Our Leadership Team
The members of the Continental Senior Communities leadership team have dedicated their lives to caring for seniors and their families. Together, our team has decades of experience in senior living including, skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living, and specialized memory care operations. Our strong operational foundation, coupled with our own personal experience, has helped us to understand the fundamentals of providing quality care and services to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.
Barmi Akbar, Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Barmi leverages his extensive financial and operations experience to lead innovative strategies for growth and expansion into new products, markets, and services. Barmi’s 20-year career spans all aspects of senior living including, finance, operations, development, consulting, and mergers and acquisitions. Barmi’s keen eye for identifying opportunities and implementing strategies that align with quality and operational excellence is truly unparalleled. He was instrumental in the ideation, formation, development, and financing of the first Ganzhorn Suites. In late 2016, he joined a well-known Fortune 500 healthcare services company, as Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer for their Senior Living Division and later served as Chief Executive Officer of Pennsylvania’s largest post-acute care provider. Barmi’s passion for quality and innovation is what brought him back to the Ganzhorn Suites team.
Jody Linton, LNHA, CADDCT, CDP, Director of Operations
With more than 25 years of experience, Jody began her career working in memory care. From managing Alzheimer’s/Dementia units to Corporate Director of Alzheimer’s Services, Jody oversaw units across the country. Her experience includes design and development, policy creation, recruitment, management and operations of the centers. As the next step in her senior care career, she managed a variety of healthcare facilities including nursing homes and assisted living centers. Her successful management led to many deficiency-free surveys, low staff turnover, expert financial management, and exceptional patient and family satisfaction along with her center being one of the first to meet all 5-star requirements. And finally, in 2015 her true compassion for dementia guided her to the LeaderStat team to assist in opening and operating The Ganzhorn Suites.
Deborah Taylor, MPA, CDP, Director of Marketing
Deborah has 30 years of experience in the senior living field working for a variety of national and regional post-acute and assisted living providers. She began her career in admissions and marketing for a leading skilled nursing and assisted living center in Northeast Ohio and quickly rose to several different regional and corporate marketing and business development roles. Deborah also spent several years as a senior living business development consultant, assisting providers throughout the U.S. with marketing and business development initiatives. She has extensive digital marketing experience and holds multiple digital marketing certifications. Deborah’s true passion is connecting prospective residents, family members, and referral partners with resources that not only meet their needs but also exceed their expectations.
Wendy Wagner, CDP, Regional Human Resources Coordinator
Wendy began her healthcare career in the revenue cycle department of a large hospital system where she was responsible for quality assurance initiatives, onboarding, and training new team members. While she enjoyed the acute care setting, her passion for older adults brought her to senior living. Wendy's senior living experience includes managing the business office and human resources departments for several nursing and assisted living providers. In 2016, Wendy joined the Ganzhorn Suites of Powell as Human Resources Coordinator where she was responsible for recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training, payroll, and scheduling. In 2022, Wendy transitioned to a corporate Human Resources Specialist role to support all of our communities with their human resources functions. Wendy's passion is building talented teams who provide top-notch personalized care and services for all our residents.
Ashley Glass, CDP, Community Relations Specialist
With more than 10 years of experience, Ashley began her professional career in admissions and marketing for a 5-star skilled nursing center in Central Ohio. She then transitioned into leading an admissions and case management team at one of the top referred communities in the state of Ohio. Ashley also spent several years building relationships and assisting providers throughout the country with staffing as well as consulting engagements. Her experience includes census, process, and business development. Ashley is very passionate about helping others, building, and maintaining relationships and utilizing strong networking skills to improve processes and implement growth for the organization.
Jon Brooks, Director of Human Resources
As Director of Human Resources for Continental Senior Communities, Jon is responsible for the human resources and workforce development functions for the Company. He brings extensive background and experience in benefits administration, labor relations, recruitment, retention and team member engagement all within the senior living industry. Jon began his career with the State of Ohio in Labor Relations supporting persons with Developmental Disabilities. Following his state service, he subsequently transitioned into the private sector where he has spent the last 15+ years of his career in the healthcare field, all within the Human Resources Management field. Most recently, Jon has served as the Director of Human Resources with a large skilled nursing organization in the State of Ohio and has brought those lessons and experiences to our team as our Director. Jon earned his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources Management. He also holds an active certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources Management with the Human Resources Certification Institute (SPHR).
Rachael Craig, Manager of Administrative Operations
With more than 15 years of experience of program management, Rachael started her career as an expert for specific insurance plans. During her professional development, she acquired many important skill sets to help her advance both professionally and personally. She is very passionate about helping others succeed and provides the communication, adaptability, and problem-solving skills to do so. As Manager of Administrative Services, Rachael supports all aspects of administrative and support services within the company.
Jarrod Degenhard, Director of Sustainability, Infrastructure and Technology
Jarrod brings over 20 years of experience supporting healthcare facility management. As an expert in the environmental field, his extensive background with thousands of facilities has led him to be a nationally renowned expert in plant operations. Previous roles including Vice President of Facilities Management, allow him to share his expansive knowledge base to help support our infrastructure and technology needs.