Movers & Shakers: Heron’s Key Adds to Executive Team

MatrixCare Appoints New Executive for Life Plan Community Solutions

MatrixCare, a long-term and post-acute care technology provider, appointed Gary Pederson as senior vice president of life plan community solutions.

In his new role, Pederson serves as a member of MatrixCare’s executive team and takes full responsibility for the company’s life plan community solitions business unit, including sales, account retention, marketing, operations and research and development.


Before joining MatrixCare, Pederson was president of two business units of Ascend Learning, LLC. Prior to that, Pederson spent 15 years in different management positions with Cerner Corporation, lastly as U.S vice president and general manager of the population health division. He also has 10 years of collective experience in management roles with Toshiba Medical Systems and Siemens Medical Systems.

“I am pleased to add Gary to our industry-best team, and I look forward to his contributions in leading the continued growth of our dominant life plan community business and to his guidance in our overall corporate initiatives to equip providers with the tools required for success under fee-for-value health care,” MatrixCare President and CEO John Damgaard said in a news release.

Heron’s Key Names 3 Members of Executive Team


Heron’s Key, a senior living community located in Gig Harbor, Washington, named three members to its executive team: Johnathan Ashley to the role of health services administrator; Michele Spencer as executive assistant to the executive director; and Stacey Scalf as human resource manager.

Ashley comes to Heron’s Key from a role as campus manager at two Gig Harbor-area senior living communities. He will be tasked with overseeing all aspects of the health and wellness programs at Heron’s Key, including assisted living and skilled nursing.

Spencer joins Heron’s Key with more than 20 years of experience as an executive assistant, having worked with organizations like General Motors and Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One. She will support Executive Director James Antonucci in his day-to-day responsibilities for the 18-acre campus.

Scalf has more than 10 years of human resource experience. She will aid in the hiring and orientation of nearly 250 employees.

Heron’s Key, which is sponsored by Washington State-based not-for-profit senior housing and service organization Emerald Communities, is scheduled to open in early 2017 and will be home to more than 350 residents. The first phase of development includes 194 apartment and cottage homes, 36 one-bedroom assisted living apartments and 45 private skilled nursing rooms.

Mease Manor Retirement Community Selects New CEO

The board of trustees of Mease Manor Retirement Community, located in Dunedin, Florida, selected Kent McRae as the new president and CEO of the nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC). The appointment will be effective Dec. 12.

McRae comes to Mease Manor from Moorings Park in Naples, Florida, where se served as COO. He succeeds Jack Norton, grandson of Jack Mease, who founded Mease Manor.

“We are very fortunate to have Kent’s broad experience and skills to lead Mease Manor to new heights,” John Freeborn, Chairman of the board of trustees, said in a news release. “With excellent recommendations and a person who is known to give 100% to his residents, his staff and his board, I am confident we have chosen the right person.”

Mease Manor offers independent living, assisted living, and skilled care with rehabilittation, and will soon open a memory care wing.

North Hill Welcomes Executive Director of New Division

North Hill, a senior living community located in Needham, Massachusetts, hired Janice Masi as executive director of its new home and community based services division.

Masi’s role will involve launching several new home and community based services initiatives, which aim to bring opportunities and services once only available only to North Hill residents out to adults over age 55 living within a 20-mile radius of Needham. The home and community based services division is named Connected for Life.

Masi has three decades of experience in health care operations, most recently serving as a member of the founding team for Caregiver Homes/Seniorlink. She also previously served as vice president for Eastern Rehabilitation Network and Prism Rehab Systems.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Janice Masi’s caliber join us to implement and expand North Hill’s new home and community based services,” North Hill CEO Kevin Burke said in a news release. “Janice’s proven track record in connecting elders to meaningful opportunities is an excellent match for North Hill’s philosophy and mission.”

LCB Senior Living Announces 2 New Hires

LCB Senior Living announced the hires of Kelly McCarthy as corporate manager of memory care and resident engagement at LCB Senior Living headquarters in Norwood, Massachusetts, and Shauna Bennett as resident engagement director at The Residence at Watertown Square in Watertown, Massachusetts.

In her new role, McCarthy will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s memory care program, including ensuring quality, training associates and working with individual residents and their families. She has more than 10 years of experience in a managerial role within the elder care industry, having held positions as director of memory care at individual communities and the corporate level.

Bennett most recently worked as an activities director at Sophia Snow Place, an independent and supportive senior living community in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Prior to that, she served as assistant director of activities at Blueberry Hill Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Beverly, Massachusetts. In her new position, Bennett will oversee resident engagement for the The Residence at Watertown Square.

LCB Senior Living owns and operates 19 residential communities for seniors, most of which offer independent living, assisted living and memory care.

Written by Kourtney Liepelt

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