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Alesia Frerichs

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Lutheran Services in America names Alesia Frerichs ​​​​​​new president and CEO

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Alesia Frerichs

Alesia Frerichs has been announced as Lutheran Services in America’s next president and CEO. She will assume her new position Feb. 1, succeeding Charlotte Haberaecker, who will retire Jan. 31 after leading the organization for more than 10 years.

LSA is a national network of 300 Lutheran health and human services organizations; almost 200 of its members offer a broad array of services for older adults in residential care and home- and community-based settings.

Frerichs is an entrepreneur who launched and led an independent consulting practice for 10 years, providing strategic management support to nonprofit executives. She also has held senior leadership positions at MCI WorldCom and Sapere Consulting.

Frerichs currently serves on the boards of Thrivent Charitable Impact & Investing and the Lutheran Financial Managers Association and is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, DC.

She earned a Master of Science degree in statistics from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from St. Olaf College.

HMP Senior Solutions announces Shawn O’Conner as new CEO

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Shawn O’Conner

Shawn O’Conner has been appointed president and CEO of HMP Senior Solutions

He has more than a decade of experience in healthcare leadership. Before joining HMP Senior Solutions, O’Conner was senior vice president of operations for Signature Healthcare, where he was responsible for the overall management and operations of 50 assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

O’Conner has an MBA from Bethel University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Cumberland University.

Ultimate Care names Amy Silva-Magalhaes chief operating officer 

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Amy Silva-Magalhaes

Amy Silva-Magalhaes has been hired as chief operating officer for Ultimate Care Assisted Living Management

Silva-Magalhaes formerly was the senior vice president of community operations for a Northeast-based provider, where she led overall functional strategies using enterprise-wide strategic planning, execution, business alignment, leadership development, human capital, communication and the strengthening of corporate culture. In addition to her tenure in senior living, her career has included years in hospitality management at Hilton and Marriott. 

Silva-Magalhaes holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from Southern Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Post University. She was a 2020 McKnight’s Women of Distinction Rising Star honoree.

Arden 55+ Living promotes Natalie Edeburn to director of operations

Natalie Edeburn has been promoted to the role of director of operations for Charlotte, NC-based Arden 55+ Living

Edeburn joined Arden earlier this year with more than 25 years of real estate and property management industry experience throughout the Southeast.

Before joining Arden, she was regional vice president for RKW Residential and Pegasus Residential. She previously was a director of real estate at Greystar, where she managed more than 6,500 units and a team of regional property managers. 

Georgia Health Care Association announces Chris Downing as president and CEO

Chris Downing has been named president and CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association

Downing most recently was vice president of government relations for Enhabit Home Health & Hospice. He also previously served in the same position for Kindred At Home and PruittHealth Corp. In those roles, he was responsible for overseeing all federal, state and local government relations efforts. Additionally, he directed all legislative strategies related to Medicaid, Medicare and regulatory matters.

Downing also has served in senior level positions at the US Department of Health and Human Services, where he provided executive leadership on issues related to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Public Health Preparedness, the Food and Drug Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration and the National Institutes for Health.

Downing graduated from the University of Dayton.

Montana Hospital Association names Robert Olsen interim CEO

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Robert Olsen

Robert Olsen has been named interim CEO at the Montana Hospital Association, a group representing assisted living providers and other types of providers

Olsen rejoins MHA after retiring from the role of MHA senior vice president in 2019 following a 30-year tenure with the association. Before MHA, Olsen served for seven years in the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, working in the state’s Medicaid program. 

Olsen has a master’s degree in health administration from Montana State University-Billings and graduated from Montana State University with an undergraduate degree in finance.

ATI Advisory appoints Anna Kaltenboeck to lead new drug reimbursement group

Anna Kaltenboeck has been named principal and head of ATI Advisory’s Prescription Drug Reimbursement Group.

Most recently, Kaltenboeck was senior health adviser to the US Senate Committee on Finance, where she led negotiations on drug pricing issues, including Medicare and other provisions included in the Inflation Reduction Act.

Kaltenboeck has undergraduate and master’s degrees in economics from Tufts University and an MBA from Yale University. She is a published author in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the Annals of Internal Medicine and JAMA.

Ecore International names Kal Krishnan as Materials Business Unit president 

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Kal Krishnan

Kal Krishnan has been announced as the president of Ecore International’s Materials Business Unit.

Prior to joining Ecore, Krishnan was vice president of product management for Gems Sensors & Controls, where he led the global product management, marketing and digital functions and was instrumental in driving transformative growth for the business. Previously, he held various product, marketing and strategy leadership roles at Sensata Technologies and Booz & Co.

Krishnan holds two master’s degrees, one in business administration from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, and another in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit. He earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Bharathiar University in Coimbatore, India.

EmpowerMe Wellness welcomes Kenneth Hannah, Carrie Ward to executive roles

Kenneth H. Hannah and Carrie E. Ward, SPHR, have been named chief operating officer and chief people officer, respectively, at EmpowerMe Wellness

Hannah brings more than 30 years of experience to the role, having most recently served as chief financial officer for Caleres. He also has held senior executive leadership positions in operations and finance for several multisite companies, including the Home Depot, the Boeing Co., JCPenney and General Electric. 

Ward also has an extensive history of leading companies through periods of rapid expansion. Formerly chief human resources officer for GardaWorld and COO for Major Brands, Inc., Ward’s expertise spans multiple disciplines. As chief people officer, she will lead the company’s human resources and recruitment efforts as it continues to add staff and serve more communities.

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Priti Jindal, MD

Former Five Star Chief Medical Officer Priti Jindal, MD, named CMO for Transitional Care Physicians of America

Priti Jindal, MD, has been named the new chief medical officer at Transitional Care Physicians of America

Before joining TCPA, Jindal was chief medical officer for Five Star Senior Living. She has more than 20 years of experience as a practicing physician in senior living, post-acute and acute care environments.

Jindal is a graduate of St. George’s University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia and is board-certified in internal medicine.

2022 Ira O. Wallace Award given to Conjuna Collier of Masonic Homes Kentucky

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Conjuna Collier

Masonic Homes Kentucky Senior Vice President of Risk Management Conjuna Collier was honored as the 2022 Ira O. Wallace Award recipient at the recent Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities/Kentucky Center for Assisted Living Quality Awards banquet.

Collier oversees Masonic’s risk management efforts, including compliance with state and federal regulations governing long-term care. During the pandemic, she led Masonic’s COVID-19 Response Team and COVID Hotline. She was named a 2021 Health Care Hero by Business First Louisville for her efforts during the pandemic.

Collier volunteers for several regulatory advisory committees and chairs KAHCF’s Survey/Regulatory Compliance Committee

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