Joseph Hoff named president and CEO of Friendship

Joseph M. Hoff has been named the next president and CEO of Friendship, effective July 18.

Hoff brings more than 20 years of healthcare management experience to the position. He has worked in a variety of roles in senior and healthcare services in Tennessee and Virginia, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and long-term care, and a variety of therapy and rehabilitative services. His most recent position was executive director of Brandon Oaks, a nonprofit life plan community operating under the sponsorship of Virginia Lutheran Homes.

Prior to being appointed as the executive director for Brandon Oaks, Hoff served as the administrator of the Nursing & Rehab Center for 10 years. He also worked at Richfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Salem, VA. and as the administrator of The Brian Center, a 60-bed skilled nursing facility in Fincastle, VA. Hoff also worked in direct patient care in the rehabilitation departments of the veterans affairs centers in Johnson City, TN, and Marion, IN.

Hoff has served several non-profit organizations, including as a member of the board of LeadingAge Virginia and as a member of the Roanoke Business Council. He earned his undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University.

Gerald T. Grant named president and CEO of Acts Retirement-Life Communities

Gerald T. “Jerry” Grant has been named president and CEO of West Point, PA-based Acts Retirement-Life Communities. He had been serving in that capacity on an interim basis after the sudden death of his predecessor, Mark Vanderbeck, on May 3.

“Jerry exemplifies the qualities that the board seeks to lead the Acts organization. He brings energy, focus and a passion for Acts’ mission and culture,” said John L. Esterhai Jr., M.D., Acts Board chairman. “The board unanimously agreed that making him president and CEO was in the best interest of our residents, employees and the Acts organization.”

Grant has been with Acts for almost 30 years, most recently serving as president and chief operating officer. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Grant is an active member of several senior living-related associations, including LeadingAge and CARF International, and is a frequent presenter at healthcare and senior living industry conferences.

“I’m excited to accept this new leadership role to help ensure the continued success and growth of the company,” he said.

Acts Retirement-Life Communities is the largest not-for-profit owner, operator and developer of continuing care retirement communities, also known as life plan communities, in the United States, with 22 communities in eight states providing housing and services to approximately 9,100 older adults and with more than 6,000 employees.

Michael Hollen is new president at Asbury Group

Michael Hollen is the new president at The Asbury Group, the for-profit, strategic consulting arm of the Asbury organization.

He succeeds Doug Leidig, who served in the position while also being the president and CEO of Asbury Communities. Hollen previously was The Asbury Group’s vice president of business development.

Hollen’s career also includes serving as vice president of operations at Sodexo Seniors and as director of operations for nine years at the Avado Group.

Hollen completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Phoenix and his master’s degree at the Erickson School at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

David Grady joins Somerby Senior Living as president and COO

David Grady has been hired as the new president and chief operating officer for Birmingham, AL-based Somerby Senior Living.

The company, owned by the Dominion Partners, offers independent living, assisted living and memory care units.

Grady has more than 30 years of experience in the senior living industry. Prior to his employment with Somerby Senior Living, he worked as the divisional vice president of operations for Elmcroft Senior Living.

Grady received his undergraduate degree from Harding University and his master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of St. Frances. He later earned his doctorate in biblical counseling from the Trinity Theological Seminary.

Sam Jackson hired for LCB Senior Living as regional director of operations

Sam Jackson has accepted a position as the regional director of operations for LCB Senior Living.

He will be in charge of operations for LCB communities in Melrose, MA; Watertown, MA; and Salem, NH. These communities all offer units in independent living, assisted living and memory care assisted living.

Prior to this position, Jackson worked with LCB Senior Living as the senior executive director for communities in Massachusetts. Before that, he was the executive director for the LCB Senior Living property The Residence at Salem Woods, located in Salem, NH. Overall, he has more than 10 years of career experience in the senior living industry.

Jackson received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University. He later earned his master’s degree in aging studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

NCOA President and CEO James Firman to chair LCAO

National Council on Aging President and CEO James Firman, Ed.D., will serve one year as the chairman of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations.

The LCAO is a coalition of 70 nonprofit groups — among them LeadingAge, AMDA–The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, and PHI — that advocate for older adults and providers who care for them.

Through this position, the NCOA leadership plans to focus on protecting healthcare and long-term care access through government programs, ensuring that the federal budget protects programs that older Americans rely on, and monitoring tax reform proposals regarding revenue neutrality to see how they will affect older adults.

“The current administration and Congress have proposed weakening or eliminating a number of programs that ensure all older adults have the supports they need to live with health and independence in their communities,” Firman said. “LCAO is committed to protecting and strengthening these critical programs for all of our nation’s seniors.”

Allison Singler joins Integral Senior Living as regional director of sales and marketing

Allison Singler has been hired as the regional director of sales and marketing for Integral Senior Living. She will be in charge of sales and marketing for several of the company’s communities.

Before taking this position, Singler worked as the regional director of sales and marketing for Harbor Retirement Associates. She began working in the senior living industry in 1998, and she has worked in a combination of senior living and real estate companies since then.

Singler received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama.

Integral Senior Living is based in Carlsbad, CA. It offers independent living, assisted living and memory care units in 60 locations throughout the country.

Jill Clippinger promoted to director of dining services at Oak Crest

Jill Clippinger has been promoted to director of dining services at Oak Crest, an Erickson Living retirement community in Parkville, MD.

In her new role, she will oversee 375 employees and the operation of restaurants featuring diverse dining offerings, from formal to casual, in both the independent living and extended care neighborhoods. She also will provide development opportunities designed to foster the skillset of her team.

Oak Crest has more than 2,100 residents and serves approximately 3,000 meals every day to residents, employees and guests. The dining services department also includes a catering events team, a carry-out delivery service for residents, and two markets. In the fall, Oak Crest will unveil its first outdoor dining venue and grill as part of the repositioning of its Town Center clubhouse.

Clippinger brings to the position more than 20 years of experience in the culinary services industry. She began her career with Oak Crest in 2003 as a restaurant manager before rising to assistant dining services director. Previously, she worked in management roles for the sports and entertainment division of Aramark Corp. at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston and Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

A graduate of Syracuse University with an undergraduate degree in restaurant and food service and a minor in finance, Clippinger is a certified proctor and trainer for ServSafe of the National Restaurant Association.

Aegis Living’s Emily Poon receives Outstanding Executive Director Award

Emily Poon, executive director of Aegis Living’s Aegis Gardens in Fremont, CA, received the California Assisted Living Association’s Outstanding Executive Director Award for 2017 on June 5 at the organization’s spring conference.

CALA chooses recipients from its 575 provider-members statewide based on commitment to providing outstanding, quality care and service to residents in the communities where they work.

Poon has been a top performer in Aegis Living’s portfolio of assisted living and memory care communities on the West Coast for more than 14 years. Aegis Gardens is the company’s first Chinese culture-centered community.

“We see Emily Poon’s leadership stand out within our company, and we are completely thrilled that she is seen as a leader in the state of California,” Aegis Living President Judy Meleliat said. “Emily reflects our ‘employee first’ corporate culture, which has led to a mutual respect amid her staff. The CALA award is both humbling and appreciated by all in our company.”

Poon started her senior living career as a resident services director. In her first two years, Aegis said, she became known as a mentor to other care directors before being promoted to general manager.

Aegis Gardens celebrates Chinese and Asian culture in programs, care and cuisine. Its activities include favorites such as afternoon tea, calligraphy and Chinese chess. Exercise programs such as Tai Chi have led to almost non-existent resident falls to the extent that these programs are now promoted company-wide, according to Aegis. In 2016, satisfaction scores at Aegis Gardens were among the highest in the company, as is the community’s financial performance, the company said.

Joe Lewarski elected to ARCF board of trustees

Joe Lewarski, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare’s vice president of global respiratory and sleep, has been elected to the American Respiratory Care Foundation Board of Trustees.

The ARCF promotes respiratory health through research, education and philanthropy events that focus on respiratory care patients.

Trustees must be appointed by the American Association for Respiratory Care president and ratified by the AARC’s board of directors.

Lewarski is a licensed respiratory therapist and a fellow for the AARC. He has previously served on the American Association for Homecare board of directors as well.

He received his undergraduate degree from Myers University and his respiratory therapy license from the University of the State of New York system. He will complete work toward his master’s degree in healthcare administration from Ohio University in August.

James Hickey receives Excellence in Fundraising Award

James Hickey has received the Excellence in Fundraising Award from LeadingAge Ohio.

Hickey currently works as the gift planning director for Ohio Living Foundation with the Ohio Living Breckenridge community. He has worked with this community, which is located in Willoughby, OH, since 2000. Through this position, he has been in charge of deferred or major gifts, real estate gifts across the state and the establishment of charitable gift annuities.

Prior to his work with Ohio Living Foundation, Hickey had more than 40 years of experience with not-for-profit organizations. During his career, he has raised more than $41 million in charitable gifts and secured 137 deferred gifts that totaled more than $6.7 million.

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