PEOPLE AND PLACES Appointments, Promotions

& Recognition American House Senior Living Communities, based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., has promot- ed Jodie Audia to the role of vice president of life enrichment and cognitive programming. Audia is responsible for the creation and implementation of life enrichment and cog- nitive programming strategies, policies, and programs across American House’s portfolio of more than 50 communities in five states. Audia has 24 years of experience in the field of nursing. Her prior assignments include Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hos- pice, and Fountain View Surgery Center.

Five Star Senior Living, based in Newton, Mass., elected two new independent di- rectors to its board: Donna D. Fraiche and Gerard M. Martin, at its annual stockholders meeting, in June.

joe weisenburger

LCS Development, an LCS company based in Des Moines, Iowa, has pro- moted and hired several individuals. Tom Mathisen, previously at LCS Real Es- tate was promoted to se-

nior vice president/managing director, devel- opment, to lead the growth and execution strategy for The Delaney communities. Jason Jorgenson was promoted to senior vice pres- ident/managing director, development, lead a targeted client services development strat- egy for the company’s life plan division. Todd Shaw was promoted to vice president, devel- opment, to lead the new development, ex- pansion, and repositioning projects for other life plan communities. Joe Weisenburger, previously senior vice president of business development for Welltower, Inc., was hired as vice president, senior director of business development, and will lead business develop- ment initiatives to grow top-line revenue for all business lines in the organization. Ross Nichols, on the LCS Development team since 2007, was promoted to director of project and new business, development. Zane Ben- nett was promoted from executive director for Plantation Village in Wilmington, N.C., to director of business development.

Margie Zelenak, executive director of the Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association (PALA), has been named to the Pennsylva- nia Healthcare Power 100 in recognition of her efforts to improve care, accessibility, and options for the state’s seniors, particularly for advocacy during the COVID-19 pan- demic. The Power 100 list is issued by City & State Pennsylvania magazine. Zelenak is also secretary of the Argentum State Part- ners Executive Committee and a member of the Governor’s Joint COVID Vaccine Task Force Aging Subcommittee.

RCare, Inc. (Response Care), Webster, N.Y. creator of advanced nurse call and moni- toring solutions, has a new owner and CEO, Jeffrey Knauss. Knauss assumed day-to- day leadership of the company after pur- chasing RCare from its founder, Myron Kowal, when he retired earlier this year. Knauss’s experience includes 27 years at a Fortune 500 company. He has announced intentions to continue innovating and ex- panding product lines.

blair quasnitschka

Charlotte, N.C.-based Maxwell Group, Inc., par- ent company of Senior Living Communities, Wellmore, and Live Long Well Care has promoted Blair Quasnitschka from

executive director to the company’s vice pres- ident of operations, overseeing, training, and mentoring teams in Connecticut, Indiana, North Carolina, and inland South Carolina. He joined the company in 2017 as executive director at Evergreen Woods, a Maxwell Group property in North Branford, Conn.

pat mulloy

Pat Mulloy, Argentum board chair, has recently been named to the board of directors of Sharps Compliance, Inc., a national provider of medical waste management and medica-

tion disposition services to an array of medical and post-acute care service providers.

Carlsbad, Calif.-based Solstice Senior Living has hired Essie Noble as regional vice pres- ident for Solstice’s South region. Noble has more than 12 years’ experience and comes to Solstice from Brookdale Senior Living.

Louisville, Ky.-based Trilogy Health Services has named Melissa Richards-Person to its exec- utive team as chief marketing officer. A 2010 Advertising Age “Woman to Watch,” she comes to Trilogy following 12 years with Papa John’s International, where she moved through a va- riety of U.S. and international roles, ultimately as senior vice president, brand.

tracy philemon

Waltonwood Ashburn, a community of Cary, N.C.-based Singh Senior Living, has named Tracy Philemon independent living manager. Philemon has a decade of experi-

ence in the industry, beginning as business development manager responsible for the operations of eight communities. As the in- dependent living manager, Philemon will act as the customer service champion for resi- dents of its 114 independent living apart- ments and is the initial contact for any resi- dent needs.


Gayle Kvenvold, LeadingAge Minnesota’s president and CEO of 32 years, is to retire at the end of 2021. In her total of 40 years at the association, she has led its growth into one of the largest associations addressing senior care in the nation. Kvenvold’s service to senior care has been recognized regionally and nationally, including her selection five times by Minnesota Physician as one of Minnesota’s 100 most influential health care leaders, and recently being named by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as one of Minnesota’s most admired CEOs.

The LeadingAge Minnesota Board of Directors will immediately begin a national search for her successor.


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