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Rapid Growth Means New Team Members for Solvere

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In addition to opening the new Homestead at Hamilton, Solvere is also rapidly expanding in other areas of the country as well. Solvere Living has three more communities opening in 2018 in Florida and Texas and has an additional six communities coming under their management purview. Because of this growth, and to prepare for future opportunities, Solvere has strategically expanded their already best-in-class team:

Marika Tufteskog-Johnson, Chief Strategy Officer

Marika Johnson brings over 18 years of successful and progressive experience in the senior living industry in community, regional and corporate level positions. Her experience encompasses a broad range of senior housing environments including independent, assisted living and Alzheimer’s care for portfolios up to 54 communities. Marika’s operational knowledge and skills encompass both start-up construction as well as acquisitions.

As Chief Strategy Officer, Marika is responsible for the overall operational strategy of Solvere as well as pre-development and pre-opening initiatives.

Laresa Colvin, Director of Team Engagement and Values

Laresa comes to Solvere with varying roles of Human Resources experience. She began her career as an Information Manager while on active duty military. Following her military career, Laresa worked in roles including Contracts Administrator, Project Manager and Human Resources Manager for a variety of different companies in diverse fields.

As Director of Team Engagement and Values, Laresa has the formidable task of driving Solvere’s recruitment and retention practices as well as being responsible for traditional human resources functions.

Kim Brawley, Regional Vice President

Kim offers more than 26 years of experience in senior living operations and has held a variety of positions both at the community and corporate level including Regional Director of Operations with Harbor Retirement Associates, Senior Lifestyle Corporation and Emeritus Assisted Living, as well as Area Director of Operations, Corporate Operations Specialist, Executive Director and Director of Business Affairs for Texas.

As Regional Vice President, Kim is responsible for managing all aspects of the Solvere communities located in the Southwest and Southeast regions.

Joseph Brendlen, Controller

Joseph joins Solvere with over seven years of accounting and finance experience and has worked with Solvere’s Vice President of Finance in a previous position within the accounting department of a start-up CCRC, where he developed a strong understanding of the retirement living industry and all accounting functions involved. He supervised all aspects of the budgeting process, monthly close process, cash management, payroll processing and monthly reporting.

As Controller for Solvere, Joseph has responsibility for implementing best practices, managing the monthly closing process for all managed communities and providing financial analysis for capital investments, pricing decisions and contract negotiations.