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Westminster CEO Roger Stevens Elected Chair of the LeadingAge Florida Board of Trustees

July 18, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. – Roger Stevens, Chief Executive Officer of Westminster Communities of Florida, was installed as Chairman of the LeadingAge Florida Board of Trustees during the association’s annual meeting in Orlando this week.

A gubernatorial appointee to the Governor’s Continuing Care Advisory Council, Mr. Stevens has extensive experience representing aging services providers. Mr. Stevens is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, a Certified Public Accountant and a former manager at an international CPA firm with experience in feasibility studies, new facility development, financing, start-up and operation.

“Roger is a thoughtful, insightful, and very accomplished leader,” said LeadingAge Florida President & CEO Steve Bahmer. “Westminster Communities of Florida truly reflects the full continuum of aging services, including affordable senior housing, independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care. As a result, Roger has a broad view of the aging services field that will be a true asset in guiding the only Florida association which represents that full continuum.”

As part of the LeadingAge Florida Annual meeting, LeadingAge Florida members elected the following individuals to leadership positions:
• Troy Hart – Chair-Elect
• Josh Ashby – Immediate Past Chair
• Kevin Smaage – Secretary
• Lisa Lyons – Treasurer
• Mary Jo Zeller – ALF/HCBS Chair
• Joel Anderson – CCRC Chair
• Janet Stringfellow – Housing Chair
• Robert Goldstein – Nursing Home Chair
• Jolynn Whitten – Associate Member Representative
• John Capes – LeadingAge Advocate
• Bruce Jones – LeadingAge Advocate
• Kevin Knopf – LeadingAge Advocate
• Charee Russell – LeadingAge Advocate
• Kip Corriveau – South West Region Chair
• Teresa Scott – North Region Chair

These board members join current board members:
• Garry Hennis – At-Large Trustee
• Jim Richman – At-Large Trustee
• Gail Wattley – Central Region Chair
• Juana Mejia – Southwest Region Chair

Meet Us at LeadingAge Florida!

July 12, 2017

We’re excited about LeadingAge Florida’s 54th Annual Convention and Exposition—“The Power of Purpose” on July 16–19 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Orlando, Florida! Will you be attending? If you are, join leaders from Westminster Communities of Florida as they present on senior living in several educational sessions. You can learn more about the conference on LeadingAge Florida’s Web site.

Join us for the following Westminster Communities of Florida Educational Sessions:

  • “Everything Matters: Maximizing the Resident Experience” with Mike Haye, Westminster Winter Park Executive Director and Heather Kessler, Assistant Executive Director on Monday, July 17 from 1:30p.m.–3:00p.m.
  • “We Did It – Anyone Can – Quality Initiatives in Affordable Senior Housing” with Janet Herron, Westminster Communities of Florida Vice President of Mission Preservation, Sandra Noble, Director of Quality Initiatives, and Joe Downs, Administrator at Westminster Asbury on Tuesday, July 18 from 8a.m.–9:00a.m.
  • “Taking Control of Health Care” with Josh Alfrey, Westminster Communities of Florida Wellbeings Coordinator (along with Jeff Beck of Bouchard Insurance) on Tuesday, July 18 from 2:45p.m.-3:45p.m.
  • Closing Session — Roger Stevens, Westminster Communities of Florida CEO and LeadingAge Florida Chair-elect, will speak on Wednesday, July 19 from 2:15p.m.-3:30pm.

For more information on each educational session, click here

Westminster Gets "Chopped": Culinary competition brings the heat

June 27, 2017

For our chefs, culinary skills aren't just about keeping a sharp knife. July may be National Culinary Month, but the Westminster Communities of Florida dining teams are taking a bite at excellence already! Last week, we had an all-day training highlighted by a special "Chopped" culinary competition, held in the Acosta Foodservice kitchen in Orlando.

Each team of five chefs had one hour to make an appetizer, entree and two sides, using the same food basket of ingredients: Chicken breasts, sausage, cabbage, bananas, granola and more – and they set out to create the best appetizer, entree and sides.

In the end, the dishes had to withstand the heat of the judges. They scored each team based on their creative use of the ingredients, taste and presentation. Each team had to present their plate and explain the ingredients, cooking technique and inspiration. Beyond the food basket, they had use of a fully stocked pantry to assist them in creating the dishes.

The competition to win was fierce. Resident Experience Mario DeLuca said, "I wasn't surprised that the competition was so intense. We've developed a strong culinary team that has exceptional cookery skills and a true passion for food and the culinary arts. It's very rewarding."

Although the competition was intense, two stunning dishes were presented by the winning team to the judges: A flank steak bruschetta appetizer served on sweet banana tostones, and topped with sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese and polenta, and an entree of granola-crusted chicken breast with a chorizo and root vegetable hash, slaw of napa cabbage and plum, and a balsamic molasses drizzle.

Congratulations to the winning team, composed of Westminster Winter Park Executive Chef Elijah Durham, Westminster Woods on Julington Creek Dining Services Director David Graham, Westminster Suncoast Executive Chef Kenny Hunsberger, and Westminster Towers & Shores Assistant Dining Services Director Melissa Paul.

Chef Durham said, "I had a great time! As a chef who was new to the organization, I was honored to be able to work with Chef Kenny, Melissa and David. Our team had great comradery and organization. We listened to each other's ideas and executed them well. I was very happy with our team and our placement in the competition, and very much look forward to the next competition!"

"Chopped" and trainings like it are all part of our commitment to enhancing the resident dining experience and providing training opportunities for all of our team members. After all, dining is one of the dimensions of our exclusive My W Life program.

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