Leadership focused on serving seniors.

Our leadership team follows the servant-leadership philosophy. A servant-leader promotes the growth and well-being of people by sharing power and putting the needs of others first. When we help them develop and perform at their highest potential, we all succeed. That’s why we see our communities, residents, owners, investors, suppliers and employees as partners helping us better serve seniors.

To see our servant-leadership in action, contact us today.

Executive Team
Hear our leadership team talk about the personal stories behind their passion for serving seniors.

Trusted Experience

Ed Kenny, LCS Chairman and CEO, discusses the aspects of senior living and the trusted experience of the LCS Family of Companies.

Culture of Partnership

Together, we’re greater. Hear our team discuss the key principles to a culture of partnership.

 

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP


Ed KennyEd Kenny is the chairman and chief executive officer of LCS. In this role, he provides strategic leadership to a dynamic organization that serves more than 35,000 seniors nationwide. Under Ed’s direction, the LCS Family of Companies have grown to become leading providers of high-quality senior lifestyle products and services, and the third-largest senior living management company. Ed assumed the top executive position at LCS in 2006. He began his association with the organization in 1979, initially serving as executive director for several communities managed by Life Care Services, An LCS Company. Currently, Ed serves as chair for the board of managers for Life Care Companies, and is the chair of the board of directors of LCS Holdings, Inc. He serves on the boards of Argentum and National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), chairs the public policy committee for Argentum, and is a past chairman of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA).  Ed holds a Bachelor of Science in health services administration from Providence College.

Joel NelsonJoel is president and chief operating officer of LCS. He is responsible for executing the business strategy across all business lines in the LCS Family of Companies. Joel provides leadership and direction for business growth, service excellence, and enhancing the company’s stability and value among financial partners, property owners, and other stakeholders in the senior living field.

Joel joined LCS in 1986. He worked as the executive director for several communities before serving in various executive level positions including executive vice president/chief development officer, and executive vice president/director of operations where he was responsible for the oversight of serving 30,000+ seniors in 100+ communities.

Currently, Joel serves on the Board of Managers for Life Care Companies, LCS Holdings, and is a member of the audit committee. He also serves on the insurance captive (Hexagon) board of directors and is a trustee for the Company’s 401(k) benefit program. Outside of LCS, Joel was recently an invited member of the National Investment Center (NIC) Operator Advisory Board. Joel is past chair and current board member of ChildServe, Inc., one of Des Moines largest not-for-profit organizations serving children and families with complex healthcare needs, and serves on the Health Services Advisory Board at Simpson College.

Joel holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Health Care Administration from Simpson College. He also is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

Bridgewater_Diane_2016Diane Bridgewater provides strategic, financial and business operations leadership to LCS and the LCS Family of Companies. In addition to directing all financial aspects of the company, Diane is responsible for overseeing the company’s insurance business line and captive insurance company results, the group purchasing organization, CPS, information technology, compliance, regulatory and legal matters. Through Diane’s diligence, LCS is able to achieve exceptional financial results, increased levels of productivity and outstanding performance outcomes — each of which drives the company’s ability to deliver an outstanding experience to our clients and partners. Diane serves on the Board of managers for Life Care Companies LLC and the board of directors for LCS Holdings, Inc. Diane received Bachelor of Arts degrees in accounting and French from the University of Northern Iowa, and earned her CPA license in 1986.

 

Rick ExlineRick Exline joined the company in 1978 and is now executive vice president/director of senior living management for the not-for-profit CCRC division for Life Care Services™, An LCS Company. He is responsible for oversight of the company’s not-for-profit CCRC management services. Rick serves on the board of managers for Life Care Companies LLC, the board of directors for LCS Holdings, Inc., executive leadership and senior living management teams. Rick is also a trustee for the Company’s 401(k) benefit program. He holds dual bachelor’s degrees: one in business administration from Simpson College and one in health care administration from Oklahoma Baptist University. He is also a graduate of the Executive Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kent LarsonKent Larson is the executive vice president/director of development of LCS Development™, An LCS Company. He joined LCS Development as project development manager in 1987 after 7 years as a project engineer, project superintendent, and manager of business development with The Weitz Company. After serving in several key positions, Kent was named vice president in September 1994 and senior vice president in 2000. Kent serves on the LCS board of managers and the board of directors of LCS Holdings, Inc. Kent holds a Bachelor of Science in construction engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Drake University.

 

CORPORATE LEADERSHIP


Dennis TaborDennis Tabor is senior vice president/director of risk management for LCS. He works to create and maintain safe environments for the residents and employees of each community managed by Life Care Services, the management company for LCS. Dennis joined the organization in 1988 as an insurance manager for The Weitz Corporation, the former parent company of LCS. Drawing on this expertise, he continues to protect the organization’s assets through a proactive corporate property/casualty insurance program. He holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Iowa State University, and is recognized as a chartered property casualty underwriter by The American Institute for Property and Liability Underwriters, Inc.

Mark HestonAs senior vice president/chief human resources officer for LCS, Mark Heston is responsible for leading all human resources efforts across the LCS Family of Companies. Mark joined LCS in February 2004, and has more than 20 years of experience in human resources leadership positions. He serves as chair of the LCS 401(k) Savings Plan Trustees and ESOP Administrative Committee, and is on the board of directors of Link Associates, a not-for-profit organization that provides services to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in finance from Iowa State University, and a master’s degree in human resource management from the University of Iowa.

Earl WadeEarl Wade is the vice president/senior director of business development for LCS. He is responsible for assisting the LCS Family of Companies with structuring strategic relationships, establishing new partnerships and expanding into new territories. Before founding CRSA in 1989, Earl served as a partner with the accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young), where he led the firm’s senior housing consulting practice. He has served on the board of directors of CRSA Holdings, the BayWoods Cooperative Housing Association and the Trezevant Episcopal Home. He has also been a member of the Advisory Committee to the National Continuing Care Data Base and the NIC Owner Operator Advisory Council. A graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in accounting, Earl is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and LeadingAge.

Bruce CannonBruce Cannon serves as vice president/director of business development for LCS. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing business development and consulting responsibilities, including development and management opportunities for the LCS Family of Companies. Bruce previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of CRSA Management, LLC, and served as a member of the company’s board of directors. He has more than 25 years of senior housing experience, and has been involved in the preparation of more than 100 financial feasibility studies and planning analysis for senior housing communities involved with entrance fee, rental, assisted living, skilled nursing and health care-related communities. Additionally, he has been involved with the issuance of more than $1.5 billion of retirement living and long-term care financings. Prior to joining CRSA, Bruce served as a member of Ernst & Young’s National Retirement Center Consulting Group. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee to the National Continuing Care Data Base developed by LeadingAge, and was a faculty instructor of LeadingAge’s Retirement Housing Professionals certification program. Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama.