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Ohio Living Executive Leadership

Laurence C. GuminaChief Executive Officer

Laurence C. Gumina serves as CEO of Ohio Living, ranked as LeadingAge Ziegler’s 18th largest not-for-profit, multi-site senior living organization in the nation. He leads the company’s growth strategy that takes advantage of changes in the regulatory/reimbursement environment and responds to increasing demands for services in high-growth areas throughout Ohio. Gumina uses his more than three decades of experience in both the hospital and aging services industries to anchor relationships between healthcare providers, hospitals, insurers and others in order to streamline and advance aging services at the community level.

 

He currently serves on the boards of LeadingAge, LeadingAge Ohio, Link-Age, and the Presbyterian Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (PAHSA). Gumina holds a Master of Public Administration in health care administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Leslie Belfance Divisional Executive Director – Southern Region

Leslie Belfance began her tenure with Ohio Living in 2002 when she joined the organization as an Administrator at Ohio Living Rockynol. In 2006, she was promoted to serve as the community’s Executive Director. Ms. Belfance was then appointed as Executive Director of Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber in 2011.

 

With a leadership style based on empowerment, Ms. Belfance creates a culture of appreciation and respect that puts people first – be it resident, family member, or employee.

In her current role as Divisional Executive Director for the Southern Region, Ms. Belfance has oversight responsibilities for Ohio Living Cape May, Dorothy Love, Llanfair, Mount Pleasant, Quaker Heights, and Westminster-Thurber. In this expanded scope, she will also be serving as a voting, ex-officio member of the Ohio Living Communities Board.

Ms. Belfance holds a Bachelor of Arts in business from The University of Akron and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Prior to Ohio Living, she served as an Administrator with HCR Manor Care.

Dan GinisChief Development Officer

Dan Ginis is a non-profit executive with more than 25 years of strategic leadership experience. He has created and developed high performing staff and volunteer teams to advance organizational missions. During his career he has designed and implemented capital and endowment campaigns, increased annual giving performance and managed major gift portfolios.

Prior to joining Ohio Living as chief development officer, Mr. Ginis served in senior leadership roles in development, marketing and gift planning at the Michigan Humane Society, University of Michigan, Jewish Federations in greater Atlanta and metropolitan Detroit, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Ginis holds a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan, a master’s of social work in community organization from the University of Southern California, and an M.A. in Jewish nonprofit management from Hebrew Union College.

Dean Palombaro Divisional Executive Director – Northern Region

With more than a decade of experience in aging services, Dean Palombaro is a mission-driven leader known for strong financial and operational management. Mr. Palombaro joined Ohio Living in 2013 as the Administrator at Ohio Living Rockynol and was promoted two years later to Executive Director at Ohio Living Lake Vista. Then, in 2018, he was appointed to lead Ohio Living’s largest campus, Ohio Living Breckenridge Village, as its Executive Director.  

In his current role as Divisional Executive Director for the Northern Region, Mr. Palombaro has oversight responsibilities for Ohio Living Breckenridge Village, Lake Vista, Rockynol, Sarah Moore, Swan Creek, and Vineyard at Catawba. In this expanded scope, he will also be serving as a voting, ex-officio member of the Ohio Living Communities Board.

Prior to Ohio Living, Mr. Palombaro held various positions with Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network, including Executive Director of the Eliza Jennings Home and Administrator of skilled nursing and rehabilitation for The Renaissance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from The College of Wooster and a Master of Business Administration in health care from Cleveland State University.  He is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. 

Wendy Price KiserDivision Executive of Home Health & Hospice

Wendy Price Kiser has over 30 years of senior executive leadership in a broad array of complex not-for-profit, faith-based health care and multi-site senior living and home and community-based service organizations. She previously served as the Executive Director for Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice – Greater Toledo and as the Executive Director for Ohio Living Swan Creek. Ms. Price Kiser earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Business Administration from Ashland University. She lives in Waterville with her husband, Marlon Kiser, and enjoys participating in activities with their four grandchildren.

Mica ReesChief Brand & Growth Officer

Mica Rees is a health care executive with more than 20 years of experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit environments including hospitals, home health, hospice, long-term and sub-acute care, assisted and independent living, and adult day care. She is a results-driven leader with expertise in business development, sales, marketing, training and community relations, and has led her teams to drive significant market share growth and create integral business partnerships.

Ms. Rees joined Ohio Living in 2013 as vice president of operations and business development for our home health and hospice service line, and went on to serve as corporate executive of business development before her promotion to chief brand and growth officer. Prior to Ohio Living, Ms. Rees’ roles included regional manager of business development, district and area director of sales and marketing, and community relations coordinator.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science in health from Ohio University, Ms. Rees went on to earn a master’s in Health Care Administration from the university as well.

Robert B. StillmanChief Financial Officer

Robert B. Stillman has more than two decades of experience in public accounting with a practice concentration serving senior living and long-term care providers, as well as a broad range of non-profit organizations.

After beginning his career with KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory services firm, Mr. Stillman went on to serve long-term care providers while working for a public accounting firm that specialized in that sector. He was an assurance partner for Columbus-based accounting firm GBQ Partners, LLC for 14 years prior to joining Ohio Living in 2013.

Mr. Stillman is a CPA (inactive) and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an accounting emphasis from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Dana Ullom-VucelichChief Human Resources Officer

Dana Ullom-Vucelich is a human resources executive with extensive experience in the health care industry. Among her accomplishments at Ohio Living, she successfully infused an employee appreciation and recognition culture, invested in many HR system enhancements, was instrumental in the organization’s receipt of the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics, led a team that was honored as a Team Excellence finalist for Columbus CEO Magazine’s HR Excellence Awards and most recently led the national initiative for the honor of Great Place to Work designation.

After working as vice president of human resources for an Ohio hospital for many years, Ms. Ullom-Vucelich came to Ohio Living in 2000 as vice president of human resources, in addition to serving as our ethics and compliance officer.

Ms. Ullom-Vucelich earned a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a Master of Human Resources Development from Webster University, in addition to various certifications.  She has been highlighted in many articles and most recently in the book, Appreciate – Celebrating People Inspiring Greatness. An active public speaker and volunteer leader for many faith-based, civic and non-profit organizations, she also belongs and has had leadership roles within local, state and national business associations.

Ohio Living Board of Directors (Fiscal Year 2021)

Mark A. Matson - ChairPresident, Forward Focus LLC and retired, Human Resources Executive

A native of Denver and resident of Worthington, Mr. Matson holds a graduate degree in theology from Boston College and in business and human resource management from OSU.  He has worked as a certified HR professional in a variety of non-profit organizations for over 30 years and most recently served as VP of HR at EWI, a local engineering services consulting firm.  He was named one of Central Ohio’s top 25 senior executives by Columbus Business First in 2016.  Mark is an avid biker – both as a bicyclist and Harley man – and loves travel in general, having been in 49 States.  Ohio Living’s faith-based continuum of service to senior citizens engages him because he has assisted both parents with their challenges until they passed on, is moving in the direction of retirement himself and recognizes the critical nature of the challenges of aging for the country as a whole.

Barbara Sears - Vice ChairPartner, Strategic Health Care; Former Director, Ohio Department of Medicaid; Former Legislator, Ohio House of Representatives

Ms. Sears is a Partner at Strategic Health Care, a national consulting firm. She previously served as the Director of the Ohio Department of Medicaid and as Assistant Director for the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation. Ms. Sears also represented the 47th District in the Ohio House of Representatives where she held the positions of Majority Floor Leader and Chair of the House Insurance and Joint Medicaid Oversight Committees. She has been honored with over two dozen legislative and lifetime achievement awards. Ms. Sears entered public service in 1997 when she was elected to Sylvania City Council; she has also been an insurance agent for 35 years. Ms. Sears earned a B.S. in Business and an M.H.A. from the University of Phoenix. She resides in Ohio and North Carolina, has two grown sons, and three grandchildren. Ms. Sears is a past member of the Ohio Living Swan Creek local advisory Board.

Gina Grote, CPA - Assistant TreasurerVice President, United Way of Delaware County

With over 25 years of experience as a CPA, tax advisor, and business consultant, Ms. Grote has an excellent understanding of the unique governance, compliance, and financial issues that arise in not-for-profit organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and serves as the Director of Philanthropy for United Way of Delaware County. Prior to her current position, Ms. Grote was a Senior Tax Advisor at WealthStone and a Senior Manager of Tax and Business Valuations for Blue & Co CPAs. In 2016, she was a recipient of Sunny 95’s “20 Outstanding Women” award. Ms. Grote has a heart for volunteering and is involved with several organizations, including as a Delaware County MOMs mentor for teen moms and advisory committee member for PBJ Connections equine therapy program. She is also a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Network for the United Way of Delaware County. Ms. Grote and her husband, Bob, reside in Delaware and have three grown children. 

Kevin L. Futryk - Assistant SecretaryPartner, Government Advantage Group, LLP

Mr. Futryk is a founding partner of Government Advantage Group, LLP, a full service lobbying firm with offices in downtown Columbus, and has been an independent lobbyist since 1984.  Mr. Futryk has spent his entire professional life in government, beginning with his election to the Seven Hills City Council in 1977 at the age of nineteen, continuing through serving on several municipal boards and commissions over the ensuing years.  

Mr. Futryk is a past board member and President of the Ohio Lobbying Association, where he is a three-time recipient of the OLA’s President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the lobbying profession.  Mr. Futryk is a Resting Elder at Liberty Presbyterian Church but remains active in several committees and leadership positions.  Mr. Futryk is a board member, and past President of  Habitat for Humanity of Delaware & Union Counties, and has helped lead over 20 walls builds at his church for HFH.  Mr. Futryk holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration/finance.  Mr. Futryk resides in Powell, Ohio with his wife and daughter, and has an adult son who resides in New Bremen, Ohio.

Sandy Adam Senior Vice President of Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch

Ms. Adam is Senior Vice President, CFP® with Merrill Lynch. She was recently named to Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list in 2019. She joined Merrill Lynch in 2003, after a rewarding career in philanthropy at the American Red Cross & Toledo Museum of Art. Ms. Adam is an alum of Notre Dame Academy & a graduate of the University of Toledo & Heidelberg College, where she earned an MBA. She resides in Perrysburg with her husband Paul, a Toledo Firefighter. They enjoy boating and traveling and are planning a trip to Greece for their 20th anniversary. Ms. Adam also enjoys tap dancing as a member of the Manhattan Dance Company. Ms. Adam previously served on the Investment Committee and the Ohio Living Foundation Board. Additionally, her grandfather is a resident at Ohio Living Swan Creek where Ms. Adam worked throughout her undergraduate college years.

Donald E. EdwardsAdministrator, Wayne Township

Born and raised in Waynesville, Mr. Edwards has served his community for over 34 years, ten as the Administrator for Wayne Township and 24 as an elected Township Trustee. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for Quaker Heights Care Community for the past 17 years. Mr. Edwards began pursuing a Political Science degree from Wright State University before deciding to choose a career path as a Firefighter/Paramedic. Following a disabling injury, he chose a path of public service and became involved in many civic organizations. His wife of almost 40 years, Barbara, is a retired school teacher who also operated her own private home health care agency. Mr. Edwards enjoys spending time with his daughter and two grandsons who also live in Waynesville.

Paul FlanneryOwner/Partner at Flannery | Georgalis, LLC

Mr. Flannery is a highly experienced and talented trial attorney. He is a former federal prosecutor and is the co-founder/partner at Flannery | Georgalis, LLC. Mr. Flannery has successfully handled a wide array of criminal cases ranging from complex fraud and public corruption matters to violent crimes. He has also successfully represented individuals and organizations in complex business disputes, including professional malpractice, corporate fiduciary duties, and real estate.

Before forming Flannery | Georgalis, LLC, Mr. Flannery served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Ohio and in private practice at a prestigious law firm in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mr. Flannery is a graduate of John Carroll University (majoring in Economics and Foreign Affairs) and Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He resides in Gates Mills with his wife Lisa and two young children, where they are members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

Laurence C. GuminaOhio Living Chief Executive Officer

Laurence C. Gumina
Ohio Living Chief Executive Officer

James Joyce Retired, Chairman and President/CEO, H.R. Gray

Mr. Joyce has more than 35 years of experience in the engineering, construction and facilities management industries. Mr. Joyce started his career at H.R. Gray in 1999 as Vice President working with the Founder and CEO, Harold R. Gray. In 2004 and extending until 2017, Mr. Joyce was the President and CEO of H.R. Gray. In addition to business development and client management responsibilities, he also served on a variety of industry boards and commissions, including Chair of the Ohio Water Development Authority and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Council. In 2018, Mr. Joyce transitioned from President and CEO into the Chairman position where he later retired in 2019. Prior to joining H.R. Gray, Mr. Joyce served as head of the Department of Public Utilities for the City of Columbus. In this capacity, he was also the primary point of contact with the U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other County, State and Federal regulatory bodies.

Robert E. ParkerRetired, Corporate Controller - The Stolle Corp./Aloca, Inc.

Mr. Parker is a former corporate controller and plant manager for The Stolle Corp./Alcoa, Inc. and previously served as the Executive Director for Shelby County United Way. Mr. Parker holds a B.S. in Accounting from Tiffin University. He lives in Troy with his wife, Gloria, and is active with the Troy First Methodist Church. Mr. Parker’s hobbies include cooking and traveling to Illinois and Maine to spend time with family. He also enjoys participating with not-for-profit organizations to make them better in mission, service, and sustainability.

Terry White – Resident RepresentativeRetired, CEO of MetroHealth

Mr. White is a retired healthcare executive who previously served as the President/CEO for the MetroHealth System in Cleveland and as an Executive in Residence for the Xavier University Department of Health Services Administration. He holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Ohio University and an MBA in Hospital Administration from Xavier University. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Mr. White has been involved with the Ohio University Foundation Board and the Ohio University Medical School Advisory Board as well as the Ohio Living Foundation Board. He resides at Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber in Columbus and his hobbies include reading and travel.

Rev. Raafat Zaki – Synod Representative

Rev. Zaki is a Christian of African and Middle Eastern (MENA) origins. He studied at four higher education institutions located in three continents and was ordained a Minister of the Word and Sacrament by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.  He served three pastoral calls, two offices of the General Assembly (PCUSA), with Habitat for Humanity International as Director of Church Relations and Global Faith Engagement, and with the Synod of the Sun (PCUSA) as Stated Clerk and Associate Synod Executive. Most recently, Rev. Zaki served as a Synod Executive with the Synod of the Covenant. He also served as a volunteer on several boards and committees, including General Assembly committees and the Ohio Council of Churches. Rev. Zaki is a multi/cross-cultural leader who is passionate about church and community transformation. He is married and blessed with three children, and enjoys family, music, sports, reading, and cooking.