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Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland appoints new president / CEO, Jeff Branch

Jeff Branch

Jeff Branch has been appointed president and CEO of Westminster, MD-based Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland. He succeeds Geary Milliken, who retired in June after almost 25 years of service. 

Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland is the recently formed parent organization of faith-based, nonprofit continuing care retirement communities Carroll Lutheran Village, Westminster, MD, and The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant, Ellicott City, MD.

Branch joins Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland with almost 20 years of senior living leadership experience. Previously, he was senior vice president of senior living and the Institute on Aging for Mather LifeWays, Evanston, IL. There, he oversaw operations of two CCRCs and a rental community and was part of the team leading pre-construction efforts for a new 300-unit life plan community and the expansion of a life plan community that included new villa homes and additional skilled nursing and assisted living units.

He also is a former vice president of operations for Sunrise Senior Living, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of 37 senior living communities with 5,500 residents and 4,800 employees.

English Meadows Senior Living promotes Trista Wilson to COO

Trista Wilson

Trista Wilson has been promoted at Blacksburg, VA-based English Meadows Senior Living and is now the company’s first chief operating officer in its 10-year history. She will oversee the day-to-day operations of the entire English Meadows portfolio. 

Wilson has spent the past four years as the campus administrator / executive director at the Abingdon Campus of English Meadows. She has more than 12 years of experience in senior living and has been assisting with English Meadows’ growth over the past several years, according to the company.

Springpoint promotes Maquida Hanley to executive director of Watchung Terrace

Maquida Hanley

Maquida Hanley has been named the new executive director of Watchung Terrace, a Springpoint Senior Living affordable housing community in Middlesex, NJ.

Hanley joined Wall Township, NJ-based Springpoint in 2013 and most recently was resident services coordinator at Springpoint’s Friendship Gardens community in Howell, NJ.

In her new role, she is responsible for the overall direction and day-to-day functions of Watchung Terrace, as well as ongoing operations, including safety, planning and development in accordance with federal, state and local standards, buildings and regulations.

She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from William Paterson University and earned a master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University.

Oakmont of Varenna names executive director, Ferdinand Buot, for Oakmont of Varenna

Ferdinand “Ferdie” Buot

Ferdinand “Ferdie” Buot has been named executive director at Oakmont of Varenna, an Oakmont Senior Living continuing care retirement community in Santa Rosa, CA.

Buot has more than two decades of experience as a nursing home administrator, CEO, health services administrator, regional operations resource director and executive director for various companies.

He has a law degree from the University of San Carlos-Philippines and is a licensed and certified nursing home administrator with a residential care facility for the elderly license.

Wind Crest Promotes Nicole Norton to director of dining services

Nicole Norton

Nicole Norton has been named director of dining services at Wind Crest, a continuing care retirement community in Highlands Ranch, CO, developed and managed by Erickson Living. In this role, Norton will oversee the community’s six on-campus restaurants and more than 300 dining services employees.

Norton has more than 25 years of leadership and management experience, primarily in food service. She joined Wind Crest in 2017. As general manager, Norton was responsible for planning and opening Burton’s Restaurant and the Mile High Café in Wind Crest’s High Line Overlook neighborhood. In January, Norton was promoted to assistant director of dining services and has been serving as interim director of dining services since the spring.

Glen at Scripps Ranch named food and beverage manager, Steve Floyd

Steve Floyd

Steve Floyd has joined The Glen at Scripps Ranch as the soon-to-open San Diego life plan community’s food and beverage manager.

He will be responsible for all food operations, including managing finances, developing and implementing systems for quality control, building employee teams, and designing and pricing menus to reflect The Glen’s made-from-scratch philosophy. Floyd will work closely with the community’s new executive chef, David Burke, over the next few months to prepare for the first residents to move in later this year. 

Before joining The Glen, Floyd was the executive chef / operations director for the Brigantine Family of Restaurants in San Diego for 15 years. Before the Brigantine, he was executive chef for the Omni Hotel in San Francisco.

Floyd is a graduate of the University of Houston’s School of Culinary Arts.

LeadingAge Florida Announces Susan Anderson as director of assisted living public policy

Susan Anderson, Esq.

Susan Anderson, Esq., has been hired as Tallahassee, FL-based LeadingAge Florida’s director of assisted living public policy.

She is responsible for the development and execution of all assisted living related public policy and for supporting members with assisted living operations, regulatory issues and best practices.

Anderson joins the organization from the Florida Senior Living Association, where for the past four years, she has focused on assisted living policy and regulatory issues as vice president of public policy and legal affairs.

She is a Florida State University law school graduate who, after several years in private practice, worked on assisted living issues as assistant general counsel and deputy state ombudsman for the state Department of Elder Affairs.

Senior living represented on California Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Mercedes Kerr

ACC Senior Services President and CEO Darrick Lam, MSW, MBA, and Belmont Village Senior Living President Mercedes Kerr have been named to the California Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

The committee, including 34 experts across public, private and nonprofit health, research, social service and long-term care sectors, was formed in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call for the creation of a Master Plan for Aging.

“California is the state with the most number of people who are 65 years and older, totaling 5.1 millions in 2017; this number is estimated to increase to 8.6 million by 2030,” Lam pointed out.

“The Master Plan for Aging is a vital next step toward protecting and enhancing quality of life for our older adults. I’m honored to be a part of this initiative and to benefit from the perspectives and experiences of this dedicated group,” Kerr said.

At ACC, Lam is responsible for the overall administration, management of programs and fiscal matters of ACC Senior Services. He has more than 27 years of experience in the field of aging and long-term services and supports in both the public and private nonprofit sectors. Prior to ACC, he was at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, providing technical assistance and grants management for programs serving older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers in California, Hawaii, American Samoa and tribal organizations. Lam received both his MSW and MBA  from UC Berkeley.

Kerr has more than years of experience in the seniors housing sector. Before joining Belmont Village as president earlier this year, she was executive vice president of business development at real estate investment trust Welltower for more than a decade. Before that, Kerr was vice president of acquisitions at REIT HCP for almost 10 years.

Kerr graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and holds a Master of Real Estate Development degree from the University of Southern California.

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