Decades of Experience
Our seasoned and forward-thinking leadership team brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the day-to-day operations of Artis Senior Living. Each member of the Artis executive team has over 20 years of experience in senior housing and health care. In addition, most of our team members have known Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias through their own families, creating an added incentive and passion for our mission.
We have been privileged to play a role in helping to shape and define what quality Memory Care Assisted Living mean in senior living and we credit that to the strength of our leaders, our person-centered approach to operations, and to the character of each person in our organization.
Don E. Feltman - President & Chief Executive Officer
Don is an industry veteran with over 35 years of diverse experience in senior healthcare and housing that includes real estate development of over $1.2 Billion, more than $275 Million in financing, asset acquisitions and divestiture, strategic planning, asset management, marketing, market feasibility, health planning, and accounting.
Don has been responsible for the development or acquisition of more than 200 senior healthcare or housing projects. Don currently serves Artis as President and Chief Executive Officer. His career has included positions in senior management and leadership at Manor Care, Inc. and Marriott. Don was a founding partner and member of the Board of Directors of Somerford Corp. Don also serves as the managing partner of Great Falls Heritage Partners, LLC, owner of a memory care assisted living residence in Great Falls, Virginia and is a partner and managing member of Olney Assisted Living, in Olney, Maryland. Don has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Columbia Union College, has attended graduate classes at the University of Maryland and University of Michigan, and is a graduate of the Marriott Executive Management Program.Close
Joseph P. Smith - Chief Financial Officer
Joseph Patrick Smith is the Chief Financial Officer of Artis Senior Living since joining the Company in January 2017. He is responsible for the finance and accounting departments of the Company as well as overseeing the financial reporting, accounting, risk management and benefits for Artis.
In addition, Mr. Smith continues to serve as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of Sunburst Hospitality Corporation since 2009. He oversees the finance, accounting and benefits departments of the organization. Prior to his current position, Mr. Smith served as Vice President and Corporate Controller of Sunburst from 2005 to 2009, Director of Finance from 2001 to 2004, SEC Reporting Manager from 1998 to 2000 and Construction Accountant for ManorCare from 1996 to 1998.
Mr. Smith continues to serve as an Officer and Board member of Sunsure Assurance, Inc. since 2007, a South Carolina licensed captive insurance company.
Mr. Smith is a graduate of George Mason University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Mr. Smith is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Virginia. He has been a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of CPA’s. Mr. Smith serves as committee member and treasurer of a local non-profit Boy Scout troop.Close
John D. Reinhardt - Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Mr. Reinhardt has over 25 years experience in counseling real estate and health care developers, owners, managers, and operators in their legal matters. From 1999 to 2014, Mr. Reinhardt was Associate General Counsel of The Peterson Companies L.C., a preeminent Northern Virginia real estate development concern. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Reinhardt was Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight, LLP. From 1990 to 1998, Mr. Reinhardt was a Senior Attorney at ManorCare, Inc. and Manor HealthCare Corp. as well as to Choice Hotels International, Inc. and Sunburst Hospitality Corp. until their spin-off from Manor Care, Inc. in 1996. Mr. Reinhardt earned his Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from the George Washington University in 1989 and 1985, respectively.Close
Jay Hicks - Senior Vice President
Mr. Hicks has over 25 years of experience in real estate development and planning in both the private and public sectors. His experience in senior health care and housing includes positions as Director of Development at Manor Care, Inc. and the Vice President of Development at Somerford Corp. Jay is an equity holder in Great Falls Heritage Partners, LLC. Prior to Artis, Jay served as the Managing Director of Planning and Real Estate in the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations at the US Department of State. The remainder of his experience includes positions in real estate development in the Washington, D.C. area and as a municipal planner in Michigan and Virginia.Close
Jason Erb - Vice President of Design and Construction
Jason has over 20 years of construction management experience in senior health care and hospitality and has been involved in over 50 senior living construction projects. Jason started his career in senior health care with Manor Care, Inc. where he served as a Construction Manager. He then joined Somerford Corp. as the Director of Construction where his duties expanded to include managing information technology, purchasing, and facility maintenance. He is an equity holder and consultant to Great Falls Heritage Partners, LLC, owner of a memory care assisted living facility in Great Falls, Virginia (www.greatfallsassisredliving.com). Jason previously worked in construction management with Sunburst Hospitality Corporation and LCOR Construction, Inc.Close
Max Ferentinos - Vice President of Development
Max has over 20 years of real estate development and finance experience. Prior to joining Artis, Max was a Director and Relationship Manager at GMAC, Inc. in the Business Capital Group and a Senior Workout Officer for Ally Financial, Inc., the successor in interest to GMAC. Max’s duties included project debt and equity financing, loan workouts and restructuring, portfolio and asset management, and REO disposition. He previously held positions with Manor Care, Inc., Chevy Chase Bank, F.S.B., and Coakley and Williams Construction, Inc. Max is a University of Maryland graduate.Close
Edward Yarish - President of Artis Senior Living Management, LLC
Since graduating with a degree in Health Care Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, Ed Yarish has spent the last thirty years operating skilled nursing and assisted living properties. Beginning as an Assistant Administrator in a Hamburg, Pennsylvania nursing and retirement facility, Mr. Yarish rose quickly into roles as Regional Director, Vice President of Operations, and Executive Vice President in a variety of well-respected long-term care companies. Mr. Yarish’s experience encompasses all facets of healthcare facility management, including general management, marketing, and integration of acquired properties. Mr. Yarish’s record of success demonstrates a career-long commitment to balancing quality care with exceptional financial returns.
Prior to joining Artis, Mr. Yarish and Mr. Wehr co-founded Proformance Senior Living Management and Rittenhouse Senior Living.Close
Frank Wehr - COO of Artis Senior Living Management, LLC
For over twenty years, Mr. Wehr’s business career has focused on the operation and management of all facets of health care operations. Following graduation from West Chester University, Mr. Wehr became a licensed nursing home administrator and oversaw the operations of several skilled nursing facilities for Manor Healthcare Corporation.
In 1992, Manor Healthcare made the strategic decision to expand its healthcare services to include assisted living, independent living and Alzheimer’s personal care. Mr. Wehr led the personal care development opening team, providing operational planning direction and conceptual development. During his tenure at Manor Healthcare, Mr. Wehr oversaw the development and day-to-day operations of 56 facilities in 18 states. Mr. Wehr joined Genesis Health Ventures in 1999 as Vice President of Senior Housing. During his tenure at Genesis, Mr. Wehr developed and implemented operating procedures for 34 assisted and independent living facilities in 12 states.
In 2002, Mr. Wehr co-founded Proformance Senior Living Management with Mr. Yarish.Close
Timothy Lyons - CFO of Artis Senior Living Management, LLC
After graduating from Lycoming College in 1990 with a BA in Accounting, Tim achieved his Certified Public Accountancy and began his career in health care accounting. For 8 years he worked for Parente Randolph and rose through the ranks from Junior Accountant to Manager. For 12 years, Tim worked for Complete Healthcare Resources, a privately owned nursing home management company which at one point in time was the largest privately held manager of skilled nursing facilities in the US. Tim had progressively responsible roles as Controller, Vice President of Finance, and Senior Vice President of Finance before joining Rittenhouse Senior Living as the Chief Financial Officer.Close
Mary Underwood, Vice President of Memory Care Services
Mary has dedicated her career to helping our elders who are impacted by the affliction of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Mary has worked at Arden Courts, Masonicare, Benchmark Senior Living, and Atria in the positions of Executive Director, Resident Care Coordinator, Regional Director of Alzheimer’s Services, and Life Guidance Program Director respectively. Prior to joining Artis in 2015, Mary served as the Vice President of Memory Care Services and Resident Experience at Maplewood Senior Living. Since joining Artis Senior Living, Mary has successfully developed and implemented a mission and philosophy for the company that supports dignified, individualized care for those diagnosed with Memory Impairment.Close
Amy Beth DePreker, Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Prior to joining Artis Senior Living Management, Amy spent 15 years with HCR ManorCare successfully advancing her career from Administrative Services Coordinator, Marketing Director, Executive Director, and Manager of Marketing Development overseeing the marketing and census development for 8 Arden Courts facilities. Since joining Artis, Amy has been an integral part in the growth and development of the Artis brand.Close
Robyn McCracken, Vice President of Health & Wellness
Robyn began her nursing career as an ICU, telemetry and a cardiac interventional nurse, after she graduated with her RN. Following the successful completion of her BSN at Carlow University, Robyn accepted a position as the Assistant Director of Nursing with Beaver Elder Care and Rehabilitation, a Guardian Elder Care community. She was promoted to Director of Nursing after 2 years of service.
Prior to joining the Artis Senior Living team, Robyn spent 12 years with Five Star Senior Living, serving 6 years as a Director of Health and Wellness and 6 years as a Regional Director of Health.Close