People in the news, Oct. 4 – Business

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Arbor welcomes Adam Grafton as SVP of food services

Adam Graton

Adam Grafton joined the Arbor company. as senior vice president of restaurant services.

In his new role, he will bring leadership, vision and innovation to support the company’s restaurant leaders with a focus on quality assurance and delivering an exceptional dining experience.

Grafton has more than 25 years of experience working in seniors’ communities and comes to Arbor from Compass Group, where he was vice president of cuisine. In his previous role, he oversaw the training and leadership development of over 150 executive chefs while leading a team of culinary professionals.

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Diana Jamisson

Emerald Communities taps Diana Jamison as new VP & CFO

Diana Jamison has been hired as vice president and chief financial officer of Redmond, WA Emerald Communities.

Prior to joining Emerald, Jamison had nearly two decades of experience in nonprofit senior housing organizations.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, East Bay.

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Ronda Duckworth

Arbor hires Ronda Duckworth as vice president of operations

Ronda Duckworth joined the Arbor company. as Vice President of Operations.

She has 23 years of senior living experience and most recently served as Regional Vice President of Commonwealth Senior Living.

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Charlie Harris

Morning Pointe Senior Living Promotes Charlie Harris to Vice President of Sales

Charlie Harris was recently promoted to Vice President of Sales at Ooltewah, TN Morning Pointe Senior Living. He joined the Morning Pointe team in 2021 as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Cumberland region.

Harris holds a degree in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University.

Enso Village welcomes new CFO, Timothy Swords

Timothy Swords began Monday in his new role as chief financial officer of Enso Village, a Zen-inspired living planning community in Healdsburg, Calif., developed by Kendal Corp. and the San Francisco Zen Center.

He will oversee finance, accounting and auditing as well as business process improvement and information technology. Swords has served as chairman of the board, management consultant and business executive and has over 30 years of experience driving revenue growth and scale across all industries, including the non-profit.

Previously, he served as Director of Risk Management for MUFG Union Bank, Vice President of Strategy for Wealth Markets at Union Bank, Vice President of Strategy and Planning at Fidelity Investments and Managing Partner at PwC.

Swords is currently Chairman of the Board of Interaction Associates, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California, and a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from Boston College. He also holds an Executive Coaching Certificate from William James College and a Professional Mindfulness Teaching Certificate from the Mindfulness Training Institute.

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Joy Pepper

Pegasus brings Joy Pepper on board as Fort Worth Community Executive Director

Joy Pepper was announced as the new executive director of Ridgmar Place by Pegasus Senior Living.

She has worked in the senior living industry since 1978 in various management roles.

Morning Pointe Appoints Kelly Wood as Executive Director

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Kelly Wood

Kelly Wood has been named executive director of The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer Center of Excellence in Louisville, Kentucky. She will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Alzheimer’s disease and memory care community.

Wood comes to The Lantern from Vitality Living in Louisville, KY, formerly an Atria Senior Living community, where she worked for seven years. She started out in the community as an activities assistant, then became director of memory care, director of the business office and finally general manager.

Wood received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Spalding University.

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Ralph Alvarado, MD

Masonic House / Pillar Names Ralph Alvarado, MD, Medical Director

Ralph Alvarado, MD, has been appointed Medical Director and Attending Physician at Masonic Home Shelbyville and Pillars Assisted Living and Personal CareMasonic Homes Kentucky.

Alvarado is an internal medicine specialist with over 28 years of experience. He was a Kentucky state senator for seven years, representing District 28, chairing the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, and serving as a member of the Kentucky Nonprofit Caucus.

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Carmel Person

Masonic Homes Kentucky Appoints Carmel Person, MD, Medical Director

Carmel Person, MD, has been appointed Medical Director at Crescent Grove Memory and Self-Care and Sam Swope Care CenterMasonic Homes Kentucky.

Person is an internal medicine specialist with nearly 20 years of experience. He is a past president of the Kentucky Society of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Watercrest Promotes Stéphanie L’Heureux to Accounting Manager

Stéphanie L’Heureux has been promoted to director of accounting for the Watercrest Senior Living Group.

L’Heureux is one of Watercrest’s longest-serving employees, having joined the organization a year after it was founded in the summer of 2012.

National Church Residences Announces Two New Board Members

Sean de Four, MSW, LMSW and Jami Dewolf were elected to the National Church Residences Board of Directors. They began their service on September 1.

de Four is President and CEO of Southwest Solutions. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and has been an adjunct instructor at the School of Social Work since 2014.

Dewolf recently retired as Marketing Director of Alliance Data Card Services. He holds a master’s degree in human resources and strategic planning from the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s degree in production and operations management from The Ohio State University.

LeadingAge Minnesota hires Mark Schulz as vice president

Mark Schulz joined the LeadingAge Minnesota staff as Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Most recently, he was a policy and legislative analyst at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Schulz is a military veteran and holds a Certificate in Human Services Leadership from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, a law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in engineering management from the US Military Academy at West Indicate.

NAB Announces Changes to Leadership Team

Michelle Grachek, MEd, CAE, will transition from Chief Operating Officer to President of National Association of Long Term Care Boardsand Randy Lindner will remain as CEO effective January 1.

Grachek came to NAB in January 2016 after serving as director of operations for the American College of Healthcare Administrators. Lindner has been president and CEO of NAB for 27 years.

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Anne Hoeksema

Health Dimensions Group Hires Anne Hoeksema as Senior Regional Director

Anne Hoeksema has been appointed senior regional director of sales and marketing at Health Dimensions Group. She brings to this position 15 years of experience in the health sector.

Hoeksema earned her undergraduate degree at Illinois State University. She is a Certified Director of Assisted Living and is a Certified Nursing Home Administrator.

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Nancy Swanger

UN honors Nancy Swanger, director of the Cobb Institute, for improving the well-being of older people

Nancy Swanger, Director of Granger Cobb Institute for the Elderly at Washington State University, was recognized by the The United Nations as one of the top 50 people in the world for improving the well-being of seniors.

Swanger was honored as part of the United Nations Decade of Healthy Aging ( for his contributions to long-term care while developing diploma and global certificate programs at the institute.

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Adam Bloom – Paicopolos

ATI Advisory Hires Adam Bloom-Paicopolos as Analyst

Adam Bloom-Paicopolos was hired as an analyst in ATIMedicare-Medicaid Integration and LTSS Innovation Practice. He was most recently a consultant at Pointe Health.

Bloom-Paicopolos received both her master’s degree in public policy and her bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland.

OHCA presents Special Service Award to Avamere’s Livia Thompson

Livia Thompson holding the award
Livia Thompson

The Oregon Health Care Association presented its Special Service Award to Livia Thompson, Senior Director of Life Enrichment with Avamere to Bethanyan independent living, assisted living and memory care community from Avamere Living.

Thompson has co-led virtual roundtables with OHCA, sharing her expertise and mentoring other Life Enrichment Directors throughout Oregon. She was recognized at the OHCA Awards.

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