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

Commonwealth Care of Roanoke Hires Chief Financial Officer

Commonwealth Care of Roanoke, Inc. (CCR) — which offers rehabilitation, long-term care, respite care and memory care services, and operates 12 locations in Virginia — has hired Stan A. Huffman as its new chief financial officer.

Previously, Huffman has served as the CEO of a nonprofit senior housing and nursing home provider. Prior to becoming the CEO of that company, he served as chief financial officer.


Huffman has also been the chief financial officer of a privately owned long-term care provider in North Carolina with multiple locations in three states, and served as the company’s president for three years.

In addition to his health care industry experience, Huffman has experience working in the manufacturing industry, spent twelve years with the public accounting firm Ernst & Young, and for five years owned his own financial management consulting firm working with privately owned businesses including technology start-up companies.

He succeeds Beth Fariss who served as Chief Financial Officer of CCR from its inception in 2001 to 2014.


The LaSalle Group Names Vice President of Healthcare

The LaSalle Group, Inc., which designs, develops, builds, manages, and owns 36 Autumn Leaves memory care assisted living communities, has appointed Brenda Abbott-Shultz as the company’s vice president of healthcare.

In this position, Abbott-Shultz will provide leadership and administration of health care operations in the company’s Autumn Leaves communities to ensure compliance with strategic plans and objectives.

She will participate in company-wide strategic planning to enforce the delivery of comprehensive and coordinated health care services. She also establishes and directs the nursing model for Autumn Leaves memory care communities, evaluating nursing procedures, and directing the development of health care policies and standards.

Abbott-Shultz brings to the position more than 25 years of experience in assisted living, dementia care, geriatric nursing and caregiver support. Most recently, she served as CEO of Velacare in Boston, Mass., providing clinical and operational consulting to small and mid-sized senior housing organizations.

Before Velacare, she was vice president of customer experience for Benchmark Assisted Living.

Waveny LifeCare Network Names 2 New Department Heads

New Canaan, Connecticut-based Waveny LifeCare Network, a nonprofit organization that offers independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing, has appointed two new department heads.

Anthony Pacchioni has been named director of dining services, and Dennis Huntley is the new director of facility operations.

“We are delighted to have Anthony and Dennis join our management team and welcome them both into their new positions,” said Bill Piper, Waveny’s CEO. “Their leadership will play an integral part in ensuring that the ‘Waveny experience’ continues to reflect the mission, vision and values of our five-star rated organization.”

In his new position as director of dining, Pacchioni will oversee and manage dining operations at both Waveny’s Farm Road campus — which includes food services for the Care Center, The Village assisted living center, the Adult Day Program and Meals on Wheels — as well as at The Inn, Waveny’s independent living residence.

Previously, Pacchioni has served in positions including registered dietitian, executive chef, and director of food & nutrition for Wartburg Rehab of Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Primary focuses going forward will include ongoing quality maintenance and enhancement of Waveny’s “point of service” or restaurant-style dining, in which food delivery and plating occurs directly in dining rooms and on units.

In Huntley’s new role as director of facility operations, he will manage and oversee the mechanical systems and facility operations throughout the health care organization’s main campus – a 100,000-square-foot operation. He will also chair Waveny’s Safety Committee.

Prior to joining Waveny, Huntley worked at Long Ridge of Stamford, where he directed all phases of maintenance at the 120-bed nursing and rehabilitation center.

ABHOW CCRC Welcomes New Executive Director

Santa Barbara, California-based Valle Verde, owned and managed by ABHOW, has announced Melissa Beth Honig as its new executive director.

In her position, Honig will oversee day-to-day operations of the continuing care retirement community (CCRC), including residential living, dining, health services and life enrichment programs.

Honig brings to the position more than 15 years of experience working with older adults in a variety of capacities. She has worked as an admissions coordinator and move-in coordinator at a number of CCRCs, and is a licensed nursing home administrator.

Prior to joining the Valle Verde team, she worked as the vice president of clinical services for ABHOW (American Baptist Homes of the West), the nonprofit senior living organization that owns and manages Valle Verde.

General Manager Named at New Resort-Style Community

David Pomerantz has been named general manager of The Ambassador of Scarsdale in New York, a new luxury, resort-style assisted living and memory care community currently under construction.

In his role, Pomerantz will be responsible for directing the day-to day operation of The Ambassador and ensuring the residents’ experience will distinguish the community as a premier assisted living community in Westchester.

Prior to joining The Ambassador, Pomerantz served as executive director in four metropolitan senior living communities including the Atria Senior Living Group in their Riverdale, Lynbrook, and Great Neck (N.Y.) locations.

Prior to transitioning to the senior living industry, Pomerantz was general manager of the Doral Park Avenue Hotel, a Tishman Hotel Corporation-managed property. In addition, he has held senior management positions at other New Your City hotels including the St. Moritz on the Park and The Park Lane Hotel, and assisted in the opening of the Westin Rio Mar in Puerto Rico.

A graduate of Long Island University, he also earned certification in Food and Beverage Management from New York University.

Erickson Living Community Welcomes New Director of Resident Life

Pamela Sutton has been named the new director of resident life at Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va.

As director of resident life, Sutton will provide leadership and operational oversight to a variety of departments, including Community Resources, the Volunteer Program, Community TV, Pastoral Ministries, Intermissions, Social Work, Home Support, Certified Home Health, and Hospice.

She brings to the position more than 22 years of experience working in the health care industry. Prior to joining Greenspring, Sutton was the director of rehabilitation at a large nursing facility and spent the last 16 years working with seniors.

Written by Emily Study

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