People in the news, Jan. 12 – Companies – McKnight’s Senior Living


Trilogy Health Services announced two new additions to leadership team

Todd Mehaffey

Todd Mehaffey has been named chief operations officer and Pattie Dale Tye has been appointed to the board of directors of Louisville, KY-based Trilogy Health Services.

In his new role, Mehaffey will oversee the day-to-day operations of Trilogy’s more than 110 communities.

He has been involved in senior living and care for 25 years as a licensed healthcare administrator and senior executive. Mehaffey has served in various leadership roles in Kentucky, Florida and several mid-Atlantic states. He also held multiple board positions within the senior living industry.

Tye has held roles as president, chief operating officer and district leader for both public and privately held companies. Trilogy said she will play an integral role in defining the company’s business strategy and positioning the company for future success.

Genesis Healthcare announces leadership change

Robert “Bob” Fish

Robert “Bob” H. Fish has been named CEO of Kennett Square, PA-based Genesis Healthcare, succeeding retiring CEO George V. Hager Jr.

Hager, also a director, has led the company for 28 years and will continue in a senior advisory role to the company’s board, assisting with the transition, ongoing restructuring efforts and continued advocacy for the company and industry. 

Fish, who will remain chairman of the board, has extensive experience as a healthcare company executive, including significant experience in the long-term care industry. In particular, he has a long history with Genesis and predecessor companies.

George Hager

Fish has served on the Genesis board of directors since 2013, when he joined Skilled Healthcare Group as CEO until its merger with Genesis in 2015. He has chaired the board since 2017. He also was lead director of Genesis HealthCare Corp. and chairman and CEO of Genesis Health Ventures.

During his career, Fish has been chairman, president or CEO of several healthcare companies, including Quorum Health Corp., where he was president, CEO and director; REACH Medical Holdings, where he was chairman; Coram, where he was executive chairman; and St. Joseph Health System-Sonoma County and Valleycare Health System of Northern California, where he was president and CEO.

Erickson Living names Tanya Axenson senior vice president of human resources

Tanya Axenson

Tanya Axenson has been named senior vice president of human resources for Baltimore-based Erickson Living. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of human resources, including workforce planning, talent acquisition, training and development, leadership succession and organizational effectiveness, diversity, inclusion and belonging, employee relations, payroll, compensation and benefits, leave management and personnel policies.

Axenson has 20 years of experience in human resources, most recently with Aerotek. There, she led the human resources team and supported more than 8,500 internal employees and 100,000 contract employees with international staffing and engineering solutions. Prior to Aerotek, Axenson held several leadership roles at Exelon-Constellation Energy Group. 

CareOne names Antoinette Loyas as senior vice president of Integrated Health Network

Antoinette “Toni” Loyas has joined Fort Lee, NJ-based CareOne as senior vice president of Integrated Health Network. She will be responsible for interactions with accountable care organizations, bundle programs and hospital systems.

In addition to her full-time role with CareOne, Loyas will continue as vice chair of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Patterson, NJ, where she has been a member for seven years.

Loyas has served in regional director and chief operating officer roles, creating healthcare models. 

Cypress Living names Louisa Cannamela vice president of clinical services

Louisa Cannamela, APRN

Louisa L. Cannamela, former director of nursing for Home Care by Cypress, has been promoted to vice president of clinical services for Fort Myers, FL-based Cypress Living.

Cannamela joined the Cypress family in 2019, managing a large team of care providers for the Cypress at Home service live while maintaining the company’s community health accreditation partner accreditation.

In her new role, she will focus on strengthening the clinical services across the organization and its affiliates. Her appointment is meant to ensure consistency with clinical products and services across the Cypress family of brands, including its life plan community of Cypress Cove, and the home- and community-based service lines within Cypress at Home.

Cannamela will develop clinical policies, procedures and processes to ensure high quality outcomes for residents and clients. She also will be responsible for creating a more proactive approach to risk and compliance measures while building and maintaining strong educational and competency programs for all clinical team members.

She is an advanced practice registered nurse with multiple years of experience in both sub-acute, acute and outpatient care of older adults within skilled nursing facilities, primary care offices and client homes. 

Carmel Valley Manor names Jay Zimmer president and CEO

Jay Zimmer

Jay Zimmer has been named president and CEO of Carmel, CA, not-for-profit life care community Carmel Valley Manor.

Zimmer was president and CEO of the Reutlinger Community, a life plan community in Danville, CA. He also served in executive director roles for Sequoias Living in Portola Valley, CA, and Meadow Lakes in Princeton, NJ.

Zimmer has worked in the healthcare and senior living industries for most of his 30-plus years, leading large hospital systems and senior living communities.  In 2009, he was named Professional of the Year by LeadingAge NJ.

Ascension Living names Rafael Bloise, M.D., chief medical officer

Rafael Bloise, M.D., MA, MBA

Rafael Bloise, M.D., has been named chief medical officer of senior care for St. Louis-based Ascension Living, a faith-based healthcare organization.

In this role, he will be responsible for the clinical direction and strategy across Ascension Living, as well as the implementation of a national palliative care strategy, in partnership with each Ascension acute care market.

Bloise comes to Ascension from Mercy Health West Michigan, where he was the regional medical director of the palliative and support care program. He helped lead a regional, multi-stakeholder team in creating a vision and synergy around palliative care. 

He is board-certified in internal medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, and healthcare ethics. 

Discovery Senior Living appoints Dawn Platt as director of memory care programs

Dawn Platt, a certified dementia care practitioner and 30-year professional, will assume the newly created role of director of memory care programs for Bonita Springs, FL-based Discovery Senior Living.

Platt will assume management of the company’s proprietary SHINE Memory Care Program and continue to advance current and future memory care initiatives. The SHINE program is available at 40 Discovery Senior Living communities where memory care is offered. Last year, the curriculum was awarded a national certificate of recognition from the Alzheimer’s Association, one of only eight provider organizations to receive this recognition.

Before joining Discovery Senior Living, Platt helped drive innovation, team member training and excellence in quality of care for Legend Senior Living. She held various positions during her 12-year tenure, including managing the provider’s bio feedback robotic therapy, PARO, and neuroplasticity therapeutic programming.

The Fountains in Calhoun names Teresa Davis Carter executive director

Teresa Davis Carter has been appointed executive director of The Fountains in Calhoun, a 68-unit assisted living facility with a secured memory unit in Calhoun, GA.

Carter has 20 years of experience in long-term care. She has a lifetime certification as an executive director in assisted living. She also has a certificate as a certified dementia practitioner and is the Atlanta Alzheimer’s Association chapter certified program director for dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Carter is a member of Georgia Senior Living, past board member of the Northwest Georgia Programs and Services of the Alzheimer’s Association, past co-chair of the Northwest Georgia Area Agency on Aging, and a delegate appointed to the White House Advisory Board for Seniors.

Fox Hollow Residential Care appointed Ashley Tart as executive director

Ashley Tart

Ashley Tart has been named executive director of Fox Hollow Residential Care, a Eugene, OR-based independent and assisted living community. 

With more than 15 years of experience, Tart will oversee Fox Hollow’s day-to-day operations, including nursing, maintenance, dining and personnel services.

Before beginning her new position, Tart was Fox Hollow’s resident care coordinator. She oversaw the day-to-day care needs of the residents and supervised daily activities.

Acts Retirement-Life Communities names two to board of directors

Gene Lammers, M.D., MPH

Gene Lammers, M.D., has been named to the board of directors of Acts Retirement–Life Communities, and Jim Ryan has been appointed to the board of director of Integrace, a not-for-profit system representing three Acts affiliate communities in Maryland, including Bayleigh Chase in Easton, Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown and Fairhaven in Sykesville. 

Acts Retirement–Life Communities is the Philadelphia-based not-for-profit owner, operator and developer of continuing care retirement communities in nine states.

Lammers, medical director at Mercy LIFE of Alabama and adjunct clinical professor of medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, also will serve on the board of Westminster Village, an Acts affiliate community in Spanish Fort, AL.

Jim Ryan

Lammers previously was medical director at the Center for Geriatric Medicine at Indiana University Health. He has certifications with the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.

Ryan is president of Buckingham’s Choice resident association. He retired as scientific educator and continuing education program director at the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C. He previously worked at the Perkin-Elmer Scientific Instruments Corp. in Norwalk, CT, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment.