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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 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.

*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.


Erickson Living Promotes Keeler, Welcomes New Team Members

Catonsville, Maryland-based Erickson Living has promoted Robin Keeler to director of resident life for its Oak Crest continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Parkville, Maryland.

Keeler brings approximately 20 years of experience with Erickson Living to her new leadership position. Most recently, she served as regional home health administrator for Oak Crest and its sister community, Charlestown, located in Catonsville.

Prior to joining Erickson Living, she worked at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore as a shock trauma nurse and at Bel Care, Inc. as a home health nurse and administrator.

In her new role at Oak Crest, Keeler will manage and support various facets of the community that directly impact the daily lives of its residents, including fitness and wellness services, community resources, volunteer programming, social work services, community television, pastoral ministries, intermissions, memory health programs and philanthropy. The community’s resident life department consists of 175 employees.

Keeler holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s of science degree in community health from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

In addition to the promotion of Keeler, Erickson Living has also welcomed Denise Altonjy as associate executive director and Dan Millender as director of sales for at Lantern Hill, a CCRC in New Providence, New Jersey.

Altonjy brings more than 30 years of professional experience to her new role. Altonjy has been with Erickson Living communities since 2006, serving as the director of nursing and associate executive director at Cedar Crest in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. For the past few months, she has supported the resident services team at Lantern Hill. An alum of Felician College, she is a licensed assisted living administrator and certified gerontological nurse.

Millender joined the Lantern Hill sales team in November. He recently served as the executive director of a Baltimore-based environmental non-profit. He previously served as a CFO of a high-end residential builder, the GM of a Wholesale Nursery, and as manager in sales and administration for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. He received his undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College in 1994 and his executive MBA from the Sellinger School of Loyola University in 2007.

Other additions to the Lantern Hill team include Dante Taylor as general manager in dining, Shamus Hill as executive chef, and Laurie Lipton as concierge.

Integrace Welcomes Valencia as VP of Talent Management

Integrace, non-profit senior living provider based in Eldersburg, Maryland, has appointed Nick Valencia as its new vice president of talent management.

Valencia has nearly 30 years of experience with human resources management and employment law. In his new role, he is responsible for identifying and recruiting new talent, as well as creating and directing opportunities for employee development.

He joins Integrace from Dunbar Armored, Inc., a provider of armored car services, where he served as vice president of human resources and general counsel since 2005. He also served as in-house attorney for Constellation Energy Group, Inc. in Baltimore, where he managed employment law-related matters from 1999 to 2005.

Valencia is a member of the Maryland and Washington, D.C., bar association and holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and a juris doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law. He is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, as well as a trustee for Maryvale Preparatory School in Brooklandville, Maryland.

The Buckingham Names Van Twest New Director of Dining Services

The Buckingham, a Houston-based life care community operated by Senior Quality Lifestyle Corporation (SQLC), has appointed Ricky Van Twest as the community’s new director of dining services.

He brings 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry working in fine dining with luxury properties around the world.

His culinary background includes working with three of SQLC’s sister communities: The Barrington of Carmel in Indianapolis; Mirador in Corpus Christi; and, most recently, Edgemere in Dallas.

He has more than eight years of experience working with luxury hospitality properties, including the Ritz-Carlton hotels.

In his new role, he will oversee the day-to-day activities within the community’s dining services.

Hargett Assumes Executive Director Role for Baptist Retirement Community 

San Angelo, Texas-based Baptist Retirement Community has appointed Aaron Hargett as its new executive director.

Hargett has worked for Baptist Retirement Community since 2007, and was recently promoted from the position of director of independent living.

In his new role as executive director, Hargett will oversee the 100-acre community’s operations, administration, programs and strategic planning. He will also manage marketing, community outreach and financial planning.

Hargett has worked in the health care industry for nearly 20 years, covering a variety of areas including admissions and discharge planning, rehabilitation, home health, hospice, and independent living.

Frampton Construction Adds New Senior Project Manager to Team

Frampton Construction Company, LLC, a Charleston, South Carolina-based regional full-service construction firm servicing a variety of industries, including senior housing, has named David Bollenbacher senior project manager in its Charlotte, North Carolina, office.

Prior to joining the company, Bollenbacher served as senior project manager for New York-based Lendlease, an international property and infrastructure management firm.

Bollenbacher joins Frampton Construction with nearly 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He is a North Carolina-licensed builder with a 30-hour OSHA certification and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Level II Stormwater certification.

He also has a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management certification (USACCE CQM) and the LEED AP: Home certification.

The Redwoods Welcomes New CEO

The Redwoods, a non-profit independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing provider in Mill Valley, California, has named Hunter Moore as its new CEO.

Moore succeeds Barbara Solomon, who recently retired after 16 years of service.

Previously, Moore served in senior leadership positions for several senior living development companies, including McLean, Virginia-based Sunrise Senior Living, Hagerstown, Maryland-based Homewood Retirement Centers of the United Church of Christ, and Washington, D.C.-based Howell Associates.

Further, he has worked in economic development for Arlington County, Virginia.

Wingate Residences at Brewster Place Promotes Walsh

Wingate Residences at Brewster Place, an assisted living community owned and operated by Wingate Healthcare, has promoted Kim Walsh to the role of business office manager. In her new post, Walsh will assume various human resource responsibilities for the community’s staff and residents.

Prior to this role, Walsh spent the past decade as a fitness instructor to Brewster Place’s senior residents. In her new role, she will also continue to teach several daily fitness classes to residents.

Walsh holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Stonehill College and has extensive bookkeeping experience. Prior to Wingate, Walsh worked as a paralegal for a real estate attorney for 20 years.

Sagora Senior Living Names Executive Director at Lyndale-Abilene Memory Care Community

Fort Worth, Texas-based Sagora Senior Living has appointed Kyle Douthit as executive director for Lyndale-Abilene Memory Care in Abilene, Texas, a Sagora community that offers independent living, assisted living, and now, memory care, as part of the community’s recent expansion.

Douthit has been involved with memory care, both personally and professionally, for more than a decade. His father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and passed away October 2016 after battling it for 12 years.

Prior to Sagora, Douthit worked with Alzheimer’s-specific and related communities in the positions of administrator, senior vice president of operations and chief operating officer.

Douthit holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Abilene Christian University (ACU).

Maxwell Group Names New Executive Vice President

The Maxwell Group, Inc. | Senior Living Communities, LLC brand has appointed Ben Thompson as executive vice president.

Thompson has extensive experience within the senior housing industry, having served in a variety of roles with Maxwell Group, Inc. and Senior Living Communities, LLC.

He will oversee and provide direction for all of the company’s operating functions. Thompson joined Maxwell Group, Inc | Senior Living Communities, LLC in 2012 as an operations analyst.

He has served as vice president of special projects, vice president of procurement and most recently as vice president of development.

In his new role, he will be responsible for all of the company’s operational functions, including: human resources, programming, wellness, dining, development, construction, design, facility services and procurement.

Thompson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he earned a bachelor of science in economics and a bachelor of science in management and society.

Written by Carlo Calma

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