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

Kindred Healthcare Names EVP, COO

Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND) has announced that it has named Kent H. Wallace executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective Feb. 2, 2015. Wallace will be a member of the company’s Executive Committee.

Previously, Kindred announced that Benjamin A. Breier, currently president and COO, will become CEO on March 31, 2015, succeeding Paul J. Diaz, who will become executive vice chairman of the Kindred Board of Directors.


Wallace, 59, has more than 25 years of leadership experience at a wide range of health care companies. He most recently served as CEO of RegionalCare Hospital Partners Inc., an operator of community hospitals.

Prior to that, Wallace was the president and COO for Vanguard Health Systems for more than eight years, from 2005 to 2013. While at Vanguard, he had operational responsibility for the publicly traded company that had $6 billion in revenues. Wallace managed more than 44,000 employees, including 800 employed physicians. 

Wallace worked previously for Province Healthcare Company, Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE: THC) and HCA Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HCA) in leadership roles around the country.


Oak View Assisted Living at John Knox Village Names Administrator 

John Knox Village has named Tammy Junior as administrator of Oak View Assisted Living in Volusia County, Fla.  

As administrator, Junior will oversee the planning of activities and special events for the residents and their families as well as manage specific improvement projects geared toward ensuring the residents stay physically and mentally active.

Junior brings to the position 25 years of experience in the health care services industry with five years specifically in assisted living. In addition, she has served as a sales and marketing manager and is a professional guardian. 

Riderwood Village Board of Directors Selects Resident Member 

Patricia Davis has been selected as the resident member of the Board of Directors for Riderwood Village, Inc., the governing body for the Erickson Living retirement community located in Silver Spring, Md. 

Davis has taken several leadership roles at the community. A former member and chair of the Resident Advisory Council, she served on the Finance, Long-Range Planning, Philanthropy and Staff Appreciation committees and as a host and writer for Riderwood Television, the in-house multimedia communications platform. She continues to serve as a resident ambassador for the Sales and Marketing Department.

As a registered nurse, Davis worked in the Labor & Delivery, Substance Abuse, Emergency Department and IV Therapy settings as well as a medical clinic for the homeless. She has also been an adult educator, writer, pastoral associate and organizational consultant.

Riderwood Village, Inc. is organized as a not-for-profit corporation. Riderwood is governed by its Board of Directors, whose members are independent of Erickson Living Management, LLC and its affiliated organizations. Erickson Living serves as the developer and manager of Riderwood.

NYC Council of Senior Centers and Services Unveils New Name

The Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, Inc. (CSCS) recently unveiled its new name, LiveOn NY, reflecting its mission to make New York state a better place to age. 

Founded in 1979, CSCS began as an organization dedicated to advocating for policy change to further the interests of senior centers and agencies in New York City. Today, it develops new ideas that take the form of advocacy, policy and program development. Its programming helps older New Yorkers as they confront ageism, social isolation, the hardships of living on a fixed income, the need for quality and compassionate health care and other challenges.

“With a new identity, a reinvigorated mission and expanded goals, LiveOn NY remains committed to improving the lives of seniors and taking care of the generation that took care of us,” Executive Director Igal Jellinek said.

In discussing plans for statewide expansion, Jellinek noted that as the needs of older adults grow in New York State, it is critical that LiveOn NY also expand its scope.

By 2030, New York’s 65-plus population will increase to a projected 3.9 million, a 60% increase from 2000, and will comprise 20% of New York state’s total population.

Luther Manor CCRC Welcomes New President and CEO

Wisconsin-based United Lutheran Program for the Aging, Inc. d.b.a. Luther Manor, has announced the appointment of Stephanie Chedid as president and CEO.

Luther Manor is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) with a staff of more than 600 full- and part-time employees that serve more than 400 residents and participants daily.

Chedid succeeds the Rev. David J. Keller who retired in 2014 after 23 years as president and CEO. Chedid is the third executive to hold the position in Luther Manor’s more than 50-year history of serving older adults.

Chedid joins Luther Manor from Cleary Gull Advisors Inc., a Milwaukee-based advisory firm where she served as president. She dedicated her business to working in the health care sector and with not-for-profit organizations, specializing in aging services across the nation.

In addition, she has extensive experience working with faith-based organizations and their governing boards. Prior to joining Cleary Gull in 2006, Chedid was a senior vice president with Robert W. Baird and Co.

In addition to being known for service in the Milwaukee community, Chedid is a frequent speaker at national conferences in the aging services field, and is an active member of Leading Age.

Traditions of America Promotes Nancy Schmitt to Regional Sales Coach 

Traditions of America, a Pennsylvania developer of 55-plus communities, has promoted Nancy Schmitt to regional sales coach for Central Pennsylvania.

Schmitt joined the builder in 2012 as a new home counselor for the Liberty Hill location in State College. She now will be assisting the sales teams at three communities within the Central Pennsylvania area.

Schmitt will be using her 25-plus years of experience in operations management to support the new home counselors at the Traditions of America communities in Greater Harrisburg, Lititz and State College.

Schmitt has a background in retail and wellness industries. She previously owned a spa that quickly expanded into a Community Retreat Center and included a massage therapy center, retail boutique and educational/experiential training opportunities.

Cadbury Senior Lifestyles Names Corporate Communications Director

Cadbury Senior Lifestyles recently announced the appointment of D. Lynette Palen, a longtime Cadbury associate, to the position of corporate director of communications.

Palen began working with Cadbury more than 15 years ago in Lewes, Delaware, marketing Cadbury, the first CCRC at the beach. More recently, she has worked in development for all of the Cadbury companies including those in Cherry Hill, N.J.

In her new role, with an even broader scope, she will be working to heighten public awareness of the mission of Cadbury Senior Lifestyles and to strengthen the bond with stakeholders.

The Bristal at White Plains Appoints Executive Director

The Bristal at White Plains in New York, an assisted living and memory care community, has announced the appointment of Faraz Kayani as executive director.

Prior to joining The Bristal at White Plains, Kayani was the assistant executive director at The Bristal at North Hills. Kayani also owned his own company called All Politics is Local where he visited various assisted living residences to lead political lectures and current events for the residents.

The Bristal features 116 residences and 32 apartments dedicated for residents who require memory care. 

Memphis Retirement Community Names New CEO 

John Webb, who has been CEO of Memphis, Tennessee-based Trezevant, is retiring at the end of the year and will be replaced by Kent Phillips, according to local reports

Phillips was previously chief operating officer of Virginia Baptist Homes in Richmond, Va. Phillips has more than 25 years of experience managing retirement communities. 

“I feel confident that Kent will carry on our tradition of success,” Webb said. “I look forward to working closely with him this year to impart knowledge I’ve gleaned during my tenure – and I am also enthused to continue learning about his plans for taking Trezevant to the next level during his leadership of our fine organization.”

New Virginia Community Appoints Michelle Laskey to Lead Sales, Marketing

The Crossings at Harbour View, scheduled to open in the summer, is proud to announce the appointment of Michelle Laskey to lead its sales and marketing strategy at the new senior living community, according to local reports.

Most recently, Laskey served as interim director of sales and marketing at The Chamberlin, a sister community located on historic Fort Monroe in Hampton, owned and managed by Harmony Senior Services since June of 2012.

Laskey brings more than 20 years of experience in senior living marketing and health care management, having been director of marketing at Lake Prince for almost nine years, assisted in the startup and marketing of an assisted living and memory care community in Virginia Beach.

Her industry-specific background includes marketing home health care, skilled nursing care, hospice and durable medical equipment services to numerous Hampton Roads physicians and health care facilities.

United Methodist Retirement Communities Welcomes New Executives

United Methodist Retirement Communities, Inc. (UMRC) announced recently Terri Hamad, executive director of UMRC’s active adult living community The Cedars of Dexter in Michigan, has been promoted to corporate director of housing of The Cedars of Dexter and Rivertown Assisted Living. Crystal Collin will serve as the new executive director for The Cedars of Dexter.

Hamad has more than two decades of experience in working with senior programming, strategic planning and long-term care options. Prior to joining UMRC in 2012, Hamad served as the director of Monroe County Commission on Aging before becoming the Michigan director and patient advocate for Friends of the Family Home Health Care, LLC in Monroe, Mich., where she managed company policy, procedures and caregiver staff, in addition to directing and performing patient assessments for in-home care.

Before joining The Cedars of Dexter as executive director, Collin was director of operations at The Dispute Resolution Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she designed and implemented fundraising methods and assisted with short and long-term financial plans.

Florida CCRC Announces New Director of Sales, Marketing

The Terraces at Bonita Springs in Florida has announced the promotion of Amy English to the position of director of sales and marketing for the community.

English had been a sales counselor there for the past three years, starting during the pre-opening sales phase.

In her new role, English is responsible for leading all sales and marketing efforts on behalf of The Terraces, and ensuring active seniors in Southwest Florida learn more about the CCRC.

Prior to working at The Terraces, she held sales and marketing positions within the field of senior living elsewhere in Florida.

Greystone Investment Group Expands Lending With New Hire

Greystone, a national provider of multifamily and health care mortgage loans, announced that Dan Ross has joined as a managing director in its newly opened Portland, Oregon office.

In this role, Mr. Ross will focus on originating new multifamily mortgage loans across the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, CMBS and bridge platforms in the Northwest. He will also handle senior housing. 

Ross joins Greystone from HomeStreet Capital, where he established the Portland office and was a top producer for the company each year. During his more than 15-year tenure at HomeStreet, he also oversaw loan production for all HomeStreet Capital offices as well as production through HomeStreet’s national DUS correspondent network.

From 2010 to 2013, Ross served as senior vice president at Alliant Capital where he originated loans across a range of financing platforms, including Fannie Mae and FHA.

“Dan’s incredibly diverse experience across a number of lending products, and with a number of dynamic organizations, will be invaluable as we continue to expand our presence in the West and Northwest,” said Rick Wolf, senior managing director and head of production for Greystone’s West Coast operations. “We look forward to planting roots in Oregon and know that Dan will make this a successful Northwest home base for Greystone.”

Written by Emily Study

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