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 was Appointed Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors in 2008 following a nationwide search. 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 CCRC campuses during a 14-year tenure with Life Care Services, including the opening of a $100MM upscale CCRC in Stone Mountain, Georgia with 398 independent units, and an additional 64 units available for skilled nursing and assisted living. Ms. Hardy also brings direct experience in long-range strategic planning, strong fiscal management, low employee turnover, exemplary safety records, and strong interpersonal relationships with boards, residents, and employees. She has an additional seven years of experience with the United Presbyterian Homes, a CCRC in Washington, Iowa. Ms. Hardy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Management concentration from Saint Joseph’s College in Maine, as well as an Associate of Science degree in Health Care Administration. She has received licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in the states of Washington, Georgia, North Carolina, Iowa, Indiana, and Alabama. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Institute on Aging; as a CCAC Evaluator; as the Alabama state delegate for LeadingAge, the national trade association, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for LeadingAge Washington and Washington Care Services.
Thomas W. Evert
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.
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).