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Douglas Olson, PhD, MBA

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Vision Centre appoints Douglas Olson as president, CEO

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Douglas Olson, PhD, MBA

Douglas Olson, PhD, MBA, has been appointed president and CEO of the Vision Centre.

The Eau Claire, WI-based initiative, formerly called Vision 2025, aims to create 25 university and college programs to prepare future generations of leaders for aging-adult service organizations. From those programs, it also aims to facilitate 1,000 paid internships in the field by 2025.

For the past 22 years, Olson has worked in a faculty leadership role at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has served as the director of the Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence. He presents and publishes regularly on leadership development in the senior living field.

Earlier this year, Olson was recognized as the national educator of the year by the American College of Health Care Administrators. Before his academic career, he served in leadership roles of senior living and healthcare organizations for 15 years.

Olson received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and his MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

Listen to a McKnight’s podcast interview with him here.

WesleyLife names Ward Phillips VP of market strategy, business development

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Ward Phillips

Ward Phillips has been named vice president of market strategy and business development by Johnston, IA-based WesleyLife

Phillips joined WesleyLife in 2017 as director of sales and was promoted to senior director. He previously spent a decade in senior living sales and marketing, working with communities across Iowa and the Midwest on census-building, acquisitions, master planning, expansions, new development projects and sales-team leadership.

Foundry Commercial names Zach Strunk VP of operations, seniors housing

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Zach Strunk

Zachary Strunk has joined Boca Raton, FL-based Foundry Commercial as vice president of operations for seniors housing. Foundry recently expanded its seniors housing portfolio to include 50 senior living communities across eight states.

Strunk has more than a decade of experience overseeing, leading and directing operations within assisted living communities, memory care communities and skilled nursing facilities. 

He previously was senior director of operations for Balfour Senior Living in Colorado. In that role, he was responsible for supporting the overall operations of the portfolio. Before Balfour, he was an executive director for a Kindred Nursing & Rehabilitation facility in Colorado as well as an executive director with Consulate Health Care in Florida. 

In June, Foundry Commercial announced its acquisition of the Spring Arbor Senior Living collection of 24 assisted living and memory care communities in Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. 

In his new role, Strunk will assist with the integration and ongoing management of Foundry’s senior living operating platform, as well as the eventual assessment, development and onboarding of assets for the portfolio. 

Integral Senior Living names Deedra Moats executive director of Capstone at Centerra

Deedra Moats has been named executive director of the Capstone at Centerra, an Integral Senior Living community in Loveland, CO, that will specialize in assisted living, respite and memory care services when it opens in the fall.

Moats brings to the role more than 25 years of experience in the health and human services industry. Most recently, she was the executive director of the Peaks at Old Laramie Trail in Lafayette, CO, another ISL community. 

Vistas welcomes Nate Echols as executive director

Nate Echols has been named the new executive director for The Vistas Assisted Living and Memory Care in Redding, CA, by Ridgeline Management of Rockwall, TX. 

Echols has more than 20 years of financial expertise from working in the healthcare industry. His experience includes working as an assisted living and skilled nursing administrator.

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Misti Ridenour

Well-Spring, The Village at Brookwood announce leadership appointments

Well-Spring, a life plan community in Greensboro, NC, and The Village at Brookwood, a Well-Spring life plan community in Burlington, NC, have announced updates to several key leadership positions.

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April Mayberry

Misti Ridenour has been promoted to an executive director at Well-Spring after 29 years with the company. She most recently was director of health services.

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Michael Jones

April Mayberry, who formerly was healthcare administrator at The Village of Brookwood, has been promoted to executive director. She previously was an associate administrator of Genesis Healthcare in Siler City, NC.

Michael Jones has succeeded Ridenour as director of health services at Well-Spring. He most recently was administrator of the UNC Health Care Rockingham Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center in Eden, NC.

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Todd Dumke

Todd Dumke, formerly culinary operations chef at Duke University, is the new director of dining services at Well-Spring. He previously worked as chef de cuisine at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill and in similar roles at other organizations. 

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Katie Dannemiller

Katie Dannemiller is the new director of resident relations. She comes to Well-Spring from the Greensboro Grasshoppers, a Class A minor league baseball team, where she was vice president of baseball relations.

iN2L + LifeLoop name Navin Gupta as CEO

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Navin Gupta

Navin Guptas has been named CEO of iN2L + LifeLoop, a Denver-based engagement, wellness and community operations platform.

By accelerating strategic growth, he will focus on furthering the combined organization’s mission to affect the aging experience in North America. In addition to market acceleration, he will focus on product innovation and deepening customer relationships.

Lisa Taylor, who was iN2L’s CEO, will remain involved as a strategic adviser.

Gupta has more than two decades of experience in healthcare, security and telecommunications. He formerly worked for the home health and hospice division of MatrixCare, which won three Best-in-KLAS awards during his tenure.

Before MatrixCare, Gupta spent decades leading product development teams and creating new patient monitoring and communication solutions for Philips Healthcare, United Technologies and Siemens. 

ACHC announces new officer positions for board of commissioners

The Accreditation Commission for Health Care has announced new officers for its board of commissioners. The officers will serve through June 2025 and will help guide ACHC as it continues to expand its business through acquisitions and specialized service offerings. The new officers:

  • Roy G. Chew, PhD, has been named chairman of the board. Chew is retired from the position of president of Kettering Health Network in Southwest Ohio, where he served for 43 years in various positions. He is on the board of directors for Kettering Health Network. He joined the ACHC board at the time of its merger with the Accreditation Association for Hospitals and Health Systems, parent company of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.
  • Brock Slabach, MPH, FACHE, is vice chairman. Slabach is chief operating officer for the National Rural Health Association. Before NRHA, he was a rural hospital administrator for more than 21 years and served on the NRHA board and the regional policy board of the American Hospital Association. He serves on the Star Rating Technical Expert Panel of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is a member of the National Quality Forum’s Measures Application Partnership Hospital and Rural Health Workgroup, and is a board member of the Accreditation Association for Hospitals and Health Systems.
  • Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, FACOG, is secretary. DeFrancesco is a past president and former national secretary of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and recently retired from private practice. He is a founder of Women’s Health Connecticut/Physicians for Women’s Health and was its chief medical officer. He was a board member and president of the board for Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and served on the board for the Accreditation Association for Hospitals and Health Systems. 
  • William R. Letendre Sr., MS, MBA, will continue his role as treasurer. He is vice president of pharmacy management services for Professional Compounding Centers of America, where he served for 30 years. He also served as president and a board member of the Texas Pharmacy Association and the New Hampshire Pharmacists Association. He also worked as pharmacist-in-charge in the retail and hospital pharmacy sectors and has served academic appointments at numerous schools of pharmacy. He was a board member and treasurer of the Academy for Compounding Pharmacy.
  • Denise Leard, immediate past chair, joined the Amarillo, TX, law firm Brown & Fortunato and is a contributing member of the firms’ Health Care Group. She represents home/durable medical equipment companies, pharmacies and other healthcare providers nationwide.
  • Marshelle Thobaben, RN, MS, PHN, APNP, FNP, is officer-at-large. Thobaben is professor emeritus at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, and a nursing consultant. For more than 30 years, she taught community and public health nursing and chaired the HSU Department of Nursing, as well as the HSU and CSU academic senates. She is a nationally known published author and recognized for her work in elder abuse prevention and home health psychiatric nursing. 

TPG names Peter Munzig partner, head of business services

Peter Munzig has joined global alternative asset management firm TPG as a partner and head of business services for TPG Capital, the San Francisco-based companys private equity platform.

In this role, Munzig will lead TPG Capital’s investment activity and portfolio management in the business services sector. He previously was managing director and head of General Atlantic’s Palo Alto, CA, office, responsible for the firm’s business-to-business investing efforts. There, he managed and led investments in outsourced services, technology-enabled services, information services and software across a range of industries and end markets.

Before General Atlantic, Munzig was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, where he advised clients in the technology, industrial and consumer sectors. 

Sabra Health Care REIT has a joint venture with TPG Real Estate through which Sabra has a 49% stake in a portfolio of 158 Enlivant senior living communities,, The Irvine, CA-based real estate investment trust announced last fall, however, that it planned to exit the JV.

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