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

Wellmore Appoints New Healthcare Marketing Director

Wellmore, a Tega Cay, S.C.-based healthcare and wellness retirement community, has announced the appointment of Sheryl Brown as healthcare marketing director.  

Brown comes to Wellmore with over 12 years of sales and marketing experience in the senior living industry. She most recently held positions in Alzheimer’s and dementia care communities at two senior living communities in the Charlotte area.  


“Her wealth of knowledge in the senior living industry is a great asset to the Wellmore team as we move closer to our opening date of summer 2015,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing Tom Senger, in a statement. 

New Investment Banking Professionals to Join BB&T Capital Markets 

BB&T Capital Markets announced that as part of the company’s expansion in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic three investment banking professionals have been hired.


The additions of Russell Quynn, Lynn Daly and Brendan Malone reflect the nonprofit investment banking group’s expanding footprint in the nonprofit senior living sector, the company said in a statement.

Russell Quynn, managing director, is based in Washington, D.C., and will manage BB&T’s senior living relationships in the mid-Atlantic. Quynn’s 30-year career includes working for the University of Michigan Hospital System, Moody’s Investors Service and serving as an investment banker to nonprofit health care and senior living providers. During the past 13 years, Quynn ran his own independent financial advisory firm.

“Russell’s knowledge of the health care and senior living industries, coupled with his experience in the financial markets, provides an uncommon perspective in anticipating and addressing client issues and needs in these rapidly changing sectors,” said John Franklin, managing director and head of the healthcare finance group at BB&T Capital Markets, in a statement.

Lynn Daly, managing director, is based in Chicago and will manage senior living and other nonprofit relationships in the Midwest and nationally. She has more than 24 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations on their financing needs, including seven years with Allied Irish Bank and most recently, seven years with Ziegler. She has served a vast range of clients beyond senior living including Catholic-sponsored ministries, diocese and religious orders, higher education, K-12 schools and social services organizations.

Brendan Malone, senior vice president, is based in Chicago and comes to BB&T Capital Markets with more than 16 years of experience working with and for nonprofit organizations, most recently as an investment banker with Ziegler. Throughout his career, Malone has been instrumental in providing financing solutions to nonprofit senior living providers, schools and other mission-driven organizations.

Integral Senior Living Welcomes New Regional Vice President of Operations in Chicago

Integral Senior Living (ISL) announced that a new regional office has been opened in Chicago, and that office will be lead by John Gonzales. Gonzales will serve as regional vice president of operations for ISL.

“With the incredible growth we are experiencing in many states, opening an office in the Chicago area made a lot of sense for us at this time,” said Collette Valentine, CEO/COO of ISL, in a statement. 

Gonzales joins ISL with years of senior management experience in senior living.

Most recently he was the founder, president and CEO of SDG Senior Living, a professional consulting firm.

Previously, he was the COO for Senior Services of America, a regional director of operations for Alterra, vice president and director of operations for Homestead Companies, and divisional vice president for Sunbridge Assisted Living Residences. In addition, he has worked as the general manager for several senior living communities.

New Executive Director Joins EPOCH Senior Living 

EPOCH Senior Living has named Kristen Kenney as the executive director of Bridges by EPOCH at Westwood, a memory care assisted living community being built in Westwood, Mass. The community will open in summer 2015 and offer 64 apartments for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Kenney previously worked at Waterstone at Wellesley, an independent and assisted living community operated by EPOCH Senior Living, and at EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton. She has worked with EPOCH for four years. 

EPOCH currently runs two free-standing memory-care communities in Massachusetts. EPOCH operates 10 assisted living communities that offer its specialized Bridges program for people with memory impairment.

The Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living Names Chief Executive Officer 

The Board of Directors of The Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living announced the hiring of Jay Zimmer as the new CEO of the senior living community. The appointment comes at a time that RCJL will be undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, Renew Reutlinger.

The Reutlinger is a five-star rated multi-level, faith-based, nonprofit senior care organization that welcomes people of all faiths and backgrounds, with an emphasis on Jewish values, the company said in a statement.

“Jay will be instrumental in the implementation of our new strategic plan developed in coordination with our consultants, Health Dimensions,” said Dr. Marc Usatin, board president. “Jay will be reaching out to the community-at-large as well as our East Bay Jewish community. He’s demonstrated a facilitative style, balancing equally between process, relationships, and results.”

Zimmer brings more than 20 years of senior management experience across the full spectrum of healthcare to his new role.

He has held senior level positions in healthcare strategic planning, hospital administration, healthcare mergers and acquisitions, continuing care retirement community (CCRC) administration, healthcare facility construction, renovation and rehabilitation.

Zimmer served for many years on the board and executive committee of The Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties and The Seashore Gardens/Hebrew Old Age Home, where he also served as president of the Seashore Gardens Foundation. During his time with Seashore Gardens, a brand new community was developed, replacing the former skilled nursing home with a state of the art skilled unit, assisted living, memory care and market-based congregate housing for the elderly.

As CEO, his goals initially will be to guide the community through a multi-million dollar physical plant renovation; develop a comprehensive marketing, repositioning, and branding plan; create a long-term development strategy to increase RCJL’s endowment; and, establish relationships, affiliations, and partnerships that will provide those pieces of the care-model continuum that cannot be accommodated in-house.

Erickson Living Appoints New Senior Vice President of Human Resources 

Erickson Living has named Joseph Machicote as senior vice president of human resources. In this executive role, Machicote is responsible for all aspects of HR throughout the enterprise, which include, leadership and employee development, succession planning, employee relations, talent acquisition, personnel policies, corporate communications, and compensation and benefits.

Machicote has over 25 years of experience working in HR and has held several leadership and hospitality roles throughout his career.

Most recently, he served as vice president of HR and organizational development, with Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. In that role, he was responsible for leading the company’s diverse HRfunctions, as well as developing an organizational culture that emphasized character, capability, and diversity.

Additionally, Machicote served in several leadership positions with the Compass Group, North America – a foodservice management and support services company. His roles included vice president of relations development, division director of HR (FLIK International Corp.), director of HR and training (FLIK International Corp), and director of foodservice and dining operations (FLIK International Corp).

“Joseph is a forward-thinking leader who is committed to cultivating employee engagement, a diverse workforce, and business results,” said Chief Operating Officer Debra B. Doyle in a statement.

New Regional Human Resources Director Joins Integral Senior Living

Integral Senior Living (ISL) announced that Brian Nicholson has joined the company as a regional human resources director in the newly created Texas region.

“Brian brings with him an expertise in HR and experience working in the senior living industry that makes for a perfect combination for us,” said Collette Valentine, CEO/COO of ISL in a statement.

Most recently Brian worked as the HR director for Strategic Equipment and Supply Corporation. Previously he worked for Encore Healthcare, LLC as a regional HR manager and facility HR director.

Earlier in his career, he worked for Odyssey Home Hospice as a regional HR representative. 

Written by Cassandra Dowell

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