Troy Taylor named COO of The Tanglewood Group

Troy Taylor has been named chief operating officer at The Tanglewood Group, Jamestown, NY.

He will be focused on the company’s three assisted living facilities — Tanglewood Manor, Memory Garden and the Magnolia — as well as the community-based programs, the Comfort Today adult day program and the Cottages on the Pond.

For the past 11 years, Taylor has been the administrator at Memory Garden. He has a degree in business administration and 20 years experience in social services, with a background in mental health, intellectual disabilities, child protection and addiction treatment services.

Eric Feinman appointed health services administrator for Ventana by Buckner

Eric Feinman

Eric Feinman has been appointed at Buckner Senior Living as health services administrator for Ventana by Buckner, a high-rise life care retirement community nearing completion in Dallas.

Feinman is a certified assisted living administrator and licensed nursing facility administrator in Texas and has been a nursing home administration since 1991. He has an undergraduate degree in gerontology and long-term healthcare administration from the University of North Texas.

Amanda Cook joins The Kenwood by Senior Star as director of nursing

Amanda Cook

Amanda Cook is the new director of nursing at The Kenwood by Senior Star, a Cincinnati continuing care retirement community.

In her new role, she will oversee the nursing program at The Kenwood by Senior Star, working to ensure state and federal compliance. She also will work with staff on the delivery of The Kenwood’s amenities and programs, with a focus on the operations and quality of the community’s assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing programs.

Over her 13 years in nursing management, Cook has helped design policies and procedures with hospitalist-lead algorithms and has worked to integrate national programs designed to reduce patient re-hospitalizations.

She joins The Kenwood from Otterbein SeniorLife, where she was director of nursing at a community, attended and spoke at marketing events, provided facility tours, maintained hospitalist relationships and completed hospital assessments. She also worked with the chief strategy officer, was recognized as a local preferred provider, and helped establish new insurance contracts within the organization.

Before Otterbein SeniorLife, she served as a unit manager at The Lodge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Loveland, OH.

Cook has an undergraduate degree in nursing from Ohio University, Athens, OH, and is a registered nurse. She teaches nursing at Cincinnati State Community College and is completing modules in the certified professional in aging services risk management program.

Cook also is a clinical operations adviser for Synurgy Strategic Advisors, where she collaborates with architects and design teams, offering a clinical point of view for new and redesigned healthcare facilities across the country.

Lori Simpson named director of resident life at Riderwood

Lori Simpson

Lori Simpson has been named director of resident life at Riderwood, an Erickson Living-developed and managed continuing care retirement community in Silver Spring, MD, with more than 2,500 residents and 1,400 employees.

In this role, she will oversee a variety of departments, including fitness, community resources, volunteer programs, philanthropy, Riderwood TV, resident services, certified home health, pastoral ministries and home support.    

Simpson has more than 20 years of experience in senior living. Before joining Riderwood, she was director of resident Services at Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads  in Virginia. She also is a licensed nursing home administrator.

Simpson has an undergraduate degree with a concentration in nursing and health sciences from Cedar Crest College.

William Tian named associate executive director at Oak Crest

Bill Tian

William Tian has been named associate executive director at Oak Crest, a continuing care retirement community developed and managed by Erickson Living.

He has a professional background in operations, healthcare and dining. Previously, Tian was division vice president of dining and allied clinical services for Genesis Healthcare. His region encompassed 245 properties located in 19 states.

In his new role, Tian will support day-to-day operations at the 87-acre campus, which is home to more than 2,100 residents in independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing neighborhoods. He also will work with Erickson Living on several projects, including long-term planning.

Tian earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and has certifications in culinary arts, food and hospitality management and adult education techniques from the Culinary Institute of America. He also has received several professional certifications through his affiliation with the American Culinary Federation.

Ryan Baker announced as senior managing director at DWC

Ryan Baker

Ryan Baker has been appointed senior managing director in charge of overseeing Douglas Wilson Companies’ new Los Angeles/Orange County office.

The firm is involved in senior housing development, workout and receivership services, land entitlement and brokerage, and real estate and wealth-transfer advisory services for legacy families and large private, public and nonprofit institutions.

Baker earned his MBA from the University of Southern California. Over the past decade, he has been appointed to or served as lead agent on more than 80 receiver, provisional director, trustee and partition referee matters, including regulatory receivership assignments from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice and state courts.

In his career as a fiduciary, Baker has handled investments, insurance and governance cases as well as directly managing operations and providing financial oversight for companies and properties with gross revenue ranging to $70 million. He has worked in both residential and commercial real estate matters, managing a variety of properties ranging from multi-family buildings, retail centers and regional malls, to Class A commercial office buildings.

Baker is a member of the board of the California Receivers Forum, the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers and both the Los Angeles County and the Orange County bankruptcy forums.

Mike Grabers, Cody Tremper join JLL’s senior housing expansion

JLL, a New York-based professional services firm specializing in real estate and investment management, has hired two sales professionals with experience in senior housing investment..

Mike Garbers, based in Orlando, FL, and Cody Tremper, located in Dallas, join the firm as managing directors and will focus on advising owners, investors and operators of senior living communities and skilled nursing facilities. They will represent clients nationally, with local market support across the country.

“There is no question that the U.S. population is aging, and the demand for seniors housing is growing exponentially,” said David Williams, head of JLL Multifamily. “Bringing on Mike and Cody is a clear indication of our goal of becoming the premier adviser in this space.”

Most recently, Garbers and Tremper both were managing directors at a commercial real estate firm focused on seniors housing.

Garbers has more than 18 years of experience in the industry and has been involved in developing, acquiring and selling more than $5.5 billion in senior housing properties. He has an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Webster University.

Tremper has worked in the senior housing for 14 years and has been involved in $4.5 billion of seniors housing transactions. He has an undergraduate degree in finance from Texas Christian University.

Joshua Rosen joins Walker & Dunlop as managing director

Joshua Rosen has joined Bethesda, MD-based commercial real estate finance company Walker & Dunlop as managing director in its FHA Finance group.

Based in the company’s Chicago office, Rosen will be responsible for originating loans through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as various interim lending programs, with a focus on senior housing and healthcare finance.  

Rosen has two decades of experience in the senior housing and healthcare industries. He has been involved in the origination of more than $2 billion of HUD transactions during his career.

Before joining Walker & Dunlop, Rosen was senior vice president and team leader at Capital One Multifamily Finance. Previously, he was executive vice president and branch manager for Oppenheimer Multifamily Housing and Healthcare Finance.

SeniorMetrics names chief digital officer, chief financial officer

Chad Harris has been named chief digital officer and Dave Keane has been named chief financial officer at Chicago-based SeniorMetrics, a technology company with the goal of helping senior living communities strengthen their focus on the total well-being of residents through data.

Chad Harris

Harris joins SeniorMetrics with more than 25 years of operations experience. As chief digital officer, he will be responsible for the overall technology vision of the company, including the integration of disparate technologies into a cohesive platform, as well as developing the next generation of data analytics to help drive change and improvement for senior living communities and their residents.

Before joining SeniorMetrics, Harris was the president of North American operations at Atos, an international IT services company. Before that, he was the COO of IT services at Xerox Business Services. He also was the CEO of a technology and services company before selling it to ACS.

Keane has more than 25 years of CFO experience at various private equity-backed healthcare companies. In his new role, he will lead SeniorMetrics’ finance operations to support the company’s strategic, operational and financial performance objectives.

Most recently, Keane was CFO to Healthy Living Network, a private equity-backed healthcare services company focused on home care. Prior positions have included CFO roles at Galvanize, Aldera Holdings, BusinessOne Technologies and Silverstream Capital.

Ellen Levy appointed to Walker & Dunlop Board of Directors

Ellen Levy, Ph.D.

Ellen Levy, Ph.D., has joined the board of directors at Bethesda, MD-based commercial real estate finance company Walker & Dunlop as an independent director.

Levy is the founder and managing director of Silicon Valley Connect, a management consulting company that works with organizations and entrepreneurs on networked innovation through strategic programs and initiatives. Formerly, she served in various senior leadership roles at the professional social networking service LinkedIn, culminating in the role of vice president of strategic initiatives.

Levy is an advisory board member at more than a dozen private companies.

Levy earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and her Master of Arts degree and doctorate in cognitive psychology from Stanford University.

Rick Brajer joins Eventus WholeHealth Board of Directors

Rick Brajer has joined the board of directors at Charlotte, NC-based Eventus WholeHealth, a full-service, physician-led provider of interdisciplinary healthcare to assisted living and skilled nursing residents.

Brajer brings to the role more than 20 years of public and private company experience as well as public service experience, having been the secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Over the course of his career, he has held positions at Procter & Gamble, McKinsey & Co. and Becton Dickinson.

Brajer has a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University.

Sanjay Khosla joins CarePredict’s board as independent director

Sanjay Khosla

Sanjay Khosla has joined the CarePredict Board of Directors as an independent director.

He has more than 38 years of experience leading and growing international businesses.

Khosla is the former president of Kraft International, where he was responsible for 65,000 people in more than 60 countries and brands such as Cadbury, Oreo, Milka and Trident. He transformed the business from a $5 billion one to a $16 billion one in six years while improving profitability by 50%, according to his website.  

Before joining Kraft Foods, Khosla said, he turned around the $3 billion consumer business of Fonterra, a global dairy company based in New Zealand. Before that, he had a 27-year career with Unilever, based in the United Kingdom, Europe and India.

Khosla is on the board of Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health) and is a senior adviser to Tata Capital. Previously, he was on the boards of NIIT, Best Buy, Iconix Brand Group, Big Heart Pet Brands (formerly Del Monte) and Hindustan Unilever.

Khosla is a senior fellow at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a senior adviser at Boston Consulting Group. He is the co-author of “Fewer Bigger Bolder.”

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