Movers & Shakers: Mainstreet’s Newest Hires

Mainstreet Announces Three New Hires 

In its latest round of hiring, the nation’s largest developer of transitional care properties, Mainstreet, has named three new appointments.

Rob Bassler has been named as vice president of production operations. Prior to joining Mainstreet, Bassler served as vice president director of operations at Lend Lease US. He is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional).


Patricia Hachimi has been hired as Mainstreet’s newest legal assistant. She comes to Mainstreet from Krieg DeVault, where she most recently spent her time in the bond financing department.

Kristen Sobol has been named as the newest senior accountant. She has previously worked as a staff accountant at Katz, Sapper & Miller. Sobol is a certified public accountant.

Waterstone at Wellesley Hires New Life Enrichment Director


Watersone at Wellesley, an independent and assisted living community in Wellesley, Massachusetts, has hired Jody Briggs as its new life enrichment director.

Briggs joins Waterstone after serving as program director for an independent living community for three years. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has a background in social work and senior living.

In her new role, Briggs will plan and coordinate monthly events hosted at the community.

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Briggs got her start in senior housing nine years ago, when she was hired as a receptionist at an independent living community.

Devonshire at PGA National Promotes Jorge Lopez to Director of Dining Services 

Devonshire at PGA National, an Erickson Living retirement community located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, announced that Jorge Lopez has been promoted to director of dining services. Lopez was previously the community’s executive chef after coming on board in May 2015. He began work in his new role in October.

As director of dining services, Lopez will oversee the overall assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of culinary operations at the community. He will evaluate programs, operations, training, purchasing and fiscal management.

Lopez has 20 years of culinary and event management experience. He previously managed all aspects of culinary production for the Stroudsmoor Country Inn located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He also served as the executive chef and food and beverage director for the Bushkill Inn and Conference Center in Bushkill, Pennsylvania, and has held several other executive chef positions in Kentucky and Las Vegas.

Reutlinger Hires Nelson Rodrigues as Administrator

The Reutlinger Community, a non-profit senior living community in Danville, California, that offers a continuum of care, has named Nelson Rodrigues as administrator.

In this new role, Rodrigues will lead operations in the assisted living, enhanced assisted living and skilled nursing units, the community announced. He will be in charge of operations for resident care, quality of care, budgeting and employee relations. Within the assisted living and skilled nursing units of the community, there are 200 employees who care for and provide services to 180 residents.

Prior to joining Reutlinger, Rodrigues worked in the graduate business office of Santa Clara University. While he “enjoyed it,” he was not fulfilled in that position and thus jumped at the chance to take an executive assistant role in a senior living community, where he was quickly promoted to residence services director, according to the community.

Rodrigues is a licensed home administrator and holds a resident care facility for the elderly (RCFE) license.

Traditions of America Hires Brian Smith as Corporate Controller 

Traditions of America, a developer of 55 and over communities in Pennsylvania, has hired Brian Smith as corporate controller, the company announced.

Prior to joining Traditions of America, Smith worked for RAIT Financial Trust, most recently serving as managing director of accounting. He was responsible for financial reporting, treasury functions, internal controls and external reporting for two publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs).

He also has held leadership roles for a number of global clients with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

Written by Amy Baxter

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