Genesis Healthcare names new leaders as organization shifts to market-focused model

Melissa Powell

Melissa Powell has been named chief operating officer, Orrin Feingold has been named chief financial officer, Mike Sherman will take on an expanded role as the executive vice president and chief legal officer, and Susan Overton has been named general counsel at Kennett Square, PA-based Genesis Healthcare as the organization transitions to a market-focused model and launches a 100-day plan to increase revenue, reduce costs and streamline the decision-making process.

Genesis made the announcement Friday, just weeks after announcing the end of the consulting engagement for CEO Harry Wilson.

Before joining the company, Powell was president and COO of the Allure Group. She has two decades of experience coordinating, assessing and improving senior care using a market-focused model in New Jersey and New York. Powell also was a McKnight’s Women of Distinction Hall of Honor inductee in 2021.

Feingold formerly was CFO at ComplexCare Solutions, Schweiger Dermatology and Sovereign Health Services. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School. 

Sherman, who has been the company’s senior vice president, general counsel, will oversee legal, compliance, government relations, mergers and acquisitions in his expanded role. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Duke University School of Law.

Overton is transitioning from the company’s senior vice president – deputy general counsel for risk and litigation. She began her career as a registered nurse before receiving a law degree. She joined Genesis in 2011.

As part of the change to a market-based model, Paul Bach, COO; JoAnne Reifsnyder, PhD, MSN, MBA, FAAN, chief nursing officer and a 2020 McKnight’s Women of Distinction Hall of Honor inductee; and Tom DiVittorio, CFO, have given notice that they will leave the organization. Bach and Reifsnyder will depart Dec. 1, and DiVittorio will depart Feb. 1.

The Springs Living in Salem names Cari Buchholz senior executive director

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Cari Buchholz

Cari Buchholz has been named senior executive director of The Springs Living, Salem, OR. 

In her new position, Buchholz will provide enhanced support and resources to residents and staff members across the three senior living communities: The Springs at Lancaster Village; The Springs at Sunnyview and The Springs at Willowcreek. The three communities collectively have approximately 300 residents and almost 200 staff members. 

Before joining the organization, Buchholz most recently was the executive director for Emerald Pointe Senior Living in Keizer, OR. She has an undergraduate degree in business economics and sociology from Willamette University. 

Kisco Senior Living hirers Daizel Gasperian as executive director 

Daizel Gasperian has joined Kisco Senior Living, Anaheim, CA, as executive director. 

She has 28 years of experience in the senior living industry, with more than two decades in administration.

Gasperian has earned many awards for her accomplishments in operations. She holds an MBA degree from the University of Southern California.

Springpoint Living at Manalapan welcomes Gary Lessing as director of food services

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Gary Lessing

Gary Lessing has joined Springpoint Living at Manalapan, Manalapan, NJ, as director of food services. The Springpoint Senior Living community will open in late 2021.

In his new role, Lessing will oversee the dining services team to provide an array of healthful dining options. The menu will be Mediterranean-style and feature heart-healthy dishes, plant-based options and other dietary accommodations. 

Before joining the community, Lessing directed culinary services at Care One in Hamilton and East Brunswick, NJ, as well as the Clare Estate in Bordentown, NJ. He has more than 15 years of experience in the culinary, hospitality and healthcare fields.

Lessing studied hospitality management and culinary arts at Paul Smith’s College.

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Dee Donoho-Alemany

Cypress Living hires Dee Donoho-Alemany to lead IT enterprise applications

Dee Donoho-Alemany has joined Cypress Living, Fort Myers, FL, as the enterprise applications manager.  She previously worked at Lee Health.

Donoho-Alemany earned her licensed practical nursing degree in 2008 and is in the process of obtaining an information technology management degree from Western Governor’s University.

Green House Project hires Ann McLaughlin as project coach

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Ann McLaughlin

Ann McLaughlin has joined the Green House Project as project coach. 

In this role, she will support eldercare organizations as they develop new Green House communitie. She also will implement culture change programs nationwide and give insight into structural and policy reforms to create lasting change in long-term care.

Before joining the organization, McLaughlin was a health and aging policy fellow in the office of U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D) of Illinois. There, she wrote legislation and advised the congresswoman’s staff on policy issues. 

McLaughlin is also a licensed nursing home administrator and holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. 

Former New Senior EVP Bhairav Patel joining Centerspace

Former New Senior Investment Group Executive Vice President of Finance and Accounting Bhairav Patel is joining Minneapolis-based apartment community owner and operator Centerspace as executive vice president and will transition into the role of chief financial officer in the first quarter of 2022.

He will succeed John Kirchmann, who is leaving Centerspace to pursue other opportunities.

Patel has more than 15 years of finance and accounting experience, most recently with real estate investment trust New Senior, which was acquired by Ventas, another REIT, in September.

Patel officially had joined New Senior in January 2019 upon the internalization of the company’s management function and in October 2019  was appointed interim CFO. During his tenure at New Senior, he was responsible for overseeing the company’s accounting, finance, treasury and tax functions.

Before working directly for New Senior, Patel was managing director in Fortress Investment Group’s private equity group beginning in March 2016, when he was appointed chief accounting officer for New Senior, which was externally managed by Fortress at the time. Patel had joined Fortress in 2007 and served in various capacities within the corporate accounting and finance divisions, including as head of Fortress’ financial planning and analysis group.

Before joining Fortress in 2007, Patel was an accounting manager at GSC Group, an alternative asset manager focused on credit-based strategies.

He received an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in commerce from the University of Mumbai in India) and is a certified public accountant (inactive).

Jefferson’s Ferry employee named Long Island Employee of Distinction 

Katharine Fallon, life enrichment program manager at Jefferson’s Ferry, a life plan community in South Setauket, NY, has been recognized with the Employee of Distinction Award from LeadingAge New York.

The award recognizes the dedication of staff members who do not hold upper management positions. Honorees are chosen based on how their actions have positively affected the quality of life for residents or have significantly improved a service or program and demonstrated commitment to their workplace. 

Her previously was named Member of the Year 2019 by the Brookhaven Chambers of Commerce Coalition, Woman of the Year 2019 by The Long Island Advance and Top 50 Women in Business, 2020, by the Long Island Business News.