Senior Living in King of Prussia PA

Our Team

While Artis is a new company, the Artis team of staff and consultants has over 20 years of experience in senior housing and health care. Most of our team members have experienced Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias in their families, creating an added incentive and passion for our mission.

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.

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.

John D. Reinhardt, J.D. - Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Mr. Reinhardt has over 20 years experience in counseling real estate and health care developers, owners, and operators, in their legal matters. He was previously Associate General Counsel and Counsel for The Peterson Companies, Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight, LLP and Senior Attorney at ManorCare. He has extensive experience providing legal advice and assistance in the development, financing, and operations of health care and senior living communities. While serving as Senior Attorney at ManorCare, a N.Y.S.E. listed corporation and its diverse subsidiaries, he advised management on the company’s real estate development activities, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing matters, land use issues, and technology related transactions.

His responsibilities included providing and managing all legal services required in connection with a high volume of development projects, most health-care related. His transactional experience also included handling all aspects of acquisitions and dispositions of assisted living facilities, nursing facilities, hotels and pharmacies, including negotiating the terms of purchase and sale agreements, performing due diligence reviews, identifying and resolving environmental issues, title issue resolution and curative work, preparation of legal documents and closing.

He is familiar with handling brownfields redevelopments, franchising issues, real estate issues associated with spin-off transactions, land use issues and construction related matters and also negotiates the legal terms of office and facility leases. Mr. Reinhardt also provides legal advice in connection with corporate financings and he managed real estate, land use, Fair Housing Act and construction litigation matters.

Development Leadership

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.

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 ( Jason previously worked in construction management with Sunburst Hospitality Corporation and LCOR Construction, Inc.

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.

Elias Papasavvas, CPA - Vice President of Finance

Elias has over 16 years experience in senior living financing and works closely with the rest of the Artis executive team on the corporate financing needs of the company. Between 2000 to 2012, Elias was the Founder & CEO of Elderlife Financial Services, where he pioneered the concept of elder care loans to finance senior living needs. As of his departure in October of 2012, Elderlife served over 3,500 senior housing communities across the United States. Elias has served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Assisted Living Association; the Advisory Board of the George Mason University Assisted Living program; the Advisory Board of the American Seniors Housing Association. Elias holds a B.S. degree from George Mason University and a Master’s of Science in Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Operations Leadership

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.