Operations (NTMO).

A resident of Richardson, Texas, Thomas received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Indiana University and his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Indiana State University. His higher education experience includes service at Virginia Tech, University of Notre Dame, Indiana University at South Bend Campus, Texas Christian University Physical Plant and Purdue University Physical Plant.

Cary Tremper Joins Greystone’s Seniors Housing Team

Greystone recently announced that Cary Tremper has joined its senior housing finance team. As a Managing Director, Tremper will focus on origination across Greystone’s FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, bridge and mezzanine platforms for independent and assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care properties.

Tremper brings career loan origination of more than $3 billion and over 15 years of real estate finance experience to Greystone, and will report to Joe Mosley, Executive Vice President and Head of Agency Production. He most recently led KeyBank’s Healthcare Mortgage Banking and FHA lending platforms, pushing KeyBank to the top for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac seniors housing production for the last three years, and previously served as Managing Director for BBVA Compass Healthcare Real Estate Lending Group.

Tremper received a B.B.A. at the Texas Christian University M.J. Neely School of Business and serves as an Executive Board Member of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA). He is also active as a speaker and member of the conference planning committee for National Investment Council (NIC).