Michael Smith – ACTS Retirement-Life Communities

1011michaelsmithCorporate Communications Director, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities

Michael Smith is the Corporate Communications Director of ACTS Retirement-Life Communities and is a leading public relations authority in the senior living industry. Michael oversees the management of ACTS’ public relations and corporate communications efforts designed to enhance the company’s awareness and reputation with key stakeholders. He is responsible for a variety of communications functions including public and media relations, corporate publications, special event planning, and crisis management.

Michael has nearly 20 years of experience in media relations and corporate communications in both the private and nonprofit sectors. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Marketing & Public Relations Society of Senior Housing and Service Professionals.

Marvin Mashner

m-mashner-picPresident and Chief Executive Officer of ACTS Retirement-Life Communities

Marvin Mashner serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of ACTS Retirement-Life Communities. Mr. Mashner is a certified public accountant with more than 35 years of financial and managerial experience in both private and not-for-profit health care organizations. Prior to becoming President and CEO, he served as ACTS’ President and Chief Operating Officer for 11 years.

Mr. Mashner served as chief executive officer of an acute care hospital for ten years prior to joining ACTS Retirement-Life Communities as Vice President, Treasurer in 1990. Prior to that, he held numerous financial positions for an organization that owned and managed forty hospitals nationwide, and was a staff accountant for an international public accounting firm.

Mr. Mashner presently serves on the Board of Directors of an international accreditation agency, CARF-CCAC, where he previously served as a Commissioner and on its Financial Advisory Panel. He was selected as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, and has served on various state and national health care boards and committees, and in various capacities with community organizations and social service agencies, including several adult rehabilitation facilities. Mr. Mashner holds a bachelor of science degree and a MBA degree from The Pennsylvania State University.

Peter Kress

1211_pkressVice President and Chief Information Officer, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities

Peter Kress has led Information Technology enabled change initiatives at ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc. for sixteen years, the last twelve as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Peter serves on the commission of the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) and leads their standards and Electronic Health Record/Personal Health Record efforts including participation on the Long Term and Post Acute Care (LTPAC) Health IT Collaborative and co-planning the Collaborative’s annual summit. Peter also serves on the advisory board of the Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services. He also serves on the Florida Health Information Exchange Coordinating Committee. He has a master’s degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California and has completed graduate work in religious studies. Peter is passionate about exploring the future of the intersection between aging services, consumerism, healthcare, demographics and technology. Prior to working for ACTS, Peter led an independent information technology consulting business for twelve years. He has been invited to present at regional, national and international aging services and IT conferences. Peter Kress lives in Ambler, PA where he serves on the board of the Wissahickon Valley Public Library.

Jerry Grant

1203bgrantn1President & COO, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities

Mr. Grant been with ACTS since 1988 and currently serves as an officer and member of the board for various ACTS subsidiaries. He has been active in various healthcare industry and financial organizations and previously served as a member of the Financial Advisory Panel of the CARF/Continuing Care Accreditation Commission. Mr. Grant has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in Finance from LaSalle University.