Sean Sands is executive vice president of business strategy and development for Erickson Living. In this role, he oversees all aspects of strategic planning and business development that support company growth objectives and business opportunities. These responsibilities include land acquisition and development, design and construction of new and developing senior living communities, and market research and financial planning and analysis functions that support strategic growth and product development.
Before joining Erickson Living, Sean was regional vice president and head of the Maryland corporate banking division of Wells Fargo, where he was responsible for the leadership, profitability, growth, and risk management of corporate banking business in the region. Sean has vast experience in banking, strategic advisory, and corporate finance.
Sean has been actively involved in a number of business and community organizations throughout his career. He is a past board member of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Living Classrooms Foundation, and the Independent College Fund of Maryland.
Rick Slosson directs strategic growth, including development of continuing care facilities, building out of developing communities as demand warrants, development of new communities, and redevelopment of any properties the company may acquire.
Rick has 32 years of experience in the construction, development, and land-use industries, including 5 years as executive vice president for assisted living company Sunrise Development. Most recently, as owner of Turtle Creek Development, he served as development consultant/partner on many projects, including senior living facilities, office buildings, housing, mixed-use, and retail. Prior to Turtle Creek, Rick was executive director of the Maryland Stadium Authority.
Rick received his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a past board member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Maryland and the Special Olympics of Maryland.
Margaret Suit is responsible for managing and guiding new campus development through the architectural design process with specific regard to the coordination of master planning, common area programming, and design for Erickson Living’s independent living and continuing care products. She also leads the management of the design process for all Erickson Living developing communities as well the lifecycle and renovation process for existing communities. Her primary focus is to ensure that the building designs support the operational programs, conform to regionally based market demands, and enhance the Erickson Living experience for residents.
Prior to joining Erickson Living, Margaret worked as a project architect for an architectural firm specializing in the design of college campus and embassy buildings in the D.C. Metropolitan area. Margaret holds a bachelor of science degree in architecture from the University of Maryland, a master of arts degree in aging services management from University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is a LEED certified professional. She has completed course work toward a Certificate in Aging at Johns Hopkins University. Throughout the years, Margaret has continued to keep current with industry trends by representing Erickson Living as an attendee and speaker at industry conferences.
Dawn Yeager has been contributing to Erickson Living community development efforts since 1999. In her current role, she is responsible for the initial planning and entitlement of projects, implementation of design and construction, and long-term real estate capital planning. Projects typically include management and oversight of conceptual planning and design, development of project hard cost budgets, zoning and entitlement, and coordination with multiple business lines including Sales, Marketing, and Communications; Health Services; and Operations.
Dawn manages multiple in-house project managers as well as consultants during production of construction documents, ensures that project-specific programmatic and financial goals are met or exceeded, provides communication of project milestones to various business lines, coordinates bidding and procurement of general contractor services, and oversees construction and turnover for each phase of the project. Dawn attended Pennsylvania State University where she received a bachelor of science in environmental resource management with a minor in environmental engineering.
James "J.J." Wilhour is responsible for the development of new and existing Erickson Living communities, beginning at the master planning phase and continuing through design, construction, and project delivery. J.J. began his career with Erickson Living in 2012 and has opened new independent living and continuing care campuses all over the U.S., including the suburbs of Dallas, Houston, Denver, Kansas City, Detroit, and Philadelphia. Most recently, J.J. opened Erickson Living’s ninteenth community, Windsor Run, which is located outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. J.J. is also actively involved in the creation and implementation of architectural and project management standards within the development department.
Prior to joining Erickson Living, J.J. worked for the Baltimore-based Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, where he worked on various hospital and health care projects including the $260M Mary Catherine Bunting Center at Mercy in downtown Baltimore.
J.J. holds a degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech.
David Berrien has over 19 years of multifaceted real estate development experience, with expertise in senior living, residential multifamily, and light commercial mixed-use acquisition, development, and construction. Before joining Erickson Living, he ran his own firm, TriMark Realty Capital Group, where he advised developers on multifamily real estate investments and related strategies. As senior director of development, David has managed the expansion of Erickson Living campuses in the Midwest, Denver, Kansas, and Texas.
David graduated from The College of Wooster in Ohio with a degree in international relations and a minor in economics and finance. He also holds an associate’s degree in construction management from Montgomery College in Maryland.
Terry Dodge oversees business development, market intelligence, and development financial planning and analysis. He has 20 years of experience in the senior living/construction industry in areas such as accounting, treasury, process improvement, data analytics, and financial planning and analysis.
Terry is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration and accounting from Millersville University. He lives in southern York County, PA, with his wife and three children.
Nancy Tegethoff Baker oversees the company’s primary and secondary market research efforts including the market feasibility for new developments and acquisitions, market pricing, competitive positioning, and consumer research efforts. Her team’s goal is to ensure that the voice of the consumer and its market realities are appropriately represented at Erickson Living.
Nancy has spent most of her career in the senior living industry as a consultant and in-house researcher. Prior to joining Erickson Living, Nancy headed up the research and strategy department for Vi, formerly Classic Residence by Hyatt. She has also worked in market feasibility and sales and marketing analysis for Marriott Senior Living Services and Howell Associates. Outside of the industry, she worked in primary market research as a B2B market research and strategy consultant on a wide variety of engagements for manufacturing and industrial clients and on the Senior Staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Nancy has an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland R.H. Smith School of Business and a B.A. in economics from Vanderbilt University.
Scott Gensler identifies and evaluates new business opportunities for Erickson Living. He has an impressive knowledge of key aspects of the senior living business, including development, acquisitions, finance, sales and marketing, and operations.
Scott holds an M.B.A. from the Sellinger School of Business at Loyola College and a B.S. from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. He serves as the vice chair of the Fund for Educational Excellence, a local education fund working to improve student achievement in Baltimore City schools. He also serves on the board of the JCC of Greater Baltimore and Beth Israel Congregation.
Scott is responsible for managing federal, state, and local government and community affairs for Erickson Living across the country. In addition to the traditional government affairs role, his portfolio also includes local land use issues including zoning and entitlement work and advocacy to help Erickson Living’s growth strategy.
Prior to joining the Corporate Affairs team, Scott worked in the United States Senate and for several other organizations with a specific expertise in health care and seniors’ issues such as hospitals, physicians’ groups and medical societies, as well as a prominent Washington lobbying firm. Scott earned a bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University and a master’s degree in aging services from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Steve Montgomery supports Erickson Living’s nationwide growth in the senior housing market. As vice president of development and entitlements, he is responsible for managing and guiding the entitlement, permitting, and design processes for newly acquired properties. Throughout his career at Erickson Living, Steve has been responsible for project management and civil engineering for multiple Erickson Living communities, as well as the architectural design for Erickson Living’s continuing care neighborhoods. His development responsibilities ranged from initial site selection, due diligence, entitlements, and permitting through project completion and building turn-over.
Prior to joining Erickson Living, Steve was an associate project manager for over 14 years with a national civil engineering firm specializing in the design and permitting of many large scale commercial, institutional, and residential projects in the Washington D.C. market. Steve holds a bachelor of science degree in urban planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds a certificate from Johns Hopkins University in the NIC Seniors Housing and Care Program.