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A Message From Brian Barnes, COO/Interim CEO

In nature, spring is a time of growth and transition, and so it has been for The Legacy Senior Communities.

On May 4, 2017, Marc Stanley, Chair of the Board of The Legacy Senior Communities, announced the hiring of Melissa Orth as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Melissa’s hiring was the culmination of an almost two year extensive, nationwide search by The Legacy’s Board leadership. Melissa officially starts in her new role on August 21, 2017 and upon assuming her new role will immediately begin the process of meeting The Legacy’s supporters and community partners. Included in this newsletter is a note from Marc with more information about this exciting announcement.

The Legacy Willow Bend is also going through a period of transition. After almost four years as Willow Bend’s Executive Director, Marilyn Israel announced her retirement effective May 31, 2017. Marilyn’s positive impact on The Legacy organization has been significant and although we are happy for Marilyn and her family, she will be greatly missed by The Legacy team. Over the past several months, we have been conducting an extensive search for Marilyn’s replacement. Ultimately, it was determined that the best candidate to replace Marilyn was one of our own – Laura Levy, who has been the Director of Assisted Living at The Legacy Willow Bend for the past five years, has been selected to be the next Executive Director of The Legacy Willow Bend. Laura is a licensed nurse with over 20 years of senior living and healthcare experience. The next time you are visiting The Legacy Willow Bend campus, please take time to meet Laura and welcome her to her new position.

The Legacy at Home, under the leadership of Charlene Bishop, has continued to grow – not only its pay for service businesses, but also its charitable mission via its home health grant program which provides personal care to people living at home who do not have the resources to pay for this care. If you are aware of anyone who could benefit from this program, please reach out to myself or Charlene.

Development of The Legacy Midtown Park project is continuing at a rapid pace. Michael Ellentuck along with The Legacy’s staff and a team of consultants is continuing the process of creating a world-class rental retirement community. In conjunction with the project, the capital campaign, under the leadership of Andrea Statman, has continued to build momentum. The support of the community is vital to us achieving our goals at The Legacy Midtown Park, so if you haven’t already done so, please consider making a gift to the campaign. This will be one gift that will provide a return on investment for generations to come.

This is a very exciting time for The Legacy. New leadership, new project development, new challenges and opportunities. The Legacy’s strength lies in its people – staff, Board members, supporters – and its mission. There has never been a better time to get involved with The Legacy, so whether as an employee, a volunteer, or a donor, we invite you to join the team.

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