Chicago Pacific Founders announces Guy Geller as president of CPF Living 

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Guy Geller

Guy Geller is the new president of CPF Living, a subsidiary of Chicago Pacific Founders. He will continue to serve in his role as president of Grace Management.

Geller joined both organizations in 2016 and has been serving in a dual role as the chief operating officer of CPF Living and president of Grace Management. 

“We are thrilled to memorialize Guy’s success and contributions with his new dual role,” said John Rijos, who remains CPF Living’s chairman and CEO. “I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Guy for over 15 years. We have the utmost trust and confidence in Guy continuing to lead CPF Living and Grace Management in our ongoing success and growth.”

Geller’s work experience in the senior living realm spans operations, investment, acquisitions and asset management. Chicago Pacific Founders credits him with cultivating “exponential growth within the Grace Management portfolio of senior living communities.”

Geller is a graduate of Cornell University and maintains affiliations with the American Seniors Housing Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Future Care Home Commission Group and the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom. 

Lutheran Senior Services welcomes Adam Marles as new president and CEO

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Adam Marles

Adam Marles officially began serving as president and CEO of Lutheran Senior Services, St. Louis, yesterday. 

Formerly, Marles was president and CEO of LeadingAge PA, the Keystone State affiliate of the national LeadingAge organization. He also has held various other positions at senior living organizations, including senior vice president of advancement and strategic initiative for Phoebe-Devitt Homes.

Before beginning a career in senior living, Marles worked as a practicing attorney, representing healthcare providers.

Marles has a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University, a Master of Arts degree in public

communication from American University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Muhlenberg College.

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Jason Harris

Sinceri Senior Living hires Jason Harris as new CFO

Jason Harris has joined Sinceri Senior Living, Vancouver, WA, as chief financial officer. The company formerly was known as JEA & Associates.

For the past decade, Harris had been senior vice president of analytics, acquisition and asset management for Meridian Senior Living.

United Church Homes restructures

Marion, OH-based United Church Homes has announced a new leadership structure with five new “Centers of Leadership” to support the organization’s strategic growth goals. Each center is led by a member of the executive management team and reflects their strategic areas of focus.

From left: Rev. Dr. Kenneth V. Daniel, Terry Spitznagel, John K. Renner and Kenneth L. Young.
  • UCH Navigate. Rev. Dr. Kenneth V. Daniel, president and CEO, leads the implementation of UCH’s mission, vision and core values, corporate communications, stakeholder relations, board support, and development of a future-focused, organizational strategy.
  • UCH Inspire. Terry Spitznagel, senior executive vice president and chief growth officer, oversees strategy and operations for UCH senior living communities, affordable housing and services, housing capital preservation and UCH management as well as the marketing, communications and customer experience teams.
  • UCH Venture. Kenneth L. Young, senior executive vice president and chief development and legal officer, leads development initiatives for mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, affiliations and new construction. He also manages legal and corporate compliance support services.
  • UCH Optimize. John K. Renner, senior executive vice president and chief finance and administrative officer, deploys shared services such as talent and technology across the organization, manages operations and budgets for all affiliated financial operations, and stewards tangible assets including capital, property and equipment.
  • UCH Transform. An executive search is underway to identify a senior executive vice president and chief transformation and innovation officer. This newly created role will lead digital senior living product and support service line development, manage major change processes and drive important industry partnerships that advance innovation and growth.

St. Anthony President and CEO Ed Smith to retire

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Ed Smith

Ed Smith, president and CEO of St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, IA, parent of Garden View Assisted Living, will retire from the organization this summer after 10 years as CEO and 34 years of service to the system.

During Smith’s tenure, St. Anthony has seen a period of significant growth in community healthcare services, employees, physicians and financial stability, according to the organization. Garden View Assisted Living and the St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center were constructed, the St. Anthony Clinic was expanded, Rehab Services was remodeled and expanded, and Café St. Anthony was remodeled. In addition, Pastoral Care Endowment and other endowment funds were established. The staff has increased to 750 full and part-time employees, and St. Anthony also has been recognized nationally for quality services as a model rural healthcare provider.

Smith will continue to represent St. Anthony on organizational boards, including the Iowa Hospital Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, Prairie Health Ventures and the Rural Iowa Community Health Alliance.

Smith was mayor of Carroll from 2000 to 2006 and continues to serve as a member of Carroll Area Development Corp. He will continue to serve in full capacity as president and CEO as the Board of Directors conducts a nationwide search for his replacement.

Brittney Fisher

Pegasus Senior Living welcomes Brittney Fisher as divisional VP of sales

Brittney Fisher is the new divisional vice president of sales over Pegasus Senior Living’s western communities, including Washington, Arizona and parts of California. She started Oct.18.

Fisher previously was VP of sales for Coeur d’Alene, ID-based Etros Management, with direct sales oversight of 25-plus communities. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in speech communication, with an emphasis in public relations, from Missouri Western State University.

Grand Traverse Pavilions names Coleman interim CEO/administrator

Rose Coleman has been appointed interim CEO/administrator of Grand Traverse Pavilions, Traverse City, MI. She succeeds Korvyn “Kory” Hansen, who retired Sunday after 29 years of service, including more than a decade as CEO/administrator.

The community offers a full continuum of care.

For the past nine years, Coleman has served as chief operating officer of clinical services for the Pavilions. Efforts under her leadership have led to Grand Traverse Pavilions being recognized by Superior Health Quality Alliance as a “Vaccine Ambassador” for having achieved a COVID-19 staff vaccination rate of 75% or higher. The Pavilions reported a staff vaccination rate of 77%.

Coleman’s entire career has been dedicated to providing care for aging adults. Starting as a certified nursing aide, she has worked her way up the ranks. Her educational and professional achievements include a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a focus on education, board certification as a gerontological nurse, licensure as a nursing home administrator, and being named a quality assurance and performance improvement-certified professional by the American Health Care Association/Nation Center for Assisted Living. She also holds the designation of certified director of nursing through the National Association of Directors of Nursing in Long Term Care. Coleman is completing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice and Strategic Leadership degree from Spring Arbor University and expects to graduate May 2023.

Coleman is the former administrator of Presbyterian Villages in Southfield, MI, a 260-bed continuum-of-care facility, and Chelsea Retirement Community in Chelsea MI, a 377-bed continuum-of-care facility.

Hansen plans to continue to work in the senior living and care field.

He started with the Pavilions in July 1992 as an accountant in the Financial Management Department, which he later directed before being promoted to chief financial officer. In 2008, Hansen was named administrator and CEO of Grand Traverse Pavilions after the retirement of his predecessor.

Accomplishments during Hansen’s tenure as administrator/CEO include the completion of the full continuum of care on campus by renovating existing attic space into three independent living apartments (Hawthorn Lofts) and the creation of a dedicated short-term rehabilitation unit and therapy gym at the Pavilions that included obtaining a certificate of need for an additional 19 licensed nursing home beds increasing the total capacity to 240 beds. Most recently, Hansen led the effort for establishing the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly to northern Michigan with the funding plan, building renovation and launch of PACE North.

A national executive search will be conducted to fill the Grand Traverse Pavilions CEO/administrator role permanently. Coleman has indicated her intent to add her name to the list of candidates.

Arrow Senior Living names general counsel, managing director of asset management

Sarah Klebolt has been appointed as general counsel, and Michael Boyd joined the team as managing director of asset management at St. Charles, MO-based Arrow Senior Living.

Klebolt will be responsible for Arrow’s legal and compliance departments with an emphasis on managing and mitigating risk. She brings more than a decade of experience to the position and previously served as a partner at Carmody MacDonald P.C. in St. Louis. 

Boyd is responsible for plant operations and capital expenditures. He has 15 years of project management and construction experience and earned an MBA at Lindenwood University.

Arrow also welcomed several new directors to their team this quarter, including:

  • Kelly Arnold, executive director at The Boulevard Senior Living at St. Charles, St. Charles, MO
  • Troy Gibbs, executive director at The Westbury Senior Living, Columbia, MO
  • Courtney Darby, executive director at The Castlewood, Nixa, MO
  • Christine Serdinak, executive director at Vitalia Active Adult Community at North Royalton, North Royalton, OH
  • Chase Belza, executive director at Vitalia Active Adult Community at Rockside, Seven Hills, OH
  • Alyssa Bruns, regional culinary director 

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services hires Rhea Irvin as director of human resources

Rhea Irvin has joined Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, St. Louis, as director of human resources. 

In this role, she will oversee the company’s employee relations, hiring, training and leadership development. She also will provide consistent communication of all policies and procedures, manage employee benefit plans and work to ensure compliance.

Before joining the company, Irvin was a human resources director at both nonprofit and for-profit companies. She holds a Master of Arts degree in human resources from Webster University.

EUA welcomes Jennifer Sodo as senior living market leader

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Jennifer Sodo

Jennifer Sodo has joined the Living Environment Studio of Eppstein Uhen Architects, Milwaukee, as a senior living market leader.

In this capacity, Sodo will work with fellow employees in the planning and design process as well as build and maintain client relations.

Sodo joins EUA after working in New York City, where she was a senior associate with a focus on senior living environments. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati and is a LEED-accredited professional for building design and construction.

Wohlsen welcomes Bryan Niles as senior living preconstruction manager

Bryan Niles

Bryan Niles has joined Lancaster, PA-based Wohlsen Construction as director of preconstruction, senior living.

In this role, Niles will serve as a key leader in Wohlsen’s work acquisition process, including management, coordination and delivery of the preconstruction phases of the project and extensive client contact.

Niles graduated with an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and structural engineering, as well as a master’s degree in civil engineering and construction management, from the University of Buffalo. He began his career as a structural engineer and estimator. He then moved to senior project manager, director of construction and senior preconstruction manager roles for general contractors in Maryland and Central Pennsylvania.

Bryan has over 26 years of experience in construction management. His expertise in preconstruction adds tremendous value to the Wohlsen team. Bryan’s preconstruction portfolio includes SpiritTrust Luther Ridge Skilled Living Facility, Menno Haven Project Genesis, Eurofins Lancaster Labs, and Saint Leo the Great Catholic School.

Java Group adds four to team

Java Group has added four new members to its team. 

Melonie Tindall has been hired as vice president of U.S. operations. She is the point of contact to ensure success on large CMP grant applications. 

Lindsay Grasso has joined as executive assistant. She will help in all facets of the company’s operations in both the United States and Canada. She holds a master’s degree in gerontology from Simon Fraser University.

Alex Koumarianos has been hired as lead software developer.

Omar Quazi also has joined the team, where his role is to “exterminate bugs” on the Java platform. He is a student at Georgetown.

The company’s programs offer standardized peer support interventions and are designed to address the rates of depression and loneliness across the senior living spectrum and in older adults in the community.