Meet Our Board
The Center for Innovation is the umbrella organization of the The Green House Project. It's new board of directors, elected recently, is ready to take the Green House 2.0 initiative to the next level.
Maggie Calkins, Secretary
Dr. Calkins is nationally recognized as a creative, dynamic leader, trainer, and researcher in the field of environments for elders. She is head of Moreland Hills, Ohio-based Innovative Designs in Environments for an Aging Society (IDEAS), a consulting firm, and IDEAS Institute, a nonprofit research institute, both of which are dedicated to exploring the therapeutic potential of the environment—social, organizational, as well as physical—particularly as it relates to frail and impaired older adults. She is a highly sought-after speaker for conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Calkins has published extensively and received over $5 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and foundations to develop training materials and explore the impact of the environment on people living with dementia.
Hermann is president and CEO of Ziegler, a privately held investment bank, capital markets, and proprietary investments firm based in Chicago, Ill. He also serves as head of investment banking and sits on Ziegler’s board of directors and executive committee. Hermann not only fosters the growth of existing practices, but also pursues potential new practices. With a focus on cross-practice collaboration, he plays on active role in maximizing synergistic opportunities across all investment practices, especially within the healthcare and senior living sectors. Hermann has structured and led or co-led more than 325 senior living financings exceeding $8.2 billion, cumulating far-ranging experience in the management, structuring, and financial analysis of every type of senior living financing.
Holleran’s passion for hearing the voice of the stakeholders started in the 1980s, with a specific interest in customer satisfaction. In 1992, she founded Wrightsville, Pa.-based Holleran, a research and consulting firm focused on understanding satisfaction in senior living and retirement communities. Holleran’s influence has transformed the industry’s understanding of successful aging, leading to the widespread adoption of engagement as a key metric in resident and employee research. It is this dedication to research and understanding that propelled Holleran into her role as the first chair of the LeadingAge Larry Minnix Leadership Academy, where she coached leaders to take their skills to the next level. Today, Holleran continues to develop and facilitate leadership courses for LeadingAge state affiliates and multisite provider organizations. In addition to her vast professional experience, she holds an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Organizational Management, with a specialization in leadership studies, from Capella University.
Steve McAlilly, Chair
McAlilly is the president and CEO of Mississippi Methodist Senior Services (MMSS), whose corporate headquarters is in Tupelo, Miss. Established in 1966, MMSS owns and operates twelve retirement communities in eleven locations in Mississippi, serving more than 1,500 residents. It offers affordable levels of care that include independent living, personal care (assisted living), and skilled nursing care. MMSS serves another 200 persons in their homes with Meals on Wheels. Under his leadership in 2003, MMSS developed and opened the nation’s first Green House home for long-term care. McAlilly was selected by the United Methodist Association as its Administrator of the Year in 2004. In 2005, he received Otterbein Homes’ Distinguished Service to Aging award for bringing the Green House model of long-term care to the world and was presented the LeadingAge Award of Honor in 2012. In 2015, McAlilly was named Millsaps College’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He also serves as a director for Caring Communities Insurance Company. McAlilly received his Bachelor of Science degree in history at Millsaps College in 1977 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1980.
Since 2013, McCracken has served as director of senior living research and development at Ziegler. Her primary focus is concentrated on conducting market research and trend analyses for educative purposes in the form of presentation modules, newsletters, and research publications. In addition to providing support to several senior living bankers, she also facilitates the Ziegler CFO HotlineSM, an electronic interchange of information among CFOs of senior living providers, and coordinates regional educational workshops for senior living professionals as part of the Ziegler CFO Workshop Series. Prior to joining Ziegler, McCracken served as president of Holleran Consulting, where she served as managing partner and vice president of research. Her expertise is in conducting research in the not-for-profit senior living sector, writing white papers and articles on various industry topics, and presenting research findings to providers and experts in the field. McCracken has served on various state, regional and national workgroups such as the LeadingAge Engaging Consumers Cabinet, the Quality First Task Force, and the LeadingAge Education & Planning Committee.
Since 2005, Ponthie has exclusively worked in the long-term care industry and has continuously served on the board of directors of the Arkansas Health Care Association since 2007. Ponthie co-owns Southern Administrative Services, which provides administrative support services for 36 nursing homes, including four campuses that encompass 33 Green House homes. He has more than 25 years of experience in health care administration, including 16 years in hospital management and other ancillary services. Under Ponthie’s direction, his company developed the first for-profit Green House homes. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Louisiana State University and a Master of Health Administration degree from Tulane University.
Deb Reardanz, Treasurer
Reardanz has served as president and CEO of Urbana, Ill.-based Clark-Lindsey, a life plan community that includes 275 residents and 260 employees, since 2009. Prior to that, she served as the organization’s vice president and chief financial officer. In 2017, Clark-Lindsey opened Illinois’ first Green House Homes (outside the VA system) and advanced regulatory readiness for a more resident-centric, small-home model. Clark-Lindsey received the 2016 LeadingAge Excellence Workplace Award, recognizing its culture of high resident and employee engagement, and the 2016 Community Impact Award from LeadingAge Illinois. Reardanz is a graduate of the 2012 LeadingAge Leadership Academy program, an organization that represents aging services providers throughout the nation, and served as coach and facilitator for the LeadingAge Illinois leadership program (2013-2015). She currently serves as past chair of the LeadingAge Illinois board of directors. Reardanz holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois. She has been a Licensed Certified Public Accountant since 1997 and received her Nursing Home Administrator’s license in 1998.
Trimble is COO of Saint Elizabeth Community in Warwick, R.I., where he oversees the operating entities Saint Elizabeth Home (SNF), Saint Elizabeth Manor (SNF), Saint Elizabeth Court (AL), Saint Elizabeth Place (HUD housing), Saint Elizabeth Terrace (HUD housing), and the five adult day centers for Cornerstone Adult Services. Trimble headed up the development and opening of the four Green House homes at Saint Elizabeth Home, which opened in 2017. From 1997 to 2015, Trimble held the position of administrator of Saint Elizabeth Home, and in 2001, he was responsible for overseeing the development of the new Saint Elizabeth Home building in East Greenwich, R.I. He is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Rhode Island, a former chair of LeadingAge Rhode Island. Trimble is an active member of the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) and is past-president of the Rhode Island Chapter of ACHCA, where he also served as vice president and treasurer. Trimble graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in health management and policy.
Wilson is president and CEO of Otterbein Senior Life, a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry based in Lebanon, Ohio. She joined Otterbein in 1997, and has held various positions including chief financial officer, vice president of strategic planning, and executive vice president, leading up to her promotion to CEO in early 2009. Prior to joining Otterbein, Wilson spent her career as a CPA in ever increasing roles of responsibility with certified public accounting firms. Otterbein is the nation’s largest provider and national leader in developing “small house” neighborhoods, which offer a revolutionary, person-centered skilled nursing home model designed to look and feel like a real home. Wilson is on the board of Caring Communities Insurance Company, where she is chair of the underwriting committee. She is past chair of the Ohio Board of Executives of Long-Term Services & Supports, appointed by then-governor, John Kasich, past chair of LeadingAge Ohio, and past treasurer of the United Methodist Association Board. Wilson was named to the 2016 list of Cincinnati Women of Influence by Venue Magazine and is a recipient of the 2017 Everest Leaders and Legends Award. Wilson holds a bachelor's degree in business administration (accounting) from Georgia Southern University, and a master's degree in organizational development from Bowling Green State University.
Audrey Weiner, Vice Chair
Dr. Weiner recently retired as president and CEO of The New Jewish Home and as president of its foundation, the Fund for the Aged. During her 25-year tenure, she worked extensively on the organization’s master plan to bring Green House homes to Manhattan and to that end created a small-house model wherein the homes operate as if they were Green House homes, at The New Jewish Home’s Sarah Neuman Center. Dr. Weiner is the founding editor of the Journal of Social Work in Long-Term Care, and with Dr. Judah Ronch, edited three texts on culture change in long-term care. Dr. Weiner has received numerous honors and awards, including the Dr. Herbert Shore Award of Honor, 2018, from the Association of Jewish Aging Services; the LeadingAge New York, Lawrence E. Larson Memorial Award of Honor, 2015; the Jewish Women International, Women to Watch Award, 2003; and was named one of Avenue magazine’s Women in Science in 2000. She received her doctorate in social welfare administration from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and her master’s in public health from Yale University. She served as chair of LeadingAge, from 2012 to 2013.