Movers & Shakers: Kindred’s New General Counsel

Kindred Appoints Joseph L. Landenwich as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary 

Kindred Healthcare, Inc., the largest post-acute services provider in the country, has named Joseph L. Landewich as general counsel and corporate secretary, effective Jan. 31, 2016. He will assume the role following the retirement of M. Suzanne Riedman, chief counsel and chief diversity officer.

Riedman has served as Kindred’s general counsel since August 1999 and as chief diversity officer since December 2010. She joined Kindred in September 1996 as counsel and became associate general counsel in January 1996.


Landenwich joined Kindred in 1996 and was named corporate secretary in November 1999. Landenwich has served as co-general counsel and corporate secretary since May 2012.

“Joe’s tireless dedication, expert legal advice and professional counsel during his tenure with Kindred have been instrumental in our strategic growth and development,” Benjamin A. Brier, president and chief executive officer of Kindred, said in a statement. “This promotion also recognizes his invaluable leadership in the development efforts of the the company and oversight of all our corporate legal functions over many years, as well as his steady counsel to me and the other members of the senior leadership team.”

LeadingAge Florida Adds Elizabeth Lane as Director of Education & Events

LeadingAge Florida, a statewide association that represents the full continuum of care for seniors that serves nearly 400 mission-driven communities, has named Elizabeth Lane as director of education and events. LeadingAge Florida is a regional partner of LeadingAge, a national association of 6,000 not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding the possibilities of aging through advocacy, research and more. 

Lane joins LeadingAge Florida from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and the Florida Association of Consultant Pharmacists. 

In her new role, Lane will drive the development of high-quality educational programming for member types, and will be responsible for planning all LeadingAge Florida events. 

May Creek Senior Living Names New Executive Director and Clinical Services Director

May Creek Senior Living of Walker, a senior living community in Minnesota that is operated by Edgewood Group LLC, has named Coretta Czycall as executive director and Gina Zubke as clinical services director.

As executive director, Czycalla will oversee the day-to-day operations of the community, ensure resident and employee satisfaction, recruit and retain employees and ensure the quality of care at May Creek. She has been a part of the team at the community for the past 16 years. 

Zubke began her career as a resident assistant at May Creek. She has experience as an LPN, RN and nurse manager at another senior care community. 

Oak Pointe Names New Executive Director

Oak Pointe of Neosho Assisted Living, a Missouri-based assisted living and memory care community operated by Provision Living, has hired Julie Sheldon as its new executive director. 

As executive director, Sheldon will oversee operations and resident care. Sheldon has 25 years of senior housing experience and has previously held positions in management, sales and nursing. 

Oak Pointe community is slated for completion in March 2016 and will have 46 apartments, 33 units dedicated to assisted living and 13 dedicated to memory care. The 37,000-square-foot community will offer a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and an amenity-based living experience with an array of services for assisted living and memory care residents. 

The LaSalle Group Names Tracy Bazzell as Vice President of Innovation and Information Technology

The LaSalle Group, Inc., a national owner and operator of residential memory care with more than 40 Autumn Leaves communities, has promoted Tracy Bazzell to vice president of innovation and information technology. Bazzell joined The LaSalle Group in March as associate vice president of data and applications.

In his new role, Bazzell will lead and implement technology strategies for The LaSalle Group, Autumn Leaves and other corporate groups, including its four divisions: Winfield Design, LLC; MWW Development, LLC; Lake Superior Contracting, LP; and Constant Care Family Management.

Prior to joining The LaSalle Group, Bazzell served as chief information officer at Centurion Medical Products. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the technology industry.

Windsor Park Hires New Sales Director

Windsor Park, a continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, has named Janet Cannon as sales director. Covenant Retirement Communities is the nation’s fifth-largest not-for-profit senior services provider. 

With more than 15 years of sales professional experience, Cannon will oversee marketing efforts and lead the sales program for the retirement community’s 290 residential retirement apartments, which include studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences and 62 duplex homes. Cannon will report to interim executive director Joe Xanthopoulos. 

Prior to joining Windsor Park, Cannon was a residency counselor at The Clare in Chicago, a Senior Care Development affiliated community managed by Life Care Services. She has also served as community relations director at Emeritus Senior Living in Prospect Heights, Illinois. She has managed sales and marketing efforts at the director and regional levels for companies for servicing consumers and education professionals, including Market Day, Itasca, Illinois, where she served as director of sales and director of business development, respectively.  

Consulate Health Care Appoints Three Executives

Consulte Health Care, one of the nation’s largest providers of senior health care services and the largest in Florida, has announced three hires to its executive team.

Andrea (“Andi”) Clark has been named chief nursing officer (CNO). Todd Mehaffey has been hired as Florida division president. Rob Hanson is Consulate’s newest Mid-Atlantic division president. 

Clark is a registered nurse and health care senior executive focused on clinical excellence, operational efficiency and process improvement, according to the company. Prior to starting her own consulting and advisory practice, Clark was the senior vice president of clinical services at Golden Living, where she led a team of clinicians and drove improvement across CMS 5 Start Ratings year over year. She bring more than 30 years of experience to Consulate, having served as both a licensed administrator and clinician throughout her career. 

Mehaffey brings more than 21 years of experience as a progressive and results-driven health care executive. He formerly served as chief operating officer of Signature Health Care. His skill-matter expertise lies in the areas of managed care and accountable care organization strategies.

Hanson previously served as the area vice president at Extendicare. He has extensive experience in effective leadership, staffing and training and customer service. He has a 35-year history of strategic management around the delivery of quality patient care. 

Written by Amy Baxter

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