David Lovitz, Chairman
David Lovitz has 30 years experience in healthcare management including hospitals, senior living communities and home health care agencies. He is particularly skilled in the development of personnel management systems which drive the growth and success of facilities. He has developed and implemented marketing plans to fill new facilities and maintain outstanding occupancy levels in existing facilities and devised financial reporting systems to manage expenses and create profitability.
David is a graduate of the University of Rochester and holds a master's degree from Temple University.
Kevin M. McCollum, President
Kevin McCollum has over 25 years experience in the financing, marketing, and operation of senior housing facilities. Prior to joining Heritage Senior Living, Kevin was Vice President of Marketing for Health Care REIT, Inc. Prior to joining Health Care REIT, Kevin was the director of operations of the Mid-Atlantic region for Newton Senior Living, a developer/owner/operator of independent and assisted living facilities in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Kevin has successfully developed and implemented operating and marketing plans for the acquisition and development of senior living facilities. In addition, Kevin has extensive experience in the preparation of operational analyses, financial forecasts, and market studies.
Kevin is a graduate of Temple University's School of Business and Management.
Matt Hayden, Chief Operating Officer
Matt has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry focused primarily in the professional services arena. Prior to joining Heritage, Matt held COO and CFO positions in the consulting, advertising and sales services industries all serving healthcare clients. He has a track record of successful operational and financial transformations increasing margins and profitability for the companies he has managed. Matt is particularly adept at building management teams and conducting leadership training to help those management teams achieve and sustain organizational success.
Matt is a graduate of Penn State University and holds an MBA from Drexel University
Greg Bobka, Chief Financial Officer
Greg Bobka has nearly 25 years of experience in finance and accounting. Mr. Bobka began his career in manufacturing. During his early career, he was involved with multiple manufacturing entities, starting out as a plant Controller and ultimately rising to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Greg most recently was COO/CFO for a boutique insurance company that dealt with Elder Insurance issues. Greg joined Heritage Senior Living in 2010.
Greg graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an MBA in Accounting and from Widener University in Delaware with a Juris Doctorate. Greg is also currently licensed attorney in Pennsylvania.
Gretchen Vakiener, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Gretchen Vakiener has over 20 years experience working with seniors in the long-term care industry. She started her career as a licensed nursing home administrator in Connecticut, Indiana and Ohio working with Life Care Services, based in Des Moines, Iowa. With LCS, she managed skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and memory care units and was the Executive Director of Friendship Village of Columbus, a Life Care Community in Columbus, Ohio with over 430 residents. Gretchen joined Heritage Senior Living as the Executive Director that opened Traditions of Hanover in Bethlehem, PA. She successfully reached 100% occupancy and in 2010 became part of the management team as a Regional Director of Operations. In 2013, Gretchen accepted the newly-formed Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing position.
Gretchen has both a master's degree in Social Work and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.
Ellen Newman, Regional Vice President of Operations
Ellen Newman has over 25 years of operations and marketing experience in the assisted living and senior housing industry. Prior to joining Heritage Senior Living, and for the past 13 years, Ellen was a Senior Executive Director and Regional Manager with Brandywine Senior Living. Prior to Brandywine, she served as an Executive Director with Sunrise Senior Living and Alternative Living Services, and as a Regional Marketing Director with Manor Care. In these roles, Ellen was responsible for ensuring operational excellence, developing and executing marketing plans, and personnel and financial management oversight.
Ellen is a graduate of the University of Hartford and holds a master's degree in Healthcare Administration from The Pennsylvania State University.
Terri Price, Regional Director of Operations/Quality Assurance
Terri Price has over 17 years’ experience in leadership, sales and operations of senior housing communities in and around Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia. Prior to joining Heritage Senior Living as a Regional Director of Operations and Quality Assurance, Terri spent the last eight and a half years with Emeritus Senior Living, initially as an Executive Director/Area Director and most recently, a Regional Director of Operations. In this role, she was responsible for operational oversight of 10 communities in three states. Terri worked collaboratively with her regional counterparts to achieve regional, divisional and company goals. Terri is on the Board of Directors of Life Span Network. Her active involvement in the leadership is well focused on setting new standards of excellence in care for the senior community.
Tom Johnsrud, Regional Director of Operations
Tom Johnsrud began his career as a Long-term Care Administrator, leading retirement and head-injury rehabilitation communities in Minnesota, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois. He received his MBA at Benedictine University during his tenure with Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, Illinois, where he lead a variety of post-acute, acute and outpatient programs and clinics. Mr. Johnsrud followed that with leadership positions with Joint Commission Resources and The Joint Commission, working with domestic and international consulting, as well as domestic surveys. He held Assistant Executive Director positions with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and with Senior Star. He recently served as the Executive Director of a 346-unit retirement community in Romeoville, Illinois, providing service to independent and assisted residents and those requiring memory support.
An avid runner, Tom has run several marathons, including twice in the Boston Marathon. He and his wife Jennifer have two children: Peter, who attends Washington University in St. Louis; and Amanda, a recent high school graduate.
"As a leader I always say, you don't take charge, but you take care of those in your charge."
Michael McCormick, Director of Development
Michael McCormick brings over 20 years of experience in the Senior Housing and Health Care Industry. Michael has broad experience and expertise in the areas of financial feasibility and facilities development. His experience working with facility operators, coupled with his efforts in partnering the real estate development industry with the senior care and support services providers, has gained him wide respect throughout the industry.
Michael is a graduate of Lehigh University.
Lynn Desimone, Office Manager
Lynn Desimone joined Heritage Senior Living in February 2004 and is responsible for accounting, human resources, building service, marketing support, and corporate office support. Prior to joining Heritage Senior LIving, Lynn held various management positions in the Administrative Service and Claims departments in the insurance industry, where she worked for over 20 years, including 10 years at Prudential AARP.