Movers & Shakers: NCAL’s New Board Member

Senior Lifestyle Announces New EVP, Chief Administrative Officer

Senior Lifestyle, an owner, operator and developer of senior living communities, announced the promotion of Justin Robins to executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

Robins has served in various roles at Senior Lifestyle, including financial analyst, director of development, director of hospitality, vice president of capital and plant operations and vice president of business solutions, which is the company’s recently formed business strategy department. In that role, Robins was responsible for information technology and procurement, leading a multimillion dollar investment initiative in IT staff and technology. 

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“It gives me great pleasure to promote a young man who has been so dedicated to Senior Lifestyle,” Senior Lifestyle Chairman Bill Kaplan said in a news release. “His passion has remained true, ever since he came to us as a high school summer intern. I’ve not only had the pleasure to watch Justin grow in his career, I have also witnessed the tremendous growth opportunities he has provided for his teams.”

Senior Lifestyle has a portfolio of more than 170 communities across 27 states, offering independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing for the luxury, moderate and affordable segments.

NCAL Names New Board Member

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) named Thomas Reddy to its board of directors as an at-large representative.

Reddy is the president of TR Development, offering independent owners of municipalities in-depth management and leadership services for the development of senior housing, assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). He fills an open seat on the NCAL board vacated earlier this year.

Reddy has more than 35 years of long-term care experience, and he owns or manages seven assisted living communities and SNFs in Kansas and Nebraska. Three of those are owned by the Vintage Group. Previously, Reddy was the founder and owner of Vintage Park, where he oversaw the development, construction and management of 10 new assisted living communities.

“Tom’s deep expertise in developing successful assisted living communities while remaining focused on quality care will be a valuable addition to the NCAL board,” Chairman Chris Mason said in a news release. “He brings a unique perspective of how NCAL can strengthen its service to small, independent operators.”

Lancaster Pollard Makes 3 New Hires

Lancaster Pollard, a financial services firm that helps health care, senior living and housing providers with financial advice and financing solutions, hired Doug Harper and Casey Moore as managing directors of agency finance and Joe Munhall as director of syndicated credit.

All three come from Berkeley Point Capital, where they served in similar capacities.

Harper was most recently a director of seniors housing at Berkeley Point, and before that, he was a managing director at Red Capital Group for 10 years.

Moore also joins Lancaster Pollard from Berkeley Point, and prior to that, he was a principal at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company and a senior managing director at Red Capital.

Munhall was most recently a vice president of originations at Berkeley. Before that, he served as vice president of corporate banking at Commerce National Bank, and he comes to Lancaster Pollard with more than 20 years of banking experience in seniors housing, commercial real estate and the middle market.

“We are very excited to have Doug, Casey and Joe joining us,” Lancaster Pollard President Kass Matt said in a news release. “All three are industry veterans who will bring a tremendous amount of capital markets experience and industry knowledge to their leadership roles.”

Covenant Retirement Communities Appoints Director of Skilled Nursing

Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC), a not-for-profit senior services provider, appointed Peggy Connorton as director of skilled nursing operations.

Connorton has spent 16 years serving in leadership roles in both the for-profit and nonprofit health care sectors. She joins Covenant Retirement Communities with experience in operations, finance and business development, most recently working as director of quality for the American Health Care Association, where she oversaw the development and relaunch of LTC Trend Tracker, which provides access to government data collected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on skilled nursing centers.

In her new role, Connorton oversees skilled nursing operations at Covenant Retirement Communities’ 13 skilled nursing centers and directs the health care team to ensure compliance with all federal and state requirements.

“I’m thrilled to be part of a national organization that has been serving seniors for more than a century,” Connorton said in a news release. “CRC is a committed leader in an industry that is changing rapidly, and I look forward to supporting the organization’s goals and providing direction to our health care staff.”

Benchmark Senior Living Welcomes Executive Vice President

Waltham, Massachusetts-based Benchmark Senior Living, an operator of 53 senior living communities in seven states, established a new executive vice president role to oversee sales and operations, appointing Jayne Sallerson to the position.

Sallerson is currently the COO of Sherpa, the senior living sales conversion and CRM system. Prior to that, she served as executive vice president of sales and marketing for Emeritus Senior Living and vice president of sales and marketing for Summerville Senior Living.

Sallerson’s appointment at Benchmark is effective Aug. 22.

“In my new position, I will have a unique opportunity to draw from my years of experience at Emeritus, as well as knowledge I gained about what we call ‘prospect-centered selling’ during my tenure with Sherpa,” Sallerson said in a news release. “By creating a new position that focuses on the customer experience before as well as after the sale, Benchmark is in a position to help lead this sea change, yet again demonstrating its reputation for ongoing innovation.”

The Cardinal at North Hills Appoints Dining Services Director

The Cardinal at North Hills, Kisco’s Senior Living’s newest community in Raleigh, North Carolina, appointed Korey Tibbet as director of dining services.

Tibbet will oversee the operations of both the kitchens and dining areas. She makes the transition from sister community Woodland Terrace, where she spent 16 years.

“An important part of our culture is to provide growth and career advancement for talented employees like Korey,” Kisco Senior Living’s President and CEO Andy Kohlberg said in a news release. “He has continued to not only impress us with his culinary skills, but with his growing management and operations expertise, as well.”

The Cardinal at North Hills is set for completion this fall.

Written by Kourtney Liepelt

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