Jay Leo promoted to president of The Springs Living

Jay Leo has been promoted to president of The Springs Living, headquartered in McMinnville, OR, the company announced Monday. He formerly was chief operating officer.

Company founder Fee Stubblefield, who held the concurrent titles of president and CEO, will continue as CEO.

As president, Leo will focus on the company’s operational structure and systems, key measurements, and quality and performance predictability. His expanded role, The Springs Living said, is especially important as the company finalizes construction on new senior living communities in Lake Oswego, OR, and Bozeman, MT, and undertakes major renovations on other properties this year.

Leo joined the senior housing sector after time at Intel Corp., where he held analyst and management positions. While at The Springs Living, he worked his way from executive director of The Springs at Tanasbourne to director of operations at the home office before being named COO in 2016.

An MBA graduate of Arizona State University, Leo has been with the company as it grew from five senior living communities when he started in 2010 to 17 in 2019. The Springs Living was founded in 1996 and offers independent living, assisted living and memory care within most communities, all located in Oregon or Montana.

Leo is an active board member of the National Center for Assisted Living and a member of the Future Leaders Council of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Terry H. Howard is CEO of Harmony Senior Services

Terry Howard

Terry H. Howard began serving as CEO of Charleston, SC-based Harmony Senior Services in November.

Howard has more than 30 years of experience in the senior living industry and has provided oversight or evaluation of more than 300 communities of all product types, including 55+ senior apartments, independent living, assisted living and memory care.  More recently, he was president and CEO for MBK Senior Living. Assuming this role in 2004, he was responsible for increasing the size of the portfolio of independent living, assisted living and memory care communities and creating a management infrastructure to manage these assets.

Howard also has worked in leadership roles with Kisco Senior Living, Birtcher Senior Properties and The Forum Group.

He earned an undergraduate degree in business administration from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and completed executive education programs at the graduate schools of Business at Harvard, Stanford and Columbia universities.

Former Brookdale CIO Andrew Laudato takes similar role at Vitamin Shoppe

Former Brookdale Senior Living Chief Information Officer Andrew Laudato has joined The Vitamin Shoppe as executive vice president, chief technology officer effective immediately, the Vitamin Shoppe announced Monday.

Laudato will have information technology, enterprise project planning and supply chain responsibilities. He has more than two decades of experience, having begun his career as a computer programmer.

Laudato had been CIO at Brookdale for the past two years and was responsible for all aspects of technology, including back office, sales and marketing, among other areas.  Prior to Brookdale, he was CIO at Pier 1 for 15 years and he led several key initiatives, including creating and executing a comprehensive IT and corporate strategy and leading an enterprise-wide process efficiency initiative. From 1990 through 2000, Laudato was director, systems development, at Jo-Ann Stores and held the same role at LBrands earlier in his career.

He earned his undergraduate degree in computer information systems from DeVry Institute of Technology and has a certificate in leadership excellence from Vanderbilt University.

Tami Cumings named vice president of senior living at Caddis

Tami Cumings

Tami Cumings has joined Caddis as vice president, senior living, to oversee the operations and growth of the firm’s nationwide Heartis senior living brand.

Cumings has more than 25 years of experience in the independent living, assisted living and memory care industry, with responsibilities in both operations and sales for several organizations. Most recently, she was senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Arbor Co.

Other key positions included vice president of sales / marketing and vice president of operations with Sunrise Senior Living, chief operating officer for US Memory Care, and senior vice president of sales with A Place For Mom. Additionally, early in her career, she was executive director for Assisted Living Concepts.

Cumings has served on the board for the Texas Assisted Living Association and, since 2012, has participated with other officials in the invitation-only COO/Sales Executive Roundtables of Argentum.

Glen Lewis, Shannon Minshall join WesleyLife as executive directors

Glen Lewis and Shannon Minshall have joined  Johnston, IA-based WesleyLife as executive directors.

Glenn Lewis

Lewis works at Edgewater, the organization’s community in West Des Moines, IA. He has experience in hospitality and senior living, most recently having been an executive director with Aegis Living in Portland, OR. Before that position, Lewis was general manager for various hotels throughout the Midwest.

He attended the University of Pittsburgh and Southern New Hampshire University.

Shannon Minshall

Minshall is executive director of Park Centre, the organization’s community in Newton, IA. Most recently, he worked at Pacifica Health Services LLC / VIA Health Services in Carlisle, IA, where he oversaw day-to-day operations for senior living communities in Carlisle and Des Moines, IA. Before Pacifica, Minshall was employed by Lifespace Communities as director of health services for Deerfield Retirement Community in Urbandale, IA.

He earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and social work from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL.

Tony Madl named executive director of GreenFields Geneva

Tony Madl is the new executive director of GreenFields Geneva, Geneva, IL. He succeeds James Holbrook, who has retired.

Madl had worked with GreenFields’ sister community, Friendship Village Schaumburg, since 2012.

Madl earned his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University, where he studied health and aging with a minor in gerontology. He earned his MBA in 2003 from Keller Graduate School of Management while working full time.

Madl began his career at Resurrection Presence Health Care Systems, where he was an administrator in skilled long-term care for 11 years. He joined Friendship Village as administrator for Briarwood Health Care.

Jodi Leonard named director of development at LifeSpire of Virginia

Jodi Leonard

Jodi Leonard has been named director of development for the VBH Foundation, Richmond, VA-based LifeSpire of Virginia’s benevolent arm, effective Jan. 1. She will lead annual planning, relationship-building and fundraising administration, which includes an annual golf tournament.

Leonard had joined the VBH Foundation in November 2015 as annual fund manager. Before working for LifeSpire, she served nonprofit fundraising as director of development for Safe Harbor in Henrico, VA; as database and special events coordinator for Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, NY; and as database systems coordinator at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY.

She has an undergraduate degree in business administration and also received certification in fundraising from the University of Richmond’s Institute on Philanthropy. She also completed a leadership intensive training for new and emerging directors by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.

Sasha Jones named resident care director at Harbour Point Senior Living

Sasha Jones

Sasha Jones has been named resident care director at Harbour Pointe Senior Living, an Integral Senior Living community in Mukilteo, WA, that specializes in independent, assisted living, memory care and respite care.

Jones formerly was employed by Whidbey Health Medical Center in Coupeville, WA, where she served as an administrative supervisor and a registered nurse for the intensive care unit. During her time with the medical center, she led continuing education initiatives on quality patient care for the nursing staff.

Jones also has experience as a residential care director for a senior living community, having previously worked in that role for a senior living community in Snohomish, WA. During her time as the resident care director, she supervised, hired, scheduled and educated all care staff, including nursing assistants and nursing staff, as well as gained in-depth knowledge of state policies and procedures leading to efficient day-to-day operations.

Civitas Senior Living promotes three

Fort Worth, TX-based Civitas Senior Living has promoted three executives as a result of the company’s continued growth.

Dionne Motal was promoted from vice president of human resources to chief human resources officer, Amy Vittitow was promoted from senior vice president of sales and marketing to chief marketing officer, and Robb Sames was promoted from vice president of sales and marketing were promoted to senior vice president of sales and marketing.

These moves follow the reorganization of the leadership team and subsequent promotions of three other company executives in November.

Motal brings more than 35 years of experience to her new role. She has been with Civitas Senior Living for two of its six years and is responsible for founding a formal human resources department for the company, including the development and creation of all the policies and procedures.

Amy Vittitow

Vittitow has been the marketing lead at Civitas since the company began. As chief marketing officer, she charts the course both for how the company gets projects to market and how it continues to serve current residents.

Of Sames, Civitas President Cooper Vittitow said, “Not only is Robb an employee, he’s a critical member of our team. We see something in him that we want all of our regional marketers and community outreach directors to emulate,” he said.

Civitas founder and CEO Wayne Powell agreed. “Robb has become a key influencer on how we approach sales and marketing in the senior living industry without forgetting why we do it — to help our seniors,” he said.

Mark S. Ordan appointed to Federal Realty Investment Trust Board of Directors

Mark Ordan

Rockville, MD-based Federal Realty Investment Trust will add Mark S. Ordan to its board of trustees as an independent director, effective Feb. 1.

Most recently, Ordan was chairman and CEO of Quality Care Properties until its sale to Welltower and ProMedica Health System last year.

Following completing undergraduate studies at Vassar College and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Ordan began his career at Goldman Sachs before founding Fresh Fields Market, which he ultimately merged with Whole Foods Market in 1996. What followed over the next 20-plus years were roles as chief executive at enterprises including Balducci’s, a gourmet supermarket chain; the Mills Corp., a publicly traded retail real estate company; Sunrise Senior Living, a publicly traded owner / developer of senior living communities; and Washington Prime Group, a publicly traded mall real estate investment trust, before joining Quality Care Properties.

Ordan serves on the boards of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Holton Arms School, Vassar College and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and previously served on the board of Federal Realty Investment Trust from 1995 through 2005. He is a recipient of the Hitchcock Humanitarian Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is an inductee of the Washington D.C. business hall of fame.

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