Movers & Shakers: Former Watercrest Exec Joins Sagely; New EDs for ISL, Grand Senior Living

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Former Watercrest Chief Experience Officer Kemp Joins Sagely

Hollie Kemp, the former chief experience officer at the Watercrest Senior Living Group, has joined Sagely as the company’s new executive vice president.


In her new role, Kemp will manage strategic operations, growth plans and product enhancement for the senior living resident engagement platform provider.

Kemp previously worked for Watercrest, first as a vice president of dementia services and programming, then as the company’s chief experience officer. Kemp, who made a name for herself in dementia care, helped Watercrest overhaul its memory care program during her time there.

Integral Community Welcomes Executive Director


Integral Senior Living (ISL) has named Hope Bitler as executive director of Foothill Village Senior Living in Angels Camp, California.

Bitler has more than 25 years of management experience. She previously was business office director for Foothill Village’s sister community in Lodi, California.

Grand Senior Living Names Executive Director in New Hampshire

Hailey Wetherbee is now the executive director of Summercrest, a Grand Senior Living community in Newport, New Hampshire.

Wetherbee has 15 years of experience in long-term care and senior housing, with nine of years of that in administrative positions.

Summercrest is currently working on a $7.2 million expansion project that will include renovations to the community’s existing common areas, a new cafe and marketplace, a larger activity room, a new hair salon and a new outdoor patio.

Virginia Community Gets New Leader

Waltonwood Ashburn, a senior living community in Ashburn, Virginia, has named Chris Leinauer as its executive director.

Leinauer, who has more than 15 years of experience in senior living overall, previously worked as a regional vice president for Meridian Senior Living.

Wingate Community in Massachusetts Appoints Executive Director

Wingate Healthcare has named Marc Cohen to as executive director of Wingate Residences at Needham, a community in Needham, Massachusetts.

Cohen will look after daily operations, which include safety procedures, staffing and enrichment. He previously worked as an executive director for Brookdale Senior Living.

Kendal Hires Three in Ohio

The Kendal Corporation has named three new managers at its Kendal at Granville community in Granville, Ohio.

The company named Eric Beier as executive chef, Dan Nase as director of sales and marketing and Gabriella Drago as life enrichment director.

Beier was previously the chef manager for Eurest-Compass-USA. Nase, meanwhile, has 25 years of experience and previously worked with Friendship Village, while Drago worked for Harmony Hospice.

SLC Names Care Services Administrator in South Carolina

Cascades Verdae, a Senior Living Communities (SLC) community in Greenville, South Carolina, has named Leslie Fryar as its new care services administrator.

Fryar first joined Senior Living Communities in 2010 as the director of member services for The Lakes at Litchfield community on Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Walker & Dunlop Hires Former Direct Supply Senior VP

Walker & Dunlop has hired Brett Gardner as managing director of Walker & Dunlop Investment Sales.

In his new role, Gardner will work as a partner on the firm’s investment sales team to originate and executive senior housing property sale opportunities.

Gardner was previously senior vice president of business development at Direct Supply.

Live Oak Bank Names VP of Senior Care Lending

Live Oak has hired Chad Borst as its new vice president of senior care lending.

In his new role, Borst will help with the financing needs of senior housing owners, operators and investors. Borst previously worked at BM Eagle Holdings.

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