Aegis Living announces new SVP, two new general managers

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Tony Pisa

Bellevue, WA-based Aegis Living has announced three new hires. Tony Pisa has joined the company as senior vice president of operations, Kerry Hing is now general manager of Aegis Living Madison, Seattle, and Kaylan Moore has been promoted to the position of general manager of Aegis Living Queen Anne Galer, Seattle.

Regarding Pisa’s appointment, Chief Operations Officer Tom Laborde said: “Over the last few months, we have shared our ambitious new growth plans. With these plans in mind, we made the decision to add a new regional operations leadership role to better support our general managers, their teams and our communities.”

Pisa has an extensive and wide-ranging career in retail and restaurant operations. He began his career at Kinkos in Southern California, where he joined the company during its earliest days and while it was experiencing some of its fastest growth. Over his 14 years with the company, Pisa grew steadily through the ranks, gaining experience and skills from positions such as store manager to multi-unit leadership roles as district manager and regional manager.

In 2004, he joined Starbucks Coffee as a district manager. During his 14 years with the company, Pisa served in several operational leadership positions, including district manager, regional director of operations and, ultimately, as vice president of operations, a position in which he had the opportunity to lead the company’s flagship Pacific Northwest portfolio of 650 stores. 

Most recently, Pisa was the chief operating officer at Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya, one of Seattle’s newest and fastest-growing restaurant start-ups. 

Pisa began with Aegis on Jan. 27, subsequently beginning an intensive onboarding experience, including working in several Aegis Living communities in California and Washington.

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Kerry Hing

King began as general manager of Aegis Living Madison on Monday.

“His servant leadership style, along with his impressive education and professional experience, identified him as a uniquely talented leader at renowned establishments like the Waldorf Astoria Resorts and The Ranch at Rock Creek,” Aegis Living Executive Vice President of Operations John Carpentier said.

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Kaylan Moore

Kaylan Moore’s new role as general manager of Aegis Living Queen Anne Galer is a promotion.

“Kaylan joined Aegis Living Shoreline a year ago as director of operations and has been serving as acting GM since July 2019,” Carpenter said. “During her time at Shoreline, we have seen some remarkable accomplishments,” Carpenter said.

Moore has been working in the senior housing industry since 2010. She has an undergraduate degree in gerontology and an MBA.

Atlas Senior Living announces three promotions and one hire 

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Carol Brinegar

Carol Brinegar has been promoted to senior operations director of new construction, Jacqueline Kennedy has been promoted to senior sales and marketing director of new construction, Kristie Carty has been promoted to regional sales and marketing director, and Angie Surls has been hired as regional director of operations at Birmingham, AL-based Atlas Senior Living.

Brinegar and Kennedy previously were directors of Atlas’ flagship Legacy Reserve Fritz Farm community in Lexington, KY, leading development, operations, sales and marketing. They now will help facilitate the growth, support and expansion of new Legacy Reserve communities under construction and through their opening phases.

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Jacqueline Kennedy

As executive director of Legacy Reserve Fritz Farm, Brinegar developed policies, procedures, and protocols for the 167-unit community while serving as the on-site owner representative for all aspects of construction. She began her career with seniors working in acute care hospitals, providing therapy services to adults with neurologic deficits due to stroke, head injury and various neurological diagnoses.

Kennedy helped build the programming, structure and vision for the Legacy Reserve communities. In a 16-month time span, Legacy Reserve reached 100% occupancy, with a growing waiting list, according to Atlas.

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Kristie Carty

Kennedy has had a 30-year career in the senior housing field. Former roles in the industry include sales counselor and senior director of sales and marketing, a role in which she helped facilitate a five-year-plus span of 100% occupancy and no lost revenue days for a 258-unit community, Atlas said. 

Carty formerly was sales and marketing director of Legacy Ridge Trussville, Trussville, AL.

In becoming the sales and marketing director for Legacy Ridge Trussville, she quickly gained success in helping the community achieve 100% occupancy and maintaining it with no lost revenue days for almost a year, according to Atlas. Carty subsequently was promoted to the regional sales director position, in which she provides support to the sales and marketing Directors among the Atlas communities.

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Angie Surls

Surls joins the Atlas team with more than 20 years of experience in senior living. Early in her career, she was a sales and marketing manager for Brookdale Senior Living. She later obtained her healthcare administration license and was promoted to executive director in 2008. While in that role, she was a leader and mentor to all new executive directors in South Carolina and became area director over three properties.

Cadence Living hires Jay Johnson as executive director at Cadence at Poway Gardens

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Jay Johnson

Jay Johnson has been hired by Scottsdale, AZ-based Cadence Living to be the executive director at Cadence at Poway Gardens in the San Diego metropolitan statistical area.

Johnson has almost 30 years of experience in senior living, including multiple positions as executive director throughout the years. He spent 17 years with ActiveCare, both in assisted living and memory care settings, in positions including executive director at Bressi Ranch in Carlsbad, CA, Montview Retirement Community in Montrose, CA and in Point Loma, CA. He also has managed communities for Catholic Health Initiatives and Anthem Memory Care.

Landis Communities appoints three new board members

Landis Communities, Lititz, PA, has named three new board members.

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Nelson Okanya

Nelson Okanya is the global missions president of the Center For Serving Leadership, Claysville, PA. Before that, he was the president of Eastern Mennonite Missions for seven years. Prior to that, for almost six years, he was pastor of Capital Christian Fellowship, Lanham, MD.

Okanya is a Doctor of Intercultural Studies degree candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary and holds an M.Div. degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary.

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Hilda Shirk

Hilda Shirk, Ph.D., recently retired as president and CEO of Lancaster Health Center. In previous positions, she managed and marketed a national association self-funded employee health benefit plan and offered leadership to the Partnership for Public Health, Lancaster County.

Shirk has a Ph.D. in business administration, management, from Northcentral University, a Master of Social Work degree in urban family from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Goshen College.

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Daniel Wubah

Daniel Wubah, Ph.D., has been the president of Millersville University, Millersville, PA, since July 2018.

Dr. Wubah earned his B.Sc. in botany and Dip. Ed. in Education from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He earned a Master of Science degree in biology from the University of Akron, Akron, OH, and a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Georgia. In addition, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the EPA research lab in Athens, GA.

As a microbiologist, Wubah has had his research published in journals and magazines and has presented at many conferences. Before coming to Millersville, he was provost and senior adviser to the president at Washington and Lee University. Previously, he held positions at Virginia Tech, the University of Florida, James Madison University and Towson University.