Rod Burkett, president and CEO of Gardant Management Solutions, has joined the National Center for Assisted Living Board of Directors.

Burkett has been at the helm of Gardant since the company, formerly BMA Management Ltd., was founded in 1999. The company manages more than 40 assisted living, senior living and memory care communities in Illinois. Gardant is the largest assisted living provider in Illinois and the 14th largest provider nationwide.

Before joining Gardant, Burkett spent more than 20 years in the healthcare management fields of public health, home health, medical clinics, hospitals and nursing homes.