Wayne Kaplan

wayne-kaplan-photo-finalPresident of Premier Senior Living

Mr. Kaplan, a founder and managing member of Premier Senior Living Group, LLC, focuses on the optimization of day-to-day operations of the company to promote revenue, profitability and growth. As such, he oversees the company’s operations to insure efficiency, quality, service and cost-effective management of resources. Mr. Kaplan currently owns the 80th Street Residence, which is a 70-bed; licensed assisted living facility located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and is 100% dedicated to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Mr. Kaplan has over 28 years of extensive experience in regulatory and transactional health law, real estate, general corporate, financial matters and construction. Mr. Kaplan was appointed by the Governor of New York to the New York State Life Care (Continuing Care Retirement) Community Council, and sits on the Board of Directors and is Chairman of the Legal Committee of the Empire State Association of Assisted Living. Mr. Kaplan also sat on the Board of Directors of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), and was a founding Board Member of the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) and the New Jersey Assisted Living Association (NJALA).

Jim Bernardo

jim-bernardoExecutive Vice President & COO, Presbyterian Senior Living

James Bernardo has more than more than 35 years experience as a social worker and gerontologist, working in aging services his entire professional career in community and facility based settings.  He has been employed by Presbyterian Senior Living since 1985 as an Administrator, Executive Director and regional Operations Director prior to assuming his present role of Chief Operating Officer. James is actively involved in the professional community serving positions of state and national leadership. He has served on the Board of Directors of Leading Age, as the associations’ treasurer, and past chair of its membership and education committees. He is also a past Chair of LeadingAge PA.  James serves CARF-CCAC as a member of its international standard review process and surveyor.