Brookdale promotes Kevin Bowman to EVP of community operations

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Kevin Bowman

Kevin Bowman has been promoted to executive vice president of community operations at Brookdale Senior Living, Brentwood, TN.

Bringing three decades of industry experience to his new role, Bowman will give strategic direction for the company’s 682 communities spanning 41 states. The appointment was effective Oct. 1. He will be relocating from California to Tennessee in the coming months.

Bowman first joined the company in 2016 as a regional vice president. He subsequently was promoted to the position of senior regional vice president, where he served multiple states and led eight district teams. In April 2020, he became West Division vice president of operations.

Additionally, Laura Fisher has been promoted to succeed Bowman as West Division vice president of operations. She will work alongside Ben Ricci, East Division vice president of operations.

Bellwether Enterprise hires Kim Huffstutler as SVP for the National Seniors Housing Group

Kim Huffstutler has joined Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital, Cleveland, the commercial and multifamily mortgage banking subsidiary of Enterprise Community Investment. She is senior vice president of seniors housing and care and is based in the Mobile, AL, office.

In her role, Huffstutler will be responsible for executing debt and equity placements for the National Housing Group, including bank and debt fund executions, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, life insurance and Housing and Urban Development loans. 

Huffstutler has 12 years of experience in commercial mortgage banking. Before joining the Bellwether, she was a vice president at Grandbridge Real Estate Capital. There, she was in charge of structuring, underwriting and closing more than $1.75 billion of senior housing loans.

She has an MBA from the University of Alabama and is a member of the American Seniors Housing Association’s Rising Leaders program. She also serves on Fannie Mae’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarships and Partnerships Subcommittee. 

The Springs Living announces Ashley Schulze as director of quality and special projects

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Ashley Schulze

Ashley Schulze has been named director of quality and special projects at The Springs Living, McMinnville, OR. 

In her new role — a newly created position, she will oversee the opening and stabilization of new communities, quality site visits, systems development and operations technology optimization. 

Scultze has almost 10 years of experience in the senior living area and has been executive director of The Springs at Greer Gardens, Eugene, OR, for the past three years. In this capacity, she led all parts of community operations. Before that community opened in 2018, Scultze was instrumental in building the team and helping to launch various departments. 

Koelsch Communities names Quentin Zambeck and Jamie Althaus executive directors

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Quentin Zambeck

Quentin Zambeck and Jamie Althaus have joined Koelsch Communities as executive directors of Riverside Inn and Meadowbrook Memory Care, respectively. 

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Jamie Althaus

Zambeck transferred to Riverside Inn, in Fort Worth, TX, from Meadowbrook, which is located in Arlington, TX. At Meadowbrook, he was executive director. As executive director at Riverside Inn, Zambeck oversees daily operations of the community.

Althaus, who succeeds Zambeck as executive director at Meadowbrook, has more than 12 years of experience in senior living community management. He has been at Meadowbrook since the beginning of the year and formerly was the physical plant director.

Oak Crest hires Eric Grimmel as director of continuing care

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Eric Grimmel

Eric Grimmel has joined Oak Crest, an Erickson Senior LIving-managed continuing care retirement community in Parkville, MD, as director of continuing care. In his new role, he will oversee day-to-day clinical operations.

Grimmel has an undergraduate degree from Salisbury University.

Anthem Memory Care hires Allison Rackow as community relations director of Emerald Place

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Allison Rackow

Allison Rackow has been hired as community relations director of Emerald Place, an Anthem Memory Care community in Glenview, IL. 

In her new position, Rackow will be in charge of community outreach and marketing. Before joining the company, she was executive director at Grace Point Place in Oak Lawn, IL. She also worked as executive director for Sunrise Senior Living in Palos Park, IL. 

Rackow has more than nine years of experience in the senior living field. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. 

The Watermark at Trinity hires Mark Saylor as director of dining services

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Mark Saylor

Mark Saylor has joined The Watermark at Trinity, an independent living, assisted living and memory care community in Tampa, FL, as director of dining services. 

In his new role, Saylor will oversee all kitchen operations, including hiring and training staff, planning and executing menus and ensuring that the food and service meets the company’s standards of excellence. He also will plan and host cooking demonstrations and tastings for residents and guests.

Before joining the company, Saylor was the executive chef for Grand Villa Senior Living, Clearwater, FL. He has more than 25 years of experience in food and beverage operational management and 13 years of experience in the senior living industry. 

Saylor also is a certified dietary manager and certified food protection professional. 

The Oaks at Denville hires Roy David as assistant executive director and administrator

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Roy David

Roy David has joined  The Oaks at Denville, a Springpoint life plan community in Denville, NJ, as assistant executive director and administrator. 

David has more than 15 years of experience in the senior healthcare industry. More than half of those years have been spent in life plan communities. Before joining the company, he was director of continuing care at Cedar Crest Village, where he oversaw the daily operations of the assisted living and skilled nursing components of the community.

This will be David’s second time as administrator on the Oaks at Denville campus. He was the administrator in 2006 when the campus was called Franciscan Oaks. 

David has an undergraduate degree in political science from Stockton University.

Friendship Health hires nurse practitioner Indre Malaiskaite

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Indre Malaiskaite

Indre Malaiskaite has joined Friendship Health, Roanoke, VA. She will work for the company’s newest healthcare facility, Friendship Physician Clinic, which opened in January.

Malaiskaite has an undergraduate degree in biology from Roanoke College and an undergraduate and master’s degree in nursing from the Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

Friendship Physician Clinic is independent and not affiliated with any major health system.

Bell PR and Marketing hires Bill Pemberton as chief strategy officer 

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Bill Pemberton

Bill Pemberton has joined  Bell PR and Marketing, Shawnee, KS, as chief strategy officer. 

In this capacity, he will lead the company’s business development strategies as well as the marketing and public relations initiatives for clients.

For more than 14 years, Pemberton has worked exclusively within the senior living industry. Before joining the company, he worked at companies such as Bluespire and Attane, previously known as GlynnDevins.

LeadingAge to honor 3 at annual conference

Paul Winkler, Erica Thrash-Sall and Kristen Schulmerich, RN, BSN, will be celebrated in October at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting + Expo in Atlanta.

Winkler most recently was president and CEO of the Presbyterian Senior Care Network. He retired Sept. 1 after serving the company for 34 years.

He will receive LeadingAge’s the 2021 LeadingAge Award of Honor, given annually to a LeadingAge member who has “provided nationally recognized, transformative leadership and made extraordinary contributions to the field.” More about Winkler can be found here

Thrash-Sall is the executive director of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan’s McFarlan Villages Corp., Flint, MI. She will receive the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity, celebrating people “who have changed systems and policies at a local level to increase the likelihood that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible.” More about Thrash-Sall can be read here

Schulmerich is the director of nursing services at Monroe Community Hospital,  a 566-bed skilled nursing facility that Monroe County operates in Rochester, NY. She will receive the Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-Term Services and Supports Nursing. The award, now in its 15th year, “recognizes aspiring nurse leaders in the field of long-term services and supports.” More information about Schulmerich can be found here

Massachusetts Assisted Living Association appoints Larry Gerber board chair, elects new officers

Larry Gerber has been appointed as chair of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association, Waltham, MA.


  • Wendy Nowukunski has been elected vice chair. She is the co-founder and president of Northbridge Companies.
  • Chris Cullen is immediate past chair. He works as the deputy general counsel for Atria Senior Living.
  • Timothy DuRoss has been appointed treasurer. He is the chief operating officer for LCB Senior Living.
  • Leslie Robinson has been elected secretary. She is regional vice president of operations at Brightview Senior Living.

The officers will serve one-year terms.

Clif Porter and wife create scholarship at Medical College of Virginia

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Clifton J. Porter II

Clifton J. Porter II, senior vice president of government relations at the American Healthcare Association / National Center for Assisted Living, and his wife, Deborah, have created the Porter Legacy Scholarship at their alma mater, the Medical College of Virginia.

The scholarship will be awarded to students in the bachelor of science degree in health services program, with preference given to students who have demonstrated a commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and whose volunteer work and extracurricular activities have been geared toward advancing the Black community, according to the MCV Foundation.