Cedar Community promotes Nicole Pretre as CEO

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Nicole Pretre

Nicole Pretre has been promoted to CEO of Cedar Community of West Bend, WI. 

Pretre is currently the company’s vice president and has provided executive leadership since 2015. She has 20 years of senior living and healthcare experience.

In addition to her work for Cedar Community, Pretre also is on the board of directors of both the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Washington County.

Essex Communities names CEO, COO

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Frankie J. Pane

Michael McGillick and Frankie J. Pane have been promoted by Essex Communities of Omaha, NE, to CEO and president and chief operating officer, respectively. 

As CEO, McGillick will provide oversight of the Essex team as it develops, constructs, markets and manages an age-restricted community portfolio. He has been with Essex for 20 years, and his accomplishments include leading development of many age-restricted communities throughout a six-state area in the Midwest.

In his new role, Pane will oversee and give strategic direction, secure responsible growth, enhance corporate services and improve efficiencies throughout the organization. He has worked at Essex since 2003, where he led the development of new communities and acquisition of existing communities. He also oversaw the operations of 30 current and former Essex-managed communities. 

St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System’s president, Mary Alice Ryan, is retiring

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Mary-Alice Ryan

Mary Alice Ryan, president and CEO of St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors in St. Louis, MO, is retiring.

Ryan, who was a 2020 McKnight’s Women of Distinction Hall of Honor inductee, has worked at St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors for 37 years. She has been the company’s president and CEO since 1991. During her tenure, the organization grew from two to 16 senior living apartment buildings with approximately 350 residents. 

She will maintain her professional affiliation with St. Andrew’s for two years after her retirement as a consultant.

Hebrew SeniorLife appoints Jennifer Derkazarian chief quality officer

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Jennifer Derkazarian

Jennifer Derkazarian has been appointed as chief quality officer by Hebrew SeniorLife, Boston.

Derkazarian’s new role will be a combination of risk management, safety and quality measurement functions with compliance, regulatory and improvement initiatives spanning all Hebrew SeniorLife service areas (including the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Long-Term Chronic Care Services and Rehabilitation Services Units). She also will be responsible for the skilled nursing facility at Orchard Cove in Canton, MA, NewBridge on the Charles Assisted Living in Dedham, MA, and outpatient clinics, home care and hospice in the Greater Boston Area. Additionally, she will be in charge of direct management and oversight tasks for infection control and process improvement.

Before joining Hebrew SeniorLife, she worked as a chief nursing officer at Atrius Health.

The Springs Living hires Josh Votava director of capital improvements

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Josh Vovata

Josh Votava has been named the director of capital improvements for The Springs Living, a senior living community in McMinnville, OR. 

In his new role, Votava will oversee strategies for capital expense forecasting and completion, remodels and new construction project management for 18 senior living communities in both Oregon and Montana.

Votava has 20 years of experience in plant operations for senior living communities. For more than five years, he worked as the director of facilities for Prestige Care. In this role, he was responsible for managing capital expenditure needs and plant operations for 88 communities.

The Springs at Lake Oswego hires Howard Jacobs executive director

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Howard Jacobs

Howard Jacobs has been announced as the executive director of The Springs at Lake Oswego, Oswego, OR. The community is owned and operated by The Springs Living.

In his new position, Jacobs will oversee all aspects of the senior living community. He has 20-plus years of experience at the company.

Most recently, Jacobs was the general manager of a senior living community in the Seattle area. He also has a comprehensive background in leading diamond luxury hotels and resort properties, including serving as an area general manager at Destination Hotels. 

Friendship brings in two new admissions team members

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Liz Nelson

Liz Nelson and Jessica Whitaker have been appointed at Friendship of Roanoke, VA, as new admissions team members for both Friendship Health and Rehab Center and Salem Terrace at Harrogate, independent and assisted living.

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Jessica Whitaker

Nelson has been appointed as the new director of hospital and community relations. She is a registered nurse with more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare field. She has worked in both senior living and hospital settings. 

Whitaker will serve as the director of marketing and admissions. She has 10 years of marketing experience and has been in the healthcare industry for three years. 

Greenridge Place names Beth Andrews community relations director

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Beth Andrews

Beth Andrews has been named the community relations director of Greenridge Place, owned and operated by Anthem Memory Care, in Westminster, CO.

Andrews most recently served as the director of community relations for MorningStar Senior Living in Boulder, CO. She has been in marketing and admissions roles for senior living communities and nursing and rehabilitation centers for 20 years.

Bridges by EPOCH at Hingham promotes Shari Flight to senior adviser

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Shari Flight

Shari Flight has been promoted to senior adviser of Bridges by EPOCH of Hingham, MA. 

In the position, Flight will be responsible for developing and fostering supportive relationships with residents, clients, families, prospects, referral sources, organizations and area professionals to ensure that the benefits of the Bridges lifestyle are used.

Flight has more than 10 years of experience in both programming and dementia care. Her past roles include life enrichment director, certified dementia practitioner and a care coach.

Stone Rehabilitation & Senior Living announces Greg Hoonjan as executive director

Greg Hoonjan has been announced as the new executive director of Stone Rehabilitation & Senior Living in Newton, MA. 

Hoonjan has more than eight years of experience in the long-term care field and has held a variety of roles, including serving as an administrator for many long-term care facilities.

Stone Rehabilitation & Senior Living offers a continuity of care, including skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation, long-term rehabilitation and a nonprofit retirement community called the Petee House.

AMDA elects four 2021-2022 board of directors

AMDA–The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, based in Columbia, MD, has elected four board of directors for 2021–2022. 

Karl Steinberg, M.D., HMCD, CMD, is president; Suzanne Gillespie, M.D., RD, CMD, is president elect; Milta O. Little, D.O., CMD, is vice president; and Swati Gaur, M.D., MBA, CMD, is treasurer.

Steinberg has worked as a nursing home and hospice medical director since 1995 and currently is the chief medical officer of Mariner Health Central and Beecan Health. He also is the medical director of Life Care Center in the Vista, Carlsbad by the Sea Center.

Gillespie currently is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics/Aging, as well as the associate professor of emergency medicine, at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Additionally, she is the associate chief of staff for Geriatrics Extended Care & Rehabilitation. She has served AMDA in many capacities, including as the chair of the House of Delegates and the vice chair of the Public Policy Committee.

Little is an associate professor of geriatric medicine at Duke University as well as a senior fellow in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. She also serves on the NP/PA council and the editorial board for JAMDA. Little regularly contributes to Caring for the Ages.

Gaur has served AMDA in many capacities. Currently, she is the chair of the Infection Advisory Subcommittee and is a member of the COVID-19 task force, or “COVID SWAT team.” She is also a member of the Innovation Platform Advisory Council and the Clinical Practice Steering Committee as well as a reviewer for JAMDA.

Rees names Chris Muder the Senior Living leader

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Chris Muder

Chris Muder has been named the senior living leader of REES, a senior living design facility with headquarters in Oklahoma City, OK; Dallas and, soon, Houston. 

Muder joined REES in 2017 as a project manager and recently was promoted to senior associate. He has more than 15 years of experience planning, designing and managing projects, and the past 12 of those years were spent in senior living.

Rees has designed senior living communities for more than 30 years and completed more than 400 projects.

Mike Miller retires from Rice Fergus Miller

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Mike Miller

Mike Miller, an architect at Rice Fergus Miller, will retire this month after 19 years as a principal and owner of the Bremerton, WA-based architecture, interiors and planning firm.

Miller led the design of senior living and healthcare facilities, complementing the company’s focus on community architecture and planning. He was welcomed as a fellow owner of the firm in 2002.

Moving forward, Jennifer Fleming and Greg Belding, both principals and owners, will co-lead the operations of the firm. They both have worked alongside Miller.

Miller was responsible for projects demonstrating longevity of Rice Fergus Miller’s client relationships, including Emerald Communities’ Emerald Heights in Redmond, WA, and Heron’s Key in Gig Harbor, WA.

Creating Results appoints Lauren Pellegrino account director

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Lauren Pellegrino

Lauren Pellegrino has been appointed as the account director at Creating Results, a full-service marketing agency in Woodbridge, VA,focused on senior living organizations. 

As account director, Pellegrino will carry on a decade worth of experience in digital marketing, project management and account direction.

Before coming to Creative Results, Pellegrino was a digital media specialist at Spinutech, a web design and development agency specializing in delivering internet solutions focused on meeting and exceeding client needs.

Ron Phillips joins Sysco Corp. from Omnicare

Ron Philips is leaving Omnicare and joining Sysco Corp. of Houston.

Philips has more than 25 years of experience in the long-term care field and most recently was the senior vice president, human resources, retail, at Omnicare, a CVS Health pharmacy services provider focused on supporting residents and staff members in long-term care.

Sysco Corp. sells, markets and distributes food products to senior living communities and healthcare, restaurants and educational facilities. The company has more than 57,000 associates and operates 326 distribution facilities worldwide.