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Leadership Team

Meet our strong, committed
board of directors.

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.

Lisa A. Hardy
President & CEO

Lisa has served as Emerald Communities’ chief executive officer since 2008, and has more than 20 years of CCRC executive experience. Prior to joining Emerald Communities, she served as executive director of Park Springs, a start-up Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She assumed increasing responsibilities in her 14-year employment with Life Care Services, including executive leadership in two other communities. She has an additional seven years of experience with the United Presbyterian Home in Washington, Iowa. Lisa holds a nursing home administrator’s license in Georgia, North Carolina and Washington, and earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine.

Al Chambard
Vice President of Finance, Emerald Communities

Al spent most of his 30-year career at Eddie Bauer, Inc. in finance-related positions. He was senior vice president and chief financial officer before leaving Eddie Bauer in 2003 to start his own firm, Chambard Investment and Resource Management. His expertise includes financial and strategic planning, accounting and financial reporting, new business analysis, and real estate and investment analysis. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.

Kay H. Wallin
Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, Emerald Communities

Kay has worked in her current position 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).

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.

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 30 years of organizational leadership experience, including senior human resources, and business and support services management. Daphne holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree in organizational development from Central Washington University.

Gary King

Currently director of Jubilee Projects at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, Gary retired 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.

Thomas W. Evert
Vice Chair

After retiring with more than 30 years in public accounting (as a Partner with Arthur Andersen and KPMG), Tom Evert joined the Washington State Hospital Association as CFO in 2014. He brings extensive experience in financial statement audits of healthcare companies, feasibility studies and a variety of financial advising with various not-for-profit entities. Mr. Evert is a licensed certified public accountant in Washington. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and his master’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin.

Karen L. Goroski

Karen recently retired as executive director of the Suburban Cities Association (SCA) in King County, Wash. She joined the SCA after serving for 16 years as the chief executive officer for the Washington Association of Housing and Services for the Aging, now known as LeadingAge Washington. She previously served as the executive director of the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs, and as executive director of a multi-county non-profit human services organization in her native state of Ohio. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Purdue University.