Movers & Shakers: Covenant Retirement, New Perspective

Covenant Retirement Communities Welcomes Muraca to Executive Leadership Team

Skokie, Illinois-based Covenant Retirement Communities, Inc. (CRC) has appointed Frank Muraca as its new senior vice president of business and project development.

Muraca joins CRC with more than 20 years of senior living development experience. In his new role, he will lead strategies related to the growth and expansion of the company’s 15 retirement communities, as well as potential acquisitions and affiliations.


Prior to joining CRC, Muraca served as the president of a national owner’s representative firm and has served as a manager at architectural firms specializing in senior living communities. 

ACHCA Names McGinley as New President and CEO

The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) has named Bill McGinley, CNHA, CALA, CAS, FACHCA its new president and CEO, effective December 4, 2017.


McGinley has been working in long-term care administration since 1980, and has been a nursing home administrator for 35 years. He began his career with the Greenery Rehabilitation Group, Inc., a provider of head-injury rehabilitation and sub-acute care.

The majority of McGinley’s career was with SALMON Health and Retirement, a Massachusetts-based owner of a skilled nursing facility, assisted living rehabilitation, adult day health center, and a child care center. Most recently he was the executive director of New Pond Village, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Kuzniar Assumes Director Role for Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, LLC has named Brian Kuzniar as a director in the firm’s portfolio management group.

Based in Chicago, Harrison is real estate investment firm dedicated to the health care, education and storage industries. 

He has more than 20 years of experience in acquisitions, asset management, dispositions, joint ventures and debt financing strategies.

In his new role, Kuzniar is responsible for developing and executing investment strategies and overseeing asset and portfolio performance for the firm’s Opportunity Fund series.

Prior to joining the company, Kuzniar was managing director and portfolio manager at LaSalle Investment Management. In this role, he oversaw LaSalle’s Income Property Trust, which grew to $2.5 billion in gross assets under his leadership. Previously, he served as the fund investment officer of the Income and Growth Fund, LaSalle’s flagship investment vehicle. Prior to joining LaSalle in 2008, he was a senior vice president at DTZ Rockwood and worked as a director at Equity Office Properties.

New Perspective Senior Living Welcomes New Senior Vice President

Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based New Perspective Senior Living has named Pam Engle as its new senior vice president of people and administration.

In her new role, Engle will oversee and co-lead the strategic planning and implementation of all facets of the human resources and administrative functions across the organization.

Engle is a 20-year veteran of Emeritus Senior Living and Brookdale Senior Living. Most recently she held the position of vice president, Total Rewards at Brookdale. Prior to this, she served as senior vice president of benefits, compensation, and risk management at Emeritus. Over the years, Engle has held a variety of roles, including executive director, regional director of operations and divisional finance director.

Smith Steps Up to VP Role for Cadence Senior Living

Cadence Senior Living has appointed Jacqueline Smith its new vice president of operations.

Jacqueline brings more 20 years of experience in senior living operations to the Scottsdale, Arizona-based operator of senior living communities.

Prior to joining Cadence, Smith was the vice president of operations for Stonecrest Senior Living Management where she was responsible for all of Stonecrest’s portfolio operations. She also held operational as well as sales and marketing roles at Integral Senior Living, Merrill Gardens, Life Care Services and Capital Senior Living.

Tidwell Named Executive Director at Charter Senior Living of Hermitage

Naperville, Illinois-based Charter Senior Living has named Amanda Tidwell as executive director of Charter Senior Living of Hermitage, a Charter Senior Living Community located in Hermitage, Tennessee.

Charter Senior Living of Hermitage is an independent living, assisted living and memory care community.

Amanda is an experienced executive director with an MBA from Lipscomb University and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

LifeSpire of Virginia Welcomes New COO

LifeSpire of Virginia, a manager of four CCRCs throughout Virginia, has appointed Ray Fisher as chief operating officer. He will assume his new role for the company on November 27.

Fisher will be responsible for directing overall operations in LifeSpire’s four communities. He has more than 25 years of experience at the executive level within the context of large for-profit firms and senior living organizations.

He has been involved in senior living since 2001 and has held various roles including CFO, CEO and advisor. He has been part of many senior living expansion projects, the most recent involving the creation of a nationally recognized short-term recovery and rehab center.

As CEO, he led the turnaround of a mid-size CCRC and the successful creation and operation of a nationally recognized 48-bed rehab and wellness center.

Emery Joins Crescent Point Team as Director of Community Relations

Crescent Point at Niantic, a Benchmark Senior Living community, has welcomed Colette Emery as director of community relations. The Niantic, Connecticut, community provides assisted living, memory care and short-term rehabilitation.

Emery’s work in the aging and senior living industry spans more than 20 years. She began her career at the University of Connecticut Geriatric Assessment Center, followed by 13 years at two regional senior living communities. Throughout her career, she has developed a proficiency in finding resources for families and the best situation for their loved ones.

As director of community relations, Emery’s role is to ensure that all residents’ needs are met, as well as make social connections within Crescent Point and with the community at large.

Written by Carlo Calma

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