New Facilities Management and Dining Services Directors Join Samarkand Leadership
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Samarkand, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities, appointed John Campbell facilities management director and William Henderson dining services director. Campbell will report to Samarkand Executive Director Ruth Grande, as will Henderson, who is employed by The Samarkand’s dining services provider Sodexo.
As facilities management director, Campbell oversees maintenance and grounds care, housekeeping, laundry, capital projects, refurbishing, security and fleet vehicles and safety programs at the 16-acre senior living community. He also assists in strategic planning and oversees the community’s compliance with local, state and federal statutes.
Henderson oversees all food and beverage operations at the senior living community, including casual and formal dining settings in the residential community and dining operations in assisted living, memory support
and health care. He also manages the community’s catering.
Campbell has more than 30 years of management experience. He comes to The Samarkand from its sister community Covenant Village of Colorado, Westminster, Colorado, where he was assistant director of facilities
management for seven years.
Campbell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion with a focus in psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Neb. He lives in Santa Barbara, California. Before joining The Samarkand, Henderson was executive chef for Alpha Phi sorority at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to that, he worked at a retirement community in Montecito, California for almost 30
years. He started as a chef and was promoted to dining room manager and then food services director.