Movers & Shakers: HCP, Sabra Name New Executives

HCP Names New Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

California-based real estate investment trust (REIT) HCP (NYSE: HCP) named Shawn Johnston to the role of vice president and chief accounting officer, the company announced. Johnston starts his new job on Aug. 15.

Johnston is replacing HCP’s current Chief Accounting Officer, Scott Anderson, who is leaving the company “to pursue other career opportunities,” the announcement reads.


Before joining HCP, Johnston worked as Chief Accounting Officer of UDR, Inc., a multifamily REIT.

Sabra Health Care REIT Hires Executive Vice President

Senior housing owner Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA) has hired Brent Chappell as an executive vice president of portfolio management.


Chappell now oversees Sabra’s portfolio of health care properties in the U.S. and Canada, according to a press release.

Chappell came to Sabra with 30 years of experience in real estate portfolio management, finance and health care. He most recently worked with LTC Properties in the role of senior vice president of investment and portfolio management.

MBK Real Estate Appoints New Chairman of the Board

MBK Real Estate (MRE), the parent company of MBK Senior Living, appointed Katsuo “Katsu” Yamanaka as its next Chairman of the Board, the company announced.

Yamanaka, who joined MRE’s parent company, Mitsui & Co. Ltd., in 1989, is now responsible for the overall management of MRE. In his new role, he will also oversee the development and execution of the company’s fiscal strategies and direct MRE’s subsidiaries.

Newmark Knight Frank Picks Up Senior Housing Investment Experts

Global real estate service firm Newman Knight Frank is bolstering its senior housing investment business with the addition of two new directors.

The firm recently added Rob Black and Sean McNee as senior managing directors. The two hires are “recognized as national investment sales leaders within the senior housing and care industry,” the company said in a press release.

The Goodman Group Names Director of Operational Development

The Goodman Group has promoted employee Bill Howell to the role of director of operational development within its architectural and interior design services company, JBG Design & Development, according to a press release.

Howell will oversee Goodman’s forthcoming $70 million senior living campus in Stillwater, Minnesota. The campus is scheduled to open in late 2018.

COO of LifeSpire of Virginia to Retire

The chief operating officer of LifeSpire of Virginia, a company that manages four continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) throughout the state, is retiring after 34 years in the senior living industry.

COO Mick Feauto will retire from the company on Dec. 31, a press release reads. Feauto joined LifeSpire in 2015. Before that, he oversaw 28 CCRCs with Life Care Services.

Houston Community Gets New Executive Director

A Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation community in Houston has a new head honcho.

Darrell Sheaffer has been appointed to the role of executive director of The Buckingham, according to a press release. Sheaffer is tasked with managing the day-to-day activities of the community.

Sheaffer comes to The Buckingham with a background in managing luxury hotels and resorts and over 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

Legacy Appoints Executive Director at Texas Community

Legacy Senior Communities has announced the appointment of Laura Levy as the new executive director of The Legacy Willow Bend, a life care retirement community in Plano, Texas.

Levy began working at The Legacy Willow Bend as director of assisted living nearly five years ago, the company said.

New Executive Director Takes the Reins at Watermark Community in New Jersey

Woodbury Mews, a Watermark Retirement Communities property in Woodbury, New Jersey, has promoted Annette Simmons as its new executive director, the company has announced.

Simmons previously served as the community’s resident care director and most recently as interim executive director. She has 28 years of nursing experience.

Erickson Living Community in Pennsylvania Gets New Associate Executive Director

Ann’s Choice, a senior living community developed and managed by Erickson Living in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has promoted Melinda Dechert to the role of associate executive director.

Dechert, who officially starts her new job on Sept. 1, has served as Director of Continuing Care at Ann’s Choice since last June.

Van Dyk Health Care Bolsters Clinical Care With Two Hires

New Jersey-based provider Van Dyk Health Care has appointed Virginia Conrad to the role of vice president of clinical and quality care and Liliya Serada to post-acute care navigator, according to a press release.

The hirings are meant to enhance the company’s clinical capabilities and help provide more personalized care, the company said.

Conrad, who has more than 30 years of nursing experience, will evaluate clinical practices and patient outcomes at the company’s two skilled nursing and post-acute care facilities in Ridgewood and Montclair, New Jersey. Serada will work at Van Dyk Health Care at the Ridgewood location, following patients closely throughout their stay and developing discharge plans to keep them in their own homes.

Dallas Community Names New Sales Counselor

Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community in Dallas, Texas, announced the hiring of Terese Mugno as sales counselor.

In her new role, Mugno will assist members and prospective residents to select a residence of their choice, review financial considerations and make a seamless move to Highland Springs. She will also lend her expertise on the senior living industry and the local real estate market in Dallas, Erickson said.

Senior Living Design Firm Promotes Interior Designer to Director Role

Thoma-Holec Design, LLC, an interior design firm with a focus on senior living, promoted Keith Stanton to the job of director of design development. Stanton currently serves as senior interior designer, the company said.

In his new role, Stanton will be responsible for design direction of interior spaces, budgeting, and decisions regarding safety and welfare of senior living residents. 

Written by Tim Regan

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