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Leading By Example

The Legacy Willow Bend volunteer board of directors is made up of business leaders and experts from a broad range of professions, all of whom are dedicated to continuing the traditions of innovation and excellence that have made the community great.

Our Leadership

Jerry Rasansky

Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Legacy Senior Communities

Melissa Orth

President and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities

Laura Levy

The  Executive Director of The Legacy Willow Bend

The Legacy Senior Communities, a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to serving seniors and their families for 65 years, has announced the election of Jerry Rasansky as chair of the board of trustees. Rasansky has served the organization in various roles, including chairing the board for The Legacy Preston Hollow – Dallas Home for Jewish Aged. Rasansky is stepping into this leadership role at a pivotal time of growth for the organization, as The Legacy Midtown Park (the organization’s rental continuing care retirement community) recently started construction in Dallas. Rasansky also begins his new position as the organization recently completed a series of formal strategic planning sessions to affirm and strengthen the organization’s mission and values, as well as cohesively define goals and strategies for the next five years.

“We are excited about the future of our organization and are thrilled to announce Jerry as chair of our board,” said Melissa Orth, president and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities. “Jerry has demonstrated integrity and dedication to our organization for a long time and has strong connections to the Jewish community. We are aligned in our vision for the organization, and I personally look forward to partnering with him to ensure we provide compassionate care and excellence in everything we do.”

“As a child, I can remember visiting the Dallas Home for Jewish Aged Golden Acres campus on many occasions. Those experiences helped me understand our responsibility to care for our aging community. I am honored to serve as chairman for an organization that provides an exceptional lifestyle and exemplary care every day,” said Rasansky. “I want to thank Marc Stanley and Carol Aaron, who served before me. I am inspired by their exemplary leadership and will build upon the strong foundation that they have established.”

Stanley is the former chair of the board for The Legacy Senior Communities and will now step into the role as chair of the board for The Legacy Senior Communities Endowment Foundation. Aaron is the chair of the board of directors of The Legacy Midtown Park.

“I have tremendous confidence in Jerry’s ability to lead. He brings a terrific skillset to the board and has shown a real commitment toward the organization and the community overall,” said Stanley. “I’m grateful to have served with an amazing executive staff and committee that was dedicated to our mission, and I look forward to growing our endowment so that we can be in a better position to provide financial assistance as we move the organization towards the future.”

Board of Directors

  • Paul Michaels, Chair
  • Linda Garner
  • Mike Glazer
  • Leslie Zale Greco
  • Charmaine Lampert
  • Joe Milkes
  • Cindy Moskowitz
  • Karla Steinberg

Management Team

Laura Levy, a nurse for over 20 years, is someone who believes that providing excellence in care for seniors represents one of life’s greatest values. Laura has been in senior care management and education for over 10 years, with a specialization in memory care. She received her training from Hardin Simmons University and Weatherford College.

Laura’s work in the not-for-profit sector began five years ago with The Legacy Willow Bend. She was drawn to the community because of the focus on excellence in senior care. Laura’s commitment to the community extends outside of The Legacy Willow Bend as adult education chair and vice president of sisterhood at her synagogue. In addition, she served as co-president of Hadassah’s professional networking group. Laura believes that connecting with people inside and outside of the community helps her to better understand the needs of seniors across Greater Dallas.

  • Melissa Orth, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Alyssa Adam, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Terry Purchal, Chief Financial Officer
  • Laura Levy, Executive Director, The Legacy Willow Bend
  • Renee Anderson, Director of Human Resources
  • Andrea Statman, Director of Development
  • Jessica Haecker, Executive Director, The Legacy at Home

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