Maxwell Group promotes Dushyanth Biyyala to vice president of business development  

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Dushyanth Biyyala

Dushyanth Biyyala has been promoted to vice president of business development for the 15-community portfolio of Charlotte, NC-based Maxwell Group, the parent company of Senior Living Communities, which owns and operates 12 retirement communities in the Southeast and Midwest; Wellmore, a line of luxury healthcare and wellness retirement communities with three locations in South Carolina; and Live Long Well Care, a private-duty care service provider for older adults.

Biyyala joined Maxwell Group in July 2018 in the role of finance associate. Before joining Maxwell Group, Biyyala worked at Jefferies, where he was an analyst in the real estate, gaming and lodging group.

Biyyala is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and had a minor in public policy.  

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Joseph R. Laudisio

Spring Hills welcomes Joseph Laudisio as SVP of strategic development

Joseph R. Laudisio has joined Edison, NJ-based Spring Hills Senior Communities as senior vice president of strategic development. 

He brings more than 25 years of experience from within the healthcare industry.

Discovery Senior Living adds Jolene Moore as AVP of resident experience

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Jolene Moore

Jolene Moore has joined Bonita Springs, FL-based Discovery Senior Living as assistant vice president of resident experience.

She joins Discovery following five years at Chicago-based Vi, where she was corporate director of lifestyles.

In her new role, Moore will help lead the ongoing execution of the company’s “experiential living” concept, with a central focus on its Celebrations lifestyle program and FitCamp wellness experience. She will oversee program process and implementation across Discovery Senior Living’s portfolio of communities.

Courtyard at Oshkosh hires Sarah Hammond as administrator

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Sarah Hammond

Sarah Hammond is the new administrator at The Courtyard at Oshkosh, a new assisted living and memory care community in Oshkosh, WI, managed by Matthews Senior Living / Encore Management and Development.

Hammond brings to the role almost 20 years of experience caring for and developing specialized programming for seniors and people with dementia. Most recently, she was the area director of five supportive care centers in Winnebago County. Before that, Hammond launched two adult day care programs for Lutheran Social Services and assisted in the start-up of a continuum of care campus for seniors in the Fox Valley.

She earned an undergraduate degree in management and communications, with a minor in human resources, from Concordia University in Mequon, WI.

Knollwood welcomes Carol Ann McCormick as director of sales and marketing

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Carol Ann McCormick

Carol Ann McCormick has joined Knollwood Military Life Plan Community Washington, DC, as director of sales and marketing. The community is dedicated to serving those who have served the U.S. as military officers from all branches of the uniformed services and senior civil servants in select federal government agencies.

McCormick brings almost three decades of marketing teams and programs in the senior living sector. She has worked with nonprofit senior living communities and organizations throughout the United States, including in Connecticut and Maryland.

Inspīr Carnegie Hill Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D., to advisory board

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Wendy Suzuki

Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D., has been appointed to the advisory board of Inspīr Carnegie Hill in New York City, scheduled to open in the first quarter of this year.

Board members help guide the Inspīr team to develop programs and services that deliver on the nine core elements; among the elements are brain health and movement and mobility, which aligns directly with Suzuki’s work.

Suzuki has spent more than 25 years studying memory and brain plasticity. She is a professor of neural science and psychology at New York University’s Center for Neural Science, CEO of BrainBody and a TEDTalk presenter.

Now, through an exclusive relationship with Maplewood Senior Living, the suburban counterpart of Inspīr, Suzuki will be conducting pilot programs at two Maplewood Senior Living communities, where she will enlist a group of residents to use her BrainBody platform. She will measure for brain-enhancing effects of each exercise program and provide customized exercise programs designed to help protect resident brains and maintain optimal cognitive function. Findings from the pilot will help shape future exercise and wellness programs offered at Maplewood communities and at Inspīr Carnegie Hill.

Suzuki earned her undergraduate degree in physiology and human anatomy at the University of California, Berkeley, and went on to earn her Ph.D. in neuroscience from UC San Diego. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before accepting her faculty position at New York University.

Springpoint announces Mark Olear as new trustee

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Mark Olear

Mark Olear has been appointed to the Springpoint Board of Trustees, which provides strategic direction to the organization and fiduciary oversight of the operations.

Olear is a commercial real estate industry professional with more than 30 years of experience acquiring, developing and optimizing commercial assets across the United States. He currently is the chief investment officer and chief operating officer for Getty Realty Corp.

Olear began his career supporting new retail store development, leading to roles of increasing scope and responsibility within the real estate departments of industry-leading organizations including Home Depot, TD Bank and Toys “R” Us.

ASHA elects new executive committee

The American Seniors Housing Association Executive Board has elected the following people to serve two-year terms as members of the Executive Committee:

  • Douglas S. Schiffer, president and CEO of Allegro Senior Living (chairman)
  • Jerrold H. Frumm, vice chairman and chief investment officer of Senior Lifestyle (vice chairman)
  • Kathryn A. Sweeney, co-founder, managing partner and chief investment officer  of Blue Moon Capital Partners (treasurer)
  • Lynne Katzmann, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Juniper Communities (secretary)
  • Richard J. Hutchinson, CEO of Discovery Senior Living (Seniors Housing Political Action Committee chair)
  • David S. Schless, president of ASHA

South Coast Improvement Co. hires Phil Pagani has project manager

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Phil Pagani

Phil Pagani has joined Marion, MA-based design-build general contractor South Coast Improvement Co. as a project manager. Pagani recently worked in a similar role for Delphi Construction.

As a project manager, Pagani will be responsible for all aspects of project management on new construction and renovation projects. Initially, he is the project manager for a new addition and renovation at Concord Park Senior Living, a Volunteers of America senior community in Concord, MA.

Pagani has an undergraduate degree in construction management from Roger Williams University and holds OSHA 30 and NSC CPR certifications.

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis hires Angela Playle as counsel

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Angela Playle

Angela M. Playle has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis’ Nashville, TN, office as counsel.

As a member of Waller’s nationally recognized healthcare department, she will represent real estate investment trusts, hospitals and health systems, healthcare investors and other healthcare organizations with transactions and operations involving senior living communities, skilled nursing facilities, medical office buildings and other healthcare properties.

Playle previously was senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Healthpeak Properties, where she provided counsel on transactions ranging from $1 million to $100 million.

She earned her undergraduate degree with honors from Vanderbilt University and her law degree from Emory University School of Law.

Bank Leumi USA names chief banking officer, Chicago market president

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David Paulson

David Paulson and Jeff Steigelman have joined New York-based Bank Leumi USA as chief banking officer and Chicago market president, respectively.

Paulson will report directly to Leumi President and CEO Avner Mendelson. He succeeds Shawn McGowen, who will remain with Leumi in an advisory role.

Paulson will oversee the U.S. commercial and U.S. private banking businesses, focusing on the bank’s growth strategy and the overall client experience. He has more than three decades of industry experience as a corporate and commercial banker.

Paulson most recently was executive vice president, head of wholesale banking at United Bank, where he led the bank’s commercial banking, commercial real estate, business banking and cash management lines of business, with a focus on identifying expansion opportunities, new product and technology solutions, and recruiting initiatives. Before United Bank, Paulson was employed with Santander Bank as managing director and commercial banking executive vice president.

Paulson received an undergraduate degree in political science and international economics from the University of Connecticut and earned his MBA at Cornell University.

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Jeff Steigelman

Steigelman will manage growth and expansion of Leumi’s middle market and specialty banking, treasury management, wealth management and capital markets capabilities. He will report directly to Paulson. 

Steigelman has two decades of experience in commercial banking, with expertise in the areas of commercial and industrial, commercial real estate, specialty banking development, credit services and treasury management. He joins Leumi from WinTrust Financial, where he was group executive vice president and commercial banking hub leader for the past six years.

Before Wintrust, Steigelman was managing director of business development at The PrivateBank (now CIBC U.S.) and as vice president and commercial banking team leader at Fifth Third Bank. Earlier in his career, he worked in various capacities at LaSalle Bank and Magna Bank.

Steigelman earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Webster University.