Meet the Leadership Team at Artis Senior Living

Decades of experience

Our seasoned and forward-thinking leadership team brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the day-to-day operations of every Artis Senior Living community. Each member of the Artis executive team has over 20 years of experience in senior housing and healthcare. In addition, most of our team members have known Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias through their own families, creating an added incentive and passion for our mission.

We’ve been privileged to play a role shaping and defining what quality Assisted Living and Memory Care mean in senior living. We credit that to the strength of our leaders, our person-centered approach to operations, and to the character of each person in our organization.

Executive Leadership

Don E. Feltman

President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Feltman is an industry veteran with over three decades of diverse experience in senior healthcare and housing. This includes real estate development of over $1.2 billion, more than $275 million in financing, asset acquisitions and divestiture, strategic planning, asset management, marketing, market feasibility, health planning, and accounting.

Mr. Feltman has been responsible for the development or acquisition of more than 200 senior healthcare or housing projects. He currently serves Artis as President and Chief Executive Officer. His career has included positions in senior management and leadership at ManorCare, Inc. and Marriott. He was a Founding Partner and Member of the Board of Directors of Somerford Corp. He also serves as the Managing Partner of Great Falls Heritage Partners, LLC, Oer of a Memory Care Assisted Living residence in Great Falls, Virginia, and is a Partner and Managing Member Olney Assisted Living, in Olney, Maryland. Mr. Feltman has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia Union College, has attended graduate classes at the University of Maryland and University of Michigan, and is a graduate of the Marriott Executive Management Program.

Joseph Patrick Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Smith joined Artis Senior Living January 2017. He is responsible for the finance and accounting departments of the company, as well as overseeing the financial reporting, accounting, risk management and benefits for Artis. In addition, he continues to serve as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of Sunburst Hospitality Corporation, positions he has held since 2009. He oversees the finance, accounting and benefits departments of the organization. Prior to his current position, Mr. Smith served as Vice President and Corporate Controller of Sunburst from 2005 to 2009, Director of Finance from 2001 to 2004, SEC Reporting Manager from 1998 to 2000, and Construction Accountant for ManorCare from 1996 to 1998. Since 2007, he has served as an Officer and Board Member of Sunsure Assurance, Inc. a South Carolina-licensed captive insurance company. Mr. Smith is a graduate of George Mason University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Virginia. He has been a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of CPAs. He serves as Committee Member and Treasurer of a local nonprofit Boy Scout troop.

John D. Reinhardt

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Mr. Reinhardt has over two decades of experience in counseling real estate and healthcare developers, owners, managers, and operators in their legal matters. From 1999 to 2014, he was Associate General Counsel of The Peterson Companies L.C., a preeminent Northern Virginia real estate development concern. From 1998 to 1999, he was Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight, LLP. From 1990 to 1998, he was a Senior Attorney at ManorCare, Inc. and Manor HealthCare Corp., as well as an attorney for Choice Hotels International, Inc. and Sunburst Hospitality Corp. until their spin-off from ManorCare, Inc. in 1996. Mr. Reinhardt earned his Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from The George Washington University in 1989 and 1985, respectively.

Development Leadership

Jay Hicks

Senior Vice President

Mr. Hicks has over two decades of experience in real estate development and planning in both the private and public sectors. His experience in senior healthcare and housing includes positions as Director of Development at Manor Care, Inc. and the Vice President of Development at Somerford Corporation. He is an Equity Holder in Great Falls Heritage Partners, LLC. Prior to Artis, he served as the Managing Director of Planning and Real Estate in the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations at the U.S. Department of State. The remainder of Mr. Hicks’ experience includes positions in real estate development in the Washington, D.C., area and as a municipal planner in Michigan and Virginia.

Jason Erb

Vice President of Design and Construction

Mr. Erb has over two decades of construction management experience in senior health care and hospitality and has been involved in over 50 senior living construction projects. He started his career in senior healthcare with ManorCare, Inc. where he served as a Construction Manager. He then joined Somerford Corp. as the Director of Construction, where his duties expanded to include managing information technology, purchasing, and facility maintenance. He is an Equity Holder and Consultant to Great Falls Heritage Partners, LLC, owner of a Memory Care Assisted Living facility in Great Falls, Virginia (www.greatfallsassisredliving.com). Mr. Erb previously worked in construction management with Sunburst Hospitality Corporation and LCOR Construction, Inc.

Operations Leadership

Frank Wehr

Chief Operating Officer

For over two decades, Mr. Wehr’s business career has focused on the operation and management of all facets of healthcare operations. Following graduation from West Chester University, he became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and oversaw the operations of several skilled nursing facilities for Manor Healthcare Corporation In 1992, Manor Healthcare made the strategic decision to expand its healthcare services to include Assisted Living, Independent Living, and Alzheimer’s personal care. Mr. Wehr led the personal care development opening team, providing operational planning direction and conceptual development. During his tenure at Manor Healthcare, he oversaw the development and day-to-day operations of 56 facilities in 18 states. He joined Genesis Health Ventures in 1999 as Vice President of Senior Housing. During his tenure at Genesis, he developed and implemented operating procedures for 34 Assisted Living and Independent Living facilities in 12 states. Prior to joining Artis, Mr. Wehr co-founded Proformance Senior Living Management and Rittenhouse Senior Living.

Timothy Lyons

CFO of Artis Senior Living Management, LLC

After graduating from Lycoming College in 1990 with a BA in Accounting, Mr. Lyons achieved his Certified Public Accountancy and began his career in healthcare accounting. For eight years, he worked for Parente Randolph and rose through the ranks from Junior Accountant to Manager. For 12 years, he worked for Complete Healthcare Resources, a privately owned nursing home management company, which at one point in time was the largest privately held manager of skilled nursing facilities in the U.S. He had progressively responsible roles as Controller, Vice President of Finance, and Senior Vice President of Finance before joining Rittenhouse Senior Living as the Chief Financial Officer.

Mary Underwood

Vice President of Memory Care Services

Ms. Underwood has dedicated her career to helping elders impacted by the affliction of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. She has worked at Arden Courts, Masonicare, Benchmark Senior Living, and Atria in the positions of Executive Director, Resident Care Coordinator, Regional Director of Alzheimer’s Services, and Life Guidance Program Director, respectively. Prior to joining Artis in 2015, she served as the Vice President of Memory Care Services and Resident Experience at Maplewood Senior Living. Since joining Artis Senior Living, Ms. Underwood has successfully developed and implemented a mission and philosophy for the company that supports dignified, individualized care for those diagnosed with memory impairment.

Amy Beth DePreker

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Ms. DePreker has spent over two decades of her career in Memory Care Assisted Living, successfully advancing her career in various facets of the industry, including Assisted Living sales and operations, both on a community level and in corporate support. Since joining Artis in 2015, she has been an integral part of the growth and development of the Artis brand. Ms. DePreker’s passion for Memory Care and helping families navigate this difficult journey of caregiving has propelled her success in the healthcare industry.

Robyn McCracken

Vice President of Health & Wellness

Ms. McCracken began her nursing career as an ICU, Telemetry and a Cardiac Interventional Nse, after she graduated with her RN degree. Following the successful completion of her BSN at Carlow University, she accepted a position as the Assistant Director of Nursing with Beaver Elder Care and Rehabilitation, a Guardian Elder Care community. She was promoted to Director of Nursing after two years of service.

Prior to joining the Artis Senior Living team, Ms. McCracken spent 12 years with Five Star Senior Living, serving six years as a Director of Health and Wellness and six years as a Regional Director of Health.

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