NCAL Staff

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LaShaun Bethea
Executive Dire​ct​or
(202) 898-2827
Katherine Preede
Vice President of​ Operations
(202) 898-2843
 
​Lindsay Schwartz
Associate Vice President of Workforce and Quality Improvement Programs
(202) 898-2848

​​​Che'z-Marie Franklin
Admini​strative Assistant
(202) 898-2830



Staff Biographies ​

 LaShaun Bethea, NCAL Executive Director

LaShaun Bethea
LaShuan Bethea is the executive director of the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) – the assisted living voice of the American Health Care Association (AHCA). Bethea joined NCAL from Genesis Healthcare, Inc. where she served in various leadership roles from 2007 – 2021.

Bethea, a registered nurse and attorney, has a depth of long term care experience. She began at Genesis HealthCare in February 2007 and quickly advanced to the director of regulatory and
program development before being promoted in 2015 to vice president of legislative affairs. She assumed a dual role as vice president of reimbursement in 2020 and was appointed to chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee in June 2020.

Bethea received her law degree from Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, PA. She earned a Master’s degree in Education from American Intercontinental University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix.

 Katherine Preede, Vice President of Operations

As Vice President of Operations for NCAL, Preede ensures the efficient operation of NCAL, coordinating workflow, strategic planning and internal processes. In addition, Preede is responsible for membership growth, retention, and satisfaction. ​

Prior to joining NCAL in December 2012, Preede was on the Corporate Marketing & Communications team at Sunrise Senior Living where she managed marketing and communication initiatives. Previously, she served for more than four years as a public affairs manager for AHCA. In this role, she represented the association and its members with local, state and national media outlets as well as assisted state affiliate public relations professionals on numerous projects and special events. 

Preede also has worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and in Congressional offices on Capitol Hill. Preede is a graduate of American University’s School of Public Affairs with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government. ​

 Lindsay Schwartz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Workforce and Quality Development

As Associate Vice President of Workforce and Quality Improvement, Dr. Schwartz develops and implements quality improvement initiatives, including quality measurement development and data collection. She also oversees workforce initiatives for the organization.

Dr. Schwartz earned her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. During graduate school she worked as a research assistant for the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and completed a Health Fellowship in the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee on Aging and Retirement. Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Schwartz worked in home and community-based services in different roles including as direct care staff and as a case manager for an Area Agency on Aging.

She serves as current Chair of the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL) Board of Directors, Co-Convener for the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) Assisted Living Interest Group, and as a mentor for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars program.

In 2019, Dr. Schwartz was named a Fellow of GSA, the highest class of membership, as an acknowledgement of outstanding and continued work in the field of gerontology. Dr. Schwartz earned her B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Business from Indiana University.   

 Che’z-Marie Franklin, Administrative Assistant

​As Administrative Assistant, Franklin is responsible for administrative duties, and the project leader for the NCAL Awards Program. She handles the department's budget and expenses for staff and NCAL Board Chair. Also, she prepares and disseminate agendas and minutes for NCAL Board and state affiliate meetings and calls as well as the logistics for upcoming events, activities, conference calls, staff meetings, etc.  

Prior to joining NCAL in April 2019, Franklin comes from Hilton Grand Vacations and Wyndham Vacation Ownership with four years of experience in the time share industry. During those four years, she was the Business Coordinator, which she was responsible for processing payments and contracts for time share purchases. 

Franklin has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Maryland – Eastern Shore and is currently studying for her master's in Financial Management at the University of Maryland University College. ​