Movers and Shakers: Autumn Leaves Names New COO; Caddis Hires VP of Senior Living

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Autumn Leaves Names New COO, Chief Administrative Officer

Memory care provider Autumn Leaves has named Jessica Akaah to the role of COO and current president John Barbee as its next chief administrative officer.


Akaah first came aboard at Autumn Leaves in 2007, when she served as executive director to the provider’s first Chicago-area community in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She was later promoted to regional director of operations, and after that worked as vice president of HR and vice president of operations.

Barbee joined Autumn Leaves in 2006, and opened 45 Autumn Leaves communities during his tenure. He was promoted to president in 2017, and will continue to work in that role in order to provide leadership, support and strategic advice, and oversee real estate and asset management. As chief administrative officer, he will be tasked with looking after shared services, which include legal, information technology, marketing, and human resources functions.

Caddis Appoints Vice President of Senior Living


Caddis has hired Tami Cumings as vice president of senior living and to oversee the operations and growth of its Heartis brand of senior living communities.

Prior to joining Caddis, Cumings worked for the Arbor Company as a senior vice president of sales and marketing. She has also worked as vice president of sales and marketing and vice president of operations for Sunrise Senior Living, COO for US Memory Care, and senior vice president of sales for A Place For Mom.

Charter Senior Living Names Vice President of Development and Strategy, Executive Director

Charter Senior Living has named Maura Feaheny vice president of development and strategy. Feaheny first joined the company as corporate director of integration and project manager toward the end of 2018.

Feaheny previously worked as vice president of plant operations for Senior Lifestyle Corporation, a position where she had oversight management responsibility for 187 senior housing communities.

Charter Senior Living also named Wanda Palumbo as executive director of its independent living, assisted living and memory care community in Hermitage, Tennessee.

Palumbo was previously the executive director of Uffelman Estates, a Holiday Retirement community in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Balfour Senior Living Appoints Vice President of Care and Wellness

Balfour Senior Living has hired Jeanette Allen as vice president of care and wellness.

Allen has more than 25 years of nursing experience in the skilled nursing and senior housing industries. She previously worked in regional and divisional nursing roles for a large senior living provider.

In her new capacity, Allen will help enhance Balfour’s electronic medical record (EMR) platform in addition to overseeing quality management programs and policies and procedures. She will also work alongside Balfour’s life enrichment, memory care and culinary teams.

Benchmark Announces New Regional Director of Sales, Executive Directors

Benchmark Senior Living has named Scott Bradshaw as its new regional director of sales, among other hiring announcements.

Bradshaw was previously a sales consultant for BeaconLive. He also has worked as a regional sales executive for Endo Pharmaceuticals and a relationship manager for Fidelity Investments.

Benchmark also named three new executive directors at communities in the Northeast:

  • Phil Lord is now executive director for Blenheim-Newport, a Benchmark assisted living and memory care community in Middletown, Rhode Island.
  • Linda Silveira has returned to Benchmark as executive director of Greenwich Farms at Warwick, an assisted living and memory care community in Warwick, Rhode Island.
  • Andrew Goshert was hired as executive director of Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle, an assisted living and memory care community in Brighton, Massachusetts.

Erickson Names Executive Director for Virginia CCRC

Will Nance has assumed a new job as as executive director for Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Ashburn, Virginia.

In his new role, Nance will oversee operations and resident satisfaction at the 132-acre campus that 1,300 older adults call home.

Nance first came aboard at Erickson Living in 1998, when he spent six years as the sales director at Greenspring, a sister community in northern Virginia. He later became associate executive director, and then as executive director. In 2011, Erickson promoted him to regional vice president of sales for Erickson Living.

Illinois Life Plan Community Welcomes New Leader

GreenFields of Geneva, a life plan community in Geneva, Illinois, has a new executive director in Tony Madl.

He previously worked a Resurrection Presence Health Care Systems, where he held an administrator in skilled long-term care role for 11 years.

Madl is not new to the GreenFields organization. He previously worked at with GreenFields’ sister community, Friendship Village Schaumburg, since 2012.

Oregon Community Names Executive Director

Farmington Square Gresham in Gresham, Oregon, has named Malina Souliyalaovong as its new executive director. F

As executive director, Souliyalaovong will oversee all aspects of community management.

Souliyalaovong has more than eight years of experience in the senior living industry, and previously worked as executive director for an Enlivant Senior Living community in Chicago.

Integral Announces Executive Director, Sales Director, Culinary Director, Sales and Marketing Assistant

Harbour Pointe Senior Living, an Integral Senior Living community in Mukilteo, Washington, is welcoming named Pam Dill as its executive director.

Dill previously was executive director at Welbrook South Bay assisted living and memory care and Whitter Place assisted living and memory care.

The Oak Cottage of Santa Barbara Memory Care, an Integral Senior Living community in Santa Barbara, California, has brought on Beth Olafsen as director of sales and marketing.

Prior to joining Integral, , Olafsen was the community relations director at Mariposa at Ellewood Shores and director of sales and marketing at Vineyard Heights Senior Living and Brookdale Senior Living.

Travanse Living at Wheaton, an Integral Senior Living community near Chicago, recently named Jerry De La Torre as its new director of culinary services.

In that new role, De La Torre will help create the menu, take and stock kitchen inventory and train, hire and manage kitchen staff. He previously served as food service director at HCR ManorCare Health Services.

Lastly, Integral also named Jeri Coates as sales and marketing assistant at Loma Clara, which is set to open this year.

Coates has nearly two decades of experience in sales, and most recently held the position of Sales Representative at AAA NCNU.

Virginia Community Hires Marketing Director

Friendship, a senior housing community in Roanoke, Virginia, has selected Stephanie Landes as its new director of marketing.

Landes’ experience in the senior living industry began 2011, when she worked as foundation director for Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury.

Springpoint Hires Assistant Executive Director for New Jersey Community

Springpoint Senior Living has hired an assistant executive director and administrator for the Oaks at Denville, a senior living community in Denville, New Jersey.

Russo previously worked as the administrator of Care One at Livingston and at Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center before that.

Community Relations Director Joins Wingate Community in Massachusetts

Wingate Healthcare hired Alyson Smith as the director of community relations for One Wingate Way, a senior living community in Needham, Massachusetts.

Prior to taking her new role, Smith held several other positions in the senior living industry, including as a community sales director and life enrichment coordinator.

Lifespire of Virginia Names Director of Development

LifeSpire of Virginia named Jodi Leonard director of development for its benevolent arm, the VBH Foundation.

In her new role, Leonard will lead annual planning, relationship building and fundraising administration for the senior housing provider. Leonard first joined the VBH Foundation in 2015 as an annual fund manager.

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