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Movers & Shakers: Watercrest’s Regional Director; English Meadows Names First COO

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Watercrest Names Regional Director of Clinical Operations

Watercrest Senior Living Group has appointed Riane Bernard to the role of regional director of clinical operations.

Bernard will help develop and implement clinical procedures as Watercrest prepares to open multiple communities in the coming months and years. She also will help the company maintain care, programming and training standards.

Bernard, who has 17 years of experience overall, most recently worked at Senior Lifestyle as a clinical specialist.

English Meadows Appoints First COO

English Meadows Senior Living recently promoted Trista Wilson to become its first-ever COO.

In her new COO role, Wilson will oversee the entire English Meadows portfolio. Wilson previously worked as the campus administrator and executive director at the Abingdon Campus of English Meadows.

Wilson has more than 12 years experience in the senior living industry, and spent the previous four years at English Meadows.

Oakmont Senior Living Adds Regional Executive Chef Specialist, ED

Oakmont Senior Living recently named Andrew Moret to the position of regional executive chef specialist for the company’s central region. In his new role, Moret will support communities in central California and two in Las Vegas.

Moret joins a culinary team that includes Chef Rina Younan, vice president of culinary services.

Oakmont also appointed Ferdinand Buot as executive director of Oakmont of Varenna, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Windsor, California.

Buot has more than two decades of experience at various companies, having worked as a nursing home administrator, CEO, health services administrator, regional operations resource director and executive director.

Lutheran Social Ministries Names New President, CEO

Jeff Branch is the new president and CEO of Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland, the newly formed parent organization of faith-based, non-profit CCRCs Carroll Lutheran Village and The Lutheran Village.

He succeeded Geary Milliken, who retired in June after 25 years in the role.

Branch previously worked as senior vice president at the Institute on Aging for Mather LifeWays. He also has worked as vice president of operations for Sunrise Senior Living.

Brookdale Board Nominates Independent Directors

Brookdale Senior Living’s board of directors recently nominated two new independent director candidates, Vicki Freed and Guy Sansone, to stand for election as directors at the company’s upcoming annual meeting of stockholders.

Freed currently works as Royal Caribbean International’s senior vice president of sales, trade support and service, while Sansone is a managing director and chairman of the Healthcare Industry Group at Alvarez & Marsal.

Two nominees put forth by activist shareholder and vocal critic Land & Buildings Investment Management — Jonathan Litt and James Flaherty — did not move forward in the nomination process, however.

Pathway Hires Memory Care Director

Pathway to Living has hired Julie Ackley as the director of its A Knew Day memory care program.

In her new role, Ackley will oversee Pathway’s entire memory care program. Sh has more than 18 years of experience in both long-term care and acute-care settings.

Ackley previously worked as a customer relationship manager for iN2L.

Benchmark Announces Leadership Appointments

Benchmark Senior Living has announced several new hirings and staff announcements.

The company named Frank Boasorte executive director of Sturges Ridge of Fairfield, an assisted living and memory care community in Fairfield, Connecticut. He previously worked as a regional director of operations for Benchmark, and most recently worked as vice president of operations for Milestone Retirement Communities’ northeast region.

In Newton, Massachusetts, Bechmark appointed Deepa Eberlin as the executive director of assisted living community Evans Park at Newton Corner. Eberlin replaces Todd Raymond who now works as the senior executive director for Evans Park’s sister community, Cabot Park Village.

Additionally, Melissa Moody has returned to Benchmark as resident care director for its Bedford Falls assisted living community in Bedford, New Hampshire.

Moody previously worked as a resident care director for LCB Senior Living. At Benchmark, she worked as a regional nurse specialist for seven years.

Springpoint Names Executive Director of New Jersey Community

Springpoint Senior Living today appointed Maquida Hanley as the new executive director of Watchung Terrace, an affordable housing community in Middlesex, New Jersey.

In her new role, Hanley is responsible for the direction, and daily operations of Watchung Terrace.

Hanley joined Springpoint in 2013 and most recently worked at Springpoint’s Friendship Gardens community in Howell, New Jersey as a resident services coordinator.

San Diego Life Plan Community Hires Restaurant Exec

Steve Floyd has joined San Diego’s The Glen at Scripps Ranch life plan community as the community’s new food and beverage manager.

In his new role, Floyd will be responsible for all food operations, including financial management, developing and implementing quality control systems, employee team building and designing and costing menus. He will work closely with the community’s new executive chef, David Burke.

Floyd previously was the executive chef and operations director for the Brigantine Family of Restaurants in San Diego, where he supervised the culinary operations of 16 outlets with three different concepts.

SRG Names Executive Chef for Texas Community

Senior Resource Group (SRG) has hired executive chef Seth Tucker to oversee kitchen operations at Maravilla at The Domain, a forthcoming senior living community in Austin, Texas.

In his new role, Tucker will design menus and consult with residents’ physicians and health care personnel or dietary specialists. He also will work with vendors to purchase produce, seafood and meats directly from local farms as often as possible.

Tucker previously worked at Lost Creek Country Club and Twin Creeks Country Club.

John Knox Village Gets New Marketing Director

Kim Morgan-Vagnuolo is the new director of marketing for John Knox Village, a life plan community in Pompano Beach, Florida.

The life plan community is planning a multi-phase, more than $100-million expansion project that is set to include 150 apartment homes.

EUA Bolsters Project Development Team

Kurt Peterson has joined the Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) project development team.

In his new role, Peterson will help advance relationships for the firm. Before he joined EUA, Peterson worked at Baker Tilly Capital as a national director of business development.

Aloe Care Health Names Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Aloe Care Health has hired Bern Terry as vice president of strategic partnerships.

Terry previously served as the business development lead for Philips Lifeline. Before that, he was the head of health care partnerships at CareLinx, a company that was acquired by Generali Global Assistance.

Aloe Care has a wearable-free, communication and safety solution that’s currently in beta.

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