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
Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Administrative Services

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
Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales

Jessica is a high-performing marketing executive with over 16 years of senior living experience. Jessica has used her expertise in leading the development and implementation of strategic marketing and branding programs across the country and in many of Florida’s most successful senior living communities. She…


Andy Penry
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…


Chad Stutzman, CPA
Senior Vice President, Financial Services

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…


Darren M. Azdell, AIA, NCAB, LEED BD+C
Vice President, Project Development

Darren is an award winning and published architect and designer who has overseen the development, design, and building of over 33 million square feet of premium office, lab, institutional, industrial, multi-family, senior living, and federal government buildings and installations with an estimated construction value of…


Cheryl Butry, RN, NHA
Vice President, Clinical & Wellness

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.


Nicole Seuffert
Vice President, Client Services & Strategy

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…


Miller Donaldson
Director of Support Services

Miller is a rising star in the field of aging services and has already served a wide-range of senior living communities including multiple, large senior living properties. Miller brings valuable and fresh perspective with his background serving various aspects of operations, including culinary and dining,…


Hayley Gurtler
Director, Digital & Advertising

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…


Karla Oliver
Executive Director

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…


Kathy Shaffer
Administrative Services Director

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

Rebecca’s eye for detail and overall graphic design is what makes for the visual excellence that defines LifeStar Creative’s products. From logos, pamphlets, and brochures to art direction and photo editing, her versatility is indispensable to our creative team, business partners and our communities. Having…


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…


Michael Williams
Copywriter

With decades of experience in advertising, journalism, and publicity, Michael’s unique storytelling and branding abilities are an asset to LifeStar’s clients. Throughout his 14-year tenure at Erickson Living, he served as senior copywriter on countless print, digital, radio, and television projects, as well as two…


 

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, Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Administrative Services

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