Movers & Shakers: Presbyterian Homes, CA Ventures

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Clauson Appointed to Executive Role at Presbyterian Homes Community

Evanston, Illinois-based Presbyterian Homes, a non-profit owner and operator of senior living communities, has appointed Andrew Clauson as its new executive director at Westminster Place, the organization’s senior living community in Evanston.


In his new role, Clauson will oversee all community operations, manage community staff, foster resident relations and serve on the corporate leadership team.

Previously, Clauson was the executive director for Covenant Retirement Communities in Skokie, Illinois. He also held Midwest- and Chicago-based leadership positions with Aramark, the food and facilities management company, and co-founded Lake Street Supply, which provides architectural landscape products for business and consumer customers. He began his career with the Chicago Christian Industrial League.

Ann’s Choice Welcomes New Director of Continuing Care


Ann’s Choice, an independent living and continuing care retirement community in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has appointed Sharon McDermond, NHA, as its director of continuing care.

In her new role, McDermond is responsible for the management and operations of the continuing care neighborhood, which is owned and operated by Catonsville, Maryland-based Erickson Living.

She brings more than 19 years of leadership expertise in the healthcare industry to the community. Prior to joining Ann’s Choice, McDermond was the nursing home administrator at a post-acute/long-term care provider for 13 years, and admission director for four years.

She currently serves as the vice-chairperson for the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Administrator Board of Examiners.

Pinkard Construction Appoints New President, COO

Construction and design firm Pinkard Construction has welcomed Tony Burke as its new president, and Jeff Barnes as its new chief operating officer (COO).

The Lakewood, Colorado-based firm provides construction and design services to a variety of industries, including seniors housing.

Burn has been with Pinkard since 1999, starting as a project engineer. He moved through the ranks as senior engineer, project manager, senior project manager and construction manager. He has a bachelor of science in building construction management from Purdue University, and is a LEED accredited professional.

Barnes joined Pinkard Construction in 2000 after working for several years with other commercial contractors in Colorado and Arizona. He has been in the construction business since 1973. His experience includes serving as a superintendent, project manager, senior project manager, construction manager and operations manager. In his new role, Barnes will oversee the firm’s pre-construction, construction, self performance, and warranty business, and will work directly with Pinkard’s director of pre-construction, construction managers and field management.

Bakaya Steps Up to Chief Investment Role for CA Ventures

CA Ventures—a Chicago-based real estate investment holding company, whose portfolio includes seniors housing investments—has appointed Nishant Bakaya as its new chief investment officer.

In his new role, Bakaya will lead CA Ventures’ investment management team, assisting in managing the firm’s strategy across multiple asset classes, including senior housing, student housing, residential and hospitality.

He joins CA Ventures from New York investment banking firm Evercore Partners, where he was co-head of its real estate private capital. Previously, he also worked at UBS Investment Bank and JP Morgan. Throughout his career, Bakaya has been involved in more than $100 billion of real estate transactions across the senior housing, student housing, hospitality, multifamily and retail asset classes.

Bakaya holds an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago and bachelor’s degree in economics from Franklin & Marshall College.

Written by Carlo Calma

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