Landis Communities hires Linda K. Lownsbery as vice president of human resources

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Linda Lownsbery

Linda K. Lownsbery has been hired by Landis Communities, Elizabethtown, PA, as vice president of human resources.

Before joining the company, she was vice president of human resources for The Wenger Group. There, she led human resource functions for almost 500 employees.

Lownsbery holds an undergraduate degree in business administration, with a marketing and international business concentration and a minor in Spanish, from Elizabethtown College. She also has a graduate certificate in training and development from Penn State University, as well as senior professional in human resources and Society of Human Resources Management-senior certified professional certifications.

Saint Therese hires Lisa Kalla as new chief operating officer

Lisa Kalla, RN, LNHA, HSE, has been hired by Saint Therese, St. Louis Park, MN, as chief operating officer.

In this position, Kalla will work with leadership to implement the company’s strategic vision and values. She also will direct, administer and coordinate internal operational activities, as well as manage the campus executive directors. She will report to Barb Rode, president and CEO of Saint Therese.

Kalla has been executive director of Saint Therese of New Hope since May 2021. There, she oversaw the campus, which includes independent living and assisted living, a skilled nursing care center and a transitional care unit.

Cadence Living hires three

Alan Graza, Christmas Brown and Mark Buckley have been hired by Scottsdale, AZ-based Cadence Living.

Graza is vice president of health and wellness. He previously held regional health services positions at both Oakmont Senior Living and Westmont Senior Living.

Brown has been hired as director of leave and compliance. In this capacity, she will perform risk management for the company’s portfolio, including inter alia, licensing compliance, workers’ compensation, leave policy and policy review. She also holds a paralegal certification.

Buckley returns to the company as a facilities specialist. In this role, he will support the company’s portfolio of communities from a preventive maintenance perspective, as well as support community maintenance directors. Before this role, he was a maintenance director at MBK Senior Living.

Integral Senior Living promotes two new regional vice presidents of sales and marketing

Heather Haley and Tina Schachter have both been promoted to regional vice presidents of sales and marketing by Integral Senior Living, Carlsbad, CA.

In her new role, Haley will manage the company’s customer relationship management tools and other vendor relationships, as well as lead the company’s social media and branding efforts. She also will oversee the marketing goals and community strategies in Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

Haley first joined the company in 2016 as director of sales and marketing before being promoted to senior director of sales and marketing in 2020. She helped the community achieve 50% occupancy in just two months during the opening and leasing of The Pointe at Lifespring, Knoxville, TN.

She has an undergraduate degree in public relations from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

As vice president of sales and marketing, Schachter will lead and train community teams from across the country in the company’s way of sales. She also will be the point person for the planning and execution of large scale events held at the company’s communities.

Schachter first joined the company in 2019, starting as a regional director of sales and marketing. She subsequently was promoted to a senior position. Schachter is a certified dementia practitioner and board-certified patient advocate. 

She holds an undergraduate degree in business management from Barat College.

Both Haley and Schachter have led community teams to achieve historical records of occupancy, some even reaching 100%. They also have increased occupancy, revenue and net operating income in their regions.

Presbyterian Senior Living promotes 3

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Alicia Fenstermacher

Alicia Fenstermacher, Bruce Shearer and Robert “Bob” Etchells have been promoted at Presbyterian Senior Living, Dillsburg, PA.

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Bruce Shearer

Fenstermacher’s new title is vice president of purposeful living. In this role, she will work to ensure that the quality of life for both residents and staff align with the company’s mission, vision and values. She also will work to ensure that stakeholders’ voices are heard in program development and evaluation. Fenstermacher previously was an assistant executive director, independent living manager, personal care home administrator, corporate director of community life, social work director and nursing home administrator.

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Robert “Bob” Etchells

Shearer has been promoted to the position of vice president of technology. Formerly, he was corporate director of technology. In his new role, Shearer will lead the development and alignment of the company’s technology strategy and systems in coordination with the company’s strategic plan. He also is the information security officer, making sure that proper cyber-security safeguards are in place and comply with HIPAA and HITECH regulations.

Etchells has been promoted to regional vice president of operations. In this role, he will implement the company nursing, continuing care retirement community, home- and community-based services and assisted living and personal care strategies, working to ensure that standards are met. Before his promotion, he held positions such as nursing home administrator, executive director, area director of operations and regional director of operations.

Anthem Memory Care hires Jennifer Davidson as executive director

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Jennifer Davidson

Jennifer Davidson has been hired as executive director for Chelsea Place, an Anthem Memory Care community in Aurora, CO. In this capacity, she will oversee daily care, programming and operations. 

Before joining the company, Davidson was senior general manager for the Carillon at Belleview Station in Denver. She has more than 20 years of experience in the senior living industry.

Davidson has a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Erickson Senior Living welcomes Brad Andrus as new executive director at Devonshire at PGA National

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Brad Andrus

Brad Andrus has joined Erickson Senior Living as executive director of Devonshire at PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 

Andrus began his career at Charlestown, an Erickson community in Catonsville, MD. He was there until 2011 and went on to serve in executive leadership positions in two other senior living organizations before coming back to Erickson at Greenspring in Springfield, VA, as associate executive director in 2018. In 2019, he moved to Florida to serve as Devonshire’s associate executive director.

Andrus holds a master’s degree in management of aging services from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and also has a master’s degree in business management from Notre Dame of Maryland University. He is a fellow of the Larry Minnix Leadership Academy of LeadingAge.

Jackson Creek Senior Living names Laura Hale director of sales and marketing

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Laura Hale

Laura Hale has been named director of sales and marketing at Jackson Creek Senior Living, Monument, CO. She has worked at the community since it opened.

Hale began her career in senior care nine years ago as a skilled nursing concierge. Later, she joined the Jackson Creek team as a move-in coordinator, eventually transitioning to the position of sales associate.

Hale holds an Associate of Secretarial Science degree.

Springpoint Living at Manalapan hires director of nursing

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Melissa Dominguez, RN

Melissa Dominguez, RN, has been hired as director of nursing at Springpoint Living at Manalapan, Manalapan, NJ, a new Springpoint assisted living and memory care community.

In her new role, Dominguez will be responsible for supervising the nursing staff and providing clinical oversight and education. She also will oversee patient care and handle administrative functions.

Dominguez is a registered nurse and certified case manager with 20 years of experience. Most recently, she provided healthcare services as a mobile care coordinator, occupational health nurse and emergency department nurse for many healthcare facilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Springpoint Living at Manalapan will open later this year.

McAlpine Contracting promotes Mark Montalvo to director of construction

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Mark Montalvo

Mark Montalvo has been promoted to director of construction at New York City-based McAlpine Contracting, a general contracting and construction management firm active in New York, New Jersey, Vermont and Puerto Rico.

Montalvo previously was senior project manager. The firm specializes in senior living, healthcare and commercial projects. Engineering News-Record New York magazine ranks McAlpine as the 55th largest general contractor in the NY/NJ/CT Tri-state area. Building Design & Construction ranks the firm as the 139th largest contractor in the United States.

In his new position, Montalvo will be based at the company’s headquarters in Manhattan and oversee the firm’s projects throughout the Northeast. His responsibilities will include management of estimating and bids, project logistics, construction activities and close outs. He will supervise site personnel and lead interactions with clients.

Montalvo’s project portfolio exceeds $500 million in construction value and features completed projects in the senior housing, healthcare, multi-family and institutional market segments. His recent projects at McAlpine include the $19 million, 90,000-square foot Amber Court Nursing Home in Smithtown, NY; the $4.5 million expansion and renovation of the Amber Court Nursing Home in Westbury, NY; the $14.8 million, 60,000-square foot Maywood Nursing Home in Maywood, NJ; the $18 million, 80,000-square foot Belair Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Belmore, NY; as well as multiple projects for Atria Senior Living, Ross Center for Health & Rehabilitation, and Cold Springs Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.