The WindRiver Team brings over 85 years of experience along with specialized knowledge of the senior residential industry to every project.
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Joseph Hessley, Chief Executive Officer
Joseph has worked in the senior living industry for almost 23 years and is responsible for the day to day operations, team development and culture
of the WindRiver Communities.
Joseph has worked in both publicly traded and privately held companies, and has operated more than 100 senior living communities in 23 states, including CCRCs, Assisted Living, Independent Living, and Memory Care communities, as well as Skilled Nursing Facilities. His skillset includes operational programming, policies and procedures, repositioning existing assets, and developing new retirement communities.
Most recently the COO for Concordis Senior Living, Joseph’s experience includes a role as Senior Vice President of Operations at Enlivant, where he led the successful operations and occupancy growth and stabilization for 77 Assisted Living, Memory Care and Independent Living communities. During his tenure, occupancy in Enlivant’s portfolio of 233 communities increased from 54% to 92% in 14 months.
Joseph’s experience also includes oversight of a portfolio of CCRCs with Life Care Services, a divisional operations role with Holiday Retirement, and Vice President of Operations at Senior Lifestyle Corp.
Joseph graduated from Gannon University in 1998, with his B.A. and H.C.A.
Sara Holloway, President
Sara, literally grew up with Senior Living. Her father, Gary Fisher helped transform the industry in the 80’s with Trammell Crowe’s Senior Living Division. Th en he started his own company WindRiver Management in the 90’s. Sara joined the firm in 2002 after graduating from New York University. Over the last 17 years, she 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 helped WindRiver establish an exceptional reputation in the senior living industry.
Sara received an Honors BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU.
John Shultz, Vice President of Clinical Services
John is the newest addition to WindRiver, coming to us with over 25 years of experience in healthcare, spanning across acute care, post-acute care, and senior living. John has provided direct oversight for communities and portfolios in the Northeastern, Southeastern, Central, and Southwestern U.S and internationally in Canada, Mexico, and Asia. He has worked with Marriott Senior Living, Senior Lifestyle Corporation, Enlivant, and most recently with Stonegate Senior Living.
John is a Registered Nurse and continued his education with a Bachelors in Healthcare Administration from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. He advanced his education within the Masters of Business Administration program at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. He also completed a Graduate Certificate program through the Masters’ of Nursing program with a concentration in Wound, Ostomy and Continence care through Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, MN.
Peggy O’Neill, Vice President of Marketing and Acquisitions
Peggy has worked in the senior living industry for over two decades and currently oversees Marketing and Acquisitions for all communities across WindRiver’s footprint. Peggy has worked in the healthcare community in a leadership capacity for both private and publicly traded companies across her career. During her time in the industry, Peggy has accrued more than 20 years of sales leadership experience, spanning all facets of the healthcare spectrum, including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing across numerous states.
By working with many unique teams in various markets across the country, Peggy has been aff orded an advantage of weaving a variety of strategies with both inhouse, hands on approaches, and craft ing external marketing events and campaigns meant to appeal to a wide range of audiences.
Veronica Green, Regional Director
Joined WindRiver in February 2018 and currently serves as a Regional Director. She supports our Assisted Living and Memory Care communities in Texas. Prior to WindRiver, Veronica was the National Director of Sales and Marketing for Good Neighbor Care, a senior living management company. She 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, a licensed Texas Assisted Living Administrator and Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Veronica attended the University of Texas in Arlington with her focus on Communications
Angie Isaac, Vice President of Operations
Joined WindRiver in 2016 and currently serves as a Regional Director. She 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 13 years of sales management and experience in senior living. She is also a licensed Texas Assisted Living Administrator and Certified Dementia Practitioner. She 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 and Florida. 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.
Robin Oder, Treasurer
Robin has been with WindRiver since April 2018 overseeing our financial and accounting departments. She has successfully transitioned strategic financial restructurings and turnarounds for our clients and owner groups. Robin previously worked at the Lasalle Group from 2014 to 2018 as the Director of Accounting, which managed 55 independent and corporate-owned senior living communities. Previous to that, she has spent time at Means Knaus, Centex Homes, and CBRE where she was instrumental in the FDIC disposition of $521M in ORE assets in 2010. With 25 years in Real Estate accounting; she exhibits extensive knowledge in financial reporting and audit, risk management, treasury services, and profit accountability. She is passionate about ethical leadership and committed to serving internal and external customers with excellence.
Alisia Branch, PHR, HR Specialist
Alisia’s journey with WindRiver began in 2008 when she was hired at one of WindRiver’s first operated Assisted Living communities. Alisia quickly moved up the ranks and in 2011 was the Executive Director of the community. In 2018 Alisia moved from the community into the corporate office and now serves as the HR Specialist.
Alisia’s more than 12 years of experience in various capacities of the senior living world give her a broad and well-rounded perspective for any challenge that comes her way. Along with her dedication to the employees and organization of the company’s policies, Alisia keeps everyone and everything running smoothly.
Alisa received her Professional Certification in Human Resources in 2018.
Alan Comtois, Art Director
Alan joined the WindRiver team in 2012 and serves as the Art Director and Graphic Designer for the marketing division. Prior to Alan joining the WR
team he worked for several agencies in the DFW area as Art Director and as Creative Director for the largest ad agency in Fort Worth, Texas. Alan has over 20 year of experience in the Graphic Design field and has had work featured in Print and Communication Arts Magazines.
He graduated from University of Texas in Arlington with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communication and Art History.