Movers & Shakers: Premier Senior Living’s New Directors

Pinnacle Chairman Appointed to Long-Term Care Board

Rob McCabe, Pinnacle Financial Partner’s co-founder and chairman, has been appointed to the board of Diversicare Healthcare Services, a long-term care provider located in Brentwood. Pinnacle Financial Partners is a Nashville-based financial firm with $6 billion in assets.

McCabe will serve as a member of the board’s audit committee. He is the seventh director of Diversicare, and he is also the director of National Health Investors and Nashville Electric Service.


“We are extremely pleased to have Rob join our board at a key time for the company,” said Kelly Gill, Diversicare president and CEO. “Rob’s specific REIT and financing experiences will greatly enhance Diversicare’s broader skillset.”

AHCA/NCAL Elects New Chairs for Board of Governors and Directors 

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living elected a new AHCHA Board of Governors and NCAL Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 term. The new chair for the AHCA board is Tom Coble of Oklahoma, and Christian Mason of Oregon has been elected chair of the NCAL Board.


“We are proud to welcome this distinguished group of leaders to our respective Boards,” Mark Parkinson, AHCA/NCL president and CEO, said in a statement. “With Tom and Chris at the helm, we are excited about the future and will continue to improve lives by providing solutions for quality care.”

Coble has served on AHCA’s Board of Governors since 2011 and served as the independent owner representative for three years. He was most recently vice chair. Coble is the CEO of Elmbrook Management Company and has been a board member of the Oklahoma Association of Healthcare Providers since 2000.

Mason is the president and chief executive officer of Senior Housing Managers, a senior housing operator of assisted living, residential care communities and nursing centers in Oregon and Washington. He has served on the NCAL’s board since 2006 and is a member of the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Erickson Living Hires Adam Dickson as Director of Continuing Care in Colorado

Adam Dickson has been tapped as the director of continuing care for Mill Vista Lodge at Wind Crest retirement community, an assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care and post-acute care facility managed by Erickson Living, a Baltimore-based senior housing management company that operates in 10 states. Mill Vista Lodge is a 144-unit community located in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Previously, Dickson served as assistant nursing home administrator for Oak Crest, an Erickson Living-manged community in Parkville, Maryland, where he handled the management of all day-to-day operations of the facility. He has also served as business office manager for another Maryland-based Erickson community, Riderwood.

Premier Senior Living Announces Several New Hires

Premier Senior Living, LLC, a senior living operator with 11 communities in New York, Florida and Ohio, has appointed a new national sales and marketing director, a national quality assurance director and a national purchasing and dining director. The company also announced the appointment of new executive directors in Venice, Florida, Geneva, New York, and Baldwinsville, New York.

Dawn Bare has been appointed as the national sales and marketing director and will be in charge of  business development and sales training programs.

Lura Engel has been promoted to national quality assurance director and will oversee all programs necessary to support company-wide consistent standards that promote quality health care and services and regulatory compliance.

Jennifer Martin has been appointed national purchasing and dining director. She will administer programs that observe Health Department and state regulations while delivering consistent quality.

Karen Hallenback has been named executive director of Summit at Venice, an assisted living and memory care community in Venice, Florida.

Kathy McGhan has been hired as executive director of Seneca Lake Terrace, an assisted living and memory care community in Geneva, New York.

Audrey Torio has been appointed executive director of the Park Terrace at Radisson community, an assisted living facility and memory care community in Baldwinsville, New York.

“The continued growth within our company has created an emphasis on investing in our employees,” Wayne Kaplan, owner of Premier Senior Living, said in a prepared statement. “Our strategy embraces a philosophy of the strengths and contributions of our current employees to provide opportunities that examine career advancement and further success. We look forward to all the unique and exciting talents these members will bring to the table.”

Sage Age Strategies Hires Louise Schott as Senior Consultant

Sage Age Strategies, a marketing firm that serves the 50+ and senior living market, has hired Louise Schott as a senior consultant. Schott joins the company with 13 years of experience in the senior living provider industry.

She has previously worked in leadership positions with Validus Senior Living, Horizon Bay/Brookdale Senior Living, Senior Management Advisors and The Goodman Group.

Schott operates out of Clearwater, Florida, and will help manage new Florida-based client-partners and other existing communities in the Southeast, the company announced.

Ecumen Appoints Two Business Development Directors

Ecumen, one of the nation’s top 20 largest non-profit senior housing providers, has named two new business development directors. Anne Stanfield and Mark Lucas have both been hired as new directors. The company announced the hires are amid a rapid expansion of its senior housing portfolio.

Stanfield joins Acumen from Target and is a trained architect who recently led programs to improve the customer experience. She also has an MBA and was a group manager for Architecture at Target.

Lucas was most recently part of developments of mixed- use housing and office properties in downtown Minneapolis. He has previously worked in brand and management positions with General Mills, Nordstrom, Room & Board and Boston Scientific. Lucas also holds an MBA.

“This is an exciting time of growth and innovation at Ecumen,” Julie Murray, Acumen chief business development officer and SVP of sales and marketing, said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have the talent and experience of people like Mark and Anne to help guide our growth.”

Ingleside at King Farm Hires Christine Podles as Executive Director

Ingleside at King Farm, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Rockville, Maryland, announced the appointment of Christine Podles as executive director. Podles joins Ingleside with more than 20 years of experience in the senior housing industry.

Podles will be responsible for overseeing the operations at the community. She has spent more than 16 years at catholic Charities in Baltimore, where she was responsible for the daily operations of The Neighborhoods at St. Elizabeth, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center. She also oversaw The Green House Residences, a cultural change project in physical rehabilitation, skilled nursing and long-term care.

“Christine L. Podles has the management experience and leadership qualities needed to take Ingleside at King Farm to the next level of operations,” Ingleside President and CEO Lynn O’Connor said in a prepared statement. “Her impressive credentials combined with her thoughtful nature and experience implementing a person-centered care and service comedy makes her the perfect match for Ingleside at King Farm.”

HFF Appoints Director in Dallas Office

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF), a leading provider of commercial real estate and capital markets in the United States, appointed David Fasano as a director in its Dallas office to join its expanding senior housing team.

Fasano previously worked at Fortress Investment Group as vice president of new business development, where he expanded their business development pipeline of seniors housing-focused opportunities on the West Coast. He was also previously director of acquisitions for Aviv REIT, a Chicago-based health care REIT. He also oversaw a health care portfolio of more than $250 million in commitments at The Private Bank and Trust Company and held positions within the seniors housing division of MB Financial Bank, N.A.

With HFF, Fasano will focus on skilled nursing capital markets and investment sales transactions through the United States. He will work alongside managing directors Ryan Maconachy and Chad Lavender.

Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation Appoints Two New Board of Directors

Presbyterian Villages of Michigan (PVM) Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic support for Presbyterian Villages’ senior housing communities, has appointed Denise Turman and Donna Snider to the Foundation Board of Directors.

Turman is currently director of medical and professional reimbursement policy-medical affairs department of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, faith community nurse and member of the National Association of Professional Women and the National Management Association. She is based in Detroit.

Snider is a managing director in the investment office of The Kresge Foundation, a Michigan-based philanthropic foundation that supports arts and culture, education, environment and health and human services in Detroit, where she is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities across all asset classes and managing the internal trading activity. Prior to her work with Kresge, she was a director in the Global Markets and Investment Banking division of Merrill Lynch in New York and as a pension actuary with Towers Perrin in Chicago. She lives in Birmingham.

Written by Amy Baxter

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