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Chris Fields

Friends Fellowship Community names Chris Fields president and CEO

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Chris Fields

Christopher “Chris” Fields has been named the next president and CEO of Friends Fellowship Community, a private-pay not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Richmond, IN. His selection comes after a nine-month nationwide search.

Fields officially joined the organization on Jan. 13. He will succeed Jeffrey Baxter, who is set to retire Jan. 31.

Before this role, Fields was executive director of Bethany Pointe Health Campus, located in Anderson, IN, and offering a continuum of care including independent living villas, a residential memory care facility, assisted living units and a health care center. Bethany Pointe is part of Trilogy Health Care Services, which Fields originally joined in 2006. During his tenure with Trilogy Health Services, Fields operated six campuses, including one opening and one acquisition.

Saint Elizabeth Community names Matthew Trimble president and CEO 

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Matt Trimble

Matthew R. Trimble has been appointed the next president and CEO of Warwick, RI-based Saint Elizabeth Community, which has 11 locations.

Trimble, the organization’s current chief operating officer, will assume his new position July 1 upon the retirement of current CEO Steven J. Horowitz, who has led Saint Elizabeth Community for the past 35 years.

In serving as COO, Trimble has provided financial oversight for Saint Elizabeth Community’s assisted living residence, two affordable housing complexes, home health organization, two nursing / rehab centers and three adult day centers.

He has worked with Horowitz at Saint Elizabeth Community over the past 25 years and even more closely since his appointment as COO in 2015. He joined Saint Elizabeth Community in 1994 and has spent much of his tenure as administrator at Saint Elizabeth Home in East Greenwich, RI.

Trimble is a certified nursing home administrator.

Lutheran Home & Harwood Place names Kathy Cavers president and CEO

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Kathy Cavers

Kathy Cavers has been appointed president and CEO of Lutheran Home & Harwood Place, which together offer independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and more in Milwaukee, WI. She will succeed Scott McFadden, who is retiring.

Cavers has been the administrator and chief operating officer of the Lutheran Home for the past eight years and has worked in the industry for more than 24 years, including positions in Seattle and Minneapolis. 

As COO of the Lutheran Home, Cavers’ responsibilities included overall operations, leadership and direction of the 40-bed memory care assisted living, 187-bed skilled nursing facility, adult day service program and child care center. She also helped ensure the overall financial health of the organization.

Cavers was instrumental in the 2020 grand opening of Elaine’s Hope, the new memory care assisted living facility within the Lutheran Home, according to the organization. She also has been involved in the development of intergenerational programming, including an annual art show, and partnerships throughout the region.

Cavers has a degree in business administration and is a licensed nursing home administrator.

Oakmont Senior Living promotes Matt Stevenson to new position of chief operating officer

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Matt Stevenson

Matt Stevenson has been named to the new position of chief operating officer at Windsor, CA-based Oakmont Senior Living.

Stevenson has been senior vice president of operations since joining Oakmont Management Group in 2018. Before joining Oakmont, he was vice president of operations for Belmont Village Senior Living. He has more than 14 years of experience in senior living, managing communities across multiple states.

Oakmont created the position in response to the company’s growth; since 2018, Oakmont has added 11 new communities, and 10 additional communities are expected to open in various markets across California in 2020. The company currently serves more than 3,000 seniors at 31 communities in California and two in Nevada.

Stevenson is an active member of the California Assisted Living Association and serves on its Workforce Development Committee.

Community First Solutions names Brian Krause as chief financial officer

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Brian Krause

Brian Krause has been named chief financial officer of Hamilton, OH-based Community First Solutions. He will succeed Mark Zoellner, CFO for the past 12 years, who is retiring in May.

Krause has more than 20 years of progressive advancement in finances. He began his career with TriHealth, during his tenure holding several leadership positions, including controller and vice president of finance for the health system. Most recently, Krause was CFO for S&S Strategies, a Cincinnati-based healthcare organization.

Krause earned an undergraduate degree and an MBA in finance from the University of Kentucky. 

Community First has a not-for-profit network that serves more than 30,000 clients at the Berkeley Square and Westover senior living communities, Jamestowne Inpatient & Outpatient Therapy, Bridges Rehab at Home, Community Behavioral Health, Community First Pharmacy, LifeSpan and community-based services and in-home support.

Vincentian Collaborative System names Dean Owrey chief financial officer

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Dean Owrey

Dean Owrey has been named chief financial officer at Vincentian Collaborative System, a Pittsburgh-based not-for-profit healthcare and human services organization. He will begin in his new role on Feb. 3.

Owrey has more than 30 years of experience in financial leadership in western Pennsylvania. Most recently, he was vice president and CFO for UPMC Enterprises and UPMC Corporate Services. At UPMC, Owrey led the adoption of technology business management principles and oversaw a $700 million budget. Before joining UPMC, Owrey worked for many years at Ernst & Young, where he led teams across healthcare, insurance and other portfolios.

Vincentian offers a continuum of care — including independent living, assisted living, memory care, long-term care, rehab and therapy — for more than 2,000 older adults and children per year at seven sites across Allegheny County.

Harmony Senior Services appoints chief operations officer, chief sales and marketing officer

Steve Martin has been appointed chief operations officer, and Margaret Cabell has been named chief sales and marketing officer, at Harmony Senior Services, Charleston, SC.

The appointments come as Harmony “marches toward our goal of 50+ communities in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States,” CEO Terry Howard said.

Martin has 33 years of experience in senior housing, having begun in skilled nursing and moving into assisted living in 1993. He has worked with major senior living organizations, such as Atria Senior Living, Merrill Gardens and Horizon Bay.

Most recently, Martin spent 19 years with Brookdale Senior Living as senior vice president of regional operations, with oversight of 90 communities in Florida and Georgia.

Martin earned an undergraduate degree in long-term care administration from Southern Adventist University. He has served on the Georgia Senior Living Association Board of Directors for the past 10 years. 

Cabell is a 15-year veteran of the senior living industry. She began her professional career as a programs director with American Retirement Corp. and also was an executive director for several years. Brookdale Senior Living acquired ARC in 2006. At Brookdale, Cabell was promoted to regional director of operations, regional director of sales, divisional director of sales and, most recently, to divisional vice president of sales and marketing. She led the sales and marketing efforts for more than 240 communities.

Cabell has an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and a graduate degree from George Washington University.

A Place for Mom announces six new executives

A Place for Mom has announced the appointment of six executives who will be based in the company’s New York City office and report to CEO Larry Kutscher:

  • Tatyana Zlotsky, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of operations, joins APFM from American Express, where she spent the past nine years leading a variety of teams focused on bringing new products to market, expanding business segments and deepening customer engagement.
  • Raj Bahl, chief product officer, most recently was with A&E Networks as senior vice president and chief technology officer for the digital media business. He was responsible for all technology related to digital product development for several cable channels, including History, Lifetime, A&E, FYI and the Lifetime Movie Network.
  • Rebecca Bursky, chief human resources officer, formerly led the global HR function at TravelClick and MarketWired.
  • Andrew Porter, general counsel and corporate secretary, brings with him more than 30 years of legal experience. Most recently, he was general counsel at INTTRA, a network, software and information provider serving the ocean shipping container industry. Before that, he was general counsel at Sterling, a pre-employment screening, background and identity services firm. He also held various legal leadership roles at Dun & Bradstreet and AT&T.
  • Ricardo Larroude, senior vice president and general manager of emerging businesses, brings more than 15 years of business leadership to his new role. He most recently was in global finance and risk management at Anheuser-Busch Inbev.
  • James Thorman, senior director of strategy and business development, formerly was a case team leader with Bain & Co.

Seniorlink names Stephen McAloon as vice president, Northeast region

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Stephen McAloon

Stephen McAloon has been named vice president of Boston-based tech-enabled health services company Seniorlink’s Northeast region.

McAloon, previously Seniorlink’s VP of partnership development, now will oversee operations for Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Seniorlink’s largest market.

McAloon has spent three decades working in senior management positions in healthcare sales and operations throughout New England. He joined Seniorlink in 2015. Before joining Seniorlink, he was VP of business development and sales at CareCentrix in Connecticut. He also formerly held senior management positions with Byram Healthcare, Apria Healthcare and Gentiva.

Avamere Family of Companies adds three to HR team

The Avamere Family of Companies, based in Wilsonville, OR, has added three people to its human resources department:

  • Nicole Carey, director of HR, Avamere Living and Signature Healthcare at Home
  • Teena Tarabochia, regional HR manager in Portland, the Avamere Family of Companies
  • Lisa Marie May, head of talent acquisition, the Avamere Family of Companies.

The Avamere Family of Companies provides assisted living, independent living, memory care, rehabilitation, home care, transitional care and more in more than 250 locations across 19 states via more than 8,800 employees.

Watermark appoints Vicki Doyle to new public relations manager position

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Vicki Doyle

Vicki Doyle has been appointed to the newly created position of public relations manager at  Watermark Retirement Communities.

Doyle most recently was markets manager for Destination Travel Network. In this role, she handled client relationships and the launch of community-based digital advertising programs for more than 140 destination marketing organizations throughout North America.

Doyle previously was vice president of community relations and visitor services for Visit Tucson and also formerly held public information positions with the city of Tucson and the Tucson Airport Authority.

Queen Anne Manor names Qween Gipson memory care program director

Qween Gipson has been named Generations memory care program director at Queen Anne Manor, Queen Anne Manor, an Integral Senior Living community specializing in assisted living, memory care and respite care in Seattle.

Gipson comes to Queen Anne Manor as a certified dementia care specialist and former health unit coordinator and home health aide with more than 25 years of experience in geriatrics.

Her variety of work experience includes serving in the U.S. Air Force, owning her own photography business and working in event management. Before joining the Queen Anne Manor team in June, Gipson was employed in Europe as a youth and pre-teen programmer and kindergarten teacher for more than a decade.

Raintree Terrace promotes Leah Dailey to executive director

Leah Dailey, formerly senior director of sales and marketing, has been promoted to executive director at Raintree Terrace, an Integral Senior Living in Knoxville, TN. 

Her primary responsibilities as the executive director include managing the community’s day-to-day operations, providing oversight to various teams, and working with the management company. In addition, she will supervise and oversee hiring all department leads and staff.

Dailey joined Raintree Terrace as the director of sales and marketing in June, bringing with her more than nine years of marketing and sales experience that included work as the senior director of sales and marketing at The Pointe at Lifespring, another ISL community in Knoxville, for four years. 

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Matthew Ritter

Parmer Woods names Matt Ritter executive director

Matt Ritter is the new executive director of Parmer Woods at North Austin’s assisted living and memory care community in Austin, TX. The community is managed by Pegasus Senior Living.

Ritter has been in the senior living industry for more than 10 years and has held managerial positions in several communities since 2010. He joined Pegasus Senior Living in September as the executive director for Kenner, LA, community, Laketown Village. He also formerly was executive director of assisted living and memory care communities in Stephenville and Austin, TX.

Friendship appoints Sarah Stephens as development officer

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Sarah Stephens

Sarah Stephens has been selected to fill the new position of development officer at Friendship, Roanoke, VA.

Stephens joined the nonprofit world in 2011, serving as the volunteer coordinator for Goodwill Industries of the Valleys. During her tenure, she developed the organization’s first volunteer program and was promoted multiple times. Each role came with additional fundraising responsibilities.

She is a graduate of Centre College.

Greystone adds Donika Schnell as senior healthcare relationship manager

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Donika Schnell

Donika Schnell has joined real estate lending, investment and advisory company Greystone as a managing director based in Los Angeles. She will be working closely with facility owners to provide them with debt and other capital solutions, including bridge financing, FHA loans, agency loans and joint venture equity.

Schnell has managed healthcare lending portfolios collectively valued at $3 billion throughout the course of her 30-year long career, which includes providing term loans for acquisitions, refinancings and bridge lending solutions across various sectors in healthcare. Most recently, she was a senior managing director and head of healthcare banking at MB Financial Bank, which was acquired by Fifth Third Bank last year. She has also held similar positions at Opus Bank, BBVA Compass Bank, CapitalSource Finance and other organizations.

An accountant by training, Schnell began her career as a hospital consultant for KPMG Peat Marwick and was a senior accountant for the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Eventus WholeHealth names Grace Terrell, M.D., CEO

Grace E. Terrell, M.D., has been appointed CEO of Charlotte, NC-based Eventus WholeHealth, a full-service, physician-led provider of interdisciplinary healthcare to individuals living in assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities.

Terrell is the former CEO of Cornerstone Health Care, a medical group where she led a move to value-based care. She also was the founding CEO of CHESS, a population health management company, and Envision Genomics, which focused on integrating precision medicine technology into population health frameworks for people with rare and undiagnosed diseases.

Terrell also is the co-author of a recent book, “Value-Based Healthcare and Payment Models: Including Frontline Strategies for 20 Clinical Sub-Specialties,” which examines value-based strategies used to successfully transform existing healthcare organizations.

Perkins Eastman names Alexis Denton associate principal

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Alexis Denton

Alexis Denton has joined Perkins Eastman as an associate principal in the national senior living practice.

An architect and gerontologist, she will be based in the San Francisco office.

UsA2 names Niles Godes chief government relations and policy officer

Niles Godes
Niles Godes

Niles Godes, formerly senior vice president of congressional affairs and housing for LeadingAge, was announced as chief government relations and policy officer for advocacy and research-focused organization UsAgainstAlzheimer’s in November.

Earlier in his career, Godes was democratic staff director for the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, and he also formerly was legislative director and then chief of staff for Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota. Additionally, Godes has a range of lobbying experience for nonprofit and business clients at firms such as Clark & Weinstock, Three Bridges Advisors and Van Scoyoc Associates.

A graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, he earned a law degree from Georgetown University.

Taylor Design names Daniel Ortega to head LA office

Healthcare design professional Daniel Ortega, AIA, has been hired to head the new downtown Los Angeles office of Taylor Design, an employee-owned architecture, interior design and design strategy firm.

Ortega’s career includes more than 30 years of experience working with the California Office of Statewide Healthcare Planning and Development. His experience encompasses a wide variety of healthcare project types, including assisted living, acute care facility remodels, medical center master planning, medical education and conference centers, medical office buildings, outpatient clinics and surgery centers, and laboratories.

Ortega has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California State University at Pomona and also studied urban design at the Polytechnic University in Athens, Greece.

Remedi SeniorCare hires Michael Hovis, PharmD, as general manager of Alabama pharmacy

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Mike Hovis

Long-term care pharmacy executive Michael Hovis, PharmD, has joined Remedi SeniorCare as the general manager for a new 36,000-square-foot pharmacy in Huntsville, AL, that is expected to employ more than 200 people.

As general manager, Hovis will oversee all pharmacy operations to ensure compliance with all aspects of preparation for medication administration preparation and delivery to Remedi’s customers. The various departments include order entry, medical records, fulfillment operations, R.Phs, delivery and customer service.

Hovis has a pharmacy degree from Purdue University and is licensed in multiple states. He brings to his new role more than a decade of pharmacy experience spanning retail, hospital and, most recently, long-term care settings where he was responsible for more than 24,000 beds.