About Vitality Living

Vitality Living is a premier provider of independent living, assisted living, and memory care.

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Mission

To create vibrant communities where residents, families and team members can be themselves, live purposefully, and experience a profound sense of belonging.

Values

Vision

To create vibrant communities where RESIDENTS thrive, FAMILIES engage, and TEAM MEMBERS are proud to work.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER & CEO

why Culture matters at vitality living

Who We Are

Vitality Living is a team of seasoned retirement living professionals passionate about creating vibrant communities for older adults, regardless of physical or cognitive challenges. Our goals are to eliminate labels that reinforce stereotypes of aging, to empower choice, and to create environments where all residents are successful.

With over 200+ years of experience, Vitality Living’s leadership firmly believes that the industry must evolve and change to more capably meet the wants, tastes and demands of the older adults of the future. Every team member is inspired to re-imagine the experience of older adults living in a community setting. We challenge every perception, advocate for choice, and reject the status quo.

Vitality looks to build a footprint through collaborative relationships with ownership groups seeking an experienced and innovative operating partner. We will continue to build an exceptional brand through management relationships with like-minded owners while acquiring and developing communities that fit the collective vision. Being an owner as well as a management partner gives Vitality Living a unique perspective focused on doing what is right for our business, our partners, and our customers.

If you are interested in joining  Vitality Living Team, please visit our Careers page. 

Meet the Vitality Living Team

Our leaders come from a variety of backgrounds, but all share a commitment to offering the best communities for every stage of life’s journey.
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Chris’ experience in the senior living industry has always focused on creating value and quality service for residents, their families, associates and stakeholders. He has successfully managed start-ups, turnarounds, acquisitions, and new product development. With an eye always focused on people, Chris maintain a strong commitment to cultivating talent within the industry, ensuring increased organizational capability through engaged, passionate and skilled teams.

“My inspiration comes from my family and their passion to live life to the fullest. I was blessed with grandparents that all played a major role in my life. From as long as I can remember these wonderful human beings instilled a passion in me to live life to the fullest. From a grandfather who learned how to Ski in his 50’s to a grandmother who had Dune Buggy in her 70’s I grew up seeing that life was not limited by age. This inspired me to build Vitality and create life, energy and purpose for older adults for decades to come. It is my passion to help everyone regardless of age and circumstance experience life every day they can!”

 

 

As COO, Kelly is responsible for creating a lifestyle of choice, engagement and growth for residents, families and associates. Kelly’s focus is staying ahead of trends and research, and sourcing innovative approaches to make the lives of residents better, allow associates to do what is most important, spend more time with residents, and connect families to the Vitality community.

“My inspiration is every older adult I have met throughout my career who has shared their story, asked about my story and shown me that aging is a dignified, beautiful journey to be celebrated and lived fully. My inspiration is every team members who devote hours, days, years of their lives to enriching the lives of families and older adults as they navigate everything from dementia to grief to finding new purpose in their journey.”

 
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Julie’s father recently moved into one of the company’s communities, which has given her first-hand experience in the emotional and practical journey adult children go through when placing their older parents in the care of a senior living community. As she reflects and compares the very positive experience her father is having with her grandmother’s experience a quarter of a century ago, she is inspired to continue to make the lives of Vitality’s residents more vibrant. “I wish my grandma Hilda’s experience was a positive as my father’s.”

Julie is a highly skilled and experienced sales and marketing expert in senior housing. Julie and the Vitality leadership team are focused on results. Using proven sales and marketing systems combined with strategic coaching focused on skills, she is always working toward the goals of 100% occupancy and resident satisfaction of “10.”

Julie is motivated by the desire to see others achieve their goals and grow professionally and personally. As she works closely with Vitality’s sales and marketing teams, she is fortunate to see the positive impact that bringing in new residents has on everyone involved.

 

Andrew brings over 10 years in the real estate industry, most recently serving as the Chief Financial Officer for Vitality Living. Andrew’s focus is on all financial functions including corporate-accounting, investor reporting, and other firm wide strategic financial initiatives. Andrew has years of experience in real estate private equity finance and mergers and acquisitions. Andrew started his career with KPMG LLP working in their Mergers & Acquisitions group. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

“My inspiration comes from my grandfather. He proved that age is just a number and loved to travel, play tennis and engage with friends and family. I am excited about the opportunity to engage with other older adults and help them create a vibrant community.”

 

Blanding’s personal mission is to have an impactful relationship with the people for which he works with and serves. This manifests itself through both the team members working in the buildings and the families entrusting the care of their loved ones. For team members, his goal is that each one realizes their passion and that our collective platform can serve as the means for such personal and professional growth. For residents and their families, Blanding desires to educate and inform them of what their options are during a potentially stressful stage of life by serving as a resource in helping them toward the best solution for their situation rather than our communities.

Blanding has more than fourteen years of real estate investment management experience ranging across multiple product types and geographies. The last four years have been in the senior housing industry focused on acquisitions and developments for private pay communities in the southeastern United States. Formerly, he was a Director of Real Assets for Arlington Family Offices. In his role, he was responsible for investment identification, due diligence and portfolio monitoring with a focus on Real Estate for the $2 Billion multifamily office. Prior to Arlington, Mr. Beatty was an Associate at Harbert Management Corp in their US Real Estate group where he worked from 2005-2011. Blanding attended Southern Methodist University and received his Bachelor of Arts in Finance and History from the University of Tennessee.

 

As Chief Information Officer, I provide leadership for the ongoing development of a secure, innovative, and scalable technology platform supporting Vitality’s technology initiatives. Additionally, I have the opportunity to explore how emerging technology in the senior living field can enhance the resident and family experience. My goal is to leverage technology in an industry that strengthens connections, creates opportunities to learn new things and expands independence.”
“My inspiration comes from my grandparents who taught me that the key to success was hard work and a genuine passion for the work that you do. I do my best to follow these principles and surround myself with people who do the same. My passion for technology has allowed me to have a positive influence on older adults by providing solutions that empower successful aging through technology. It is incredibly inspiring to see the smile on someone’s face who has had a new experience that they would not have otherwise had because of technology.

 

 

June is an experienced attorney with more than 20 years of expertise in corporate law, contracts and business arrangements, taxation (state and federal), litigation, commercial lending and commercial real estate, and health care law and compliance. In addition, she has extensive experience in development and management of commercial real estate, including medical office and multi-family. June is actively involved as a pro-bono volunteer for Davidson County, Tennessee Legal Aid Society.

 

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With over 20 years in the senior living industry, I have served in a variety of roles. While I have extensive operations experience, I have dedicated much of my career to serving and improving the care of individuals living with Alzheimer’s/ dementia. 

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Doug has more than 15 years of experience as a finance leader in senior living, focused on uncovering the story behind the numbers. Before senior living, he spent the first half of his career leading the accounting departments of companies as diverse as footwear manufacturing and quick service restaurants.

My inspiration comes from my grandmother, who worked long days farming peaches and almonds and raising 30,000 chickens, all while caring for my grandfather, who suffered from Parkinson’s for many years. Even with such a demanding schedule, she always found time to bake cinnamon rolls or teach us grandkids how to make peanut butter cookies.

 

Syndell has devoted the majority of her nursing career to serving seniors in the senior living industry.  She has successfully managed teams in both operations and the clinical functions, always keeping her passion of serving those that have given so much to all of us as her driving force.  Syndell brings to her clinical role a unique blend of both wellness and operations experience in senior living.

My inspiration for serving seniors comes from my Grandmother.  She always found a way to see the best in everyone and worked hard to find a way to do the right thing even in the most difficult situations.  I strive to make her proud of my decisions on a daily basis.  I appreciate all that she did for me over the years and treasure the time I had with her.

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Laura has over 20 years of wellness experience in senior living and has a very strong foundation of supporting memory care as she spent time working for Silverado Senior Living, a company often recognized for excellence in caring for those living with dementia.

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Jamie has over 30 years of nursing experience in a wide array of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, mental health, home health and assisted living. In the past 20 years, Jamie has served in a variety of senior leadership roles, supporting multiple communities. Jamie has a proven record as a great coach and trainer of teams to improve the overall wellness outcomes within a community.

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Cindy is a Registered Nurse and has over 20 years of experience in the senior living industry. She has served in senior operations and wellness roles and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. Cindy is known for being a great operator, strong leader and an excellent team builder.

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My passion for seniors started when I had an internship opportunity while I was in college.  I worked directly with the residents of a community and fell in love with their spirit and wisdom.  As an accomplished executive with close to 30 years of senior living experience, my goal to drive positive change for seniors, families and staff remains strong.  I live a very active lifestyle with my family, and I give credit to my parents for instilling in me a strong work ethic, and to have compassion for others.  I am proud to be a part of the Vitality team where we strive to provide experiential living and purposeful engagement to our residents, and to have the privilege to be a part of enriching the lives we serve.

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Lisa’s passion for seniors began in senior living with her first role as a Marketing/Sales Director for a new community under construction.  She realized she had a passion for celebrating the lives of those in the communities she had the opportunity to serve and lead.  Her operations experience over the past 25 years has included overseeing multiple communities comprised of Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care serving in various roles to include Executive Director, Regional Director of Operations and Vice President of Operations.  Lisa has successfully managed acquisitions, new development and turnarounds while enhancing the lives of all those she had the opportunity to serve and allowing them to thrive in community.  Lisa’s focus has always been on building collaborative teams, establishing a positive culture in the community and serving seniors with passion. 

“My inspiration comes from listening to the many wonderful life stories of my grandfather and other older adults I have had the pleasure to meet throughout my life and career.  I have learned valuable life lessons from each of them to include how to inspire others through servant leadership and compassion.  Listening to their stories and seeing things through their eyes brought life to the history I learned in school and helped me realize life is only what you make of it and living life to its fullest is important at any age.”

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Over the course of his career, Chuck’s passion has centered on building and developing health care campuses for high acuity, long-term care, and dementia needs. This includes a deep knowledge and understanding of patients, resident and staff needs, which influenced the overall design and construction of these specialized health and living spaces.

 

Lori Jordan brings years of experience in administration management and executive level support. She started her career with CSC Credit Services/Equifax supporting the EVP of Operations. She relocated to join a startup pharmaceutical company in Tampa Florida as their Manager of Administration.  Lori joined Horizon Bay Senior Living in 2007 to support the COO/President of Operations. Once Horizon Bay merged with Brookdale Senior Living, Lori relocated to Brookdale’s corporate office in Nashville where she worked with Chris Guay during the Emeritus acquisition.  In 2016 Lori managed a fundraiser raising over $26,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association

“My inspiration comes from my dad.  He has been the primary care giver for his wife for the past few years while she fights Alzheimer’s at a very young age.  He tirelessly supports her every need.  He is her constant champion and forever companion.  Full-time male caregivers are so rare and my dad sets the bar at the highest level.”