Movers & Shakers: Transforming Age, LCB Senior Living

Bumstead Continues Service on Brookdale Senior Living Board

The board of directors of Brentwood, Tennessee-based Brookdale Senior Living will allow board member Frank M. Bumstead to continue his service, despite the board’s age restriction, according to the Nashville Post.

Bumstead turned 75 in the past year, which would otherwise disqualify him from serving. His fellow directors, however, felt that Bumstead’s contributions to the board, industry experience and knowledge of the senior housing industry created an exception to the rule.


Pending shareholder approval at Brookdale’s annual meeting next month, Bumstead will continue to serve until the company’s 2020 annual meeting.

Bumstead joined Brookdale’s board of directors in 2006 when the company purchased American Retirement Corp., where Bumstead had been a director for 11 years.

Connell Steps Up to CFO Role for Transforming Age


Non-profit senior housing provider Transforming Age has named industry veteran Michael Connell as its new CFO.

Connell brings 17 years of leadership experience in non-profit senior living to the Bellevue, Washington-based company. He will serve on the organization’s executive team to help promote and grow its financial strategy. In addition to his accounting and finance duties at the firm, Connell will also spearhead the organization’s IT strategy and operations.

Prior to joining Transforming Age, Connell served as CFO at Asbury Communities in Germantown, Maryland, where he led the development and implementation of financial strategies. He also served as CFO at Ingleside Presbyterian Retirement Community in Washington, D.C., and at Lourdes Residence in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Chakalis Joins LCB Senior Living as Maintenance Director in Massachusetts

Norwood, Massachusetts-based LCB Senior Living LLC has welcomed Steven Chakalis as the new maintenance director for its community, The Residence at Melrose Station. The assisted living and memory care community is located in Melrose, Massachusetts.

Chakalis brings 13 years of experience in maintenance management in long-term care and assisted living communities throughout Massachusetts. He previously served as maintenance director of The Residence at Riverbend, an LCB community located in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Erickson Living Welcomes Blanco, Blumberg to Charlestown Community

Catonsville, Maryland-based Erickson Living has welcomed Aida Blanco as director of dining services, and Nathan Blumberg as associate executive director for its Charlestown retirement community.

Blanco has extensive experience in the hospitality industry, having managed financial results, menu and recipe development, staff training, food safety and cooking techniques. She also has teaching experience, both in lecture and in kitchen demonstration.

Prior to joining Erickson, Aida served as director of dining services for Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. She is also a culinary adjunct faculty member at Anne Arundel Community College.

In his new role as associate executive director, Blumberg will assist in the coordination of various teams of management.

Blumberg has more than 14 years of experience in consulting and project management, providing business and operational support in the health care, commercial and government sectors.

Blumberg joined Erickson in 2012 as a project manager, recently serving as senior director of operations for its health services. Prior to joining Erickson, he was a lead associate at management consulting company Booz Allen Hamilton and a public policy coordinator with CropLife America.

Ecumen Promotes Brett Anderson to VP of Nursing Services

Ecumen has promoted Brett Anderson to vice president of nursing services. Ecumen is a non-profit senior housing and care services provider based in Shoreview, Minnesota.

Anderson has held leadership responsibilities for company-wide health care services to ensure quality, consistency and regulatory compliance.

Anderson previously served as a regional nursing consultant at Ecumen. He is a registered nurse, a certified public health nurse and a nurse executive. He was appointed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to serve on the board of trustees for the Minnesota State College & Universities System from 2011 to 2013, and has worked as a nursing instructor at Minnesota State University in Mankato and Saint Paul College.

Michalek Named Interim CEO of ACHCA

The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA), a Washington D.C.-based association that promotes the professional development of post-acute and aging services leaders, has named Rudy Michalek its interim CEO.

Michalek holds a fellowship and a 34-year membership with the association, where he has served as a chapter officer, committee chair member, as well as on the national board of directors.

He brings more than 40 years of operational experience in health care facilities and organizations. Michalek holds an MBA from DePaul University and is president of Premier Care Management.

The ACHCA’s board has established a search committee working toward hiring a permanent CEO.

Addition of Harned Expands BKD’s Life Plan Communities Practice

Accounting and advisory firm BKD has welcomed John Harned to its Life Plan Communities practice.

Prior to joining the firm, Harned served as founding president and CEO of a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) management company. He was also the associate and founding executive director of multiple retirement communities.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase Names Brown Director of Sales and Marketing

Easton, Maryland-based CCRC Integrace Bayleigh Chase has welcomed Sherri Sump Brown as its first-ever director of sales and marketing.

In this role, Brown will manage the marketing and sales operations of the community’s independent living, assisting living and memory care units.

She has been with the company for 16 years in various marketing roles. Most recently, she served as senior residency counselor.

Written by Carlo Calma

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