A Place for Mom names Larry Kutscher CEO
Larry Kutscher has joined Seattle-based senior living referral service A Place for Mom as CEO and has joined APFM’s board as a director, effective immediately, the company announced Monday.
He succeeds Sean Kell, who had been CEO for the past eight years and will continue to serve APFM as a senior adviser to the company.
“As CEO, I will focus on enhancing APFM’s strong partnerships, investing in our products and technology, and creating value for users, partners, employees and investors,” Kutscher said in a statement. “I look forward to working closely with APFM’s team to capitalize on the many opportunities ahead and expand this vital service to provide better access, coordination and quality of care for the families we serve.”
Kutscher most recently was CEO of TravelClick from 2010 through 2018. There, he led the creation of a suite of technology solutions for TravelClick’s 38,000+ hotel customers worldwide, which more than doubled the company’s revenue and earnings during his tenure, according to A Place for Mom.
Before TravelClick, Kutscher was CEO of Register . com, a domain name company that under his leadership evolved into a small business services organization with a focus on being the “web department” for small businesses.
Before Register, Kutscher was senior vice president and general manager of the small business group at Dun & Bradstreet, where he helped the company expand its digital offerings, including the acquisition and development of Hoovers, a provider of sales and marketing intelligence. Other previous titles include managing director with Goldman Sachs Wealth Management and spent 12 years at American Express.
Kutscher earned his MBA degree from Columbia Business School and an undergraduate degree in political science from Brown University.
“Having experienced solid growth over the last few years, APFM is at an inflection point, with new challenges and compelling opportunities as consumer research continues to shift online and demand for high quality senior care increases,” said Anton Levy, member of the APFM Board of Directors and managing director and global head of internet and technology at General Atlantic, a significant shareholder of APFM. “We are thrilled to have someone of Larry’s caliber to lead APFM into its next phase of growth,” he added.
Adam Karol, a member of the APFM Board of Directors and managing director at Silver Lake, a significant shareholder of APFM, said the board conducted a “thorough and thoughtful search.”
Lori B. Marino named executive vice president, general counsel, for New Senior Investment Group
Lori B. Marino has been appointed executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, real estate investment trust New Senior Investment Group announced Monday
In this new role, Marino will be responsible for the company’s legal and compliance function, as well as the company’s human resources function.
Marino brings 20 years of legal experience as a trusted legal and business adviser to boards of directors and multibillion-dollar global public companies. Most recently, she was vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary for ITT, a publicly traded global multi-industrial manufacturer.
Before joining ITT, she was vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary at Medco Health Solutions and managing corporate counsel and assistant secretary at Avaya. She began her legal career as an associate at Cravath, Swaine and Moore in New York.
Marino received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an undergraduate degree, with distinction, in applied economics and business management from Cornell University.
Mandy Taylor promoted to senior vice president of clinical services for Morning Pointe
Mandy Taylor, RN, has been promoted to the role of senior vice president of clinical services at Chattanooga, TN-based Morning Pointe Senior Living.
After more than six years as the senior healthcare services company’s regional vice president of operations for the Bluegrass region, based in Lexington (Kentucky/Indiana), Taylor now will join Morning Pointe’s executive leadership team. In her new role, she will work to ensure that the company’s clinical policies and procedures are effective and uniform while helping to develop clinical strategies that benefit residents and associates and creating innovative clinical products and services.
Taylor also will work to strengthen Morning Pointe’s medical partnerships with area hospitals and universities across the Southeast. Her team consists of more than 250 certified nursing assistants, 200 licensed practical nurses and dozens of registered nurses and medical technicians from 32 Morning Pointe personal care, assisted living, and memory care communities spanning five southeastern states.
Taylor earned her nursing degree from Midway College in Midway, KY. Previous positions include serving as director of professional services for a home health agency, director of nursing in a skilled nursing facility and direct patient caregiver in medical-surgical nursing and mental health settings.
Todd Filippone selected as vice president of operations and finance at SRI Management
Todd Filippone has been named as vice president of operations and finance at Tallahassee, FL-based SRI Management.
A member of the company’s corporate leadership team for the past three years, Filippone brings more than 15 years of senior housing experience to the role. In his new position, Filippone oversees all new construction and development in addition to transitioning existing communities acquired by SRI Management, all while continuing to provide operational support for the current portfolio.
The company manages more than 25 communities throughout the Southeast, including five under construction, and expects to acquire, break ground on or open additional communities throughout the Southeast in the coming months.
Dr. James Wells named executive director at Legacy Pointe at UCF
Dr. James Wells has joined Legacy Pointe at UCF, a senior living community being developed in Oviedo, FL, as executive director. Construction of the community is expected to begin in the fall, with an opening date in 2021.
In his new position, Wells will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of the entire senior living community, which will feature 32 villas of various sizes for independent living, 140 independent living apartment homes and a variety of services and amenities.
As part of its lifecare agreement, the community also will provide a continuum of healthcare services and accommodations on-site, including 48 assisted living and memory care apartments and 48 skilled nursing suites, with a 3,500-square-foot rehab gym for the more than 300 residents.
Wells has more than 30 years of senior living experience, 17 years as a CEO, and has overseen operations at several retirement communities across the country. For four years, he was president and CEO of Canterbury Court, a senior living community in Atlanta. Before that, he oversaw Arbor Glen and Navesink Harbor senior living communities in New Jersey as president and CEO.
Legacy Pointe at UCF will have a partnership with the University of Central Florida and will be located one mile from the campus.
“There’s a need for engaging new living options in the Orlando area because of the growing senior population and their changing outlook,” Wells said in a statement. “Through our partnership with UCF, our residents will experience a unique and dynamic lifestyle developed with the deep knowledge of the university alongside partnerships with our residents, not just ‘providing for them.’ Our multigenerational campus will provide opportunities for continuing education and clinically informed cutting-edge medical practices to achieve resident-centered care. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to enhance the lives of 70-, 80-and 90-plus-year-olds for years to come.”
Wells earned his undergraduate degree in history and pre-law from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his doctorate in medical ethics from Princeton Seminary.
Theresa Steinmetz joins The Charlotte as human resource director
Theresa Steinmetz has joined The Charlotte, a Senior Living Communities community in Charlotte, NC, as human resource director.
She comes to the position after having worked within the human resources department at a continuing care retirement community for the past three years.
Harbor’s Edge names human resources and nursing directors
Brenda Rosecrans is the new human resources director, and Bonnie Thrift is the new director of nursing, at Harbor’s Edge, Norfolk, VA. Rosecrans will oversee all employment-related functions at the retirement community, while Thrift will manage nursing care services.
Before joining Harbor’s Edge, Rosecrans held human resources leadership positions for 22 years at four major healthcare providers: Sentara Healthcare, Bon Secours Health System and Riverside Health System in Virginia, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.
She earned her undergraduate degree in business administration and management from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and her Master of Science degree in human resource management from Troy University in Troy, AL. She is a certified senior professional in human resources with the HR Certification Institute.
Thrift brings to her new role more than 25 years of nursing experience, including 13 years in leadership positions. She most recently was the director of patient care services at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City, NC.
Thrift has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore and a Master of Business Administration degree from California Coast University, Santa Ana, CA.
Christine Pruett appointed director of nursing for assisted living at Friendship
Christine Pruett has joined Friendship, Roanoke, VA, as director of nursing for its assisted living residence.
Pruett began her nursing career in 2002 as a staff nurse. She since has worked in a skilled nursing setting as well as in a doctor’s office. She comes to Friendship having already earned her administrator’s license.
John Blalock joins Savannah Quarters as memory care manager
John Blalock has joined Savannah Quarters, Shepherd Living’s new community in Pooler, GA, as memory care manager.
He is a licensed practical nurse and a licensed community residential care facility administrator.
Blalock worked in assisted living communities beginning in 2007, then worked in the home care industry.
Julie Bagdonas returns to Benchmark as director of community relations for Billerica Crossings
Julie Bagdonas has returned to Benchmark Senior Living to work as director of community relations at Benchmark Senior Living at Billerica Crossings, a Billerica, MA, assisted living community.
Bagdonas began her healthcare career working for a skilled nursing facility. Now she has almost a decade of senior care sales and marketing experience.
She previously was a sales specialist for Benchmark Senior Living at Robbins Brook in Acton, MA, and was on the leadership team for the Manor on the Hill Assisted Living community in Leominster, MA, for almost five years.
Annsley Felton joins Marsh’s Edge as new social director
Annsley Felton has joined Marsh’s Edge, a retirement community in Saint Simons Island, GA, owned and operated by Senior Living Communities, as social director.
She will work to create purposeful events to members.
Stephanie Lynch joins CountrySide Lakes as ‘director of fun’
Stephanie Lynch is the new director of engagement at CountrySide Lakes, Shepherd Living’s senior living community in Port Orange, FL.
She organizes trips and other activities and spearheads charity work.
The Kenwood by Senior Star names coordinator of community relations, administrator of health services
Erin Lawry and Abe Quintero have joined The Kenwood by Senior Star, Cincinnati, as coordinator of community relations and administrator of health services, respectively.
Lawry’s primary responsibility at the retirement community is to foster community, nurturing the community within the facility’s walls and serving as a point of contact for the local community. She also spearheads The Kenwood’s marketing efforts.
Lawry joins from Crossroads Hospice as a representative of provider relations. Prior to that, she was a program manager for UC Health’s mobile mammography service.
Quintero’s role is to oversee the hospitality services and delivery of The Kenwood’s amenities and programs, with a focus on the operations and quality of the community’s assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing programs.
Quintero comes to the Kenwood from Pristine Senior Living, where he served in an administrative role. He also is a former administrator with HCR ManorCare.
Zachary Shamberg named president and CEO at PHCA
Zachary Shamberg has been promoted to president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, Harrisburg.
He formerly was the organization’s director of advocacy and legislative affairs, a position he held since 2014 in which he managed all of the organization’s lobbying and legislative activity at the state and federal level while serving as a key strategic advisor to PHCA leadership.
Before joining PHCA, Shamberg was chief of staff for state Rep. Todd Stephens, specializing in constituent services, public messaging and community event organizing while successfully managing the day-to-day operation of the district office and its staff. He also was campaign manager for Stephens’ 2010 and 2012 campaigns.
Shamberg is working toward his MBA at Penn State University, Harrisburg, having earned his undergraduate degree in media and communication studies from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA.
Matt Johnson named EarlySense CEO
Matt Johnson is the new CEO at EarlySense. He succeeds co-founder Avner Halperin, who had led EarlySense since 2004.
Johnson formerly was managing director at Sowell & Co., a private equity group. Other previous positions include CEO of CareCycle Solutions and CEO of HealthBridge In-Home Care. Johnson also worked for Cerner for four years.
He completed his undergraduate degree at Southern Methodist University
Jeffrey M. Kreger appointed executive vice president and CFO at Vitas Healthcare
Jeffrey M. Kreger has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer for Vitas Healthcare. He succeeds President and CFO David Wester, who announced his retirement in early 2019 after a 22-year career at Vitas.
Kreger has 30 years of financial, operational and administrative experience. In addition to leading all financial operations as CFO, Kreger is a strategic partner to executive and operational leadership teams and oversees finance, accounting, facilities, revenue cycle management and risk management departments.
Kreger comes to Vitas after serving as senior vice president, CFO and treasurer at two healthcare firms, Dallas-based Aegis Therapies and Denver-based BioScrip. Previously, he worked in finance leadership roles at LHC Group in Louisiana, Sun Healthcare Group in California, American Habilitation in Texas and Sava Senior Care in Georgia. He began his career as a certified public accountant and financial auditor at Ernst & Young.
Kreger earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston and an undergraduate degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Texas-licensed CPA and a member of the American Institute of CPAs.
Headquartered in Miami, Vitas operates 47 hospice programs in 14 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia). VITAS employs 12,176 professionals who care for terminally ill patients daily in homes, in the company’s 27 inpatient hospice units and in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities/residential care facilities for the elderly.
SAGE Board of Directors welcomes two new members
Anthony Emeka Harbour and Denise Foy have joined the national board of directors for LGBT elder advocacy organization SAGE.
Harbour, of Los Angeles, most recently founded a start-up, the Baldwin Gentlemen, a social club for gay men of color in Los Angeles. He formerly worked as a consultant with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, was a fellow with the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, and worked as a strategist with various nonprofits in Washington, D.C.
Harbour earned his MBA degree at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley.
Foy, of Chicago, is vice president of business operations for the Health Solutions Group at the American Medical Association. She has held senior leadership roles in such diverse fields as recruitment software, wholesale and retail food service and has experience in operations, finance, sales, marketing, and strategic planning.
Daniel Revie a leader of Ziegler’s senior housing and care finance practice
Daniel C. Revie is leading specialty investment bank Ziegler’s senior housing and care finance practice with Donald L. Husi.
The practice recently was expanded. The team will provide clients with a suite of products for both debt and equity, as well as merger and acquisition services.
Enquire names chief strategy officer, vice president of sales
Robbie Redlin and Delaine Balzek recently joined Denver-based Enquire, a provider of cloud-based CRM, marketing automation and contact center solutions for senior living and post-acute organizations, as chief strategy officer and vice president of sales, respectively.
Redlin, former national director of strategic planning and analysis at Golden Living as well as senior vice president at Vivage, joins Enquire with a history in the hospital, post-acute and managed care sectors and experience in sales, market development and budgetary management.
Blazek is formerly vice president of North American sales at Oneview Healthcare and regional sales executive at Yardi. She has experience as a sales and marketing professional.
Janie Carter Larson to retire from Encompass Group
Janice Carter Larson, CLLM, the vice president of clinical resources and consulting for Encompass Group, will retire May 1.
A 40-year veteran of the healthcare industry, Larson led a team of RN-based consultants at Encompass, helping hospitals and healthcare laundries focus on linen use and utilization, saving customers well over $100 million in the process, according to Encompass.
Earlier in her career, Larson worked in international sales at American Hospital Supply and Baxter Healthcare Corp. In 1984, she pioneered Baxter’s Prime Vendor program in remote island hospitals throughout Polynesia and Micronesia, winning Baxter’s Presidents Club Award in 1989.
After joining the Baxter Renal Division Business Development, in 1991 she joined Baxter Corporate Consulting, where she led the continuous quality improvement education program for the Daughters of Charity hospitals in California. She helped Baxter’s Bentley Division achieve the 1992 Baxter Quality Award. In 1997, Larson began to lead the Encompass nurse consultant team.
She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa and has a certificate in management from the USC Marshall School of Business.
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