Throughout our two decades, we’ve stayed true to our vision, guided by faith-based principles, to be preeminent in the marketplace to strategically influence, serve and support seniors in their lifestyle choices.
Our efforts have been greatly enhanced by the talent and dedication of our board of directors. These talented professionals offer experience in financial planning, real estate, not-for-profit organizations, senior housing, health care, accounting, marketing and construction.
Recently retired as director of Jubilee Services at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, Gary retired from corporate life in 1998 after 22 years as CEO of Swanson Dean Corporation, a residential builder and land developer. One of the projects he was involved with was Providence Point Retirement Community. He also spent 16 years in the construction division of Owens Corning Fiberglass. King holds a bachelor of science degree in construction management from San Jose State University.
Lisa A. Hardy
President & CEO
Ms. Hardy joined Emerald Communities as president and chief executive officer in Jan. 2008. Since joining Emerald Communities, Hardy has led Emerald Heights, a subsidiary of Emerald Communities, through a successful master plan to reposition the community. Commencing in 2010 and completed in 2014, this comprehensive master plan included extensive renovation of existing buildings, as well as, new construction. Projects included renovation and expansion of dining venues, updating of interior corridor and common use areas, addition of a new multi-purpose/auditorium building, construction of new residential apartment homes, and replacement of the fitness and aquatic center. A new Life Plan Community, Heron’s Key in Gig Harbor, is also in development with a planned opening in spring 2017.
With experience in leadership roles in the industry since 1988, Ms. Hardy was chosen for her experience and knowledge in operations of life care retirement communities. She previously led the new development and construction of projects on several Life Plan communities during a 14‐year tenure with Life Care Services. She has an additional seven years of experience with the United Presbyterian Home, a Life Plan Community in Washington, Iowa.
Hardy earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a management concentration from Saint Joseph’s College in Maine, as well as, an associate’s degree in health care administration. She has received licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in the states of WA, GA, NC, IA, IN, and AL.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for LeadingAge Washington; Caring Communities, a leader in insurance and risk management serving NFP senior housing and service providers throughout the United States; and Washington Care Services, a provider of a wide range of skilled nursing care and rehab services for people of all ages. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Institute on Aging; as a CCAC Evaluator; and as the Alabama state delegate for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.
Daphne R. Schneider
Daphne is principal and owner of Daphne R. Schneider and Associates, a Seattle-based firm providing management and organizational development consulting. Schneider has more than 40 years of organizational leadership experience, including senior human resources, and business and support services management and not-for-profit board leadership. Daphne holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree in organizational development from Central Washington University.
Robert G. Crist
Having recently retired as business administrator of the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, Robert has more than 30 years of experience in professional management consulting and in senior executive positions. Past positions include 23 years as partner with the international accounting and consulting firm of Ernst & Young, where several of his clients were continuing care retirement committees. He provided professional advice during the formation of Emerald Heights, Emerald Communities’ first retirement venture. He is a graduate of the University of Redlands and is a certified public accountant.
Lee brings more than 35 years of expertise in construction management, business development and regional nonprofit leadership. He retired in 2010 from a notable 27-year career at GLY Construction, where he rose through the ranks from project manager to president and CEO. During his tenure, the company enjoyed more than 20 years of profitability and growth. He initiated significant investments in strategic planning, manpower, systems and overhead to manage the growing business. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Washington State University.
Vice President of Finance, Emerald Communities
Al has over 30 years of financial management experience with General Mills, Eddie Bauer and his own firm. His expertise includes: financial and strategic planning; new business analysis; real estate and investment analysis; retail stores, Internet and catalog business. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. He has also passed the Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner exams.
Kay H. Wallin
Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, Emerald Communities
Kay has worked in marketing leadership with Emerald Communities organizations since 1992. Before that, she spent eight years as director of admissions for Horizon House in Seattle. Wallin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Montana. She received national certification as a Certified Aging Services Professional through LeadingAge and the University of North Texas. She is a former board member and past chair of LeadingAge Washington (formerly Aging Services of Washington).
Danna Van Horn
Ex-Officio Member of the Board
Danna Van Horn is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. She has served as pastor of several Presbyterian churches and as Chaplain in three acute care facilities in southern California. From 1993–1999, Rev. Van Horn was director of pastoral services at Presbyterian Inter-community Hospital in Whittier, Calif. She created a unique program of pastoral care among the 1200-member hospital staff and served as pastor to staff, patients and families. Rev. Van Horn also served on the board of directors of the Whittier YMCA and as a member of two hospitals’ ethics committees. Rev. Van Horn earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, received a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, and has completed 1,600 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education. She currently serves as Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue. In this position, she heads the Deacon Ministry and various support groups, teaches, preaches and provides home and hospital visitation and counseling. Rev. Van Horn has a son and a daughter, both of whom live in Washington, and is the very proud grandmother to grandson Daniel.