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Changing of the Guard

At the Annual Meeting of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (formerly Mass-ALFA), three current directors were reelected and three new directors were elected for three-year terms expiring in 2019, according to an announcement by Sharon Ricardi, senior vice president of Northbridge Companies, who serves as chair of the Mass-ALA board. There are a total of 19 members of the Mass-ALA board, six chosen each year for three-year terms and the president who serves ex-officio without a vote.

The new members elected to the Mass-ALA board are: Benjamin Ricci, vice president of operations (Northeast Division), Brookdale Senior Living; Leslie Robinson, vice president of operations, Brightview Senior Living; and Dennis Sargent, CEO/executive director, Windsor Place of Wilmington Assisted Living. Sargent is a past member of the Mass Senior Care board.

The new members fill vacancies left by Geri Good of Brookdale Senior Living; Deborah Grover, Traditions of Dedham; and Peter Mullin, managing partner of Senior Living Residence. Mullin is a longtime member of the Mass-ALA board and served as Mass-ALA’s second board chair. At the Annual Meeting, the board thanked Mullin for his leadership and service and presented him with a gift recognizing his dedication to the association.

Returning members who were reelected are: Jennifer Gizmunt, vice president of operations, Lahey Senior Health Care; Robert Moran, vice president of operations, Benchmark Senior Living; and Larry Steinhauser, regional director of operations, Sunrise Senior Living.

In addition to changes in the leadership of Mass-ALA, two long-term staff members who are departing the association were honored and their successors were welcomed. Michael R. Banville, vice president and chief operating officer, with 14 years of service, is leaving to return to graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in social work and enter the field of hospice and palliative care effective July 1, 2016. He will be succeeded by Lawrence Agresto, who will assume a revised role as chief of staff and director of operations.

Janice Bernstein, an eight-year veteran of the association, as director of education, products and services, has retired and plans to spend more time with her family. Bernstein has been succeeded by Christina Foley as manager of education, products and services. Foley has most recently held executive director positions with Brookdale and Benchmark in Massachusetts, and is a past executive director of the Georgia Hospice Association.

Two other staffing changes have also been implemented. Karin Broadhurst, who is on family leave until July 5 having recently adopted a four-year-old boy, will transition from manager of marketing and membership to manager of marketing and social media. Martha Chamberlin, currently office administrator, is moving to the new position of manager of membership and foundation affairs to improve services to members and to coordinate the work of the new Massachusetts Senior and Assisted Living Communities Foundation (Mass-SALC). Mass-ALA is currently advertising for an office administrator.

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