Meet Our Team
President and CEO of Harbor Retirement Associates, LLC
Tim's interest in senior care began in 1973 at Wheaton College (IL) where his counselor recognized his desire to wed a sense of mission and purpose with his vocation and therefore pointed him in the general direction of healthcare administration. A Chicago-area hospital administrator then opened his eyes to the tremendous future leadership opportunities that were bound to exist in the long-term care segment of healthcare because of the rapid demographic growth in seniors in our country. It didn't take Tim long to recognize that senior care was indeed an industry in its embryonic stages and that he could make a real difference in the lives of the most important person in many people's lives---their Moms.
Thirty five years later, that same sense of mission continues to motivate Tim's desire to play a decisive role in refining the way seniors are cared for in our country. The mission of making a difference in the lives of Moms has indeed come home to roost in a very satisfying way—Tim's mom is now a very satisfied resident in one of the HRA communities.
By attracting and building strong teams of others that share Tim's dedication to serving seniors, he has enjoyed top leadership positions with some of our country's premier providers of senior care (Manor Care, PersonaCare and Sunrise Senior Living). Tim has worked hard to intentionally shape HRA's way of life by the inculcation of shared core values, realizing the potency a healthy corporate culture has on the long term success of a company.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.
Tim and his wife, Bobbi, have been married 37 years and have two beautiful and accomplished daughters, Kim (30) and Amy (27). An active airplane pilot since 1994, Tim is also an enthusiastic fan of all kinds of music.
Officers and Vice Presidents
Chief Operating Officer
Sarabeth brings over twenty years of Senior Living experience to her role as Chief Operating Officer. Her passion to make a difference and to celebrate seniors was the driving force in her decision to make a career in senior living. Shortly after commencing her college education at Central Connecticut State University she found fulfillment working as a Life Enrichment Director in long term care. That led her to pursuing a nursing license and entering into the healthcare side of the industry.
Before joining Harbor Retirement Associates, Sarabeth worked at Senior Lifestyle Corporation for over twelve years serving in many capacities including Executive Director, Area Manager of Operations, Regional Director of Operations and Vice President of Operations. As the Vice President of Operations, Sarabeth successfully oversaw the operations, sales and financial performance of over 44 communities throughout Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Alabama, Arizona, South Carolina, North Carolina, New Jersey and Georgia. Sarabeth has the keen ability to facilitate seamless acquisitions and start- up communities while fostering a culture of servant leadership and cohesion.
Sarabeth has been married to her high school sweetheart John for 20 years. They have three beautiful children; Kylee who is a senior in high school and plans to attend Florida Atlantic University in the fall on a softball scholarship and twins Julia and Jake are in the eighth grade and are active in many extracurricular activities including football, basketball and volleyball. Keeping up with three busy and active teenagers is how Sarabeth spends most of her free time but also enjoys relaxing on the beach and cooking.
Sarabeth is a licensed Assisted Living Administrator, Certified Dementia Trainer and is an active member of the Florida Chapter of ALFA.
Chief Development Officer
Charlie Jennings, Chief Development Officer, discovered the Senior Housing industry while enjoying an 18-year career in residential development and construction, but transforming the living environments of seniors has proven to be the most fulfilling use of his abilities. Motivated in part by his military service, he is moved to care for many of the veterans and their spouses who are part of the "Greatest Generation".
Charlie holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering from George Mason University and is a decorated veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Charlie has a diverse professional background ranging from the development of single family homes to urban, infill high-rise residential and mixed-use projects. Charlie has built his reputation with an organizational ethic dedicated to risk management, cost control, and construction oversight. Charlie not only leads the development of new communities for HRA, but also manages the renovations and refurbishment of existing communities. He is dedicated to understanding the unique cognitive and physical challenges facing seniors and how improvements in building architecture, interior design and even the correct furniture choice can enhance the lives of HRA's residents.
Charlie has been married to his wife Monica for 13 years, and they are blessed with two wonderful children Jackson (10) and Isabel (7). When not spending time with his family at the beach or coaching Jackson in baseball, Charlie enjoys playing golf and tenn
Chief Financial Officer
Tom Mitchell is a entrepreneurial financial executive with broad experience in both public and private companies engaged in real estate development, hospitality, life sciences-biotech, retail/consumer finance and banking. With over 20 years as a Chief Financial Officer, he is experienced with strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions and raising capital. Tom co-founded and as CFO helped lead a start-up specialty retailer/consumer financing company to become the 4th fasted growing U.S. Company on the "INC 500" list, with 90 locations in 11 states. He was very active with raising capital, securing financing, as well as with mergers and acquisitions. Previously he was with the big-four accounting firm Deloitte.
Tom is a graduate of the University of Maryland and is a Certified Public Accountant. His professional memberships include the American and Florida Institutes of CPA's as well as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He currently serves on several boards, including the Palm Beach Business Group and the Alliance of Corporate Real Estate Executives and Specialists.
Tom and his wife Kathy met in high school, were married right after graduating college and are active church members. They have four sons. Jason is the oldest, graduated from FAU, recently got married and is a manager with Panama Hattie's restaurant. Ryan, the next oldest, earned his masters degree from Cornell and is a financial information analyst in New York City. His other two sons are attending UCF. Phil is majoring in Mathematics Education while the youngest, Matt, is studying Computer Science. When not at work Tom enjoys boating, travel, golf, and working with Matt on restoring his '67 Mustang.
Vice President Sales & Marketing
Dora, in her position as Vice President of Sales & Marketing, brings over eighteen years of sales experience in the senior living industry. A native of Houston, Texas, she attended Sam Houston State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching Degree. She soon however, gravitated to sales and marketing, first in banking and then in the senior living industry. Her passion for sales and teaching has provided a successful formula for maximizing her sales team's performance.
Prior to coming to Harbor Retirement Associates, Dora was Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for the Southeast at Senior Lifestyle Corporation. She oversaw the sales staff of twenty communities working closely with each team to maximize sales. Before her tenure at Senior Lifestyle, Dora worked for Horizon Bay Senior Communities for nine years in several capacities which included; Vice President of Sales Development, overseeing a team of eight sales specialists, Divisional Vice President of Sales, working with five Regional sales teams and forty two communities and as Vice President of Sales Development which encompassed hiring and establishing sales strategies and cultures in all new development projects.
She thoroughly relishes her role as a mother to two grown sons Brazos and Carrel and grown step children Elizabeth and Joshua.
Director, Human Resources
Bill, in his position as Director, Human Resources, provides strategic human resources support to all HRA associates. He possesses over twenty years of human resources experience and fifteen years of HR experience in the senior living sector. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he completed his undergraduate studies at Eastern Illinois University and obtained a Master's in Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago. Both degrees include a human resources emphasis.
Prior to coming to Harbor Retirement Associates, Bill was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Senior Lifestyle Corporation. He led the human resources and payroll function for a senior housings provider with over ninety communities and five thousand associates. Prior to Senior Lifestyle, he was an HR Director at Brookdale Senior Living. His other human resources positions supported national healthcare providers such as Baxter Healthcare and Caremark International.
Bill has been married to his wife, Gina for fifteen years. They have four wonderful children, two girls and two boys. He enjoys spending time with his family and watching all of the kid's activities. He also enjoys running and traveling.
Chris brings over 20 years of accounting and operation management experience to his role as Controller. Chris has worked with large corporations, as well being an integral part of starting a company from the ground floor. His last five year Chris has been a controller for a multi-location urgent care facility and a management company that oversaw 53 skilled nursing facilities and 5 assisted living. Chris holds a BS in Accounting and a MS in Applied Management from the University of Maryland-UC and is a Certified Public Accountant. Chris and his wife have been married for 25 years. The have two sons and one daughter. The oldest son, Christopher, is serving in the Navy as a nuclear technician. Jillian, the daughter, is currently attending The United States Military Academy (West Point). The youngest son, John, is in the tenth grade. When not at work Chris enjoys day trips with his family and in the fall enjoys watching professional football.
Vice President Operations
Kim Lewis comes to Harbor Retirement Associates with over 20 years of senior housing experience. Kim was born in Cooperstown New York and graduated from SUNY, majoring in Human Services. She developed her passion for senior care at a young age, volunteering for several skilled nursing facilities while attending school and completing her internship. Kim relocated to Florida where she built a career serving seniors in a variety of capacities.
Prior to joining Harbor Retirement Associates, Kim worked for The Care Bridge Corporation/SLC for eight years, Brookdale Senior Living for ten years and Senior Lifestyle Corporation for just under two years. Kim started in Life Enrichment/Programming and worked her way through the industry serving in positions of Home Health Administrator, Assisted Living Administrator, Residence Manager, Executive Director, District Director and Regional Director of Operations. She is a licensed Assisted Living Administrator, Certified Dementia Instructor, former Florida Department of Elder Affairs Core Training speaker and is a member of the Florida Chapter of ALFA. . Kim's multi-site experience has spanned across numerous states including Pennsylvania, North/South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. As a skilled operator Kim's servant leadership builds strong teams who lead excellent results with stewardship, integrity and a culture of caring.
Kim has been married to her husband Paul for eleven years; together they have a family of five children ranging from middle school to college. Kim enjoys spending time with her family, boating and water sports.
VP of Hospitality and Dining Services
Specializing in senior dining, Merry Schellhase is our Dining Experience Leader. Her passion is to improve the quality of life of the resident’s. guests and associates we serve thru their dining experience. This is achieved thru a team based work atmosphere, superior client services and creative thinking. With over 20 years of experience in senior care dining management, including over 11 years serving as a multi-unit manager and regional director, Ms. Schellhase’ s expertise elevates our dining services to exceptional levels of quality. Ms. Schellhase has served as an Independent Dining Services Consultant for senior living communities as well as Regional Director of Dining Services for Brookdale Senior Living and Horizon Bay Retirement Living and as the Regional Dining Services Coordinator at Westminster Services.
Areas of expertise include:
• Hands-on and classroom training
• Safe food handling and is a ServSafe Instructor and Proctor
• Dining regulations
• Problem diagnosis and resolution
• Site and departmental improvement strategies
• Enhancing guest satisfaction
• Improving bottom line outcomes
• Profit & loss accountability
Merry is married to her college sweet heart, Bruce and has 2 sons, as well as a 4 legged friend named Boss! She enjoys gardening, riding her bike, going to the beach, cooking and reading.
Operations and Clinical Specialist
A native of Alabama, Sheila Wilson graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Sheila is a licensed Assisted Living Administrator with more than 25 years of health care experience. She has worked in the assisted living sector since 1992 and has earned a reputation throughout the industry as having some of the highest standards of quality care, as well as an industry expert with turn around and start-up communities. Her assisted living experience includes a position as Executive Director with Health Care Group, Alterra and Memory Care Specialist at Sunrise Assisted Living. Sheila's leadership skills and passion for excellence as Executive Director at HarborChase of Huntsville, Alabama lead to her promotion to the position of Operations and Clinical Specialist in 2013.
The eldest of 8 children, Sheila knew her mission in life was to care for the elderly after her experience in caring for her aging grandmother. Sheila was married for 28 years to the late James Wilson, a retired United States Marine. Sheila has four sons who are the loves of her life; Phillip, James, Rhishard, Henri and one grandson, Jean-Paul. Prior to moving to Huntsville, Alabama Sheila lived and worked in California in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies where her interests and passions were drawn to the Assisted Living industry. She is well respected amongst her peers and is a mentor and trainer to many Assisted Living Administrators and Nursing Directors.
National Director of Life Enrichment and Memory Care
Peggy's experiences as a family caregiver kindled her passion for serving others and a career in senior living. She is driven by a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of others who are faced with the challenges associated with memory loss. Peggy brings over 18 years of senior living experience to HRA. She served as Corporate Director Memory Care Programs at Sagora Senior Living, Vice President Memory Care Programs at Franklin Companies and Vice President Memory Care Programs at Spectrum Retirement. While there she developed dementia training, person centered life enrichment programs, family support, collaboration on dementia environment, sales and operations support. She has been actively involved in new building startups and acquisitions for independent living, assisted living and memory care throughout the US.
Peggy is a Nationally Certified Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Instructor, Florida Administrator CORE Trained, Florida Certified (USF) Alzheimer's Trainer. In 2013 Peggy was reappointed to serve a second term on the Florida Governor's Advisory Committee; Alzheimer's Disease Initiative, where she serves as one of 10 individuals working statewide advising on services for the needs of individuals with memory disorders and their families. In addition, she served on the board of directors of the Alzheimer's Association in both Florida and Texas. She won the Alzheimer's Association 'Sally Jenny Award' for her contribution to the Memories in the Making Alzheimer's Art Program. Peggy is also a contributing editor for the Activities, Adaptations and Aging National Journal and a tireless national public policy advocate for Alzheimer's disease awareness.
Peggy is married to her best friend Tom. Together they raised two wonderful children, Patrick and Kathleen. In addition to work, they enjoy attending a vibrant church, golf, cooking for friends, reading and travel. As Peggy joins the HRA team her goal is to help ignite joyful living on behalf of resident's, families and associates!
Vice President of Operational Transition
Judi brings over twenty years of experience to her role as the Vice President of Operational Transition, with twelve years serving in the senior housing field. Prior to joining Harbor Retirement Associates, Judi was an integral member of the startup team as the Director of Operations at Fox Run in Novi, Michigan and later as Regional Director for Erickson Retirement Living’s West and Northeast Regions.
Director of Land Acquisitions and Entitlements
Prior to joining Harbor Retirement, Richard was Senior Project Manager and Director of Civil Engineering for the Lowell Massachusetts office of Nobis Engineering. With more than twenty years of development management experience, he has held roles for Erickson Retirement Communities, contributing significant expertise and value to large scale senior housing communities.
Senior Financial Analyst
Michael brings more than eighteen years of finance experience to Harbor Retirement Associates, where he has consistently achieved favorable profit margins. He has held the position of Manager of Financial Analysis at Bealls, Inc. and Manager of Product Reporting and Financial Analysis for Tire Kingdom. He also lends his knowledge teaching Corporate Finance at University of Phoenix.
Regional Director of Operations
Jamie comes to Harbor Retirement Associates with more than twenty years of operations experience; eighteen years in the senior living sector. She developed her passion for senior care in college when she worked as Activity Director in a skilled nursing facility. She has served in the role of Senior Vice President of Business Development at Senior Living NOI as well as Senior Executive Director for Benchmark Assisted Living and Senior Living Residences.
Operations and Clinical Specialist
Chamaine yields more than thirteen years of experience in the senior living sector. She is a nurse and also holds a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration. Prior to joining Harbor Retirement Associates, she served in the role of Executive Director at Brookdale Senior Living and Senior Lifestyle Corporation.
Regional Director of Sales
Kim has been in healthcare for over twenty-three years ranging from home healthcare and medical staffing in both operations and sales roles. She was most recently with Brookdale Senior Living for more than twelve years in the positions of Community Sales Manager and Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Southeast Florida.
Director of Marketing
Mindi joins Harbor Retirement Associates with more than fifteen years in Marketing, Analysis Social Media, and Concept and Design for Fortune 500 companies that include Eckerd Corporation and Nielsen Media. She also brings over 8 years of Marketing and Design in the senior living industry.