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Khristine Rogers, MFCS, named COO at Masterpiece Living

Khristine Rogers, MFCS, has been named chief operating officer at multi-specialty group Masterpiece Living.

Rogers has almost 30 years of experience in senior living sales and operations and as a lifestyle brand leader. She has been Masterpiece Living's strategic innovation adviser since 2016. Rogers specializes in revenue optimization and creating data-driven business opportunities, as well as training and coaching high performance teams.

Before joining Masterpiece Living, Rogers was vice president of marketing and communications for the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado. She also has provided leadership for Atria Senior Living and HCR ManorCare. Rogers has been published in academic and trade journals and has traveled the country to be a keynote presenter.  

Laurie Jerome named senior VP of talent management at Silverado

Laurie Jerome has been named senior vice president of talent management at Silverado.

In her new role, Jerome will lead all talent initiatives for Silverado and will focus on developing new leaders to help the company expand.

Jerome brings more than 30 years of experience in talent management, leadership and organizational development to the role. She joins Silverado from a seven-year tenure with Experian, where she served as vice president of talent management for North America. Before joining Experian, Jerome was the vice president of talent management for AMN Healthcare, where she led the creation of the company's core competencies and values as well as a new approach to succession planning that was highlighted by the Harvard Business Review as a best practice. Previously, she ran her own consulting firm and held leadership roles with Carl Karcher Enterprises and the Walt Disney Co.

Jerome has an undergraduate degree in organizational behavior from the University of San Francisco and a Master's of Science degree in human resources from Chapman University.

Lia Burke named CFO of Caring

Lia Burke has been named chief financial officer of senior care referral service Caring.com. In her new role, she will support Caring's finance and accounting departments as the company continues to expand its business under the new ownership of Caring Holdings LLC.

Burke has three decades of experience in the technology and finance fields. Before joining Caring, she held financial leadership and consultant positions at Silicon Valley and finance firms, including serving as CFO at RadiumOne, where she helped the company raise debt and equity financing, managed employee expansion and supported the establishment of new subsidiaries across Europe and Asia. She also previously held positions at Oracle Corporation, KPMG and Ernst & Young.

“Lia has a demonstrated track record of helping technology companies address complex financial matters, enhance stakeholder value, maintain healthy vendor/partner relationships, and optimize organizational expansion,” Caring CEO Karen Cassel said.

Burke has an undergraduate degree in accounting, with honors, from the University College Cork in Ireland.

Chris Romick named executive director of Grace Ridge Retirement Community  

Chris Romick has been named executive director of Grace Ridge Retirement Community, a life plan community in Morganton, NC. In his new role, Romick will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Grace Ridge.  

Romick has more than 20 years of experience in the senior living industry. He is a licensed nursing home administrator and previously held the roles of marketing director, regional director and executive director.

“In those roles, Chris succeeded by developing financially sound communities with high resident satisfaction and team member engagement scores and we're confident that he'll have continued success at Grace Ridge,” said David Pope, vice president of clinical services, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge.

The U.S. Navy veteran has an undergraduate degree in gerontology administration from Kent State University and an MBA in marketing from American Public University.

Brenda Bacon elected as chairman of Senior Living Certification Commission Board of Commissioners

Brenda Bacon has been elected as chairman for the Senior Living Certification Commission Board of Commissioners.

Bacon is the cofounder, president and CEO of Brandywine Living. From 2007 to 2018, she was chairman or a member of the Argentum Board of Directors. Bacon also served as chief of management and planning, a cabinet-level position under New Jersey Gov. James J. Florio, from 1989 to 1993.

Additionally, Christy Contardi Stone, senior vice president of human capital and strategic initiatives at Welltower, Inc., was elected to serve as secretary-treasurer of the Senior Living Certification Commission, and two new commissioners were elected to join the board: David Eskenazy, president of Merrill Gardens, and Stephanie Handelson, CEO of Harmony Senior Services.

Rick Pruett named executive director for Ventana By Buckner

Rick Pruett has been named executive director for Ventana by Buckner, a high-rise senior living community scheduled to open in mid-2019 in Dallas.

Pruett has worked in senior living since 1998, serving as an officer for two senior living organizations during the past 12 years. He has helped open new communities and supported community repositioning, refinancing and quality improvement for existing communities.

Pruett has been with Life Care Services since 2013. Before that, he was vice president of management services for Greystone Communities in Irving, TX, for seven years. Pruett also was executive director/administrator of three senior living communities from 1998 to 2006.

Pruett has a Master of Health Administration degree from Warren University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Jennifer LaCroix, CDAL, CDP, named executive director for Tatnuck Park at Worcester

Jennifer LaCroix, CDAL, CDP, has been named executive director for Tatnuck Park at Worcester, an assisted living and memory care community in Tatnuck village, MA. LaCroix previously served in the role from 2011 to 2013.

In the position, LaCroix is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Tatnuck Park at Worcester, concentrating on its Mind & Memory approach for those with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia.

LaCroix has more than 20 years of experience in assisted living, memory care and hospitality, including more than 13 years with Benchmark Senior Living. She obtained the certified director of assisted living credential from the Senior Living Certification Commission and also is a certified dementia practitioner via the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. She received the Circle of Leadership Award from the Assisted Living Federation of America (now Argentum) in 2012.

LaCroix attended Keene State College and majored in broadcast journalism.

Shari LaRoche named executive director at The Residence at Salem Woods  

Shari LaRoche has been named executive director at The Residence at Salem Woods, a provider of independent, assisted and memory care living in Salem, NH.

LaRoche has more than 20 years of experience in the senior living industry at the executive level. She previously was senior center executive director at Genesis HealthCare, where she was responsible for the operations of several skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in Massachusetts. She is the 2014 recipient of the American College of Health Care Administrators' Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award among other honors.

Carl Tarbell named executive director of the Masonic Charity Foundation

Carl Tarbell has been named executive director of the Masonic Charity Foundation, which includes Masonic Village at Burlington and Acacia Hospice. In his new role, he is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and coordinating campus operations for the Masonic Charity Foundation in alignment with its mission.  

Tarbell has more than 30 years of experience and is a certified nursing home administrator in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Most recently, he was the vice president and executive director for Lutheran Crossings Enhanced Living in Moorestown, NJ.

Tarbell holds an undergraduate degree in economics and business administration from McDaniel College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Eastern University.

Kristy Brown named resident care director at Travanse Living at Olathe

Kristy Brown has been named resident care director at Travanse Living at Olathe, a senior living community managed by Integral Senior Living in Olathe, KS.

In her new role, Brown will be responsible for hiring, supervising, training and managing the performance of the nursing staff, as well as conducting and overseeing the completion of all resident assessments, medication administration and documentation.

Before joining Travanse Living at Olathe, Brown was a regional resident care director for six other ISL communities, as well as a nurse and wound care specialist for Carmel Mountain Rehabilitation and Healthcare.

“Kristy has been a strong contributor to the growth and development of the Integral Senior Living family for a few years now,” said Beth Liles, regional vice president of operations for ISL. “She brings with her over 10 years of experience, and her vast knowledge of nursing will make her a big asset to the Travanse at Olathe community.”

Terrie Matthews named director of sales and marketing at Savannah Quarters

Terrie Matthews has been named director of sales and marketing at Savannah Quarters, a Shepherd Health community set to open next month in Pooler, GA. Matthews has been working with older adults since 2006.

Robert Todd, general manager of Shepherd Living at Savannah Quarters, said he is delighted to have Matthews on board. “She has tremendous energy and, most importantly, a true passion for the well-being of the community,” he said. “She's perfect for Shepherd: highly qualified and upbeat.”

Berkadia names new directors for senior housing and healthcare team

Berkadia, a joint venture of Berkshire Hathaway and Jefferies Financial Group, has named Brittany Robinson as senior director and Brooks Minford as associate director of its seniors housing and healthcare team.

In their new roles, Robinson and Minford will focus on cultivating and capitalizing on opportunities in the seniors housing space and increasing Berkadia's presence on both the mortgage banking and investment sales sides, respectively.

Robinson joins the mortgage banking team and will be based in Cincinnati. She joins Berkadia from Welltower, where she was responsible for business development initiatives, managing relationships with Welltower's top operating partners and evaluating more than $5 billion in investment opportunities in the seniors housing, post-acute and medical office areas. Robinson has an undergraduate degree in business administration from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Minford joins the investment sales team and will be based out of the firm's D.C. Metro office. Before joining Berkadia, he was a member of Marcus & Millichap's senior housing group.

Minford has been involved in the underwriting, marketing and execution of more than $250 million in seniors housing facilities across the United States. He has an undergraduate degree in business administration from High Point University.

Dan Tortoriello named executive VP at Gemino Healthcare Finance

Dan Tortoriello has been named executive vice president at Gemino Healthcare Finance, a provider of asset-based financing solutions to small and mid-size healthcare providers. He will continue his role as executive vice president and chief operating officer at North Mill Capital.

“Dan has done an extraordinary job overseeing the sales and marketing efforts at North Mill since its inception. Adding another Solar finance company to his responsibilities is a great opportunity for Gemino and Dan,” said Jeff Goldrich, CEO and president at North Mill Capital LLC.

Tucker McNulty named VP, commercial relationship manager at CFG Community Bank

Tucker McNulty has been named vice president, commercial relationship manager at CFG Community Bank, a locally owned and operated community bank in Baltimore.

In his new role, McNulty will solicit prospects and referral sources for new commercial loan and deposit opportunities, negotiate loan terms and bank documents, ensure that loans are properly risk rated, and support the bank's community development and commercial banking relationship efforts.

Before joining CFG Community Bank, McNulty served in several senior-level positions for the Harford County Office of Economic Development, where he had administrative oversight of all state and local funding and incentive programs. He also was the manager of the Economic Development Opportunity Fund and Workforce Technical Training Grant Program.

Previously, McNulty was the business development manager of the Maryland Department of Commerce and loan officer of Provident Bank. He also was an investment officer/client advisor for Mercantile Capital Advisors, where he provided private wealth and investment management to achieve client and portfolio objectives.

McNulty has counseled businesses of various sizes and types, leading several projects in excess of $150 million involving Fortune 500 companies and playing a role in the growth at Aberdeen Proving Ground. In addition to working with large companies, he also has been involved with early-stage companies.

“Tucker has demonstrated a natural ability for listening to constituent needs to encourage economic development and form long-term partnerships, with proven results,” said Bill Knott, president of CFG Community Bank.

McNulty has an undergraduate degree in economics and political science from Elon University, a degree in international studies from the University of London, several certifications from the International Economic Development Council, of which he is also a member, and is pursuing an MBA from the University of Baltimore.

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