The WR Team brings over 85 years of experience along with a specialized knowledge of the senior residential industry to every project.
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Gary W. Fisher, Chairman
In 1992, Gary created WindRiver companies to explore, develop, and manage innovative forms of senior housing. Gary has been in the senior living industry for over 37 years. His experience includes seven years with the Trammell Crow Company, as President of Wyndham Senior Living, a division of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and as President of the Trammell Crow Senior Living, a division of Trammell Crow Residential.During his time with the Trammell Crow companies, he developed three full-service senior living communities which contained active senior living, along with an adjoining assisted-living unit on the campus. Two communities won national awards for outstanding design and all were published in national magazines for excellence including the cover of Restaurant Design International.Gary has served on numerous boards and service organizations including the Executive Board for the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas, past Chairman of Leadership Southwest in Southwest Dallas County, a Trustee for Methodist Charlton Hospital, and within the senior living industry past national Board of Director for the National Association for Senior Living Industries.
Gary received his MBA from Southern Methodist University and later assisted the author, Dr. William Brueggeman, in revision of his text, Real Estate Finance, specifically in areas related to partnership transactions. He received his BBA from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Mickey Fisher, Chief Executive Officer
Mickey joined WindRiver in 2005 and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to WindRiver, Mickey worked with the Texas Growth Fund, a $575 million private equity fund focused on acquiring and managing growing Texas-based companies. Before the Texas Growth Fund, Mickey worked with Swander Pace Capital, a $600 million private equity fund focused on acquiring and managing consumer-based based companies in the U.S. Mickey began his career in investment banking with Bowles Hollowell Conner, a middle market boutique mergers and acquisitions firm.
Mickey has purchased or financed over $2.0 billion worth of transactions, and has assisted eight senior management teams through financial restructuring and strategic turnarounds.
Mickey received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and Honors BBA from Southern Methodist University.
Darin Graham, Chief Operating Officer
Darin joined WindRiver in 2014 as the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining WindRiver, Darin was the National Director of Sales and Marketing for The LaSalle Group, Northeast Regional Director of Sales for Horizon Bay Retirement Living, as well as, the Northeast Division Sales Specialist for Emeritus Senior Living.
Darin’s extensive background in Assisted Living and Memory Care are instrumental for WindRiver. Darin brings with him experience in analysis and metrics in all aspects of the business, especially budget control and sales. Darin oversees day-to-day operations, sales and marketing, and financial performance. He directly oversees over 50 million dollars in revenues managed and 563 active employees.
Darin was awarded Regional Sales Director of the Year in 2009 and was involved in a first of its kind study on the effects of a brain healthy lifestyle ran by Dr. Paul Nussbaum Ph.D., who is an Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery at The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2007.
Darin did graduate studies at the University of South Florida, and received his BA from Abilene Christian University.
Mark Reisman, Chief Financial Officer
Mark joined WindRiver in November 2017 as the Chief Financial Officer. Mark earned his CPA license while auditing with PwC, where he had clients that ranged from dot com startups to billon dollar empires, such as The Walt Disney Company. Prior to joining WindRiver, Mark was the Controller for BRIX Holdings, LLC, a restaurant franchising company with four brands: Red Mango Frozen Yogurt, Smoothie Factory, Souper Salad and Red Brick Pizza. Mark also worked at Ethos Group, were he was responsible for client reporting and helped establish $50 million in bond funds.
Mark earned Dean’s Honors while attending the University of California, Santa Barbara, double majoring in Business Economics and Communication Studies.
Sara Holloway, Chief Marketing Officer and Design Development Director
Sara joined WindRiver in 2002 and currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer and Design Development Director. Prior to WindRiver, Sara worked for Buena Vista, the film distribution company of Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone Pictures, in Film Marketing. As well as working for DreamWorks, SKG in Film Distribution.
Sara has overseen the marketing of over 1,750 senior living unit from lease up to full capacity, with a consistent occupancy rate of 90% or higher. In addition, Sara has managed the design and development of over $100 million dollars in new construction and rehab projects. Her dedication to detail and quality has provided WindRiver a high reputation in the senior living industry.
Sara received an Honors BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.
Sheryl Cannon, Office Manager
Sheryl joined WindRiver in 1998 and currently serves as the Office Manager. Prior to WindRiver, Sheryl worked for HealthCare Recruiters International, as well as worked for a local CPA and worked as a Domestic Engineer.
Sheryl attended Howard Payne University and Eastfield College.
Angie Isaac, Regional Director
Angie joined WindRiver in 2016 and currently serves as a Regional Director. Angie supports our Independent and Assisted Living communities in North and South Central Texas. Prior to WindRiver, Angie worked for Hearthstone Senior Living, Autumn Leaves Memory Care, Good Neighbor Care and Avanti Senior Living.
Angie has more than 11 years of sales management and experience in senior living. She is also a licensed Texas Assisted Living Administrator and Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Angie received her Honors BBA, concentrated in Business Administration and Management, from Columbia College in Columbia, MS.
Angie is a decorated Veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Bonnie Berkman, Regional Director
Bonnie joined WindRiver in 2017 and currently serves as a Regional Director. Bonnie supports our Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care communities in South Texas. Prior to WindRiver, Bonnie worked for Frontier Management and Autumn Leaves Memory Care in operational roles, prior to that she worked for Autumn Leaves Memory Care and Encompass Home Health as Regional Director of Sales. Bonnie is also a licensed Texas Assisted Living Administrator and a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Bonnie brings a wealth of knowledge from her leadership roles in both sales and operations.
Prior to her senior living career, Bonnie successfully ran her own business for many years.
Veronica Torres, Regional Director
Veronica joined WindRiver in 2018 and currently serves as a Regional Director. Veronica supports our Independent, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Multi-family communities in North and Central Texas. Prior to WindRiver, Veronica was the National Director of Sales and Marketing for Good Neighbor Care, a senior living management company. Veronica has been involved with opening new senior living communities from ground breaking to welcoming in new residents. She has also successfully turned around challenged properties.
Veronica has more than 10 years of sales management and experience in senior living. She is also a licensed Texas Assisted Living Administrator and Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Veronica attended the University of Texas in Arlington with her focus on Communications.
Joelle Jones, BSN, RN, Corporate Nurse
Joelle joined WindRiver in 2017 as the Corporate Nurse, overseeing the nursing operations and resident care for all of our Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities. Prior to joining WindRiver, Joelle was the Director of Nursing and promoted to Regional Nurse for AutumnGrove Cottages.
Joelle’s extensive background in Assisted Living and Memory Care are instrumental for WindRiver. Joelle works closely with the Executive Team to ensure strategies and goals of the clinical operations are aligned with the organization’s financial planning and support its financial performance, as well as, to ensure excellence in clinical care is achieved and maintained. Joelle has more than 22 years of nursing experience centered largely around geriatrics.
Joelle is a Licensed Registered Nurse, as well as, a licensed Texas Assisted Living Administrator and Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Joelle received a BS in Nursing, graduating Cum Laude from the University of Texas in Arlington and received an ADN of Nursing from San Jacinto College of Nursing.