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The Samarkand Welcomes New Healthcare Administrator

Janice Connelly_The Samarkand HC AdminstratorContact: Wendy D’Alessandro

 SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Janice Connelly has been named healthcare administrator at The Samarkand, a faith-based, non-profit continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities. She will report to Executive Director Ruth Grande.

Connelly will direct and coordinate the daily operations at the senior living community’s 63-bed skilled nursing center. She directs a staff of 103.

Connelly has worked in the senior living industry for nearly 20 years. She came to The Samarkand after an award-winning tenure as executive director at Villa Maria Healthcare Center, Santa Maria, Calif. She also served as executive director at Arbor View Retirement Community, Santa Maria, and as administrator at Mission Gardens Skilled Care, Lompoc, Calif.

Ms. Connelly earned a Bachelor of Science degree in healthcare administration from California State University of Long Beach and attended Western State University of Law, Irvine, Calif.

For more information on The Samarkand, visit www.TheSamarkand.org. For information on Covenant Retirement Communities, visit www.covenantretirement.org.

The Samarkand Appoints Two Directors

New Facilities Management and Dining Services Directors Join Samarkand Leadership

The SamarkandSANTA 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.

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