People in the News, September 20

People in the News, September 20

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Escaton promotes Sheri Peifer to the position of President

Sheri Peifer

Sheri Peifer has been promoted to president of Carmichael, Calif.-based Eskaton as part of the first phase of a board-led CEO succession plan. In his new role, Peifer will oversee the operations and strategic growth of the organization to meet the growing demand for senior living solutions.

Peifer, who was previously Eskaton’s Chief Strategy Officer, joined the organization in 2005 and led the organization’s efforts in development, management services and affiliates, joint ventures, partnerships, innovation, marketing and communications.

She holds an undergraduate degree from Messiah College and a Master of Science in Gerontology and Education from California State University, Sacramento. Peifer is also a 2008 graduate of the program now known as LeadingAge Larry Minnix Leadership Academy.

Ecumen announces the appointment of Scott Bjerketvedt as SVP – CFO

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Scott Bjerketvedt

Scott Bjerketvedt has been promoted to Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer at Ecumen, based in Shoreview, MN.

Prior to joining Ecumen in 2020, Bjerketvedt spent over 20 years in the medical device industry, where he held several leadership positions.

He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas.

Otterbein SeniorLife Appoints Catherine Chiovaro Vice President of Workforce Management

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Catherine Chiovaro

Catherine Chiovaro has been named vice president of workforce management and strategy at Otterbein SeniorLife, based in Lebanon, OH. This is a new position within the management team.

Chiovaro worked for 17 years at the Laurel Health Care Company and was previously an administrator for two HCR ManorCare communities in West Virginia.

Experience Senior Living Hires Angelica Ybarra as VP of People

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Angelique Ybarra

Angelica Ybarra has been hired as Vice President of People at Experience Senior Living to help support the growth of the organization.

She has 30 years of experience in human resources management and leadership. Ybarra will work closely with the leadership team, in addition to leading the culture and recruitment teams to support each ESL community, to attract, retain, reward and recognize each employee.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California, and a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, with a specialty in Human Resource Management, Alliant International University in San Diego. It is also a certified residential care facility for senior administrators.

Ridgeline Management Welcomes Chris Dover, CPA, MHA, as New Chief Financial Officer

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Chris Dover

Mr. Christopher Dover, CPA, MHA, has been appointed chief financial officer of Ridgeline Management Co., Rockwall, TX.

Dover is a Healthcare Financial Operations Manager with 22 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Previously, he was CFO of hospitals and health systems ranging from Holdenville General Hospital to Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Dover graduated from Oklahoma State University, majoring in accounting, and also holds a master’s degree in hospital administration from Trinity University. He was a continuously licensed Texas CPA for 20 years.

Newmark Announces Senior Healthcare and Housing Practice Leader Ben Tate

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Ben Tate

Benjamin A. Tate has been promoted to senior managing director and practice leader specializing in senior health care and housing at Newmark.

Tate will work closely with Matt Yance and Tim Gillespie, MAI, both promoted to executive vice presidents, and executive vice president Charlie Henderson, a new hire.

Tate has valued over 600 assets throughout his career, including notable portfolios for national and international clients. He joined Newmark in 2017 as a founding member of the senior healthcare and housing specialist practice.

Robin N. Khanal Joins Florida Senior Living Association Board of Directors

Trial attorney and health policy advisor Robin N. Khanal, a partner at Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, recently accepted an appointment to the board of directors of the Florida Senior Living Association. Khanal will serve as parliamentarian on the executive committee of the board.

Khanal is a civil attorney practicing complex personal injury defense primarily in the areas of medical malpractice, assisted living, nursing homes and premises.

As an FSLA parliamentarian, Khanal’s role is to work with staff to serve as the board’s internal expert to interpret and apply the rules of procedure for board and committee meetings, and to provide advice and recommendations to assist the President in responding to points of order. and parliamentary inquiries. Khanal’s duties as a parliamentarian may also include coordinating with staff to review FSLA statutes, policies and procedures; provide training and other advice to the board; and provide any other related assistance.

The SCAN Foundation Hires Three New Vice Presidents

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Anika Heavener

The SCAN Foundation has hired three new Vice Presidents from various healthcare sectors to its leadership team.

Anika S. Heavener will serve as Vice President of Innovation and Investments, Narda Ipakchi will serve as Vice President of Policy, and Rigo A. Saborio will serve as Vice President of Programs, Equity and Community Impact.

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Narda Ipakchi

Heavener will lead the innovation and investment portfolio to manage TSF’s $270 million endowment and develop the next generation of solutions for seniors. Most recently, she was Vice President, Data Strategy and Operations, at Homethrive. Previously, Heavener helped set up the $350 million Dementia Discovery Fund on behalf of the UK government.

Rigo Sabori
Rigo Sabori

Ipakchi will oversee policy and strategy to work towards equitable policy recommendations to support the health and well-being of older adults at the state and federal levels. Most recently, she served as Director of Medicare and Medicaid Policy for the US Senate Special Committee on Aging. Previously, she worked as a senior consultant for Health Management Associates.

Saborio will ensure that community engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion are central to all TSF grants. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of aging. Saborio recently spent 13 years as President and CEO of St. Barnabas Senior Services. Previously, he was Director of Diversity Awareness and Alliances for AARP.

Lynn O’Connor Named Chair of LeadingAge DC Board of Directors

Ingleside President and CEO Lynn O’Connor, MSA, LNHA, CASP, CMDCP has been elected Chair of the LeadingAge DC Board of Directors.

O’Connor has over 40 years of experience in the leadership of aging services. O’Connor is currently Chairman of the Board of the Presbyterian Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

O’Connor holds an undergraduate degree in health care management from St. Joseph’s University, a master of science in health care administration from Central Michigan University, and a certification in long-term care from the University of Maryland.

LCS’s Monica Friedman named 2022 HR Professional of the Year

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Monica Friedman

Monica Friedman, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at LCS, has been named the 2022 Dentons Davis Brown HR Professional of the Year by the Des Moines Business Record. The award recognizes an outstanding human resources professional in central Iowa for their professional achievements and community involvement.

Among her community leadership roles, Friedman serves as chair of the MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center Board of Trustees and serves on the boards of the LCS Foundation and the Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence at the University of Wisconsin-Water. Clear. She was a board member of United Way and past chair of the Iowa Region Board of the Red Cross.

Friedman holds an undergraduate Human Resources degree in Industrial Relations with highest honors from the University of Iowa, as well as SPHR and SHRM-SCP designations. She is a graduate of the Community Leadership Program at the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.

MatrixCare Hires Bharat Monteiro as General Manager of Facilities

Bharat Monteiro has been appointed general manager, software and facility services, at MatrixCare. He will be responsible for overseeing the company’s entire product portfolio for the facilities market, including senior living facilities, lifeplan communities and skilled nursing facilities.

Monteiro began his career in pharmaceutical manufacturing and has held a variety of roles across multiple industries, leading business transformation initiatives through solution innovation, creating new revenue streams and applying alternative business models to increase value for organizations and their end customers. .

Monteiro holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Science in Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Jim Kearns Elected Chair of TRSA Board of Directors

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Jim Kearns

Jim Kearns, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Alsco Uniforms, was elected chairman of the TRSA board of directors at the annual meeting of members on September 15.

TRSA represents companies that supply, launder and care for linens and uniforms.

A graduate of the University of Utah, Kearns joined Alsco in 1993 as Director of Internal Audit and assumed his current role in January 2019.

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