Our Leadership Team

William Lemmon, CEO

Bill has been active in real estate development, construction, property management and real estate appraising for more than 50 years.  He has built a variety of commercial buildings including senior living communities (independent, assisted living, and memory care), shopping centers, office buildings, college residence halls, group homes, a large church and a golf course.  Bill has been the developer of more than 30 subdivisions in Stark, Summit, Portage and Tuscarawas counties.  He is involved in the development, construction, and/or management of approximately 2,500 apartments in the Akron, Canton and Columbus markets as well as commercial properties.  Bill received his BS and MBA from The Ohio State University.

Brian Spring, President

Brian became President of Danbury Senior Living in early 2015 and has helped to guide the growth of Danbury into a strong regional brand consisting of 20 operating and under construction as of 2021, up from 4 in 2015. He provides the company a broad background with nearly 30 years of experience in commercial real estate brokerage, property management, development, accounting, and construction. After obtaining a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis, Brian continued to hone his skills and currently holds active licenses as a CPA and Ohio Real Estate Broker. He obtained the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation which recognizes experts in the commercial and investment real estate industry. Brian particularly likes the development of leadership skills in our team members that has allowed Danbury to experience exciting growth. Away from work, Brian enjoys time and travel with wife Ginny and children Nate and Elliana as well as attending Rivertree Christian Church. Past and current community involvement includes Canton Rotary, Akron Children’s Hospital, The Wilderness Center, and Challenger Baseball.

Andy Harpster, COO

Andrew Harpster, Chief Operating Officer 

Andy has over 23 years of Senior Living experience. He enjoys working for an organization that offers the finest new communities and amenities for today’s seniors. He is pleased by truly being able to help residents and families through their transition from home to senior living. “It is very rewarding to see how happy residents are after they move in and start enjoying good food, friends and fellowship with us.” Andy hopes to help continue to make the Danbury Senior Living communities the finest in which to live and work. Andy is a graduate of North Central State College and is a CEAL (Certified Executive of Assisted Living) and serves on the Ohio Assisted Living Association's Board of Trustees.

 

Brian McGill, Chief Financial Officer

Brian has served in various segments of the commercial real estate industry for 16 years, offering a diverse background that spans finance, senior living operations, investment property management, sales & leasing, and business development.  He earned his BSA from the University of Akron and holds active licenses as a CPA and real estate broker.  In addition to his profession, Brian is passionate about raising his family and serving in his local church.

Brian McGill, CFO

Don Bitter, Corp Dining Director

Don Bitter, Corporate Dining Director 

Don began his 40+ year career in the culinary arts by cooking and serving both patrons and performers at Blossom Music Center. From that experience, he knew his passion was preparing and serving amazing food for people from 1 to 1000. Don is a graduate from The Ohio State University with degrees in Nutrition and Hospitality Management. His passion for nutrition led him into the healthcare field where he oversaw the dining program at a senior community in Hudson for 8 years. He then went on to own and operate his own Bistro in Hudson for 10 years. Following that, Don re-entered the healthcare field as a Regional Dining Director, overseeing up to 15 communities in 8 states. With a desire to be closer to his family, 5 children and 5 grandchildren, Don has found a home with Danbury where he is passionate about enhancing the dining experience for all Danbury residents. In his free time, Don enjoys playing baseball for the Cleveland Spiders, playing golf, and spending time with his wife and 22 horses on their farm.

 

Maryann Ervin, Vice President of Operations

In Maryann's twenty-three years of experience in senior living, she has found a passion for seniors and ensuring that every senior receives a quality of life that he or she deserves. She started her career in social work with a degree from the University of Akron and furthered her education at The Ohio State University. Maryann's education and experience led her to healthcare operations. This is where she began her journey as an administrator for 16 years. Maryann's experience as an assisted living administrator allowed her to take on leadership roles in many facets. Some include leadership training, marketing, customer service, clinical management, specifically dementia training and many others. As her passion for assisted living grew, Maryann became a multi-site administrator. As a multi- site administrator, she received several awards that she is very proud of: Administrator of the Year two years in a row, a 5-Star facility rating, and The Ohio Department of Health Resident Satisfaction Award.  These successes led her to a regional director of operations position. Maryann's roots are in Northeast Ohio and she is excited to grow with Danbury Senior Living. She is very proud of her family; her husband Eric, her two children Cameron and Marisa, and she can't forget to mention her two doggies, Jack and Spike.

Maryann Ervin, RDO

Teresa Gregg, Corp Director of LE

Teresa Gregg, ADC, Corporate Director of Life Enrichment

Teresa brings 31 years of health care experience to her role as Corporate Director of Life Enrichment and has earned great respect for her passionate approach to enhancing the lives of the residents she serves.  Teresa is a graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in Gerontology and a minor in Recreation and Leisure. She is a Nationally Certified Activity Director and is active in state and local activity associations.  Teresa has been awarded the “Hero of Long-Term Care” from the Ohio Health Care Association and received a Senatorial Citation “for her civic concern and dedication with selfless initiative to become a dynamic leader in the health care field.”  Teresa states, “My goal is to support Danbury Life Enrichment Directors and staff in their ongoing mission to maximize the quality of life to the residents they serve through meaningful and dynamic programming. I strongly believe that each person is unique, is an important member of society, and deserves the best I have to offer as a person and as an activity professional.”

Colleen Howard, CDAL, CMDCP, LNHA, Regional Director of Operations

Colleen feels honored to serve as the Regional Director of Operations.  She began her career in senior living as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator serving the geriatric community in a long-term care setting for 5 years. Colleen is also licensed as a Certified Director of Assisted Living and Certified Trainer in Montessori Dementia Techniques.  Colleen has proudly served as an Executive Director with Danbury Senior Living for the past 5 years. Colleen received a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications from The Ohio State University in 2008.  Throughout her career, Colleen has remained committed to her personal philosophy, “every resident should experience exceptional personalized care in a clean, safe and welcoming environment.”  Colleen enjoys traveling, boating, and spending time with her fiancé’ Adam and their two cats. 

Colleen Howard, Reg Dir of Ops

 Dan Huckins, Director of Leadership & Corp Communications

Dan Huckins, Director of Leadership & Corporate Communications

Dan has over 25 years of leading organizations in the non-profit world as well as helping others to become leaders worth following in a broad spectrum of organizations across the United States. Dan was drawn to senior living through one of his parent’s experience and working with Danbury leaders as a consultant. He is passionate in his desire to help Danbury Senior Living continue to be the very best led in the industry, offering seniors premier care and service.   He has received a Bachelor of Science, a Masters of Divinity, and a Doctorate in Communication and Leadership. The most treasured people in his life are his wife, Pam, their three children, and four grandchildren. 

Kevin J. Markley, Director of Facilities

Kevin has over 20 years of facility management experience in sectors of industrial and home maintenance. He joined the Danbury Wooster family in 2014, becoming their Environmental Services Director. Kevin joined our corporate team in 2017 to assist all Danbury communities with his expertise. He takes pride in providing a clean and well-maintained environment for our residents. Kevin looks forward to coming to work each day knowing that Danbury Senior Living is keeping our loved ones safe at "home". 

Kevin Markley, Dir of Facilities

Chanin McElroy, VP of Marketing

Chanin McElroy, Vice President of Marketing

Chanin McElroy has over 25 years of experience in senior living. Chanin, a Stark County native, spent several years working in community leadership roles such as Sales and Marketing Director, Executive Director, Leadership Trainer, and Marketing/Operations Specialist. In addition, her experience in senior living grew through roles in regional and senior regional leadership. Chanin takes pride in supporting residents and families with their senior living transition by ensuring excellent customer service and care.  She holds licensures and certifications in Gerontology, Business Management, Marketing, and Recreational Therapy. Chanin is also a multi-award recipient for her accomplishments and leadership in Marketing and Operations. Chanin enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her husband Larry, son Bailey and two boxers, Harley and Tank.

Jill Nowacki, RN, BSN, CDP, Vice President of Clinical Operations 

Jill has been serving seniors for over 10 years, having spent 6 of those years with Danbury Senior Living.  Jill is a Registered Nurse and received her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from The Ohio State University.  She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.  Jill was nominated for and won the Ohio Assisted Living Association's Nurse of the Year award in 2017. Her compassion and drive for excellence has allowed her to excel in a variety of leadership roles.  Besides her accomplished nursing career Jill is a member of the Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society and The American Nurses Association.  Her leadership philosophy is to surround herself with others who have a passion for service and want to make a difference in senior living.  Jill enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband, Nick, and son, Theodore. 

Jill Nowacki, VP of Clinical Ops

Jamie Weston-Cook, Mgr of recruiting & dig strategy

Jamie Weston-Cook, Manager of Recruiting & Digital Strategy

Jamie joined the Danbury team in 2017. As the Manager of Recruiting and Digital Strategy she enjoys working with our leadership teams and marketers to find the best ways to bring new residents and great employees into the Danbury family. Her digital strategy role spans from recruiting into marketing and she thrives on finding the most relevant and effective avenues to reach all of our audiences.  Jamie continually works to develop her knowledge of recruiting, marketing, and digital strategy. Most recently she received certification from the Digital Marketing Institute as a Certified Digital Marketing Specialist.  When she’s not working Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband Eric, daughter Peyton, and her two dogs and cat named Copper, Greta, and Kitty. 

Eileen Wile, Controller

Eileen has over 20 years of Financial Leadership with comprehensive achievements in accounting, financial management, strategic planning, and business process improvement.  Eileen is passionate about Danbury’s commitment to provide the finest senior living experience and is dedicated to helping Danbury continue to excel in enriching the lives of seniors.  Eileen takes pride in walking in the shoes of the Danbury team and exceeding customer service expectations.  She earned a BSBA from Bowling Green State University, MBA from Ashland University, holds an active license as a CPA, and maintains CGMA designation.  Eileen enjoys spending time with family and friends, snow and water skiing, biking, and is involved with Pegasus Farm.

Eileen Wile, Controller

 Lee-Ann Zackiewicz, Director of HR

Lee-Ann Zackiewicz, Director of Human Resources

Lee-Ann brings a diverse skillset with nearly two decades of Human Resources experience and extensive technical expertise. She is responsible for all aspects of the employee life cycle, from employee relations, on-boarding, payroll, performance management, organizational development, training, health benefits, compliance and the administration of all Human Resources guidelines, policies, and programs. Her extensive technical expertise is an asset in all strategic planning of Human Resources and for technology needs including the network, software, and a multitude of devices. Lee-Ann’s passion is helping employees to become the best possible version of themselves. Lee-Ann enjoys spending time with her husband, Rich and two children, Hailey and Cole in the outdoors and making frequent trips home to Canada to visit family and friends. Lee-Ann is honored to be part of the “Danbury Difference” team caring for residents and employees.

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