Jason Kohler – Chief Executive Officer, Tapestry Senior Housing Management, LLC
Jason joined Tapestry in December 2018 and formally served as the COO. Since then, he has been named the CEO in the later part of 2020 to carry out the company’s mission, vision, and values and is responsible for the overall management. He came from a role with LCB Senior Living LLC, based in Norwood, Massachusetts, where he oversaw growth in the Northeast. He previously served as vice president and senior director of operations at Life Care Services in Atlanta, Georgia, where he oversaw the success of the company’s 42-community rental portfolio and helped fuel a period of steady expansion. In an earlier role as regional director of operations at Five Star Senior Living in Atlanta, Georgia, Jason was responsible for the daily operations of 21 rental communities and managed over 1,600 team members. Prior to Five Star Senior Living, he was the executive director and administrator at communities managed by Life Care Services. Over the course of his career, Jason has touched nearly every aspect of the industry, participating in every phase of operations, sales and personnel management while also contributing to development and acquisitions, planning and optimizing enterprise business systems, and shaping policies and procedures. Jason earned an MBA from the University of Baltimore, a graduate certificate in long-term care administration from the University of South Dakota, and a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from the University of Central Florida.
Dr. Teresa Pawlina – Chief Clinical Officer & Partner, Tapestry Senior Housing Management LLC
Teresa is responsible for all aspects of healthcare program development, staffing, long term planning and implementation within the organization. She works across various healthcare systems, universities and insurance companies to enhance Tapestry’s services in an innovative and cost-effective manner. Before joining Tapestry, she was the President of assisted living and home health care company. Her responsibilities included total development and operations of more than 10 assisted livings and memory care facilities. As a full service home healthcare agency, the company served over 400 clients within their homes and in a variety of assisted living locations. The agency, which is Medicare and Medicaid certified, is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health as a Comprehensive Home Care Provider. The company also provided training for Mayo Clinic residents and nursing students at several campuses within the University of Minnesota system.
Teresa started her career in healthcare with the Columbia Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), North Florida Regional Medical Center, the largest for-profit healthcare organization in the world. She has over 30 years of healthcare experience in hospitals, assisted living facilities and homecare systems. Teresa has facilitated the development of the integration of healthcare delivery systems within assisted living and homecare settings for numerous organizations. Teresa is a published author of several healthcare studies and is an invited speaker for Mayo Clinic educational events. She serves on the advisory board for Winona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences and is a former diplomat with the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc., the nation’s largest organization of interdisciplinary healthcare professionals. She graduated from the Pace University Leinhard School of Nursing in Pleasantville, NY, and the Nicolaus Copernicus Medical School (now part of the Jagiellonian University Medical College) in Krakow, Poland. She conducted her postdoctoral work at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. She is very familiar with assisted living licensing in the State of Florida and still maintains Florida residency status.
Melisa Jones – Vice President National Sales & Marketing, Tapestry Senior Housing Management, LLC
Melisa Jones-Knight is the Vice President of National Sales & Marketing at Tapestry Senior Living since early 2018. Melisa spent her previous tenure 2007-2018 at a nationally recognized senior housing company overseeing 123 properties. Melisa is experienced with client market expertise and strategically looking at product, pricing, and positioning. She specializes in competitive market assessments, strategic sales and marketing development, identifying sales talent, as well as coaching and developing sales leaders. She also provides strategic sales leadership and execution support to start-ups, existing communities and expertise in driving unpaid referrals. She is a proven sales coach and mentors executive leadership as they seek a competitive edge in changing markets. In her time with Tapestry, she has spearheaded website development and design, evolving collateral creation, videography for advertisement and commercial use, all things digital marketing, as well as participating in development and design, ramp-up in start-up communities, turn-around, and occupancy-challenged communities.
Christyl Lange – Controller, Tapestry Housing Management, LLC
As Tapestry’s Senior Housing Controller, Christyl oversees the close, billing, payroll and compliance on the senior housing projects. Christyl’s background is from multiple senior housing and health care roles. She has been in the financial and accounting arena for over 15 years, 10 years in property management and previously served our country as a Marine. Christyl most recently was an accounting manager with Ebenezer Society where she supervised 14 accountants and reviewed 90 monthly financial statements for assisted living communities, skilled nursing homes and privately-owned entities. Prior to Ebenezer, Christyl was an accountant with Benedictine Health systems overseeing 14 Nursing Homes including receivables and Medicaid billing. Previous roles include cost accounting, financial accounting and cost estimator, in all cases supervising multiple employees and sites. Over the course of her career, Christyl has touched many aspects of the industry while also contributing to shaping policies and procedures. Christyl earned her bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College. Christyl started her career with the United States Marine Corps.
Jeffrey Santon – Regional Vice President of Clinical Operations, Tapestry Housing Management, LLC
Jeffrey has 19 years of healthcare experience as both a registered nurse and paramedic. His extensive background in Senior Housing and Long-Term Care, combined with his foundation in emergency medicine, brings a unique skill-set to Tapestry. Jeffrey has previous experience in both senior living and nursing home management and performed quality assurance for the northeast region of a well established national senior housing company before joining Tapestry. His passion for a truly resident-centered approach to care is what brought him to the Tapestry family in July of 2019. Jeff’s clinical oversight and consultation are integral to ensuring continuity of exceptional care and living at all Tapestry communities.
Glulia Marino – Human Resources Director, Tapestry Housing Management, LLC
Giulia joined Tapestry originally as Tapestry Lakeshore’s Solution Specialist just after its’ opening in 2016. In this role, Giulia assisted with the development of many of the company’s operational procedures as Tapestry became more established. Shortly after, she began to get involved in other Tapestry projects and assisted with the opening functions of various communities. In 2018, Giulia was promoted to Tapestry’s corporate Payroll Analyst and oversaw TSHM’s payroll and HRIS functions. Since then, Giulia has become increasingly more involved in TSHM’s Human Resources functions and now oversees the Human Resources department, as well as payroll. Giulia graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and then later earned a MBA from Western Governor’s University. Giulia in licensed in the State of Florida as a certified Assisted Living Administrator.
Brent Lasalle – General Counsel, Tapestry Housing Management, LLC
Mr. LaSalle is a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Law School. Brent practiced for three years with the firm of Kelly & Lemmons, PA, working with both the Real Estate group and the Employment/Labor Law group. In 2007, Brent affiliated with the LaSalle Development Group and Tapestry Senior Housing Management, LLC. Brent served as in-house counsel, as well as a regional property manager for Tapestry Management and as a developer with LaSalle Development Group. Brent’s experience in the field of property management, real estate development, and as an attorney provides him with a unique perspective and an unusual set of skills. Currently, Mr. LaSalle serves as general counsel for Tapestry.
Laura Schenck – Operations Support Manager, Tapestry Housing Management, LLC
I started my working career in financial services where I worked in Human Resources Compensation, in Direct Marketing and in IT as a Systems Analyst. A layoff at American Express ended up pushing me into an entirely different direction – working with seniors. My first gig was as Office Manager for a senior center. I fell in love with the people and decided to focus my career on working with seniors. From the fun environment of a senior center I moved into a bigger management role as Administrative Services Director for a 309 unit continuing care retirement community, owned by Life Care Retirement Communities and managed by Life Care Services.
After 8 years there and some personal medical stuff, my husband and I decided to take a hiatus. So, I quit my job and we moved to Northfield MN (where we met while in college). Over the first three years we lived there, we traveled across the country, from coast to coast, touching every one of the 48 contiguous states.
The 2008 economic downturn “encouraged” me to return to work, but it also caused many employers to tighten their belts to survive the economic storm. I opted to settle into a different business until I could return to senior housing; this time as Office Manager for the local art center. I loved the arts scene and even had some success as a selling and exhibiting photographer during that time.
But greater things awaited, and I got an offer I could not refuse to return to the senior housing space working for Life Care Services as Business Unit Manager. I enjoyed my time with them for 4 ½ years, watching the rental portfolio grow from 9 to over 60 operating, in-progress, and planned communities. Since that time, I have worked in a similar role for LCB Senior Living and The Waters Senior Living, and now I am delighted to be working as Operations Support Manager for Tapestry Senior Housing Management. My key responsibilities include managing the content of our extensive Document Library and Resource Center and our new Key Performance Indicator Dashboard, working with industry partners to implement and optimize the current business platforms we use, overseeing new initiatives, project management, and providing operations, technical, and administrative support to all community leaders and corporate team members.
I bring to the Tapestry team these top three Clifton Strengths: Intellection, Maximizer, and Consistency. What does this mean?
Intellection- I take in many facts and make sense of them. I am really good at identifying problems.
Maximizer- Excellence, not average, is my measure. Transforming something strong into something superb is thrilling.
Consistency-I believe that people function best in a consistent environment, where the rules are clear and are applied equally. Consistency in our operations makes managing them easier and certainly helps with maintaining regulatory compliance.