Board of Directors
GUY P. SANSONE
Guy P. Sansone joined Brookdale’s Board in October 2019 and became Non-Executive Chairman of the Board in January 2020. He is an independent director. For more than 25 years, he has led efforts to optimize the performance of healthcare and senior housing companies. He is a Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal, a global professional services firm specializing in performance improvement for large, high profile businesses, where he serves as Chairman of the firm’s Healthcare Industry Group, which he founded in 2004. Mr. Sansone served as interim Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the largest non-profit home and community-based health care organization in the United States, from November 2014 to December 2016 and, prior to that, served in various executive roles at numerous healthcare companies. His prior experience in the senior housing industry includes having served as Chief Restructuring Officer and a member of the Board of Erickson Retirement Communities and as a senior consultant to Sunrise Senior Living. Mr. Sansone has served on the Board of Directors of Magellan Health, Inc. since March 2019 and previously served on the Board of Directors of Civitas Solutions, Inc. from 2009 until its acquisition in March 2019. He also serves and has served on the Boards of Directors of numerous investor-owned and not-for-profit companies, primarily in the healthcare industry. Mr. Sansone received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the State University of New York at Albany.
LUCINDA M. BAIER
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Lucinda M. Baier is President and Chief Executive Officer of Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD), the nation’s leading senior living operator with approximately 800 senior living communities and one of the nation’s largest home health and hospice providers. A $4.5 billion company, Brentwood, Tennessee-based Brookdale and its 60,000 employees have the ability to provide services to over 75,000 residents through its independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities and to serve over 20,000 patients through its home health, hospice and outpatient therapy services. Fortune magazine ranks Brookdale as one of 150 largest publicly-listed employers in the country.
Ms. Baier was appointed as Brookdale’s President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board on February 28, 2018, after having served as its Chief Financial Officer since December 2015. In addition to experience as a seasoned chief financial officer in several companies, she has had multi-billion dollar operations responsibility, been the chief executive officer for a publicly-traded retailer, and served as an executive officer of a Fortune 30 company, where she led the effort to redesign promotions, increasing event sales by 14%. She has served for more than a decade as a board member of public and private companies, including serving as the chairman of the board. Immediately prior to joining Brookdale, Ms. Baier served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Navigant Consulting, Inc., a specialized global expert services firm, since 2013, where she spearheaded a successful program which led to the highest EBITDA margin rate that the company had earned in five years while increasing investments in innovation.
Ms. Baier currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC) and the Nashville Health Care Council, where she chairs its finance and investment committee. Ms. Baier is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Illinois State University, with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Accounting.
MARCUS E. BROMLEY
Marcus E. Bromley joined Brookdale’s Board of Directors in July 2017 as an independent director and brings more than 35 years of real estate industry leadership experience. He served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Gables Residential Trust from 1993 until 2000, and then as a member of its Board until the company was acquired in 2005. Prior to joining Gables Residential Trust, Mr. Bromley was a division partner for the Southeast operation of Trammell Crow Residential Company. Mr. Bromley has served as a member of the Board of Cole Credit Property Trust V, Inc., a non-listed real estate investment trust, since March 2015 and served as its Non-Executive Chairman from June 2015 to August 2018. Mr. Bromley also currently serves as a member of the advisory board of Nancy Creek Capital Management, LLC, a private mezzanine debt and equity investment firm, and Sealy Industrial Partners, a private partnership specializing in the acquisition and operation of various industrial real estate properties. Previously, Mr. Bromley served as a member of the Boards of Cole Corporate Income Trust, Inc. from January 2011 until January 2015, of Cole Credit Property Trust II, Inc. from 2005 until July 2013, and of Cole Credit Property Trust III, Inc. from 2008 until 2012, each of which was a non-listed real estate investment trust. Mr. Bromley holds a B.S. in Economics from Washington & Lee University and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina.
FRANK M. BUMSTEAD
Frank M. Bumstead has over 40 years' experience in the field of business and investment management and financial and investment advisory services including representing buyers and sellers in a number of merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Bumstead is a principal shareholder of Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc., a business management firm that represents artists, songwriters and producers in the music industry as well as athletes and other high net worth clients, and has been with the firm since 1989. From 1993 to December 1998, Mr. Bumstead served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FBMS Financial, Inc., a registered investment advisor. Mr. Bumstead joined Brookdale’s Board of Directors in August 2006 and is an independent director. Prior to the Company’s acquisition of American Retirement Corporation (“ARC”), Mr. Bumstead served as the Lead Director of ARC, where he had served as a member of the Board of Directors for 11 years. He served in 2015 as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Country Music Association and is also Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee of the Memorial Foundation, Inc., a charitable foundation. Mr. Bumstead served on the Board of Directors of Syntroleum Corporation from 1993 to 2014. In addition, he previously served as a member of the Board of Advisors of United Supermarkets of Texas, LLC and was Chairman of its Finance and Audit Committee. Mr. Bumstead received a B.B.A. degree from Southern Methodist University and a Masters of Business Management from Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management.
VICTORIA L. FREED
Victoria L. Freed joined Brookdale’s Board in October 2019 and is an independent director. She brings more than 25 years of executive leadership in the areas of sales, customer service and marketing, and has earned numerous awards for outstanding achievement in sales and marketing during her career. Ms. Freed is Senior Vice President of Sales, Trade Support and Service for Royal Caribbean International, having served in that role since 2008, where she oversees the largest sales team in the cruise line industry and also manages the company’s consumer outreach, reservations, group sales and customer service functions. Prior to her service with Royal Caribbean, Ms. Freed worked for 29 years with Carnival Cruise Lines, where she served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing during the last 15 years of her tenure. Ms. Freed served on the Board of Directors of ILG, Inc. (f/k/a Interval Leisure Group, Inc.) from 2012 until its acquisition by Marriott Vacations Worldwide in 2018. She is a trustee of the United Way of Miami-Dade County and serves as a member of the board of Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO). Ms. Freed earned a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Colorado.
Rita Johnson-Mills joined Brookdale's Board in August 2018 as an independent director. She is an experienced healthcare executive, with more than 20 years of experience in the broader healthcare industry, including experience in the public sector. She most recently served from August 2014 to December 2017 as President and Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee, a health plan serving more than 500,000 government sponsored healthcare consumers with over $2.5 billion of annual revenue, after having previously served as Senior Vice President, Performance Excellence and Accountability for UnitedHealthcare Community & State since 2006. Ms. Johnson-Mills also previously served as the Director of Medicaid Managed Care for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and as Chief Executive Officer of Managed Health Services Indiana and Buckeye Health Plan, wholly owned subsidiaries of Centene Corporation. Ms. Johnson-Mills earned a B.S. degree from Lincoln University and an M.A. degree in Labor and Human Resource Management and M.P.A. degree in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University.
DENISE W. WARREN
Denise W. Warren joined Brookdale’s Board in October 2018 as an independent director. Ms. Warren brings more than 30 years of operational, financial and healthcare experience. Since October 2015, she has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of WakeMed Health & Hospitals, where she is responsible for the strategic, financial and operational performance of the organization's network of facilities in the North Carolina Research Triangle area. Prior to that, from 2005 to September 2015, Ms. Warren served as Chief Financial Officer of Capella Healthcare, Inc., an owner and operator of general acute-care hospitals, as well as its Executive Vice President since January 2014, and as its Senior Vice President prior to that. Before joining Capella, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gaylord Entertainment Company from 2000 to 2001, as Senior Equity Analyst and Research Director for Avondale Partners LLC and as Senior Equity Analyst for Merrill Lynch & Co. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Computer Programs and Systems, Inc. Ms. Warren earned a B.S. degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University and a M.B.A. from Harvard University.
LEE S. WIELANSKY
Mr. Wielansky has more than 40 years of commercial real estate investment, management and development experience. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Opportunistic Equities, which specializes in low income housing. He has also served as Chairman and CEO of Midland Development Group, Inc., which he re-started in 2003 and focused on the development of retail properties in the mid-west and southeast. Prior to Midland, he served as President and CEO of JDN Development Company, Inc. and as a director of JDN Realty Corporation. Before joining JDN, he served as Managing Director – Investments of Regency Centers Corporation, which in 1998 acquired Midland Development Group, a retail properties development company co-founded by Mr. Wielansky in 1983. Mr. Wielansky joined the Company’s Board of Directors in April 2015 and served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board from February 2018 to December 2019. He is an independent director. He also serves as Lead Trustee of Acadia Realty Trust and served as a director of Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. from 2007 to 2017 and Pulaski Financial Corp. from 2005 to 2016. Mr. Wielansky received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with a major in Real Estate and Finance, from the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he is currently a member of the Strategic Development Board of the College of Business. He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.