Pegasus Senior Living announces several executive changes

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Chris Hollister

Chris Hollister, co-founder of Pegasus Senior Living, will take over as chair and CEO following the retirement of fellow co-founder Steven Vick. Vick announced his retirement amid ongoing health problems.

Pegasus also announced a series of senior team moves.

Richard Williams, senior vice president of HHHunt’s senior living division, will join the company as chief operating officer in June. He also worked at Southern Assisted Living, playing a key role in the development, acquisition and day-to-day operation for assisted living and memory care communities.

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Steven Vick

Williams brings more than 36 years of experience in the healthcare industry to the position, including acute care hospital management. He also has more than 30 years of experience in senior living operations, acquisitions, development and government relations.

Daniel Leaf will be promoted from vice president of operations to senior vice president of operations. He has more than 15 years of experience managing all aspects of senior living, including positions in India and China.

Wade Mullis is being promoted from chief financial officer to chief financial and administrative officer. His expertise will span several areas of the company, including IT, capital projects and maintenance, food service, contract administration and home office management.

Atria Senior Living announces executive appointments

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Chris Nall

Chris Nall has been appointed chief technology officer for Atria Senior Living, Ali Sareea has been promoted to executive vice president and chief technology officer for Glennis Solutions, Atria’s new subsidiary, and Melanie Bedell was promoted to vice president of sales for the U.S.

Nall will be the top executive client interface form Atria with Glennis Solutions and also will lead efforts to deploy new technology to improve efficiency and management of Atria’s communities. His responsibilities will focus on helping further accelerate tech innovation to improve resident quality of life.

Nall will lead the company’s advancement into senior living technology leadership through initiatives such as smart apartment automation, hospitality and culinary software, emergency call technology, call center support and telehealth, among other innovation efforts.

Nall most recently was senior director of corporate platforms, digital engineering, digital services and operations for Papa John’s International. Before that, he directed enterprise resource planning and applications and tech process improvement efforts in finance, sales operations, risk and compliance for companies including General Electric and HD Supply in Atlanta; Louisville, KY; Orlando, FL; Wilmington, NC, and Brussels.

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Ali Sareea

Sareea, most recently executive vice president and chief information officer, will lead Glennis Solutions, which offers a suite of software as a service technology solutions and software platforms meant to help senior living providers and operators improve resident care and business management.

Under Sareea’s leadership, Atria’s innovations include the creation of Atria Mobile, a smartphone app that connects residents, families and staff in aspects ranging from monitoring of residents’ vital signs to community activities and dining menus.  

Bedell, a 13-year Atria veteran, will drive sales strategy and growth for the company’s portfolio of brands, including Atria Senior Living, Atria Signature, Atria Park and Gladwell Senior Living.

Bedell most recently served as vice president supporting sales in Atria’s Northeast division, which includes 28 communities in the New York metropolitan area and 19 communities throughout New England. Under her leadership, the company’s Northeast division exceeded revenue targets and grew key referral partnerships.

In her expanded national role, Bedell will oversee U.S. sales initiatives, management and hiring throughout the 28 states in which Atria operates. 

Baptist Homes & Healthcare Ministries announces executive appointments

Joe Ulveling has been named chief operations officer and David Pulliam has been named corporate medical director for Baptist Homes & Healthcare Ministries of Jefferson City, MO. Both positions are firsts for the statewide ministry.

Ulveling brings 18 years of experience to his new role, having served with the Missouri Baptist Convention in executive operations and property management as well as in the finance and banking industry. 

Pullia has worked in the medical industry for decades. As medical director, he will provide oversight for corporate-side resident care policies and offer expert guidance to facility leadership and staff on infection control procedures, nursing and physician issues, and medication management.

WesleyLife names Amy Hutchins chief marketing officer

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Amy Hutchins

Amy Hutchins joins Johnston, IA-based WesleyLife as chief marketing officer. In this newly created role, she will provide senior leadership, strategic direction and ongoing support for marketing, sales, branding and communications.

Hutchins will oversee the planning, development and execution of WesleyLife’s marketing and sales initiatives for all services. She will share responsibility in achieving outcomes relative to current services and delivering marketing and sales strategies that support organizational growth.

Hutchins brings more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience to the position. She worked in a variety of industries in several leadership capacities, including work with Fortune 500 companies including Canon, Miller Electric and Endo Pharmaceuticals. She founded the Des Moines-based MarketLogic and also held senior roles with Two Rivers Marketing and ITAGroup.

Atria Senior Living promotes Melanie Bedell to VP of U.S. sales

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Melanie Bedell

Melanie Bedell, a 13-year Atria Senior Living veteran, has been promoted to vice president of sales for the U.S. at the Louisville, KY-based company, driving sales strategy and growth for the company’s portfolio of brands, including Atria Senior Living, Atria Signature, Atria Park, and Gladwell Senior Living.

Bedell most recently was vice president, support sales, in Atria’s Northeast division, which includes 28 communities in the New York metropolitan area and 19 communities throughout New England. Under her leadership, the company’s Northeast division exceeded revenue targets and grew key referral partnerships.

In the expanded national role, Bedell will oversee U.S. sales initiatives, management and hiring throughout the 28 states in which Atria operates its brands serving a range of customers.

Arizona Pioneers’ Home announces Jessica Sullivan as superintendent

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Jessica Sullivan

Jessica Sullivan has been named superintendent of the Arizona Pioneers’ Home by Gov. Doug Ducey. She succeeds Ted Ihrman, who will retire at the end of May.

Sullivan has worked at the home for almost 20 years and most recently was caregiver supervisor. Her mother was a nurse at the home. The facility opened in 1911 as a rest home for aging settlers who helped establish the Prescott, AZ, area. It since has served as a care facility for up to 150 residents, providing personal, assisted living, intermediate and skilled care.

Sullivan joined the home as a certified nursing assistant. She became a certified physical therapy aide and was responsible for coordinating and communicating resident therapy orders and services and assisted therapy appointments.

Sullivan later became a nursing support assistant and aided in rehabilitation coordination and external administration as well as managed medical supply, testing, maintenance and planning for residents. She most recently was the caregiver supervisor, where she oversaw resident care and team and facility management.

The facility operates via appropriations of about $5 million annually through state land trust, a miners’ hospital fund, state charitable funds and the general fund. Residents pay a portion of their care based on income, which is deposited back into the general fund.

Grace Management names Sarah Moriyama director of hospitality, engagement

Sarah Moriyama has been named the new national director of hospitality and engagement for Maple Grove, MN-based Grace Management. In her new role, Moriyama will provide support, inspiration and training for hospitality and engagement to all Grace Management senior living communities.

Before joining the company, Moriyama worked for Disney. She has more than a decade of leadership experience in operations and hospitality. 

Avalon Park appoints Greg Tournillon executive chef, director of food services

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Greg Tournillon

Greg Tournillon has been named executive chef and director of food services for Avalon Park, a Cottleville, MO-based independent living community scheduled to open in late summer.

Tournillon brings more than 24 years of experience to his new position. He will oversee and direct the entire culinary department, including personnel management, kitchen operations, menu development and meal preparation.

A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Tournillon trained in French, Italian and Swiss cuisine at the world’s top restaurants. He has held positions as territory manager for a gourmet foods company, executive chef in corporate food service, a chef instructor at L’Ecole Culinaire in St. Louis, MO, and president and owner of his own gourmet storefront caterer, restaurant and deli specializing in food and wines.

Tournillon has earned several accolades and awards for his cooking. He considers one of his most memorable achievements to be preparing dinner at L’Auberge du Lion d’Or in Geneva during the 1985 Geneva Summit for President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. 

The Lodge at Greeley Senior Living names Kristina Herndon sales, marketing director

Kristina Herndon has been named sales and marketing director at The Lodge at Greeley Senior Living in Greeley, CO.

In this role, Herndon will work closely with prospective residents and their families to assist them in exploring their living options, including independent living, assisted living and memory care apartments, amenities and services.

Herndon began working at the Lodge as a personal care assistant while still in high school. She has worked in a range of senior living and care settings, including clinics, communities, rehabilitation centers and skilled nursing facilities. 

Langford Methodist Retirement Community names Katy Peterson lifestyle director

Katy Peterson has been named lifestyle director for the Langford Methodist Retirement Community in College Station, TX. She will oversee activities such as fitness classes, lectures, socials and outings. 

Peterson previously was senior services coordinator for the city of College Station’s Parks and Recreation Department.