LifeStar Living Team

LifeStar Living is a team of incredibly accomplished professionals who are more than the sum of their individual expertise. Together, we benefit from each other’s drive for excellence, curiosity, ways of thinking, and approaches to achieve results. That’s the strength that comes from being a team: strong performers who collaborate to elevate to heights they can only imagine alone.

When you work with LifeStar Living, you engage an all-star team that comes together to serve senior living projects, a set of objectives and goals, and ultimately, a community of residents, staff, and their families.

Joel Anderson
President & CEO

Joel has over 25 years of experience leading senior living communities in a range of executive capacities. He has built a reputation within the field of aging services as a passionate and values-driven leader and progressive thinker. Repeatedly, Joel has a proven record of building…

Christine Clyne, SHRM-SCP
President, LifeStar Talent
Chief Administrative Officer

Christine brings a fresh and innovative approach to human capital management that positively impacts the culture and operations of LifeStar Living. With over 15 years of executive HR and senior leadership experience, Christine is responsible for overseeing the daily administrative operations of LifeStar Living. As…

Tim Ficker
Executive Vice President, Advisory Services

Tim offers more than 25 years of experience in executive leadership in senior living. He has honed his leadership skills with some of the country’s most progressive organizations in our industry including Erickson Retirement, Shell Point Retirement Community, and Cypress Cove Retirement Community. Tim has…

Jessica Kraft
President, LifeStar Creative
LifeStar Living, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales

Jessica is a high-performing sales and marketing executive with over 19 years of senior living experience. Jessica has used her expertise in leading the development and implementation of strategic sales, marketing, and branding programs across the country and in many of Florida’s most successful senior…

Andy Penry
President, LifeStar Development
Executive Vice President, Project Development

Andy is a proven development and construction executive with a comprehensive understanding of program management. With over 20 years of experience driving large and complex projects, Andy has held several leadership roles with some of the nation’s top construction development companies. He has worked on…

Charity M. Hathorne, CPA
CFO, Convivial Properties

Charity is a financial and senior living professional with over 20 years of notable experience. In her role as Chief Financial Officer of Convivial Communities, she provides accounting strategic vison for the Convivial communities and collects, analyzes and presents financial information to management, residents and…

Chad Stutzman, CPA
CFO, LifeStar

Chad has an extensive professional background leading financial and accounting roles with both for-profit and non-for-profit organizations, including over 15 years of senior living experience. Chad’s financial projections and analysis, feasibility studies, performance measurements and system controls have led to his strong record of executing…

Melanie Bernardin, LICSW
Vice President, Lifestyle Experiences

Melanie is a seasoned professional with nearly 30 years of frontline and management experience. She has served in both clinical and retirement community settings and served most recently as Resident Life Director for two prominent Continuing Care Retirement Communities. Drawing on her background as a…

Cheryl Butry, RN, NHA
Vice President, Health Services

Cheryl is a 35-year career professional in senior living with a strong background in post-acute care and assisted living services. She has held multiple executive administration and clinical positions and also served as a certified nursing assistant while attending nursing school.

Emily Harman
Vice President, Strategy, LifeStar Creative

Emily is a highly motivated marketing executive with over 14 years of senior living experience. Emily has demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of strategic marketing and branding programs that achieve success for clients across the country. She excels in establishing key strategic programs…

Jessica Jack, NCIDQ, LEED- AP
Vice President, Interior Design

Jessica’s Passion for interior design and more than 20 years of experience have played an instrumental role in both managing and creating award winning projects across the country. She holds a certification with the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ), is a Leadership in…

Karla Oliver
Vice President, Assisted Living Services

For almost three decades, Karla has served various executive roles in senior living with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. She has passionately championed new approaches to caring for those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. Karla is dedicated to educating families on ways to cope with the…

Nicole Seuffert
Vice President, Client Services, LifeStar Creative

Nicole is a highly motivated and goal-oriented professional with almost 20 years of experience in marketing, brand management, communications, public relations and creative innovations. She is a visionary marketer with foresight and imagination and has an impressive history of positioning organizations for success, increasing market…

Chef Jeff Trefry
Vice President, Culinary Arts

Chef Jeff has built a highly successful career in culinary and hospitality serving upscale country clubs, elegant hotels, restaurants, and foodservice, including senior living. As a Division Chef Jeff has worked closely with senior living properties as he researched and investigated effective diets and quality…

Hayley Gurtler
Director, Digital & Advertising, LifeStar Creative

Hayley brings eight years of rich marketing and advertising experience to the LifeStar team, the last six of which she’s devoted to building an expert focus on both digital and traditional media. Her data- driven approach to advertising produces real results for our clients, building…

Richard Jacobsen
Director, Information Technology

Richard is an IT veteran with over 30 years of hands-on experience, much of it in the senior living industry. As Director of Information Technology, he is driven to maintain best-in-class in all technology areas, from Cloud applications and resident engagement systems to security and…

Jeni Jarrell
Director, Strategy & Operations, LifeStar Creative

For ten years, Jeni has applied her energy, drive, and enthusiasm to the field of senior living marketing. As a natural collaborator, Jeni’s strength in building relationships, her solid strategic mindset, and her desire to dig into the details have contributed to successfully developing and…

Jo Montgomery, M.A.
Copywriter, LifeStar Creative

Jo is a purpose-oriented communications trailblazer with over 30 years of experience in the creation and delivery of effective internal and external communications. When she joined LifeStar Living, Jo brought with her over three decades of marketing, advertising, public relations, and communications experience leading efforts…

Kathy Shaffer
Vice President, Human Resources

Kathy is a human resource professional providing HR infrastructure solutions that best serve our clients. She is a self-motivated, highly organized and detail-oriented professional with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Prior to joining LifeStar Living, Kathy worked for an employee benefits firm, where she…

Rebecca Sullivan
Art Director, LifeStar Creative

Rebecca’s eye for detail and overall design talent is what makes for the visual excellence that defines LifeStar Creative’s experience. From logos and brochures and large-format displays, to art direction and photo editing, her versatility is indispensable to our creative team, business partners and our…

Ross Wiemken
Accounting Director

With years of professional experience in retail, accounting, and management, Ross plays a hands-on role in steering LifeStar’s day-to-day financial operations. Prior to coming aboard, he served as manager of the Business Finance Team at specialty e-commerce retailer JMX Brands, where he oversaw the company’s…

Colleen Chamberlain
Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

A motivated and accomplished administrative professional, Colleen has over 19 years of administrative expertise and leadership, specifically in not-for-profit and senior living sectors. She can quickly forge, establish, and maintain successful working relationships with community members, media, stakeholders, and colleagues. Colleen is responsible for coordinating…


What makes LifeStar different is our team’s energy and commitment not only to our mission and our stakeholders but to each other. We support, we collaborate, we communicate, and we encourage with genuine affection and accountability.

Christine Clyne, Chief Administration Officer

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