Jerry Carley named president/CEO of Benedictine Health System

Jerry Carley has been named president/CEO of Benedictine Health System effective Jan. 3. He succeeds Rocklon B. “Rocky” Chapin, who announced his retirement in March.

Carley has more than 25 years of experience in the senior care field, including experience with governance, financial and operational oversight in multi-site, multi-state organizations. He currently is the president and CEO of CSJ Initiatives, a Wichita, KS-based fully integrated senior care company that owns and manages nine corporations located in six states.

Since 2015, Carley has served as a member of the BHS Board of Directors and its finance and strategy committees. He led CSJ Initiatives in a multi-campus, $85 million restructuring and expansion process, significantly improved its financial performance, and created and implemented a strategic planning process aligning the organization, according to Benedict.

Prior to CSJ Initiatives, he held several progressively responsible roles, including chief operating officer, senior vice president and then as president and CEO at Via Christi Villages and Via Christi Health, both in Wichita, KSs. He also served as divisional director of operations for Care Initiatives, West Des Moines, IA, and as an administrator for the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Sioux Falls, SD.

Carley has served on the board of directors for LeadingAge Kansas, the public policy committee for LeadingAge Iowa, committees for the Iowa and Missouri Health Care Associations and for other professional and community associations. He holds an MBA degree in financial management from City University, Bellevue, WA, and a Bachelor of Science degree in health services administration from the University of South Dakota-Vermillion. Carley is also a licensed nursing home administrator in Iowa and Kansas.

The Benedictine Health System is a Catholic, nonprofit health system based in Duluth, MN, sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth. BHS has served the healthcare needs of aging adults through the services of its short-term care and rehabilitation centers, long-term care centers and assisted and independent housing in Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin since 1985.

Janet Lillevold to serve as SVP, transformation office, for New Perspective Senior Living

Janet Lillevold has been hired as senior vice president, transformation office, at New Perspective Senior Living.

In her new role Lillevold primarily will be responsible for facilitating and executing transformative projects across the organization to support the company’s long-term growth objectives. New Perspective currently provides independent living, assisted living and memory care to more than 2,000 seniors and has stated that one of its goals is to serve more than 10,000 seniors by 2025.

Lillevold has 30-plus years of experience in services, operations, program management, technology and change management. She has worked in a variety of industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals and both medical and agricultural software and technology.

From 2007 to 2014, Lillevold served as SVP of operations and client services for Cargill Feed Management Systems’ business unit, including serving as acting president for six months. Other past roles include VP of service operations for Intelligere, VP of operations and client services for Three Wire and director of business governance and project Management for Medica.

Lillevold earned her MBA in management and organizational behavior from New York University and has a Master of Science degree in technical and science communication from Drexel University, PA, and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Morning Pointe Senior Living promotes three to VP roles

Morning Pointe Senior Living has promoted three employees to vice president at its corporate office based in Ooltewah, TN. Each of the roles provides support to 30 Morning Pointe communities in five states as well as regional staff and corporate associates.

Brien Applewhite has been named senior vice president of asset management. Since 2008, Applewhite has worked closely with ownership in managing and overseeing construction, renovation and major repair projects. With Applewhite’s additional background and expertise in accounting, he plays a key role in performing major analytical reviews and other special accounting and operational duties.

Applewhite graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science in business administration degree with a concentration in accounting. Prior to Morning Pointe, Applewhite spent 21 years serving in various executive roles for several local healthcare companies.  

Lauren (Schilt) Lee, CPA, has been named vice president of business systems and analytics.

Lee has provided oversight of all major software system implementation, training and support for corporate associates, field operatives and regional executives, according to the company. Among Lee’s major contributions to Morning Pointe was the introduction of Yardi property management software and its expansion to nearly every department in the corporation, driving smarter data-based decision making.

Before her full-time employment at Morning Pointe, Lee worked for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in New York City. During her internship, she assisted with financial data research on current market trends, prepared client listings, mailing and reports, and provided training and mentoring to new-hire interns.

Lee, who has been a certified public accountant since 2015, joined Morning Pointe in 2010 as a business systems analyst. She has a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in finance at Southern Adventist University.

Amy Lowry Clarke has been named vice president of corporate communications. Since 2011, Clarke has overseen a team of creative and public relations specialists to support the company’s branding, strategic marketing and image across all mediums and platforms. She also manages all major events.

Clarke obtained her undergraduate degree in communications from Virginia Tech in 1991. She worked as a field producer and assignment editor at KUTV in Salt Lake City before landing on air as a reporter at KPVI Channel 6 in Idaho Falls, ID. Clarke transferred to Chattanooga, TN, to accept a role as reporter at WTVC-TV NewsChannel9. She also held various marketing communications roles until joining Morning Pointe as director of corporate communications.

Allyson Nathan is new VP of sales and marketing at Cadence Senior Living

Allyson Nathan has joined Scottsdale, AZ-based Cadence Senior Living as vice president of sales and marketing. In this role, she will bring sales and marketing leadership to the company’s growing portfolio of senior living communities located in Arizona and California.

Nathan has more than 23 years of experience in sales and marketing. Prior to joining Cadence, she was corporate director of marketing at Retirement Community Specialists and IPA Management, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the marketing, branding and lease-up strategies for senior living and multifamily portfolios, including the Generations brand. Prior experience includes positions with Alterra Healthcare, Silverado Senior Living, CareMatrix and Senior Living Associates, as well as Nathan Marketing, LLC, a senior industry marketing firm.

Tracy McGraw is HR VP at New Perspective Senior Living

New Perspective Senior Living, Minneapolis, has hired Tracy McGraw as vice president of human resources. In this role McGraw will be responsible for co-leading the strategic planning and consistent implementation of human resources functions across the organization.

McGraw has specialized in the healthcare industry throughout her career. In her most recent role as director of human resources for Bluestone Physician Services, she created and oversaw the company’s first human resources department. During her tenure, the company was recognized as a top workplace by the Minneapolis Star Tribune five years in a row based on anonymous employee surveys.

McGraw earned her master’s degree in human resources management from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, and has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She holds three professional certifications: professional in human resources, Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional and is a Six Sigma certified green belt.

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