The Kendal Corp. Names New COO

One of the largest non-profit senior housing operators in the U.S. has a new chief operating officer.

The Kendal Corporation named Marvell Adams Jr. as its new COO, the organization announced Monday. He succeeds Judy Braun, who retired in July as COO after a 17-year tenure with Kendal. Adams will transition to his new role over the next few months.

Adams previously served as executive director and CEO of Kendal’s Washington, D.C.-area affiliate, Collington. There, he helped improve the community’s occupancy from less than 70% in 2011 to more than 95% by the end of 2017. He also successfully restructured Collington’s debt and led the organization’s investment of more than $30 million in infrastructure.


“Marvell gave steady and inspired leadership through some incredibly challenging times at Collington, always with a mind for what was to come,” stated Sean Kelly, Kendal’s president and CEO, in a press release. “Today, Collington is strong, well along in working toward its next phase of existence, having achieved a large degree of financial stability fueled by sustained occupancy and a culture that is invigorated and eager for what’s next.”

Since 2016, Adams also served as Kendal’s director for emerging talent, helping the organization’s affiliates identify, develop and keep internship and fellowship opportunities for students. Additionally, he has been a surveyor for the accrediting body CARF, and was elected to the board of directors for national aging nonprofit LeadingAge.

Kendal currently has affiliated retirement communities in Hanover, New Hampshire; Ithaca and Sleepy Hollow, New York; Northampton and Easthampton, Massachusetts; Lexington, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Kennett Square, West Chester and Newtown, Pennsylvania; and Oberlin and Granville, Ohio. The organization ranked No. 12 on the most recent LeadingAge Ziegler 150 (LZ 150).

Written by Tim Regan

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