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

Atlanta CCRC Names New CFO, VP of Finance

Lenbrook, Atlanta’s only continuing care retirement community (CCRC) to be nationally accredited by CARF-CCAC, has named Dan Dornblaser to the position of chief financial officer and vice president of finance. Lenbrook has also elected Tripp Rawls to serve on its Board of Directors.

Dornblaser brings more than 30 years of commercial banking and not-for-profit health care finance experience to his new position at Lenbrook. He has also served on Lenbrook’s Board of Directors since 2013.


Most recently, Dornblaser served as vice president of PubFunds for Fifth Third Bank in Atlanta, where he was responsible for developing portfolios encompassing not-for-profit hospitals, higher education, municipalities and government entities. He previously directed the Healthcare Finance operations of KBC Bank N.V. throughout the southeastern U.S. and was responsible for establishing credit facilities for not-for-profit health care providers.

Dornblaser began his career with National Westminster Bank PLC and steadily advanced in management responsibilities to become vice president of public finance and team leader for its West Coast division.

Lenbrook has also elected Tripp Rawls to its Board of Directors to succeed Dornblaser. Rawls is currently first vice president of Wealth Management in the Atlanta/Buckhead Merrill Lynch office. Rawls specializes in retirement planning and frequently addresses pre-retiree groups at major corporations and government agencies around the country. He also consults with foundation and association investment committees throughout their asset allocation and investment selection process.


“Tripp brings strong institutional investment experience to our board as well as insight into today’s consumers who are planning for retirement,” said John Day, chairman of Lenbrook’s Board of Directors. “This is a highly relevant perspective for Lenbrook as we strive to meet the needs of our current and future retiree residents.” Appoints Michael Echenberg EVP, Chief Financial Officer (NYSE: CRCM) recently announced that Michael Echenberg has been appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of the company and will join in late April. Echenberg will succeed Steve Boulanger who was named Interim CFO in November 2014.

“Over the course of his career, and most notably during his tenure at Weight Watchers, Michael has amassed financial and strategic expertise building global consumer-facing multi-platform brands,” said Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder, chairwoman and CEO of “His knowledge and insight will be invaluable as we continue to grow and expand our business.”

Echenberg joins from Weight Watchers International Inc. where he served for the last two years as chief strategy officer for the global publicly traded company. In that role, he oversaw all mergers and acquisitions and franchise relationships and drove FP&A and long-range planning initiatives.

In 2004, he joined, then a separate company, as its vice president of strategy. After helping to complete the transactions that brought and Weight Watchers International together, he held several senior management roles in the combined entity. These included head of finance for the North America business unit; CFO of the Weight Watchers Health Solutions business unit in its launch year; and SVP of corporate finance and strategy, which included management of investor relations.

Echenberg started his career as a management consultant, first at Dean & Company and then at McKinsey & Company as part of its Corporate Finance & Strategy practice. In between, he served as head of strategy for ParentWatch, Inc., a service for parents to view live online video streams from their children’s child care centers. 

Presbyterian Communities and Services Appoints Executive Director

Dallas, Texas-based Presbyterian Communities and Services, a faith-based nonprofit organization comprised of CCRCs and hospice services, has named Darrell Baltimore as executive director of Grace Presbyterian Village.

He will manage every facet of the day-to-day operations of the community, ranging from budgeting and hiring staff to overseeing dining services and activities.

Baltimore has served 10 years as executive director at three large senior living companies, supervising and administering programs for older adults. He holds a master’s degree in gerontology from the University of North Texas and is a licensed Texas Nursing Home Administrator and a certified administrator for residential care homes.

The Terraces at Los Altos Names Program Manager of Memory Support Services

The Terraces at Los Altos in California recently named Andrea Margulies program manager for the senior living community’s memory support residences, The Grove.

Prior to joining The Terraces, Margulies served as the administrator-in-training at a nursing home. She also previously worked as director of kaleidoscope, an enrichment program using expressive art therapies, where she incorporated music, dance, visual arts and poetry to offer therapy tailored to the needs of each individual.

The Terraces at Los Altos is centered around The Best Friends™ Approach, a program that focuses on building relationships with residents based on individual life stories and experiences.

“We continue to be leaders in the field of senior living, not only in Los Altos, but throughout California, and strive to provide the most forward-thinking programs, services and amenities for our residents and their families,” said Rae Holt, executive director at The Terraces at Los Altos.

Premier Restaurant Equipment Expanding Business Through New Hire  

Premier, responsible for designing and equipping award-winning restaurants, senior living facilities, country clubs, casinos and other foodservice venues, has added industry veteran Jim Palm to its team in the role of director of sales, West Coast Division.

In his role with Premier, Palm will be focused on extending Premier’s geographic reach to the West Coast, expanding its business in vertical markets such as senior living dining and country clubs as well as working on a variety of restaurant projects across the country for Premier clients.

“Jim is dedicated to the industry and delivers exceptional results to clients,” said Jim Hara, president of Premier. “That is what Premier has always been about. As Premier grows its business on the national stage, exceptional experience is crucial and Jim brings plenty to the table.”

Jim Palm began his career in the foodservice industry 36 years ago at Palm Brothers, a family-owned design and equipment company based in Minneapolis.

Charlestown Retirement Community Welcomes New Staff

In separate announcements, Charlestown retirement community named Tony Kuzawinski director of general services and Joe Graham as director of continuing care. 

Kuzawinski joins Charlestown with more than 10 years of facility management experience. Most recently, he worked for Anne Arundel Medical Center as the director of engineering, where he oversaw a team of employees responsible for maintenance, engineering, construction and project management for the 2.6 million square-foot hospital complex.

Additionally, Graham was named new director of continuing care at Charlestown, an Erickson Living community in Maryland.

He most recently worked as the director of rehab operations for Erickson Living, providing oversight in the areas of operations, financial performance, compliance and clinical leadership to rehab teams and leadership teams across the enterprise.

Graham has been with Erickson Retirement Communities since April 2006, when he started his career as a rehabilitation manager at Riderwood Village. He moved into the role of assistant administrator at Riderwood in September 2011.

Graham is a licensed nursing home administrator.

Alzheimer’s Association NYC Chapter Appoints Queens Care Consultant 

The Alzheimer’s Association New York City Chapter has announced the appointment of Cheshire Schanker as the organization’s Queens-based care consultant.

Schanker will provide services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers in their own communities. The position is funded through a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, which is supporting the chapter’s outreach in Queens.

As the Queens care consultant, Schanker will provide information, education and support to residents, enabling the borough’s Alzheimer’s community to benefit from the chapter’s expertise in dementia care with face-to-face individual and family counseling without having to travel far.

Additionally, the chapter’s partnerships with community-based organizations throughout Queens will enable Schanker to more meaningfully meet the needs of Queens residents affected by dementia. Current partners include Queens Community House and New York Hospital Queens, which each have multiple sites throughout the borough. Additional partnerships are also being explored.

“As New York City’s senior population grows, expanding our presence in the borough is a top priority,” said Lou-Ellen Barkan, chapter president & CEO. “So we are pleased to welcome Cheshire to the chapter. By providing in-borough support and programming, we hope to greatly increase the number of Queens residents we currently serve.”

With a wide range of case management and service experience for organizations such as Search and Care and the NYU Center for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders, Schanker has experience in counseling, referrals, planning for safe living, and is knowledgeable about benefits and entitlements including Medicare and Medicaid.

Written by Emily Study

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