Morning Pointe announces four appointments

Chattanooga, TN-based Morning Pointe Senior Living has named Aaron Barthle vice president of information technology, and Lauren Lee will assume the role of vice president of culture and talent.

MaryBeth Watson, formerly of Brookdale Senior Living, will join the team as area director of operations, Cumberland Area (Tennessee), based in Nashville, TN. Mandy Taylor, RN, former regional vice president, Bluegrass Region (Kentucky), will fill the role of senior vice president of clinical services.

Barthle has worked for Morning Pointe in an information technology capacity since 2011. A graduate of Southern Adventist University, he oversees a team of technology professionals who provide technology services and support for all of Morning Pointe’s communities. He is a founding member of Morning Pointe’s IT team.

Lauren Lee

Another Southern Adventist University graduate, Lee, a CPA, has been with Morning Pointe since 2009. She has served the company’s corporate office in a variety of roles, beginning as an intern and continuing in her career in purchasing, budgets, accounting and operational support.

Mary Beth Watson

A 20-year veteran of the senior living industry, Watson comes to Morning Pointe from Brookdale Senior Living. Over the course of her career, she assumed a variety of roles, including memory care and resident services director, and regional director of operations as well as divisional director of service alignment and resident solutions, overseeing the company’s e-commerce platform.

A graduate of St. Petersburg College in Seminole, FL, Watson is pursuing a business administration degree at Austin Peay University.

Mandy Taylor

In the past, Taylor has served as both Morning Pointe’s regional vice president of operations and regional director of nursing for the Bluegrass Region (Kentucky / Indiana). She earned her RN from Midway College in Midway, KY, and has experience across the healthcare spectrum, having served as director of professional services for a home health agency, director of nursing in a skilled nursing facility, and as a direct patient caregiver in medical-surgical nursing and mental health settings.

In her role as senior vice president of clinical services, Taylor will help ensure that Morning Pointe’s clinical policies and procedures are effective and uniform while helping to develop clinical strategies that benefit residents and associates. Finally, Taylor will help Morning Pointe create innovative clinical products and services.

The Wolff Co. names three to its new ‘senior living resident experience’ company

The Wolff Co., a Scottsdale, AZ-based developer, has announced three appointments to the “senior living resident experience” company it plans to start in the spring. The new, yet-to-be-named company will assume management for all of the Wolff Co.’s independent living communities.

Leading the team is Niki Leondakis, a veteran of the hospitality and lifestyle industries, where she has built award-winning company cultures and brands. Leondakis spent more than 20 years with Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, including time as the company’s president and chief operating officer. She also was CEO for Equinox Fitness Clubs, Two Roads Hospitality and Commune Hotels and Resorts.

Cory Wolfenbarger will lead the company’s operations. Most recently, he oversaw the Wolff Co.’s senior living portfolio. He has almost 20 years of experience in the senior housing and service industries.

Nicole Sinclair will lead talent and culture. She has more than 25 years of experience as a leader across operations and talent in hospitality, including experience with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. She most recently was general manager of Faena Hotel Miami Beach.

The Watermark at Vistawilla hires Amanda Nykamp as executive director

Amanda Nykamp

Amanda Nykamp has been hired as executive director of The Watermark at Vistawilla, an assisted living and memory care community in Winter Springs, FL. She will oversee daily operations of the community.

Nykamp has more than 12 years of experience in the senior living profession. Before joining The Watermark at Vistawilla, she was a senior living placement adviser for Premier Senior Consultants. Other previous positions include executive director of Brookdale Tuskawilla and executive director of Oakmonte Village Senior Living, where she began her career in 2009 as director of administration.

Nykamp earned her undergraduate degree in gerontology from the University of Northern Colorado.

Brent Poff tapped by Friendship to lead Salem Terrace at Harrogate

Brent Poff

Brent Poff has been hired to lead Salem Terrace at Harrogate, Salem, VA, according to Friendship Roanoke, VA.

Before joining the Salem Terrace team, Poff worked in the home healthcare and hospice industry for more than 13 years, completing the tenure as administrator.

Beat Meier named executive chef at Harbor’s Edge

Beat Meier

Beat Meier has joined Harbor’s Edge, a True LifeCare retirement community in Norfolk, VA, as executive chef. He will oversee all dining venues.

Meier has more than 30 years of culinary experience, including 12 years as the executive chef of The Country Club of Virginia in Richmond, VA. In his new position, he will oversee the dining staff and plan menus and ensure that residents have healthy and nutritious choices.

Meier graduated with honors from a cook apprenticeship in Switzerland. He went on to become the executive chef in multiple country clubs throughout his career.

He said he plans to create new menu options for residents and to add more diversity to meals. He also plans to incorporate specials, including international and ethnic flavors gleaned from his world travels.

Meier’s addition coincides with the community breaking ground next month on a $200 million River Tower expansion that will add 147 apartment homes to the community.

Andreas Boyiakis joins Engel Burman Group as insurance coordinator

Andreas Boyiakis

Andreas Boyiakis has joined Garden City, NY-based Engel Burman Group, an owner/developer/manager of a real estate assets including senior housing properties, as insurance coordinator. His major responsibilities will include binding insurance for projects and subcontractor compliance.

Before joining EBG, Boyiakis was operations manager of Brooklyn, NY-based Magnetic Construction Group and its subsidiary, New York City-based Magnetic Builders Group. There, he oversaw a wide variety of real estate assets, many of which were hospitality properties, valued at an aggregate of approximately $650 million.

He largely was responsible for managing company insurance policies, subcontractor compliance and all legal matters pertaining to claims. His responsibilities included project insurance requirements and he executed contracts and purchase orders for subcontractors and vendors. In addition, he handled all human resources matters, including hiring, payroll, 401(k) administration and health insurance benefits.

Earlier in his career, Boyiakis served in a managerial capacity for Long Island City, NY-based M.A. Angeliades, handling all insurance claims, and for PAX Associates, where he developed a centralized accounts receivable department for all corporate house accounts for all 20 stores.  

Boyiakis earned an undergraduate degree in business administration from New York Institute of Technology.

NIC appoints six to board of directors

The Annapolis, MD-based National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care has appointed six executives from the seniors housing and care and real estate investment sectors to its board of directors:

  • Susan J. Barlow, co-founder and managing partner at Blue Moon Capital Partners, Boston;
  • David M. Boitano, senior investment officer at real estate investment trust Ventas, Fircrest, WA;
  • Kai Hsiao, CEO of Eclipse Senior Living, Lake Oswego, OR;
  • John P. Rijos, co-founder and operating partner of Chicago Pacific Founders, Chicago;
  • Kenneth C. Segarnick, chief corporate officer of Brandywine Living; Mount Laurel, NJ; and
  • Kendall K. Young, executive vice president of senior housing at real estate investment trust HCP, Irvine, CA.

The new board members succeed Brad Razook, Tom Herzog, John Cobb, Ed Kenny, Judy Marczewski and Doug Korey.

Robert Daly is new owner of Fishman Associates

Bob Daly

Robert “Bob” Daly is the new owner of Fishman Associates, a food service design company based in Venice, FL. He purchased the business from the company founder Charles “CJ” Fishman.

Fishman & Associates provides food service design to diverse clients, including assisted living and retirement centers, healthcare facilities, hotels, hospitals, schools, restaurants, country clubs, churches, clubhouses, resorts and more.

Daly has more than 30 years of experience as an operations and engineering executive. That includes more than 12 years with high-tech startups. His most recent position was vice president of engineering and operations for miniaturized spectrometer company Ocean Optics.

Daly earned a master’s degree in project management from the George Washington University and an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from the University of Central Florida.

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