Senior Housing Management Team

The Senior Housing Management Team includes accounting, clinical, consulting, development, operational and outreach professionals whose combined industry experience surpasses 80 years. This group of experts aims to provide the highest level of support and leadership to each Senior Housing community. This not only includes community team members, but also individual residents, their families and business associates.


Allen Phillips

President
Allen Phillips
President

Has a B.B.A. degree from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids. His major was in Accounting, with strong emphasis in Finance. Allen provides Senior Housing and its retirement communities, with more than 25 years of experience in management. Allen drives the Senior Housing team to meet strategic objectives by researching, evaluating, and reporting information related to current and new business opportunities.
Specialties: Mentoring, Accounting, Finance, Business Development

Allison Law

Vice President
Allison Law
Vice President

Has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Iowa.   She has more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of the senior living industry. Her focus is on community management, staff retention, and operating a positive NOI. Allison is the past President of the Iowa Assisted Living Association which supports Iowa Assisted Living communities through education and governmental affairs, past President of the Iowa Assisted Living Association, and past Board Member with Iowa City Hospice.
Specialties: Occupancy Development, Financial Analysis, Budget Control

Kayle Jensen

Community Relations Manager
Kayle Jensen
Community Relations Manager

Has a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to her role as Community Relations Manager, Kayle gained experience as a Community Manager and Community Relations Coordinator in the retirement community setting and a Communications Specialist in the hospital setting.
Specialties: Marketing Plan Implementation, Social Media Management, Occupancy Development

Mark Takes

Senior Consultant
Mark Takes
Senior Consultant

Is a cofounder of Senior Housing Consultants, Inc. Mark has been a consultant to developers, contractors, investors, and providers of long-term care, for more than 20 years. He spent ten years as a consultant in the construction industry before bringing his expertise to senior housing.
Specialties: Market Assessments, Financial Feasibility Studies, Project Management

Lyla Erwin

Operations Manager
Lyla Erwin
Operations Manager

Graduated from the University of Iowa with her B.A. Degree in Social Work and has more than 20 years’ experience in the senior living industry. As an Operations Manager, Lyla hires, trains and develops community Managers within the Senior Housing organization. She also works with the consulting team on remodeling projects with interior design decisions.
Specialties: Budget Control, Manager Mentoring, Occupancy Development, New Community Start Up

Joy Cox

Operations Manager
Joy Cox
Operations Manager

Has worked in senior care for over 25 years. After gaining experience in the skilled nursing and assisted living settings, she joined Senior Housing Management as Operations Manager, overseeing communities in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. Joy has been actively involved with the Iowa Assisted Living Association on the Education Committee, Governmental Committee and Board of Directors.
Specialties: Regulatory/HIPAA Compliance, Quality Assurance, New Community Start Up

Tim McGrath

Operations Manager
Tim McGrath
Operations Manager

Provides operational leadership to Senior Housing Community Managers, drawing from over 30 years of experience in sales and operations leadership. He has a degree in Business Administration from Black Hills State University and has held titles ranging from Regional Sales Manager to Assistant Vice President.

Specialties: Quality Assurance, Occupancy Development, Budget Control

Sara Jelinek

RN, Nurse Clinician
Sara Jelinek
RN, Nurse Clinician

Offers her knowledge and experiences to Senior Housing’s Health Care Coordinators after spending many years as a nurse in the nursing home, family practice and assisted living settings. Named 2015 Iowa Assisted Living Association Nurse of the Year, Sara provides training, support and feedback to the Health Care Coordinators she manages.
Specialties: Health Care Documentation, End of Life Planning, Resident Stay Tracking

Joy Laudick

RN, Nurse Clinician
Joy Laudick
RN, Nurse Clinician

Has been a nurse for over 25 years with experience in hospital, skilled rehab and assisted living settings. Her titles have ranged from Director of Nursing and Consultant to Trainer and now Nurse Clinician. Joy conducts regular quality assurance audits to ensure the Senior Housing Managed Communities are consistently meeting state regulations and providing excellent care to residents.
Specialties: Dementia training, PointClickCare, Prepare to Care

Elizabeth Beach

RN, Nurse Clinician
Elizabeth Beach
RN, Nurse Clinician

Is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience in the Senior Living Industry. Elizabeth began in health care as a teenager working as a nursing assistant in a long term care community before attending nursing school. Her experience ranges from management to providing on-site health care and nursing assistance to communities.
Specialties: Medication Management Training, CPR Instruction, Workers Compensation

Nick Merlino

Controller
Nick Merlino
Controller

Graduated from Loras College in 2012 with a B.A. in Management and Minor in Accounting. Since his graduation, Nick has gained experience and expertise exclusively in the senior living industry. Nick provides accounting training and ongoing billing support to the Senior Housing Managed Communities.
Specialties: PointClickCare, Accounting, Financial Planning

Rachel Ricke

Accountant
Rachel Ricke
Accountant

Received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa. She has been working in the accounting field since graduating. In her role, Rachel supports the accounting team and the Senior Housing Managers through training and implementation of accounting processes.
Specialties: Billing, Accounting, Reporting

Aly Popp

Accountant
Aly Popp
Accountant

Graduated from the University of Iowa with her B.A. in Spanish and worked in the healthcare field before returning to Iowa to study accounting and general business courses. Since completing these courses, she has worked for several years as an accountant, previously in the hospitality management field. Aly supports the accounting team and the Senior Housing communities through preparation of financial statements and AP/AR management.

Specialties: Accounting, Reporting, Billing