Movers & Shakers: Welltower’s New VP of Investments

Welltower Welcomes New VP of Investments

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) hired Kevin Tyler as vice president of investments for the real estate investment trust (REIT).

Tyler joins Welltower from Green Street Advisors, where he was an analyst and health care sector head. He has almost 15 years of experience in real estate, health care and corporate finance, beginning his career at Merrill Lynch in investment banking. He has served on the investment guide task force with the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), which produces regular reports on the senior care sector.


In his new role, Tyler will focus on identifying and managing growth opportunities for Welltower in strategic West Coast markets. He will be headquartered at the company’s Beverly Hills, California, office.

“Kevin’s relationships and industry knowledge will help us build our premier West Coast portfolio where positive demographics continue to drive substantial growth opportunities,” Scott Brinker, executive vice president and CIO of Welltower, said in a news release. “Kevin is an outstanding addition to our team, and we are delighted to welcome him to Welltower.”

Welltower owns 185 health care properties on the West Coast and is the largest owner of seniors housing properties in California.


Capital Senior Living’s COO to Take Leave of Absence

Keith N. Johannessen, the President and COO of Capital Senior Living (NYSE: CSU), announced his intent to take a medical leave of absence, beginning immediately.

Capital Senior Living expects Johannessen will return to work during the first quarter of 2017. During his leave of absence, his duties will be assigned to various executives within the company.

Johannessen will continue to serve as a member of the company’s board of directors.

Lifespace Communities Announces 3 New Executive Directors

Lifespace Communities Inc. announced the hires of executive directors at three of its communities: Mark Trepanier at Abbey Delray in Delray Beach, Florida; David Russell at Claridge Court in Prairie Village, Kansas; and Chris Romick at Oak Trace in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Trepanier will oversee day-to-day operations of Abbey Delray, which boasts 352 residential living apartment homes and villas for more than 450 residents. The community also has assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing residences. Before taking on this new role, Trepanier was a regional executive director for ClubLink Corporation, a golf and country club management company.

“Mark’s expertise in hospitality and leadership skills translate well to the kind of culture in our communities for our team members and residents,” Ann Walsh, senior vice president of operations for Lifespace Communities, said in a news release. “We are excited for what he will bring from a leadership and operational perspective to the Abbey Delray team, the residents and their families.”

Russell brings 15 years of senior living leadership experience to his new post at Claridge Court, where he will oversee day-to-day operations over the 158 residential living apartments for nearly 200 residents. He was previously executive director with Spectrum Retirement Communities, and also held senior leadership positions for Kansas City-area Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) retirement communities.

“We are excited for the passion in exceptional care and service that David brings to Claridge Court,” Walsh said. “He is a recognized leader in the senior living industry, and will be an advocate for team members and residents alike.”

Romick has more than 20 years of experience in senior living leadership, and before joining Oak Trace, he helped oversee the start-ups and operations of new senior living communities in five different states, most recently in North Carolina where he served as executive director at SearStone retirement community. At Oak Trace, he will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations at the community, which features 274 residential apartments, townhouse and garden homes for more than 400 residents. There’s also an on-site health center with residential options, including catered living, memory care, skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation.

“Chris’ track record of success and passion for care make him a great fit for our organization and the Oak Trace family,” Walsh said.

Lifespace Communities is a not-for-profit organization that owns and operates 12 continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) in seven states.

Clearwater Senior Living Names President

Clearwater Senior Living named Danielle Morgan as president of the company.

With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Morgan will bring her expertise to oversee operations and expand the company’s footprint throughout the Western United States, including independent living, assisted living and memory care communities. She most recently served as COO for MBK Senior Living and has served in various roles within senior housing industry associations, having been named to the American Senior Housing Association (ASHA) board.

“I’m looking forward to working side-by-side with Danielle,” Clearwater Senior Living CEO Tony Ferrero said in a news release. “She authentically embraces her leadership responsibilities, the associates she works with and the residents and families she serves. That, in combination with her professional expertise and strategic mindset, makes her a valued asset to our team.”

Clearwater Senior Living is a developer of senior living communities based in Newport Beach, California.

North Hill Appoints Wellness and Care Coordinator

North Hill, a CCRC located in Needham, Massachusetts, appointed Nancy Hubbard as wellness and care coordinator for Connected for Life, a new Lifecare at Home program introduced in October.

Hubbard has 25 years of management, counseling, program development and case management experience, most recently serving as a program manager for Caregiver Homes. In her new role, she will be tasked with developing personalized plans for Connected for Life members and coordinating all aspects of each individual’s unique plan.

“Because Nancy has worked across the continuum of elder care, she has great insights into the personal care services that many of Connected for Life’s members will desire now and in the future,” Janice Masi, executive director of home and community based services at North Hill, said in a news release. “Members will benefit from having such a knowledgeable insider on their team.”

The Arlington of Naples Hires New Chaplain

The Arlington of Naples hired Thomas Swears as chaplain of the new life plan community in Naples, Florida.

Swears most recently served as an adjunct faculty member in homiletics and spiritual formation at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. He began his career as pastor and senior pastor in Maryland and Delaware. He is also a published author.

“I am honored that Pastor Swears has joined The Arlington family,” Executive Director Bill Diamond said in a news release. “As a faith-based community, we place tremendous value on the role of chaplain.”

Written by Kourtney Liepelt

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