Westminster Communities of Florida names Terry Rogers new CEO

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Terry Rogers

Terry Rogers has been named the next CEO of Westminster Communities of Florida, Orlando, effective April 20.

Westminster, the nation’s 12th largest not-for-profit senior living organization, according to the 2019 LeadingAge Ziegler 200 list, serves more than 7,000 residents in 22 communities throughout Florida. Its current CEO, Roger Stevens, previously had announced plans to retire in March.

For the past four years, Rogers has been the president and CEO of Englewood, CO-based multi-site senior living organization Christian Living Communities and Cappella Living Solutions, its consulting and management division. Before that, he was the president and CEO of St. Martin’s in the Pines, a large retirement community in Birmingham, AL.

Rogers graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in financial management. He is working closely with CLC/CLS Board Chair Greg Terry to find a replacement; a national search has begun. Chief Operating Officer Camille Burke has been named interim CEO.

“In his four years with CLC-Cappella Living Solutions, Terry Rogers has furthered the vision and mission of the organization, doubling our size and touching more lives than ever before with our good work,” Terry said.

Pegasus Senior Living hires Justin Wray as vice president of sales and marketing

Justin Wray

Justin Wray is joining Pegasus Senior Living, Dallas, as the new vice president of sales and marketing.

Wray comes to Pegasus with an extensive background in senior living, including executive-level roles in both the sales and operations fields. Most recently, he was vice president of operations and marketing of Frontier Management, a senior living organization that manages 100 communities across 13 states.

Justin has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Northern Arizona University, is an assisted living administrator under the Texas Health and Human Services, and is RCFE-certified (residential care facilities for the elderly). He also is working on his MBA in data analytics at Louisiana State University.

Waltonwood Cary Parkway names Brian O’Hara executive director

Brian O’Hara is the new executive director at Waltonwood Cary Parkway, Cary, NC. He will oversee the daily operations of the community and provide support to each department to ensure the needs of each resident and individual in the community are met.

O’Hara brings more than 20 years of senior living experience to his new role. He started on the non-clinical side of senior living before making a career move to pharmaceuticals. He returned to the industry and worked his way up to area director of operations for a senior living company.

O’Hara went to school at Barton College in Wilson, NC.

Brookdale appoints Jordan R. Asher, M.D., M.S., to Board of Directors

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Jordan Asher, M.D., M.S.

Jordan R. Asher, M.D., M.S., has been appointed an independent director at Brentwood, TN-based Brookdale Senior Living.

Asher was appointed as a Class II member of the board for a term scheduled to expire at the company’s 2020 annual meeting of stockholders. Brookdale’s board now has nine directors, eight of whom are independent.

Asher has more than 20 years of expertise and a history of success in large matrixed, mission-based, national healthcare systems. Since 2018, he has been the chief physician executive and senior vice president of Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, VA., a large integrated delivery health system including a clinically integrated network and insurance company serving Virginia and North Carolina. Asher has a wide range of responsibilities, including a focus on growth strategies for clinical care and development and implementation of value-based care and payment models.

Before Sentara, Asher had served in several executive roles with Ascension since 2006, including chief clinical officer of its Ascension Care Management subsidiary from 2016 to 2018, with responsibility for network development and population and risk management. He was chief clinical officer and chief innovation officer of Ascension’s Missionpoint Health Partners subsidiary from 2015 to 2016 and chief medical officer and chief integration officer of Missionpoint Health Partners from 2011 to 2015.

Asher earned his undergraduate degree from Emory University in 1986, an medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1990, and an M.S. in medical management from the University of Texas at Dallas and Southwestern Medical Center in 2001.

Five Star Senior Living elects Michael Wagner, M.D., and Jennifer Clark to its Board of Directors

Michael E. Wagner, M.D., and Jennifer B. Clark have joined the Newton, MA-based Five Star Senior Living Board of Directors as an independent director and managing director, respectively.

Five Star also re-designated its existing director, Gerard M. Martin, as an independent director. The board now has seven directors, including five independent directors and three women.

Wagner has been the chief physician executive of Wellforce, a $2 billion healthcare system located throughout Eastern Massachusetts and anchored by Tufts Medical Center in Boston, since May 2018. He was interim president and CEO of Wellforce during 2019.

He has served on the Wellforce Board of Trustees since 2014, including board committee membership on the quality of care and governance and nominating committees. He began his association with Tufts Medical Center in 1999 and was president and CEO of the hospital from 2013 to 2018, president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization from 2012 to 2014, and chief medical officer from 2011 to 2013. He also is an associate professor of clinical medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Clark is executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of The RMR Group Inc. and The RMR Group LLC and a member of the RMR Executive Operating Committee. She has been a managing director of RMR since 2018. 

Clark is responsible for all legal matters affecting the RMR-managed companies. She also is the secretary of all the RMR managed companies and serves on the board of Diversified Healthcare Trust, RMR Real Estate Income Fund and Sonesta International Hotels Corp.

Clark is president, CEO and secretary of RMR Advisors LLC, an Securities and Exchange Commission-registered investment adviser. She also is executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Tremont Realty Advisors LLC, a wholly owned, SEC-registered investment adviser subsidiary of RMR acquired in 2016.

Before joining The RMR Group in 1999, Clark was a partner at the law firm Sullivan & Worcester LLP, where she had a broad-based real estate and finance practice.

Virginia Lutheran Homes names Charles L. Downs Jr. as corporate counsel

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Charles L. Downs Jr.

Charles L. Downs Jr. is now corporate counsel for Roanoke, VA-based Virginia Lutheran Homes, owners and operators of Brandon Oaks life plan community.

“With the business of healthcare becoming more complex, we knew it was the right time to add corporate counsel to our staff, as many other healthcare organizations have done over the past few years,” Virginia Lutheran Homes’ President and CEO Heather Neff said. “We are so fortunate that Charles comes to us with the background in healthcare law and an appreciation for our mission.”

Downs has practiced law in Virginia for more than 20 years. Over the years, he has focused his practice on health law and the representation of healthcare providers and institutions in various legal matters.

Most recently, Downs was a partner at the Roanoke office of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, an AMLaw100 law firm with offices across the United States.