Changemakers Series

Marc Vorkapich, Principal and CEO, Watercrest Senior Living

Marc Vorkapich was volunteering in residential care in 1991, when an older woman he “adored” told him: “All of my life I have been the life of the party, here I am invisible.” “My heart was broken,” Vorkapich says. “During the following weeks, declining health quieted her voice and, for a moment, my own.” But […]

John Cochrane, President and CEO of HumanGood

Over the course of a decade, John Cochrane has led the creation of HumanGood, earning the status of changemaker by cementing the organization’s status as a senior living industry innovator. Pleasanton, California-based HumanGood initially was created through the 2015 affiliation of and American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW), which came together to create […]

Richard Hutchinson, CEO, Discovery Senior Living

Being unsatisfied can sound negative, but Discovery Senior Living CEO Richard Hutchinson doesn’t see it that way. Being unsatisfied with the status quo drives him to be a changemaker. His changemaking track record is impressive. From building a pay-for-performance sales culture to launching a business intelligence division, he’s moved Discovery and the senior living industry […]

Changemakers: Loren Shook, Founder and CEO, Silverado

Silverado Co-Founder and CEO Loren Shook has lived the story of change that prompted the development of a portfolio of standalone memory care communities across a handful of states. By combining medical services with the social model for assisted living, Silverado has developed outcomes-based programming to improve quality of life for those with memory impairment. […]

Changemakers: Charlie Trefzger, President & CEO, ALG Senior

While he has always been adaptable based on a changing operating environment, 2020 truly served as a test for ALG Senior President and CEO Charlie Trefzger. In conjunction with its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company implemented a name change from Affinity Living Group to ALG Senior on July 1, as well as a […]

Changemakers: Arun Paul, Founder, Priya Living

Changing the senior living landscape has always been a cornerstone of Priya Living, under the leadership of its founder, Arun Paul. From marketing the company’s independent living communities as “Where Bombay Royale Meets Palm Springs,” to listing unit pricing directly on the company’s homepage, Paul has in many instances acted directly in contrast to what’s […]

Changemakers: David Block, Director of Development, Evergreen Real Estate Group

Much of today’s senior housing is envisioned as ground-up projects or repositioning of existing senior living assets. Yet one Chicago-based development company has completely changed the vision by trying new models of senior living in some unusual settings. Evergreen Real Estate Group, with David Block leading its development team, counts project examples to date including […]

Introducing the 2020 Changemakers Class

The world is a very different place compared to when we introduced our first class of Changemakers in 2019. Today, the need for transformative leadership in senior living remains more critical than ever in a rapidly changing health care and housing landscape. With this as the backdrop, we’re pleased to introduce our 2020 class of […]

Changemakers: Mary Leary, President and CEO of Mather

Having been at the helm of Mather for nearly 18 years, Mary Leary is no stranger to change. She formerly held an executive role with Classic Residence by Hyatt and today brings her experience both in for-profit and not-for-profit senior living to some new innovations the not-for-profit Mather is driving forward. Among her recent claims […]