|Deacon Dennis Adams
Executive Director, Christopher Homes, Inc.
Deacon Dennis F. Adams has served as Executive Director of Christopher Homes, Inc. since 2005, when he was appointed following a nationwide search after having spent over 30 years in the for-profit housing and land development industry. He approaches the challenges of rebuilding, reoccupancy, and management of the housing communities of Christopher Homes with a faith-based, mission driven style. His goal is to continue the nearly 50 year mission of his agency of providing decent, affordable housing to the most vulnerable members of society, the low income elderly.
Vice President of Managed Care, ArchCare
Carol Cassell is Vice President of Managed Care for ArchCare, The Continuing Care Community of the Archdiocese of New York, overseeing its managed care products and developing a care coordination model in support of home and community based services across the continuum of care. Carol has spent over 34 years in the health system as health system CFO, COO, interim CEO and as a health plan executive with leadership roles in provider network management, operations, performance management, business development, Medicare and Medicaid managed care products.
Executive Director of du Lac Assisted Living
Meg Coffin has worked in aging services since she was a senior in high school. Through her college years, she worked in a variety of positions in a Long Term Care setting. Meg has a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and a Certificate in Gerontology. After working in the long term care industry, she began her work in Assisted Living in 1999. She became the Executive Director of Notre Dame du Lac Assisted Living, which is sponsored by the Sister’s of Notre Dame de Namur, in 2004. Meg is the Board Chair of LeadingAge Massachusetts.
|Monsignor Charles J. Fahey
Marie Ward Doty Professor of Aging Studies (emeritus) at Fordham University
Monsignor Charles J. Fahey is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse and is considered by many in the field to be an expert on aging. Over the last 50 years, he has served in countless capacities as a priest, teacher, leader and advocate with a mission to meet the medical, social and economical needs of the frail and elderly. He has served as a board member and president of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the American Society on Aging and Catholic Charities USA.
COO/CFO, Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst
Instrumental in the launching of Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst, Diane Hood became its CFO when it opened in 2001. In 2011, She assumed the position Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer. She has 32 years of accounting experience, both in the nonprofit and the for-profit sectors. She actively volunteers in the community and schools. She currently serves on the board of directors and finance committee of LeadingAge Oregon; and the board of directors and finance committee for Stephen’s Place.
Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development, Presbyterian Homes & Services
Traci Larson currently serves as the Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Presbyterian Homes & Services. She has also held the positions of Regional Director of Operations, Campus Administrator, and Clinical Consultant. Prior to joining PHS, Traci served in Director of Nursing positions. Traci earned her nursing degree from Metropolitan State University. She also holds a brokers license, is a licensed nursing home administrator, and is a certified Director of Nursing in long term care and a certified gerontological nurse. Traci serves as a Director at Large for the Leading Age of Minnesota Board.
|Susan McDonough, FACHE
Vice President, Strategy & System Development, Covenant Health Systems
Susan McDonough is responsible for creating system-wide strategy and new business development at Covenant Health Systems. Prior to joining Covenant, Ms. McDonough was a principal with the firm Lanzikos, McDonough & Associates, a Boston-based management consulting firm specializing in elder care. During her more than 30 years in the field of aging, she has also served as the State Long Term Care Ombudsman for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is licensed as both a nursing home administrator and social worker and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
President & CEO, LeadingAge
For more than 45 years, Minnix has been a passionate advocate for leadership and innovation in not-for-profit aging services. During his tenure at LeadingAge, he established the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), developed programs to address important issues like workforce retention and regulatory reform, and is currently advocating for long-term care financing reform.
CEO, Carroll Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Tina Sandri's work focuses on ensuring resources are aligned to create intended value, while monitoring and celebrating incremental progress along the way. Her healthcare career began in high school as an intern at a nursing home. She is currently CEO of Carroll Manor in Washington, DC, a CMS 5 star community and part of the Ascension family. Her diverse long term care experience spans nonprofits and for-profits, chains and free standings, CCRCs, hospital/based subacute and skilled, and assisted living communities. She is an active participant in LeadingAge, American Health Care Association, Catholic Health Association, Bi Partisan Policy Center, and Ascension advocacy.
President & CEO, Loretto
Kimberly Townsend’s expertise includes brokering high value partnerships and driving the implementation of complex legal, financial and strategic initiatives. She is currently a Governor’s Appointee to the New York State Workforce Investment Board. She also serves in Board leadership positions on a number of local, state and national non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Loretto, Ms. Townsend was the Associate General Counsel and Senior Director of Government Affairs for Welch Allyn, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative medical diagnostic devices, software and system solutions.
Sr. Vice President, Mission, Education & Marketing Communications, Benedictine Health System
Becky Urbanski, who has been with the Benedictine Health System since 1999, oversees the mission integration and marketing communications activities as the senior vice president for mission integration and marketing. Her areas of expertise include strategic brand management, marketing strategy, communication plans, health care mission integration, governance formation, original research and other related activities. She is a member of the mission advisory committee for the Catholic Health Association and serves on the Health Progress magazine editorial advisory committee. She also holds an adjunct faculty for St. Joseph’s College, Standish, Maine.
Senior Ministry Advisor, Felician Services, Inc.
As Senior Ministry Advisor, David Ward provides governance oversight and strategic leadership for Felician Franciscan ministries across the US. As Ascension Health’s local ministry CEO in New Orleans, he convened or served in the executive leadership of 93 regional collaboratives. He is a licensed nursing home administrator, Fellow in the American College of Health Care Administrators, Certified Specialist in Aging, and former Board member of Catholic Health Association USA and LeadingAge/American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.
|Sister Patricia Anastasio
President, Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
2015 Co-Sponsor Facilitators
President & CEO, REALM
In 2008, Robin Eggert was called to start the Catholic Leaders’ Symposium to create an opportunity for diverse Catholic senior health and housing providers to gather with the hope of sharing wisdom and gaining insights to prepare and sustain their ministries for the future. She is the President and Founder of REALM, which focuses on creating client organizations’ sustainable future. She is a sought-after speaker on transformational leadership, gerontology, industry trends, and innovation. She has authored numerous senior health care articles for state, national, and international publications. She is also a Certified Geriatric Care Manager and Health and Wellness Coach.
Vice President of Member Relations, LeadingAge
For 15 years, Nancy Hooks has been a Vice President of Member Relations for LeadingAge. She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) through the American Society of Association Executives; in addition, she is certified as an Aging Services’ Professional and a Housing Occupancy Specialist. Nancy is the recipient of a U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs’ testimonial citation for her service as Co-Chair of the Seniors Commission. She has also received the Distinguished Certified Aging Services Professional Graduate Award, Award of Excellence for Advocacy from the American Association of Service Coordinators, Award of Excellence in Membership Development from LeadingAge and a Governor’s citation for authoring enacted New York State legislation.
Senior Vice President, Ziegler
Lisa McCracken’s expertise is in conducting research in the not-for-profit senior living sector, writing white papers and articles on various industry topics, and presenting research findings to providers and experts in the field. She is a seasoned lecturer, facilitator and researcher. She has served on various state, regional and national workgroups such as the LeadingAge Engaging Consumers Cabinet, the Quality First Task Force and various association Education & Planning Committees. Outside of senior living, she has extensive experience in the healthcare and public health sectors with community health improvement, community benefit and planning activities.
Senior Director, Community Benefit & Continuing Care, The Catholic Health Association of the United States
Julie Trocchio coordinates CHA activities related to community benefits and tax-exemption of not-for-profit healthcare organizations and leads the association's programs for Catholic-sponsored long-term and elder care. Before joining CHA, she was director of delivery of services at the American Health Care Association in Washington, DC, a nonprofit organization that represents long-term care facilities. Julie has nursing degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Maryland.