Movers & Shakers: Morning Pointe Names COO; Benchmark Adds Two VPs to Executive Team

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Morning Pointe Names New COO

Morning Pointe Senior Living has promoted Heather Tussing to the role of COO. She previously was the company’s executive vice president of operations.

Tussing helped maintain continuity of care after two of Morning Pointe’s communities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, were impacted by a tornado. Her previous experience includes positions in senior living sales, operations and compliance over the last two decades.


Benchmark Adds Two VPs to Executive Team

Benchmark Senior Living has named Elizabeth Wheatley as the company’s vice president of resident care and Kristine Martel as vice president of human resources.

Wheatley spent nearly two decades with Five Star Senior Living, where she helped oversee the company’s Covid-19 response, among other duties. She has more than 30 years of experience overall. Martel, who spent 25 years at Tufts Health Plan, where she most recently worked as vice president of human resources.

Pegasus Appoints Divisional Vice President of Sales

Pegasus Senior Living has hired Brittney Fisher as the company’s new divisional vice president of sales.


In her new role, which started Oct. 18, Fisher is overseeing sales for the operator’s western communities, including Washington, Arizona, and parts of California. Brittney was previously vice president of sales for Coeur d’Alene-based ETROS Management.

Civitas Community in Texas Welcomes New Executive Director

Civitas Senior Living has announced that Melissa Nix is the new executive director at Double Creek, an assisted living and memory care community in Round Rock, Texas.

As executive director, Nix is tasked with managing the community’s operations and its employees. She has a career in senior living spanning more than two decades.

Florida Life Plan Community Names Public Relations Manager

Cypress Cove, a life plan community in Florida, has hired Jennifer Benton to work in its marketing department as public relations manager.

In her new role, she will manage media relations and strategic communications for Cypress Cove and its affiliated organizations, Cypress at Home and Cypress Living.

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