St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System: Bill Holman to succeed retiring Mary Alice Ryan as CEO
William “Bill” Holman will become president and CEO of St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System (STARSS), St. Louis, effective Jan. 1, succeeding Mary Alice Ryan, who is retiring effective Dec. 31 following 38 years of serving the organization.
Holman has served in a variety of executive leadership roles in senior living organizations for more than 20 years. Most recently, he was CEO of Ginger Cove. He also was an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, from 2010 to 2019.
Under Ryan’s leadership, STARSS has grown from two communities serving 300 older adults to 18 communities and home-and community-based service programs reaching 8,700 older adults and their caregivers annually, as well as hiring more than 1,100 staff members. She was inducted into the McKnight’s Women of Distinction Hall of Honor in 2020 and the Continuing Care Hall of Fame in 2021.
Holland Home CEO Mina Breuker retiring
Mina Breuker, the longtime president and CEO at Holland Home in Grand Rapids, MI, is retiring after serving for 23 years. Troy Vugteveen, current chief operating officer, will take over the roles effective Jan. 1.
Breuker will stay on as president emeritus until March to ensure a steady changeover.
The company’s board of directors voted and came to a unanimous decision to approve the leadership changes during its September meeting.
Vugteveen he has led most of the recent campus expansions and remodeling initiatives at Holland Home.
Also, Doug Himmelein, vice president of human resources, will be promoted to executive VP of human resources and operations, and Sarah Radler will be promoted to director of human services.
Genesis Healthcare announces end of consulting engagement for CEO Harry Wilson
Harry Wilson, Genesis Healthcare’s CEO, and his consulting firm, the MAEVA Group, provided notice that they will complete their engagement by Nov. 15, the company announced Monday. Wilson also will be departing from the company board at that time.
The Genesis Board of Directors will conduct a search for a new CEO.
In March, Wilson and MAEVA were hired to develop and execute a turnaround plan for Genesis in alignment with a strategic pathway set forth by the company’s Board of Directors. Over the past six months, Wilson “has swiftly put forth a strong restructuring plan,” Genesis said. The plan was presented to and accepted by the company’s board, which has overseen its successful initial implementation. Genesis said it will continue to execute this plan while it searches for a new CEO to lead the effort.
WesleyLife welcomes Erin Hilligan as chief operating officer
Erin Hilligan will be joining WesleyLife, Johnston, IA, as chief operating officer Jan. 1.
She will join WesleyLife from Ebenezer, part of the Fairview Health System, Minneapolis, where she has worked for 18 years, serving as vice president of operations since 2018.
Hilligan also serves as board chair for LeadingAge Minnesota.
She has an undergraduate degree from Concordia College and an MBA from St. Thomas University.
Friendship Senior Options hires Mark Zullo as VP of sales and marketing
Mark Zullo has joined Friendship Senior Options, Schaumburg, IL, as vice president of sales and marketing. He has returned to the company that helped start his career in the field 30 years ago.
Zullo studied health service management at Benedectine University.
Cadence Living appoints Sheryl Klein as VP of operations for the Southeast region
Sheryl Klein has joined Cadence Living, Scottsdale, AZ, as vice president of operations for the Southeast region.
In her role, Klein will have primary operational responsibility for the facility’s managed communities in Georgia and Tennessee.
Before joining Cadence Living, Klein was senior vice president of operations for Somerby Senior Living and Bridge Senior Living. She has more than 26 years of experience in the senior living industry, having started as a caregiver and working her way up to a variety of senior operational positions.
American House Senior Living Communities announces new hires and promotions
American House Senior Living Communities has announced new hires and promotions in various departments companywide.
Bill Gilbert has been promoted to senior vice president of accounting and shared services. In his new role, Gilbert will keep leading enterprise IT and expand risk management and corporate and portfolio management throughout the enterprise.
Alison Tackett has been promoted to vice president of financial planning and analysis. She will continue to lead the American House OpCo business and be responsible for accounting processes including reforecasting, budgeting, special projects and capital expenditures.
Jami VandeVelde, BSN, RN, has been hired as vice president of wellness strategy and administration. She has more than 20 years of experience as a registered nurse in senior living, acute care and private-duty home care settings.
Kayla Meek, MPH, MSN, RN, has joined the company as vice president of resident care. She has more than 10 years of experience in the senior living sector.
Yovan Luyt has been hired as vice president of operations and has more than two decades of senior living operational experience in independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing.
Michael McLoone will join the company as vice president of culinary and brings more than two decades of senior living, hotel and resort operations experience to the position.
Anthem Memory Care hires Lori Cantway as executive director for Grace Point Place
Before joining the company, Cantway was executive director for Eden Supportive Living in Chicago. She has more than 16 years of senior living experience and also has worked as executive director for Autumn Green Wright.
Cantway holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from DePaul University.
The Blake at Township welcomes Shremer Harris as new director of wellness
Shremer Harris is the new director of wellness at The Blake at Township, Ridgeland, MS.
She is a registered nurse and has worked in many healthcare settings.
Harri has a BSN degree from the Mississippi University for Women.
Ensign Group directors: Roy Christensen retiring, to be succeeded by Suzanne Snapper
Roy Christensen is retiring as a director of the Ensign Group, San Juan, CA, effective Dec 31. Suzanne D. Snapper, chief financial officer and executive vice president for the company, will fill the vacancy.
Christensen has been a board member of the Ensign Group since its creation. He was chairman of the board from 1999 through May 2019 until becoming chairman emeritus and director. He will keep the title as chairman emeritus.
Snapper, who will serve on the Quality and Assurance Committee, will serve in the director position until the next annual shareholder meeting in 2022. As a member of the management team, Snapper will not be considered an “independent” director under NASDAQ corporate governance rules. As a result, on the effective date of her appointment, the board will only consist of eight members.
Sabra Health Care REIT welcomes Lukas Hartwich and Eliza Gozar to team
Lukas Hartwich and Eliza Gozar have joined Sabra Health Care REIT, Irvine, CA, as senior vice president – finance and senior vice president – investments, respectively.
In his new role, Hartwich will work directly with Michael Costa, the company’s executive vice president of finance and chief accounting officer. Together, they will oversee the company’s investor relations, capital markets, financial planning and analysis functions. Before joining Sabra, Hartwich worked at Green Street for 15 years, most recently as managing director.
In his new capacity, Gozar will work directly with Darrin Smith, Sabra’s executive vice president of investments to manage investments and business development. Before joining the company, Gozar was senior vice president of acquisitions at American Healthcare Investors. She has more than 24 years of experience in her field, including 16 years of healthcare real estate investment trust experience.
Argentum announces Regina Serrano as VP, workforce development
Regina Serrano has joined Argentum as vice president, workforce development.
In this role, she will lead and collaborate on new initiatives to address current and coming workforce challenges as well as advance Argentum’s existing programs, such as Senior Living Works, the new Leadership Advancement & Development Program, and the Women in Leadership initiative.
Serrano comes to Argentum with more than 25 years of experience in higher education and workforce management, most recently serving as managing director and grants development consultant for Pinnacle Workforce Strategies.
iN2L welcomes Tim Jones a new VP of sales
Tim Jones has joined iN2L, Denver, as vice president of sales.
Jones will report to Lisa Taylor, company CEO, to drive the company’s growth-orientated sales strategy and help share its long-term value proposition to the senior living market on a broader scale.
Jones has more than two decades of experience in healthcare technology sales. Before joining iN2L, he was vice president of enterprise sales at Relias.
OneDay appoints Rachel Nader to assistant VP of client success operations and enablement
Rachel Nader has been appointed by OneDay to assistant vice president of client success operations and enablement.
In her new role, Nader will oversee the implementation team, the creation and delivery of training for partners and all partner-facing resources. She also will refine the company’s data metrics and key performance indicators and will work closely with the client success team to ensure its members have the necessary tools and data to support the company’s partners.
Nader has more than a decade of experience in the senior living field. Past roles have included director of resident services at Five Star Senior Living and area manager of internet sales at Sunrise Senior Living.
Nader has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The King’s University in Edmonton, Alberta.