Mark Erickson is CEO, Kelly Ornberg is chief marketing officer at Summit Vista

Mark Erickson, left, and Kelly Ornberg.

Summit Vista investors have named Mark Erickson CEO and Kelly Ornberg chief marketing officer to lead Utah’s newest life plan community. Both executives will retain their managing director titles and continue to function in their current roles of leading Summit Vista in Taylorsville, UT.

Erickson has led Summit Vista since 2015 and has developed senior housing and healthcare entities internationally. Ornberg has 15 years of experience in the industry and will handle logistical management with new residents.

Based on the success of Utah’s model, Summit Vista leaders are researching expansion options in the Midwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the country.

Among Summit Vista investors are iStar, Solamere Capital and Gardner Co.

Catherine Williamson

Catherine Williamson hired as executive director at Orchard Valley

Catherine Williamson has been named executive director for Orchard Valley at Wilbraham, a Benchmark Senior Living assisted living and memory care community in Wilbraham, MA.

She has a master’s degree in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Howard University.

Before moving into the senior care field, Williamson had a long career in hospitality, managing spas for hotels, including Four Seasons and The Ritz-Carlton.

Vicky Brock

Vicky Brock joins Integrace Copper Ridge as director of colleague development

Vicky Brock has been hired as director of colleague development at Integrace Copper Ridge, provider of assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and care partner education in Sykesville, MD.

In this role, she will coordinate continuing education opportunities to promote the growth and development of all Copper Ridge colleagues and ensure excellence in care for the community’s residents.

Brock has more than 10 years of clinical and management experience in nursing in a variety of care settings. She joins Integrace Copper Ridge from AMI in Columbia, MD, where she worked as an integrated nurse case manager for people with chronic pain. She also is a former director of nursing services for Mosaic Clinic in Leesburg, VA, and neonatal intensive care nurse for Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, MD.

Jeffrey S. Kenderdine

Jeffrey S. Kenderdine named executive director of Willow Valley Communities Charitable Foundation

Jeffrey S. Kenderdine has been named executive director of the Willow Valley Communities Charitable Foundation, Lancaster, PA, effective Jan. 2.

Kenderdine most recently was CEO of the Lancaster Family YMCA, a post he had held since 2004. In his new role, he will be responsible for the day-to-day management and leadership of the foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established this year to serve as a coordinating body of staff members, board members and volunteers from across Willow Valley Communities and Lancaster County, PA, to raise capital and provide ongoing financial streams to fund new resident-serving advancements.

Willow Valley Communities, a not-for-profit, independently operated continuing care retirement community, was founded in 1984.

Jenifer Dalton Hoffman

Jenifer Dalton Hoffman named sales and marketing director at The Residence at Penniman Hill

Jenifer Dalton Hoffman has been appointed sales and marketing director at The Residence at Penniman Hill, an LCB Senior Living-owned and operated independent living, assisted living and memory care community in Hingham, MA. The community will open in 2019.

Hoffman brings 25 years of entrepreneurial sales and marketing experience to the position  Most recently, she was director of sales and marketing at Bridges by EPOCH in Hingham, MA.

James Burden hired as dining director for Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place

James Burden has been named dining director at Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place, an assisted living and memory care community in Pittsfield, MA.

He is a former executive chef for Mission Restaurant Group and a former food service officer for the U.S. Coast Guard, where he began his career learning the practical applications of cooking, procurement, sanitation and operational readiness.

Burden has worked in upscale culinary settings throughout Massachusetts, including Jacob’s Pillow, Brix Wine Bar, Mezze Bistro and Mezze Catering.

Adam Dickson

Adam Dickson announced as associate executive director at Oak Crest

Adam Dickson has been named associate executive director for Oak Crest, an Erickson Living continuing care retirement community in Parkville, MD.

He will support day-to-day operations of the 87-acre campus, which is home to more than 2,100 residents in independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing neighborhoods. Dickson will focus on resident satisfaction and employee engagement outcomes.

Dickson has more than 10 years of experience with Erickson Living. Beginning in 2010, he served as a business office manager and then the administrator-in-training for the continuing care neighborhood at Riderwood, a sister community in Silver Spring, MD. In 2014, he became assistant administrator at Oak Crest.

In 2015, Dickson was promoted to director of continuing care at Wind Crest, an Erickson Living community in Denver. In April, he became associate executive director for Charlestown, the flagship campus of Erickson Living in Catonsville, MD.

Dickson is a graduate of Towson University with undergraduate degrees in healthcare management, finance and accounting.

Karlene Rood, RN

Karlene Rood named wellness coordinator for Sun Health At Home

Karlene Rood, RN, has been named the wellness coordinator for Sun Health At Home, the first continuing care at home program in Arizona.

Rood brings almost 35 years of clinical and management experience to the job, which centers on coordinating medical and non-medical services for SHAH’s members.

Ann Scott Blouin, Ph.D., RN, elected to Ensign Group Board of Directors

Ann Scott Blouin, Ph.D., RN

Ann Scott Blouin, Ph.D., RN, has been elected to The Ensign Group Board of Directors effective Nov. 28, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Malene Davis on Aug. 4.

It is anticipated that Blouin will be appointed to board committees at the body’s next scheduled meeting.

Blouin recently retired from her position as executive vice president of customer relations at The Joint Commission, where she provided leadership in aligning the strategic and operating goals of the organization with its client base. Blouin has more than 30 years of healthcare administration, consulting and clinical nursing experience and has held senior leadership positions at community teaching hospitals and academic medical centers. Her experience includes roles with the consulting firms of Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Cap Gemini and Huron Consulting Group, during which time she worked with multiple health systems across the United States and Canada to help them improve operating cost efficiency and effectiveness, revenue management, care coordination, and quality and patient safety.

Blouin is president of PSQ Advisory, working with the board and senior leadership to deliver strategic guidance to America’s health systems. In addition, she serves on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Board of Directors and as an editorial adviser for the Journal of Nursing Administration and American Nurse Today.

Blouin earned her Ph.D. in nursing sciences and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Loyola University of Chicago and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.

The Ensign Group’s affiliated entities offer assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitative care, home health, home care and hospice.

Front Porch elects four directors to board

Front Porch, a Glendale, CA-based not-for-profit organization that serves more than 5,000 residents in senior living and affordable housing communities, announced the election of four new members to its board of directors, effective in January.

Laura Jacobs is managing principal at GE Healthcare Partners; Kyle Murphy is executive director, Southern California, for Medi-Cal strategy and state programs at Kaiser; Robert Carlson is an attorney specializing in corporate, securities and board governance law; and Kay L. Murphy is an expert in public relations and communications and 2015-2018 president of the resident association at Claremont Manor, a Front Porch community.

The Front Porch Board has 12 members, including two positions designated for resident directors. Murphy and Jimmie Kennedy of Walnut Village will serve three-year terms as resident directors.

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