Senior Living Certification Commission Announces 100 New Certified Directors of Assisted Living

More than 400 senior living professionals have now earned the CDAL credential

Alexandria, Va. – February 21, 2018 – The Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC) has announced a new class of 100 senior living professionals who have earned its Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) credential. Since the CDAL program’s launch in 2016, 433 professionals have now received the credential.

The SLCC’s CDAL program was developed by practicing subject matter experts in senior living and is based on the unique knowledge and skills required by the executive director, as identified through an extensive job analysis. Certification demonstrates attainment of consistent, relevant, measurable, and industry-recognized standards of practice in the assisted living executive director role.  

“I congratulate each of these individuals who have joined the growing ranks of Certified Directors of Assisted Living,” said Tim Buchanan, SLCC chairman and Legend Senior Living CEO. “The commitment shown by our professionals to earn this high-standard industry credential demonstrates their drive for professional growth and their increasing abilities to provide the most capable leadership within the industry. I also wish to encourage all other qualified assisted living professionals to apply for the opportunity to achieve this credential.”

The CDAL examination provides a mechanism to measure judgment, application of knowledge, and problem-solving abilities. It is comprised of questions in the following knowledge domains: Principles and Philosophy of Assisted Living; Resident Care and Services; Customer Experience; Leadership; Operations Management; Regulatory Compliance; Sales and Marketing; and Financial Management.

Successful completion of the CDAL exam is one of the requirements for attaining certification through the SLCC. Registration is now open for the testing period taking place this spring from March 12-June 1. April 17 marks the registration deadline. Professionals can apply at any time to ensure eligibility at slcccertification.org/register.

To date, candidates employed by 74 senior living provider companies have participated in the CDAL program; 32 of which participated in the most recent testing window, including: Augustana Care, Belmont Village Senior Living, Benchmark Senior Living, Brandywine Living, Brightview Senior Living, Brookdale, Carlton Senior Living, Cherry Oak Senior Living, Civitas Senior Living, Commonwealth Senior Living, Country Meadows Senior Living, Elmcroft Senior Living, Enlivant, Evolve Senior Living, Five Star Senior Living, Harbor Retirement Associates, HCR ManorCare, LCS, Lifewell Senior Living, McCready Manor, Inc., Merrill Gardens, New Perspective Senior Living, Presence Life Connections, Retirement Center Management, Senior Lifestyle Corp., Senior Living Communities, Sunrise Senior Living, The Arbor Company, Thrive Senior Living, Watercrest Senior Living, Watermark Retirement Communities, and Wentworth Senior Living.

“The Certified Director of Assisted Living program raises the bar across the industry, allowing leaders the opportunity to earn a credential that recognizes their experience, competence, and professionalism in the executive director role,” said Loren Shook, Argentum Board of Directors chairman and Silverado CEO. “It demonstrates to consumers and state regulators that the senior living industry is committed to rigorous, professional development, and self-regulation in an effort to deliver the best quality of life possible.”

The CDAL recipients from the Fall 2017 class are listed below; a full listing of all current CDALs to-date is available online.

Fall 2017 CDAL CLASS

NAME TITLE EMPLOYER
Katherine Amerson, CDAL Executive Director Five Star Senior Living
Maureen Basl, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Michael Berg, CDAL Executive Director LCS
Jerald Black, CDAL Executive Director Harbor Retirement Associates
Janet Bradley, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Linda Bresnahan, CDAL Executive Director Evolve Senior Living
Stephanie Brice, CDAL Executive Director Carlton Senior Living
Kristin Bursey, CDAL Executive Director New Perspective Senior Living
Nicholas Camardo, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Chad Carnes, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Molly Clark, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Rhonda Coates, CDAL Executive Director Watercrest Senior Living
Heather Corton, CDAL Executive Director Harbor Retirement Associates
Kimberly Curlee, CDAL Executive Director Lifewell Senior Living
Regina Dabb, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
William D’Andrea, CDAL Executive Director Country Meadows Senior Living
Tamara DeCaro, CDAL Executive Director The Arbor Company
Diana Engle, CDAL General Manager Merrill Gardens
Corrine Eubanks, CDAL Executive Director The Arbor Company
Frank Evegan, CDAL Executive Director Brandywine Living
Holly Farrar, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Randy Fleenor, CDAL Executive Director Retirement Center Management
Josh Fogg, CDAL Executive Director Civitas Senior Living
Amber Foster, CDAL Executive Director Commonwealth Senior Living
Jacqueline Friel, CDAL Executive Director Brandywine Living
Julianne Fries, CDAL Executive Administrator Augustana Care
Paola Fusaro, CDAL Executive Director Brandywine Living
Jacqueline Geiger, CDAL Executive Director Enlivant
Marilyn Goldstein, CDAL Executive Director Brandywine Living
Jessica Gonzalez, CDAL Executive Director Brandywine Living
Jonathan Graf, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Kim Haberkorn, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Laura Harvey, CDAL Executive Director LCS
William Henson, CDAL President and CEO Wentworth Senior Living
Shannoa Holt, CDAL Executive Director Elmcroft Senior Living
Joseph Horwitz, CDAL Executive Director HCR Manorcare
Tracey Ingleman, CDAL Executive Director Carlton Senior Living
Bobbi Kelley, CDAL Executive Director LCS
Melisa Knapp, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Jennifer Kopp, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Tammy Kuhlman, CDAL Executive Director Enlivant
Kristin Landahl, CDAL Executive Director LCS
Jessica Lapic, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Deanna Lawrence, CDAL Executive Director Brightview Senior Living
Angela Layfield, CDAL Executive Director LCS
Esmerelda Lee, CDAL Executive Director Enlivant
Kimberly MacDonald, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Stephen MacDonald, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Jason Malone, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Adam Manchester, CDAL Executive Director Benchmark Senior Living
Derrick Mathis, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Angela Mattson, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Kristin McClelland, CDAL Executive Director Enlivant
Julia Monroe, CDAL Executive Director Enlivant
Ian Monteith, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Ellen Moyle, CDAL Executive Director Brandywine Living
Tammy Mullins, CDAL Executive Director Senior Lifestyle Corp.
Rachael Nelson, CDAL Executive Director Civitas Senior Living
Peter Nixdorff, CDAL Executive Director Carlton Senior Living
Jill O’Brien, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Jerrilynn O’Neill, CDAL Executive Director Enlivant
Joan Parker, CDAL Executive Director Enlivant
Roger Peden, CDAL Executive Director Senior Living Communities
Brandon Petersen, CDAL Executive Director Enlivant
Margaret Quinn, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Susan Roberts, CDAL Executive Director Enlivant
Richard Robison, CDAL Executive Director Five Star Senior Living
Claudia Rodriguez, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Luis Rodriguez, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Louis Salerno, CDAL Executive Director Civitas Senior Living
Nathan Salisbury, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Julia Santeliz, CDAL Regional Director Cherry Oak Senior Living
Roxanne Sarrett, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Rhett Scircle, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Mark Scroggin, CDAL General Manager Merrill Gardens
Ed See, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Gilbert Shew, CDAL Chief Administrative Officer McCready Manor, Inc.
Pamela Skiba, CDAL Executive Director Watermark Retirement Communities
Angela Smith, CDAL Executive Director Five Star Senior Living
Jeffery Smith, CDAL Executive Director Enlivant
Jennifer Smith, CDAL General Manager Merrill Gardens
Kimberly Smith, CDAL President/Executive Director Thrive Senior Living
Laura Stewart, CDAL Executive Director Brightview Senior Living
Clinton Strickland, CDAL Executive Director Belmont Village Senior Living
Rosalie Sullivan, CDAL General Manager Merrill Gardens
Tiffany Tribble, CDAL Executive Director Enlivant
Cooper Vittitow, CDAL Executive Director Civitas Senior Living
Kelly Vogel, CDAL Executive Director Enlivant
Eugenia Welch, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Ashley Weyandt, CDAL Executive Director New Perspective Senior Living
Smitty Wiley, CDAL Executive Director Brookdale
Erica Willis, CDAL Executive Director Lifewell Senior Living
Deana Wilson, CDAL Executive Director Presence Life Connections
John Wiman, CDAL Executive Director New Perspective Senior Living
Heather Wojcik, CDAL Executive Director Brightview Senior Living
Deborah Woodworth, CDAL General Manager Merrill Gardens
Amy Wright, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Kathi Yap, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living
Alexandra Zabroske, CDAL General Manager Merrill Gardens
Kerri Zwolak, CDAL Executive Director Sunrise Senior Living

 

About SLCC
The Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC) is an independent, non-profit organization committed to establishing credentialing programs for professionals working in senior living. To learn more about the SLCC, visit slcccertification.org.

About Argentum
Argentum is the leading national association exclusively dedicated to supporting companies operating professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the older adults and families they serve. Argentum member companies operate senior living communities offering assisted living, independent living, continuing care, and memory care services to older adults and their families. Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all older adults. Learn more at argentum.org.

Contact
Senior Living Certification Commission
Paul Williams, Executive Director
703-562-1183 | pwilliams@SLCCcertification.org