Movers & Shakers: Springpoint Senior Living, Plymouth Place

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Springpoint Senior Living Promotes Woodward to COO Post*

Wall Township, New Jersey-based Springpoint Senior Living, a New Jersey-based non-profit provider of housing and services for seniors, has promoted David L. Woodward to senior vice president and COO, effective December 1, 2017.


Woodward joined Springpoint in 2008, assuming expanded roles and responsibilities as the community undertook its leadership transition plan while growing and expanding its of product offerings in and out of New Jersey.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in hospitality administration from Widener University and a masters of jurisprudence, with concentrations in healthcare law and regulatory compliance, from Widener University’s Delaware Law School.

Denis Assumes Director of General Services Role at Erickson Living Community


Seabrook, an Erickson Living continuing care retirement community in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, has welcomed Reggie Denis as its new director of general services.

He brings more than 25 years of operational leadership and experience in hotel, property management and senior living to his new role at Seabrook.

Prior to this role, he was the assistant general services director at Riderwood, an Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Maryland. Before joining Erickson Living, he held numerous positions with Marriott International in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. He resides in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

Plymouth Place Senior Living Appoints Biere as New CEO

Plymouth Place Senior Living, an non-profit independent living community in La Grange Park, Illinois, has appointed James (Jay) Biere as the new chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Biere brings extensive experience in senior living with more than 15 years in leadership positions.

Most recently, he served as president and CEO of Meadows Communities in Normal, Illinois, overseeing strategic planning, operations, capital strategies and board development. During his tenure at Meadows, he led the community transition through infrastructure upgrades, including a new IT platform and service expansion. He also launched an ambassador program and implemented a quality assurance and performance improvement process to improve quality outcomes in clinical and support service areas.

Before his tenure at Meadows, Biere served in senior leadership roles at Kisco Senior Living, Lifespace Communities and Vibrant Living Communities. He started his career with ServiceMaster Management Services.

Curry Steps Up to CEO Role for Methodist Village 

Melissa Curry was recently appointed as the new CEO for Methodist Village Senior Living, a Fort Smith, Arkansas-based assisted living, independent living and rehabilitation center. She succeeds Harvey Leffring, the previous CEO at Methodist Village who served in his role until August.

Curry holds a designation from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

In her new role, she will oversee the construction of a $50 million expansion.

Curry has provided professional and caregiver training, supportive services and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease to various communities across multiple states. She is recognized as a certified Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care trainer, a certified dementia practitioner and a certified dementia care manager.

She has served as director of special events and program coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association in Fort Smith. She began her career as client services director for Landmark Ministries/Legacy Heights & Memory Lane in Van Buren. She completed advanced dementia training from The Copper Ridge Institute at Johns Hopkins University and holds several other licensures, including Arkansas assisted living administrator, Alzheimer’s Arkansas Support Group facilitator, and Alzheimer’s Association Support Group facilitator.

McCrary Named Executive Director of Park Meadows Senior Living Local

Spectrum Retirement Communities, a Denver-based operator of senior living communities, named Karin McCrary its new executive director of its Park Meadows Senior Living community in Overland Park, Kansas.

Mccrory has managed numerous start-up healthcare programs, both hospital-based and community-based. She joins Spectrum from Village Shalom―a senior living community in Overland Park, Kansas―where she served as chief operating officer responsible for daily operations, including facilities and grounds, dining services, nursing, resident services and programming, social services, and assisted living.

Prior to Village Shalom, McCrary served as vice president of Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. In this role, she was responsible for all operations and strategic planning at Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute. Previous to McCrary’s eight years at St. Luke’s, she worked in hospital administration at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park for 10 years and served as its director of oncology services.

She holds a bachelor of science in nursing from the Research College of Nursing, Rockhurst University and a bachelor of science in life sciences from Kansas State University.

*Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that David Woodward had been promoted to CEO of Springpoint Senior Living. Senior Housing News regrets the error.

Written by Carlo Calma

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