Advisory Board

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The CIHF Advisory Board is composed of senior-level leaders and CIHF’s Founding and Member Organization representatives.  Through CIHF’s activities and research, the Advisory Board connects with students, faculty, and top-level professionals from other industries, exchanging information, and bridging the fields of hospitality, design thinking, and health management/policy to advance service excellence in healthcare, wellness, senior living, and related areas.

  • Kelly Andress

    Kelly Andress

    President | Sage Senior Living
    Kelly Cook Andress began her career in senior housing in 1989 at Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. where she was Vice President for Development and Finance. She helped define the company that came to define the industry. She has been closely involved in the development of more than 20 communities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic; developing, Read More...
  • Melissa Ceriale

    Melissa Ceriale

    Board of Trustees | Montefiore Medicine
    Melissa Ceriale is a Founding Advisory Member of the new Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, and she has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Montefiore Health System since 2013. Melissa brings more than 20 years of experience in hospitality and design to both endeavors. Upon completing her degree at Michigan State University’s Read More...
  • Paul M. D’Alessandro

    Paul M. D’Alessandro

    Paul D’Alessandro, a Principal in PwC’s Advisory Services, leads the firm’s Health Services Analytics and Patient Experience Initiatives. With an extensive background in Advanced Analytics and Experience Design (xD), he has been the architect of the Bodylogical™ platform, PwC’s “moonshot” in the application of advanced simulation modeling to physiology, behavior and the resulting economics. Paul’s Read More...
  • Vaibhav Garg

    Vaibhav Garg

    Director - Talent & Culture | Accor
    A post graduate in Human Resource Management and Six Sigma certified from Motorola University, Singapore, Vaibhav Garg is nominated as one of the Experts for SDG Innovation Global Expert Group & the designated Mentor for United Nations Global Compact’s Young SDG Innovators Program (2019 – 20). He is working in coordination with Global Compact Network Read More...
  • Marcello Gasdia

    Marcello Gasdia

    Manager, Center for Industry Insights | Deloitte Services LP
    Marcello is a manager within Deloitte Services LP’s Center for Industry Insights, and is the research lead for Travel, Hospitality, and Services. He leverages primary research experience to study consumer behavior and marketplace trends across several travel sectors—including hotels, airlines, ground transportation, and restaurants....
  • Whitney Austin Gray

    Whitney Austin Gray

    PhD, LEED AP | Executive Director of Research and Innovation | Delos
    At Delos, Dr. Whitney Austin Gray is responsible for the oversight of health research and the development of innovative design strategies and products that seek to improve human health and wellness through building design. Prior to joining Delos, Dr. Gray served as the Health Research and Innovation Director for Cannon Design, a global healthcare design Read More...
  • Karen Heidelberger

    Karen Heidelberger

    Partner, Deerfield Management | Deerfield
    As a Partner and the Chief Communications Officer at Deerfield, Ms. Heidelberger is responsible for relationships with investors, partner companies, and other interested parties. Prior to this role, Ms. Heidelberger was a Trader at Deerfield for over a decade. In this capacity, she was responsible for trading in public securities on behalf of the Funds Read More...
  • Neil Jacobs

    Neil Jacobs

    Chief Executive Officer | Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
    Neil Jacobs is the chief executive officer at Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. With over three decades of experience in the operation, development and transactional side of hotels and spas, Neil is passionate about wellness, sustainability, inventive design, food and experiential travel. Prior to joining Six Senses, Neil spent 5 years at Starwood Capital Group Read More...
  • Tom Klein

    Tom Klein

    Chief Operating Officer | Canyon Ranch
    With more than 30 years in the hospitality industry, Thomas (Tom) Klein was brought onto the Canyon Ranch team in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Klein directs all operational aspects of the company businesses, overseeing operations of all brand extensions – Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts, SpaClub® Las Read More...
  • Mary Leary

    Mary Leary

    Chief Executive Officer and President | Mather LifeWays
    Joined Mather LifeWays as Chief Executive Officer/President in 2002. Previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Classic Residence by Hyatt and has held other executive positions in senior living, health care, and long-term care. Currently a member of the Executive Board of American Seniors Housing Association, Operator Advisory Board of the National Investment Center, and Read More...
  • Danielle Pere

    Danielle Pere

    Danielle Pere is the Vice President at the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and has over the 16 years of health care policy experience relating to Health Systems Transformation, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, and the Affordable Care Act. At ACPM she is responsible for providing oversight, management, and program development for federal grants, leads Read More...
  • Bradford Perkins

    Bradford Perkins

    Bradford Perkins is an architect and planner and is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Perkins Eastman Architects, a 1000 person firm based in New York City with 15 offices in the US and overseas. He has worked on projects throughout the US and 30 countries around the world. He is particularly well known for Read More...
  • John Rijos

    John Rijos

    Co-Founder & Operating Partner, Chicago Pacific Founders | American Seniors Housing Association
    John P. Rijos is an operating partner of Chicago Pacific Founders, a private equity firm that specializes in investments across the healthcare spectrum with offices in Chicago and San Francisco. Prior to that, Mr. Rijos spent thirteen years as Co-President and Chief Operating Officer of Brookdale Senior Living, Inc., the largest senior living company in Read More...
  • Robert P. Ritz

    Robert P. Ritz

    CEO | MercyOne
    Robert (Bob) P. Ritz is CEO of MercyOne, an integrated system of hospitals and health care facilities dedicated to delivering outstanding health care services to improve the health of people throughout Iowa and surrounding areas. MercyOne was founded in 1998 through a joint operating agreement between Catholic Health Initiatives, headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, and Trinity Read More...
  • Daria Sharman

    Daria Sharman

    Enterprise Insights and Strategic Analytics Officer | Pacific Life
    With over 10 years of leadership experience across multiple industries, Daria has consistently demonstrated expertise in strategic analytics, corporate branding, and business and marketing strategy. She currently leads enterprise Customer Insights and Life Insurance Strategy and Applied Analytics for Pacific Life. In both of her roles, Daria is privileged to lead highly talented teams devoted Read More...
  • William B. Sims

    William B. Sims

    Managing Principal | HJ Sims
    William Sims is nationally known for his expertise in the senior living industry, where he has overseen the financing of hundreds of projects since he joined the firm in 1973. His expertise also includes mergers and acquisitions as well as the restructuring and refinancing of distressed properties. Mr. Sims has been a guest speaker at Read More...
  • Bennett Thomas

    Bennett Thomas

    Senior Vice President of Finance and Sustainability | Hersha Hospitality Trust
    Bennett Thomas serves as the Senior Vice President of Finance & Sustainability with Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT), a $2.5 billion Real Estate Investment Trust with 51 upscale, upper upscale and luxury hotels in gateway markets including New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles. Over the past 10 years with Hersha, Read More...
  • Peter Yesawich

    Peter Yesawich, Ph.D

    Chief Brand Officer | Brown Legacy Group
    Peter serves as the Chief Brand Officer of Brown Legacy Group, in which capacity he provides oversite of the development and marketing of selected corporate assets in the BLG portfolio. Yesawich is an acknowledged expert on service marketing, having developed successful marketing programs for some of the most recognized and admired service brands in America.  Read More...
  • Lynne Rizk

    Lynne Rizk

    Principal, Director of Health, New York | HKS, Inc.
    As Health Practice Leader for New York and Director of HKS’ New York Health Studio, Lynne leads all health thought leadership, planning, programming and design projects including major medical facilities in New York, Connecticut and throughout the Northeast. Lynne has over 30 years of dedicated healthcare experience with a hands-on management style and a personal approach to client relationship building....
  • Joe Jedlowski

    Joe Jedlowski

    Currently serves as the President of Milestone Retirement Communities, LLC “Milestone” since 2011. Joseph directly collaborates with Milestone’s Executive Leadership Team, as well as Milestone’s dedicated Community Partnership Team’sto effectively facilitate the daily operational efforts and Milestone’s strategic vision. He also champions the success of Milestone’s communities through developing and implementing expertly tailored solutions that Read More...
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    Ruth Browne

    Ruth C. Browne, SD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House New York (RMH-NY), which provides temporary housing and support for pediatric cancer patients and their families in a caring and secure environment, close to the essential care and resources they need most. Prior to RMH-NY, Dr. Browne was CEO of the Read More...
  • Tim McCarthy

    Tim McCarthy

    Partner & Managing Principal | Hart Howerton
    As Managing Principal of Hart Howerton, Tim directly engages clients in planning and designing market-driven solutions that produce outstanding business results. His leadership of design teams has guided the implementation of projects in more than twenty countries across four continents. Tim’s commitment to understanding how conditions in the built environment may drive a health and Read More...
  • Kenneth Segarnick

    Kenneth Segarnick

    Chief Corporate Officer | Brandywine Living
    Kenneth C. Segarnick is Chief Corporate Officer of Brandywine Living, a premier operator and developer of high-end senior living communities, including assisted living, memory care, and independent living. As co-chair of Brandywine’s executive committee, Ken plays a key role in leading the operational and enterprise growth of the company’s platform –currently expanding to 30 communities Read More...
  • Robert Corona

    Chief Executive Officer | Upstate Medical University
    Robert J. Corona DO, CPE, MBA, FCAP, FASCP Dr. Corona is the Chief Executive Officer of Upstate Medical University Hospital and Community Hospital. He is also the John B Henry Endowed Professor of Experimental Pathology and Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs. Dr. Corona is an emeritus member of the New York State Board for Read More...