Fellowship Community names new president and CEO

Mary Kay McMahon

Mary Kay McMahon has become the president and CEO of Fellowship Community, a continuing care retirement community in Whitehall, PA.

In her new position, she will be responsible for the executive oversight of the community as well as designing and developing a business strategy for expanding the services provided by Fellowship Community.

McMahon previously was senior vice president of healthcare services for Phoebe Ministries and is a member of LeadingAge PA. She received her nursing degree from Pittston Hospital School of Nursing and her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Francis and is a licensed registered nurse and nursing home administrator.

Harbor Retirement Associates appoints new vice president of sales and marketing

David Dodson

David Dodson has been named vice president of sales and marketing at Vero Beach, FL-based Harbor Retirement Associates.

In his new role, he will spend much of his time trying to build a vibrant sales culture through training, planning and execution of strategic sales and marketing initiatives.

Dodson has  more than 20 years of experience in sales. He formerly held titles of senior vice president and regional director of sales and marketing in various locations.

He is a Marine Corps veteran, holds an undergraduate degree in business administration and is a valedictorian with a Commandant’s Award from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. 

The Kendal Corp. hires vice president, health services

Lisa Holloway

Lisa Holloway has joined the Kendal Corp. as the vice president of health services.

In her position, Holloway will work in collaboration with health services administrators, directors of nursing and compliance liaisons at each Kendal community to ensure that high-quality health services are provided.

Holloway comes to Kendal with more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare administrator at not-for-profit continuing care retirement communities and proprietary nursing homes. Most recently, she was vice president and administrator of health services at Duncaster in Bloomfield, CT. 

Holloway has three master’s degrees — one in social work from the University of Connecticut and one in management and another in business administration from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT.

Springpoint names new vice president of information technology and chief information officer

Matthew Runyan

Matthew Runyan has become the new vice president of information technology and chief information officer at Springpoint

In his role, Runyan will be responsible for all aspects of the organization’s technology, focusing on its platforms, operational effectiveness and long-term strategy using internet of things to enhance innovations with leading-edge industry applications.

Runyan brings more than 25 years of experience to his new position. He most recently served at the Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in New York, where he was assistant vice president and acting chief technology office of information technology.

Runyan studied economics at the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University and also served in the U.S. Army.

Legend Senior Living hires new regional director of operations

Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones has been named the regional director of operations for Texas at Legend Senior Living.

She has been in the healthcare industry for more than 17 years. Jones has held roles in independent living, assisted living, memory care, home healthcare and skilled nursing.

As regional director of operations, she will help support the Texas regional directors and their teams to make sure they have the resources needed to give the best possible care to residents and their families.

Landis Communities hires three to director positions

Ed Kaminski

Ed Kaminski, Amy Henriques and Jennifer Sheckells have been hired by Landis Communities to director positions.

Kaminski is the director of Landis Quality Living. He holds an international business diploma from Nijenrode University in Breukelen, the Netherlands. Kaminski joins the team after serving for almost 14 years as director of business development at HDC MidAtlantic and as a partner at The Roykam Group.

In his new role, he will lead the exploration, development and operations of market-rate and affordable living opportunities for older adults in his community.

Amy Henriques

Henriques is director of advancement, a position in which she will develop and oversee all aspects of the advancement plan, including annual giving, events and planned gifts, as well as serve as the major gifts officer for the organization.

Before her most recent position, she worked at the Lancaster Conservancy, Lancaster Bible College and Mount Calvary Christian School. Henriques earned an undergraduate degree in French and a master’s degree in foreign language teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Jennifer Sheckells

Sheckells has been hired as the director of risk management and compliance. She will lead the development and management of policies across Landis Communities to ensure all entities are compliant with regulatory bodies and best practices. Over her career, Sheckells has worked in administrative roles at retirement communities and health centers.

She received her undergraduate degree liberal arts from Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA.

Riverside Health Systems announces new executive director

Meg Lemley, Ph.D.

Meg Lemley, Ph.D., has been hired as the executive director of Riverside Health System’s Patriots Colony, a retirement community offering independent living, assisted living, memory support, short-term rehabilitation, nursing home and respite care.

Lemley worked at Riverside previously as the administrator of Sanders Retirement Community and then the executive director at Patriots Colony, where she worked for four years before leaving following the death in the family.

She is responsible for providing leadership, direction and administration of day-to-day operations to increase visibility and engagement within the community.

Oakmont of East Sacramento hires new executive director

Terry Ervin

Terry Ervin has been hired as the new executive director at Oakmont of East Sacramento, an Oakmont Senior Living community in Sacramento, CA.

Ervin previously worked at Oakmont of Carmichael as executive director.

Oakmont of East Sacramento is a new community set to open in spring 2020. It will have 100 assisted living apartment homes and 35 memory care apartments.

Legacy Village of Cleveland hires new resident services director

Mendy Howard

Mendy Howard has been hired as the new resident services director at Legacy Village of Cleveland, a Legacy Senior Living assisted living and memory care community in Cleveland, TN.

She will oversee a team of nurses and caregivers to ensure the best care possible for the residents.

Howard has been a licensed nurse for nine years and has worked in senior healthcare for 10 years. Prior to this position, she worked as a CNA and a floor nurse.

She is enrolled in school to become a registered nurse.

The Charlotte hires new director of facility services 

David Van Brunt

David Van Brunt has taken over as the new director of facility services at The Charlotte, a Senior Living Communities assisted living and memory care community in Charlotte, NC. 

Brunt formerly worked at Myers Park Presbyterian Church and has held several different leadership roles in facilities maintenance during his 10 years of experience.

Cascades Verdae announces new executive chef

Rob Jansen has been hired as the new executive chef at Cascades Verdae, a continuing care retirement community owned and operated by Senior Living Communities. 

Rob Jansen

He has more than 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry that he will bring to his new position. Throughout his career, Jansen has worked in upscale dining, learning from top chefs. He was featured on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” as well.

As executive chef, he will be charged with pushing the culinary boundaries and elevating the dining experience at the community.

Buckner Calder Woods executive director announces retirement

Ben Mazzarra

Ben Mazzara, the executive director of Buckner Calder Woods, has announced that his retirement will begin in mid-August. 

Mazzara came to Calder Woods in 2007 as executive director and is a 35-year veteran of the senior living industry. Prior arriving at Calder Woods, he worked for Sears Methodist Retirement Services and Methodist Retirement Communities. He plans to spend his retirement fishing, boating, exercising and traveling. 

Buckner Retirement Services Vice President Brian Robbins will act as interim executive director as he and Mazzara work together to find a replacement.

Guest Services appoints new CFO

Daniel Stoltzfus has been named chief financial officer for Guest Services, which offers hospitality management services across a variety of client sites, including those in senior living. He joins the company with almost 20 years of experience in the business and technology industries.

Stoltzfus previously served at Fundation Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers and at the Washington Redskins. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from James Madison University.

Avenir Healthcare Group CEO named Top 100 Healthcare Leaders

Eric Mendel, the CEO of Avenir Healthcare Group, was named one of the Top 100 Healthcare Leaders for 2019 at the International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare.

Since 2002, Mendel has served as the CEO of Central Assisted Living, an assisted living facility in Queens. In 2007, he launched Prime Home Health Services, which has served more than 20,000 clients since its inception. This led to the formation of Prime Health Choice, a managed long-term care insurance plan. In 2015, he formed Avenir Healthcare Group.

Mendel is a member of the board of directors of the Empire State Association of Assisted

Living and is on the Maimonides Medical Center Cardiac Advisory Board. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in economics and has a master’s degree in health systems administration.

Jefferson’s Ferry board member named Trustee of the Year

John Sini, a 12-year member of the Jefferson’s Ferry Board of Trustees, recently was named Trustee of the Year by LeadingAge New York.

Sini is a certified public accountant with a background in not-for-profit accounting. He leads the board’s financial matters as the head of the Audit and Finance Committee, where he oversees the annual audit, budget and asset investment and serves on the Jefferson’s Ferry’s compensation committee.

AHCA / NCAL announces Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award recipient

Janet Snipes has been awarded the 2019 Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living

Snipes is being recognized for her contributions to quality in long-term and post-acute care as the executive director at Holly Heights Nursing Center.

Throughout her career, she has been devoted to providing care and reshaping federal policy to improve national quality outcomes, AHCA / NCAL said. She has served as a member of the AHCA Survey Regulatory Reform Workgroup, chair of the AHCA Survey & Regulatory Committee, chair of the Quality Improvement Committee, co-chair of the Quality Cabinet and a member of the AHCA Board of Governors.

The Windsor of Ocala chef wins competition

William Clavell, the chef at The Windsor of Ocala, a Legend Senior Living assisted living and memory care community in Ocala, FL, won the Chef Competition at the recent Florida Senior Living Association annual conference.

He won a membership to the American Culinary Federation and had his winning dish served at the FSLA luncheon.

Clavell trained at ICPR Junior College and Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando. His career path includes working at Costa International Cuisine in Puerto Rico as well as at Raglan Road Irish Pub under the tutelage of Master Chef Kevin Dundon and at Bongos Cuban Café, both of which are located at Disney Springs. He has worked for The Windsor for four years.

Buckner Westminster Place director of nursing named to TMF’s Directors of Nursing Advisory Board 

Stephanie Hesley

Stephanie Hesley, the director of nursing at Buckner Westminster Place has been appointed to TMF’s inaugural Texas Directors of Nursing Advisory Board.

She is one of seven directors of nursing on the board. In this role, Hesley will work to improve the quality of senior nursing care throughout Texas.

CARR add two board members

Teri Christensen and Daniel Shillito have been added to the Board of Directors of Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform.

Christensen is a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California

Properties. She has experience serving not-for-profit organizations as the senior vice president and director of field operations for partnership for Drug-Free America. She also has a degree in communications and media studies from San Diego State University.

Shillito has had a 40-year litigation career in both the private and public sectors. He earned his J.D. from Ohio Northern University School of Law and has served as a partner in two Washington, D.C., law firms and as deputy general counsel to a national trade association. Shillito also is a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. 

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