United Church Homes announces new chief growth officer, Terry Spitznagel

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Teresa “Terry” Spitznagel

Teresa “Terry” Spitznagel, BSSW, LSW, MHA, will join United Church Homes, Marion, OH, on Feb. 10 as chief growth officer, a newly created position that replaces the chief operating officer role.

Spitznagel will report to Rev. Dr. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO, and will be responsible for all UCH senior living and affordable housing operations. In addition, she will lead efforts to expand existing and new lines of business for the nonprofit senior living provider.

Spitznagel has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare operations, including senior living, affordable housing, home and community-based services, post-acute care, hospital and hospice operations.

Since 2000, she has worked for National Church Residences. As senior vice president of senior living, Spitznagel oversaw operations of assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities as well as HUD affordable assisted living communities and independent living communities. She recently contributed to the development of a senior living middle-market community program, oversaw managed care contracts and identified new business opportunities with accountable care organizations and healthcare systems. Spitznagel’s other roles with the organization included senior vice president of home and community services, vice president of home and community services and, separately, social support services.

Before joining National Church Residences, she held operations roles at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, OH, and Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, OH.

Discovery Senior Living adds two regional vice presidents

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Nicole Gasaway

Nicole Gasaway has joined Discovery Senior Living, Bonita Springs, FL, as regional vice president of operations, and Erin Miller has joined as regional vice president, portfolio manager.

The operational changes are designed to streamline the organization, foster continuing growth and better focus internal resources on the ongoing development and launch of a new “experiential living” philosophy at Discovery Senior Living communities nationwide, under which experiences will be personalized for each resident, according to Chief Operating Officer Bill Sciortino.

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Erin Miller

Gasaway is the former vice president of operations for Validus Senior Living. She brings more than 20 years of industry experience to her new role, having started her career in skilled nursing before assuming leadership roles in operations and sales, finance and development, and other areas.

Miller formerly was vice president of sales for Vi Senior Living.

Elder Care Alliance names Heather Geller director of communications

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Heather Geller

Heather Geller has been named director of communications at Elder Care Alliance, Alameda, CA.

The organization has been serving seniors for more than 20 years and currently oversees five communities in California with a total of more than 600 residents. Geller will be responsible for sharing the stories of residents, employees and the network of professionals and private citizens who care for older adults in the organization’s service areas. She will help bring awareness to many of the initiatives the organization has undertaken, including creating dementia-inclusive communities and providing groceries to older adults in need through the Mercy Brown Bag Program.

Before joining the organization, Geller spent almost a decade working in television news in the Amarillo, TX, Fayetteville, AR, and Tulsa, OK, markets. Most recently, she was a sports reporter.

Geller has an undergraduate degree in sports media broadcast journalism.

Cadence Living adds Dakota Seven as regional sales director in California

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Dakota Seven

Dakota Seven has been hired as regional sales director for the West Region for Scottsdale, AZ-based Cadence Living. She will support Vice President of Operations (West) Treva Whalen and the six California communities in Cadence’s growing portfolio on the West Coast.

Seven started her career in senior housing as a part-time sales assistant with Sunrise Senior Living. After Sunrise, she was a sales and marketing director for Atria Senior living, supporting redeveloped properties, lease-up projects and stabilized properties in California. Most recently, Seven was regional sales specialist with Oakmont Management Group.

LutheranCare and Presbyterian Homes appoints Chrystie, Roth and Chrzanowski

Community Wellness Partners, an affiliation of LutheranCare and Presbyterian Homes & Services, has announced three hires and promotions on its two campuses, according to McKnight’s Senior Living sister publication McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.

Corina Chrystie has been named vice president of human resources. She spent the past 10 years working in managerial roles in that department for Presbyterian Homes & Services and will now be responsible for the human resource functions related to the whole of Community Wellness Partners. She is a 2008 graduate of Utica College and earned an MBA at the SUNY Institute of Technology.

Carrie Roth, former director of lifestyle enrichment for the adult home, has been promoted to administrator of the Lutheran Home of Central New York. A graduate of Utica College, she has worked in various positions at LutheranCare over the last 20 years, most recently responsible for the programming for members of the adult home as well as program coordinator for Your Neighbors Inc., a volunteer-based program dedicated to serving the frail elderly and those with limited independence in the greater Utica area.

Mark Chrzanowski has taken the position of director of education for Community Wellness Partners, responsible for the oversight of the training and education of all employees within the organization. He served as a member of the United States Navy until he retired in 2013 with the rank of senior chief.

Chrzanowski has an undergraduate degree in management from Campbell University and a post-baccalaureate certificate in nursing from Le Moyne College. He most recently worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY, as a staff nurse, clinical coordinator and unit manager in postoperative care.

Varsity parent organization taps Ronaldo Jardim as new chief creative officer

Pavone Marketing Group has named Ronaldo Jardim as its new chief creative officer, according to McKnight’s Senior Living sister publication Campaign.

He will lead creative direction and oversee all creative concepts and executional efforts for PMG, an independent, full-service research and marketing group that includes the agencies Varsity (senior and retirement living marketing), Pavone (consumer and business-to-business marketing) and quench (food and beverage marketing). 

Jardim has experience from several agencies, including Droga5, Saatchi & Saatchi LA, Cheil Brasil and R&R Partners. At PMG, he succeeds James Madsen, who was chief creative officer of Pavone and Quench until July.

Seniorlink appoints Diane Fronckiewicz as vice president, chief compliance and privacy officer

Diane Fronckiewicz, J.D.

Diane Fronckiewicz, J.D., is the new vice president, chief compliance and privacy officer at Seniorlink, Boston. She will oversee all regulatory, privacy and compliance matters for the organization.

Fronckiewicz most recently was privacy officer and compliance director for Health Plans Inc. Previously, she managed compliance and privacy programs at RediClinic LLC and Health Dialog Services Corp.

McKesson appoints Nancy Flores as executive vice president, chief information and chief technology officer

Nancy Flores will join Irving, TX-based McKesson as executive vice president, chief information officer and chief technology officer on Jan. 13. She will succeed Kathy McElligott, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

Flores currently is CIO for Johnson Controls, where she is responsible for back-office shared services, information technology, cybersecurity and analytics.

As McKesson’s CIO, Flores will be responsible for the enterprise business technology strategy, technology governance across the corporation, IT security and risk management, infrastructure operations and service delivery to all McKesson businesses. As CTO, she will guide the overall technology direction for the company’s healthcare technology products and provide support and guidance for application development processes companywide.

Before Johnson Controls, Flores was vice president of business and technology services for Abbott Laboratories. She held several leadership roles, including CIO, over her 22 years at Abbott.

Flores earned undergraduate degrees in mathematics and computer information systems from Regis University in Denver. She earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

Seniorlink names Veronica Williams account manager for structured family caregiving in Georgia

Seniorlink has announced the appointment of Veronica Williams, MHA, as the new account manager for the Structured Family Caregiving program. The caregiving support program, a collaboration between Seniorlink and the state of Georgia, offers a digital coaching solution and financial support to families caring for loved ones at home.

Atlanta-based Williams brings two decades of healthcare experience to the role. Before joining Seniorlink, she was account manager of strategic partnerships with NV Enterprises Training Academy, where she launched a regional program that helped hospitals and clinics train individuals interested in the healthcare field. Williams also previously worked as a senior client manager at McKesson Health Solutions, where during her five-year tenure she implemented products and services that helped to improve engagement with customers.

The Structured Family Caregiving program is available to family caregivers who support individuals eligible for the Elderly and Disabled Waiver Program, which aims to expand and enhance home- and community-based long-term services and supports.