Movers & Shakers: Essex Communities Names President/COO, CEO; Watercrest Adds VP of Sales Education

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Essex Communities Names New President, CEO

Essex Communities has promoted Frankie Pane to the role of president and COO; and Michael McGillick to the role of CEO.

Pane, who joined Essex in 2003, will in his new role continue corporate oversight as well as provide strategic direction for the company’s growth and services.


As CEO, McGillick is tasked with overseeing the Essex team as it develops, constructs, markets, and manages its 55-plus senior housing community portfolio.

Watercrest Names VP of Sales Education

Watercrest Senior Living Group has added Michael Marlow to its executive leadership team as vice president of sales education.

In his new role, Marlow will work to build sales training and implementation in order to aid lead management and referral development for Watercrest Senior Living and the communities it operates.


Marlow has about 30 years of experience in senior living sales and marketing. He most recently worked as national sales engagement manager for a large national senior living provider.

Emerald Communities Appoints CFO

Emerald Communities, which sponsors Emerald Heights in Redmond, Washington; and Heron’s Key in Gig Harbor, Washington; has named Matthew McArthur as its vice president and CFO.

As CFO of Emerald Communities, McArthur is responsible for operation and strategy of the organization’s finance, accounting and IT departments. He has more than 20 years of experience leading finance and accounting teams, and he most recently worked as director of finance and treasurer at Puget Sound Energy.

National Church Residences Names CFO

Robert Walter is now executive vice president and chief financial officer of National Church Residences. He is succeeding Tanya Hahn, who will remain with the organization as a senior advisor.

Walter was previously CFO at EWI for a period of about five years. He also served on the National Church Residences’ board of directors from 2010 to 2019, working as a member of the finance and audit committee and previous chairman of the investment committee.

Country Meadows COO Mills Adds President to Title

Country Meadows Retirement Communities COO Meredith Mills is now also the company’s president.

Mills added the president title in May, according to her LinkedIn. She previously was senior vice president and COO, and continues to lead the company’s strategic and operational direction.

Health Services Management Names New CEO, COO

The board of directors of Health Services Management has named Jim Shatz as the company’s CEO and promoted Joshua White from vice president of operations to COO.

Shatz has since 2017 served on the company’s board as an independent director. He will continue to lead the company’s planning and growth in his new role.

White as COO will oversee the operations of the company’s 21 affiliated communities. He joined the organization in 2017.

Startup Accelerator Names Managing Director for Senior Care Program

Startup accelerator Techstars has named Keith Camhi as the new managing director of its Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator, which focuses on “creative caregiving solutions to address elder care.”

Camhi previously led Techstar’s global accelerator team, and founded two health- and fitness-tech startups.

Standard Communities Names Director of Northeast Development

The affordable housing division of Standard Companies hired Sean Carpenter to the newly created role of director of northeast development.

In his new role, Carpenter will focus on New England, and work to aid new construction deals for affordable senior housing. He came to the organization from AHSC, Inc., a non-profit affordable housing developer.

Anthem Community Names Community Relations Director

Greenridge Place, an Anthem Memory Care-operated community in Westminster, Colorado, has named Beth Andrews as community relations director.

Andrews has worked in marketing and admissions roles for senior housing and care throughout her 20-year career, and most recently was director of community relations for MorningStar Senior Living.

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