Mike Crawford named CEO for Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village

Mike Crawford, formerly a senior executive with Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts Co. and Walt Disney Co., has been named the new CEO for the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village. The $889 million mixed-use project underway around the campus of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH, is slated to include an independent living, assisted living and memory care community among its offerings.

Crawford spent the past four years with the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Co., starting as president of Asia Pacific, where he led a company repositioning effort in Asia and oversaw all hotel development for the region. Then as global president of portfolio management and owner relations, he was responsible for business and capital planning along with the design and construction of all new Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.

Before his time at Four Seasons, Crawford spent almost 25 years at the Walt Disney Co., during which time he rose to the position of senior vice president and general manager of Shanghai Disney Resort, and president of Walt Disney Holdings Co. in Shanghai. Crawford led the negotiation and development of Shanghai Disney from 2007 to 2014.

As general manager of Shanghai Disney Resort, Crawford led a team across a wide variety of business lines throughout the development and operational phases of the new resort. He oversaw a multibillion-dollar development plan, along with overall leadership and company formation of Shanghai Disney Resort. He also managed the relationship with the resort’s local business partners, community and government leaders and industry experts supporting the new venture in Disney’s portfolio.

Crawford graduated from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. He also holds a Master in Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame.

The Hall of Fame Village is expected to include Legends Landing, a retirement community for retired Pro Football Hall of Fame players as well as members of the NFL’s Legends Community and coaches, officials and administrators. Legends Landing will be part of a larger Player Care Center that will provide sports-related testing and rehabilitation, according to officials. The center is targeted for completion in 2020.

Additional components of the village will include the existing Hall of Fame museum, upgraded; the Black College Football Hall of Fame (part of the museum); the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium (still being finished but already hosting events such as the Pro Football Hall of Fame game); a national youth football and sports complex with eight turf fields; a football-themed hotel; a promenade with restaurants and retail; a Center for Excellence; a performance center; and the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Experience, an indoor amusement and waterpark.

Carroll Lutheran Village CEO Geary Milliken announces retirement

Geary Milliken

Geary Milliken, president/CEO of Westminster, MD-based Carroll Lutheran Village continuing care retirement community, The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant CCRC and the newly formed Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland, will retire in June 2019.

Milliken began his tenure in the role in 1994. During his time at Carroll Lutheran Village, he oversaw the construction of the Diven House for assisted living, Krug Chapel and the consolidation of administration offices; the construction of the Wakefield Overlook neighborhood, which doubled the size of the Carroll Lutheran Village campus; the planning and construction of The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant in Ellicott City; and the founding of Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland, a parent organization to manage the two senior living communities.

Milliken also began an in-house philanthropy department, an in-house therapy program and fundraising golf tournaments for both communities, and he developed an employee scholarship program and the annual Creative Expressions magazine featuring resident art and creative writing.

In the aging services industry, he is a founding board member of LeadingAge Maryland, has served on the financial advisory panel of CARF International for a decade and has been on the Kairos Health System Board of Directors for two decades.

The Board of Trustees for Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland will launch a search for a new president/CEO after Jan. 1.

Katherine E. Potter named president and CEO of Five Star Senior Living

Katie Potter
Katherine E. Potter

Katherine E. Potter has been appointed president and CEO of Five Star Senior Living, effective Jan. 1. She will succeed Bruce J. Mackey Jr. 

Potter has been with Five Star since 2012 and currently is executive vice president and general counsel. Before joining Five Star, she practiced law at Sullivan & Worcester LLP and Burns & Levinson LLP, where she focused on corporate law matters, including securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and other transactional matters.

Potter earned an undergraduate degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, a law degree from Syracuse University and an LL.M. in banking and financial law from Boston University.

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Laureen McGuire joins Harbor Retirement Associates as vice president of sales and marketing

Laureen McGuire

Laureen McGuire has been named vice president of sales and marketing for Vero Beach, FL-based Harbor Retirement Associates, a regional senior housing and care development and management company.

In this role, she will oversee the sales and marketing efforts of HRA communities nationwide. The company operates 35 communities, with more under development.

McGuire comes to HRA as the founder and former president of Envision Senior Solutions. She has been in the senior living industry for more than 14 years, working with more than 30 communities. She also was vice president of marketing services at Greystone Communities for eight years.

McGuire holds an MBA degree from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Russell Mauk named vice president of development, design and construction at Lifespace Communities

Russell Mauk

Russell Mauk has been named vice president of development, design and construction for Lifespace Communities, the West Des Moines, IA-based owner and operator of 12 senior living communities across seven states.

Mauk, a California-licensed architect, brings 35 years of experience to the role.

He previously worked at senior housing operator HumanGood, where he managed the redevelopment of eight senior living communities and the development of one new campus. Prior to that, he worked for technology company Sun Microsystems, where he managed the development of two high-tech campuses, including the company’s headquarters. Additionally, he has developed office, retail and warehouse properties.

Mauk has Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University, New York City, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

Civitas Senior Living promotes three executives

From left: Misti Miller, Cooper Vittitow and Greg Anderson have been promoted at Civitas Senior Living.

Fort Worth, TX-based property management and consulting company Civitas Senior Living has promoted three executives. Greg Anderson, former senior vice president of operations; Misty Miller, former chief wellness officer; and Cooper Vittitow, former chief operating officer, were promoted to executive vice president, chief operating officer and president, respectively.

“Civitas Senior Living has grown exponentially over the past six years, and with that, our team of extremely talented people. These promotions represent a refining of roles by way of doubling down on each person’s strengths. This way, we can stay at the forefront of innovation in our industry while also maintaining the high standards we have previously set with our uniquely resident-centric approach,” said Civitas founder Wayne Powell, who will remain CEO.

Vittitow will continue to contribute to the oversight of operations but in his new role will work more closely with Powell on initiatives focused on the future and innovation of the company. Miller is a registered nurse with more than 17 years of experience in the health and wellness field, the majority of which has been in the senior living industry. Anderson will continue to have oversight of the regional operations team but will also develop and oversee special partnerships.

Stacey Swinney joins Healthcare Management Partners as director

Stacey Swinney

Stacey Swinney has joined Nashville, TN-based turnaround and consulting firm Healthcare Management Partners as a director. She will be based in its Birmingham, AL, focusing on operations improvements for clients.

Swinney has more than 15 years of experience in leadership, operational management and compliance in senior living. Before joining HMP, she most recently was the executive vice president of operations at Omega Communities, a for-profit Alabama-based company specializing in the development of faith-based senior living communities. Her responsibilities included overseeing the company’s communities while integrating the church and its ministry programs. She also oversaw the development and comprehensive furniture, fixtures and equipment design of a large assisted living and memory care community.

Before joining Omega Communities, Swinney was vice president of operations at Antioch Plan Developers, fostering strategic partnerships with assisted living communities and qualified churches. Her responsibilities included evaluating market research, assisting with interior design and architecture and communicating with sponsoring church and general community management.

Swinney has worked in the assisted living arena for many years in roles such as executive director of Chateau Vestavia, Riverchase Village Senior Living Community and Elmcroft of Grayson Valley.

Swinney is a graduate of the American Intercontinental University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in business administration in healthcare. She holds a category II assisted living / memory care license in Alabama and participates in the Alzheimer’s Association, serves on the Senior Gala Board and is a member of the Assisted Living Association of Alabama.

Bill Thomas, M.D., joins Lifesprk as independence officer

Dr. Bill Thomas, left, and Lifesprk CEO and founder Joel Theisen

Dr. Bill Thomas has joined Minneapolis-based Lifesprk as independence officer, a role in which he will help integrate Lifesprk’s primary care with its overall life care model of whole-person senior care nationally.

“What makes Lifesprk a leader is that they have founded a patient-centered model that puts the senior in the middle so solutions surround that person,” Thomas said. “Providing whole-person senior care is about strength, purpose and belonging so people get the most out of life. While there are many large companies trying to fix a broken system, Lifesprk is already there, and I’m excited to work with them to introduce this model nationally.”

Since 2004, Lifesprk has forged a whole-person senior care model that provides services to seniors in assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing settings as well as other places that older adults call home. Although the model was built on a private-pay home care platform, in 2016 Lifesprk added skilled home health services for seniors.

The company also is a community service provider and partner to more than 20 organizations across the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, including senior living providers, hospitals and health systems, insurers, member associations and other community-based organizations.

Lifesprk expanded nationally in May through a joint venture, called  Homespire, with Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare.

Ed Wu, M.D., named chief medical officer at The New Jewish Home

Ed Wu, M.D.

Ed Wu, M.D., has been named chief medical officer of The New Jewish Home in New York City.

An internal medicine physician, he will direct the delivery of medical care for the 10,000 older adults The New Jewish Home serves annually via its seniors housing, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation and home care offerings.

Before joining The New Jewish Home, Wu was CMO of Spring Health, where his duties included oversight of patient satisfaction, clinical operations and provider networks. He helped to develop and launch a tech-enabled clinical service that provides diagnostic screening, care navigation and data-driven telehealth.

Wu is an affiliate attending physician at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, where, earlier in his career, he had a leadership role in health informatics and clinical workflow design.

He earned a Master of Science degree in clinical investigation from the New York University School of Medicine and his Bachelor of Science degree, medical degree and MBA from Northwestern University.

Jaime Girard named executive director for River Ridge at Avon

Jaime Girard

Jaime Girard is the new executive director at River Ridge at Avon, a Benchmark Senior Living assisted living and memory care community in Avon, CT.

Before joining River Ridge, Girard served in a variety of capacities for its sister community, The Village at Buckland Court, in South Windsor, CT. There, she was program director, traditional care director and director of community relations, gaining experience and insight into all aspects of senior care. Girard also is a certified dementia practitioner, which enables her to provide direct care for residents with Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders.

Girard began her career in early education.

Joanne Scott hired as human resources business partner by Integrace Copper Ridge

Joanne Scott

Joanne Scott has been hired as human resources business partner at Sykesville, MD-based Integrace Copper Ridge, a provider of assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and care partner education. In this role, she will provide strategic human resources consultation to all members of the community and ensure that all human resources initiatives align with Copper Ridge’s mission and vision.

Scott has more than 20 years of experience in planning, directing and coordinating human resources initiatives that align with business strategy. She joins Integrace Copper Ridge from Prometric, where she led human resources efforts for the past 10 years and had served as director of human resources since 2016. Previously, she held human resources manager and director titles for FirstPay, Earth Networks and ACS.

Amandeep Kaur named director of Annenberg School of Nursing at Los Angeles Jewish Home

Amandeep Kaur, MSN/Ed, RN, PHN

Amandeep Kaur, MSN/Ed, RN, PHN, has been named director of the Los Angeles Jewish Home’s Annenberg School of Nursing, Reseda, CA, where she will be tasked with advancing its mission and strengthening its academic programs for vocational nurses, nursing assistants and home health aides.

Previously assistant director, Kaur has a long history with the Jewish Home, where she began as a nursing assistant in 2005 and ultimately established her credentials as a licensed vocational nurse. After a number of years as a registered nurse at other healthcare facilities, she returned to the Jewish Home in 2015.

A graduate of both West Coast University and University of Phoenix and a member of the Signa Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Kaur also has a Bachelor of Arts-equivalent degree in mass communication from Punjab University in her native India.

Founded in 1912, the non-profit Los Angeles Jewish Home is among the largest providers of senior healthcare services in Los Angeles. The Reseda, CA, campuses offer options for independent living, residential care, skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care. The home’s Gonda Healthy Aging Westside Campus in Playa Vista, CA, offers independent living and access to assisted living and memory care. Community-based programs of the Los Angeles Jewish Home include a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), hospice, home health, palliative medicine, community clinics, short-term rehabilitation and acute psychiatric care.

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