Movers & Shakers: Welltower Announces Promotions, Brookdale Bolsters Board

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Welltower Announces Promotions, Including New CIO

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL) has announced the promotion of several employees, including naming a new chief investment officer after eliminating the position last year.


The real estate investment trust (REIT) promoted Shankh Mitra to executive vice president and CIO from his previous position as senior vice president of investments. The move reflects Mitra’s responsibility for the company’s acquisition and investment activity as well as his oversight for Welltower’s expanded asset management function.

Additionally, Welltower promoted current vice president Tim McHugh to the role of senior vice president of corporate finance, and named Tim Lordan as a senior vice president and corporate treasurer. Rich Hansen is also taking on on expanded responsibilities as vice president of asset management.

The promotions are part of a new organizational structure in Welltower’s corporate finance and asset management departments that are intended to support the growth of the company’s health care real estate portfolio.


Brookdale Appoints New Independent Board Member

Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) recently appointed health care executive Rita Johnson-Mills to its board of directors as an independent member. Brookdale’s board now stands at eight directors, seven of whom are independent.

Most recently, Johnson-Mills served as president and CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee, a health plan with more than 500,000 government sponsored health care consumers and $2.5 billion of annual revenue.

“[Johnson-Mills’] expertise in health care operations and strategy will be extremely valuable if we continue to execute our turnaround strategy,” Brookdale president and CEO Cindy Baier said during the company’s earnings call Tuesday.

Charter Senior Living Names New Staffers at Three Communities

Charter Senior Living has appointed new staffers at three of its communities in Ohio, Illinois, and Georgia.

The company recently named Sue Johnson as executive director and Amy Klosterman as director of marketing and sales for Charter Senior Living of Oak Openings, a property slated to open in Sylvania, Ohio, in October.

Previously, Johnson held executive director roles at senior living communities in Ohio, New Jersey and California. She also served as a regional vice president of operations for a memory care company in Ohio.

Klosterman, meanwhile, arrived at Charter Senior Living after 16 years as a community relations director for Kingston Residence of Sylvania.

The senior living provider also recently named Alda Tole as executive director of The Cottages of Fox Lake, an independent living, assisted living and memory care community in Fox Lake, Illinois.

Most recently, Tole was the director of sales at Bright Oaks of Aurora, an assisted living and memory care community.

And in Augusta, Georgia, Charter appointed Karen Bowles as executive director of Camellia Walk, an assisted living and memory care community.

Bowls, who has more than 20 years of experience in the senior living industry, most recently worked with Harmony Senior Services as an executive director in Columbia, South Carolina.

Wingate Healthcare Names Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Wingate Healthcare has hired Julie Primavera to the role of regional vice president of sales and marketing.

Primavera possesses more than 25 years of marketing and communications experience, previously serving as director of internal communications for Health Quest and director of case management and corporate care transition for Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

Erickson Living CCRC Promotes Cohen to Director of Continuing Care

Oak Crest, an Erickson Living continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Parkville, Maryland, has promoted Catherine Cohen to the role of director of continuing care.

In the new role, Cohen will oversee daily clinical services and help ensure high-quality experiences for residents and their families through a holistic model of care.

Oak Crest has more than 2,100 residents, making it among the largest CCRCs in the country.

Springpoint Senior Living Community Welcomes Director of Sales

Winchester Gardens, a Springpoint Senior Living community in Maplewood, New Jersey, recently appointed Andrew Korman to the position of director of sales.

Korman now manages sales staff, helps sell independent living units, facilitates move-ins and represents Winchester Gardens during sales. He is also tasked with helping prospective residents and sharing with them regulations, policies and procedures.

Methodist Retirement Communities Names New Vice President of Dales and Marketing

Texas-based senior living nonprofit Methodist Retirement Communities has named Jill Janes as its new vice president of sales and marketing.

In her new role, Janes will direct the sales and marketing efforts for Methodist’s senior living communities in seven locations throughout the state, plus a community currently under development in Fort Worth, Texas.

Janes previously directed the marketing and sales efforts for Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America.

HJ Sims Welcomes Managing Director

Investment bank and wealth management firm HJ Sims has added John Koene as managing director of the private client group for the firm’s northeast complex.

In his new role, Koene will support the team and help develop the firm’s wealth management products.

Frampton Construction Adds Assistant Project Manager

Frampton Construction, a regional construction firm with senior living clients throughout North and South Carolina, has announced the hiring of Don Skinner as assistant project manager.

Skinner will work out of the company’s Charlotte, North Carolina, office, and has more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry.

Written by Tim Regan

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