Messiah Lifeways names Karl J. Brummer next president and CEO

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Karl Brummer

Karl J. Brummer, current senior vice president at Messiah Lifeways, Mechanicsburg, PA, has been selected by the board of directors to be the company’s next president and CEO, effective Sept. 13.

During his tenure as senior vice president, Brummer has overseen human resources, community support services and life enrichment. He previously was senior executive vice president at Cross Keys Village and had an array of executive-level human resources roles at both publicly and privately owned corporations. 

Brummer additionally was adjunct professor in human resources at Elizabethtown College and Messiah University. He has an undergraduate degree in human resource management from Messiah University as well as an MBA from Kutztown University.

Sunrise Senior Living appoints COO and CFO

Nick Stengle and Tavinder “Tav” Hare have been appointed chief operating officer and chief financial officer, respectively, of Sunrise Senior Living, McLean, VA. 

Stengle brings more than two decades of experience into his new role, including a background in growth strategy, development, global operations and leading major organizational initiatives. Before joining Sunrise, he was COO of Kindred at Home. Stengle also is a military veteran and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with academic and military distinction. He received the Officer of the Year award.

Hare has more than two decades of experience as a finance executive, with expertise primarily in real estate and organizations focused on development. Hare was CFO of Retail Real Estate for Majid Al Futtaim before joining the Sunrise. 

Stengle and Hare officially will join the company on Aug. 16 and 24, respectively. 

Waterton brings on Justin Dickinson as SVP of investments for Pathway to Living

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Justin Dickinson

Justin Dickinson has joined Waterton, Chicago, as senior vice president of investments for Pathway to Living, the senior housing sector of the firm.

In his new role, Dickinson will oversee the investment strategy of the company, including acquisitions, dispositions and fundraising for all senior housing transactions. Additionally, he will oversee ground-up development activity for the company and develop national-scale investment strategies.

Dickinson has more than a decade of experience in the investment and development sector. Before joining the company, he was senior vice president of acquisitions and investments for Anthology Senior Living. He also has a variety of experience in retail, industrial, residential and medical real estate, including having various roles with Janko Group, Frauenschuh Healthcare Real Estate Solutions and Welltower.

ACHCA selects Robert Lane, CNHA, FACHA, as new president and CEO

Robert “Bob” Lane, CNHA, FACHCA, has joined the American College of Health Care Administrators, Washington, D.C., as president and CEO, effective Sept. 7.

Lane has worked in the healthcare industry since 1982 and in the long-term care administration industry since 1987. Before joining ACHCA, he provided operations consulting for healthcare providers across the country with BKD.

Lane has a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma as well as a graduate certificate in gerontology. He is a fellow of ACHCA and a certified nursing home administrator.

Sabra’s Harold Andrews to retire; Michael Costa named successor in one role

Harold Andrews is retiring Dec. 31 from his position as executive vice president, chief financial officer and secretary of Irvine, CA-based Sabra Health Care REIT, the company announced Aug. 4.

“He’ll stay on in a consultation role two years following his retirement, which essentially means that Harold is going to be available to us for whatever we need in an advisory capacity,” Sabra President and CEO Rick Matros said last week during the real estate investment trust’s second-quarter earnings call

Michael Costa, Sabra’s executive vice president–finance and chief accounting officer, will succeed him as CFO effective Jan. 1.

“We’re really pleased that Mike Costa will be promoted to the CFO position. Mike’s been with us since inception,” Matros said. “In fact, our whole team has been together since inception. So this is a really smooth transition for us, keeps us culturally intact.”

Matros said that the REIT plans to hire someone to succeed Costa in his current role. “Our goal is early in the fourth quarter, so we’ve got a few months of overlap between Mike, Harold and the new individual,” he said.

In a press release, the CEO said that Sabra is the third time he and Andrews worked together.

“When I contemplated the idea of doing the spin 12 years ago, Harold had retired after we had sold our prior company,” he said, referring to a spin-off from Sun HealthCare Group. “I talked him out of retirement, but he said would only give me two years or so to help get the company going in the right direction. Two years turned to 11, and here we are with Harold finally making good on his retirement pledge.”

Andrews said his work at Sabra had been “an exciting and rewarding experience.”

Marsh announces new leaders of new senior housing and long-term care practice

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John Atkinson

John Atkinson and Michael Pokora have joined Marsh in New York City as co-leaders of a new senior housing and long-term care practice for the United States and Canada. They will be based in Chicago, reporting to Jeffrey Alpaugh, the growth and industry leader of the company.

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Michael Pokora

In this new dual leadership position, Atkinson and Pokora will lead a team of Marsh industry specialists responsible for delivering the transactional and advisory solutions that address risk financing, risk management and human capital needs of operators and equity providers within the senior housing and aging services industries.

Before joining Marsh, Atkinson and Pokora served as executive vice presidents and managing directors at Willis Towers Watson’s Senior Living Practice Group. Both have decades of experience in risk management in the long-term care sector.

Senior Housing Partners hires Jack Rasmussen as senior design manager

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Jack Rasmussen

Jack Rasmussen has joined Senior Housing Partners and Presbyterian Homes & Services as senior design manager, a newly created position at the company.

Rasmussen is a registered architect in 10 states and has more than 20 years of experience in the field. Before joining the company, he worked at Braun Intertec for nine years. There, he was the director/principal architect within the Braun Building and Structure Sciences group and oversaw 40 staff members in six states.

Rasmussen also teaches the Building Enclosure Design and Construction course in the University of Minnesota construction management program. His technical specialty is consulting on building enclosure and fenestration systems of new construction, forensic investigation and repair work and expert witness services. 

2 from Cura Hospitality co-found Culinesse 

Mitch Possinger and Lisa Schairer are the co-founders and managing partners of Culinesse, a newly launched boutique dining services management company designed to serve life plan communities.

Possinger founded Cura Hospitality in 1996. Elior North America, a family of hospitality companies, acquired Cura in 2015 and it is now an Elior subsidiary. Elior now has joined a strategic investment partnership in the financial backing of Culinesse.

In the next few months, Schairer, who has led Cura as managing director since 2018, will transition from that role to join Culinesse.

In addition to Elior, Culinesse’s governance and leadership team, which will be announced soon, consists of other hospitality industry veterans.