Ruby Jo Lubarsky​The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities/Kentucky Center for Assisted Living (KAHCF/KCAL) has named Ruby Jo Lubarsky interim president.

Lubarsky served as president of KAHCF from 2006 until her retirement in 2014. During her tenure, Lubarsky strived to maintain an effective government relations program to represent and lobby for the collective interests of the association membership.

Upon retiring from KAHCF, Lubarsky served on the Board of Directors for The Morton Center, an outpatient treatment center offering programs for those affected by substance abuse. 

Lubarsky looks forward to elevating membership through advocacy, professional development, and promotion of quality services.

The Care Providers of Minnesota has named Toby Pearson to be their new president/chief executive officer succeeding the retiring Patti Cullen.

Pearson will officially take over this leadership role at the end of 2023 but will be working with Cullen during the next few months to ensure a smooth transition. Pearson currently serves as vice president of advocacy for the Association, a role he has successfully navigated for the past 15 years.

Young KimLaurel Brook Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, Mount Laurel, N.J., has recently welcomed Young Kim as the new director of its Korean Community Wing. 

Founded in 2009, Laurel Brook’s 50-bed Korean Community Wing provides a culturally authentic environment for the care and comfort of Korean seniors.   

Kim, who brings extensive experience in leading Korean cultural initiatives to his new role, also serves as the Korean program director at two other Marquis-supported skilled nursing facilities.
Nikki Wegner has been selected as the new president of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association, replacing Shelly Peterson, current president. 

Wegner is a registered and licensed occupational therapist and currently serves as the North Dakota program director for the Alzheimer’s Association. As a North Dakota registered lobbyist, she has worked with legislators, testified at hearings, and developed and implemented successful advocacy campaigns.

John BerminghamCambridge Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Moorestown, N.J., has welcomed pulmonologist John Bermingham, DO, FCCP, with Pulmonary and Sleep Associates of New Jersey, as the director of its new pulmonary rehabilitation program.

Cambridge’s recently introduced pulmonary rehabilitation services aim to reduce pulmonary symptoms, decrease disability, increase participation in physical and social activities, and promote independence and quality of life. The initiative caters to individuals with a range of diagnoses and conditions.   

In addition to consults with Bermingham, Cambridge pulmonary patients benefit from the support of respiratory therapist Lisa Soto. 

The Vermont Health Care Association (VHCA) has hired Helen Labun to be their executive director. For more than 10 years, VHCA has operated with a different structure than many states, having a contracted Policy & Regulatory person along with two staff members: Sherry Callahan and Sheila Burnham. Callahan and Burnham will continue in their roles, but with Labun as the official VT state executive.

Melissa ZygarlickeHealth Dimensions Group (HDG) has named Melissa Zygarlicke senior director of finance. In this role, she will oversee all aspects of financial reporting and accounting for communities within HDG’s management portfolio. 

As part of the expansion of HDG’s finance team, Carmen Broska has been promoted to senior director of revenue services. Broska will manage revenue cycle activities for HDG-managed communities in multiple states, including billing, collections, accounts receivables, and managed care contracts, to meet performance and regulatory goals. 

Veronica James has been named vice president of clinical reimbursement. James is responsible for managing the clinical aspects of the revenue cycle, including the systems around third-party reimbursement for HDG-managed communities and consulting clients, and ensuring compliance with all state and federal requirements.