Teresa Pawlina


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 Capital Senior Living 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. Melisa received her bachelor’s in psychology from Texas State University and an associate degree in nursing. Melisa is a certified dementia care practitioner and holds a nationally recognized crisis management accreditation.


Christyl Lange – Controller, Tapestry Senior Housing Management, LLC

As Tapestry’s controller, Christyl oversees financial reporting, 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. Before joining Tapestry, Christyl was an accounting manager supervising 14 accountants and reviewing 90 monthly financial statements for assisted living communities, skilled nursing homes and privately-owned entities. Prior to accounting manager, Christyl was an accountant 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 Senior 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.


Brent Lasalle – General Counsel, Tapestry Senior 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 – Director of Operations Support, Tapestry Senior 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.


David Rodriguez – Digital Marketing Manager, Tapestry Senior Housing Management, LLC

David Rodriguez joined Tapestry in July 2019. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for Tapestry Senior Housing Management. He has been working in the digital marketing space for seven years and has his Google ads and Google Analytics Certifications and is currently working on getting more certifications. David has extensive experience with most current marketing tools, platforms and strategies and is able to lead digital marketing campaigns and projects from concept to execution. He also has experience managing successful online PPC campaigns, growing social media platforms, improving print collateral and designing websites. At Tapestry, David is responsible for managing all of the digital platforms for each of the Tapestry Senior Living communities. David also works closely with the marketing team, support teams, contractors and vendors to launch campaigns on time and on budget. He possesses excellent skills with many online digital marketing platforms and softwares such as Google Analytics, Google ads, Callrail, Sherpa, Inside sales, SemRush, Facebook ads, Facebook, Instagram, Google my business, Wix, WordPress, Synup, Hootsuite, Microsoft Office 365 suite, some Adobe suite software’s, plus many more!


Emily Thornton – Corporate Sales Specialist, Tapestry Senior Housing Management, LLC

Emily Thornton is the Corporate Sales Specialist at Tapestry Senior Living since 2019. Emily is responsible for occupancy growth and sales support at Tapestry Senior Livings communities. Emily brings extensive healthcare experience in both sales and marketing, multi-facility Managment, training, and driving growth. She specializes in creating and executing targeted outreach plans, conducting market research, strategic sales and marketing development, training and maintaining new sales talent and streamlining the sales process.

Emily began her career with Tapestry Senior Living Wickliffe and was promoted to Corporate Sales Specialist one year after her onboarding. Since her promotion, Emilys focus has been on developing and executing outreach efforts at each Tapestry Senior Living communities, growing sales, and working alongside both her corporate and community teams to ensure Tapestry Senior Livings standards are upheld.

Emily holds a BA from Bowling Green State University, specializing in Public Relations and Marketing with a minor in journalism.


Yia Xiong – Senior Accountant, Tapestry Senior Housing Management, LLC

Yia joined Tapestry Companies in April of 2019 as an Accountant. She has been in the accounting arena for over eleven years. In September 2020, Yia was promoted to Senior Accountant reporting to Christyl Lange overseeing all aspects of accounting and preparing financial statements. In addition to accounting, Yia spent many years in the banking industry where she oversaw a team of associates on sales and customer relationship. Yia earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Catherine University.