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KTGY Group Architecture Opens New Chicago Studio, Appoints 2 New Principals

KTGY Group, Inc. announced on Aug. 26 the opening of a new office in Chicago, and with it the appointments of veteran designers Craig R. Pryde and David M. Kennedy as principals of the studio.

Before joining the KTGY team, Pryde and Kennedy served as principals of Perkins Pryde + Kennedy Architects.


“David and Craig bring over 50 years of combined experience as designers in the Chicago area,” said KTGY CEO Tricia Esser in a prepared statement. “They have a proven performance record, and impressive portfolio and have worked together for more than 23 years. Their successful partnership is a perfect fit for KTGY’s well-defined team philosophy.”

KTGY offers architectural and planning services to clients in several markets, particularly senior living facilities.

The Village at Orchard Ridge Names Executive Director at Winchester, Virginia-based CCRC


The Village at Orchard Ridge has named Melissa Fortner as executive director of its Winchester, Virginia-based continuing care retirement community.

Prior to her appointment as executive director, Fortner most recently worked as vice president of supportive living for Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. Her experience centered on designing and implementing operational and strategic plans, and she spearheaded the first Green House project in Virginia, which aims to deliver care to seniors in a homelike atmosphere.

Fortner brings 20 years of senior living experience to her new role, where she will oversee operations, develop programming and foster outreach efforts.

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The Village at Orchard Ridge is comprised of independent living cottages and apartments with in-home services, memory care and skilled nursing for both long-term and short-term rehabilitation. Construction of additional independent living facilities, as well as a wellness center and an expanded dining area, is slated for completion in 2016.

Virginia-Based Commonwealth Assisted Living at Front Royal Adds New Leaders to Executive Team

Commonwealth Assisted Living at Front Royal has announced the addition of two new members to its senior leadership team at the Front Royal, Virginia-based community: Amber Printz as executive director and Doris (Dee) Grimmett as resident care director.

Printz previously served in several different positions at Commonwealth Assisted Living at Front Royal for 13 years before becoming the executive director of Commonwealth Assisted Living at Farnham in February. She now returns to Front Royal to direct operations at the community.

Grimmett has worked as a Registered Nurse for 24 years, formerly serving as a staff nurse at Warren Memorial Hospital for 14 years and a handful of home health companies and other assisted living communities.

“We are thrilled to have Amber and Dee leading our Front Royal community,” said Richard Brewer, president and CEO of Commonwealth Assisted Living, in a news release. “Their leadership and vision will further set apart the community from other providers in the region.”

Commonwealth Assisted Living operates 21 senior living communities across Virginia, 15 of which offer programming for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care.

EPOCH Assisted Living on Blackstone Boulevard Names New Wellness Director in Providence, Rhode Island

EPOCH Assisted Living on Blackstone Boulevard welcomes Andrea Santo as the Providence, Rhode Island community’s wellness director.

In her new role, Santo will head the community’s nursing staff and oversee the development of individualized care plans for each resident. She brings more than 25 years of experience in senior care to EPOCH, most recently serving as resident care director at an area senior living facility.

“Andrea is an exceptional wellness director,” said Matthew Weinstock, EPOCH campus administrator, in a news release. “She is highly skilled, compassionate and smart. We’re thrilled to welcome her to our team.”

EPOCH Assisted Living on Blackstone Boulevard is a part of EPOCH Senior Living, a regional provider of senior living and health care options.

Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association Selects New President

The Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association (Mass-ALFA) has selected Richard T. Moore as its new president.

Moore, a former Massachusetts state senator representing Sutton, takes on the leadership of the assisted living trade association following an extensive career in public service and higher education, including a stint in the Clinton Administration as Associate Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Assistant to the President of Bentley College. Throughout his tenure in state government, Moore spearheaded several health care policies and senior care initiatives.

“I look forward to working with those who provide housing and supportive services for our rapidly growing population of senior citizens as the ‘baby boom’ generation creates an urgent demand of more, and better, opportunities for safe, high-quality housing with convenient services and without the burden of care and maintenance of property,” Moore said in a prepared statement.

The Waltham-Based Mass-ALFA is a non-profit association is committed to professionally operated assisted living residences in the state that provide services for those with various needs and income levels.

Friendship Senior Options Names New Executive Director for GreenFields of Geneva in Geneva, Illinois

Friendship Senior Options welcomes James Holbrook at the new executive director of GreenFields of Geneva in Geneva, Illinois.

Holbrook brings 15 years of experience as a senior living executive to GreenFields, a CCRC sponsored by Friendship Senior Options. Prior to his appointment as executive director of GreenFields, he served at Lutheran Life Communities.

“GreenFields’ reputation is exceptional,” Holbrook said in a prepared statement. “It’s a high-quality community with a lot of wonderful residents. …I will be working hard to meet and exceed their expectations.”

Written by Kourtney Liepelt

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