Movers & Shakers: AHCA/NCAL, Watercrest Senior Living

AHCA/NCAL Elects New Board of Governors, Directors

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) has recently elected AHCA’s board of governors and NCAL’s board of directors for the 2017/2018 term at its annual convention in Las Vegas.

Among the new officers, both boards selected new chairs for the coming year: Michael Wylie of Pennsylvania for the AHCA Board and Ashley Blankenship of Arkansas for the NCAL Board.


Wylie began serving on AHCA’s board of governors in 2012, most recently as vice chair. He currently serves as vice president of development at Genesis HealthCare, and was a past chairman of the board of directors at the Pennsylvania Health Care Association. Before his role as vice chair of the AHCA Board of Governors, Wylie served as secretary/treasurer and an at-large representative.

The remaining members of AHCA’s newly-elected board include:

• Deborah Meade of Georgia, vice chair
• Phil Fogg of Oregon, secretary/treasurer
• Tom Coble of Oklahoma, immediate past chair
• Gary Kelso of Utah, not-for-profit representative
• Phil Scalo of New Jersey, independent owner representative
• Steven Cavanaugh of Virginia, multi-facility representative
• Fred Benjamin of Illinois, regional multi-facility representative
• Greg Elliot of West Virginia, at-large representative
• Janet Snipes of Colorado, at-large representative
• Joseph Mitchell of Florida, at-large representative
• Curtis Reese of California, at-large representative


The three ex-officio members on the AHCA Board of Governors include:
• Dirk Anjewierden of Utah, affiliated state health care association (ASHCAE) representative
• Peter Corless, associate business member (ABM) representative
• Ashley Blankenship of Arkansas, NCAL Representative

Blankenship was appointed as NCAL’s new chair. She is the owner and vice president of operations at Southridge Village Assisted Living, an operator of four assisted living facilities in Arkansas. She was appointed to NCAL’s Board in 2010 and served as vice chair, secretary/treasurer and at-large representative. She also co-chaired the Independent Owner Assisted Living Council and chaired the Risk Management Work Group.

The remaining members of NCAL’s Board of Directors include:
• Helen Crunk of Nebraska, vice chair
• Gerald Hamilton of New Mexico, secretary/treasurer
• Chris Mason of Oregon, immediate past chair
• Veronica Sharpe of Washington, D.C., ASHCAE vice president
• Heath Boddy of Nebraska, ASHCAE representative
• Shawn Scott of Medline Industries, ABM representative

The NCAL board’s at-large representatives include:
• Rod Burkett of Illinois
• David Chensvold of Iowa
• Lee Field of Washington
• Denise German of Kansas
• Steven Heaney of New Jersey
• Jay Leo of Oregon
• Mark Maxfield of Idaho
• Ed McMahon of Virginia
• Sean Mockbee of Arizona
• Mike Pochowski of New Jersey
• Travis Romano of Massachusetts
• Mary Savoy of Washington, D.C.
• Gail Sheridan of Minnesota

As the AHCA chair, Wylie also serves as an ex-officio member on the NCAL Board.

Members of the AHCA Board of Governors are elected by the association’s governing body, the Council of States. The NCAL Board of Directors is elected by current members of the NCAL Board and by NCAL State Leaders or the NCAL State Leader’s proxy. Both boards hold elections for their members at the AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention.

Lillevold Steps Up to SVP Role for New Perspective Senior Living

New Perspective Senior Living has named Janet Lillevold as its new senior vice president of transformation office.

In her new role, Lillevold will oversee the facilitation and execution of transformative projects to support the company’s long-term growth objectives. She will also be the liaison between day-to-day and long-term operations to help ensure the right systems and resources are in place for the company.

The Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based owner and operator of senior living communities provides independent living, assisted living and memory care to more than 2,000 seniors.

Lillevold has more than 30 years of experience in services, operations, program management, technology and change management. Throughout her career, she has worked in a variety of industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals and both medical and agricultural software and technology. Between 2007 and 2014, she served as SVP, operations and client services for Cargill Feed Management Systems business unit, including serving as acting president for six months. Her career experience also includes serving as vice president of service operations for Intelligere; vice president of operations and client services for Three Wire, Inc.; and director of business governance and project management for Medica.

Outside of the office, she serves on the Minnesota Autism Center board of directors, as well as the St. Bartholomew stewardship and financial review board. Further, she is a Boy Scout leader and a volunteer for Siberian Husky Rescue.

Costa Appointed Executive Director of Wingate Residences at Boylston Place

Needham, Massachusetts-based Wingate Healthcare, an owner and operator of skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living and memory care services, has appointed Roberto Costa as executive director of Wingate Residences at Boylston Place.

The Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts community provides independent and assisted living for seniors.

He brings more than 18 years of experience in healthcare to his new role. Previously, he held various positions at senior living communities in the New England region, including senior food service director and admissions director for Massachusetts-based senior living and rehabilitation organization The Pointe Group, as well as administrator in training for an Epoch assisted living community in Rhode Island.

In addition, Costa operates his own consulting business for food safety, training and certification.

Watercrest Senior Living Group Names Coates as Executive Director of Tampa Memory Care Community

Watercrest Senior Living, a Vero Beach, Florida-based provider of senior living communities, has named Rhonda Coates as executive director of Market Street Memory Care Residence in Tampa, Florida.

The 64-unit senior living community opens in January 2018 and will offer care for seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Coates has more than 19 years of experience in assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing communities. She has served as a clinician, memory care director and executive director.

Benedictine Health System Names Carley as President/CEO

The Benedictine Health System (BHS) board of directors has appointed Jerry Carley as president/CEO of Benedictine Health System effective January 3, 2018. He replaces Rocklon B. “Rocky” Chapin who announced his retirement in March 2017.

Carley currently serves as president and CEO of CSJ Initiatives, Inc., a Wichita, Kansas-based senior care company that owns and operates nine corporations located in six states.

Carley has more than 25 years of experience in the senior care field with extensive governance, financial and operational oversight in multi-site, multi-state organizations.

Since 2015, he has served as a member of the BHS board of directors and its finance and strategy committees. Carley brings knowledge of Catholic long-term care services to BHS, having led CSJ Initiatives in a multi-campus, $85 million restructuring and expansion process.

Prior to serving as president/CEO at CSJ Initiatives, he held several roles, including chief operating officer, senior vice president and president and CEO at Via Christi Villages and Via Christi Health, Inc., a Wichita, Kansas-based senior living provider. He also served as divisional director of operations for Care Initiatives, Inc. in West Des Moines, Iowa, and as an administrator for the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Carley has served on the board of directors for LeadingAge Kansas, the public policy committee for LeadingAge Iowa, committees for the Iowa and Missouri Health Care Associations as well as for other professional and community associations.

DAC Art Consulting Welcomes Filippone to Team

DAC Art Consulting, an Atlanta-based art consulting firm has welcomed Jennifer Filippone to its strategic client development team, with a focus on the healthcare and senior living sectors.

Filippone brings more than 15 years of experience in the art and design industries. Throughout her career, she has come to specialize in the design and artwork provided for the healthcare and senior living environments.

Prior to joining the DAC Art Consulting team, she worked as an art consultant in Orlando, Florida.

Nathan Named VP of Sales, Marketing for Cadence Senior Living

Cadence Senior Living, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based owner and operator of senior living communities, has named Allyson Nathan as its new vice president of sales and marketing.

In her new role, she will lead the company’s sales and marketing initiatives to grow its portfolio of senior living communities.

She brings more than 23 years of senior living sales and marketing to Cadence.

Prior to joining the company, she served as corporate director of marketing at Retirement Community Specialists (RCS) and IPA Management where she oversaw the development and implementation of the marketing, branding and lease up strategies for senior living and multi-family portfolios. She also held tenure at other organizations including Alterra Healthcare, Silverado Senior Living, CareMatrix and Senior Living Associates, as well as Nathan Marketing, LLC, a senior industry marketing firm.

Written by Carlo Calma

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