As Officers of the American Seniors Housing Association, the Executive Committee serves a two-year term and is elected by the Executive Board.
American Seniors Housing Association Officers 2020-2022:
Douglas S. Schiffer is President and Chief Operating Officer of Allegro Senior Living, LLC. The company specializes in the ownership, management and development of independent, assisted and memory-care properties. Design and operations focus on the resident’s ability to live each day to the fullest.
With thirty years of experience in commercial real estate, Mr. Schiffer is presently on the Senior Housing Council of the Urban Land Institute and a former member of the National Association of Senior Living Executives and the Crittenden Speakers panel. He has acted as a developer of new senior housing properties before transitioning to his present role where he is responsible for asset management of the company portfolio, direction of the property management team and implementing the company’s strategic plan. Mr. Schiffer was previously an executive officer of Love Funding focused on senior housing finance in which capacity he was frequently featured as a speaker at financing conferences nationally. Mr. Schiffer obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University.
Jerry Frumm is the Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Senior Lifestyle. In this role Jerry serves as the Chairman of the Senior Lifestyle Investment Committee which reviews all investment activities for the company. Jerry has been associated with Senior Lifestyle since its inception in 1985. During his tenure, Jerry has been involved in all phases of the development and acquisition of Senior Lifestyle communities and has closed on innumerable debt and equity transactions. Jerry is responsible for key relationships with Senior Lifestyle’s diversified base of capital partners.
Jerry is an attorney who has practiced with both the state and federal governments. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and he also currently serves as a member of the Public Policy Committee on The American Seniors Housing Association.
Jerry holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Ohio State University and a Law Degree from Washington University School of Law. He is also a licensed real estate broker.
Kathryn Sweeney is responsible for setting and directing Blue Moon Capital Partners’ investment strategies, including taking the lead on acquisitions and portfolio management and setting return optimization strategies. She is also jointly responsible, with Susan Barlow, for setting the long-term strategic direction of Blue Moon. Kathryn is a member of the Management and Investment Committees. She has been an active investment advisor and manager in the senior housing industry since 1997.
Previously, Kathryn was Managing Director of The GPT Group’s US senior housing portfolio. GPT Group is one of Australia’s largest diversified listed property groups. During her tenure with GPT, Kathryn was ensconced within Benchmark Senior Living where she gained deep insight into senior living operations that enhanced her influence on the strategic direction of GPT’s portfolio and contributes to her being viewed as a valuable strategic resource to Blue Moon’s operating partners.
Kathryn’s senior housing career began with AEW Capital Management, when in 1997 she began investing development capital on behalf of opportunistic investors and ultimately became the senior housing portfolio manager at AEW for the CalPERS senior housing separate account. Early in her career, Kathryn worked for The Boston Company Real Estate Counsel, one of the veterans of the institutional real estate investment business.
A longtime member of ASHA’s Executive Board, Kathryn also served on the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industries (NIC) Board of Directors for seven years and as Chairperson for two years. She also served on the Board of Directors of Vi Living, the Pritzker family’s continuing care retirement community business.
Kathryn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics at Boston University and a certificate in Risk Management and Strategic Decisions from Stanford University.
Lynne Katzmann, Ph.D. is Founder, CEO and President of Juniper Communities, which invests in, develops and manages senior living and long-term care communities. With 24 properties in 4 states and more than 1550 employees, Juniper, has $85 million in revenues. Celebrating its 31st Anniversary, Juniper is ranked #12 by Crain’s New York on its Top 50 ranking of woman-owned companies for the New York tri-state area.
Juniper and Lynne are unique to the industry in several ways, including the only woman-founded, owned and led business among the top 40 national assisted living companies. She launched the business when she was 32, with six years’ experience in the health care industry and a PhD in economics from London School of Economics.
Lynne leads an organization known for resident-centered, personalized care. Juniper’s priorities and its many award-winning innovations are consistent with her belief: “Aging and its challenges are a natural part of our life cycle. Quality of life in this third stage should be enjoyed to its fullest according to each person’s choosing. There is no reason that a frail body should not allow a life of joy and meaning.”
Lynne has been involved in the health care industry for more than 35 years, working in the public and private sectors in the United States and Europe. A member of ASHA’s Executive Board since 2016, she has been named to the Board of Advisors of Tufts School of Medicine; serves as a board member of several for-profit and non-profit organizations including Senior Care Centers of Dallas, ElderCare Alliance of San Francisco, Naropa University of Boulder, Colorado, ArtsConnection of New York City, Partners in Health Foundation of Montclair, NJ, the Social Venture Network and recently became a Director for Sabra Health Care REIT.
Richard Hutchinson is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Senior Living; family of companies which include: Discovery Management Group, Discovery Development Group, Discovery Design Concepts, Discovery Marketing Group & Discovery At Home, a Medicare-certified home healthcare company.
As an industry leader in seniors housing, Discovery Senior Living currently has in excess of 9,500 units in operation or under development throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern United States. The company has expanded to include an array of living options which include: senior apartments, independent living in both multi-apartment and villa environments, supervised independent living, personal care, assisted living and memory care. The successful and diverse rental portfolio features large luxury, resort-style campuses, state-of-the-art care communities, smaller village-inspired wellness and care communities and secured memory care neighborhoods.
Through Richard’s leadership, the family of companies has achieved significant growth. His vision of developing a business culture of innovation, integrity and creativity, while being analytically driven, has pushed the company to the leading edge of the industry, redefining seniors housing along the way. The companies have been recognized for their exceptionalism and ingenuity and have received accolades and awards from The National Association of Home Builders 50+ Seniors Housing Council, Southeast Builders Conference, National Mature Media and Generations Awards, as well as earning a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for Quality of Patient Care.
Prior to joining Discovery, Richard held the position of Chief Financial Officer for more than a decade, from 1996 to 2006, with Aston Care Systems, Inc. As Aston’s Chief Financial Officer, he developed the initial strategic business plan, secured necessary equity, and financed development and construction. During his 25+ year career he has negotiated and closed more than $2 billion in equity and debt transactions, while establishing relationships with many of the industries’ key financiers, investors and operators. Richard has been a member of ASHA’s Executive Board since the late 1990s.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 1994 including a tour during Desert Storm. Richard graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Leo College earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, and is a former Certified Public Accountant.
Founded in 1991 and based in Washington, DC, the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) represents the interests of the most prominent firms participating in seniors housing. ASHA’s members are engaged in all aspects of the development and operation of seniors housing, including construction, finance and management. ASHA provides leadership for the seniors housing industry on legislative and regulatory matters, advances research, education and the exchange of strategic business information, and promotes the merits of seniors housing.
David has served as president of ASHA since its inception in 1991 after beginning his career at the National Association for Senior Living Industries (NASLI) in 1989. In addition to his duties as president of ASHA, David serves as treasurer of the Seniors Housing Political Action Committee, the nation’s largest PAC focused exclusively on supporting federal candidates who support the development and preservation of quality market rate seniors housing. He was the co-author of the Affordable Seniors Housing Handbook, which was revised and published 10 times between 1995 and 2005.
David holds a bachelor of science degree from the Center for Aging and Human Development at the University of Connecticut and a master of science degree from the Department of Applied Gerontology at the University of North Texas. He currently serves on the Editorial board of The Seniors Housing & Care Journal, and has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by both the University of Connecticut and the University of North Texas for his work on behalf of America’s seniors.