|Chris Lowney, Board Chair, Catholic Health Initiatives
Chris Lowney currently chairs the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, one of America's largest hospital systems, with more than 100 hospitals. If its announced merger with Dignity Health is concluded, the combined entity will be the largest non-profit hospital system in the country. Chris is a one-time Jesuit seminarian, who later served as a Managing Director of JP Morgan & Co on three continents before leaving the firm in 2001. Since then, he has authored various books, including the bestselling Heroic Leadership, which has been translated into eleven languages and is on the recommended reading list of the Commandant of the US Marine Corps. He was born in New York City, hates the Yankees, and roots for the Mets without feeling shame.
|Julie Trocchio, Senior Director, Catholic Health Association
Julie Trocchio is senior director of community benefit and continuing care for the Catholic Health Association of the United States. She 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. She has nursing degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Maryland.
|Dayna Larson-Hurst, Consultant, National Religious Retirement Office
Dayna Larson-Hurst has worked in Catholic health care for the past 20 years. As a leader and consultant, she has a passion for devising innovative ways to help congregations develop and implement strategic-change initiatives. Much of her work now is focused on both well-being as we age and working with congregations to implement person-directed support particularly for those with dementia. She is currently an adjunct staff member with the NRRO as well as a consultant for Catholic religious congregations throughout the United States. Dayna is a registered nurse with a BA in Business and a Master’s Degree in Organization Development.
|Naomi Prendergast, President & CEO, D’Youville Life & Wellness Community
Naomi Prendergast has served as the President and CEO of D’Youville Life & Wellness Community, a single-site Catholic eldercare organization, since 2004. Her diverse background in post acute care includes working with free-standing skilled nursing facilities, hospital-based transitional care units, assisted and independent senior living residences, and adult day health programs in not-for-profit, privately owned, and corporate arenas. She holds a Master in Public Health degree from Boston University and is a licensed nursing home administrator with over 30 years of health care experience. She is the current Chairperson of both the UMass Lowell School of Nursing Advisory Board and Circle Home, serves as a Board member of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association, Circle Health/Lowell General Hospital, and Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, and is an active member of the Lowell Rotary Club.
|Sister Maureen Comer, CEO, Lourdes Senior Community
Sister Maureen Comer is the CEO for the Lourdes Senior Community in Waterford, Michigan. Prior to this role, she was in congregational leadership for her religious community as Administrator, Treasurer and member of the General Council. Her other ministries included serving as the VP for Mission Leadership for the Providence Health System of Seattle, Washington, and as Administrator at Providence Centralia Hospital in Washington and St. Rose de Lima Hospital in Henderson, Nevada. She currently serves as a member of the Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) First Initiatives Insurance, Ltd. Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Catholic Health Association (CHA) Elder Care Committee. She received a master of hospital and health care administration degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio; a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan; and an advanced certificate in pastoral ministry and theology from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan.
|David Nolan, Chief Operating Officer, On Lok / PACE
David Nolan is the Chief Operating Officer for On Lok Senior Health Services in San Francisco. He oversees all aspects of On Lok’s Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) including seven day health centers and manages a budget of $175 million. Prior to On Lok, he managed the Duals Demonstration in Santa Clara County for Anthem. He served as the Chief Performance Officer and Executive Director for LTSS and the Duals Demonstration for Alameda Alliance for Health. David Nolan was the principal and founder of Chi Partners, a consulting firm focused on public policy as it relates to long-term care. He spent ten years as the National Program Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Coming Home Program which adapted Medicaid waivers and created funding streams to provide affordable assisted living in ten states and additionally worked with On Lok and the PACE program.
|Mary Alice Ryan, President & CEO, St. Andrew's Resources For Seniors System
Mary Alice Ryan is recognized on both state and national levels for her abilities and commitment to services for older adults. On a national level, she has held numerous appointments with LeadingAge, including serving as Chair of the Board of Directors. She has also served on the board of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA), LeadingAge’s Risk Management board (ARM) and LeadingAge’s Development Corporation (ADC). On the local / state level, she was an adjunct faculty member in Health Administration at Washington University and received the university’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2002. She is a Past President of LeadingAge Missouri and was the recipient of that organization’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Service, and the Award of Honor / E. Willis Piehl Award 2001, LeadingAge Missouri’s highest award. She has been serving as president of St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System since 1990 and was COO for seven years prior.
|Judy Amiano, President & CEO, Franciscan Ministries
Judy Amiano joined FSCSC in late October, 2010 as President and CEO of FSCSC and Affiliates. She has over 38 years of experience in the medical and senior services industry with more than 30 years at the executive business management level. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Valparaiso University and a Master’s degree of Business Administration from Olivet Nazarene University. She is an Illinois registered professional nurse and an Illinois licensed nursing home administrator. She is a regular speaker on post-acute care topics at national conferences. Prior to joining FSCSC, she served as Vice President of Senior Services for Riverside Health System, a non-profit health system. In this role, she oversaw not only senior living, but all post-acute service lines and was responsible for the integration of care across the continuum.
|Allison Salopeck, President & CEO, Jennings Center For Older Adults
Allison Salopeck joined Jennings in 1991 holding various positions in Administration including the position of COO/Administrator from 1997 until her most recent position as Jennings’ sixth President and CEO in June 2014. She has served on various community boards and committees, including LeadingAge Ohio, Hospice working group, AgeNet and others. She has been involved in advocacy efforts for programs and services to seniors including visits to D.C. with the House Majority Leader as well as key Senators and Representatives. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Kent State University Gerontology and Long Term Care Administration Program. She is an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University in the College of Business teaching Health Care Policy, Quality and Ethics in the Health Care MBA program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University and a Master of Science in Long-Term Care Administration from the University of North Texas and completed her administrative training at Montefiore Home in Beachwood, Ohio. She is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.
|John Barnum, Sr. Vice President – Chief Financial Officer, Liberty Lutheran
John Barnum has over 25 years in Healthcare and Senior Living Finance for both non-profit and for-profit organizations in addition to public accounting and tax experience. Prior to Liberty Lutheran Services, he served as CFO for two Philadelphia based continuing care retirement communities and a for-profit multi site nursing home provider. His experience includes capital development financing, strategic capital repositioning, structuring REIT sale-leaseback transactions, and operational turn around management. He is a lifelong resident of the Delaware Valley, earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from Widener University in 1984, and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. He is a frequent speaker at LeadingAge conferences and other industry forums.
|Sister Sandra Schmidt, General Treasurer, Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
Sister Sandra Schmidt has been the General Treasurer of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament since 1996 and a Councilor of the Congregation’s leadership team since 2010. During this time she has assisted with decisions to sell congregational property including the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Sister Sandra was the point person for the move of the Sisters from the Motherhouse to Paul’s Run Retirement Community. She has used the resources of the National Religious Retirement Office and is a member of the Resource Center for Religious Institutes and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
2018 Co-Sponsor Facilitators
|Robin Eggert, 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.
|Nancy Hooks, Vice President of State Partnerships, LeadingAge
For 17 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.
|Lisa McCracken, Director, Senior Living & Research, 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.
|Susan McDonough, Catholic Elder Care Specialist, Ziegler
Prior to joining Ziegler, Susan’s most recent position was Vice President, Strategy & System Development for Covenant Health in Massachusetts where she was responsible for creating system-wide strategy and new business development. Prior to joining Covenant, she was a principal with the firm Lanzikos, McDonough & Associates, a Boston-based management consulting firm specializing in elder care. 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. She serves, or has served, as a board member for a wide range of organizations including Presence Health, in Chicago, IL, LeadingAge, Washington DC, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, and the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Association.