Movers & Shakers: New Ecumen CFO; Welltower Names Global Head of Senior Housing

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Ecumen Names New CFO

Non-profit senior housing provider Ecumen has named Morshed Alam to the role of senior vice president and CFO.


In his new role, Alam will lead Ecumen’s team of financial services professionals. He previously worked as the director of finance and financial planning and analysis for Medtronic’s restorative therapies group.

Welltower Appoints Global Head of Senior Housing

Welltower (NYSE: WELL) has named Justin Skiver to the title of senior vice president, global head of senior housing.


Skiver has worked with Welltower for about a decade, and most recently worked as senior vice president, international. He also has held the titles of senior vice president, underwriting and vice president of corporate investments.

Civitas Promotes Lane to Chief Wellness Officer

Civitas Senior Living promoted Bobby Lane to work as its chief wellness officer.

Lane first joined Civitas as an executive director in 2015 and most recently worked as the senior vice president of wellness.

He succeeds Misty Miller, who formerly held the position before becoming the company’s COO.

Frontline Management Names Chief Investment Officer

Frontline Management this month named Mohammed Yacoubi its new chief investment officer.

In his new role, Yacoubi is responsible for implementing investment policies, leading acquisitions and asset management and maintaining relationships with investors.

Mohammed has more than 18 years of real estate and private equity experience.

Former Thrive President Joins Lloyd Jones as EVP of Senior Living

Lloyd Jones, a senior housing and multifamily investment firm, recently named Tod Petty as executive vice president of Lloyd Jones Senior Living.

The new role will make Petty responsible for the company’s senior properties, new developments and its third-party management business. Prior to joining Lloyd Jones, Petty worked as president of Thrive Senior Living.

Sagora Appoints New Sales VP

Sagora Senior Living has named Greg Southwell as the company’s vice president of sales.

Southwell will help grow business in Sagora’s markets across the country. He has more than 20 years of sales experience, half of that in senior housing. He’s previously worked for Humana and Holiday Retirement.

Benchmark Communities Name Nursing, Resident Directors

Two different Benchmark communities have announced new directors of nursing and resident care.

Wellington at Hershey’s Mill, a Benchmark Senior Living community in West Chester, Pennsylvania, has welcomed Ashleigh Ryan as its director of nursing.

Ryan will now oversee the community’s nursing personnel, patient care and administrative tasks including keeping records and setting budgets.

At Bedford Falls, a Benchmark assisted living community in Bedford, New Hampshire, the company is welcoming Melissa Moody as a resident care director.

Moody previously worked as a resident care director for LCB Senior Living. Before that, she was also a regional nurse specialist with Benchmark for seven years.

Watermark Community in Florida Names Two Directors

The Watermark at Trinity, an assisted living and memory care community in Trinity, Florida, recently appointed David Kendrick and Merav Halevi to the new roles of associate engagement director and resident engagement director, respectively.

As associate engagement director, Kendrick is tasked with developing programs to recognize employee achievements, foster wellness and improve engagement at the community. He has 17 years of health care experience, most recently having worked as director of human resources for MHC Gracepoint Behavioral Health.

Halevi, meanwhile, will work on the independent living side with the community’s executive director. There, she will help oversee resident engagement and satisfaction and day-to-day operations. Halevi has 17 years of experience in human resources, coaching and business management, and previous worked as the human resource director and business office manager for The Watermark at Trinity.

Atlas Names Executive Director for Forthcoming Community

Atlas Senior Living has named Robin Raben as the executive director for its forthcoming Legacy Reserve at Old Town community in Columbus, Georgia.

Raben, who started earlier this month, is now responsible for the community’s day-to-day operations and management. Raben has worked in the health care industry since 2000, and has held regional director and executive director roles.

Legacy Reserve at Old Town is expected to open in September, 2020.

Oakmont Community in California Welcomes New Executive Director

Oakmont Senior Living has hired Shawn Amirhoushmand to work as the executive director of Oakmont of Pacific Beach, a senior living community in San Diego.

Amirhoushmand previously worked in post-acute care for more than two decades. He has also served as co-chair for the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders, and the San Diego Board of Supervisors recently appointed him a member of the Health Services Advisory Board.

Erickson Living Promotes Jean to Lead New Jersey Community

Erickson Living has promoted Phil Jean to work as the executive director of Seabrook, a CCRC in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

Jean first joined Erickson Living in 2016 as the associate executive director at Linden Ponds in Hingham, Massachusetts. Overall, he has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry.

Senior Star Welcomes New Executive Director in Kansas City

Senior Star has appointed Connie Haworth as the executive director of its Senior Star at Villa Ventura community in Kansas City.

Haworth has more than 25 years of senior housing leadership experience. She most recently worked as a senior living consultant.

Connecticut CCRC Appoints Director of Nursing

Connecticut CCRC Edgehill has named Michael Oloke as its director of nursing.

He is tasked with overseeing nursing personnel and patient care and handing administrative tasks like keeping records and budgeting.

Oloke previously worked as as assistant director of nursing at the New Carlton Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. He has a decade of experience overall.

Legacy Names Director of Rabbinical Services, Programs

The Legacy Senior Communities has appointed Rabbi Michael Cohen as director of rabbinical services and programs.

Cohen has more than a decade of rabbinical experience and has provided for a variety of spiritual needs for people of all faiths.

Florida Life Plan Community Hires Executive Chef

East Ridge at Cutler Bay, a life plan community in Cutler Bay, Florida, has named Stan Hodes to the role of executive chef.

Hodes previously worked as executive chef and manager of dining services operations for the Baptist Hospital of Miami. He also has worked at Marriott, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines and the Chef of Kings Bay Country Club.

Blueprint Promotes Thomes to Head of Business Development

Blueprint has promoted Steve Thomes to the role of senior managing director and head of business development.

Thomes has worked with Blueprint to help build and manage client relationships, mostly on the East Coast. He has nearly 15 years of experience in the senior housing and health care industries.

Blueprint also named Ryan Chase senior managing director and head of market strategy. Additionally, co-founders Ben Firestone, Christopher Hyldahl, and Jacob Gehl are now executive managing directors.

JLL Bolsters Senior Housing Valuation Services

JLL has hired Shawn James O’Connor as an executive vice president in its valuation advisory business.

In his new role, he will focus on senior housing valuation in the Rocky Mountain region in addition to general valuation services in Denver.

This hiring marks a reunion between O’Connor and JLL. He previously worked with the firm appraising senior housing portfolios from 1999 to 2017.

Cushman & Wakefield Adds to Senior Housing Capital Markets Team

Cushman & Wakefield has added Jay Jordan to its senior housing capital markets team, which focuses on the sale of senior housing assets throughout the U.S.

In his new role, Jay will help originate and execute senior housing sales. He’ll also lend advice on debt and provide capital solutions to clients in need of structured financing.

Jay most recently worked for private equity firm Directed Capital.

CBRE Names Senior Housing Leader

CBRE announced recently named James Graber as national leader of senior housing and health care for its valuation and advisory services team.

Graber, who is now a managing director, will lead a national team focused on valuation and advisory services for senior housing assets, including active adult, independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs).

He has more than 13 years of experience in the senior housing and health care industries.

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