Movers and Shakers: Discovery Appoints Former Brookdale Leader; Lifespace Appoints Two to C-Suite

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Discovery Senior Living appoints former Brookdale leader SVP of Operations

Discovery Senior Living announced on April 23 that it has appointed Kevin Bowman as its senior vice president of operations.

In his role, Bowman will be responsible for delivering timely and innovative support services and operational guidance to the multitude of operating companies that comprise the Discovery Senior Living family of companies, according to a press release.


Bowman brings experience from a 30-year career in senior housing, with his most recent role being executive vice president community operations for Brookdale Senior Living. 

A Place for Mom brings on chief community relations officer

A Place for Mom has brought on Margaret Cabell as its chief community relations officer.

Cabell announced she started the position on LinkedIn on April 22.


Prior to joining A Place for Mom, Cabell served as the CEO of Harmony Senior Services.

The company recently announced it had laid off its customer success team in March.

Bridge Senior Living adds national director of life engagement and memory care

Bridge Senior Living has announced the appointment of Jules Johanson-Jones as national director of life engagement and memory care.

Johanson-Jones will be responsible for overseeing Bridge Senior Living’s Lilac Trace program with a focus on providing support, inspiration and training for life enrichment, memory care and a psychological approach to dementia care, according to a press release.

Johanson-Jones has 23 years of experience in the healthcare industry.

Lifespace Communities fortifies leadership with two c-suite appointments

Lifespace Communities has welcomed two c-suite executives to its senior leadership team.

The company announced on April 18 that Srini Alagarsamy has been appointed as chief technology officer and Natallia Futrell as chief clinical officer.

Alagarsamy will lead the strategic innovation and long-term technological vision, handling infrastructure, cybersecurity, software applications and data and analytics, according to a press release. He brings over two decades of experience in Fortune 100 companies, including General Motors Financial, Sallie Mae and Cigna.

Futrell will guide the delivery of high-quality healthcare services and develop future care models, serving as a business partner to operational leaders, the release states. She has experience leading clinical operations and developing effective systems for patient care, including tenures with Trinity Healthcare and StoneGate Senior Living.

LifeSpire of Virginia names CFO

LifeSpire of Virginia has announced Erik Mauritsen has been selected as the company’s new chief financial officer.

In his role, Mauritsen will be responsible for directing overall financial operations for LifeSpire, its five continuing care retirement communities, foundation offices and Lakewood at Home, according to a press release. He will officially start the position in May.

Mauritsen brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles, including auditing, finance, corporate compliance programs and regulatory laws for a number of organizations, to the position. He most recently worked at Covenant Woods.

The Annex Group hires managing partner to enter active adult

The Annex Group has announced it has hired Mark Branaman as its managing partner of active adult communities.

In his role, Branaman will help The Annex Group enter the 55 and older rental housing market for the first time, according to a press release.

Branaman has over a decade of experience in the active adult and senior housing development space.

Kendal Corp. SVP appointed to Friends Services Alliance board

Howard Braxton, senior vice president of marketing, communications and sales at The Kendal Corporation, has been appointed to the Friends Services Alliance board.

The organization supports employees and governing boards in governance, compliance and risk management and diversity and equity efforts, according to a press release.

“I am honored to join the board of Friends Services Alliance and continue serving the evolving needs of aging services organizations,” Howard said in the release. “I look forward to the opportunity to blend my expertise in Quaker-rooted senior living and services with the critical programming in governance, compliance and diversity that FSA provides.”

Kendal Corp. appoints governance advisor

The Kendal Corp. has announced the appointment of Jennifer Karsten as governance advisor.

In her role, Karsten will develop model governance practices, craft board guidelines and provide training, support and resources, alongside evaluating and supporting governance practices for the company.

According to a press release, Karsten has “extensive experience,” including executive directorships, board memberships and strategic consultation.

The Aspenwood Company adds regional VP of sales and marketing

The Aspenwood Company announced on April 22 that Melissa Taylor has joined the company as the regional vice president of sales and marketing for its Dallas communities.

Taylor brings a “wealth of experience and expertise to our team,” according to a LinkedIn post from Eric Varin, senior vice president of sales at The Aspenwood Company.

“Her extensive marketing background and deep understanding of Prospect Centered Selling make her a valuable addition to our organization,” Varin wrote.

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