ACTS Corporate Leadership

The following individuals are members of the ACTS Management Council. These dedicated individuals serve our company by embracing our retirement community's mission and share their exceptional leadership expertise in all aspects of the senior living industry: finance, health care, real estate, marketing and hospitality. Chaired by the leadership of our CEO, ACTS Management Council meets regularly for a review of upcoming operational events. 

J. Mark Vanderbeck
Chief Executive Officer
Gerald T. Grant
President & Chief Operating Officer
Karen I. Christiansen
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Charles W. Coxson, III
Senior Vice President, Community Operations
Jefferson D. Kaighn
Senior Vice President, Legislative Affairs and Organizational Development
Lori M. Woodward
Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Public Relations
George R. Bryan
Vice President, Southeast Region
Stephen V. Eggles
Vice President, Nutrition and Wellness Services
Gary J. N. Ginter
Vice President, Supply and Support Services
Jonathan D. Grant
Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Region
Claire E. Halton
Vice President, Human Resources
Kenneth J. Karmeris
Vice President, Real Estate Services
Peter J. Kress
Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Jeremy O. Neely
Vice President, Northeast Region
James H. Petty
Vice President, Mid-South Region
Holly S. Schade
Vice President, Health and Home Services
Robert A. Westervelt
Vice President, Operational Audit and Compliance
Richard A. Winter
Vice President and Controller

J. Mark Vanderbeck
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Vanderbeck serves as Chief Executive Officer. He has over thirty-five years of executive management experience in retirement communities and joined ACTS in 1998, previously serving as Executive Vice President, Operations. Mr. Vanderbeck has served in a variety of officer, board and committee positions for LeadingAge Florida and LeadingAge PA state trade associations, and LeadingAge, the national not-for-profit trade association. He has served as a surveyor with CARF/CCAC and is currently a member of the LeadingAge CEMO (Chief Executives of Multi-site Organizations) Network. Mr. Vanderbeck serves as a board member for a local organization providing social and outreach services. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg State University and has completed post-graduate studies in Health Care Administration at the University of South Florida.

Gerald T. Grant
President & Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Grant serves as President and Chief Operating Officer. He has been with ACTS since 1988 and previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He currently serves as an officer and member of the board for various ACTS subsidiaries. He has been active in various healthcare industry and financial organizations, including currently serving as a member of LeadingAge COOMO Advisory Group and previously as a member of the Financial Advisory Panel of CARF/CCAC. Mr. Grant has a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master's degree in Finance from LaSalle University.

Karen I. Christiansen
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Christiansen serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Christiansen has been with ACTS since 1996. She is a Certified Management Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants. She is a former surveyor for CARF/CCAC, and is currently a member of its Financial Advisory Panel. She was previously nominated for Philadelphia Business Journal's Women of Distinction Award. Ms. Christiansen is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences on topics including financial strategies, technology and mergers/affiliations. Ms. Christiansen has a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Gwynedd-Mercy College, and a Master's degree in Finance from Temple University.

Charles W. Coxson, III
Senior Vice President, Community Operations

Mr. Coxson  serves as Senior Vice President, Community Operations. Mr. Coxson has been with ACTS since 1998, most recently serving as Vice President, Operations - Florida Region. He has extensive management experience in the healthcare field and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Mr. Coxson is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College of Pennsylvania and he received his Master of Business Administration degree from Florida Atlantic University.

Jefferson D. Kaighn
Senior Vice President, Legislative Affairs and Organizational Development

Mr. Kaighn serves as Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Organizational Development. He has over 25 years of executive management experience in the senior housing field and is a licensed nursing home administrator. Mr. Kaighn has been with ACTS since 1994, having served as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Region, an Administrator of Health Services and Executive Director at various ACTS properties. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Kaighn served as Executive Director at Granite Farms Estates and Group Executive Director for Delaware County, PA. He is a member of the Board of LeadingAge PA and is the former Board Chair of LeadingAge PA-Southeastern Chapter. Mr. Kaighn serves as a surveyor for CARF-CCAC, and is a past member of the CARF-CCAC International Standards Advisory Council and training mentor. He also previously served in the AAHSA House of Delegates and on the Annual Conference Committee for LeadingAge and LeadingAge PA. Mr. Kaighn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Eastern University.

Lori M. Woodward
Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Public Relations

Ms. Woodward serves as Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Corporate Communications. Prior to joining ACTS in 2012, Ms. Woodward has held a series of leadership positions in the senior living industry, most recently serving as chief executive officer of Hamlyn Senior Marketing in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Ms. Woodward serves on the board of directors for the Hope Afloat Dragon Boat Club, and as an advisory board member of the Twilight Wish Foundation. She earned a Bachelor's degree in English and Business from Millersville University, and a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing from LaSalle University.

George R. Bryan
Vice President, Southeast Region

Mr. Bryan serves as Vice President - Operations, Southeast Region. Mr. Bryan joined ACTS in 1996 and has most recently served as the Campus Executive Director at Indian River Estates. He serves as the President of the Alzheimer-Parkinson Association of Indian River County, and is a member of the CCRC Public Policy Committee, Membership Committee and on the Board of Directors as an At Large Trustee for LeadingAge Florida. Mr. Bryan holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Service Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Business Administration degree from Florida Atlantic University, and he is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in Florida and Pennsylvania.

Stephen V. Eggles
Vice President, Nutrition and Wellness Services

Mr. Eggles serves as Vice President, Dining Services and Wellness. He has been with the company since 1989, previously serving as Vice President, Operations - Mid-South Region and as an Executive Director of Brittany Pointe Estates, Normandy Farms Estates, and Tryon Estates. Mr. Eggles is a member of the International Council on Active Aging. He also serves as a surveyor for CARF/CCAC. Mr. Eggles holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master's degree from Eastern University. He is also a licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

Gary J. N. Ginter
Vice President, Supply and Support Services

Mr. Ginter serves as Vice President, Procurement & Contract Management. Mr. Ginter has served ACTS since 1989, previously serving as Corporate Director of Materials Management. He has over 34 years of experience in healthcare procurement and supply chain management. He is a member of the Association of the Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) Society. Mr. Ginter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from Rider University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Eastern University.

Jonathan D. Grant
Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Region

Mr. Grant serves as Vice President, Operations - Mid-Atlantic Region. He has over 30 years of experience in the retirement and health care environment. After joining the ACTS Culinary Department in 1984, Mr. Grant held various positions within the organization, including Culinary Director, Administrator, Director of Community Information Technologies, and Executive Director at Saint Andrews Estates and Tryon Estates. Mr. Grant holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from Florida Atlantic University, and is a Fellow in the LeadingAge Leadership Program.

Claire E. Halton
Vice President, Human Resources

Claire E. Halton serves as Vice President, Human Resources. She has been with ACTS since 1993, most recently serving as Corporate Director of Human Resources, and has 30 years of experience in the Human Resources field in the long-term care and retirement living industry. Ms. Halton holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources from Temple University, a Master's degree in Organization and Management from Capella University, and she has a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. Ms. Halton is also a graduate of the 2011 LeadingAge Leadership Academy class.

Kenneth J. Karmeris
Vice President, Real Estate Services

Kenneth J. Karmeris serves as Vice President, Real Estate Services. Mr. Karmeris began his career with ACTS in 1995, serving as Executive Director at Indian River Estates and then Southern Region Director of Construction and Project Management. After a brief absence working as a partner at Contract Service Enterprises, Inc., he returned to ACTS as the Executive Director of Edgewater Pointe Estates, bringing administrative experience in various settings.  Mr. Karmeris is a state certified licensed building contractor and has a Community Association Managers License. He maintains his CASP (Certified Aging Services Professional) Certification through the University of North Texas, along with his ALF (Assisted Living Facilities) Administrator's Certification through the University of South Florida.

Peter J. Kress
Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Mr. Kress serves as Vice President, Chief Information Officer. He has been with ACTS since 1996, previously serving as Director of Information Services. Before joining ACTS, Mr. Kress was President of his own software consulting company for over 10 years. He serves as a commissioner for the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) where he chairs the health information technology standards committee. Mr. Kress also serves on Florida's Health Information Exchange Coordinating Committee and as a co-founder and member of the Long Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Collaborative. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Covenant College and a Master of Arts degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California.

Jeremy O. Neely
Vice President, Northeast Region

Mr. Neely serves as Vice President, Operations - Northeast Region. Mr. Neely has more than 20 years of healthcare management experience and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. He has served ACTS in a number of roles since 1999, most recently as Executive Director at Normandy Farms Estates. He is a member of the LeadingAge PA board of directors and is a Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP). Mr. Neely currently serves as a CARF/CCAC surveyor and successfully completed the LeadingAge Leadership Academy program in 2010. Mr. Neely has a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Economics from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Eastern University.

James H. Petty
Vice President, Mid-South Region

Mr. Petty serves as Vice President, Operations - Mid-South Region. He has 19 years experience in the senior living industry. Mr. Petty has a varied background which began at ACTS in 1996, and he previously served as the Executive Director at Park Pointe Village in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Licensed as a Nursing Home and Assisted Living Administrator, his background also extends into development and marketing, where he served as the vice president of marketing services for a senior living development firm. Mr. Petty has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Gordon College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Augusta State University.

Holly S. Schade
Vice President, Health and Home Services

Ms. Schade serves as Vice President, Health and Home Services. She has been with ACTS since 1993, previously serving as the Executive Director of Spring House Estates, the Director of Nursing and Administrator of Southampton Estates, and the Director of Quality Performance for ACTS. She has over 25 years of experience in nursing and senior services. Ms. Schade is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a registered nurse certified in gerontology nursing. She has a Master's degree in Business Administration from Eastern University. Ms. Schade is also a Certified Aging Services Professional, a LeadingAge Leadership Fellow, and a surveyor for CARF/CCAC.

Robert A. Westervelt
Vice President, Operational Audit and Compliance

Mr. Westervelt serves as Vice President, Operations Analysis and Compliance. Mr. Westervelt has been with ACTS since 1991, previously serving as Corporate Director of Operations Analysis and Audit. He is a current member of the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors (AHIA), Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and Health Ethics Trust (HET). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Planning and Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Eastern University, and is a Certified Compliance Executive (CCE).

Richard A. Winter
Vice President and Controller

Mr. Winter serves as Vice President and Controller. Mr. Winter has served ACTS since 2002, starting in the Information Technology department before moving to the Financial Services department, where he has most recently served as Corporate Director and Controller. He has presented ACTS technology and business improvement initiatives at various national conferences such as Lawson's Inforum, CFO Rising and LeadingAge. Mr. Winter has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Wheaton College, a Master's degree in Accounting/Finance from Temple University and is a Certified Public Accountant.