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New Members Elected to Argentum Board of Directors


(Alexandria, Va.) – Today, senior living advocate Argentum announced the election of new members to the Board of Directors.  

New to the Board are: Guy Gellar, president of Grace Management; Kai Hsaio, CEO of Senior Living with Keppel Capital; Laura Landwirth president and CEO of LeadingAge Colorado; Diana Martinez, president and CEO of Texas Assisted Living Association; John Olympitis, head of corporate development at WellTower; Sevy Petras, CEO and co-founder of Priority Life Care; Justin Skiver, president and CEO of ProMedica; Gary Smith, president and CEO of Vi; Zeta Smith, CEO, North America Seniors of Sodexo; and Chad White, EVP and General Counsel, Brookdale Senior Living.

“I am extremely proud of the work Argentum, with guidance from the Board of Directors, has accomplished over the past year to advance the senior living industry,” commented Joel Nelson, LCS president and CEO, and chairman of the Argentum Board of Directors. “I feel the experiences of serving our residents combined with our focus on shaping the future of senior living, will serve the general membership of Argentum and the industry well as we move forward,” Nelson said. 

Argentum would also like to recognize and thank the following Board members for their dedicated years of service on the board of directors: Cindy Baier, president and CEO, Brookdale; Angela Brandt, chief administrative officer at ProMedica, Tom Grape, CEO of Benchmark Senior Living and Mary Ellen Pisanelli, senior vice president with WellTower. 

“We thank all of these members for their many years of service, and insightful participation on the Board. Their combined experience in the profession has served our members greatly,” commented James Balda, Argentum president and CEO.We truly appreciate their commitment to excellence and all that they have done for the association and the industry at large.” 


About Argentum 

Argentumis the leading national association exclusively dedicated to supporting companies operating professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the older adults and families they serve. Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all older adults. 

Argentum member companies operate senior living communities offering assisted living, independent living, continuing care, and memory care services. Along with its state partners, Argentum’s membership represents approximately 75 percent of the senior living industry—an industry with a nationaleconomic impactof nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars and responsible for providing over 1.6 million jobs. For more information, visit 


Patrick Connole, Manager, Media and Public Affairs
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