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Vassar Byrd

Kendal chooses Vassar Byrd as next CEO

Vassar Byrd has been selected by The Kendal Corp. Board of Directors to be the organization’s next chief executive officer. She will join the Newark, DE-based company Jan. 9.

Byrd formerly was the CEO of Rose Villa Senior Living, a nonprofit life plan community in Portland, OR, since 2006. In July, Rose Villa announced that she would be leaving the organization at an unspecified time “to explore new growth and development opportunities” after having led the process of developing a 10-year master plan and campus redevelopment plan for Rose Villa.

Bryd, a 2020 McKnight’s Women of Distinction Hall of Honor inductee and McKnight’s Senior Living contributor, also recently was president of the LeadingAge Oregon Board of Directors.

The CEO position became open with the departure of Sean Kelly, who had headed the organization since 2006 and left about a year ago to become CEO of Front Porch Communities. Amy Harrison, who has served as interim CEO of Kendal since the beginning of the year, will resume her former role as chief financial officer upon Byrd’s start with Kendal.

The not-for-profit Kendal has 11 operating affiliates across nine states: California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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Terri Cunliffe

Covenant Living CEO Terri Cunliffe announces retirement

Terri Cunliffe has announced that she will retire as president and CEO of Skokie, IL-based Covenant Living Communities and Services in the spring.

Cunliffe, a 2021 McKnight’s Women of Distinction Hall of Honor inductee, has been with the nonprofit Covenant Living for 34 years. Cunliffe started her career in 1987 as an administrator in training at Covenant Living of Golden Valley in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. While working to obtain her healthcare administrator license, she was asked to move to Florida to help open a new assisted living community at Covenant Living of Florida. She eventually became the healthcare administrator of both assisted living and skilled nursing at the Florida community. In 1996, Cunliffe was promoted to executive director at the senior living community.

Cunliffe subsequently held positions as vice president of health and wellness, and executive vice president of operations/chief operating officer. She became president and CEO in 2015.

Today, the company serves 5,700 residents at 19 retirement communities in 10 states and offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Covenant Living has hired a search firm and identified a search committee from the board of directors to seek candidates and ultimately select a successor.

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Cheryl Jones

­Erickson Senior Living names Cheryl Jones regional VP of HR

Cheryl Jones has been named the new regional vice president of human resources at Erickson Senior Living

For the past 15 years, Jones held senior leadership roles in human resources at CRISP Shared Services in Columbia, MD, and most recently, as vice president of employee experience and operations at CommunicateHealth in Rockville, MD.

She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Spelman College and dual master’s degrees in health administration and business administration from the University of Florida.

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Michael Shaw

White Horse Village names Michael Shaw president and CEO

Michael Shaw has been named the president and CEO of White Horse Village, a nonprofit senior living community in Newtown Square, PA. The appointment was effective Dec. 1. 

Shaw has worked in senior living management for 25 years and has held leadership roles in senior living in multiple locations, managing nonprofit life plan communities within the large networks of Erickson, Westminster Communities of Florida and Pinnacle Living communities in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Kansas and Florida.

He has certifications in Lean Six Sigma, Action Pact Choreography of Culture Change, the Eden Alternative and as a Pennsylvania personal care home administrator. Additionally, he is a licensed nursing home administrator in Virginia and Florida.  

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Iva Prinsen

Anthem Memory Care names Iva Prinsen executive director at Chelsea Place

Iva Prinsen has been named executive director at Chelsea Place, an Anthem Memory Care community in Aurora, CO. 

Prinsen previously was executive director for Springbrooke Senior Living in Denver. She also was the licensed nursing home administrator for Azria Health in Blue Hill, NE.

Prinsen brings more than 35 years of senior living experience to the position. She earned her undergraduate degree from Stevens-Henager College.

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Elizabeth Sourbeer

The Springs Living names Elizabeth Sourbeer director of sales 

Elizabeth Sourbeer has been named director of sales at The Springs Living

Sourbeer brings 30 years of real estate sales experience to her new role. Most recently, she spent six years in sales and marketing for Trilogy by Shea Homes. She has an undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of Washington, Bothell.

Charter Senior Living of Charlotte names Carson Smith lifestyles director

Carson Smith has been named lifestyles director at Charter Senior Living of Charlotte.

Smith joins the Charter Senior Living team after serving as a teacher at Wolf Meadow Elementary in Concord, NC. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.

JLL names Anthony Marten principal, healthcare division sales lead

Anthony Marten has been named a principal and healthcare division sales lead for JLL’s solutions development team. 

Marten’s career spans 25 years and two continents. He began his commercial real estate career with JLL in 1998 and served in various roles until 2007, gaining experience in sectors including healthcare, life sciences, financial services and manufacturing. He re-joins JLL from Cushman & Wakefield, where he formerly was an executive vice president with its Enterprise Solutions team.

Marten retired as captain in the Honourable Artillery Co., Territorial Army, London. He graduated from the London South Bank University with a Bachelor of Science degree, has a professional accreditation as chartered surveyor from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in London and has two CoreNet Global Master of Corporate Real Estate designations with a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt from Global CoreNet.

Morning Pointe recognizes Exceeding Expectations award winners

Dec. 6, Morning Pointe Senior Living recognized eight Exceeding Expectations Award winners during its annual holiday awards banquet, honoring dedication to residents and fellow employees. 

This year, Morning Pointe expanded the Exceeding Expectations Awards from four region-based categories to eight role-based categories. The goal was to provide a greater level of recognition for those who go beyond their job descriptions.

The winners:

  • Home Office: Josh Rhodes, director of IT.
  • Resident Care: Loretta Cameron, certified nursing assistant at Morning Pointe of Richmond, KY.
  • Nursing: Kahlalishia Williams, director of nursing at Morning Pointe of Tuscaloosa, AL.
  • Life Enrichment and Alzheimer’s Programming: Beverly Smith, life enrichment director at Morning Pointe of Powell, TN.
  • Sales and Marketing: Megan Dunaway, community relations director at Morning Pointe of Hardin Valley, TN.
  • Business Office: James Ford, business office director at Morning Pointe of Lenoir City, TN. 
  • Food Service: Cindy Morris, food service director at Morning Pointe of Russell, KY.
  • Maintenance and Housekeeping: John Hempel, maintenance director at Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar Cove, TN.

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