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June 26, 2006

HEFFNER NAMED DIRECTOR OF EXECUTIVE EDUCATION AT ERICKSON SCHOOL OF AGING STUDIES

JOINS ERICKSON SCHOOL FROM THE BEACON INSTITUTE

CONTACT:
Mike Lurie

Office: 410-455-6380
Cellphone: 443-695-0262
mlurie@umbc.edu

BALTIMORE – Kevin D. Heffner, CAE, CFRE, an executive with the Beacon Institute, has been selected as the new Director of Executive Education for the Erickson School of Aging Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Heffner brings to the Erickson School of Aging Studies considerable experience and expertise in senior care. He will coordinate a program of executive education courses offered by the Erickson School for leaders in the seniors housing and care industry.

The Executive Education Program at the Erickson School is presented in partnership with the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC), a nonprofit organization that has been the leading source of business and financial information for the senior living industry since 1991.

“The National Investment Center welcomes Kevin to this position. He brings a proven track record, interpersonal and leadership skills and the desire to help make this a world-class program,” says Tony Mullen, Research Director at NIC. Mullen served as Acting Director of Executive Education during the search process.

Heffner has led the Beacon Institute, a charitable organization founded to encourage quality of life and quality of care for seniors, since its inception nine years ago. The Beacon Institute is the largest senior-case association in the greater Maryland/Washington D.C. region. He oversaw the development of its Handelman Learning Center, a site in Columbia, Md., that hosts more than 70 educational programs each year. Heffner also developed the Mid-Atlantic Wellspring Program, a nationally acclaimed quality-care improvement model.

“I look forward to leading the growth of the Executive Education Program at the Erickson School,” Heffner says. “The 2006 series of NIC Executive Education sessions is just one example of the resources our program delivers to leaders in our industry. We are eager to continue the cultivation and growth of this tradition.”

About The Erickson School of Aging Studies:
The Erickson School of Aging Studies at UMBC was established in April 2004 with a $5 million commitment from John Erickson, CEO and founder of Erickson Retirement Communities. The school focuses on credit and non-credit professional education, research, and policy in aging services and care.

The Executive Development Program at the Erickson School of Aging Studies at UMBC is presented in partnership with NIC, a nonprofit organization that has been the leading source of business and financial information for the senior living industry since 1991. For the last six years, NIC has conducted executive development courses in operations, management, sales, marketing, development, finance, and service quality for emerging industry leaders.

UMBC, an Honors University in Maryland, is a four-year, public research university that is home to leading experts on aging who are active in research, education, and service in the field of gerontology. It is one of a handful of universities in the nation to offer a Ph.D. in Gerontology.

For further details, please call the Erickson School of Aging Studies at UMBC at 443-543-5622.

More information online at:
http://www.umbc.edu/erickson

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2006 NIC Executive Education Courses
At the Erickson School of Aging Studies at UMBC

Business and Strategy of Seniors Housing and Care
Led by Brian Swinton, Retired, Executive Vice President, Sunrise Senior Living
February 22-25, 2006

Management and Operations
Led by Chris Hollister, CEO, Southern Assisted Living, Inc.
Date: May 17-20, 2006

Sales and Marketing
Led by David Smith, President, One on One, Service to Seniors
September 18-21, 2006

Finance, Underwriting and Investment Analysis
Led by Ray Braun, President, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Health Care REIT, Inc.
October 24-27, 2006

Development
Led by Phil Golden, President and COO, Shelter Properties
November 1-4, 2006

Organizational Excellence and Continuous Quality Improvement
Led by Tony Ingelido, Vice President, Asbury Services, Inc.
TBA

Risk Management
Led by Allen Lynch, Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP
TBA

Posted by mlurie at June 26, 2006 10:29 AM