Movers & Shakers: Capital Senior Living’s New Board Chairman

Capital Senior Living Elects New Board Chairman

Capital Senior Living (NYSE: CSU) announced that Michael W. Reid, a non-executive, independent director of the company, has been appointed as chairman of the board. Reid replaces James A. Moore, who decided not to stand for re-election.

In March, Capital Senior Living agreed to appoint a new independent director to its board after facing pressure from Lucas Advisors LLC.

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Additionally, Capital Senior Living elected Philip A. Brooks, Ed Grier and Ronald A. Malone to serve as directors of the company for three-year terms expiring in 2019. The company’s stockholders voted on the appointments at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 19.

Grier’s nomination had been discussed by CEO Larry Cohen during the company’s presentation at the Deutsche Bank 41st Annual Health Care Conference on May 5. Grier had spent nearly 30 years with Walt Disney Company, serving as president of the Disneyland Resort between 2006 and 2010.

AssuredPartners Adds Team to Senior Living Specialty

AssuredPartners, a company based in Lake Mary, Florida that acquires and invests in insurance brokerage businesses across the United States and in London, added three people to a team to focus on expanding its senior living practice throughout the country through organic growth and acquisition.

Brian Lindahl will be executive vice president and director of senior living for AssuredPartners. He has been providing insurance products and solutions to the senior living industry for more than 30 years. Most recently, he was senior vice president at Brown & Brown, where he worked since 1989.

Michael Randall will be vice president. He has focused on the senior living sector since 2009 as a produce and vice president with Brown & Brown. In his new role, he will serve as a national resource for many AssuredPartners clients and will hone in on expanding markets and services across the country.

Ricky Schwarz will be account executive on the team. He has focused solely on senior living since 2011, and will provide production support for Randall and Lindahl.

“AssuredPartners is deeply rooted in the senior living sector and adding Brian, Michael and Ricky’s experience and talent will greatly help us in our ongoing efforts of growth and excellence,” President and COO Tom Riley said in a statement. “We are looking forward to adding the aptitude of Brian’s team and experience to our organization as we welcome them to the AssuredPartners family.”

Dominion Senior Living of Crossville Hires 5 Key Directors

Dominion Senior Living of Crossville hired five key members of its management team ahead of its opening this summer: Misty Gallagher, LPN, wellness director; Jenny Webb, business office director; Robert Judd, maintenance director; Kimberly Dixon, life enrichment director; and Patricia Rogers, dining services director.

Gallagher joins Dominion with more than 13 years of nursing experience, mostly in long-term care. Meanwhile, Webb previously spent five years working in a medical office and has eight years of experience as a business office director.

Dixon has spent more than five years in life enrichment for seniors, and she is a licensed activity coordinator. She has experience working with seniors who have different care needs, and boasts extensive knowledge about residents with memory impairments.

Judd comes to Dominion with decades of experience in maintenance, and he has specialized in long-term care settings for 11 years. Rounding out the hires is Rogers, who has more than 30 years of experience in long-term care food service. She has a dietary services certification from the University of Florida.

Each of these staff members will be under the direction of Executive Director Vickie Wilson.

“All of our employees are chosen based not only on their experience, but also on their level of dedication to serving seniors,” Wilson said in a statement. “We know that each of these directors will make the residents a priority and treat them as family. Their teamwork is what will make this environment inviting and meaningful to our residents and their families, and I know their passion for and knowledge of long-term care will elevate the services we provide.”

Dominion Senior Living of Crossville is a faith-based senior living community located in Crossville, Tennessee.

Love Funding Names New Director of Originations

Love Funding, a provider of FHA multifamily, affordable and health care financing, named Kate Murray as the company’s director of originations.

Murray will be based in Tampa, Florida, and will focus on developing new business to feed the company’s bridge and FHA finance platforms. She joins Love Funding with strong borrower relationships and years of experience with the FHA multifamily and health care programs.

Murray previously served as deputy director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Residential Care Facilities, where she participated in developing HUD’s 232 LEAN loan insurance program. In 2012, she went on to become the FHA closing director at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, and she most recently served as an FHA loan originator at Centennial Mortgage.

“We are thrilled to add such a talented and experienced FHA professional to the Love Funding family,” Jonathan Camps, senior vice president, said in a statement. “Kate is tremendously skilled at problem solving, mastering existing bureaucracies and making things happen. I have full confidence that she will be a valuable addition to our team.”

LeadingAge Virginia Selects New President and CEO

LeadingAge Virginia selected Melissa Andrews as the association’s next president and CEO.

Andrews will begin her term in July, transitioning from her current role as vice president of member relations and board development at the national LeadingAge office. In that role, she serves as a governance resource and facilitates member and state association leadership retreats, helping organizations focus on strategic planning, exceptional governance and refining missions, visions and values. During her 14 years at LeadingAge, Andrews has worked closely with state partners, corporate sponsors and members to further their and the organization’s goals.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled for Melissa to officially join the LeagingAge Virginia family,” board chair Marilyn Gray said in a statement. “We have worked with Melissa for years and she brings an exceptional wealth of knowledge about our organization and our strategic priorities with her. We are confident that Melissa is the right person to lead this organization as we face many challenges and opportunities in the aging services field.”

Legend Senior Living Hires Vice President of Development and Construction

Legend Senior Living added Doug Kimple to its leadership team as senior vice president of development and construction.

In this role, Kimple will oversee all new development and construction for Wichita, Kansas-based Legend and will manage operational systems at all of the company’s locations. Before joining Legend, Kimple spent more than 30 years with The Law Co., which has been the general contractor for different Legend construction projects. Kimple oversaw the construction for communities in Topeka and Tulsa.

Kimple’s appointment comes during a period of expansion for Legend, which acquired five senior living communities in Texas last summer. Legend now operates 35 residences in Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Sagewood Appoints Director of Community Life Services

Sagewood, a life plan community in Phoenix, Arizona, promoted Ronald Williams to director of community life services.

Williams was previously serving as community life services coordinator prior to the promotion. In his new role, Williams will be responsible for the direction and implementation of social activities and events for residents. He will also develop and distribute newsletters to the community.

Williams has been with Sagewood for more than six years.

Pagewood is a 292-residence luxury senior living community offering a range of independent living options. Life Care Services and Westminster Funds are the joint-venture partners of Sagewood.

Covenant Shores Welcomes New Executive Chef

Covenant Shores, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located in Mercer Island, Washington, tapped Gerald (Jerry) Phipps to serve as executive chef at the community. He is employed by Sodexo, the community’s dining services provider, and will report to Michele Bergley, Covenant Shores’ dining services director.

Phipps is an award-winning local chef with more than 35 years of experience. As executive chef, he will manage day-to-day food operations for the 370-person community, including casual and formal dining in residential, assisted living and health care settings. He will manage and train a staff of 30 in the kitchens.

Before starting in the senior living industry as an executive chef and culinary services director for an independent living community in Seattle, Phipps worked in Washington’s culinary scene. For 13 years, he was executive chef and president of award-winning Cruso’s Italian Cafe. He trained as a sous chef for five years under Master Italian Chef Alessandro Fasani before becoming executive chef at Fasani’s restaurant, and later served as a general manager of a Northwest cuisine and seafood restaurant.

“Dining at Covenant Shores is a special experience, one where our residents enjoy high-quality food that is deliciously prepared and creatively presented,” Executive Director Bruce Erickson said in a statement. “We’re excited Jerry has joined our dining team.”

Written by Kourtney Liepelt

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