Movers & Shakers — People and Positions for February, Part I

CCRC Foundation Appoints New Director 

Capitol Lakes Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of residents at Wisconsin-based continuing care retirement community (CCRC) Capitol Lakes, has hired Elaine Friedman Glowacki as its new director. 

Glowacki has served 18 years in nonprofit management focusing on customer satisfaction, fundraising, marketing and communications.


She was a fundraising and marketing consultant, and she’s worked for United Way of Wisconsin, Forest Products Society, Wisconsin
Nonprofits Association and Wisconsin Women’s Network.

She was past president of the Dane County Administrators of Volunteer Services, the past membership chair of the Madison chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a past board director of the Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association.

“I want to build community around the foundation, so we’re all working together—nonprofits, for-profits, governmental agencies — wrestling with aging issues and providing resources for the people who need them the most,” Glowacki said in a written statement. 


Dosher Nursing Center Names Administrator 

Doug Whitman was named the administrator of Dosher Nursing Center, a provided service of Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport, N.C., according to local reports

Whitman’s job entails being responsible for the management and direction of the 64-bed nursing facility.

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He has been a licensed nursing home administrator since 2006 and is a certified nursing assistant. For the past 10 years he has also been a licensed assisted living administrator and has run six assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

Lloyd Theiss to Lead UR Medicine Thompson Health’s Senior Living Communities

Lloyd Theiss has been named executive director of  Canandaigua, N.Y.-based UR Medicine Thompson Health’s Ferris Hills and Clark Meadows as well as The Highlands at Pittsford, both senior living communities providing a continuum of care, according to local reports

Theiss will transition to his additional responsibilities at Ferris Hills and Clark Meadows in collaboration with Dona Rickard, senior vice president for Senior Living Services at Thompson, as she prepares to retire April 1.

Theiss assumes leadership of Ferris Hills and Clark Meadows while continuing as executive director of The Highlands at Pittsford, also an affiliate of UR Medicine. Uniting these communities through shared leadership will allow Theiss and their respective teams to focus on the organization’s strategic direction for senior living while providing greater opportunities for collaboration and system efficiencies, the article states.

Prior to The Highlands, Theiss was vice president of operations for Essex Partners, a Rochester-based hotel and real estate investment group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

As Theiss steps into his new role, The Highlands at Pittsford will promote Judy Sims to senior director of operations. Sims, a registered nurse with 30 years of experience in senior living, was formerly vice president and director of operations for DePaul Adult Care Communities. She joined The Highlands in 2011 as director of health and wellness. Sims will continue to oversee wellness services while managing The Highlands’ day-to-day operations.

The Osborn Announces Senior Management Changes

Matthew Anderson, senior vice president of Health Care Services, has been named the organization’s chief operating officer, a new position.

Prior to becoming the SVP of Health Care Services, Anderson was the ddministrator of The Osborn’s long- and short-term nursing facility, The Pavilion, for 15 years.

In this new role, Anderson will oversee all of the day-to-day operations of The Osborn.  In addition to The Osborn’s licensed health care facilities, he will oversee support areas including dining, facilities, information technology and sales.  

Taking over the reins from Anderson is Christopher Ferreri, The Osborn’s new vice president of Health Care Services. Ferreri will be overseeing The Osborn Pavilion, as well as the assisted living program, including the H.O.P.E. Center for Memory Care. Ferreri joins The Osborn from Jewish Home Lifecare’s Sarah Neuman Center, where he served as administrator since 2013.  

Earlier in his career, Ferreri held a similar position with Parker Jewish Institute for HealthCare and Rehabilitation in New Hyde Park, N.Y. He began his professional life with NYU Medical Center, following graduation from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service with a master’s degree in public administration.  

Illinois CCRC Welcomes New CEO and CFO

Clare Oaks, a nonprofit CCRC in Bartlett, Ill., recently announced its board of directors has named Beth Welch as CEO and Gigi Walker as chief financial officer. 

Welch, 46, joined Clare Oaks as executive director in 2013. 

Welch previously served as administrator of DuPage County Convalescent Center in Wheaton. She holds dual master’s degrees in management and public health from Benedictine University, Lisle, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration in marketing from Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore.

Welch has held a Nursing Home Administrator License through the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation since 1997 and has served on the board of directors for DONKA, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing computer training to persons with physical and visual disabilities, since 2003.

She also serves on the Long-Term Care Advisory Committee at the College of DuPage since 2010 and was an adjunct part-time faculty member from 2011 to 2013. She has been actively involved with LeadingAge Illinois, serving as president of the Nursing Facilities Cabinet, and on the board of directors from 2006 to 2012.

Walker, 53, became the retirement community’s first on-site director of finance in 2010.

Prior to Clare Oaks, Walker was involved in the development of active-adult-for-sale communities in the Midwest for more than 10 years, serving as director of operations, development and finance at Gracious Living Homes, LLC, Northfield, and as member of Villas of America, LLC, Orland Park.

She was responsible for all aspects of the developments, including site acquisition and liaisons with architects, engineers, general contractors, investors, senior debt lenders, residents, and staff.

Prior to real estate development, Walker worked in the corporate finance industry as treasurer at Prime Capital Corporation, Rosemont, and vice president of finance at Millard Maintenance Service Company, Lincolnwood. 

Mainstreet Continues Expansion With Latest Round of New Hires

Carmel, Indiana-based Mainstreet, the nation’s largest developer of post-acute health care properties, has announced four new additions to its team.

Paul Bowser is Mainstreet’s new senior information technology administrator. His previous experience includes time at Indiana University Health Tipton Hospital and Electronic Data Systems. 

Meredith Devlin has joined Mainstreet as a new associate counsel. Previously, she worked at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, where she served as a senior associate attorney in the real estate practice group. Before going into law, Meredith was a geriatric social worker with IU Medical Group.

Amanda Hauskins is Mainstreet’s new director of human resources. She has both health care and pharmaceutical human resources experience and most recently served as the human strategy director at The Medicines Company, supporting the national sales division.

Katie Smith is Mainstreet’s new vice president of debt capital markets. She joins Mainstreet from Regions Bank, where she served as a vice president of commercial banking for more than a decade.

Marketing Consultancy Names VP of Planning, Performance

Wayne Langley, a 30-year veteran of senior living and health care management, has been named vice president of planning and performance, a new service extension of Varsity, a mature marketing consultancy that serves retirement communities.

Langley joins Varsity from Sodexo Senior Living, where he led national efforts in operations, sales and business development since 2003, most recently as regional vice president of operations in Pleasant Hill, Calif.

Langley’s appointment follows Varsity’s recent addition of Jackie Stone as vice president of sales consulting. Stone has more than 20 years of experience in senior housing and brings the advantage of having worked on both sides of the table — within a community and overseeing sales and marketing strategies for dozens of others.

Stone previously served as senior vice president of marketing and public relations for Jewish Senior Life in Rochester, N.Y., where she directed marketing communications efforts for all levels of care and community-based programs.

As a partner for more than a decade in two retirement living/mature marketing agencies, she counseled senior living communities on many aspects of sales and marketing strategies, from research development to sales conferences.

Virginia-Based Erickson Retirement Community Selects New ED

Ben Cornthwaite has recently been selected as the new executive director at Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va.

Cornthwaite has worked with Erickson Living in various leadership roles for more than a decade and has over 15 years of experience in senior living and health care operations and management.

He joins Greenspring from Eagle’s Trace, an Erickson Living community located in Houston, Texas. For the past three years, he served as the community’s executive director. There, he played a role in helping grow the community’s occupancy to 99%.

Cornthwaite started his career with Erickson Living in 2004 at Greenspring. He held assistant administrator, administrator, and senior administrator positions for the community’s continuing care neighborhood over six years and managed the day-to-day operations of Greenspring’s higher levels of care.

Cornthwaite also served as the associate executive director at Riderwood, an Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md., before joining Eagle’s Trace in 2011.

UMRC Names Executive Director at Michigan Community

United Methodist Retirement Communities, Inc. (UMRC) announced recently that Richard Kline has joined as executive director of the Chelsea Retirement Community (CRC) in Michigan.

In his new role, Kline will be responsible for managing staff, executing fundraising activities and implementing new and existing CRC programs.

Kline brings more than two decades of health care experience to the position. Prior to joining UMRC, he was most recently executive director of Covenant Retirement Community in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he oversaw the entire campus consisting of nearly 300 units.

Kline serves as a board member for LeadingAge Michigan and its Political Action Committee (PAC), in addition to being chair of its Education Foundation. 

Illinois CCRC Welcomes Executive Chef

Mark Low has been named executive chef at Windsor Park, a faith-based, not-for-profit CCRC administered by Covenant Retirement Communities.

He is employed by the community’s dining services provider Sodexo and will report to Windsor Park Dining Services Director Marco Hetterich.

In his new position, Low will manage day-to-day food operations for the resident community, including casual and formal dining in the residential and assisted living, memory support and health care settings.

He is responsible for managing and training a kitchen staff of 25, creating innovative, healthful menus that meet the high culinary expectations of residents, and managing the community’s catering services.

Low brings to Windsor Park more than 35 years of culinary experience. Previously, he was executive chef at The Holmstad, a sister Covenant Retirement Community in Batavia, Ill.

Before that, Low was owner and operator of European Chef for nearly 10 years and executive chef for Princess Cruise Lines for nearly 20 years.

Low earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. He also received a four-year executive chef degree from National Sea Training University in London, England. Low is a member of both the British and American Culinary Foundations.

Kansas-Based Erickson Living Community Appoints New ED

Erickson Living recently named Jean Landreville the new executive director for Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, Kans. She joined Erickson Living in 2005 and has nearly 20 years of experience in the senior housing and health care industries.

Landreville most recently served as the executive director at Greenspring, an Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va. She also served as associate executive director at Riderwood in Silver Spring, Md, and Fox Run in Novi, Mich.

She joined Erickson Living as a nursing home administrator, opening the continuing care neighborhood at Fox Run.

Riderwood Names Associate Executive Director

Riderwood, an Erickson Living retirement community located in Silver Spring, Md., has appointed Christopher Leinauer as associate executive director.

Leinauer brings more than 11 years of experience in the senior living industry to Riderwood, primarily under the umbrella of Brookdale Senior Living.

He served as the director of finance and executive director for the Richmond Place Retirement Community in Lexington, Ky.

He also held regional leadership roles, including being named division director of financial operations in both the health care services and continuing retirement community portfolios.

As an associate executive director at Riderwood, he will focus on the customer experience for 2,500 residents, and partner with management to provide the expertise for successful implementation of operational strategy and initiatives at the 120-acre campus in Silver Spring. 

Delray Beach Senior Living Community Hires Executive Director

Abbey Delray South, a senior living community in Delray Beach, Fla., has hired Jim Burns as its new executive director. 

Burns is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations at the senior living community, which features nearly 300 independent living apartment homes.

Burns brings 15 years of leadership experience in the field of senior living. He most recently served as administrator of the Health Center at Abbey Delray, a sister community in Delray Beach that is also owned and operated by Lifespace Communities.

Prior to that, he worked for the nonprofit organization in management roles for dining services at The Waterford, located in Juno Beach.

Abbey Delray South has also promoted Susan Connell to marketing director at the senior living community. In her new position, she’ll be responsible for helping to educate active seniors in Delray Beach and the surrounding area about the benefits of choosing a life care community.

Connell has more than 30 years of experience in retail marketing, and ran her own business working as an independent sales representative before joining the Abbey Delray South team.

Senior Services Organization Elects President of Board

LiveOn NY, formerly known as The Council of Senior Centers and Services, recently announced that David V. Pomeranz, chief operating officer of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, has been elected president of its Board of Directors.

As board president, he will concentrate his efforts on board development and reorganization, fundraising, growing membership and the statewide expansion of the newly rebranded LiveOn NY.

Pomeranz has served on the CSCS/LiveOn NY board since 2009, most recently as vice president.

Pomeranz has three decades of experience in improving the lives of older adults in New York. As the COO of Hebrew Home, he spearheaded the launch of the Managed Long Term Care offering, ElderServe Health, designed to help New Yorkers live independently at home.

He was a driving force behind the conversion of Hudson House to a low-income apartment building for older New Yorkers, and his passion for technology led to the creation of an app, “Balance,” to help Alzheimer’s caregivers better manage the complexities of care.

Pomeranz has been recognized for his contributions to the elderly, receiving the 2000 Professional of the Year award by New York Leading Age and the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year award from the Burden Center. 

He replaces Joan L. Ryan, who now serves as board chairperson.

Written by Emily Study

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