PRESIDENT/CEO, EPISCOPAL SENIORLIFE COMMUNITIES
Years in current role: 38
What has been your organization’s biggest success over the past year?
It has been a challenging year as we continue to work through the lasting impacts of the pandemic. ESLC has opened a new senior living campus (our eighth) in Penfield, which offers assisted living and memory care, Ashley Woods. We have also launched two new supportive housing initiatives at Penfield Gardens and 270 on East.
As we expand programs and services, a professional and dedicated workforce continues to be one of the main contributors to our success. Our efforts remain committed to cultivating an environment and providing programs that support our staff members’ well-being and professional development. We are also building a strong succession management team to ensure ESLC’s bright future.
What are your expectations for the rest of this year?
Workforce development and creating solutions to meet the evolving needs of seniors are our two primary priorities this year. ESLC’s Foundation has established a scholarship program that supports career advancement, and we look forward to making more scholarships available while continuously recruiting new talent.
In addition, as the population of older adults continues to rise, we will expand community programs and enhance resident experiences. For example, ESLC has developed a prototype for middle-income senior housing, and we expect to begin construction on our ninth neighborhood location this fall in Irondequoit.
What advice would you give somebody just starting out in your industry?
Working in senior care and services is a rewarding, challenging and constantly evolving industry. Understanding what other people truly need is essential, not providing what you think they need. Use your talents and unique gifts to benefit others while constantly seeking opportunities to learn and grow.
What is one personal goal you have for the next year?
After 38 years as President and CEO of Episcopal SeniorLife Communities, I am taking on a new role as President of The Episcopal Church Home Foundation in September. In this position, I will grow ESLC’s Foundation, foster new relationships and help shape public policy as we reimagine and create new programs and services — in a post-pandemic era.
I am honored to announce Lisa Marcello, current EVP/CFO, as the incoming President and CEO appointed by our Board of Directors. Over the last 22 years, Lisa and I have worked together to lead ESLC through great successes, growth and challenges. I aim to ensure a seamless transition in leadership as ESLC heads into the future.
What are your favorite things about Rochester?
Rochester is my home. Having been born and raised here, the life-long relationships I have built in this community, both personally and professionally, are advantageous and life-sustaining. Rochester is an exceptional blend of size, character, culture, innovation and arts with unparalleled educational and health care institutions. I appreciate the partnerships and programs ESLC has initiated over the years, which have helped to make this a better community.