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Wingate Healthcare announces four appointments

Needham, MA-based Wingate Healthcare, a provider of senior living, including assisted living, independent living, memory care, post-acute and long-term skilled nursing care, has announced four appointments.

Tamilyn Levin is now chief operating officer, Lisa Burgess has been named chief financial officer, Bryan Rossano has been promoted to vice president of operations for the New York and west regions, and Joel Stevens has been named regional director of operations.

Levin previously served as Wingate's CFO for four years. She brings to her new role 25 years of legal, financial and professional experience in the senior housing and healthcare industry, including several senior financial leadership roles at senior living companies Atlantic Retirement Group, Benchmark Assisted Living, Epoch Senior Living and Prism Health Group. She serves on the board of directors at the Mass Senior Care Association and is a past board member, treasurer and volunteer for the Sudbury Council on Aging and the Sudbury Senior Center.

Succeeding Levin as CFO, Burgess brings 18 years of experience working in the senior housing and healthcare industry. In her new role at Wingate, she will be responsible for strategic financing initiatives, strategic development opportunities and oversight of the financial and accounting departments at Wingate.

She is an alumna of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care's Future Leader's Council, on which she served from 2010 to 2013. Most recently, she was the senior vice president of finance for Post Acute Partners, a New York-based owner and operator of multiple post-acute healthcare businesses. Prior to that role, she served as vice president of treasury and portfolio management for Benchmark Senior Living and previously was the director of financial analysis at Epoch Senior Living.

Rossano formerly was regional director of operations for Wingate's New York and West regions for three years, overseeing the operations of nine skilled nursing facilities. In his new role, he will continue to help the company maintain high-quality standards and performance in these regions.

Rossano has been active in the senior healthcare industry for more than 20 years, with many years of regional management experience. He previously held regional operations positions at HealthBridge and Genesis Healthcare.

In his new role, Stevens will oversee operations for Wingate at Sudbury, Wingate at Worcester, Wingate at Silver Lake and the Wingate Residences at Silver Lake. He also will be the administrator for Wingate at Sudbury.

Stevens has 19 years of operational experience in the senior housing and healthcare industry, including 10 years formerly with Wingate, where he was a skilled nursing administrator and later was promoted to regional director of operations. Most recently, Stevens held regional director roles with Hybris Health Services and Epoch Senior Living.

Ryan Haller named VP of growth and development at The Avamere Family of Companies

Ryan Haller has been appointed vice president of growth and development for The Avamere Family of Companies, a 20-year-old, Wilsonville, OR-based group of independent, privately owned providers of post-acute care and senior living services. He joined the company's executive team to lead the strategic expansion of its core businesses.

In his new role, Haller will leverage the organization's position in the Pacific Northwest by expanding beyond its traditional geographic footprint and business lines to spur growth. His team also will work to augment Avamere's market position to create economies of scale for each line of service while contributing a more streamlined business and care model for its residents, patients and employees.

Haller began his career with Deutche Bahn, a transportation provider in Europe. During his time with DB, he led the America's quality integration of BAX Global, a multibillion transaction that spanned five years and 85 offices. Haller was the youngest member in the organization's 50-year history to sit on the quality steering committee.

Since his time with DB, Haller has led real estate development for a prominent regional healthcare organization and most recently served as the director of project management – acquisitions for a large independent living organization. During this time, Haller worked on the underwriting, acquisition and integration of in excess of $1 billion in senior housing assets.

Mariola Rodriguez named memory care director at Market Street Memory Care Residences

Mariola Rodriguez has been promoted to memory care director of Market Street Memory Care Residences in Viera, FL. The 60-unit community — designed, owned and operated by Watercrest Senior Living Group — is set to open to residents this fall.

Rodriguez most recently served as memory care director of Watercrest of Lake Nona Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, Lake Nona, FL. She has almost a decade of experience in senior living, earned a master's degree in gerontology, is a support group facilitator through the National Alzheimer's Association, and holds a certificate in Alzheimer's disease and dementia care training through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

The 44,162 square foot Market Street community will feature abundant natural lighting, internal courtyards with gardens, circular walkways, visual cueing and multiple social gathering places. Market Plaza, a central gathering space for residents, will have fresh flowers, trees and an active streetscape offering interaction at a post office, art gallery, bakery and spa or amidst daily multi-sensory activities.

Marta Spangler appointed as The Village at Rockville's director of philanthropy

Marta Spangler joined The Village at Rockville, a National Lutheran community in Rockville, MD, as the director of philanthropy, effective Aug. 1. In this role, she is working to enhance fundraising programs at the community and raise the awareness of the parent organization, National Lutheran Communities & Services.

Spangler most recently was the resource development and board liaison officer for the Lutheran World Federation in Jerusalem. She has spent the past two years abroad in Jerusalem and Geneva, Switzerland, researching and identifying funding and development opportunities for hospital programs, as well acting as a junior advocacy officer.

Spangler also served as an advancement associate for Gettysburg Seminary for four years, splitting her time between southwest Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. She is the daughter of Rev. Dr. Maria Erling, a professor at Gettysburg Seminary, and Rev. John Spangler, executive assistant to the president at Gettysburg Seminary.

She obtained her undergraduate degree in English literature and religious studies from the University of Pittsburgh, then earned her master's degree in ethics, peace and global affairs from the American University School of International Service.

Kelly Bojorquez named executive director of The Forum at Desert Harbor

Kelly Bojorquez has been named executive director of The Forum at Desert Harbor, a Five Star senior living community in Peoria, AZ.

Her role encompasses supervision of all aspects of the full-service rental retirement community's senior services, including the 155 independent living residences, 80 assisted living apartments and an on-site, 57-bed healthcare center.

Bojorquez' 23 years of experience in senior living services began at the age of 16 when she was a dining room server at The Forum at Desert Harbor. Bojorquez also has served Desert Harbor as a receptionist and healthcare unit coordinator.

“The Forum at Desert Harbor holds a special place in my heart,” she said. “I feel at home here, because the residents and staff have shared many of my personal milestones: educational successes; personal successes, with my marriage and children; and career successes, working my way up to administrative and supervisory positions.”

Bojorquez also worked at two sister senior living communities: Brighton Gardens of Sun City and Brighton Gardens of Scottsdale. Most recently, she served as the executive director of Park Wood Assisted Living in Surprise.

Bojorquez holds an associate of arts degree from Glendale Community College, a bachelor of science degree from Arizona State University and a master's degree in health administration from the University of Phoenix. She became a licensed nursing home administrator in 2009.

Jeremy Yates named executive director at Otterbein Lebanon

Jeremy Yates became executive director of the Otterbein Lebanon Lifestyle Community, Lebanon, OH, on July 18. In this position, he has full responsibility for all Otterbein Lebanon departments and functions.

Yates has more than 12 years of executive leadership. Most recently, he was executive director at Evergreen Retirement Community in Cincinnati. He started his career as an admissions and marketing director and progressed to managing a small, family-owned community.

Yates is a native of Tipton, IN, and graduated from Purdue University with an undergraduate degree in communications. He is a licensed nursing home administrator in both Ohio and Kentucky.

Crown Center for Senior Living welcomes two social service coordinators

Julia Allen and Diane Schuch have been named social service coordinators at Crown Center for Senior Living, St. Louis.

Allen comes to Crown Center with more than 12 years of nonprofit experience. Her previous experience includes positions with the State Health Insurance Program and the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging. Her responsibilities at Crown Center include providing information, referrals, advocacy and supportive counseling to clients to ensure access to government and community resources.

She a graduate of Washington University and Fontbonne University and holds a master's degree in social work and an undergraduate degree in business management.

Schuch joins Crown Center with more than 30 years of nonprofit experience. She previously worked for the St. Louis Easter Seal Society and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis. Schuch's responsibilities at Crown Center include coordinating the daily operations and administrative support for the kosher meal site dinner program.

Schuch is a graduate of Webster University and National Louis University and holds a master's degree in human resource development and an undergraduate degree in applied behavioral science.

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