Movers & Shakers: Anthem Memory Care’s Executive Appointments

CA Ventures Announces 2 Promotions in Senior Living Division

CA Ventures, a Chicago-based real estate investment holding company, announced the promotions of three senior executives: Ben Burke to president of CA Senior Living, the company’s senior housing entity; and Matt Booma to executive vice president in the same division.

Burke joined CA Ventures in 2015, and has since worked to close seven deals valued at $210 million. Before coming to CA Ventures, he served as vice president of development and investor relations at Spectrum Retirement Communities.


“In short order, Ben has created a pipeline of opportunities second to none in the senior living industry,” CA Ventures CEO Tom Scott said in a news release. “He is a terrific asset to the senior living team and has seamlessly merged his experience and vision with the company’s plans for continued growth.”

Meanwhile, Booma came to CA Ventures in 2013 as a member of the student housing and multifamily development teams. He has more than a decade of architecture experience, and in his new role, he will continue to lead development activities for CA Senior Living.

“Matt is a go-getter who shares our vision for providing best-in-class residential options designed to facilitate the active lifestyle so many older adults seek,” Scott said. “His knowledge will continue to inform our growth strategy—both locally and nationally—in the senior housing sector.”


Anthem Memory Care Makes 2 Executive Appointments

Anthem Memory Care appointed Clark Claypool to the role of vice president of development, and Ruth Ann Hattori to the newly created position of vice president of culture and learning.

Claypool will be responsible for managing construction, assets, projects, capital planning and capital deployment. He previously served as director of facilities and project management for Alliance Residential Company, and before that he oversaw development, construction and project management for Emeritus Senior Living and Cascade Living Group.

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As vice president of culture and learning, Hattori will be responsible for orientation, learning and training programs that further the company’s mission. She was previously manager of the hospitality property management company Vacasa’s All Season Collection and before that co-founded the consulting firm RAMI.

Lake Oswego, Oregon-based Anthem currently operates 10 memory care communities in Colorado, California, Kansas and Illinois, where an eleventh is under construction and a twelfth is in development.

Civitas Senior Living Appoints New COO

Civitas Senior Living promoted Cooper Vittitow to COO of the Fort Worth, Texas-based senior living management company.

Vitiator came to Civitas in 2012 as vice president of operations, where he was charged with the development and implementation of the organization’s independent living, assisted living and memory care operations. As COO, he will develop and implement the company’s national operations strategies, oversee employee development and resident programs and guide innovative strategies that align with Civitas’ vision.

“Cooper’s aptitude and contributions have been invaluable to our company’s growth and success,” Civitas President Wayne Powell said in a news release. “He embodies the traits that make Civitas a trusted name in the senior living community and has proven to be a tremendous leader as we’ve grown from the management of one community to 30 across the country. His innovative thinking and vision will continue to enhance the strategic direction, growth and profitability of our company.”

MorningStar Senior Living Names New CFO

MorningStar Senior Living named Jamie Ranzan as the company’s new CFO. Along with this hire, Matt Turner, who has been MorningStar’s chief financial and development officer since 2009, will transition to the role of managing partner.

Ranzan began her career as an auditor in the real estate group of Ernst & Young. She went on to work at KBS Realty Advisors, and was a CFO and vice president of corporate finance for a senior living company in Southern California.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Jamie to the MorningStar team,” Turner said in a news release. “Her passion for seniors, core values and depth of experience not only in accounting and real estate finance, but specifically in senior living, make her an ideal leader as we continue growing the MorningStar platform.”

MorningStar Senior Living is an owner, operator and developer of 25 senior living communities across 10 states.

East Ridge at Cutler Bay Selects New Sales and Marketing Director

East Ridge at Cutler Bay, a life plan community located in Cutler Bay, Florida, selected Pamela Mills as its new sales and marketing director.

Mills has more than 16 years of experience in selling, consulting, training, managing and marketing at life plan communities similar to East Ridge. Most recently, she worked with Lake Park Retirement Community in Oakland, California.

In her new role, Mills will be in charge of managing and overseeing the sales and marketing programs for East Ridge and implementing the training curriculum for the marketing team.

“We are please to have Pamela join the East Ridge community,” Executive Director Jeffrey Merritt said in a news release. “Her outstanding track record with similar communities and in managing their sales and marketing efforts will make her a valued addition.”

Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Welcomes Chief Nursing Officer

The Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center welcomed Lynette Rutherford, RN, BSN, MSA, MSN, as chief nursing officer. 

Rutherford was promoted from the role of director of quality management and regulatory affairs. She has been part of the nursing administrative team at the Commack, New York nursing and rehabilitation center since 1999.

“As a member of our nursing department in a number of roles for almost 20 years, Lynette has shown a genuine affinity for our residents and is a true leader,” Executive Vice President and CEO Herbert H. Friedman said in a news release. “In her new position, she will oversee the implementation of resident care delivery, ensuring that we continue to meet the needs of our residents, foster an environment of collaboration among the interdisciplinary team and maintain regulatory compliance.”

Written by Kourtney Liepelt

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