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NCAL Governance

2013 to 2014 NCAL Board of Directors


 Front row, left to right: Cindy Luxem - Kansas, Michele Declemente-Hughes – New Jersey, Michael Shepard - Arkansas, Ashley Blankenship - Arkansas, Pat Giorgio - Iowa, Chris Mason - Oregon, Angie Szumlinski - Michigan,  and Jeanne Jaeckels - Minnesota.

Back row, left to right: Richard Herrick – New York, Mark Parkinson - AHCA, Laurie Shepard - Michigan, Mark Maxfield - Idaho, Denise German - Kansas, Rod Wolfe- Tennessee, Kristin West - Ohio, Gerald Hamilton – New Mexico, Dee Thieme - Wisconsin, Lane Bowen – AHCA Vice Chair, Steven Heaney – New Jersey, Helen Crunk - Nebraska, and David Kyllo - NCAL. Not pictured: Marcia Hamilton-Cotter- Minnesota, Carmy Jerome – Colorado, Joe Perkin – Kansas, and Len Russ – AHCA Chair. 

NCAL Officers

  • NCAL Chair: Pat Giorgio, Evergreen Estates, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • NCAL Vice Chair: Chris Mason, Senior Housing Management, Lake Oswego, Oregon
  • NCAL Secretary/Treasurer: Ashley Blankenship, Southridge Village Retirement Center, Conway, Arkansas
  • Immediate Past Chair: Mike Shepard, The Shepard Group, Mena, Arkansas

NCAL At-Large Board Members

  • David Chensvold, Assisted Living Partners, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Helen Crunk, Marble Rose Estates, Papillion, Nebraska
  • Michele DeClemente-Hughes, Emeritus Senior Living - North East Division​, Cape May, New Jersey
  • Lee Field, Senior Services of America, Tacoma, Washington
  • Denise German, Skilled Healthcare, Overland Park, Kansas 
  • Gerald Hamilton, Bee Hive Homes, Albuquerque, New Mexico Marcia Hamilton-Cotter, Parkinson’s Specialty Care, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
  • Marcia Hamilton Cotter, Parkinson's Specialty Care, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Steven Heaney, Brandywine Senior Living, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey
  • Jeanne Jaeckels, Tealwood Care Centers, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Dee Jansen, Harmony Living Centers, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
  • Carmy Jerome, Aspen House Memory Care, Loveland, Colorado 
  • Mark Maxfield, The Cottages, Eagle, Idaho
  • Joseph Perkin, Midwest Health Management, Topeka, Kansas 
  • Laurie Shepard, Ingham Regional Assisted Living, Lansing, Michigan 
  • Rod Wolfe, Richland Place Senior Living, Lebanon, Tennessee

ASHCAE Vice President:

Dirk Anjewierden, Utah Health Care Association, Salt Lake City, UT

ASHCAE Representative

Heath Boddy, Nebraska Health Care Association, Lincoln, Nebraska

Cindy Luxem, Kansas Heath Care Association, Topeka, Kansas

ABM Representative

Angie Sxumlinski, RN-BC, RAC-CT, HealthCap, Ann Arbor, Michigan 

AHCA Chair

Len Russ, Bayberry Care Center, New Rochelle, New York

AHCA Vice Chair

Tom Coble, Elmbrook Management Company, Admore, Arkansas

AHCA/NCAL Board Elections

Beginning March 19, 2014, American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) members in good standing will have the opportunity to submit an application for the 2014-15 elections for the AHCA Board of Governors and the NCAL Board of Directors.  AHCA will hold its election jointly with NCAL during the Council of States meetings at our annual convention in Washington, DC.  The slate of candidates, who have been certified by the Credentialing committee, will be submitted into nomination at the first session of the Council of States on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.  Additional nominations from the floor will be accepted at that time.  Candidates nominated from the floor must submit a completed application packet at the time of nomination.  The election itself will occur on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 during the second session of the Council of States.

All electronically submitted applications will be due no later than June 2, 2014.  The candidacy paperwork and process may be found below.  

The following AHCA Board positions will be elected: 

  • AHCA Chair 
  • AHCA Vice Chair 
  • AHCA Secretary/Treasurer (one position)
  • Not For Profit Representative
  • Multifacility Representative
  • THREE At-large Representatives 

Incumbents in the positions of AHCA Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, Multifacility Representative and Not for Profit Representative are eligible to run for re-election.  There are three incumbent At-large Representatives eligible to run for re-election.

The following NCAL Board positions will be elected: 

  • NCAL Chair 
  • NCAL Vice Chair 
  • NCAL Secretary/Treasurer (one position) 
  • Seven At-large Representatives 

Incumbents are eligible to run for the NCAL officer positions. The incumbents for five of the seven At-large Representative positions are eligible for re-election.


  • For AHCA, please contact Christy Sharp at 202.898.2839
  • For NCAL, please contact Dave Kyllo at 202.898.6312

AHCA Board of Governors and NCAL Board of Directors Candidate Application Materials for Elections

  1. 2014 Application and Questionnaire​
  2. Disclosure and Authorization Form
  3. General Information and Requirements for All Candidates
  4. Guidelines for Completion of the AHCA/NCAL Board Application Process
  5. Candidate Request for Reconsideration
  6. Rules Governing the Distribution of Campaign Materials​

AHCA/NCAL  Governance and Election Information

  1. ​AHCA/NCAL Philosophy of Association Leadership
  2. AHCA Duties of Officers and Members of the Board of Governors
  3. AHCA Council of States’ Rules Governing the Organization and Conduct of Business 
  4. AHCA Council of States’ Rules Governing the Conduct of Nominations and Elections
  5. Rules Governing the Distribution of Campaign Materials​