Leaders of today, making way for the leaders of tomorrow.
Vision Centre: Leadership Development for Aging Services is pleased to introduce its inaugural Board of Directors. All of these influential individuals were previously members on the organization’s steering committee and are now serving as the Vision Centre trustees, focused on guiding the Centre and creating impactful pathways for smarter, more successful senior care and senior living administration in partnership with universities across the country.
Steve Chies has been engaged and active in the long-term care sector for four decades in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
Most recently, he is the program director for long-term care at St. Joseph’s College of Maine, where he oversees courses and teaches online in long-term care studies. He has taught at the University of Minnesota; University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; and Minnesota State University at Mankato.
Steve has served in a number of volunteer leadership positions in state and national associations, including as chair of the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators. He has been a fellow at ACHCA for a number of years.
Sean Kelly joined Kendal in 2008 and took on his current role in 2016. Prior to 2016, while at Kendal, Sean was responsible for fostering a culture of continuous improvement through leading and managing new opportunities for growth and evolution for Kendal. Sean has been a frequent speaker on many topics, including senior housing development; emerging trends; organizational management; leadership; and affiliation, merger and acquisition processes.
Sean came to Kendal after 10+ years working with a development, finance, marketing and operations consultant to senior housing and service providers throughout the United States, where he served as principal.
Sean graduated from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, and in 2014 he completed an advanced management program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Dana Burr Bradley is dean of the Erickson School of Aging Studies. Most recently, she has worked in close collaboration with the World Health Organization on strategies to make communities both age-friendly and great places to retire. Before coming to UMBC, she was affiliated with Western Kentucky University, Duke University, and UNC Charlotte, where she directed transformative and strategic change initiatives for nonprofit organizations focusing on leadership and policy challenges in an aging society.
A fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education, Dr. Bradley says that leadership, which means suggesting “the possible” and crafting an environment of “the probable,” is important to her. Currently treasurer of the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education, she has served as past president of the Southern Gerontological Society and secretary of the Gerontological Society of America.
She completed her Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University as a Rockefeller Foundation humanities fellow and has worked extensively on long-term care, generational and longevity economy policy issues.
Donald Husi has worked in the senior housing and care industry for 36 years. As of 2022, Donald has decided to step aside from his day-to-day responsibilities and focus on various consulting assignments in the short to mid-term. His experience provides a unique combination of leadership, management, operational, financial and strategic direction within the Senior Living industry operations, REIT and finance sectors. Client organizations have prospered from the implementation of Donald’s ambitious and creative operational, marketing and financing strategies.
Donald worked as Managing Director of the Senior Housing & Care team at Ziegler. Prior to joining Ziegler, Don spent over 16 years in operations with American Retirement Corporation, now Brookdale Senior Living. He is a former licensed nursing home administrator in multiple states, has extensive turnaround/distressed asset operational experience, and managed the firm’s not-for-profit third-party management business.
Don received a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He received a Senior Housing Executive Certificate from the University of Southern California, Davis, School of Gerontology, and the USC Marshall School of Business in 2016. Don is also currently a board member at the Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence (CHAASE) at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He is a member of the American Seniors Housing Association, National Investment Center for Senior Living, Leadership Health Care, and Nashville Health Care Council.
Mike Schanke, BS, NHA, is the President of Oakridge Gardens in Menasha, Wisconsin. Oakridge Gardens provides short term rehabilitation, memory care, skilled care and assisted living services for seniors.
Mike began his career at Oakridge in 1985 and assumed ownership in 2010. Mr. Schanke has been very active in both Leading Age Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Health Care Association in a variety of leadership and committee assignments. Mr. Schanke most recently served as the Convener of the Center for Health Administration and Aging Service Excellence at UW-Eau Claire and is currently in the role of Past Convener. Mike and his wife Amy have also been very active in their Fox Valley community over the years.
In 1985, Mike graduated with his bachelor’s degree from UW-Eau Claire’s Health Care Administration program.
Christian (Chris) Mason is president and chief executive officer of Senior Housing Managers, located in Wilsonville, Oregon. Senior Housing Managers owns or operates assisted living, residential care communities, and nursing centers in Oregon, Washington, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Michigan.
Chris’ career in long-term care spans 30 years. He has worked as a small owner operator and a regional multifacility operator, as well as being part owner of an international real estate investment trust.
At the national level, Chris currently serves on the National Center for Assisted Living’s board of directors as the immediate past chair. He is an active member of the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) and wrote a certification manual for assisted living administrators.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lyndon State College in Vermont, a master’s in business administration from the University of New Hampshire, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in business with George Fox University in Newburg, Oregon. He has earned certifications from ACHCA as a licensed and certified nursing home administrator and assisted living administrator.
Steven A. Nash is the President and CEO of the Stoddard Baptist Home Foundation. Stoddard Baptist Home, Inc. has a legacy of caring for the elders in the District of Columbia since 1902 and operates Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home, a 164-bed nursing facility. Mr. Nash is also leading the development of Presidential Estates at Sycamore Hill, an assisted living facility in Mitchellville, Maryland. Additionally, under Stoddard’s management is Stoddard Baptist Global Care, a 259-bed facility and Stoddard Adult Day Care Center, a 55 participant Adult Medical Day Treatment Program.
Mr. Nash has served elders since 1986 in a variety of roles, including as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator since 1994. He is active in his community and profession, where he has served on several local and national association boards. The American Health Care Association selected him as a member of “Future Leaders of Long Term Care in America” and he was a recipient of a national grant for training nursing home administrators by the National Caucus on Black Aged. He also led a demonstration project for the D.C. Office on Aging to examine innovative ways to provide care for those with Alzheimer’s disease. He is a board member of LeadingAge D.C., an appointed member of the District of Columbia State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA) and recipient of the 2016 Dr. Herbert Shore Outstanding Mentor Award.
Steven Nash is a native Washingtonian and graduate of Princeton University.