Movers & Shakers: Senior Lifestyle Corp. Adds Vice President Post; Benchmark Senior Living Promotes HR Chief

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LCS hires regional marketing and sales specialist

Micah Terry was recently hired as regional marketing and sales specialist for Life Care Services (LSC.

In his new role, he oversees marketing and sales teams of three communities operated by LCS that were recently acquired last year.


Sienna Living adds to leadership team

Sienna Living recently named Teresa Fritsch as executive vice president and chief corporate officer, joining from Chartwell Retirement Residences.

The Canadian-based senior living provider also added to its board of directors in the second quarter. After 12 years, Dino Chiesa stepped down having previously served as interim president and CEO between a seven-month period of 2012 and 2013.

Sienna Independent Director Shelly Jamieson was appointed as board chairperson effective immediately.


Senior Lifestyle Corporation hires vice president

National senior housing management and care provider Senior Lifestyle Corp. announced Jennifer Kleckner was recently named senior vice president of asset management.

Kleckner will oversee the company’s asset management team, as well as the procurement, capital and plant operations teams.

Senior Lifestyle Corp. operates 130 communities across 25 states.

Benchmark Senior Living promotes HR leader

New England’s largest senior living provider announced Kris Martel was recently promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer.

Martel will focus on strategic investments in recruitment and retention along with culture programming and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

She joined Benchmark as vice president of human resources in October 2021 and helped make the largest investment in wages in the company’s history and established minimum wage standards for frontline associates.

Benchmark oversees 64 independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) in the greater New England area.

Pegasus Senior Living community names director

Sun CIty West Assisted Living in Sun City West, Arizona recently named Kim Gaunt as executive director to lead the community.

As a licensed practical nurse for over four decades, Gaunt has held various roles across the health care continuum from critical care to oncology and emergent care. She has also held management roles as supervisor, manager and wellness department director.

She shifted to working with older adults 12 years ago and said she found her passion for senior living, a news release from the community said.

Cushman & Wakefield hires Seattle team

Global real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield recently announced hiring a seven-person team to expand the company’s valuation and advisory living sector.

The team will be led by Brian O’Connor as executive director who brings 36 years of real estate experience to the firm. He was also the principal author of the Seattle Metropolitan Area Apartment Market Report.

The team is based in Seattle, Washington specializing in multifamily and condominium market analysis. The team also conducts consulting work in Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho and Oregon.

Other team members joining O’Connor include:

-Soryun Fitzpatrick, Director

-Brian Mitchell, Associate Director

-Howard Ruthman, Associate Director 

-Scott Wilson, Associate Director

-Kellen O’Connor, Associate.

-Raphael Nunziata, Appraisal Coordinator

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