Movers & Shakers: Covenant Retirement Communities, Blake Management Group

Two Covenant Retirement Communities Facilities Appoint Health Care Administrators

Covenant Village of Golden Valley, a faith-based continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located in Golden Valley, Minnesota and administered by nonprofit senior services provider Covenant Retirement communities, named Heather Bell as health care administrator at Colonial Acres, the CCRC’s health care center.

Colonial Acres provides assisted living, skilled nursing, memory support and short- and long-term care to Covenant Village of Golden Valley residents and non-residents alike.


Bell has previously served as executive director and administrator at Highland Chateau Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, and as administrator-in-training at Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. She is a licensed nursing home administrator, as well as a member of the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce, LeadingAge Minnesota and Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network.

Additionally, Windsor Park, a not-for-profit CCRC located in Carol Stream, Illinois, appointed Lynn Blackburn as health care administrator at Johnson Health Care Center, the skilled nursing facility at the CCRC, and Mardi Wiedelman, RN, as director of assisted living and catered living.

Blackburn oversees operations in skilled nursing and rehab as health care administrator, and is responsible for assuring federal and state compliance and maintaining quality care. She is a former administrator at Church Creek Senior Living in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and served as health care administrator at Greenfields of Geneva in Geneva, Illinois.


Wiedelman manages the day-to-day operations of catered living, Windsor Park’s newest living options geared toward those who need extra help with daily activities but not enough to move to assisted living. She also manages the assisted living and memory care neighborhood, and oversees a staff of 40.

Wiedelman has worked in the senior living and health care industries for 39 years, and has served as memory care manager and nurse education coordinator at Presbyterian Homes in Evanston, Illinois and as referral liaison at the skilled nursing center at Covenant Village of Northbrook in Northbrook, Illinois.

EPOCH Senior Living Welcomes Director of Community Relations in Massachusetts

EPOCH Senior Living welcomed Colleen Everett as director of community relations at Bridges by EPOCH at Pembroke, a 48-suite memory care assisted living community set to open in Pembroke, Massachusetts in fall 2017.

Everett will focus on building relationships and offering guidance to families considering memory care and assisted living. She previously served as director of community relations for several other senior living organizations across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, and almost 10 years of experience in the senior care industry.

EPOCH Senior Living currently operates four memory care assisted living communities in Massachusetts, one in New Hampshire and one in Connecticut, and several others are under construction.

Blake Management Group Adds VP of Wellness

Blake Management Group (BMG) added Michell Boska as vice president of wellness.

Boska will focus on elevating the sophistication in how BMG communities deliver care and measure outcomes, including resident experience. She will work to leverage current technology to enhance support and training of care teams across the country.

Boska formerly served as regional director of operations for Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) and area director for Autumn Leaves Senior Living.

BMG is an independently owned senior living operator with communities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. The company is based in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

Solutions Advisors Announces New Senior VP of Sales and Marketing

Solutions Advisors LLC announced the promotion of Paul O’Brien to senior vice president of sales and marketing, overseeing the Princeton, New Jersey-based company’s portfolio of consulting clients.

O’Brien has 27 years of experience in the human services arena, and has been with Solutions Advisors for five years. As senior vice president, he will play a larger role in business development, and will also supervise and support the company’s expanding field sales and marketing teams. He is a licensed real estate broker in New Jersey and Maryland and has an assisted living administrator’s license in New Jersey.

Solutions Advisors provides sales and management consulting services to clients nationwide, with expertise in person-centered sales coaching, lead generation, multi-channel marketing and Sherpa CRM training.

Wingate Residentces at Needham Selects Director of Memory Care Services

Wingate Residences at Needham, part of a campus providing a full spectrum of care including independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation in Needham, Massachusetts, selected Caitlyn Mark as director of memory care services.

Her responsibilities include ensuring residents are healthy, happy, safe and actively engaged in the community, training staff members and educating families on Wingate’s memory care program, The Neighborhood. She previously was a program manager and partner at Brookdale Cushing Park, a Brookdale Senior Living community in Framingham, Massachusetts, where she trained and mentored new program managers throughout the northeast region and monitored standard operating procedures.

LCB Senior Living Announces Regional Director of Sales

LCB Senior Living announced Nick Lausier as the company’s new regional director of sales and marketing for its northern region.

In this role, Lausier will coordinate with and oversee the sales and marketing teams within LCB’s communities located in northern Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. He has more than 10 years of experience in sales and marketing within the senior living industry, previously serving in sales, marketing and operations roles with Benchmark Senior Living, Kindred Healthcare and SunBridge Healthcare.

Written by Kourtney Liepelt

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