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AHCA Elects New Board of Governors at Annual Convention  
AHCA Elects New Board of Governors at Annual Convention
Newly elected Board pledges to “improve lives while delivering solutions for long term and post-acute care”−
Contact: Amy Mendoza
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Tampa, FL
– The American Health Care Association (AHCA), the nation’s largest long term and post-acute care association, today announced the results of its Board of Governors’ elections. Neil Pruitt, Jr. from Georgia was elected Chair of AHCA, and Leonard Russ from New York was elected to the Vice Chair position. Lane Bowen from Kentucky was elected Secretary/Treasurer.

“AHCA is honored to work with this distinguished panel of leaders,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA. “They represent the strength and diversity of our profession, and we look forward to working with them to continue to advance our quality agenda into the future.”

AHCA’s Board of Governors is comprised of leading long term care providers from across the country, elected by the membership at the association’s national convention. The at-large board members are:

  • Lonnie Bisbano, Jr. from Rhode Island;

  • Robin Hillier from Ohio;

  • Michael Wylie from Pennsylvania;

  • Paul Liistro from Connecticut; and

  • Frank Romano from Massachusetts.

Robert Van Dyk from New Jersey will serve as Immediate Past Chair and Gary Kelso from Utah will serve as Not for Profit Representative. Tom Coble from Oklahoma will serve as Independent Owner Representative, Timothy Lukenda from Wisconsin will serve as Multifacility Representative, and Ted LeNeave from Virginia will serve as Regional Multifacility Representative.

The three ex-officio members elected include:

  • National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) Chair Mike Shepard from Arkansas;

  • Affiliated State Health Care Association Executives (ASHCAE) Representative John Poirier from New Hampshire; and

  • Associate Business Member (ABM) Representative Shawn Scott of Medline Industries, Inc.

Newly elected Chair Neil Pruitt, Jr. vowed to continue AHCA’s mission of improving lives while delivering solutions for quality long term and post-acute care.

“I’m honored to serve as chair of this great organization,” said Pruitt. “My newly elected colleagues and I will work tirelessly to represent the great work of America’s caregivers as the quality and the cost solution to America’s long term and post-acute care needs.”

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit or