Chelsea GrayWaltonwood Lake Boone, a premier senior living community in Raleigh, N.C., has named Chelsea Gray marketing manager. Gray brings more than six years of senior living experience to her new position. She previously spent two years at a sister community, Waltonwood Cary Parkway. Her goal is to meet and exceed company expectations and ensure the needs of each resident and individual in the community are met. She has a deep passion for providing seniors with a greater quality of life and is looking forward to working in the three areas of senior living Waltonwood Lake Boone offers: independent living, assisted living, and memory care.

Gray’s senior living experience started in college. She worked part-time for her aunt at a community in Northern Virginia. As she continued her studies and working at the community, she knew this was the right career path for her. She fell in love with making a difference in seniors’ lives and wanted to show families what good senior living looks like.

After graduating, she worked in marketing at two senior living companies before making the move to Waltonwood.
“We’re excited to welcome Chelsea to the Waltonwood Lake Boone family,” said Allison O’Shea, executive director.

“She possesses the passion, talent and experience to help us redefine retirement living and ensure that seniors find the best fit at our community. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and I know she will ensure seniors in Raleigh receive the quality care and lifestyle they deserve.”

“I am excited for the opportunity to continue my career with Waltonwood at its Lake Boone location,” said Gray.

“Waltonwood is a one-of-a-kind company, and I am proud to continue my career with them. The team has been welcoming, and I know we will work well and achieve our goals together.”

Nancy HalleckThe Capstone at Station Camp, Nashville, an Integral Senior Living (ISL) community, has named Nancy Halleck executive director and Steve Dycus director of sales and marketing.

Halleck brings more than 30 years of experience to her position. Over the years, she has held positions that include director of activities, director of sales and marketing, executive director, and regional director of operations.

Steve DycusDycus brings more than 40 years of experience in upper management, communications, and marketing. Before joining The Capstone at Station Camp team, Dycus served as the director of marketing and public relations at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn., and most recently served as director of marketing and community relations at a senior living community in Brentwood, Tenn.

“The Capstone at Station Camp team are extremely passionate and skilled leaders,” said Heather Haley, regional director of sales and marketing for ISL. “Their extensive experiences are incredible assets to our community, and we are looking forward to the great work that is to come.”

Kristin Giannini, MDVernon Manor, a family-owned health care facility offering post-hospital rehabilitation as well as long term and respite care in Vernon, Conn., has appointed Kristin Giannini, MD, FAAFP, as medical director. Giannini replaced Vernon Manor’s previous medical director, Anil Nair, MD.

As medical director, Giannini provides medical oversight, guidance, and support related to the care for residents at the facility. In addition, she assists with quality assurance focused on various aspects such as clinical program development, reducing readmissions to hospitals, infection control surveillance, risk management, and more.

Under the guidance of Giannini and the diligence of the Vernon Manor staff, the health care facility’s patients have been COVID free.

Giannini started her practice locally as a PCP/family practice doctor 19 years ago with Neil Brooks, MD, Vernon Manor’s founding and long-term medical director. It was Brooks who recruited Giannini for her initial position as assistant medical director at Vernon Manor. 

Richard NicklessThe Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) welcomed Richard Nickless, CEC, CCA, AAC, CDM, CFPP, of Hanahan, S.C., as the chair of the board. Nickless’ prior experience with ANFP includes director at large, treasurer-elect, treasurer, and chair-elect. Nickless is the chef/supply and services director at DDSN Coastal Center and brings more than 45 years of experience in foodservice to the ANFP board.

Before serving with ANFP, Nickless held roles with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), including national public relations chairman, national bylaws and resolutions chairman, and other roles on subcommittees and task forces. He joined ANFP in 2003 and has been an active board member since 2014.

In addition to his experience with ANFP and ACF, Nickless has volunteered with several other organizations. He also holds a number of professional certifications and has publications in magazines such as Nutrition & Foodservice Edge and Sunbelt Magazine.​