Leadership

Eric Sholty

Eric Sholty

President / CEO

John Howl

John Howl

Chief Strategy Officer

Anthony Sabatini

Chief Operating Officer

Lyndell Smith

Chief Human Resources Officer

Diana Jamison

Chief Financial Officer

Bruce Anders

Chief Legal Officer

Dena Hilton

Executive VP of Administration

Janet Kiernan

VP Health Services

Teri Lock

VP Sales & Marketing

Alex Candalla

Regional VP of Operations

Sarah Lynch

VP Strategic Development

Eric Mineart

VP Strategy & Innovation

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Josh Blackson

VP Finance and Investments

Katrina Bywater

VP of Accounting

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Todd Albert

VP of Culinary Services

Matt Feldmar

VP Strategic Projects & Programs

Christy Nikola

Director of Accounting

Matt Dodson

Associate General Counsel

Sheri Bryan

Bond Compliance Officer

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Adam Payn

Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing

Matt Matthews

Corporate Director of Applications and Integrations

Marc Johnson

Corporate Director of Information Technology Infastructure

John Hart

Corporate Director of Facilities Services

Kristine Mellgren

Corporate Director of Talent Management

Cassie Rose

Executive Director of Community Volunteer Network

Sarah Long

Sarah Long

Executive Director of Community Housing

Eric Sholty

President / CEO

Since 1997, Eric Sholty has provided leadership to multi- and single-site Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs/Life Plan Communities) across the country, serving in numerous capacities including Facilities Director, Executive Director, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. He joined Pacific Retirement Services in April, 2016 as Vice President of Facility Services, and in February of 2018 became Executive Vice President of Development & Facilities. In May of 2018, Eric became Chief Operations Officer, where he led the operations and development of 11 CCRCs serving more than 5,000 residents and 3,000 employees. In January of 2021, he became the President/CEO of Pacific Retirement Services.

During his more than two decades of service with not-for-profit organizations, Eric has used his extensive background in operations, development and finance to drive strategic initiatives, deliver uncompromising customer service and create an environment of excellence. In addition, Eric has led the development of more than $650 million in startup and redevelopment of CCRCs.

A licensed RCFE Administrator in California, Eric has served as a board member for LeadingAge California and chairperson for the Delta Region. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colorado Christian University, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

John Howl

Chief Strategy Officer

John has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience with non-profit faith and fraternal based senior-living organizations across the country.  John has an MBA with a healthcare emphasis from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. In addition, he completed a graduate licensure program in Long-Term Care Administration from the University of Minnesota, and a BA in Finance and Management from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Anthony Sabatini

Chief Operating Officer

Anthony has worked for a number of not-for-profit companies throughout his career. During this time, he has helped facilities earn the American Health Care Quality Award, which recognizes a commitment to performance excellence in systematic quality improvement and resident focused programming. Anthony has also received the Executive Director of the Year Award for his commitment to continued quality, excellence, and leadership.

Lyndell Smith

Chief Human Resources Officer

Lyndell has 20 years of experience in many facets of human resources, including organizational development, leadership training, risk management, and strategic process improvement and implementation. She holds an MBA from Southern Oregon University and two prestigious certifications from the Human Resources Certification Institute: Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR).

Bruce Anders

Chief Legal Officer

Prior to joining PRS, Bruce was the Vice President of Legal Affairs at St. Charles Health System in Bend, Oregon, a nonprofit four-hospital system and Central Oregon’s largest employer with nearly 5,000 caregivers. For ten years preceding his work at St. Charles, Bruce was General Counsel at Cook Inlet Region, Inc., an Alaska Native Corporation headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, with a portfolio of business operations including energy infrastructure, real estate, government services, private equity, and technology services. He previously served in the Alaska Department of Law as an Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Division of Oil & Gas Leasing & Permitting Section, and as a litigator at private law firms in Alaska and Wisconsin. Bruce began his career as an Army officer and paratrooper, stationed at the 6th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright Alaska and the Environmental Law Division at the Pentagon. He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Oregon School and Law.

Dena Hilton

Executive VP of Administration

Dena joined the marketing staff of Rogue Valley Manor in April 1997. In 1999 she became the housing development director for Pacific Retirement Services, earning a promotion to vice president of housing two years later. In this role, she oversaw the development, construction, marketing, and operations of all twenty five affordable housing facilities. In June of 2015 she transitioned into the role of vice president of corporate compliance and privacy, and in January of 2019 she began her current role as executive vice president of administration.

Janet Kiernan
VP Health Services

Janet is a highly experienced professional in the nursing field with a remarkable 36-year career. For the past 26 years, she has dedicated her expertise to long-term care. Her qualifications include a Master of Nursing degree, with a concentration in Nursing Administration, and a QAPI Certified Professional Certification. She has functioned in multiple roles within the long-term care arena, including Nursing Supervisor, Director of Nursing, Regional Nurse Consultant, and Executive Director of Clinical Services. Prior to her long-term care experience, she worked in hospital settings in the Medical Surgical area, Pediatrics, and Cardiac/Open Heart Surgery. Janet served 23 years in the US Army Reserves as an LPN/EMT instructor, a Commanding Officer of a Forward Surgical Unit, and a nurse during Operation Desert Storm; she retired from military service in 2006. In September 2016, Janet joined the PRS family, bringing her wealth of experience and dedication to the organization.

Teri Lock
VP Sales & Marketing

Teri’s extensive background in senior housing, spanning over two decades, brings a wealth of experience to her current position as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Her impressive career has seen her in leadership roles within both non-profit and for-profit organizations, serving communities across the nation. This diverse professional history has equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of the continually evolving preferences and needs of PRS’ clientele, as well as a strong understanding of market uniqueness.

Teri regards the opportunity to serve older adults as a profound privilege—she is dedicated to assembling teams that share this deep-seated passion for enhancing the lives of seniors. Teri earned her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and holds a Master’s degree from Indiana University.

Alex Candalla
Regional VP of Operations

Alex is a highly accomplished healthcare executive with nearly 30 years of industry experience. His expertise lies in driving process improvement, fostering operational excellence, and cultivating exceptional leadership skills. Recognized for his unwavering dedication to the field, Alex has received numerous accolades, including the prestigious Dr. Hebert Shore Outstanding Mentor of the Year award from LeadingAge. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy and a master’s degree in Gerontology, specializing in long-term care administration. Alex also possesses certifications from the Lilly School of Fundraising Management and is a certified professional in Aging Services Risk Management. Leveraging his extensive background, Alex remains committed to driving positive change within the senior living and healthcare industry.

Sarah Lynch
VP, Strategic Development

Sarah began her career with PRS in April 2003 as the Public Relations Manager at Rogue Valley Manor. Several years later, she was promoted to the position of Director of Marketing and Public Relations. In January 2013, she further advanced to become the Executive Director of the Manor and was responsible for managing the 600+ acre campus, which included nearly 1,000 residents and approximately 600 employees. In December 2019, Sarah took on the role of Vice President of Administration at PRS. In 2023, she transitioned to her current position as the Vice President of Strategic Development.

Eric Mineart

VP, Strategy & Innovation

Eric, a licensed Nursing Home Administrator, oversees marketing and brand strategy for the entire Pacific Retirement Services family of communities. He is passionate about challenging the commonly held perception that aging in the home is preferable to moving to a senior living community.

Josh Blackson, Corporate Director of Finance

Josh joined PRS in 2011 and has served in various positions within the accounting department. He now oversees accounting, investing, and budgeting for all of PRS’s family of corporations. Josh is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Katrina Bywater

VP of Accounting

Katrina rejoined the PRS team in 2022 after spending a couple of years working in the finance department at a multi-site, non-profit, acute-care health system. Her career originally began at PRS in 2009, where she held various positions within the accounting department. Katrina obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Oregon in 2007 and has been a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Oregon since 2018. In 2022, she completed her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a focus on Health Care Administration. While her passion for public service and healthcare runs deep, her fuel comes from her love for her family.

Todd Albert
VP of Culinary Services

Todd began his tenure with PRS in 2010 as the opening executive chef and director of dining services at Mirabella Portland. As a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Todd joined PRS with 25 years’ experience in the restaurant, resort, and hospitality industries. Having worked for organizations such as Four Seasons Hotels, Westin Resorts, Starwood Hotels, and Marriott Hotels/Resorts in New York, Seattle, San Diego, and Scottsdale, Todd drives our culinary program forward with excellence and innovation at the forefront of his vision.

Matt Feldmar

VP Strategic Projects & Programs

Matt came to PRS in 2016 and has more than 15 years of Talent Acquisition experience, primarily in the healthcare field. Having worked for various long term care organizations, Matt combines a keen knowledge of technology and human capital to provide a holistic approach to recruiting and talent acquisition

Christy Nikola
Director of Accounting

For the past 21 years, Christy dedicated her expertise to accounting within a non-profit organization before becoming an invaluable member of the PRS team in 2023. A long-time Southern Oregon resident, Christy earned an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from OIT, followed by a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Management, both from Southern Oregon University. Christy loves all that Southern Oregon has to offer, from its four distinct seasons to easy access to hiking, camping, and the coast. Her leisure moments are often spent camping with family and friends or embarking on adventures aboard cruise ships.

Matt Dodson
Associate General Counsel

Matt is a seasoned attorney with a skillful background in healthcare, regulatory compliance, employment law and civil litigation. Prior to joining PRS, Matt served as in-house counsel at a nonprofit healthcare organization in addition to his time spent in private practice, where he specialized in business law, estate planning, guardianship, conservatorship, real property transactions and general civil litigation.

As a native Oregonian, Matt has spent his life enjoying all that Oregon offers. In his free time, he enjoys staying active through hiking, kayaking, fishing and playing basketball. He graduated from Saint Martin’s University where he played collegiate basketball, before obtaining his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School.

Sheri Bryan 
Bond Compliance Officer

Sheri’s career at PRS began in 2002 in the Accounting Department, where she held various positions within accounting functions. In 2009, Sheri’s role expanded into financing and compliance of all debt transactions. She holds multiple banking certifications and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Sheri’s career growth reflects adaptability and a high level of expertise, positioning her as an indispensable asset to PRS for maintaining financial stability and ensuring regulatory compliance.

Adam Payn
VP, Sales & Marketing

In his more than 25 years serving PRS and affiliate communities, Adam Payn is continuously inspired by community residents and their fascinating lives. Adam started with PRS at the age of 16 and went on to graduate from the Administrator in Training program and later began sales and marketing efforts for the Mirabella in Portland during initial sales, construction, grand opening and stabilization. Adam went on to lead new projects and census building in the West Region. In his current role as VP of Sales, he assists sales and marketing for all PRS communities, from newly planned start-ups to expansions and existing campuses. Adam holds an undergraduate degree from Southern Oregon University and a Master’s in Business Administration from George Fox University. When Adam isn’t working, he enjoys time with his wife and 3-year-old daughter and spends as much time in wooded trails and on mountain tops as he can.

Marc Johnson
Corporate Director of Information Technology Infastructure

Marc leads the support team that manages all PRS communities and central office computing, networking, mobility, security, end-user support, and authorized system access. This set of advanced enabling technologies provides staff with the tools that allow them 24/7 access to the applications and data needed to provide excellent service to residents, both at PRS properties and remotely. Marc has served PRS since 2002, where he has continually advanced to positions of increasing responsibility.

John Hart
Corporate Director of Facilities Services

In 2011 Mr. Hart joined Mirabella Portland as the Director of Facility Services. After a short time John was given the title of Lead Facility Director where he supported the PRS Life Plan Communities in facility operations. In 2019 John was promoted to the Corporate Director of Facility Services with PRS. Over the years Mr. Hart has also picked up numerous certifications and licenses in multiple areas of Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing trades, as well as expansive experience in plant operations, emergency preparedness, and code compliance. John is also an active member in the following professional organizations; IFMA, NFPA, ASHRAE and the Cascadia Green Building Council to name a few. Mr. Hart’s career path has led him from serving with the United States Army Rangers right out of high school to his present career in the senior care industry. With over 20 years of experience, he has worked in facility management for most of his professional life with most of those years in the senior living industry where is passion truly lies.

Kristine Mellgren
Corporate Director of Talent Management

Kristine started her PRS career in 2019 at Trinity Terrace. With a background in HR, training, and operations in hospitality and non-profit organizations, Kristine brings a strong understanding of service based industries and the value of creating a quality experience for staff and residents. Kristine attended Southern Oregon University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She also earned a Master’s in Human Resources & Organization Development from Azusa Pacific University. Kristine is a certified SHRM-SCP and SPHR. She is passionate about working with others and supporting them to reach their full potential.

Cassie Rose
Executive Director, Community Volunteer Network

Cassie began her non-profit career at PRS in 2015. She has experience in volunteer and grant management in addition to government relations and legislative advocacy. She is a member of the Seniors Serving Oregon Coalition and is a past board member of the National Senior Corp Association. She has a Bachelor of Science in health promotion from Southern Oregon University. Cassie is passionate about giving back to the community through volunteerism. She also enjoys adventures with her family in the great outdoors.

Sarah Long
Executive Director of Community Housing

Sarah started with PRS in the Community Housing department in February of 1999 and has held numerous positions during her tenure. In October of 2010 she stepped into a leadership role as a housing director, and in January of 2021 she began her current role as Executive Director of Community Housing.