Hebrew SeniorLife hires Linda Thompson as chief people officer

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Linda Thompson

Linda Thompson has joined Harvard Medical School affiliate Hebrew SeniorLife, Boston, as chief people officer.

In this position, she will be responsible for talent acquisition and management, employee relations and professional and organizational development. She succeeds Deb Lemmerman, who retired.

Thompson has more than 35 years of employee engagement and human resource management experience. Most recently, she was senior vice president of human resources and service excellence at the New England Baptist Hospital, where she was an ambassador for service excellence, diversity, equity and inclusion along with employee well-being.

Thompson has a master’s degree in healthcare administration from New Hampshire College. She also received certificates in human resources from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Villanova University, Brown University and other academic and industry organizations.

Five Star new parent AlerisLife names chief customer officer, chief people officer

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Lauren C. Cody

Lauren C. Cody has been appointed chief customer officer, and Michael S. Lopez has been named chief people officer, at Newton, MA-based AlerisLife, the newly created parent company of Five Star Senior Living. McKnight’s Senior Living previously reported the news Jan. 26 as part of a larger announcement about the rebranding of Five Star and its intention to increase its offerings to include active adult community management, home care and concierge services.

“As we expand our services and customer base, their decades of experience at large, successful, brand name organizations will be invaluable to us,” AlerisLife President and CEO Katie Potter said. “We look forward to leveraging their knowledge and expertise for the benefit of our customers and employees.”

Cody brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in customer insight, customer experience and general management at multi-billion-dollar retail restaurant companies. Most recently, she was senior vice president, chief of staff and chief customer officer at Panera Bread Co., which operates 2,200 cafes across the United States.

Michael Lopez
Michael S. Lopez

Previously, for more than a decade, Cody held executive positions focused on consumers and business strategy at McDonalds Corp. Earlier in her career, she held leadership positions with Burger King, Phelps Dodge and Zenith Electronics Corp.

Lopez has more than 20 years of experience leading people and talent strategies for large, multi-unit hospitality, retail and food service brands. He most recently was vice president of human resources for Royal Caribbean International, where he was responsible for a global workforce of 75,000 serving more than seven million international guests annually.

Previously, Lopez held senior human resources positions with Gap Inc., Starbucks Coffee Co. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Bridge Senior Living welcomes Julia Paima as vice president of operations

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Julia Paima

Julia Paima has joined Bridge Senior Living, Orlando, FL, as vice president of operations.

She has more than 21 years of senior living experience, most recently working as a regional director of operations for Elmcroft Senior Living, where she was responsible for 10 communities across five states. Before that, Paima was a senior executive director and operations specialist with Elmcroft; an executive director with Trinity Lifestyles Management, Brookdale Senior Living and The Avalon at Bridgewater; and assistant director at The Avalon at Bridgewater.

Paima also served on a team of subject matter experts related to the certified director of assisted living credential process of the Senior Living Certification Commission.

She earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Rutgers University and an MBA from Kennesaw State University. Paima is a licensed assisted living administrator in Alabama and Tennessee.

National Church Residences promotes Susan DiMickele and Julie Woolley

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Susan DiMickele

Susan DiMickele and Julie Woolley have been promoted to new leadership positions at National Church Residences, Columbus, OH. 

DiMickele is now senior vice president of senior services and senior living. For six years, she was general counsel, and she had been senior vice president of senior services and innovations for the past two years.

Before joining National Church Residences, DiMickele was a partner with the Squire Patton Boggs law firm. She also formerly was a member of the board of directors for National Church Residences.

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Julie Woolley

Woolley is now vice president and general counsel as well as chief compliance officer and HIPAA privacy officer. She had been associate general counsel since January 2017 and was promoted to vice president in January 2021. In this role, she led the legal services team, corporate records department and the company’s COVID-19 taskforce.

Before working at National Church Residences, Woolley spent almost a decade with the Baker Hostetler law firm’s Columbus, OH, office. She also was transactions counsel in the Office of then-Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who now is governor of Ohio.

Pinnacle Living names VP, executive director

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Michael Shaw

Michael Shaw is the new vice president of continuing care retirement community operations for Pinnacle Living, Glen Allen, VA. He will support executive directors in the five Pinnacle Living communities in Virginia.

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Paul Gregg

Previously, Shaw was executive director at Pinnacle Living’s Cedarfield CCRC in Richmond, VA. Succeeding him in this position is Paul Gregg, who will manage all aspects of the community, overseeing a continuum of services for 527 residents and day-to-day operations involving 290 employees.

Gregg has 25 years of experience in the senior living field, having mostly recently been executive director at Westminster at Lake Ridge, operated by Ingleside. He also gained experience at Glenaire, a Presbyterian Homes’ life plan community in Cary, N.C.

Gregg has an undergraduate degree from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and a master’s degree in aging services and nonprofit management from North Carolina State University.

SRI Management hires Kim Hollingshed as senior director of human resources

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Kim Hollingshed

Kim Hollingshed has joined SRI Management, Tallahassee, FL, as senior director of human resources. In her new role, Hollingshed will oversee employee relations, performance management and corporate policy and procedures.

Before joining SRI Management, Hollingshed served in an array of human resources positions for both emerging and established companies in different industries.

Hollingshed has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Human Resource Management from Florida State University and a master of science degree in human resource management from Troy University.

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Max Rasquinha

Grace Management announces new national director of dining services

Max Rasquinha has joined Grace Management, Maple Grove, MN, as national director of dining services.

In this capacity, Rasquinha will direct, support and train for all dining services.

Rasquinha has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 25 years and has an administrative management degree from the University of Houston.

Trustwell Living welcomes Alexa Wheeler as regional director of operations

Alexa Wheeler has joined Trustwell Living, New York, NY, as regional director of operations.

In this position, Wheeler will work closely with leadership at newly acquired communities to ensure that their teams are equipped with the tools, support and resources necessary to supply residents and families with the optimal care and services.

Wheeler has more than two decades of experience in senior housing operations. Before joining Trustwell, she was vice president of operations at Frontier Management.

Isakson Living hires Sonya Marsh as director of human resources

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Sonya Marsh

Sonya Marsh has joined Isakson Living, Atlanta, as director of human resources for the life plan community developer and operator.

Marsh will report to Andy Isakson, company founder and managing partner, and will be responsible for attracting, retaining and developing a top tier team at all Isakson Living communities. She has more than 15 years of experience in human resources, business partnerships, performance management, training and recruitment.

Marsh studied business with a concentration in human resource management at Western Governors University, is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and received the Veterans at Work certification through the organization. She also has a certificate in diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business.

Heritage Point welcomes Erika Hamilton as executive director

Erika Hamilton has joined Heritage Point Assisted Living, Mishawaka, IN, as executive director. 

In her new role, Hamilton will oversee daily management and operations of the community. She also will oversee all health and safety programs, such as heightened procedures and protocols to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 infection.

Hamilton holds a master’s degree in business and is a licensed healthcare facility administrator.

Springs at Lake Oswego names Tim Minks executive director

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Tim Minks

Tim Minks has joined The Springs at Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego, OR, as executive director.

In his new role at The Springs Living community, Minks oversees all facets of the community. Before his latest role, he was executive director at sister community The Springs at Wilsonville in Oregon. There, he oversaw all aspects of the community’s operations providing assisted living and memory care services.

Minks also has worked as an administrator and community outreach specialist for Signature Healthcare at Home in Oregon and is a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association and Gifted Wishes.

Minks has an undergraduate degree in community health education from Western Oregon University.

Terraces at Peachtree Hills Place welcomes Christabelle Auguste as clinical navigator

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Christabelle Auguste

Christabelle Auguste has joined The Terraces at Peachtree Hills Place, part of an Isakson Living continuing care retirement community in Atlanta, as clinical navigator.

In her new role, Auguste will help independent living residents secure home healthcare, as well as rehabilitation services and medical equipment, as needed. She also will provide planning and support services to residents and their families when the residents transition into higher care levels.

Auguste is a medical and clinical social worker with almost a decade of experience in the healthcare field. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Valdosta State University and is a licensed social worker in the state of Georgia. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Kula Hospital appoints Kenneth Scott, D.O., CMD, as new medical director

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Kenneth Scott, D.O., CMD

Kenneth Scott Jr. D.O., CMD, has been appointed medical director at Maui Health’s Kula Hospital, Wailuku, Maui.

Scott has more than 30 years of experience as a physician and more than 16 years of experience as a hospitalist. His career included 15 years serving as a medical director for nursing homes and then eight years as chief medical officer of Life Care Centers of America.

Subsequently, Scott formed his own company, SilverSage Management Services, to provide physicians to the post-acute and long-term-care industry and provide consulting services to assisted living and nursing home companies on improving quality care and safe transitions.

Scott earned his doctorate degree in osteopathic medicine from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed his residency in internal medicine at East Tennessee State University – Quillen College of Medicine. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from the University of British Columbia.

Scott has served as a member of the Program Planning Committee for Education with the Foundation Board for AMDA–The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

ATI Advisory names Kimberly Smathers to Medicare and Medicaid Integration and LTSS Innovation practice

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Kimberly Smathers

Kimberly Smathers has joined the Medicare and Medicaid Integration and LTSS Innovation Practice in ATI Advisory, Washington, D.C.

Smathers will lead the company’s growing portfolio focusing on vulnerable populations. Before joining ATI Advisory, Smathers was a vice president at The Lewin Group, where she oversaw implementation, evaluation and technical assistance projects with the CMS Medicare-Medicaid coordination office and helped design business intelligence tools and community engagement strategies to address health disparities.

She has an MBA in health enterprise management, operations, decision sciences and strategy from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and is a published author.