Movers & Shakers: Elder Care Alliance’s New CEO

Summit Healthcare REIT Elects Suzanne Koenig to Board of Directors

Summit Healthcare REIT, a publicly-registerested, non-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) that primarily invests in senior housing, has appointed Suzanne Koenig to its board of directors following an election at the annual meeting of stockholders.

Koenig is currently president and founder of SAK Management Services LLC, a long-term care management and health care consulting services company. She has more than 20 years of experience as an owner and operator, with expertise in marketing, census development and operations enhancement for the whole spectrum of senior housing.


Koenig is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a Licensed Social Worker in multiple states. She is the former co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) Health Care Committee, a co-chair for the Steering Committee of the Midwest Turnaround Management Association (TMA) Chapter and was elected to the Global Turnaround Management Association Board of Trustees.

Koenig also services on the board of directors for the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Elder Care Alliance Appoints New CEO and VP of Sales and Marketing 


Elder Care Alliance, a non-profit health care system with a holistic wellness approach and four California retirement communities, appointed Adrienne Iverson as chief executive officer.

Iverson has served as interim president and CEO since April 3, and was officially promoted to the role on September 22. She joined Elder Care in 2010 as vice president of operations and led a comprehensive conversion and implemented electronic health records across all of Elder Care Alliance’s communities. She was also instrumental in implementing the “I’m Still Here” program, a well recognized dementia care program, across Elder Care Alliance’s memory care neighborhoods.

Prior to joining Elder Care Alliance, Iverson was vice president of operations at the CNH District Church Extension Fund for 15 years. She has also served for more than 10 years as chair of the board for Continuing Care Retirement Community.

Elder Care Alliance also announced that Ken Claire has been hired as vice president of sales and marketing.

Claire has more than 20 years of experience in operations and sales management, analytical expertise and financial management. Claire was previously vice president of sales and marketing for Emeritus Senior Living and oversaw 74 communities.

He also served as the regional director of operations for Brookdale Senior Living during the merger between Brookdale and Emeritus, leading 13 community teams through the $5 billion deal. He was also responsible for managing $35 million in top line revenue, generating a 38% net operating income (NOI) and occupancy growth of nearly 4%.

He is a member and volunteer for the California Assisted Living Association (CALA) where he helps select keynote speakers for both annual conferences.

Consulate Health Care Names CEO and COO

Consulate Health Care, one of the largest providers of senior health care services and the largest provider in Florida, has named Bill Mathies as chief executive officer. Chris R. Bryson has been appointed in partnership as chief operating officer.

The new executive leaders, with more than 50 years of combined experience, will lead the company’s business operations and oversee its commitment to patients in Consulate’s more than 200 care centers nationwide. Mathies and Bryson will work to leverage the organization’s size and scale as a provider over the course of the next several months, the company stated.

Mathies was previously CEO for Sun Healthcare Group. Bryson served as COO of Pruitt Health for more than 10 years.

Large Cincinnati Retirement Community Hires New Executive Director

Llanfair Retirement Community, one of the largest CCRCs in Cincinnati, has named Jean Morgan as its new executive director.

The community, which offers independent apartments, assisted living and a rehabilitation and health care center, sits on 14 acres. It is the 13th largest community in the region with 244 units and is owned by Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Communities.

Prior to joining the community, Morgan served as executive director at Cape May Retirement Village in Wilmington, Llanfair’s sister campus in Clinton County. She has 34 years of experience in the long-term care industry and has held a variety of positions at Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services from 1981 to 2000. She was also the director of human resources at the organization’s corporate headquarters for 10 years.

NFL Alumni Advocate Heads Advisory Board for Validus Senior Living

Sylvia Mackey, widow of NFL Hall of Famer John Mackey, has been named as a spokeswoman and advisor for a select group of Inspired Living brand senior living communities being developed to meet the needs of retired NFL players.

Mackey will support an affiliation between Pro Football Legends, the marketing arm of the NFL Alumni Association; Tampa developer Mark Bouldin; the Inspired Living communities; and management company Validus Senior Living. She will also chair an advisory board made up of NFLAA members, spouses and their families, to provide insight into the special needs as the communities are developed.

There are plans for 33 assisted living and memory care communities to be built in major cities with high concentrations of retired NFL players. Some costs associated with assisted living may be covered under the NFL’s 88 Plan, which provides benefits to players with Alzheimer’s, dementia, ALS or Parkinson’s disease. The name of the plan was coined from the jersey number of John Mackey, who was a five-time Pro Bowl tight  end for the Baltimore Colts and the San Diego Chargers. He was diagnosed with dementia after his retirement and required assisted living until he died in 2011.

Mackey will educate former players about the 88 Plan and its benefits. The first assisted living community is under construction outside Windermere, Florida.

Written by Amy Baxter

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