Solvere Living welcomes Jack McCarthy as EVP, Jamie Holiefield as VP

The operations division of St. Petersburg, FL-based Solutions Advisors Group, Solvere Living, has appointed Jack McCarthy as executive vice president and Jamie Holiefield as vice president of the Eastern Region.

Jack McCarthy

Having worked in the industry for 23 years, McCarthy is responsible for leading efforts to strategically expand the Solvere Living operating platform to balance third-party management as well as to oversee equity earn-in and acquisition opportunities. He leads the process for identifying and vetting potential acquisitions of senior housing properties as well as uncovering, negotiating and closing strategic equity and debt partnerships.

Solvere works with a mix of communities spanning independent living, memory care, assisted living and continuing care retirement, all across the country.

McCarthy also is in charge of assembling the Solvere Living Board of Directors as well as participating in the executive and leadership teams for Solutions Advisors Group.

McCarthy was senior vice president of sales and marketing and chief operating officer for Benchmark Senior Living from 2000 to 2010. He led company growth from a start-up to 44 communities in seven states and developed the sales and operating team. In 2010, he founded Revenue Leverage, a senior housing consulting firm focusing on working with owners and investors to diagnosis and correct underperforming assets. In 2014, he was senior vice president of senior housing real estate for WMD Asset Management.

McCarthy has been an executive committee board member of Massachusetts Argentum; an executive roundtable member of Argentum; a speaker at the American Seniors Housing Association, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care and Argentum meetings; moderator and trainer for Massachusetts Argentum and National Argentum and on the faculty for the Erickson School for Senior Housing Operations at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Jamie Holiefield

Holiefield brings more than 22 years of sales and operations experience in the senior living and healthcare industries and has managed both new development projects as well as acquisitions. She oversees and directs all operating components of Solvere Living-managed communities in the Eastern Region and is responsible for managing team members, budget, occupancy, regulatory compliance and client satisfaction.

Holiefield most recently served as regional director of operations for Harbor Retirement Associates and previously worked in various community and corporate roles, including executive director and senior vice president of business development and acute regional facility administrator for DaVita. From 2003 to 2007, she was senior executive director for Benchmark and Senior Living Residences.

Holiefield has won multiple awards, including Benchmark’s Chairman’s Cup for overall financial performance, customer and associate satisfaction and quality of care. She also received the HHHunt Spirit of Assisted Living Award for outstanding attitude and customer service.

In addition, Holiefield has served on the board for the Florida Senior Living Association and has facilitated multiple leadership training experiences across the eastern United States.

Solvere Living recently was contracted to operate six additional senior living communities, an under-construction community in Tampa, FL, an existing community in Baltimore, and four existing communities in Texas. The division currently operates 12 communities in seven states, including Florida, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Maryland, Virginia and Oklahoma.

Mary Scott Russell named director of marketing for East Ridge at Cutler Bay

Mary Scott Russell

Mary Scott Russell has been named director of marketing for East Ridge at Cutler Bay, a not-for-profit SantaFe Senior Living life plan community in Cutler Bay, FL.

Russell is former commissioner, vice mayor and mayor of South Miami, FL. She chaired Informed Families South Miami Coalition and, most recently, was president and CEO of ChamberSOUTH, a chamber of commerce. She was the 50th president of the Miami Dade League of Cities and the organization’s fourth woman leader.

Russell develop marketing strategies to promote East Ridge, expanding her current relationships and building new ones with civic, cultural and health-related organizations and companies in Miami-Dade County. She also will work closely with the director of sales and the sales team to create greater awareness of East Ridge and its role in the community.

Johnita Jackson joins Watercrest Senior Living Group as RN clinical specialist

Johnita Jackson

Johnita Jackson has joined Vero Beach, FL-based Watercrest Senior Living Group in a newly created role as RN clinical specialist, supporting clinical leadership and training for all assisted living and memory care communities owned and operated by Watercrest Senior Living.

As RN clinical specialist, Jackson leads the resident wellness program, providing mentoring and training for resident wellness directors, engaging in regular clinical site visits and providing oversight to additional nursing services at the communities. Jackson also will assist in the rollout of new clinical programs in coordination with Vice President of Clinical Services Whitney Lane.

Jackson most recently served as health and wellness director of a 175-bed assisted living community.

Jackson entered the healthcare field as a medical assistant. She earned her RN in 2009, joining a skilled nursing facility as floor nurse before being promoted to nurse manager for the rehab unit. After four years, she accepted a role as health and wellness director of a large assisted living facility.

Michael Maggiore joins Senior Star at Weber Place as executive director

Michael Maggiore

Michael Maggiore as the new executive director of Senior Star at Weber Place, an independent living, assisted living and memory care community Romeoville, IL.

Maggiore brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in a wide variety of healthcare settings, most recently serving as the executive director of an assisted living and memory support community in Grayslake.

Maggiore plans to incorporate more educational and artistic programming for residents in addition to expanding the culinary offerings. He also will be reviewing ongoing advancements and new technologies for memory care residents and evaluating clinical excellence across all of Weber Place’s distinctive living experiences.

Maggiore has an undergraduate degree in health arts from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL.

Steve Slayton joins The Kenwood by Senior Star as executive director

Steve Slayton recently joined The Kenwood by Senior Star in Cincinnati team as executive director. The Kenwood, a continuing care retirement community, is operated by Tulsa, OK-based Senior Star.

Slayton brings more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry to the role. Slayton joins The Kenwood from Brookdale Senior Living, where he was district director of operations, managing several communities in Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and Kansas. Before rookdale, he managed Emeritus communities in North Texas as an executive director. He also was an executive director of a geriatrics psychiatric hospital in Dallas.

Slayton has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Texas A&M Commerce.

Jerry Rasansky leads Legacy Senior Communities Board of Trustees

Jerry Rasansky

Jerry Rasansky has been elected chairman of the board of trustees for The Legacy Senior Communities, Plano, TX.

Rasansky has served the organization in various roles, including chairing the board for The Legacy Preston Hollow – Dallas Home for Jewish Aged, which was sold in 2015. He is stepping into the leadership role after construction began on The Legacy Midtown Park, the organization’s Jewish-sponsored rental continuing care retirement community in Dallas, development of which occurred in part with the proceeds from the sale of Legacy Preston Hollow.

Rasansky also begins his new position following the organization’s completion of a series of formal strategic planning sessions designed to affirm and strengthen Legacy Senior Communities’ mission and values and define goals and strategies for the next five years.

Marc Stanley, the former chairman of the board, now will step into the role as chair of the board for The Legacy Senior Communities Endowment Foundation. Carol Aaron chairs the board of directors of The Legacy Midtown Park.

In addition to the The Legacy Midtown Park, Legacy Senior Communities has two other entities: The Legacy Willow Bend, a life care CCRC in Plano, TX, and The Legacy at Home, a not-for-profit home health agency and hospice service.

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