Movers & Shakers: The New Jewish Home President & CEO to Retire

President and CEO of The New Jewish Home Retires

Dr. Audrey Weiner will retire as the president and CEO of The New Jewish Home, based in New York, at the end of this year. She held the position since 2002, and has been a part of The New Jewish Home since 1993 when she was the administrator for the organization’s Westchester campus.

As president and CEO, Dr. Weiner embraced the green house model of care; executed a program of culture change that puts the patient experience in line with clinical excellence and financial stability; and oversaw a staff-wide training program that institutionalized the understanding and sensitivity to the needs of the LGBTQ population as well as other diverse populations. 


Dr. Weiner was also a LeadingAge board chair from 2012 to 2014.

Though Dr. Weiner is retiring, she will stay on as the president of The Jewish Home’s Fund for the Aged, Inc. She will be responsible for all fundraising from public and private sources; oversee legal, regulatory, construction and other approvals; and handle related tasks necessary to see projects through.

Buckner Retirement Services Announces New VP of Operations


Buckner Retirement Services, a nonprofit senior living organization based in Texas, hired a new vice president of operations. Brian L. Robbins will start the position in the Dallas office on April 17.

Robbins previously served as the director of operations at Life Care Services. Before that, he was the executive director of Westminster in Austin, Texas.

He also is an active member of the American College of Health Care Administrators and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Robbins served on the board of directors for LeadingAge Texas. 

Robbins has more than 15 years of leadership and management experience in long-term care and is a Navy veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom. He earned three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals and was selected as the Naval Reserve Sailor of the Year by the commander of the Naval Reserve Center at Fort Carson, Colorado.

HRA Names New National Director of Culinary Services

Vero Beach-based senior living development and management company Harbor Retirement Associates (HRA) appointed Christopher Thompson as its new national director of culinary services. 

In the role, Thompson will be implementing new culinary programs and innovations in HRA communities around the nation. He will also be responsible for maintaining the high culinary standards of HRA’s Chef’s Fare Dining Program.

Previously, Thompson studied culinary arts and hospitality management at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. He is a certified executive chef through the American Culinary Federation and holds a number of certifications through the National Restaurant Association.

National Healthcare Realty Selects New EVP of Design & Construction

Mike Wood has been named the new executive vice president of design and construction at National Healthcare Realty, which provides customized real estate brokerage and development solutions for health care providers across the continuum of care.

In his new role, based at National Healthcare Realty’s corporate office in Denver, Colorado, Wood will oversee all national design, construction and project management efforts for the firm’s development projects.

Before taking this role, Wood was the national director of health care market development for international building products organization, Oldcastle, Inc. Wood is also the president of the Healthcare Institute and president of CAHED in Colorado. 

Nonprofit CCRC Hires New Health Services Sales Director

The Terraces of Boise, located in Boise, Idaho, brought on a new health services sales director, Kathleen Reed. In the position, Reed will be responsible for managing community outreach, implementing marketing strategies, events and communications and overseeing sales for assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing.

Previously, Reed worked in real estate for 15 years as a designated broker and spent over 20 years in corporate marketing and communications positions.

The Terraces of Boise provides the full continuum of care.

Provision Living Community Appoints Kentucky Community Executives

Provision Living at Beaumont Centre, the first Provision Living community in Kentucky, will be lead by Emily Abner as executive director and Amber Lakin as community relations manager. The two will oversee the community’s daily operations and resident care programs. 

Prior to Provision Living, Abner was a director of continuing care for a well-established senior living community in Lexington, Kentucky.

Meanwhile, Lakin has worked in community relations and marketing since 2001. She worked for the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and she also serves on the board for the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation and the ITN Bluegrass Board of Directors.

Provision Living at Beaumont will welcome its first residents in June and offer 93 private assisted living apartments, 26 of which will be for memory care.

Former WebMD VP Starts at Independa, Inc. 

Jennifer Willey is the new chief business officer for remote engagement technology company Independa, Inc. In this role, Willey will lead strategy, marketing, sales and partnerships for Independa’s commercial and consumer business units, as well as help with company growth. 

Previously, Willey was the vice president of consumer strategy and partnerships for WebMD Health Corp. (NYSE: WBMD), and has over 20 years of experience building strategic partnerships in the health care industry. 

Willey also spent time at Yahoo Inc. (NYSE: YHOO), AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL), Sharecare, Inc., and Everyday Health.

Frampton Construction Hires Marketing Coordinator

Charleston, South Carolina-based Frampton Construction hired Katherine Panke as marketing coordinator. Panke will oversee print and electronic promotional material as well as work on new business development projects. 

Before joining Frampton, Panke worked as a brokerage and marketing coordinator for Jones Lang Lasalle, and before that, she worked as a marketing coordinator at Alison Young.

CCRC Hires New Executive Director, ED and Health Care Administrator

Continuing care retirement community (CCRC) SearStone announced the hires of Vinson Bankoski as executive director, Jason Chautin as chief financial officer and James Scouter as administrator of the community’s health care center, Brittany Place.

Bankoski previously worked at Erickson Living and Erickson Retirement Communities. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and has served on nonprofit boards supporting aging services and the arts.

Chautin has more than 20 years of experience working for public and private companies large and small. Prior to SearStone, Chautin worked with Sunrise Senior Living.

Scouter has been a nursing home administrator for five years in North Carolina and Georgia.

Written by Alana Stramowski

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