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Americare Senior Living names Michael Hammond president and COO

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Michael Hammond

Michael Hammond has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Americare Senior Living after 17 years of service to the company.

He started as an administrator in the company’s skilled division but rose to operations director in the assisted living division and then to vice president in 2020.

Hammond began his career in senior living right out of college, accepting an administrator-in-training position with Lifecare. He was recruited by Americare to lead a team at Quaker Hill Manor in Baxter Springs, KS, and then assumed a regional operations role in the assisted living division.

Hammond completed his MBA during his tenure in that position, honing his finance and analytical skills.

Transforming Age promotes David Knight to senior vice president of strategy and partnerships 

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David Knight

David Knight has been promoted to senior vice president of strategy and partnership at Transforming Age. He will spearhead partnership development, lead the company-wide real estate development group and monitor the market rate team and affordable housing development team for the newly formed CIRC group. 

With more than 25 years of multidisciplinary experience as a senior living executive, Knight has been an innovator for Transforming Age in his previous role as the vice president of business services, according to the company. He also served as the president of GSI, the development and consulting agency within Transforming Age’s network, which he will continue to oversee. 

During his tenure over the past six years, Transforming Age said, Knight has played a key role in the organization’s rapid growth through effectively navigating multiple affiliations, acquisitions, new developments and expansions.

Knight began his career with Transforming Age in 2016 as the president of GSI. He helped develop more than $2 billion in senior living growth for the company, putting many struggling providers on a sustainable path forward, the company said.

Retirement Unlimited Inc. names Mandy Brooks senior executive director

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Mandy Brooks

Mandy Brooks has been named senior executive director of the Paul Spring Community in Alexandria, VA, and Heatherwood Community in Burke, VA, part of Retirement Unlimited Inc.

Brooks started in the senior living industry as a volunteer at the age of 15 and grew into leadership positions. She joined RUI in 2018 as the executive director for RUI’s Aarondale Community in Springfield, VA, and then moved to the Paul Spring Community, where she has been sharing her knowledge and dedication in the day-to-day operations at this larger community.

Springs at Carman Oaks announces Donna Fuller-Archer as executive director

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Donna Fuller-Archer

Donna Fuller-Archer has been appointed the executive director of The Springs at Carman Oaks in Lake Oswego, OR, She will be responsible for all aspects of community operations, including independent living, assisted living and memory care services. 

Fuller-Archer brings more than a decade of senior living experience to the role. She most recently was administrator of Marjorie House Memory Care and previously was executive director for more than five years at The Springs at Mill Creek in The Dalles, OR.

Fuller-Archer also has personal experience with caregiving for her mother, who lives with dementia.

Blake at Chenal Valley names Stephen Black executive director

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Stephen Black

Stephen Black has been appointed executive director of The Blake at Chenal Valley in Little Rock, AR.

Black brings 12 years of experience in long-term care to the position. He obtained his undergraduate and graduate business administration degrees at Williams Baptist and Belhaven universities before starting his career in senior living management.

Currently under construction, the 153,000-square foot assisted living and memory care community also will include several dozen independent living cottages.

The Blake at Chenal Valley is Blake Management Group’s first senior living community in Little Rock. Blake is partnering with Cardinal Ventures on the community.

AMDA executive director Chris Laxton set to retire in April

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Christoper E. Laxton, CAE

Executive Director Christopher E. Laxton, CAE, has announced his April retirement from AMDA–The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

The organization credited Laxton’s 10 years of service and healthcare association leadership with allowing the society to increase its operational strength, expand membership to include all advanced practice clinicians in post-acute and long-term care settings, and become recognized as an important national voice of advocate for PALTC clinical expertise.

The AMDA Board of Directors plans to recognize Laxton’s service at the group’s annual meeting in March in Tampa, FL. 

BBG appoints James Graber to lead alternative practice groups

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James Graber

James Graber, MAI, is set to be an executive manager director at national commercial real estate valuation firm BBG.

At the helm of BBG’s alternative practice groups, consisting of senior housing, healthcare, hospitality, self-storage markets and manufactured housing communities, Graber will be responsible for overseeing and expanding those real estate groups. He will be based at the firm’s Dallas headquarters.

Graber has completed numerous assignments throughout the United States and abroad for more than a decade, primarily specializing in senior housing and healthcare properties. His expertise includes third-party appraisals, fair market value and purchase price allocations and market studies.

Before joining BBG, he was a managing director at CBRE, focusing on advisory services for senior housing assets.

Berkadia names Sabrina Solominay head of new specialty group that includes post-acute care

Sabrina Solomiany is joining commercial real estate firm Berkadia as a senior managing director leading the company’s newest specialty group, Medical and Life Sciences, which includes post-acute care. 

Based in the Atlanta office, the new specialty group also will include other areas of healthcare real estate, including behavioral health facilities, medical office buildings, life sciences and hospitals.

With more than 20 years of experience, Solomiany has closed $8.2 billion in total transaction volume, including $6.5 billion of healthcare and life sciences transactions that totaled more than 22 million square feet.

Solomiany joins Berkadia from CBRE, where she was first vice president and led the debt and structured finance platform for U.S. healthcare and life sciences capital markets.

LeadingAge PA announces 2022 Distinguished Service Award winners

LeadingAge PA has announced the 2022 Distinguished Service Award winners:

  • John R. Dickson IV, president and CEO of Redstone Presbyterian SeniorCare, who won LeadingAge’s most prestigious honor, the Paul P. Haas Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Jeremy O. Neely, senior vice president of community operations at Acts Retirement-Life Communities, who won the Leader of the Year Award.
  • Kate Conahan Ponto, the director of rehabilitation at Lima Estates, Acts Retirement-Life Communities, who won Manager of the Year.
  • Shirley Walton, who won Volunteer of the Year for Tel Hai Retirement Community.
  • Lourdes Toro, LPN, who won Licensed Caregiver of the year for her work at Brethren Village.
  • Janet Bross, a resident aide at United Zion Retirement Community, who won the Direct Caregiver of the Year Award.
  • Roland Maust, a life systems administrator at Brethren Village, who won the Staff Member of the Year award.
  • LifeAire Systems was awarded recognition as the Outstanding Business Partner of the Year.

Established in 1973, the Distinguished Service Awards honor the exemplary contributions of individuals and groups from member organizations who are enhancing the aging services field through their involvement, innovation, leadership and advocacy.

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