Christian Living Communities (CLC) President and CEO Terry Rogers is stepping down from his post at the Englewood, Colorado-based senior living provider and leaving for warmer weather.
In April, Rogers will take on a new role as CEO of Orlando, Florida-based senior living nonprofit Westminster Communities of Florida. The organization has 22 senior living locations throughout the state, making it the 12th-largest multi-site senior living nonprofit in the U.S., according to the 2019 LeadingAge Ziegler 200.
His departure comes after nearly three and a half years leading CLC and its for-profit consulting and management arm, Cappella Living Solutions.
Under Rogers’ tenure, CLC and Cappella have grown to a collective 24 communities under ownership or management. The organization has also spearheaded some innovative initiatives during that time, including participation in forthcoming Medicare Advantage (MA) group the Perennial Consortium and a plan to develop a small-home community in partnership with Bill Thomas’ company, Minka.
“The team here has been engaged in all of these strategic initiatives,” Rogers told Senior Housing News. “The momentum is not going to go away.”
The organization’s COO, Camille Burke, will step in as interim CEO. CLC has also begun a nationwide search for a new CEO.
Between now and April, Rogers will focus on handing off various responsibilities to Burke while laying the groundwork for the organization’s next strategic plan.
While Rogers feels he is leaving the organization in good shape, he is interested to see how CLC’s participation in the Perennial Consortium plays out. The MA group is on track to start enrolling residents in October of this year, and is set to start paying claims in January 2021.
“I will certainly be watching that and cheering from the sidelines,” Rogers said. “But that’s one thing that I wish I could have seen come all the way through.”
Rogers is also proud of how he helped CLC realize its overall strategic goal of having 20 communities under ownership or management by 2020. The organization has about doubled in size since he came aboard as CEO in 2016.
“We have really blown every one of our goals out of the water,” he said. “It’s actually a perfect transition time for CLC’s next CEO, as the next strategic plan is being crafted this year.”
Although leaving CLC was not an easy decision for Rogers, he is excited to start his new role as CEO of Westminster Communities. He was particularly attracted to the organization’s size as well as its faith-based mission.
“It really seems like a perfect alignment with what I’m passionate about, which are cultures of engagement, faith-based work, forward-thinking innovation and serving the middle market,” Rogers said.
Rogers joins Westminster at a transitional time. He is replacing CEO Roger Stevens, who is retiring in March after more than 25 years leading the senior living nonprofit. Westminster also last year discussed merging with Presbyterian Senior Living, a move that would have made the combined organization the country’s fifth-largest senior living nonprofit. The talks were eventually discontinued.