Methodist Retirement Communities names Alan Brown president and CEO

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Alan Brown

Alan Brown has been named the president and CEO of Methodist Retirement Communities, The Woodlands, TX. The company has 12 — soon to be 13 — senior living and care communities in the Lone Star State.

Brown, formerly the chief operations officer for Methodist Senior Services in Tupelo, MS, was selected after  CliftonLarsonAllen sourced more than 253 prospective candidates and interviewed 15 of them to assist Methodist Retirement Communities’ volunteer board of directors to fill the vacant role. He has more than 27 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

Brown led the teams at Methodist Senior Services to open and operate the world’s first Green House home in 2003, adding an additional 18 Green House homes throughout his tenure, with the 20th scheduled to open in 2020. Brown also worked with his teams to relocate and care for residents during Hurricane Katrina while restoring the campus within three months.

Before his 18-year career with Methodist Senior Services, Brown held various positions of leadership with Arizona Baptist Retirement Centers in Phoenix and was a licensed administrator for Baptist Memorials Center in San Angelo, TX. He completed his administrator-in-training requirements at C.C. Young in Dallas.

Brown is a graduate of Baylor University in Waco, TX.

Masonic Villages names SVP of operations, general counsel and chief engineer

Justin Wolgemuth has been named senior vice president of operations, and Patrick Sampsell, Esq., has been appointed general counsel and chief engineer, for Masonic Villages.

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Justin Wolgemuth

In his new position, Wolgemuth will work with the executive team to provide strategic leadership and direction for setting objectives, planning and staffing for the Masonic Villages. His office is located in Elizabethtown, PA.

Wolgemuth has been employed with Masonic Villages since 2018 as president of Masonic Village Home Health, Home Care and Hospice. He previously was the vice president of clinical services at Mennonite Home Communities and was a registered nurse for Horizon Healthcare Services in Lancaster, PA.

He holds an associate’s degree from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Millersville University, Millersville, PA.

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Patrick Sampsell

Sampsell, in his position, will expand on his previous role as chief environmental and facilities officer in managing the municipal, zoning and construction legal affairs of the Masonic Villages into a broader general counsel role. He will provide advice on various compliance, risk management and other legal issues and will serve as liaison with outside counsel. He also will continue in a dual role as chief engineer for Masonic Villages, providing advice and counsel on facilities and construction operations to the various campuses and overseeing the areas of sustainability, utility purchasing, real estate acquisition and the management of large construction projects.

Sampsell has worked as chief environmental and facilities officer at Masonic Villages since 2006. Previously, he spent 15 years in private practice as a professional engineer and planner. He retired from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 2011 with the rank of major after having served 20 years, including one tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Sampsell holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. He also holds a law doctor in law from Widener University, Chester, PA. He obtained his professional engineer certification in 1997, was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1998 and received his American Institute of Certified Planners certification in planning in 2001. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and American Planning Associations.

Youngstown Area Jewish Federation names Eric Murray director of senior care and services

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Eric Murray

Eric Murray has been named executive director of senior care and services at the Youngstown (OH) Area Jewish Federation. He will oversee the Levy Gardens assisted living facility, Heritage Manor Rehabilitation & Retirement Community and adult day services.

Murray has more than 20 years of progressive healthcare experience in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing/long-term care, hospital, inpatient rehabilitation, therapy services, home health, hospice and private-duty nursing. Originally beginning his professional career as a licensed physical therapist, he continued to accept greater responsibilities over his 21 years with Alliance Community Hospital, eventually serving as vice president of post-acute care.

Murray is a licensed nursing home administrator, certified executive for assisted living and a certified executive for home care and hospice. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with an undergraduate degree in physical therapy and from the University of Akron with an MBA degree with a concentration in finance.

Carolina Meadows Board of Directors welcomes Gregory Herman-Giddens

Estate planning attorney Gregory Herman-Giddens has been named to the board of directors for Carolina Meadows, a non-profit continuing care retirement community in Chapel Hill, NC.

Herman-Giddens joined Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.’s Naples, FL, office in 2019. He is a board-certified specialist in estate planning and probate law, a certified financial planner, a registered trust and estate practitioner and is a member of WealthCounsel. He is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and admitted to practice in North Carolina, Florida, New York and Tennessee.

Herman-Giddens received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, his law degree from Tulane University School of Law and his LL.M. (estate planning) from the University of Miami School of Law.

Episcopal SeniorLife Communities board member named KJT Group director

Episcopal SeniorLife Communities board member Richard B. Yates has been appointed a new board director for consulting firm KJT Group, Honeoye Falls, NY.

Yates is a business attorney with more than two decades of experience at both public and private companies.

Yates founded The Yates Law Firm and is a director at VerdeMed Holdings, Pandion Optimization Alliance and PharmaAdva. He also is on the boards of the Wilmot Cancer Institute, Hunt Hollow Development Corp. and Allendale Columbia School.

Yates previously held positions at Kessler, Topaz, Meltzer & Check, Manning & Napier, Lehman Brothers, and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. He received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School and an undergraduate degree in political science and history from the University of Rochester.

CompuCaddy names Tim Travis vice president of sales

Louisville, KY-based CompuCaddy, a manufacturer of medical computer carts, medical cart workstations and related products for medical and healthcare facilities, has named Tim Travis vice president of sales. In this newly created role, he will be responsible for driving revenue growth and expanding market presence among healthcare providers throughout the country. He also will be responsible for managing the organization’s sales force of independent sales representatives and leveraging the product innovation capabilities of parent company Innovative Office Products. 

Before joining CompuCaddy, Travis was national account manager, central region, for Exemplis/SitOnIt Seating. While there, he directed all aspects of new business development, including launching the company’s national accounts program for the Midwest region. His experience also includes serving as senior account development representative at Humanscale where he helped grow and manage several important accounts.

Travis began his career as a sales representative with Cintas Corp. He has an undergraduate degree in marketing from Augustana College.