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AHEPA Management Co. welcomes Steve Beck as president and CEO

Steve Beck
Steve Beck

Steve Beck has joined Fishers, IN-based AHEPA Management Co. (AMC) as president and CEO.

Beck joins the affordable senior housing management company with more than 25 years of experience in the senior housing industry. He will lead AMC in the administration of its nationwide portfolio of affordable independent and assisted living communities as well as its long-range strategic planning and fiscal management.

“The company is positioned to make meaningful strides in the affordable housing sector, especially affordable assisted living, and Steve can take us there,” said Carl R. Hollister, president and CEO of AHEPA National Housing Corp., AMC’s parent company. “He is a recognized industry leader whose diverse career experiences bring a unique perspective from which the company will benefit. He has the respect of his industry colleagues and our board members.”

Beck brings a broad perspective to AMC, having worked in three different industries: hotels, multifamily and senior housing. In senior living, his background includes time as senior vice president of operations for Brookdale Senior Living, vice president of Atria Senior Living, vice president of operations at Heritage Senior Living, and vice president of sales and senior district director of operations for New Perspective Senior Living. He also worked as president of Whiteco Residential, a Merrillville, IN-based company that builds and manages affordable and luxury apartment. Beck began his career working for Westin Hotels and Resorts.

Beck has a degree in hotel administration from Washington State University.

AHEPA Management Co. develops and manages 95 affordable housing for the elderly properties administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program. AMC, through its subsidiary, Hellenic Senior Living, also develops and manages affordable assisted living facilities, or AALFs.

Atrium Health Welcomes Chandra Peterson as SVP

Chandra Peterson
Chandra Peterson

Chandra Peterson has joined Atrium Health, formerly the Carolinas HealthCare System, as new senior vice president of enterprise strategy and planning. In this new position, she will collaborate with clinical and business leaders across Atrium Health to develop and implement new strategies designed to deliver greater value and provide a more consumer-friendly experience.

The system includes 10 long-term care locations, including assisted living, retirement communities and skilled nursing, as well as a memory clinic.

Most recently, Peterson was vice president of strategic planning and architecture for Highmark Health, an $18 billion national health and wellness organization and integrated delivery and financing system based in Pittsburgh.

At Highmark Health, Peterson was responsible for the corporate strategic planning process, which resulted in a new mission, vision and corporate strategy. Additionally, she implemented an enterprise-wide strategic architecture that enabled multiple consecutive years of strong operating margin and a five-year $1 billion capital plan. These architecture activities included culture change strategy implementation, enterprise governance and broad organizational strategic communications as well as organizational incentive, financial, talent and risk management plans.

Before Highmark Health, Peterson was a vice president with HM Health Systems, where she was instrumental in the design, launch and management of HMHS Consulting Services, a 300+ person group of industry thought leaders and delivery experts committed to driving large-scale new customer migrations onto the technology platform and to the commercialization of technology solutions. She also was chief information officer at West Penn Allegheny Health System and senior manager of healthcare consulting with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.

Peterson earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in business administration and health administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

WesleyLife hires Conrad Hanson as controller

Conrad Hanson
Conrad Hanson

Conrad Hanson has joined Johnston, IA-based WesleyLife as controller.

Hanson comes to WesleyLife from UnityPoint, where he was a regional finance director with responsibilities in finance, accounting, reporting and internal control functions. He is a certified public accountant and a chartered global management accountant.

Before his time at Unity Point, he served in chief financial officer, CPA and senior management roles in large public accounting firms.

Steve Pacicco is successor as MatrixCare CEO John Damgaard retires

Steve Pacicco
Steve Pacicco

John Damgaard has stepped down as president and CEO of MatrixCare, and Steve Pacicco is his successor, MatrixCare announced Monday.

Pacicco brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare and healthcare technology to his new role. He most recently was vice president of portfolio strategy and corporate development for the ResMed SaaS business. He came to ResMed through its acquisition of MatrixCare, where he was executive vice president of corporate development and operations.

Before MatrixCare, Pacicco was CEO of SigmaCare, which was acquired by MatrixCare in 2017, from its founding in 2006, leading the business through substantial growth and expansion. Before SigmaCare, he served in various executive capacities with Amicore and Pfizer.

Pacicco has an MBA with honors from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University.

MatrixCare CEO John Damgaard
John Damgaard

Damgaard became president of MatrixCare in September 2012 and CEO in August 2013. The company ranked highest on the 2019 Best in KLAS list of long-term care software companies for the third consecutive year.

Before MatrixCare, he was chief operating officer at Mediware Information Systems. He also formerly held business management and technical positions with CGN and Associates, Maytag Corp. and IBM.

Damgaard earned an MBA from Bradley University and an undergraduate degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa.

Cadence hires Kelly Grisnik as director of human resources

Kelly Grisnik has joined Scottsdale, AZ-based senior housing owner, developer and operator Cadence Living as director of human resources. She will take the lead role in the Cadence HR department for performance management, progressive discipline and all issues surrounding retention, recruiting and performance management.

Grisnik has 15 years of progressive management experience and an extensive background in senior living, including her most recent stint as director of employee relations for Stonecrest Senior Living. She also has worked for Erickson Living and Brookdale Senior Living.

Grisnik graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in journalism and from Baker University with a master’s degree in management.

Chevy Chase House announces three new hires

Nicki Beekman, Kimberly Clynes and Ceridwen Kelley have joined Chevy Chase House, operated by Meridian Senior Living, in Washington, D.C., as executive director, director of nursing and assistant director of nursing, respectively.

Beekman has more than eight years of experience in assisted living administration. Most recently, she was executive director for an assisted living community in Pennsylvania. In the past, she was a director of community outreach and a director of client relationships in assisted living facilities.

Clynes has 10 years of geriatric nursing and clinical administration experience. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse in a skilled nursing facility. She has served in a variety of roles, including charge nurse, quality assurance nurse and director of nursing.

Kelley began her career as a registered nurse in a skilled nursing facility, where she went on to become the assistant director of nursing.

Buckner Calder Woods names Vicki Lee King executive director

Vicki Lee King
Vicki Lee King

Vicki Lee King has been named executive director of Buckner Calder Woods, a Buckner Retirement Services an affordable, nonprofit life plan community in Beaumont, TX. 

Lee King has 11 years of senior living industry experience. She succeeds Ben Mazzara, who announced his retirement in July. Mazzara was executive director of the community for 12 years.

Lee King most recently was executive director at WindRiver Companies’ Inn at Los Patios in San Antonio. Before that, she oversaw Discovery Senior Living’s Spring Creek in Garland, TX, and held leadership positions with Avanti Senior Living and Capital Senior Living. 

Lee King holds degrees in marketing and business law from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a certified assisted living manager.

Queen Anne Manor names Landon Hale executive director

Landon Hale has been named executive director Queen Anne Manor, an Integral Senior Living community in Seattle specializing in assisted living, memory care and respite care

Hale comes to Queen Anne Manor with a variety of experience, including working as a physical therapy technician at a startup company. He also worked with troubled youth at a residential treatment center.

Hale studied developmental psychology in college and also had the opportunity to run a community wellness group with a focus on combating Parkinson’s disease.

Watercrest welcomes Angie DiMura as an executive director

Angie DiMura
Angie DiMura

Angie DiMura is the new executive director of Watercrest Winter Park Assisted Living and Memory Care, a Watercrest Senior Living Group under construction in Winter Park, FL. The community is expected to open in December.

In her 20-year career in senior living, DiMura worked in skilled rehab and nursing centers before obtaining her license as a nursing home administrator and certified care manager. She has successfully led multiple assisted living communities as executive director.

Association welcomes Lee Ann Griffin as director of regulation and education

Lee Ann Griffin has been named director of regulation and education for the Florida Senior Living Association.

Lee Ann Griffin
Lee Ann Griffin

Griffin has 18 years of association experience focusing on rules and laws affecting assisted living communities and nursing centers. In her new role, she will work with providers and stakeholders to shape informed policy and advance quality outcome goals.

Griffin has a degree in information studies from Florida State University. She is a certified assisted living facility core trainer and certified Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders trainer.

Brookdale CEO named to Power 100 list

Brookdale Senior Living CEO Lucinda “Cindy” Baier has been named to the Nashville Business Journal 2019 Power 100:Industry Giant list for the second year. The list recognizes those deemed to be among the most influential people at the largest companies in the Nashville area. Brookdale is headquartered in Brentwood, TN.

Greystone adds Tyler Armstrong to senior housing lending team

Tyler Armstrong
Tyler Armstrong

Tyler Armstrong has joined commercial real estate lending, investment and advisory company Greystone as a managing director with the seniors housing lending team.

Armstrong has more than 11 years of experience in the seniors housing lending industry. Before joining Greystone, he was a senior vice president with BOK Financial. In addition to Bank of Oklahoma, he previously held roles at Guaranty Bank/BBVA Compass and Arbor Commercial Mortgage.

Armstrong earned an undergraduate degree in both Finance and economics from the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business.

IDB Bank hires Andrew Boland as SVP and national head of healthcare finance

Andrew Boland
Andrew Boland

Andrew Boland has joined New York-based private and commercial bank IDB Bank as senior vice president and national head of healthcare finance. He will work to expand the company’s footprint in the sector across geographical and product lines.

Boland has almost two decades of experience in health-related banking and financial services. He arrives from Popular Bank, where he formulated strategies and business generation for a national healthcare platform as team leader. Before that, Boland was vice president at both M&T Bank Corp. and Lloyds Banking Group, gaining experience in areas such as portfolio management, implementing customer strategy and assessing corporate banking opportunities.

zumBrunnen adds James Dixson as senior project manager

James Dixson
James Dixson

James Dixson has joined independent building consulting firm zumBrunnen as a senior project manager. He will work directly with clients across the country, providing them with facility condition assessments, construction monitoring services and forecasts of expenses for planning and budgeting purposes.

Dixson brings more than 20 years of diverse experience in the construction industry to the company, including working on senior living projects. Before joining zumBrunnen, he was director of environmental services for Southminster for six years. Before that, he was a project manager with Rodgers Builders for seven years.

Dixson earned his master’s degree in urban planning and his undergraduate degree in soil science from the University of Tennessee. He also holds several certifications.

Merchants Capital hires Matt Winter as chief architect

Matt Winter
Matt Winter

Matt Winter, AIA, NCARB, has been hired as chief architect at the Chicago office of mortgage banking firm Merchants Capital. The company said the move brings the position in-house and comes in large part due to Merchants Capital’s growing relationship with Freddie Mac and the use of its affordable housing products.

In his new role, Winter will monitor key factors that lead to the successful financing and construction of affordable, senior, healthcare, student and market-rate projects. Additionally, he will perform construction documentation, budget review and pre-construction due diligence.

Before joining Merchants Capital, Winter spent eight years with GTG Consultants, where he was an architectural and construction consultant to lenders and investors. Before GTG, Winter worked for other architectural and construction firms that specialized in single-family or hospitality design and construction.

Winter earned his undergraduate degree in agribusiness and horticulture from Illinois State University and also earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Cincinnati. He is a registered architect in the state of Illinois.

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