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Meredith Boyle joins Mather LifeWays as senior vice president, strategic initiatives

Meredith Boyle

Meredith Boyle has joined Mather LifeWays, Evanston, IL, as senior vice president, strategic initiatives.

She will help develop strategic partnerships, collaboration and alliances that supports the mission, vision, goals and values of the organization.

Boyle brings more than 30 years of experience to the role. She most recently worked for BB&T Capital Markets in Richmond, VA.

Marsha Butler hired as momentum director at Lorien Health Services

Marsha Butler

Marsha Butler is the new momentum director at Lorien Health Services, Ellicott City, MD. She will be responsible for developing future growth initiatives.

“Marsha brings two decades of experience to our team,” Lorien Health Services CEO Lou Grimmel Sr. said. “She will help us continue to evolve our thinking and keep our momentum moving forward.”

In the late 1990s, Butler worked on Lorien Health Service’s business development team. She then moved to Genesis, where she was vice president of business development. While at Genesis, she oversaw sales and marketing efforts, with more than 100 employees reporting to her from multiple states.

Butler earned a nursing degree from Essex Community College and an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Vantage Point names regional director of operations, associate director of community relations

Dave Bolton has joined Vantage Point Retirement Living, Rehoboth Beach, DE, as regional director of operations, and Jim Hellier has joined as associate director of community relations.

Both have decades of experience, according to Vantage Point.

The company owns and operates The Lodge at Truitt Homestead, The Lodge at Historic Lewes and Meadowcrest at Middletown, independent living communities with monthly rents. All are scheduled to open either this year or next year.

Angela Bowden is new regional director of operations at Watercrest

Angela Bowden

Angela Bowden has joined Watercrest Senior Living Group, Vero Beach, FL, in a new role as regional director of operations.

Bowden will support operational strategy for all communities owned and operated by Watercrest as the organization prepares to open a dozen new senior living communities in the next few years.

With more than 20 years of experience in senior living, Bowden most recently was area director of an assisted living organization, where she oversaw multiple communities and trained, audited and supported individual and community-wide goals.

Kelly Arnao promoted to senior executive director at Benchmark

Kelly Arnao

Kelly Arnao has been promoted to the newly created position of senior executive director at Benchmark Senior Living, where she will oversee the three Massachusetts assisted living communities known as The Branches.

Arnao will continue to lead The Branches of North Attleboro, which she opened in 2017, while overseeing the development of two new communities, The Branches of Marlboro opening in November, and The Branches of Framingham opening in January.

Arnao has spent almost a decade in senior living serving within communities for Benchmark and, previously, The Northbridge Companies. She graduated from Johnson and Wales University with an undergraduate degree in hotel, motel and restaurant management.

Cory St. Aubin joins The Village at Stonebridge as executive director

Cory St. Aubin

Cory St. Aubin has joined The Village at Stonebridge, an Integral Senior Living  community in McKinney, TX, as executive director.

She will provide overall management of the community’s team and operations, and work closely with the management company, Integral.

Before joining Stonebridge, St. Aubin spent three years as executive director at Harbor Retirement Associates. She also worked as vice president of operations and marketing for PCS Home Health Care.

Leisa Cawthon named executive director of Watercrest Newnan Assisted Living and Memory Care

Leisa Cawthon

Leisa Cawthon has been named executive director of Watercrest Newnan Assisted Living and Memory Care in Newnan, GA. The community is under construction and is scheduled to open in July.

Cawthon entered the healthcare field more than 25 years ago in rehabilitation therapy, advancing through education and training to work in nursing, geriatrics, occupational health and pediatric neurology.

She said she was drawn to senior living due to her strong relationship with her grandmother; she accepted a position as wellness director for an assisted living community in 2009. From there, she moved to roles as an executive director and regional leader, which encompassed training, operational management and startup expertise.

Wendy Mcilnay hired at Cadence Millbrae as executive director

Wendy Mcilnay has joined Cadence Millbrae, a Cadence Living community in Millbrae, CA, as executive director.

Mcilnay has more than 27 years of experience working in senior communities, including independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing.

She has fulfilled the role as regional vice president of operations and executive director for multiple communities, such as Aegis Living Edmonds, Sunrise of Playa Vista, Pacifica Senior Living and, most recently, a Northstar Senior Living community.

Senior Living Communities names four for new community

Senior Living Communities has named four new staff members to its newest assisted living and memory care community, The Charlotte, in Charlotte, NC.

Sara Zimmerman

Sara Zimmerman is lifestyle adviser. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in healthcare management from Winthrop University. After working in various roles within the senior living industry, Zimmerman pursued a Master of Health Administration degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

Donnie Peele

Emily Edleblute has been named resident care director. Emily earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from York College of Pennsylvania. Over the years, she has obtained licensure in North Carolina and other necessary certifications.

Donnie Peele is the new director of facility services. Peele has been working in the facility services industry in various roles.

Benjamin Smith is the director of dining services. Smith began his journey at the Baltimore International College to master his skills in the kitchen. He has worked in various formal and fine dining kitchens, maintaining a leadership role in the kitchen while focusing on yearly food costs and food production.

Spring Village at Dover hires three directors

Allison Sullivan-Smith

Spring Village at Dover, a 56-bed assisted living community specializing in memory care and opening in Dover, NH, in June, has hired a director of nursing, maintenance director and dining services director.

Nicholas Griffin

The community is managed and was developed by Woodbine Senior Living.

Allison Sullivan-Smith is the director of nursing. A graduate of St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, Sullivan-Smith has been a practicing nurse for more than 25 years, with a background in long-term care, assisted living, memory / dementia care and hospice.

Rob Caron

Nicholas Griffin is maintenance director. Griffin previously worked with Woodbine as the maintenance director of the organization’s community in Rye, NH. He has worked in various areas of property maintenance since 1998 and is also a member of the Strafford County Board of Realtors.

Rob Caron is the dining services director. He began working in restaurants and kitchens while still in his teens. Over the years, Caron has worked in a variety of kitchens and also has spent many years catering weddings, birthdays and other functions. Most recently, Rob spent eight years at the Gafney Home in Rochester, NH.

Mark Maccaroni hired as fitness manager at Laurel Circle

Mark Maccaroni has been hired as fitness manager at Laurel Circle, a Bridgewater, NJ, community managed by Life Care Services. He will oversee physical training and exercise programs for the senior living community’s 200 residents.

Maccaroni previously worked at Urge Fitness, a Ewing, NJ, gym and fitness center, where he was director of fitness. Before Urge, he was a personal trainer at New Jersey Athletic Club in Lawrenceville, NJ, and a strength and conditioning coach at Elite Athletics in Hamilton, NJ.

Maccaroni has an undergraduate degree in health and exercise science from The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. He’s a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Audra Hopkins appointed executive director of the Morning Pointe Foundation

Audra Hopkins

Audra Hopkins has been named executive director of the Morning Pointe Foundation,  Ooltewah, TN-based Morning Pointe Senior Living and Independent Healthcare Properties announced.

The nonprofit arm of the company provides caregiver support, sponsors educational awareness events and awards scholarships to students pursuing degrees in geriatric nursing.

Hopkins joins the home office team from Pinnacle Financial Partners, where she helped orchestrate the local non-profit outreach program, organized and led associate outreach and engagement initiatives, and led the workplace culture committee, among other duties. Before her work with Pinnacle, Hopkins also held positions with BB&T and the Tennessee Valley Credit Union.

A graduate of Bryan College, Hopkins has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a marketing specialization. She brings almost 10 years of business experience to her role at the foundation.

Laurie Cashman appointed director of education at Mass-ALA

Laurie Cashman

Laurie Cashman has been appointed director of education at the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association.

She will be responsible for overall educational initiatives and programming for Mass-ALA and its membership, including producing various educational programs, seminars, trainings, the annual conference and trade show, and creating educational resources for members.  

For the past 11 years, Cashman has been the executive director of Christopher Heights of Webster, an assisted living community. She also is an adjunct professor of gerontology at Quinsigamond Community College, where she has taught courses in gerontology, human development, human services, psychology and sociology.

Previously, Cashman was executive director of the Northborough Senior Center/Council on Aging, as well as coordinator of information, referral and advocacy services for the city of Worcester Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Cashman is also a certified life coach, working with individuals to help them succeed both personally and professionally.

Patrick Harrison named new director of post-acute care at Healthcare Association of Hawaii

Patrick Harrison

Patrick M. Harrison is joining the Healthcare Association of Hawaii as director of post-acute care.

He brings nine years of experience in the field and will be responsible for HAH’s post-acute member organizations, which include assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home care and hospice organizations.

“Hawaii is unique in having both acute-care and post-acute care organizations within one healthcare industry trade organization. Patrick will help us work together towards common industry goals and a healthier Hawaii,” said Hilton Raethel, MPH, MHA, HAH’s president and CEO.

Harrison most recently was the admission and discharge coordinator at Aloha Nursing and Rehab Centre in Kaneohe, HI, where he worked for nine years and oversaw a wide variety of legislative and regulatory initiatives involving post-acute care.

He has an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He also completed one year of graduate coursework toward a master’s degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has since transferred to the William S. Richardson School of Law and will graduate with a law degree in May. He plans to take the bar exam this summer.

Evelyn Morales will head United Hebrew’s home health division

Evelyn Morales

Evelyn Morales, a 28-year veteran of the healthcare industry, has been named the new head of United Hebrew’s home health division.

In her new role, Morales will oversee United Hebrew’s certified home health agency and also will manage AZOR Licensed Home Care, which serves elderly clients who need help with care planning, medication management and support for daily living.

Before joining United Hebrew, Morales was the interdisciplinary care team manager for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, where she oversaw a team of nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and social workers to ensure comprehensive and coordinated care. Before that, she was vice president of care coordination for Brightpoint Health, overseeing the care program for more than 7,000 patients in New York City.

Morales also has held senior-level positions at the Children’s Rehabilitation Center in White Plains, Amerigroup Community Connections in New York City and Lighthouse International in White Plains.

She earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from New York University and completed a master’s degree in public health administration at Long Island University. She became a certified case manager in 2015 and a certified population health coordinator in 2017.

Julie McConnell hired as marketing director at ORIX Real Estate Capital

Julie McConnell

Julie McConnell has been hired as director of marketing, communication and research at ORIX Real Estate Capital, the combined company of Lancaster Pollard and RED Capital Group.

She will oversee the integration of the Lancaster Pollard and RED marketing teams, led by Tyler Howard and Lisalynne Quinn, respectively. She also will oversee the firm’s research efforts, led by Daniel Hogan, director of research.

McConnell spent the past 11 years at Diamond Hill Capital Management, an investment management firm, most recently as head of marketing and communications and intermediary sales.

She has an undergraduate degree in communication from Ohio State University and completed an executive education in constructive collaboration at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Carolyn Burgess, Matthew Whitlock join Berkshire

Carolyn Burgess has joined the investments team of Boston-based Berkshire as senior vice president and chief credit officer, and Matthew Whitlock has joined as managing director and chief investment officer of senior housing.

Before joining Berkshire, Burgess was vice president, multifamily chief risk officer at Fannie Mae, where she led a team responsible for oversight of the multifamily mortgage business.

Burgess has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial mortgage industry, including previous employment at Berkshire before joining Fannie Mae. She also has completed executive leadership and risk programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Business School and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Before joining Berkshire, Whitlock was a vice chairman and partner at CBRE, where he was co-manager of the national seniors housing group.

He has worked with senior housing operators and developers across the United States, responsible for more than $10 billion in investment sales transactions and more than $3.5 billion in mortgage originations through various sources, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD.

Taylor Design announces appointments, promotions

Taylor Design, an employee-owned architectural, interior design and design strategy firm serving senior living and other clients, has announced appointments and promotions across the firm’s offices in San Francisco, Irvine, CA, and San Diego.

Matt Johnson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Eric Peabody, LEED AP BD+C, have been promoted to principals in the San Francisco office.

Johnson has more than 20 years of healthcare architecture experience. He joined Taylor Design in September 2011. Peabody joined the firm in June 2013.

Stephanie L’Estrange, IIDA, CID, has been promoted to senior associate and was appointed interior design practice leader in the San Francisco office. She joined the firm in January 2018, bringing more 20 years of leadership and design experience in commercial architecture and workplace interiors.

Karva Sykes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, has been named an associate in the San Francisco office. A project manager and architect, she joined the firm in August 2013.

John Gresko, AIA, LEED AP, Jen Leonard and Steve Bennett have been named associates in the Irvine, CA, office.

Gresko, as office leader, oversees all aspects of the company’s Orange County operations, from business development to management of the office. With 20 years of design experience, he manages some of the firm’s most complex hospital expansion and healthcare renovation efforts. He joined the firm in 2016.

Leonard joined Taylor Design in April 2017 as design strategy practice leader. Bennett spearheaded the growth of Taylor Design’s technical capabilities after joining the firm as BIM manager in August 2017.

Alejandra Nadal has been named an associate in the San Diego office. A senior project manager, she joined the firm in July 2016, bringing more than 21 years of leadership and design experience.

Ken Misch promoted to president and chief financial officer at Medhost

Ken Misch

Ken Misch, chief financial officer at Medhost, has added president to his roles. The Franklin, TN-based company provides an electronic health record and other clinical, financial and healthcare engagement solutions and services.

In addition to financial oversight, Misch will be responsible for the continued innovation, optimization and growth of Medhost’s hosted, managed, security and cloud-based solutions. He also will lead the implementation, information technology and human resources departments.

Ken Misch joined Medhost in 2013 as chief financial officer. Before joining Medhost, he was CFO and CIO at DynaVox, and he has held several other CFO positions.

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