West Point, PA - The board of directors of Acts Retirement-Life Communities, one of the nation’s largest senior living organizations, has elected new board leadership. The new officers are Dr. John L. Esterhai, Jr., Chairman, Dil Kulathum, Vice Chairman, H. Bruce Detweiler, Treasurer, and Elric Gerner, Board Secretary.

“These new appointments provide valuable experience to the board and their leadership will assist in Acts’ growth as we seek ways to enhance our mission and position ourselves for the future of senior living services,” said Mark Vanderbeck, Acts CEO.

Dr. John Esterhai, a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, retired in 2016 after 36 years of active surgical practice and teaching at Penn. An author and lecturer around the world, Dr. Esterhai has been named as one of America’s Top Surgeons, and Best Doctors in America, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, and Orthopaedic Research Society. Dr. Esterhai holds a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and a doctorate degree from Temple University.

Dil Kulathum is a Managing Partner at Tru Capital Investments, a private equity firm based in Austin, Texas. Mr. Kulathum holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Oral Roberts University, an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

H. Bruce Detweiler serves as Partner of Detweiler, Hershey & Associates, P.C., a certified public accounting firm in Souderton, Pennsylvania. Mr. Detweiler holds a bachelor of science degree in commerce from Rider University, and is a certified public accountant.

Elric Gerner retired in 2005 as Assistant Corporate Secretary of Sunoco, Inc., a Philadelphia-based manufacturer and marketer of petroleum and petrochemical products. He previously served as Mayor of the Borough of Swarthmore in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Mr. Gerner earned his MBA in finance from Temple University and his BBA in management from the University of Miami.

About Acts
Based in suburban Philadelphia, Acts Retirement-Life Communities is the largest not-for-profit owner, operator and developer of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) in the United States. Acts has a family of 21 CCRCs in eight states throughout the east coast which provide housing and services to nearly 9,000 older adults. Website: ActsRetirement.org.